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Posted on: April 8, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Daily COVID-19 Update for 04/08/2020

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Please see below for the April 8, 2020 COVID-19 Update for Schuyler County, NY. We just received notification of two new positive confirmed cases of COVID-19. The individuals live in the same household. Our contact investigation is currently ongoing and we hope to provide more details tomorrow. Stay home and stay healthy, Schuyler.

Schuyler County COVID-19 Update for 4/8/2020 at 4:35 PM

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Total tested positive

New positive results today

Total recovered

Currently hospitalized


Total tested negative

Currently in isolation or quarantine








Frequently Asked Questions

Who is being tested?

The decision to test is made by the patient’s healthcare provider. If you have fever, cough, and shortness of breath, call your healthcare provider for instructions.

Where is testing done?

Residents have had swabs taken at a variety of locations in the area, mostly hospitals and the drive-thru sampling site in Ithaca. The specimens are then shipped to governmental and commercial labs for testing. Swabs are not being taken at Schuyler County Public Health.

What happens when someone tests positive?

When someone tests positive, the person is put in mandatory isolation until they are no longer considered contagious. Our office also conducts a contact investigation to determine who the individual could have potentially infected. These individuals are then put in quarantine at home. They are released from quarantine once it has been 14 days since they were exposed to the sick person, unless they develop symptoms of COVID-19. Schuyler County Public Health staff conduct twice daily check-ins to monitor the person’s health and to check that the individual is following the quarantine/isolation orders.

Who else is in quarantine?

Individuals awaiting COVID-19 test results are put in a precautionary quarantine. They get daily check-in calls from staff and are released if their results come back negative.

What does recovered mean?

A person is considered recovered once all three of the following happen:

  1. It has been 7 or more days since their symptoms started
  2. Their symptoms have improved significantly (some symptoms such as a slight cough may continue for awhile after they have recovered)
  3. They have been fever-free for 3 days in a row without a fever-reducing medicine

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