First Positive Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Warren County

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Warren County Public Safety has identified the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Warren County. With the increasing number of positive cases in both Pennsylvania and nearby New York state, this was not an unexpected result. No specific information will be provided about the patient, except that the individual is in quarantine and receiving medical care.

This is the first case confirmed and it is likely that as more people are tested, more positive confirmations for Warren County will be announced. The public is urged to continue to follow the preventative measures that have been publicized since the onset of this pandemic:

• Avoid any non-essential travel
• Clean surfaces frequently with disinfectant and cleaner
• Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds
• Keep a safe ‘social distance’ of at least 6 feet between yourself and others
• If you feel sick — isolate yourself and seek medical attention

The risk of contracting this virus depends on exposure. The best way to lower your risk of getting sick is to avoid being exposed. Limit your personal contact and your travel!!! If everyone follows these guidelines, it will help towards keeping positive COVID-19 cases in the county to a minimum.

Warren County Public Safety Department Director Ken McCorrison assures the public that the County’s emergency response personnel are trained and prepared to meet the challenges of this rapidly evolving situation. He encourages everyone stay in contact with the elderly and relatives and neighbors by phone, text or email. He stresses “Help us to help you — by staying home!” The public is asked to continue to follow the guidance issued by the CDC and the PA Department of Health.

Questions or concerns for the JIC can be directed to the COVID-19 hotline at the Warren County Department of Public Safety at 814-563-3598. The public is also encouraged to visit the CDC www.cdc.gov and PA Department of Health www.health.pa.gov websites. A new Pennsylvania guide is available from the DOH and can be found at: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/.