LC Health Dept. confirms five new cases of COVID-19

WESTON— The Lewis County Health Department and Lewis County Office of Emergency Management announced the confirmation of five new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday morning.  A rise in positive cases is expected to continue with the re-opening of more businesses and activities throughout the state, so public health officials remind the community to remain vigilant in preventative measures.

The two agencies issued a press release notifying the public that the Health Department has received laboratory confirmation of five new cases in Lewis County, bringing the total to 13.  No demographical information will be released to protect the privacy of the individuals, the statement said.

All individuals who may have had possible exposure and need to be tested and/or quarantined will be notified by Health Department staff.

“These new positive cases are a stark reminder that the virus is still alive and spreading throughout the community.  When in public, it’s highly recommended to wear a mask or a cloth over the face to prevent the spread of the virus,” officials warned.

The statement concluded, “The best way to prevent or limit the spread of this virus is to reduce your exposure opportunities. It’s still best practice that if you do not have to leave the house, then don’t.  If you do leave home, practice safe social distancing, wear a mask, and wash your hands as much as possible to stop the spread of the virus.”