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The first confirmed COVID-19 death in Broome County took place at Lourdes Hospital, Broome County Executive Jason Garnar announced Saturday afternoon.
Garnar said the death is not the same case as the one positive case previously announced in Broome County. The county was unaware this patient tested positive for COVID-19 prior to their death.
Officials could not release the time or date of death, or any other information about the patient, citing patient privacy laws. However, Garnar said the Broome Health Department is working to identify all public locations this person traveled to and will work with the locations to determine who was there. The Health Department plans to contact every person who came into contact with the patient.
These case investigations are done for all confirmed COVID-19 cases, Health Department Director Rebecca Kaufman said Saturday.
“We find out who these people are from friends, families, visitor logs or public statements asking people to come forward if they have been at a location at a certain date or time,” Kaufman said. “At this point, we have not had to make any of those public statements in our investigation, but we will if we need to.”
Kaufman said Lourdes has been taking extra precautions with personal protective equipment (PPE) and is using infection control precautions so the staff is not exposed with the virus. Kaufman said those who feel they should be tested for COVID-19 should call ahead to limit the number of healthcare providers who are exposed to the virus.
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“Our infection control specialists are working closely with the Broome County Health Department to diligently explore and prepare avenues to detect, protect and respond, in accordance with the most current CDC recommendations and guidelines,” a spokesperson for Lourdes said in an email Saturday.
As of Saturday evening, the Broome County Health Department reported 125 total people tested, 89 pending test results, 34 negative results, 88 in precautionary quarantine and 46 in mandatory quarantine. There were two positive test results by 5:45 p.m.
“I cannot express how important it is for every Broome County resident to stay home,” Garnar said Saturday. “Please stay home.”
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