BREAKING: Columbia County Reports First COVID-19 Case

Updated 12:49 p.m. with information from Hudson’s mayor.

In Brief-  Columbia County announced its first case of COV-19 Friday morning.

The person is under mandatory quarantine at home being monitored by DOH, according to county officials.

The case was announced by County Board of Supervisors Matt Murell and Department of Health Director (DOH) Jack Mabb.

The county would not reveal specific details about the case, citing patient confidentiality.

However, the sickened individual does not appear to be a Hudson resident, according to Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson.

The county informed Johnson they would be unable to tell him where in the county a case was, but that DOH Director Mabb would inform him if a case was in his city, Johnson said after the announcement came out.

He received no such call, Johnson said.

He did not know if the sickened individual had been in Hudson.

Johnson agreed that a case in the county was to be expected.

“Everybody was just kind of waiting for when,” he said.

Hudson Valley counties have generally not revealed the specific locations of where people got the virus or where they are self-quarantining. On Thursday, Orange County officials refused to confirm or deny a claim by the Village of Kiryas Joel Administrator that more than a dozen people had tested positive in the densely populated community.

However, there have been significant exceptions.

Rockland County has been notifying the public where they may have been exposed to the virus without revealing the identity of the sickened individual. Ulster County confirmed the infection of a server at a restaurant because of the amount of people they come into contact with at their job.

DOH Director Mabb said the risk to the community remains low.

“However, it is more important than ever to be vigilant about proper hygiene to keep yourself and your family healthy and minimize the further spread of Coronavirus. If you are experiencing symptoms, or think you have contracted Coronavirus, please contact your primary-care physician – do not go to your physician’s office before calling; your physician will provide further guidance based on your symptoms and exposure,” according to Mabb’s statement.

Every county in the Hudson Valley and Catskills has now reported at least one case of COVID-19.

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