CHENANGO COUNTY – On Tuesday the Chenango County Department of Health released a Q&A style video which answers the most commonly asked questions related to COVID-19.
Questions were answered by Medical Director of Chenango County Department of Health Scott Cohen and Registered Nurse in the DOH Nursing Department Heather Miller.
The first most commonly asked questions were what are the definitions of a confirmed case and the definition of an exposure.
Miller explains that the definition of a confirmed case is someone who has a positive result for COVID-19. The definition of exposure is someone who is a household member who lives someone who has a positive result, someone who comes into direct contact with secretions from someone who has tested positive, or someone who is within six feet of someone who has tested positive for ten minutes or more.
There is also a difference between isolation and quarantine.
"Isolation is for sick people, people who have tested positive will be isolated for a minimum of ten days. Quarantine is for people who are not ill but have been exposed to a positive person, and that quarantine is a fourteen day quarantine," said Miller.
She also explains a person can develop symptoms anytime between day one and day fourteen, that is the incubation period for COVID, which is why the quarantine period is 14 days.
"Studies have shown that most healthy people are not infectious after ten days," said Miller, explaining why the isolation period is set for ten days.
When someone tests positive, the Department of Health is notified and a nurse will reach out to the person with the confirmed case to do a thorough interview. During this time the nurse will perform contact tracing.
"Nurses will ask who the person has been in contact with and where they've been. Anyone who's been in contact with the positive person will be notified by contract tracers that they have been exposed," said Miller.
Director Environmental Health Isaiah Sutton answered the commonly asked question as to why the Department of Health doesn't publicize where people who have tested positive have been.