Potential COVID-19 exposure in four companies in Onondaga County: Department of Health

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – The Onondaga County health department is investigating four potential COVID-19 exposure points related to employees at two Walgreens locations, a Kinney Drugs and the Hallinan’s Wine and Liquor.

Members of the public who have visited the site on certain days are invited to contact the health service as they may have been exposed.

Places and days include:

  • Walgreens at 4001 S. Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13205 on the following days:
    • 3/27/2020 7:50 AM-4:40 PM
    • 03/28/2020 7:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
    • 03/30/2020 07:50 – 17:10
    • 3/31/2020 1:05 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
  • Walgreens at 4751 Onondaga Boulevard, Syracuse, NY 13219 the following days:
    • 03/27/2020 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    • 03/28/2020 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    • 03/30/2020 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    • 03/31/2020 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Kinney Drugs at 437 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool, NY 13088 the following days:
    • 03/27/2020 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • 3/29/2020 5:00 AM-11:00 AM
  • Hallinan’s Wine and Liquor at 3504 W Genesee Street # 2027, Syracuse, NY 13219 on the following days:
    • 03/30/2020 9:00 AM-5: 00 PM
    • 3/31/2020 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

“We are in the process of identifying and notifying all of these individuals’ close contacts,” said Dr. Indu Gupta, Onondaga County Health Commissioner.

“Anyone who has visited these businesses during the identified periods should monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough and / or difficulty breathing for 14 days after visiting the store,” Gupta advised.

If symptoms develop, people should stay home and call your doctor for more information on the test. If you are elderly, have underlying health conditions, or are immunocompromised, call your doctor early even if your illness is mild.

Dr. Gupta also noted that employers, employees and community members should be vigilant in taking steps to reduce the risk of exposure both in the workplace and in the community to reduce the risk of virus transmission.

“We ask everyone to take steps to protect themselves by washing their hands thoroughly, coughing on their sleeves or elbows, covering their mouth and nose with a cloth mask outside their home, spanning more than 6 feet and cleaning environmental surfaces. Said Gupta.

Employers and employees should follow these steps to reduce the transmission of COVID-19:

  • Employees with symptoms (ie fever, cough, or shortness of breath) should report this to their supervisor and stay at home.
  • Sick employees should not return to work until the criteria for ending family isolation are met.
  • Employees who are well but have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and follow quarantine precautions recommended by the Department of Health.
  • Employees who appear to have symptoms (for example, fever, cough or shortness of breath) when they arrive at work or who fall ill during the day should be immediately separated from other employees, customers and visitors and sent home.
  • Be aware that some employees may be at higher risk for serious illness, such as the elderly and those with chronic illnesses. Consider minimizing face-to-face contact between these employees or assign work tasks that allow them to maintain a distance of six feet from other workers, customers and visitors, or telecommuting if possible.

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