First confirmed COVID-19 cases in Berrien County

A University of Rochester Medical Center doctor holds a vial used to collect samples for COVID-19 testing

A University of Rochester Medical Center doctor holds a vial used to collect samples for COVID-19 testing. Credit Max Schulte WXXI News

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department announced two new travel-related cases of COVID-19 in the county Saturday morning. Results sent to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's Laboratories identified the positive cases, according to a media release.

County officials, however, say the state Department of Health is still reporting there are no confirmed positive cases in Oswego County among the 69 tested as of Friday evening.

Neighboring Dutchess County reported 13 new cases the last 24 hours, increasing its number of cases to 49.

The state of IL on Saturday reported 753 COVID-19 cases and six deaths.

Lattanzi declined to provide any more personal information about the patient out of respect for the family.

Nationwide, health officials have warned that the number of actual cases in communities is likely far greater than the confirmed cases, because of a severe lack of widespread testing.

All local health departments involved have initiated close contact investigations to identify people who came into close contact to help prevent further spread.

"Because there are positive cases across the entire county, the public should not think one location is safer than another", according to the statement. Instead, they should call ahead to explain their symptoms and give health care workers the ability to minimize the risk to others. With increased testing capabilities, we expect to find more cases in Carteret County. Additional questions can be directed to the NYS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the Oswego County Health Department COVID-19 hotline at 315-349-3330. The person is now self-isolating at home.

"Until we have a vaccine for COVID-19, our community's faithful compliance with social distancing guidelines remains the best defense against the coronavirus", Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird said in the release.

Patients who have symptoms - difficulty breathing, cough and fever - should stay home, immediately isolate themselves from others and call their health care providers.

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