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Ontario County public health officials give more information on first coronavirus case

Mar 16, 2020

Public Health Director Mary Beer says Ontario County's first case involves a woman from Victor.
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A woman has tested positive for coronavirus in Ontario County.

Mary Beer, the county's director of public health, said the affected woman lives in Victor. She works in the Friendly Home, a nursing home in Rochester, but not directly with patients.

Beer said the woman and her husband are now under mandatory quarantine, and health officials are still looking for any people who may have come in contact with her.

In light of this new information, Beer echoed the same health advice as other public health officials have been saying about slowing the spread of coronavirus.

"The message is the same from all of us," she said to reporters on Monday. "Distance each other and wash those hands."

Beer said there is one other person in mandatory quarantine in Ontario County -- a health care worker who came in contact with the illness in Monroe County.

She said there's a handful of people in preliminary quarantine.

Visitation has been curtailed at the county jails. The Department of Motor Vehicles office in Geneva is closed; the Canandaigua office will remain open.