DELHI – Delaware County reported three new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, less than a week after the region began a phased-in reopening.
There are a total of ten active cases. To this point, the numbers had been either dropping or rising by no more than one. Three people are hospitalized. Fifteen people are in mandatory quarantine and the county is waiting for test results for an additional 26 tests. According to the county, 3.37% of the population has been tested.
The county press release stated “We must remain vigilant because the disease is still in the county. Continue to wash your hands, sanitize your workspace, keep 6 feet apart or wear face coverings in order to reduce the risk of further spread.”
In Otsego County, a resident who had been hospitalized with the virus died this week, bringing the death toll there to five.
Global attention has been growing on the inflammatory illness in children who are testing positive for the virus. Rather than having respiratory symptoms, they're displaying symptoms similar to toxic shock and Kawasaki disease. Experts say it is neither and it affects multiple organs, including the heart. They are calling it MIS-C -- Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, or PMIS – Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome.
By Thursday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the number of countries reporting the illness has doubled. There are more than 300 cases identified across the U.S., and the number of cases in New York has jumped to 157. Three children have died, and new findings indicate the health impacts on older children are even more severe than they are among younger children. The consistent symptom, according to doctors, is a persistent fever of 102 degrees or higher.
Based on the new information, Cuomo said summer school will be conducted through distance learning, and a decision will be made later on how school will be handled in the fall.
The governor has okayed religious services so long as no more than ten people, wearing masks, are gathering, and social distancing is maintained. He also announced drive-in and parking lot services will be permitted.