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44 confirmed coronavirus cases in NYS, testing protocol in place

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Posted at 1:25 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 17:00:02-05

NEW YORK (WKBW) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday there are now 44 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New York State and the state is implementing a coronavirus testing protocol.

"As we do more tests, the number of positive cases will rise, as we are seeing." said Cuomo.

The testing protocol is described by the governor below.

There are two different types of quarantine, mandatory and precautionary.

For someone to be in mandatory quarantine they:

  1. Have tested positive
  2. Have come in direct contact with someone who has tested positive
  3. Returned from a country with CDC level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notice and are experiencing symptoms
  4. Any person any local health official believes needs quarantine

For someone to be in precautionary quarantine they:

  1. Returned from a country with CDC level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notice and are not experiencing symptoms
  2. Non-direct contact with a person who has tested positive but not experiencing symptoms
  3. Any person any local health official believes needs quarantin

The Erie County Department of Health said Friday 116 people are in quarantine as part of the coronavirus protocol in the county.

115 of those are precautionary and one is mandatory, according to the governor. There are four in quarantine in Niagara County.

Across the state there are around 4,000 people under precautionary quarantine and 44 under mandatory quarantine.