NY County Warns Shoppers Of Potential COVID Exposure At Supermarket

Officials in Putnam County, New York, are warning patrons of potential coronavirus exposure at a local supermarket earlier this month.

The county health department on Thursday issued its first-ever health alert related to a COVID positive person visiting a public space.

Anyone who was in the TOPS Friendly Market in Carmel, NY, on July 2 between 5:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. or July 5 between 5:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. may have been exposed to the virus, officials say.

People who were at the market during those times are encouraged to contact their healthcare providers and seek out a coronavirus antigen test.

COVID-19 symptoms include fever, chills, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle and body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, nausea and diarrhea.

Putnam County is part of New York's seven-county Mid-Hudson region to the north of New York City. Despite the alarm, the county reported only four new COVID cases on Wednesday, bringing its total positive coronavirus diagnoses to 1,348.

The Mid Hudson, as a region, reported 52 new cases on Wednesday.

The Mid-Hudson entered Phase IV of the state's reopening plan this week, which allows for low-risk outdoor and indoor venues like museums, aquariums and zoos to reopen. The capacity limit on social gatherings has also increased to 50 people or fewer.

A week ago, officials in another Mid-Hudson county, Rockland, issued subpoenas to eight people who are believed to have contracted COVID after attending a party in June.

It marked the first time officials in the state used the legal system to compel cooperation with the state's COVID tracing initiative.

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