QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — CVS Pharmacy released a statement on Saturday identifying one of their employees as positive for COVID-19. The employee is a pharmacist from the CVS on Main Street in Queensbury.
The statement from CVS says that, while the pharmacist does not display any symptoms, that individual and several other CVS employees are quarantined following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CVS says these employees are on paid leave.
CVS also says the New York State Department of Health confirmed the diagnosis.
According to CVS, the Health Department says that pharmacy patients are considered low risk for contracting the virus, and that prescriptions from the Queensbury store similarly do not represent a risk.
The Queensbury pharmacy closed Saturday night to be sterilized and disinfected. The store will open Sunday morning at 10 a.m.
Also on Saturday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in New York, citing 89 cases of coronavirus. Cuomo provided a breakdown of confirmed coronavirus cases that included two in Saratoga County, but none in Warren County.
UPDATE: Warren County Administrator Ryan Moore released a statement to the media on Sunday afternoon:
Aside from the pharmacist and individuals in his household (which is in Saratoga County), we do not have any additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Warren County at this time.
There were four individuals who worked behind the counter at CVS with the pharmacist. We know who they are and where they are. All four have agreed to quarantine for at least 14 days. In addition, there were four individuals who received vaccines administered by the pharmacist. We know who they are and where they are. One has already agreed to quarantine and we are in the process of getting the same result with the other three. The County Attorney’s Office has prepared quarantine orders for all of these individuals that will go to the judge tomorrow. This is an added layer of protection because, as I mentioned, all have agreed to quarantine. None of these individuals have shown any symptoms…the quarantines are precautionary measures. The Sheriff’s Department is in the loop on all of this. The dispatch center knows the quarantine locations so that any calls involving these locations are flagged for extra caution. Our deputies are also knowledgeable in home visit protocols, order logistics and infectious disease control measures.
There were approximately 400 individuals who picked up prescriptions at CVS during the time periods in which the pharmacist was working. We know who all of these individuals are and we are reaching out to them with the goal of contacting all of them today.
If members of the public have questions or concerns related to COVID-19, the very best thing they can do is call Health Services (518) 761-6580 or their personal physician.Ryan Moore
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