Fulton County warns of COVID-19 exposure at Johnstown restaurant; County lagging in vaccines administered

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The Fulton County Department of Public Health Wednesday issued a news release alerting the public to a potential COVID-19 exposure last week at Sam’s Seafood, 281 N. Comrie Ave., Johnstown.

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The COVID-19 exposure at Sam’s Seafood comes at a time when Fulton County ranks dead last among the six counties in the mostly rural Mohawk Valley Region for the percentage of residents who’ve received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

As of Thursday in Fulton County, 24.5% of residents, about 13,124 people, had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. In Montgomery County, 31.9% of residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine, 15,773 people.

Both Fulton and Montgomery County trail neighboring Saratoga County where 36.7% of residents, 84,560 people, have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

County health officials said the COVID-19 exposure at Sam’s Seafood occurred last week from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday March 22, Wednesday March 24, Thursday March 25 and Friday March 26.

“If you have been affected by the exposure, monitor yourself for symptoms up to 14 days after the time of exposure,” reads the news release.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or a runny nose, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea.

COVID-19 testing locations can be found online at coronavirus/health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you.

The COVID-19 positive case at Sam’s Seafood is occurring at a time when Fulton and Montgomery counties continue to see an uptick in COVID-19 cases and higher positivity rates for the virus than neighboring counties.

According to New York State’s COVID-19 Tracker on Tuesday, the most recent day for new coronavirus statistics, Fulton County had a positivity rate of 4.3% and 20 new cases, while Montgomery County had a positivity rate of 4.1% on Tuesday, accounting for 2 new positive cases.

Both Fulton and Montgomery counties had higher positivity rates than these neighboring counties: Hamilton (3.4%, 1 new case) Saratoga (3.3%, 51 new cases), Schoharie (2.9%, 10 new cases), Schenectady (3.5%, 47 new cases) Otsego (2.3%, 21 new cases), Herkimer (3.7%, 10 new cases) and Albany (3.8%, 77 new cases).

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