For the fifth time in the last two weeks the Fulton County Public Health Department on Wednesday issued a COVID-19 exposure warning — this time for the supermarket Aldi’s, located at 266 N. Comrie Ave., Johnstown.
Health officials are warning the potential COVID-19 exposure occurred between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. on these dates:
• Wednesday, April 7 — people exposed should monitor symptoms and quarantine until April 17
• Thursday, April 8 — people exposed should monitor symptoms and quarantine until April 18
• Friday, April 9 — people exposed should monitor symptoms and quarantine until April 19
• Saturday, April 10 — people exposed should monitor symptoms and quarantine until April 20
The Fulton County Public Health Department released the COVID-19 warning via the department’s Facebook page. The information had 158 shares as of Wednesday evening, but not every county resident appeared supportive of the warning.
“Who cares, enough is enough!” wrote Karen Dutcher, a Town of Caroga resident.
The Fulton County Department of Public Health has also issued messages asking Fulton County businesses to take action if an employee is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, including closing off any areas used for prolonged periods of time by the sick person.
“[U.S. Centers for Disease Control] recommends that anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection,” reads a social media statement posted by the Fulton County Department of Public Health. “If you get tested because you have symptoms or were potentially exposed to the virus, you should stay away from others pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional.”
The COVID-19 exposure at Aldi’s comes at a time when Fulton County (29% of population, 15,560 people) 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.
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% with 17 new cases, a higher positive rate than any of its neighboring counties: Montgomery (4.1%, 25 new cases) Saratoga (3.3%, 55 new cases) Hamilton (3.4%, 2 new cases) or Herkimer (3.5%, 15 new cases). Fulton County on Tuesday also had a higher positive rate than Schenectady County (3.4%, 37 new cases) and Albany County (3.7%, 41 new cases).
The Fulton County Department of Public Health is asking county residents to pre-register for a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine clinic set for Thursday at Fulton-Montgomery Community College starting at noon and running until 2 p.m. The clinic is open to essential workers, people with comorbidities and those age 18 and up. For more information, call 518-736-5720.