Monticello, NY – Sullivan County Public Health Services has confirmed that an employee who works at Cellaio, a restaurant in the Town of Thompson, tested positive for COVID-19. There is currently no indication that the employee contracted the virus at the restaurant or impacted anyone else.
Public Health Services has determined that this individual was working at Cellaio, located at 888 Resorts World Drive in Monticello, during the following dates and times:
• November 26 between 1:50 p.m. and 9:50 p.m.
• November 27 between 1:50 p.m. and 10 p.m.
• November 28 between 1:50 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.
“The restaurant closed on Monday and Tuesday, and a deep thorough cleaning was completed. Contact tracing was completed and known close contacts with other staff were identified and were placed on quarantine,” Sullivan County Public Health Director Nancy McGraw stated. “If someone thinks they have been exposed and develops symptoms, they should self-quarantine for 14 days and call their healthcare provider, or call Sullivan County Public Health Services at 845-292-5910.”
Representatives for the restaurant have confirmed that the employee followed all health and safety protocols while on property including wearing a mask at all times, and that the restaurant operates the highest commercially available air filtration system in the County, which greatly mitigates the chances of any public exposure.
The virus that causes COVID-19 most commonly spreads between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet, or 2 arm-lengths). It spreads through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols, produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes. These particles can be inhaled into the nose, mouth, airways, and lungs and cause infection. This is thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
“While COVID-19 safety protocols were followed, exposures can be unintentional,” McGraw noted. “This illustrates the critical fact that individuals can have no symptoms but still transmit the virus to others if they are infected.”
For an updated list of testing locations, visit www.sullivanny.us.
The following parameters and protocols are based upon recommended preventive measures issued from the public health community. Follow these CDC guidelines to protect yourself and others:
• Stay at least six feet from other people.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit. Throw used tissues in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
• Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
• Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Possible symptoms of COVID-19 include one or more of the following:
• Fever or chills
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Muscle or body aches
• New loss of taste or smell
• Sore throat
• Congestion or runny nose
• Nausea or vomiting
If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
• Trouble breathing
• Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
• New confusion
• Inability to wake or stay awake
• Bluish lips or face
For more information on coronavirus, go to https://sullivanny.us/departments/publichealth/coronavirus or https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home.