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COVID-19 Cases Rise; United Helpers Reports 11 at Lisbon IRA

The St. Lawrence County Health Department issued the following update Wednesday.

UPDATE: As of Wednesday, April 22nd: St. Lawrence County is still seeing an increase in cases and want to stress that we have not reached our peak. It is VERY IMPORTANT all residents continue to stay home as much as possible, wear a face covering and stay 6 feet away from others when venturing out for groceries, medical care, or work, wash hands with soap for 20 seconds often, and clean & disinfect commonly touched surfaces regularly.

Seventeen new cases were reported on Wednesday including of 10 patients and one employee at the United Helpers at the United Helpers Lisbon Individualized Residential Alternative.

United Helpers has received results of positive COVID-19 cases at the Lisbon Individualized Residential Alternative (IRA).

According to Steve Knight, CEO, United Helpers was notified on Saturday that an employee that works at the Lisbon IRA had tested positive for the virus. Primary healthcare providers for the residents were immediately called and testing was performed on all of the facility’s 13 residents.

On Wednesday, United Helpers officials were informed that ten of the residents had tested positive, as well as one additional member of the care team. Several staff members have been tested, with results pending.

“At the recommendation of the primary care provider, the three residents that have tested negative have been placed in isolation,” Knight said.

United Helpers continues to follow guidelines outlined by the CDC, the NYS Department of Health, NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), St. Lawrence County Public Health, and other governing bodies. For additional information, please visit residents and two employees at United Helpers' Lisbon Individualized Residential Alternative have tested positive for COVID-19 according to news reports.

Wednesday's rash of cases followed a day of no new cases on Tuesday.

The St. Lawrence County Health Department has also announced that testing is being done through both St. Lawrence Health Systems and Claxton Hepburn Medical Center. Testing is by appointment only. Please call the hotline numbers below between 8a-4p if you have symptoms or feel you should be tested:

o St. Lawrence Health System: 315-261-6420

o Claxton Hepburn Medical Ctr: 315-713-6655

o St. Lawrence Co Public Health Department: 315-229-3448


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