Four Ulster residents go into voluntary isolation after returning from China

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KINGSTON – There are no known or suspected cases of Novel Coronavirus in Ulster County, but County Health Commissioner Dr. Carol Smith said “out of an abundance of caution” to protect the health and safety of county and state residents, the county is asking people to self-quarantine themselves.

Smith said anyone returning from certain areas where they may have been exposed to the virus “are asked to voluntarily isolate themselves for a period of 14 days.”

To date, four county residents returning from recent trips to China have agreed to self-isolation and have shown no symptoms of illness, she said.

Smith said the number of self-isolations is similar to what other counties outside New York City are experiencing and “all counties are following the same state and federal guidance on self-isolation.”

The doctor said county officials are continually monitoring the situation.