Mother Earth employee tests positive for COVID-19

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KINGSTON – An employee at Mother Earth’s Storehouse in Kingston has tested positive this week for COVID-19. Ulster County Health Commissioner Dr. Carol Smith advised that anyone who had stopped there from July 1 through July 5 should contact their primary care physician immediately and seek testing or call the county hotline at 845-443-8888.

Dr. Smith said anyone who was in that store during that time frame should be alert and monitor their symptoms.

She said persons can be tested at one of the county’s walk-in or mobile testing sites.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and take measures to minimize the spread of this disease including completing contact tracing to inform those who may have been in contact with this individual,” Dr. Smith said. “As we see cases continue to rise across the country, we must continue to follow critical safety precautions including wearing masks, social distancing, and washing out hands to protect the health and safety of our community.”

The county health department has recommended that the store be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected and work with the state health department to ensure they are following proper protocols.

Residents can find information about their nearest testing location and both walk-in testing sites and mobile testing sites by visiting www.ulstercountyny.gov/get-tested

There are currently 134 active COVID-19 cases in the county and 88 deaths from the virus.