Worker at Ashley Home Store in Poughkeepsie tests positive for COVID-19

POUGHKEEPSIE – An employee at Ashley Home Store at 1895 South Road in Poughkeepsie tested positive for COVID-19.

Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health Commissioner Dr. Anil Vaidian announced on Thursday that anyone who shopped at Ashley Home Store from July 11 to July 15 should monitor for symptoms and seek testing as a precautionary measure.

Individuals can also contact the Dutchess County Coronavirus Hotline at (845) 486-3555.

The health department’s Rapid Response Team has been working with Ashley Home Store to ensure they are following all recommended health and safety guidelines and protocols, and Ashley Home Store has already conducted a thorough cleaning and disinfection of its facility. Contact tracing is underway with those confirmed to have had direct contact with the individual.

“We strongly urge anyone who recently shopped at Ashley Home Store to be aware and alert for possible symptoms,” said Dr. Vaidian.   “If you shopped at the store between July 11th and July 15th, we encourage you to be tested as a precaution.  This is an important reminder that the virus is still present in our community and we must continue to take necessary mitigation steps to keep our community safe – including wearing a face covering, social distancing and frequent hand washing.”

Symptoms of coronavirus, which may appear two to 14 days after exposure, include:

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath/trouble breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Dr. Vaidian said the health department is working closely with the company staff to education them on the best practices and “helping to ensure a safe environment going forward for staff, as well as the public.”

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