One positive case, over two dozen exposed to COVID-19 at Monticello restaurant

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MONTICELLO – A diner at a Monticello restaurant has tested positive for COVID-19 at a time when over two dozen people were there attending a party. Many where not wearing masks. As a result, many are awaiting test results.

The party was held at Ciao Bella, an Italian restaurant at 46 Forestburgh Road in Monticello on December 12 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Sullivan County Public Health is currently conducting contact tracing, but if someone thinks they have been exposed and develops symptoms, they and their close contacts should self-quarantine for 14 days and call their doctor or call the county public health office at 845-292-5910.

Due to the large increase in the number of cases and communitywide transmission, and an anticipated surge in COVID-19 cases over the holidays, public health and medical experts highly recommend avoid gatherings, especially if masks are not worn and social distancing cannot be maintained.