The man arrived in Rochester early afternoon Tuesday. Without a doctor himself, he called the Monroe County Health Department. At 2 p.m. Tuesday, the health department called Highland Hospital to let them know the man was coming in.
He arrived at 4 p.m. Tuesday and was tested.
At 11:15 Wednesday night, the test came back positive.
Brean: “Dr. Mendoza if he’s driving back from JFK, he’s probably stopping somewhere along the Thruway. Did he stop at rest stops?”
Dr. Michael Mendoza, Monroe County Health Department: “Those are details we are still investigating.”
Brean: “So he could have potentially had contact with other people when he was driving back. How do you find those people?”
Mendoza: “We are sharing that he took ground transportation. At this time we are interviewing the individual and trying to understand more about what happened in between New York and here.”
Brean: “Do you think there was contact with other people between JFK and here?”
Mendoza: “Those are questions we are actively investigating.”
Forty-nine people are under quarantine in Monroe County, and the man who tested positive is under involuntary isolation. A handful of people who had direct contact with him in the Rochester area and the 31 SUNY students living at a dorm at SUNY Brockport after returning from Europe and Asia are among those quarantined.
The County Health Director and every doctor in the news conference Thursday morning said the patient did the right thing. They say he called ahead before he showed up at the hospital.
Brean: “If somebody is worried, the very first phone call they should make is to who?”
Mendoza: “To their health care provider.”
Brean: “Their doctor.”
Brean: “And if they don’t have a doctor?”
Mendoza: “They’re welcome to call us.”
The Monroe County Health Department hotline is 585-753-5555 their email is [email protected].
“The important message here is we don’t want these patients walking into our emergency departments and exposing other people with this infection,” Dr. Bilal Ahmed of Highland Hospital said.
Brean: “What happens with the test?”
Dr. Ahmed: “The test itself, there are two kinds of swabs we do. There’s what’s called nasal pharyngeal swab. it goes through the nose. And there’s an oral swab which goes through the mouth. It’s a little painful. The nasal part is a little painful. It has to go all the way back. That swab is put into a special container and that is sent off to the lab.”
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