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CVS Pharmacy on Main Street in Queensbury closed for cleaning on Saturday after one of its pharmacists tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a statement released on Saturday.

 

The 57-year-old pharmacist who works at the 5 Main St. store is one of two Saratoga County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, according to state health officials.

 

That brings the total number of cases in New York state to 89. On Saturday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency.

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“We are in close contact and coordination with the Warren County Health Department and are following their infectious disease response protocols,” said CVS Pharmacy spokesman Mike DeAngelis in a news release. “The Health Department has informed us that pharmacy patients are considered being at low risk and the prescriptions dispensed from this store do not represent a risk to our customers.”

The pharmacist and his co-workers have been placed under quarantine consistent with CDC guidelines and will be on paid leave, according to DeAngelis. The store is being disinfected and sterilized according to the company’s established protocols and CDC guidelines.

DeAngelis said the store is expected to reopen at 10 a.m. Sunday.

The other CVS locations are open during normal hours and CVS also offers prescription home delivery as an option.

 

The other Saratoga County resident who tested positive is a 52-year-old woman who came in contact with a person from Pennsylvania who tested positive recently after traveling to Miami for a conference.

Catherine Duncan, Saratoga County director of public health services, said both people are displaying minor symptoms and are self-isolating in their residence.

“We are still early in the investigation to determine the breadth of contact that these individuals had with others in the community. Anyone who has a fever, with cough or experiencing shortness of breath should contact their health care provider,” she said in a news release.

The county will be contacting the people and businesses that these two individuals visited and has activated its response plan in place for threat of widespread illnesses, according to Duncan.

“Our team is working hard, in collaboration with the State Department of Health, to contain and mitigate the impact that this will have on public health and to limit the potential of any further spread,” she said in a news release.

DOH spokeswoman Jill Montag said the state is not disclosing their hometown to protect patient privacy.

“The epidemiologists are working with the county health department to do all the tracing that needs to be done,” she said.

 
 
 
 

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