Potential COVID-19 Exposure at South Avenue Market

The Onondaga County Health Department has confirmed that an employee at South Avenue Market located at 1504 South Avenue, Syracuse has tested positive for COVID-19. Members of the public who visited the market on Wednesday, October 21 or Thursday the 22nd between the hours of 8:00pm and 10pm may have been exposed.

Health Department investigators are in the process of identifying all close contacts of the individuals and notifying them. Those who may have been exposed should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days from the date of potential exposure. If symptoms do develop, stay home and call your doctor for further guidance. If you are elderly, have underlying medical conditions, or are immunocompromised, call your doctor early even if your illness is mild. In an emergency call 911.

We are experiencing an increase in cases in Onondaga County, so it is crucial that residents be diligent and continue to do their part to prevent further spread of COVID-19. Protect yourself and others by covering your face in public when social distancing (staying 6 feet apart) is not possible, especially on public transport, in stores, on crowded sidewalks, or when working and have direct contact with members of the public. Continue to wash your hands often, cover coughs and sneezes, and disinfect surfaces frequently. If you are sick, stay ho,e and away from others. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, be sure to get tested.

Employers must take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the workplace including encouraging employees to get tested. All employers should implement a plan that identifies and controls all areas and job tasks with potential exposures to COVID-19, conducting daily symptom and temperature screening of employees before they enter the facility, requiring face masks and frequent hand washing, ensuring social distancing, telling employees to stay home when sick, and educating their staff about steps they can take to protect themselves at work and at home.

Information and guidance related to COVID-19 changes daily, stay up to date by visiting these websites:
• Onondaga County:  covid19.ongov.net
• New York State Department of Health: coronavirus.health.ny.gov
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html