Lewis County Public Health and Social Services Deputy Director John Abplanalp addresses the Lewis County Board of County Commissioners during Monday’s COVID-19 Update meeting

Lewis County Public Health & Social Services (LCPHSS) announced Wednesday afternoon — after The Chronicle’s press deadline for the Thursday edition — that three more county residents had tested positive for COVID-19. 

 One patient is in their 30s, one is in their 50s, and the third is in their 80s. All are undergoing medical care, and contact investigations have been to identify others who may have been exposed.

This brings Lewis County's confirmed cases to a total of five. No deaths have been reported in the county.

Officials noted they are prevented by law from divulging personal information about the people who have tested positive. 

“One of the greatest risks with COVID-19 is the fact that people can pass it to one another before they even know they are sick,” according to LCPHSS Deputy Director and Epidemiologist John Abplanalp. 

Before any symptoms start, he said, nobody knows if they are infectious, or if anyone around them is infectious. 

“That is why social distancing is so important. It doesn’t let people get close enough to each other to pass the disease, even when they don’t feel sick,” Abplanalp said.

Residents are also encouraged to self-quarantine if they feel ill with any cough, fever or problems breathing.

Abplanalp said that without social distancing and self-quarantine, a person can unwittingly spread the coronavirus to friends, co-workers, and loved ones for up to two weeks.

“Let’s say someone becomes infectious, but has no symptoms for a couple of days. They can spread the disease during that time. Then, they start feeling kind of sick for a few days, then they get sick enough to meet criteria for testing. Test results can take up to 5 days to confirm they have COVID-19. That’s up to two weeks where that individual could be infecting others,” Abplanalp warned.

People can stay informed by following the Lewis County COVID-19 web page at,  @LCPHSS on Twitter, or

 Information about coronavirus is also available at

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Wouldn't you think that the law that protects their identity could be circumvented for the sake of all the innocent people that may have come in contact with these people. Now is not the time for feel good BS laws and rules.


Sorry, but nope. Not even a first responder knows if they are coming to a house that has an infected person inside. That was part of the medical privacy law the democrats would not budge from due to the possible harassment an AIDS patient could encounter.


Are you saying you oppose this medical privacy? Do you think first responders SHOULD know if they are responding to a location where someone may have covid-19? Imagine how highly motivated those first responders would be to, well, respond to any call for service there. What you describe here is a scenario in which sick people will get different levels of emergency services than everyone else. That scenario is not acceptable.

Frosted Flake

Friday, I wrote the Paper and most of the local politicians. Monday I wrote the Governor.

What I said was : In response to Covid, Twin Transit has been revised so that a trip to the hospital includes a walk through Walmart. Obviously, should an infected person do this hundreds could be exposed, some of them would catch it, and those take it home to thier families.

That this is continuing demonstrates that it is intentional.

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