Hamilton mayor self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus

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The mayor of the village of Hamilton, RuthAnn Loveless, has confirmed that she has tested positive for coronavirus.

Posted: Mar 26, 2020 10:27 AM
Updated: Mar 26, 2020 4:57 PM

HAMILTON, N.Y. – The mayor of the village of Hamilton, RuthAnn Loveless, has confirmed that she has tested positive for coronavirus.

In a letter posted on the village website Wednesday, Loveless says she is not experiencing severe symptoms and is self-isolating.

Department heads in the village are also quarantining at home until April 3, after being in close contact with Loveless last week.

While Loveless has decided to speak out about her own status, she says the village will not released details about others who have tested positive due to privacy restrictions. There are currently seven people with coronavirus in Madison County, according to the New York State Department of Health.

Loveless urges the community to continue practicing social distancing and contact primary care doctors or Community Memorial Hospital if symptoms appear.

Read the mayor's full letter below:

This is to follow up my message of March 23rd and provide everyone with some updated information. I was informed today that I have in fact tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Fortunately, my present symptoms are not severe. I am at home, and will continue to remain confined there as I rest and recover. Because of their contact with me in the Village office last week, most of our Village department heads will also remain confined to their homes through April 3rd in accordance with Health Department protocol.

Like many of you, I continue to mourn the loss of a close friend, a wonderful, wonderful man who was such an active contributor to our community. His death, coming so suddenly only four days after he went to a Syracuse hospital, illustrates how seriously we must take the threat posed by this virus. We must all continue to be as diligent as possible in following the recommended practices of cleanliness and social distancing for the foreseeable future.

I know many of you have called the Village office asking for more specific information as to those in our community that have been afflicted. I hope everyone can understand that while I am choosing to share information about my situation, the Village does not have specific information relative to other individuals, and even if it did, we would not be able to share that information due to personal privacy restrictions. So please continue to call the Village office with any questions you have relative to Village government operations, but please do not call the office asking for information as to particular individuals within our community.

If you are experiencing symptoms, please call your physician, or Community Memorial Hospital at (315) 228-3022 to inquire about testing. If you feel your symptoms, or those of someone you are caring for are life threatening, please call 911. Please do not call the Hamilton Police Department directly. You can also access information about Community Memorial Hospital’s testing program at: www.communitymemorial.org

I also want to take this opportunity to express my sincerest appreciation to all the first responders in our community. The members of our Village Police Department continue to provide continuous police protection throughout the community, and they have been instrumental in assisting with the Hospital’s testing program, as have the members of our Village Electric Department, which assisted the Hospital with generator hookups. Our Village firefighters and the SOMAC staff are continuing to respond to emergency calls notwithstanding the risk. All these men and women are braving the unknown to render selfless service to our community, and I cannot thank them enough.

Thank you all for your understanding and cooperation throughout these difficult times.

RuthAnn Loveless, Mayor

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