Fulton County warns of Applebees COVID-19 exposure; 3rd restaurant in 3 days connected to virus spread

Jason Subik, The Daily Gazette, Schenectady, N.Y.
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FULTON COUNTY — For the third time in three days the Fulton County Department of Health issued a COVID-19 exposure warning for a local restaurant — this time Applebee's Bar & Grill, 223 N. Comrie Ave., Johnstown.

Health officials are warning the potential COVID-19 exposure occurred during 12-hour periods from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday March 26, Saturday March 27, Sunday March 28 and Monday March 29.

"If you have been affected by the exposure monitor yourself for symptoms up to 14 days after the time of exposure," reads the news release.

According to New York State's COVID-19 Tracker on Thursday, Fulton County had a positivity rate of 4.3% and 18 new cases, a higher positive rate than any of its neighboring counties: Montgomery (4.1%, 16 new cases) Saratoga (3.3%, 84 new cases) Hamilton (3.4% but no new cases Thursday) or Herkimer (3.6%, 12 new cases). Fulton County on Thursday also had a higher positive rate than Schenectady County (3.5%, 40 new cases) and Albany County (3.7%, 42 new cases).

The COVID-19 exposure Applebee's comes at a time when Fulton County ranks dead last among the six counties in the mostly rural Mohawk Valley Region for the percentage of residents who've received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and fourth from the bottom among all New York counties.

In Fulton County 25% of residents, about 13,383 people, had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, as of Friday. In neighboring Montgomery County, 32.5% of residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine, 16,068 people.

The only counties with a lower percentage of vaccinated people as of Friday were: Orleans County (24.1% of residents vaccinated, 9,798 people) in the Finger Lakes Region and population powerhouses Kings County (24.1% of residents vaccinated, 623,310 people) and Bronx County (23.2% of residents vaccinated, 332,862 people).

Fulton County's northern neighbor Hamilton County has 58.7% of its residents with at least one dose of vaccine, 2,604 people and it's neighbor to the east Saratoga County.

On Thursday the Fulton County Department of Public Health warned of a COVID-19 exposure at Sam's Seafood, 281 N. Comrie Ave., Johnstown. The exposure occurred from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday March 22, Wednesday March 24, Thursday March 25 and Friday March 26.

On Wednesday county health officials warned of an exposure at the Amsterdam Diner located at 4790 Route 30. Members of the public may have been exposed to the virus at the Amsterdam Diner between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on either Thursday March 25 or Friday March 26.

The news release for the Amsterdam Diner COVID-19 exposure included end dates for self-quarantine for 14 days, but neither of the news releases for Sam's Seafood or Applebees contained that information.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste of smell, sore throat, congestion or a runny nose, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea.

Fulton County health officials recommend people who may be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to contact their primary care doctors and or seek out testing for the virus. COVID-19 testing locations can be found online at coronavirus/health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you.

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