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Kane Borough has its first case

Kane Borough Mayor Brandy Schimp reported on Sunday that McKean County’s one positive case thus far “is a resident of Kane.”

“I have been asked to keep the person’s identity confidential,” said Schimp, “but the person and family are in quarantine at their home here. The person tested positive after being required to drive to Erie to get tested.

“The person’s first and only symptom so far was a loss of smell,” she said. “There was no cough, or fever, or shortness of breath. Nevertheless, a person who is infected can spread the infection to others whose symptoms could be more serious, and for whom the consequences of the infection could be more significant.”

Schimp said “it was only a matter of time before a confirmed case of coronavirus reached McKean County,” but it exemplifies the need for “following recommendations given by the CDC and PA Department of Health.”

She said she did not announce the person was from Kane to cause alarm, only to spread a message of caution.

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