April 17th: 5 New Cases, All In Hornell

April 17, 2020

From The Steuben County Public Health Dept:

The Steuben County Public Health Department reports it has received notification that five additional Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 181 confirmed cases. The individuals are residents of:
• City of Hornell (5)
All of the individuals are linked with previously reported cases. Additional cases have been reported from Hornell Gardens, both residents and staff.
The individuals are currently being isolated and monitored by the County Health Department. Public Health staff investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed cases and exposure risks. All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified.
Per CDC and New York State Department of Health guidance, information is being collected beginning 48 hours prior to symptom onset through the day of the investigation. The investigations indicate that one or more of the individuals reported visiting the following location within that timeframe.
• 4/10/20 – Hornell Gardens nursing home in Hornell
“We expect to see more cases reported in the upcoming days because comprehensive testing of staff and residents is being conducted at area nursing homes,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “By identifying all the current positive cases in nursing homes, we are hopeful that containment efforts will be successful.”
All residents, including those who visited the above locations, should continue to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath and contact their healthcare provider for instructions if feeling ill.
For the latest Steuben County updates, visit Steuben County’s website at www.steubencony.org or social media pages: www.facebook.com/SCNYPublicHealth and www.instagram.com/SteubenPublicHealth.