BATH – The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 19 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,408 confirmed cases, 207 of which are currently active.
The individuals are residents of the:
· Town of Addison (2)
· Town of Avoca
· Town of Bath
· Town of Cameron
· Town of Campbell (2)
· Town of Corning
· Town of Jasper
· Town of Lindley
· Town of Thurston
· Town of Urbana
· Village of Addison
· Village of Avoca
· Village of Bath (5)
The individuals are isolated and being 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 collected beginning 48 hours prior to symptom onset or date of test if asymptomatic through the day of the positive test result to identify any potential exposure risks.
The investigations indicate:
· 13 individuals had contact with a previously reported Steuben positive
· Two individuals are associated with Corning, Inc. at the Erwin and Diesel Plants
· One individual is associated with BOCES Bush Campus
In addition, the individuals reported visiting the following locations that could pose an exposure risk within their investigation timeframes:
· 4/11, 4/13, 4/14, 4/19 – 4/21 – Kwik Fill in Addison
· 4/15, 4/16 – Corning Children’s Center
· 4/18 – His Tabernacle Family Church in Horseheads
· 4/19 – T&R Towing in Bath
Today’s age groups for the positives are as follows:
· 0 – 9 years: 1
· 10 – 19 years: 5
· 20 – 29 years: 5
· 40 – 49 years: 4
· 50 – 59 years: 3
· 60 – 69 years: 1
“Today is the first day since April 1st where the majority of the cases are connected with previously reported Steuben positives,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “Being able to link current cases to previous positives typically indicates that the new cases were already identified and quarantined as contacts prior to them becoming positive, which lessens the opportunity for further spread in the community. This month, we have been seeing high community spread and individuals testing positive shortly after known contact. Hopefully, we will start to see less spread as we all continue to follow prevention strategies.”
All residents should continue to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills or repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell 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.