April 8, 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 92 confirmed cases. The individuals are residents of:
• City of Hornell (2)
• Town of Prattsburgh
• Town of Woodhull
• Village of Hammondsport
One or more of the cases reported today is linked with previously reported individuals or nursing homes in the area. One of the individuals is hospitalized, bringing the total current number of hospitalizations to 14.
All of 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 any exposure risks. All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified.
The investigations indicate that all of the individuals followed Public Health protocols, resulting in no known public exposure risks.
All residents 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.
“We are seeing a trend that most of our newly positive cases are linked with previously reported individuals or facilities,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “We are hopeful this means that the community has adopted more stringent practices around social distancing and limiting all contact outside the home to slow the spread of this deadly virus. By continuing to follow these practices, there is the potential for a decline in the number of unlinked community cases over the next several weeks.”