The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that an additional Steuben County resident tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 321 confirmed cases, six of which are currently active. The individual is a resident of the Town of Urbana.
The individual is isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. Public Health staff investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed case and exposure risks. All those known to have direct contact with the individual 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 investigation indicates the individual visited the following locations within that timeframe:
• 8/14/20, 8/18/20 – 8/19/20 – Corning, Inc. Erwin Plant
• 8/15/20 Afternoon – Dollar Tree in Penn Yan
• 8/16/20 Morning – Crystal Valley Mennonite Church in Dundee
• 8/18/20 Afternoon – Red Apple gas station in Erwin (pump only)
• 8/18/20 Evening – Keuka Creamery drive through in Hammondsport
“Public Health investigates to identify contacts to the best of our abilities,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “Not all those who interact with a positive individual meet the definition of a contact with exposure risk. To be considered a contact, the positive and the contact need to have been within six feet of one another for at least 10 minutes under typical circumstances. There can be other extenuating circumstances, but only working in the same building or going to the same store does not generally equate to a contact.”
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.
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