December 29th: Steuben Co Reports Two Deaths In Bath And 93 New Cases

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 93 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total to 3,355 confirmed cases, 601 of which are currently active. 

The individuals are residents of the:

  • City of Corning (8)
  • City of Hornell (10)
  • Town of Avoca (5)
  • Town of Bath (17)
  • Town of Campbell (2)
  • Town of Caton
  • Town of Cohocton
  • Town of Corning (7)
  • Town of Dansville
  • Town of Erwin (7)
  • Town of Hartsville
  • Town of Hornby (2)
  • Town of Hornellsville
  • Town of Prattsburgh
  • Town of Rathbone
  • Town of Thurston
  • Town of Troupsburg
  • Town of Urbana (2)
  • Town of Wayland
  • Town of Wayne
  • Town of Wheeler
  • Village of Bath (7)
  • Village of Canisteo
  • Village of Cohocton
  • Village of Hammondsport (2)
  • Village of North Hornell
  • Village of Painted Post (5)
  • Village of Riverside
  • Village of Wayland (3)

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 previously reported Steuben positives
  • Three individuals are residents of nursing homes: Corning Center and Absolut Care Three Rivers
  • Two individuals are employees of the Fred & Harriett Taylor Health Center
  • Four individuals are associated with Corning, Inc.
  • Three individuals are associated with correctional facilities outside Steuben County
  • One individual is associated with Finger Lakes DDSO
  • One individual is an employee of GST BOCES in Hornell
  • 16 individuals are associated with the Steuben County Jail

In addition to the locations noted above, the individuals reported visiting the following locations that could pose an exposure risk within their investigation timeframes:

  • 12/14, 12/15, 12/18-12/22, 12/26 – Corelle Brands in Corning
  • 12/18, 12/19 – Walgreens in Corning
  • 12/19 – Wegmans in Corning
  • 12/21 – 12/23 – Eaves Family Dental in Bath
  • 12/21 – 12/24 – Emstar in Elmira
  • 12/22 Evening – Burgers & Beer in Corning
  • 12/22 Evening – The Quincy Exchange in Corning 
  • 12/22, 12/23 – Village Café in Arkport
  • 12/22 – 12/24, 12/26 – Home Goods in Big Flats
  • 12/23 – Casa-Trinity in Hornell
  • 12/23, 12/26 – Time Buyer in Hornell
  • 12/24 – Strobels Supply in Hornell
  • 12/24, 12/25 – Aaron’s Heating and Air Conditioning in Corning
  • 12/24 – 12/28 – Bath Ambulance
  • 12/26 – R & M in Corning
  • 12/26 – 12/29 – Tops in Big Flats
  • 12/27 – Wegmans in Corning

Today’s age groups for the positives are as follows:

  • 0 – 9 years: 2
  • 10 – 19 years: 6
  • 20 – 29 years: 16
  • 30 – 39 years: 22
  • 40 – 49 years: 13
  • 50 – 59 years: 10
  • 60 – 69 years: 11
  • 70 – 79 years: 7
  • 80 – 89 years: 5
  • 90 – 99 years: 1

“Today’s numbers are very discouraging.  We have already traced many positive cases back to Christmas gatherings; gatherings that are even larger than many at Thanksgiving,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “With New Year’s Eve approaching, please reconsider your plans for the sake of your friends and community.” 

The Steuben County Public Health Department also reports that they received notification of the death of two individuals who had previously tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 138. The individuals were both residents of the Town of Bath who died while hospitalized, a male age 72 and a female age 73.

“Losing a loved one, particularly during the holiday season, is a heavy burden for their family, friends, and community,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith.  “Please continue to do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19 to protect the collective health of the community.” 

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.