BATH – The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 14 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 5,358 confirmed cases, 219 of which are currently active.
The individuals are residents of the:
· City of Hornell
· Town of Avoca
· Town of Bath
· Town of Cohocton
· Town of Dansville
· Town of Hartsville
· Town of Troupsburg
· Town of Wayland (2)
· Town of Wayne (3)
· Town of Wheeler
· Village of Bath
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:
· Seven individuals had contact with previously reported Steuben positives
· One individual is an employee of Steuben Center
· Two individuals are associated with the following schools: Alfred State College and Haverling High School
In addition, the individuals reported visiting the following locations that could pose an exposure risk within their investigation timeframes:
· 2/6 – P.A.K. Nails in Hornell
· 2/9, 2/10 – The Pike Company in Rochester
Today’s age groups for the positives are as follows:
· 0 – 9 years: 1
· 10 – 19 years: 2
· 20 – 29 years: 1
· 30 – 39 years: 1
· 40 – 49 years: 2
· 50 – 59 years: 3
· 60 – 69 years: 2
· 70 – 79 years: 2
“New York State announced this afternoon that fully vaccinated individuals will not be required to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “Aligning with CDC guidance, individuals who have received both doses of either Pfizer or Moderna will not be required to quarantine if they are asymptomatic, are two weeks post second vaccination, and are within three months from having received their second dose. Fully vaccinated individuals still must follow all other COVID-19 prevention strategies, including wearing masks and social distancing.”
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.