February 17, 2021, Steuben Co Reports Eight New Cases

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that eight Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 5,416 confirmed cases, 107 of which are currently active.

The individuals are residents of the:

· City of Hornell (2)

· Town of Caton

· Town of Erwin (2)

· Town of Wayland

· Town of Wheeler

· Village of Canisteo

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:

· Five individuals had contact with previously reported Steuben positives

· One individual is associated with Finger Lakes DDSO

· Two individuals are associated with the following schools: Haverling High School and VEW Primary School

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

· 2/12 – Corning Credit Union Erwin branch

· 2/14 – Canisteo Wesleyan Church

· 2/14 – Mulheisen’s Restaurant in Almond

· 2/16 – Corning Credit Union main branch

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

· 10 – 19 years: 1

· 20 – 29 years: 2

· 30 – 39 years: 1

· 50 – 59 years: 2

· 60 – 69 years: 2

“Cases in Steuben County have drastically decreased over the last month,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “To keep the spread this low, please continue to be vigilant about COVID-19 prevention measures, especially when gathering with others indoors.”

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.