February 18, 2021 – Steuben Reports 12 New Cases

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 12 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 5,428 confirmed cases, 113 of which are currently active.

The individuals are residents of the:

· City of Hornell (2)

· Town of Avoca

· Town of Bath

· Town of Greenwood

· Town of Hornellsville

· Town of Jasper

· Town of Woodhull

· Village of Bath (3)

· 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 a local home health agency

· One individual is associated with Campbell Savona Elementary School

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

· 2/10 – Dancing on Edge in Bath

· 2/13 – Siemens Energy in Olean

· 2/15 – Body by Brian in Hornell

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

· 0 – 9 years: 2

· 20 – 29 years: 1

· 30 – 39 years: 3

· 40 – 49 years: 1

· 50 – 59 years: 2

· 60 – 69 years: 2

· 70 – 79 years: 1

“The COVID-19 vaccine is an important component towards ending the pandemic,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “However, even those who have been fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks, social distance and was their hands at this time. The vaccine is proven effective at preventing serious illness, but to protect others from potential COVID-19 spread, masks must be continued to be worn by all.”

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.