February 19, 2021 – Steuben County Reports 17 New Cases

BATH – The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 17 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 5,445 confirmed cases, 109 of which are currently active.

The individuals are residents of the:

· City of Hornell (2)

· Town of Thurston

· Town of Wayland

· Town of Woodhull (6)

· Village of Addison (2)

· Village of Avoca

· Village of Bath

· Village of Canisteo

· Village of Painted Post

· Village of South Corning

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:

· Two individuals had contact with previously reported Steuben positives

· Two individuals are associated with Corning, Inc. Headquarters

· One individual is associated with Alfred State College Wellsville Campus

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

· 2/13 – Texas Roadhouse in Horseheads

· 2/13, 2/14, 2/17, 2/18 – NYS Police in Wayland

· 2/14 – Mulheisen’s Restaurant in Almond

· 2/14 – 2/16 – Planet Fitness in Big Flats

· 2/15 – Emhart Glass Manufacturing in Big Flats

· 2/15, 2/16 – IBEW Local 139 in Elmira

· 2/15 – 2/17 – Steuben County Bridge Shop

· 2/16 – Calamar in Painted Post

· 2/16, 2/17 – Steuben County Landfill

· 2/17 – Nail Tech in Corning

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

· 20 – 29 years: 5

· 30 – 39 years: 1

· 40 – 49 years: 5

· 50 – 59 years: 1

· 60 – 69 years: 3

· 70 – 79 years: 1

· 80 – 89 years: 1

“Thankfully, cases have remained low over the last several weeks,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “To keep the spread low, we all must remain vigilant in protecting others. If you experience COVID-19 symptoms, get tested and do not go to work ill. COVID-19 is still present in the community, so it is imperative to continue with basic prevention strategies.”

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.