BATH – The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 20 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 and one has been deemed positive. This brings the total to 5,529 confirmed cases and six total deemed positive, 118 of which are currently active.
New York State guidelines state that school students and staff must be deemed positive after 48 hours if they are symptomatic and do not either get tested or receive an alternative diagnosis from their healthcare provider. Steuben County has extended the 48 hours to five days to allow for appropriate follow through with healthcare providers.
The individuals are residents of the:
· City of Corning
· Town of Bath
· Town of Campbell (3)
· Town of Caton (2)
· Town of Cohocton
· Town of Erwin (2)
· Town of Fremont
· Town of Howard
· Town of Thurston
· Town of Wheeler
· Town of Woodhull
· Village of Addison (2)
· Village of Bath (3)
· Village of Wayland
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:
· Six individuals had contact with previously reported Steuben positives
· Two individuals are associated with Upstate Farms Cheese in Campbell
· Three individuals are associated with the following schools: Arkport Central, Corning-Painted Post High School, and Wayland-Cohocton Middle School
In addition, the individuals reported visiting the following locations that could pose an exposure risk within their investigation timeframes:
· 2/18, 2/19, 2/21, 2/23 – Tops in Bath
· 2/23 – Hair 2 Dye 4 in Campbell
· 2/23 – 2/23 – Sorge’s Restaurant in Corning
· 2/24 – Corning Museum of Glass
· 2/25 – Bring Your Skin in Bath
Today’s age groups for the positives are as follows:
· 0 – 9 years: 3
· 10 – 19 years: 6
· 20 – 29 years: 2
· 30 – 39 years: 5
· 50 – 59 years: 2
· 60 – 69 years: 1
· 70 – 79 years: 2
“Our numbers are fluctuating somewhat, and we would like to see them continue to trend downward,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “Please don’t give up on wearing a face covering, social distancing, avoiding large gatherings and obtaining the vaccine if you are currently eligible.”
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.