BATH – The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that nine Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 5,327 confirmed cases, 228 of which are currently active.
The individuals are residents of the:
· Town of Bath
· Town of Hornellsville
· Town of Troupsburg
· Town of Wayne (2)
· Town of Woodhull
· Village of Bath (3)
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:
· Four individuals had contact with previously reported Steuben positives
In addition, the individuals reported visiting the following locations that could pose an exposure risk within their investigation timeframes:
· 2/4, 2/5 – NYSEG in Horseheads
Today’s age groups for the positives are as follows:
· 10 – 19 years: 2
· 20 – 29 years: 2
· 50 – 59 years: 1
· 60 – 69 years: 2
· 70 – 79 years: 1
· 80 – 89 years: 1
“It’s been many months since we have seen a daily case count in the single digits,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “We are encouraged by the decrease in cases; however we are also aware of a significant decrease in the number of tests being completed as well. Please continue to take every COVID precaution to keep the spread low, including getting tested if you feel unwell, have been exposed, or have traveled.”
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.