Hornell Mayor And St James Head: Stay Vigilant

October 1, 2020

From Mayor Buckley And St James CEO Bryan O’Donovan:

As Steuben County recently experiences an increase in the
number of positive COVID-19 cases, local officials implore the community to
take every precaution to protect themselves.

“As we march into fall toward cold and flu season, we are already seeing an
uptick in COVID-19 cases in Steuben County,” said Hornell City Mayor John
Buckley. “Now is the time to stay vigilant and not let our guard down.”

“We now have 136 active cases in Steuben County,” said St. James president
and CEO, Bryan O’Donovan. “The recent surge is concerning and we are seeing
an increase of positive cases in the Hornell area. We need the community to
continue to take this seriously, and to protect themselves.”

Hornell Mayor John Buckley concurs. “It’s imperative that people continue to wear a mask in public areas, not
gather in groups of more than fifty, and practice good hand washing habits,”
he said. “Even though we all have ‘COVID fatigue’ and it’s difficult to
keep up these practices, we want to avoid a major surge like we had in the

There have been 136 new confirmed cases in Steuben County in September,
according to the Dept. of Health, with people of all ages being impacted.

“Compared to August, this is a big increase of cases,” said O’Donovan.
“With schools now open and flu season nearly upon us the infection risk is
even greater, so everyone needs to keep following the safety precautions.”

Per Steuben Dept. of Health guidelines, 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.

John J. Buckley


City of Hornell

607 324 7421