January 6 2022, An Update From Steuben Co

The 161 new cases reported in this update reflects cases from January 1 through January 3. An additional 144 cases were investigated yesterday and today but the data from those cases was unable to be processed in time for today’s update.

Sadly 3 more residents have passed since Monday’s update.

Multiple positives from the report are associated with Christmas gatherings (25), Corning Inc Diesel Plant (3), and Corning Inc Sullivan Park (3).

The positives are residents of:
City of Corning (28)
City of Hornell (8 )
Town of Bath (11)
Town of Bradford (3)
Town of Cameron
Town of Campbell (5)
Town of Caton
Town of Cohocton (4)
Town of Corning (15)
Town of Erwin (24)
Town of Hartsville (4)
Town of Hornby (5)
Town of Hornellsville
Town of Lindley (3)
Town of Prattsburgh (2)
Town of Pulteney
Town of Thurston (3)
Town of Tuscarora (3)
Town of Urbana
Town of Wayland (2)
Town of Wayne (2)
Town of West Union
Town of Woodhull (2)
Village of Addison (7)
Village of Arkport (4)
Village of Bath (12)
Village of Painted Post (3)
Village of Riverside (2)
Village of Savona (2)
Village of South Corning

From Canisteo-Greenwood School Superintendent Tom Crook:
I know many of you are probably wondering what is going on this week with CG Covid numbers. Here is what we have as of now:
– 38 cases have been reported to the county: 9 from the break itself and 29 cases this week.
– 19 staff, 11 high school students and 8 elementary students.

Going into the break and with the new Omicron variant (highly contagious but milder symptoms) we knew that we would be facing many positive cases. Historically coming off a break, the positives are from contacts outside of the school setting and this break was no different.

I know some are probably thinking (as we did coming off the Thanksgiving Break), “what is our breaking point for going remote”? Our conversations continue to be the following:
1. If school transmission remains as it has (extremely low) and it is safe to be here as deemed by the county, we remain open.
2. If staffing becomes an issue and we do not have the number of subs required to fill all the vacancies, we fall back to the original plan of filtering all the substitutes to the elementary building to keep it open and the high school goes remote. High school students would follow their bell schedule. All after school activities would remain active (sports, clubs, etc.)

– The logic behind this is that it is more difficult for elementary parents to find childcare for their children and virtual learning is tougher for our younger students.
– High school students can handle the bell schedule and the technology required to go remote for any period of time. Also, most HS students do not need childcare.

Once we had enough staff for both buildings, the high school would immediately re-open.

3. We do not have enough bus drivers to complete our routes. If provided enough lead time, we may ask that the parents self-transport or work out an alternative plan and keep our buildings open, but this is strictly situational and will be a game-time decision.

I wanted you to know our thoughts of what could potentially happen if we were forced to go remote for a period of time. My hope is that as staff members currently in quarantine begin to come back that we have enough staff and substitutes to keep our district operational.

Thank you for your continued support during these times.

Yours in service,
Tom