The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that three Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Thursday’s update. This brings the total to 6,970 confirmed cases, 14 of which are currently active.
The individuals are residents of the:
· Town of Corning (2)
· Village of Canisteo
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 any 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.
None of the individuals reported visiting any public locations that could pose an exposure risk within their investigation timeframes.
Today’s age groups for the positives are as follows:
· 20 – 29 years: 1
· 60 – 69 years: 2
“None of today’s positives were vaccinated, and unfortunately one of them is hospitalized in the ICU,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “Community spread can and does occur, unknowingly and unintentionally, given the positive cases today reported they were not around others and had not visited any public locations. We cannot stress enough the importance of getting vaccinated, especially with the rise of cases being seen around the world due to the delta variant.”
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.
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