BATH – The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification of the death of an individual who died from complications related to COVID-19 earlier this year. This brings the total number of known COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 190. The individual was a female resident of the City of Hornell who died at the age of 66.
“Sadly, COVID has wreaked more havoc and caused more grief to families than we’ll ever truly know,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “Our thoughts and prayers remain with all those who have been negatively impacted by this devastating virus.”
Also, the Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that two Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Monday’s update. This brings the total to 6,972 confirmed cases, 14 of which are currently active. The individuals are residents of the Town of Addison.
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.
The investigations indicate that one or more of the individuals returned from travel outside New York State, and did not visit any public locations that could pose an exposure risk during their investigation timeframes.
Today’s age groups for the positives are as follows:
· 50 – 59 years: 1
· 60 – 69 years: 1
“COVID cases have remained very low in Steuben County,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “Vaccination remains the best protection against severe cases of COVID that result in hospitalization or death. We encourage anyone who is eligible to be vaccinated to strongly consider the benefits for themselves and their friends and family.”
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.