The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that an additional Steuben County resident tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 296 confirmed cases, 10 of which are currently active. The individual is a resident of the Village of Avoca.
The individual is isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. Public Health staff investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed case 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 investigation indicates the individual visited the following locations within that timeframe:
• 7/11/20, 7/12/20, 7/14/20 – Pinecrest Home for Adults in Avoca
• 7/12/20 Morning – First Baptist Church of Avoca
• 7/13/20 Afternoon – Dollar Tree in Bath
“It is important to remember that there are still guidelines to follow to lessen the risk of spreading COVID-19 when gathering,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “For example, during worship services that include singing, family units must be separated from one another by at least 12 feet in all directions. Masks need to be worn when distancing is not possible. By continuing to follow prevention strategies, Steuben County will hopefully remain low in new cases.”
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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