July 1st: Two New Covid Cases, Both In Bath

July 1, 2020

From The County Health Department:

BATH – The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that two additional Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 287 confirmed cases, 12 of which are currently active. The individuals are residents of the Town of Bath.
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 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 the individuals traveled to a state with high rates of infection and quarantined upon their return. Neither individual posed any known public exposure risks since their return to Steuben County.

“Again, we are seeing cases linked with travel to states with high rates of infection,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “We have seen how easily and quickly COVID-19 can spread in locations where rates of infection are high, when individuals gather in groups, and when prevention strategies are not followed.

Please protect yourself and your loved ones by considering where you plan to visit and what actions you will take while there – whether that is out of the state, in a local grocery store, or in your back yard.”

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.