NINE NEW CASES OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED IN STEUBEN COUNTY
BATH – The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that nine Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Monday’s update. This brings the total to 6,985 confirmed cases, 16 of which are currently active.
The individuals are residents of the:
· City of Hornell
· Town of Bradford
· Town of Cameron (2)
· Town of Erwin
· Village of Addison
· Village of Canisteo (3)
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 two of the individuals are contacts to previously reported Steuben positives and seven returned from travel outside New York State. None reported visiting any public locations that could pose an exposure risk during their investigation timeframes.
Today’s age groups for the positives are as follows:
· 10 – 19 years: 2
· 30 – 39 years: 2
· 40 – 49 years: 3
· 50 – 59 years: 1
· 60 – 69 years: 1
“The benefit of vaccines is that they prevent serious illness and death from COVID and offer protection to loved ones,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “We are not likely to see zero cases of COVID consistently anytime soon, so we can only hope our community will reach a better level of protection through vaccinations, and less people will be severely impacted going forward.”
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.