BATH – The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that four Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Thursday’s update. This brings the total to 6,989 confirmed cases, 15 of which are currently active.
The individuals are residents of the:
· City of Corning (3)
· Town of Corning
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 of the individuals returned from travel outside New York State. One reported visiting Siemens Energy in Painted Post during their investigation timeframe.
Today’s age groups for the positives are as follows:
· 20 – 29 years: 2
· 40 – 49 years: 2
“One of the concerns with the delta variant is how incredibly infectious it is,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “The viral loads present in those who have tested positive with the delta variant are about 1,000 times higher than what was found with the original COVID strain. The vaccines have proven to be effective at preventing serious illness and death from COVID, even against delta. Now is the time to be protected.”
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.