BATH – The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 12 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Monday’s update. This brings the total to 7,001 confirmed cases, 27 of which are currently active.
The individuals are residents of the:
- City of Corning (3)
- Town of Canisteo (2)
- Town of Corning
- Town of Hartsville
- Town of Hornellsville (4)
- Village of Canisteo
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. None of the individuals reported visited any public locations that could pose an exposure risk within their investigation timeframes.
The investigations indicate:
- One individual had contact with a previously reported Steuben positive
- Three individuals returned from travel outside New York State
- One individual is associated with Guthrie Corning Hospital
- Two individuals are associated with the Hornell Intermediate School
Today’s age groups for the positives are as follows:
- 10 – 19 years: 2
- 20 – 29 years: 2
- 30 – 39 years: 3
- 40 – 49 years: 1
- 50 – 59 years: 3
- 60 – 69 years: 1
“Like other counties, we are starting to see a slight increase in the number of cases between our reports,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “I know we’ve said it dozens of times already, but vaccination is the best way to the end of this pandemic. If you are not vaccinated yet, please consider doing so as soon as possible to help keep the spread low and protect yourself and loved ones.”
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.