BATH – The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that five Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Monday’s update. This brings the total to 6,943 confirmed cases, 22 of which are currently active.
The individuals are residents of the:
· Town of Corning
· Town of Erwin
· Town of Hornellsville
· Village of Avoca
· Village of Hammondsport
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 one individual is a resident of Absolut Care Three Rivers and another returned from travel outside the 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:
· 0 – 9 years: 1
· 10 – 19 years: 1
· 40 – 49 years: 1
· 60 – 69 years: 1
· 90 – 99 years: 1
“We continue to encourage all residents who are able to be vaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “There is some concern for those who are unvaccinated since the delta variant has been found in Western New York. The delta variant has been found to be more infectious and can be more severe. Vaccines have proven to offer protection against the variant, making now a great time to be vaccinated.”
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.