BATH – The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that five Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,909 confirmed cases, 45 of which are currently active.
The individuals are residents of the:
· City of Hornell
· Town of Erwin
· Town of Tuscarora
· Village of Bath
· Village of Wayland
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 three individuals had contact with a previously reported Steuben positive, and none of the individuals reported visiting any public locations that could pose an exposure risk within their investigation timeframes.
Today’s age groups for the positives are as follows:
· 50 – 59 years: 1
· 60 – 69 years: 2
· 70 – 79 years: 1
· 80 – 89 years: 1
“Vaccines remain our best protection against getting, spreading, or having a severe case of COVID-19,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “About 36% of Steuben residents have completed their vaccine series, which leaves the majority of the community not fully protected. We have scheduled numerous vaccine clinics throughout the county over the next two weeks. We highly encourage anyone who is not currently vaccinated and is eligible to be vaccinated to get protected as soon as possible.”
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.