BATH< NY – The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification of the death of an individual who had previously tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 189. The individual was a female resident of Three Rivers who died at the age of 94. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the woman who has passed,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “Please continue appropriate precautions around those who are unvaccinated or at heightened risk for illness.” Also, Steuben County Public Health Department says that five Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Thursday’s update. This brings the total to 6,955 confirmed cases, 15 of which are currently active. The individuals are residents of the: • City of Corning (2) • Town of Caton • Town of Erwin • Village of Cohocton 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 of the individuals is a resident of Absolut Care Three Rivers, and two had contact with a previously reported Steuben positive. The individuals did not report visiting public locations that could pose an exposure risk within their investigation timeframes. Today’s age groups for the positives are as follows: • 20 – 29 years: 1 • 50 – 59 years: 3 • 80 – 89 years: 1 “We often can deduce how someone was likely exposed to COVID, but that is not always the case, as with two of today’s positives,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “Although cases remain very low, if you are unvaccinated please continue to take appropriate precautions as COVID is still present in the community.” 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.