BATH – The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that five Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,914 confirmed cases, 48 of which are currently active.
The individuals are residents of the:
· Town of Hartsville (2)
· Village of Bath
· Village of Wayland (2)
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,
· One individual is associated with the Hornell City School District
An individual reported visiting the Ask Chemicals in Alfred Station on June 1, which could pose an exposure risk within the investigation timeframe.
Today’s age groups for the positives are as follows:
· 40 – 49 years: 3
· 60 – 69 years: 2
“None of today’s cases reported receiving any COVID-19 vaccinations,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “Please note that although a large portion of our community is eligible to be vaccinated, the majority of our adult population is not protected by vaccines yet. Not only does vaccination offer protection against COVID-19, but fully vaccinated individuals are not quarantined after an exposure and do not have to wear masks in most public locations. Consider getting vaccinated at one of our many clinics 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.
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