The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that five Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Friday’s update. This brings the total to 6,922 confirmed cases, 31 of which are currently active.
The individuals are residents of the:
· City of Corning
· City of Hornell
· Town of Erwin (2)
· Village of Avoca
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 are associated with Absolut Care Three Rivers, and one returned from travel outside New York.
Today’s age groups for the positives are as follows:
· 20 – 29 years: 1
· 40 – 49 years: 1
· 60 – 69 years: 2
· 90 – 99 years: 1
“It’s concerning to see COVID-19 cropping back up in a local nursing home,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “Cases of COVID-19 in nursing home employees and subsequently in residents typically indicate community spread could be on the rise. Vaccination and staying home when ill remain imperative to protecting our 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.