The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 10 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 5,746 confirmed cases, 117 of which are currently active.
The individuals are residents of the:
· City of Corning
· Town of Campbell (2)
· Town of Caton
· Town of Dansville
· Town of Erwin
· Town of Howard
· Town of Lindley (2)
· Town of Prattsburgh
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:
· Five individuals had contact with a previously reported Steuben positive
· Three individuals participated in services at the North Baptist Church in Corning on March 7
· Two individuals returned from travel out of state
· Two individuals are associated with the following schools: Corning-Painted Post High School, BOCES Coopers Campus, and Dana Lyon Middle School
In addition, the individuals reported visiting the following locations that could pose an exposure risk within their investigation timeframes:
· 3/13, 3/14 – Higher Hope Church in Big Flats
· 3/14 – Bob Evans in Riverside
· 3/15 – Jabil in Big Flats
Today’s age groups for the positives are as follows:
· 10 – 19 years: 2
· 30 – 39 years: 1
· 50 – 59 years: 1
· 60 – 69 years: 2
· 70 – 79 years: 2
· 80 – 89 years: 2
“There are multiple positives linked to the North Baptist Church in Corning from the service on March 7,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “If you attended a service that day or a meeting since, please consider getting tested. Unfortunately, we know that COVID can spread through congregations no matter how hard they try to follow all guidelines. To stop further spread into the community, please get tested.”
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.