The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 19 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 5,847 confirmed cases, 135 of which are currently active.
The individuals are residents of the:
· City of Corning
· Town of Avoca
· Town of Bath
· Town of Caton (2)
· Town of Corning (5)
· Town of Erwin (2)
· Town of Lindley
· Town of Thurston
· Town of Troupsburg
· Town of Tuscarora
· Village of Addison
· Village of Painted Post
· 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:
· 10 individuals had contact with a previously reported Steuben positive
· Two individuals are associated with Siemens Energy in Painted Post
· One individual is associated with Corning, Inc. at the Erwin Plant
· Five individuals are associated with the Elmira Junior Enforcers hockey team
· Two individuals are associated with the following schools: Addison High School, BOCES Coopers Campus, and Cornell University
In addition, the individuals reported visiting the following locations that could pose an exposure risk within their investigation timeframes:
· 3/15 – 3/17 – NYSDOT in Wellsville
· 3/18, 3/19 – HealthWorks in Painted Post
· 3/18, 3/19 – Jabil in Big Flats
· 3/22, 3/23 – Little Peeps Play Care in Elmira
· 3/23 – Mooney’s Sports Bar and Grill in Corning
Today’s age groups for the positives are as follows:
· 10 – 19 years: 8
· 20 – 29 years: 4
· 30 – 39 years: 1
· 40 – 49 years: 2
· 50 – 59 years: 3
· 60 – 69 years: 1
“Vaccination clinics have open spots in Canisteo tomorrow and next Friday,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “We strongly recommend that anyone who is currently eligible get the first available vaccine, regardless of the manufacturer. All the vaccines we have are proven safe and effective and are our best avenue to return our community to a more normal, healthy life.”
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.