SIX NEW CASES OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED AND TWO DEEMED POSITIVE IN STEUBEN COUNTY
BATH – The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that six Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 and two have been deemed positive. This brings the total to 5,646 confirmed cases and eight total deemed positive, 109 of which are currently active.
New York State guidelines state that school students and staff must be deemed positive after 48 hours if they are symptomatic and do not either get tested or receive an alternative diagnosis from their healthcare provider. Steuben County has extended the 48 hours to five days to allow for appropriate follow through with healthcare providers.
The individuals are residents of the:
· Town of Avoca
· Town of Corning
· Town of Dansville
· Town of Hornby
· Town of Hornellsville
· Town of Wayne (2)
· Town of Woodhull
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:
· Three individuals are associated with the following schools: Arkport Central, Frederick Carder Elementary, Winfield Street Elementary
In addition, the individuals reported visiting the following locations that could pose an exposure risk within their investigation timeframes:
· 3/4 – Buffalo Wild Wings in Horseheads
· 3/7 – Aldi in Painted Post
Today’s age groups for the positives are as follows:
· 0 – 9 years: 3
· 20 – 29 years: 1
· 40 – 49 years: 1
· 50 – 59 years: 2
· 70 – 79 years: 1
“A COVID-19 vaccination clinic for eligible essential workers is being held tomorrow, March 10th in Corning,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “As soon as we receive vaccine from the state, we are able to schedule a clinic. This makes for a tight turnaround in notification, but we are happy to be able to vaccinate our residents. Details on how to register can be found on Public Health’s website.”
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.