November 9th: One Death, 36 More Cases Since Saturday

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification of the death of an individual who had previously tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 82. The individual was a male resident of Absolut Care Three Rivers who died at age 89.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the friends and family of the gentleman who has passed,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “COVID-19 continues to spread in Steuben County, and we must all take every precaution available to protect our most vulnerable.”

Also, the county health dept received notification that 36 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Saturday. This brings the total to 1,282 confirmed cases, 146 of which are currently active. The individuals are residents of the:

· City of Corning (4)

· City of Hornell (2)

· Town of Bath (4)

· Town of Campbell (2)

· Town of Caton

· Town of Corning (4)

· Town of Erwin (2)

· Town of Greenwood

· Town of Jasper

· Town of Lindley

· Town of Prattsburgh

· Town of Thurston

· Town of Urbana

· Town of Woodhull (2)

· Village of Addison (3)

· Village of Arkport (2)

· Village of Bath

· Village of North Hornell

· Village of Savona

· Village of South Corning

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:

· 5 individuals are contacts to previously reported positives

· 7 individuals had contact with positives from other counties

· One individual works for the Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Service Office

· One individual traveled to another state with high rates of positivity

· One individual is an employee of Corning Hospital

· One individual is a resident of Corning Center

· One individual is a resident of Absolut Care Three Rivers

· One individual is an employee of Absolut Care Three Rivers

· One individual is an employee of the AIM Center for Independent Living

· Two individuals are employees of Corning, Inc.: one at Sullivan Park, one at Big Flats

· One individual is a student of Hornell High School

· Two individuals are linked with Pathways

· One individual is an employee of the Elmira Correctional Facility

In addition to the locations noted above, the individuals reported visiting the following locations that could pose an exposure risk within their investigation timeframes:

· 10/28 – BellaCapelli Hair Craft in Corning

· 10/29 – 10/31, 11/2 – 11/7 – P & J’s in Elkland, PA

· 10/30 Afternoon – American Legion in Addison

· 10/30, 10/31, 11/2 – C&N Bank in Elkland, PA

· 10/30, 11/2, 11/3 – Chemung County Public Defender’s Office

· 10/31 Morning, Afternoon, Evening – St. Mary’s in Corning

· 11/1 Morning – Enterprise at Fox’s Auto Group in Painted Post

· 11/1 Lunch – Olive Garden in Big Flats

· 11/2 – First Heritage Federal Credit Union in Painted Post

· 11/2 – DJ’s Flamingo in Bath

· 11/2, 11/3 – Arkport Post Office

· 11/2, 11/3 – Williams Honda in Big Flats

· 11/2, 11/4 – Steuben County Highway Department Equipment Shop

· 11/2 – 11/5 – Vision Hyundai of Canandaigua

· 11/3 Morning – Union Hall in Corning

· 11/3 Morning and Evening – Campbell Town Hall

· 11/3 Afternoon – American Legion in Campbell

· 11/3 Evening – Kanona Fire Hall

· 11/3 Evening – Bath Baptist Church

· 11/3 Evening – Crystal Lanes in Corning

· 11/3, 11/4 – Homes Reflecting You by Sheri in Bath

· 11/3 – 11/6 – Ready, Set, Grow Childcare Center in Corning

· 11/4, 11/5 – Steuben County Office Building

· 11/5 Evening – Applebee’s in Painted Post

· 11/6 Dinner – Buffalo Wild Wings in Horseheads

· 11/7 Lunch – Charleys Philly Steaks in Big Flats

· 11/7 Lunch – Firehouse Subs in Ithaca

· 11/7 Afternoon – Oak’s Sports Bar in Corning

· 11/7 Evening – Slammin’ Jammin’ BBQ in Corning

Today’s age groups for the positives are as follows:

· 10 – 19 years: 1

· 20 – 29 years: 10

· 30 – 39 years: 6

· 40 – 49 years: 5

· 50 – 59 years: 4

· 60 – 69 years: 4

· 70 – 79 years: 4

· 80 – 89 years: 1

· 90 – 99 years: 1

“On our call with local hospital systems this morning, it was shared that bed capacity is running low due to COVID-19 admissions in the area,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “We currently have Steuben positives in their 30s to their 90s who are hospitalized. It is so important to limit social gatherings at this time, because these events lend to spread more readily. You could be lucky and not feel too ill with COVID-19, or you could end up in the hospital at any age – none of us know which way COVID could impact you specifically. Utilize all prevention strategies so that our hospitals are available for those who need care, COVID-related or otherwise.”

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.