BATH – The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 11 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 1,052 confirmed cases, 261 of which are currently active. The individuals are residents of the:
· City of Corning (4)
· City of Hornell
· Town of Caton (2)
· Town of Howard
· Town of Lindley
· Town of Rathbone
· Village of North Hornell
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:
· Four individuals are contacts to previously reported positives
· One individual is an employee of Arnot Ogden Medical Center
· One individual is an employee of the Highland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Wellsville
· One individual is an employee of Bethany Village in Horseheads
· One individual is an employee of the NYS Police
In addition to the locations noted above, the individuals reported visiting the following locations that could pose an exposure risk within their investigation timeframes:
· 10/18 – Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Arkport
· 10/21, 10/22 – Wegmans in Corning
· 10/21 – 10/25 Afternoon – Snap Fitness in Corning
· 10/22 Dinner – Union Block Italian Bistro in Hammondsport
· 10/22 Breakfast, 10/23 & 10/24 Lunch – Donna’s Restaurant in Corning
Today’s age groups for the positives are as follows:
· 20 – 29 years: 2
· 30 – 39 years: 3
· 40 – 49 years: 2
· 50 – 59 years: 1
· 60 – 69 years: 2
· 70 – 79 years: 1
“Although the number of new cases today is down from last week, we could jump again tomorrow,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “The actions of the community will dictate if new cases will continue to drop or spike. Remember, it can take 14 days for the virus to incubate, meaning actions taken now could be reflected in two weeks or more.”
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.