October 2nd: Another Corning Covid Death, 35 More Cases In Steuben Co

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 51. The individual was a 71 year old female resident of Corning Center.

“COVID-19 has cruelly cut short the life of another Steuben resident,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “I urge our residents to take this seriously. We must do everything possible to slow the spread and stop the death toll.”

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.

Also, the Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 35 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 548 confirmed cases, 185 of which are currently active. The individuals are residents of the:

· City of Corning (11)

· Town of Bath (2)

· Town of Cameron (2)

· Town of Campbell

· Town of Caton

· Town of Cohocton

· Town of Corning

· Town of Erwin

· Town of Hornby

· Town of Hornellsville (2)

· Town of Prattsburgh (4)

· Town of Rathbone (2)

· Town of Thurston

· Village of Addison (2)

· Village of Bath

· Village of Savona

· 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:

· Four individuals are residents of Corning Center

· Nine individuals are employees of Corning Center

· Three individuals work for various ambulance services

· Three individuals are employees of Upstate Farms Cheese in Campbell

· Nine individuals had contact with known positives

· One individual is a student at Frederick Carder Elementary School

· One individual is an employee of Addison School District

Public Health coordinated with the Corning-Painted Post and Addison School Districts to identify and quarantine impacted students and staff.

The individuals reported visiting the following locations within their investigation timeframe:

· 9/23 Evening – Primp in Corning

· 9/25 – Wade’s Building Supply in Addison

· 9/25 – Mooney’s Sports Bar and Grill in Corning

· 9/26 Afternoon – Panera in Horseheads

· 9/26/20 – Domino’s in South Corning

· 9/27 – Believer’s Fellowship of Prattsburgh

· 9/27 – Applebee’s in Hornell

· 9/27 – Bully Hill in Hammondsport

· 9/27 – Heron Hill in Hammondsport

· 9/27 – Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery in Hammondsport

· 9/27 – Keg & Barrel Brewing Co. in Dundee

· 9/27 Evening – Oak’s Sports Bar in Corning

· 9/28 Morning – South Corning Village Hall

· 9/28 – Corning, Inc. Diesel Plant

“Now is not the time to have parties, go to bars or restaurant with a group, go on wine tours or generally gather with a number of people from outside your household,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “COVID-19 is spreading at an uncontainable rate in Steuben and surrounding counties. We need your help to stop this.”

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.