October 5th: Another Corning Covid Death, And 36 New Cases Since This Past Saturday

October 5, 2020

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 52. The individual was an 82 year old male resident of Corning Center who died while hospitalized. “We haven’t seen this number of deaths this close together since April. It is absolutely heartbreaking,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “Take all precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect your loved ones.”

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.

The Steuben County Public Health Department also reports 36 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Saturday. This brings the total to 584 confirmed cases, 209 of which are currently active. The individuals are residents of the:
• City of Corning (12)
• Town of Bath (4)
• Town of Cameron
• Town of Campbell
• Town of Corning (2)
• Town of Erwin (2)
• Town of Hornellsville
• Town of Thurston (2)
• Town of Tuscarora
• Town of Wayne
• Town of Woodhull (2)
• Village of Addison (2)
• Village of Bath (2)
• Village of Painted Post (2)
• Village of Savona

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 residents of Corning Center
• Three individuals are employees of Upstate Farms Cheese in Campbell
• Three individuals are employees of Pathways
• One individual is a teacher at Campbell-Savona Jr./Sr. High School
• One individual is an employee of the Addison School District
• One individual is a student at Dana Lyon Middle School in Bath
• Two individuals are students at Corning-Painted Post High School
• One individual is a teacher and one individual is a student at the Bush BOCES campus
• One individual is a student at Elmira College
• One individual returned from an university located in a state on the advisory list
• Four individuals are employees of local bars or restaurants
• Two individuals attended a funeral and services that exceeded the nonessential gathering limit

Public Health coordinated with the indicated school districts to identify and quarantine impacted students and staff.
In addition to the locations noted above, the individuals reported visiting the following locations within their investigation timeframes:

• 9/24 – Once Upon a Time Preschool in Corning
• 9/24-9/26, 9/28 – Tag’s Restaurant in Big Flats
• 9/25 – Elmira Gymnastics in Big Flats
• 9/25 Afternoon – Aniello’s Pizzeria in Corning
• 9/26 Afternoon – Burgers & Beer in Hammondsport
• 9/26 Afternoon – Zhalimar Hair Studio in Horseheads
• 9/26 Afternoon – Seneca Farms in Penn Yan
• 9/29 – 10/2 – Oak’s Sports Bar in Corning
• 9/28 – 9/30 – Hardinge, Inc. in Elmira
• 9/28 – 9/30 – Corning Natural Gas
• 9/29 – Carpenter-Flint Funeral Home in Addison
• 9/29 Dinner – American Legion in Addison
• 9/29 Evening – Maley’s in Corning
• 9/30 Lunch – Nickel’s Pit BBQ in Corning
• 9/30 – The Way Center Church in Elmira Heights
• 9/30 – Dormann Library in Bath
• 9/30 Late Afternoon – Burger King in Painted Post
• 9/27, 9/28, 10/1 – Buffalo Wild Wings in Horseheads
• 10/1 – Mooney’s in Corning
• 10/2 – McDonald’s in Corning

“COVID-19 has been found to spread more easily in settings where people are unmasked,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “In addition, anyone who attended the funeral service and/or the dinner after in Addison on September 29 should get tested. These group settings have the power to spread the virus to a large amount of people, and it’s best to stop the spread beyond that event as soon as possible.”
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.