October 7th: Four More Corning Deaths, 29 More Covid Cases In Steuben Co

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification of the death of four individuals who had previously tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 56. The individuals were all residents of Corning Center. Two individuals were 69 year old males, one individual was a 78 year old female, and one individual was a 92 year old female.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who have passed,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “COVID-19 has impacted the lives of too many in Steuben County. Help us slow the spread.”

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.

The Steuben County Public Health Department also received notification that 29 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 633 confirmed cases, 252 of which are currently active. The individuals are residents of the:
• City of Corning (13)
• Town of Bath
• Town of Campbell (3)
• Town of Corning (2)
• Town of Erwin (2)
• Town of Hornby (2)
• Town of Tuscarora
• Town of Urbana
• Village of Addison
• Village of Bath
• Village of Painted Post
• 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:
• Six individuals are residents of Corning Center
• Two individuals are employees of Corning Center
• Two individuals are employees of employees of Pathways
• Three individuals are employees of Siemens Energy in Painted Post
• Two individuals are employees of Upstate Farms Cheese in Campbell
• One individual is an employee of Corning-Painted Post School District

In addition to the locations noted above, the individuals reported visiting the following locations within their investigation timeframes:
• 9/25 Lunch – Little Boomer’s Burrito Bar in Corning
• 9/27 & 9/30 – Tioga Downs
• 9/28 Afternoon – K. Rae Salon and Spa in Corning
• 9/28 – 10/1 – Finger Lakes Family Dental in Painted Post
• 9/28 – 9/30, 10/2 – Corning, Inc. Headquarters
• 9/29 – 10/1 – Elcor in Horseheads
• 9/30 – Three Birds Restaurant in Corning
• 9/30 – 10/1 – Outback Steakhouse in Horseheads
• 10/1 – Curly’s Chicken House in Elmira
• 10/1, 10/2, 10/5 – Howard Hanna in Corning
• 10/2 Evening – Erwina Tavern in Painted Post
• 10/3 Lunch – Red Robin in Horseheads
• 10/3 – Bottles & Corks in Corning

“The number of new cases continues to rise at an alarming rate,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “We must all show our community spirit by adhering to the basics of prevention: wear your masks, social distance from those you don’t live with, and limit gathering size. Without your help, our cases will rise exponentially, as will contacts, hospitalizations and deaths.”

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.