BATH – The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 35 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 483 confirmed cases, 136 of which are currently active. The individuals are residents of the:
· City of Corning (28)
· City of Hornell
· Town of Campbell
· Town of Thurston
· Town of Urbana
· Town of Woodhull
· Village of Addison
· 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:
· 21 individuals are residents of Corning Center
· Three individuals are employees of Corning Center
· Seven individuals had contact with a positive
· One individual is a student at Hugh Gregg Elementary School in Corning
Public Health worked with Hugh Gregg Elementary school, and the impacted staff and students who were found to have direct contact with the positive student have been contacted to quarantine.
The individuals reported visited the following locations within the investigation timeframe:
· 9/16/20 – 9/18/20, 9/23/20 – 9/25/20 – Ready, Set, Grow Child Care Center in Corning
· 9/22/20 – 9/23/20 – American Medical Response in Corning
· 9/22/20 – 9/25/20 – Upstate Farms Cheese in Campbell
· 9/22/20, 9/23/20, 9/25/20 – New Image Salon in Corning
· 9/22/20 Afternoon – Nail Tech in Corning
· 9/23/20, 9/25/20 Afternoon – Hornell YMCA
· 9/23/20 – 9/24/20 – Pathways Home in Corning
· 9/24/20 Afternoon – Hands on Chiropractic in Corning
· 9/24/20 Afternoon – Smith Asthma and Allergy in Corning
· 9/24, 9/25, 9/28, 9/29/20 – Corning Community College
· 9/25/20 Afternoon – Walmart Nail Salon in Painted Post
· 9/26/20 – The Old Mill Inn Bar & Grill in Alfred Station
· 9/26/20, 9/27/20 – Reisinger’s Apple Country in Watkins Glen
· 9/27/20 – Wegmans in Hornell
“We have had nearly eight times as many cases this month as we had last month,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “We do not believe anyone knowingly or intentionally spreads COVID-19, however gathering together without masks is one easy way to spread this virus. We must all be extra cautious at this time to slow the spread and save lives. Our current active cases range in age from under age 1 through age 95. None of them need to lose their lives because of COVID-19. We must do everything we can to stop 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.
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.