BATH – The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that an additional Steuben County resident tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 328 confirmed cases, six of which are currently active. The individual is a resident of the Town of Wayne. The individual is isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. Public Health staff investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed case and exposure risks. All those known to have direct contact with the individual 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 investigation indicates the individual returned from college out of the county where many cases have been confirmed and has posed no known local exposure risks. “We will not be surprised to see a rise in cases of COVID-19 locally related to students going to college,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “Utilizing prevention strategies to slow the spread to the community is paramount. Everyone must continue to wear masks in public, distance themselves physically from those outside their households, and wash their hands thoroughly and often.”
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.
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