Steuben County reports 137 new coronavirus cases, 4 deaths

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BATH, N.Y. (WETM) — The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification of the death of four individuals who had previously tested positive for COVID-19—bringing the total number of COVID-related deaths in the county to 115.

Two individuals were male residents of the Fred and Harriett Taylor Health Center, ages 90 and 66.   Another individual was a 76-year-old male resident of Absolut Care Three Rivers who died while hospitalized. The last individual was a 64-year-old male from the Town of Wayne who also died while hospitalized.

“Our county and communities continue to suffer great loss with each and every death due to COVID-19,” said Public Health Director Darlene Smith. “These men were fathers, brothers, sons and friends to many. Let’s all abide by the COVID safety protocols to protect our friends and family in our community and nursing homes.”

The Steuben County Public Health Department is also reporting 137 new coronavirus cases since Saturday—bringing the total to 2,520 confirmed cases, 426 of which are currently active.

The individuals are residents of the:

  • City of Corning (11)
  • City of Hornell (18)
  • Town of Addison (2)
  • Town of Avoca (2)
  • Town of Bath (2)
  • Town of Cameron (3)
  • Town of Campbell (3)
  • Town of Canisteo
  • Town of Caton (2)
  • Town of Cohocton (2)
  • Town of Corning (8)
  • Town of Dansville (7)
  • Town of Erwin (8)
  • Town of Fremont (1)
  • Town of Greenwood
  • Town of Hornby (4)
  • Town of Hornellsville (4)
  • Town of Howard (2)
  • Town of Jasper (2)
  • Town of Lindley
  • Town of Prattsburgh
  • Town of Thurston
  • Town of Troupsburg (2)
  • Town of Tuscarora (4)
  • Town of Urbana (12)
  • Town of Wayland (2)
  • Town of Wayne
  • Town of West Union
  • Town of Woodhull (2)
  • Village of Addison (7)
  • Village of Bath (7)
  • Village of Canisteo (5)
  • Village of Hammondsport (2)
  • Village of North Hornell
  • Village of Painted Post (2)
  • Village of Savona
  • Village of South Corning (2)

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:

  • 34 individuals had contact with previously reported Steuben positives
  • Nine individuals had contact with positive(s) for Thanksgiving
  • 12 individuals had contact with positives from other counties
  • 10 individuals are residents or rehab patients of the Fred and Harriett Taylor Health Center
  • Two individuals are residents of Absolut Care Three Rivers
  • One individual is a resident of Corning Center
  • Three individuals are employees of the Fred and Harriett Taylor Health Center and/or Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital
  • One individual is an employee of the Country Valley Home in Bath
  • Three individuals are employees of Guthrie Corning Hospital
  • One individual is an employee of the Guthrie Cancer Center in Corning
  • One individual is an employee of St. James Hospital
  • One individual is an employee of UR Medicine Primary Care in Hornell
  • Two individuals are employees of UPS in Painted Post
  • Two individuals are employees of Alstom in Hornell
  • Five individuals are employees of Corning, Inc.: two at Sullivan Park, one not specified, one at CMS Plant, one at Big Flats
  • One individual is a student of Hugh Gregg Elementary School 
  • One individual is a student of Canisteo-Greenwood Elementary School
  • One individual is a student of Bryant Elementary
  • One individual is a student of Tuscarora Elementary
  • One individual is a student of Addison High School
  • One individual is an employee of Addison Middle School
  • One individual is a student of Corning-Painted Post High School
  • One individual is an employee of Calvin U. Smith Elementary School
  • Three individuals are students of Hornell High School
  • One individual is an employee of Hornell High Schools
  • One individual is an employee of Whitesville Central School
  • One individual has reported visiting the Hornell Moose and one individual has reported visiting the Hornell VFW on dates already reported by previous positives along with additional dates (those who have been at the Hornell Moose or Hornell VFW in the past two weeks should monitor for symptoms and/or get tested)

In addition to the locations noted above, the individuals reported visiting the following locations that could pose an exposure risk within their investigation timeframes:

  • 11/27 – American Legion in Hornell
  • 12/2 – West End Gallery in Corning
  • 12/2, 12/4, 12/7 Evening – Wegmans in Corning
  • 12/3 – The Children’s Place in Arnot Mall
  • 12/3, 12/4 – Home Depot in Painted Post
  • 12/3, 12/6, 12/9, 12/12 – Walmart in Hornell
  • 12/4 – Walgreens in Corning
  • 12/5 – 12/7 – American Legion in Big Flats
  • 12/6, 12/7 – Save A Lot in Hornell 
  • 12/6 Morning – Hillside Baptist Church in Hornell
  • 12/6 – 12/8 – Zack’s Grill in Pine City
  • 12/7 – Garcia’s Barbershop in Hornell
  • 12/7, 12/8 – Auto Plus Auto Parts in Hornell
  • 12/7, 12/8 – Body by Brian in Hornell
  • 12/7, 12/8 – Corning Youth Center
  • 12/7 -12/11 – TTA in Hornell
  • 12/8, 12/10, 12/11 – Canisteo Village Hall
  • 12/9 – YMCA in Hornell
  • 12/9 Afternoon. 12/10 Afternoon – Tops in Bath
  • 12/9 – Dollar General in Jasper
  • 12/9 – Donna’s Main St Market & Deli in Woodhull
  • 12/9, 12/10 – Steuben County Mental Health Center in Bath
  • 12/10 Morning – Aldi in Painted Post
  • 12/10 – Sam’s Club in Big Flats
  • 12/10 Morning – Project Iron Gym in Kanona
  • 12/10 Evening, 12/13 Morning – Walmart in Painted Post
  • 12/11 – YMCA in Corning
  • 12/11 Afternoon – Tops in Riverside
  • 12/11 Afternoon – Kohl’s in Horseheads
  • 12/11 Afternoon – JCPenney at the Arnot Mall
  • 12/11 Afternoon – Best Buy in Big Flats
  • 12/11 Evening – Connors Mercantile in Corning
  • 12/12 Afternoon – GameStop in Hornell
  • 12/12 – Wegmans in Hornell

Today’s age groups for the positives are as follows:

  • 0 – 9 years: 5
  • 10 – 19 years: 15
  • 20 – 29 years: 11
  • 30 – 39 years: 22
  • 40 – 49 years: 15
  • 50 – 59 years: 20
  • 60 – 69 years: 22
  • 70 – 79 years: 17
  • 80 – 89 years: 9
  • 90 – 99 years: 1

“The spread of COVID-19 continues to be at a level that is unsafe for the community,” said Smith. “Please consider what steps you can take to slow the spread as we continue this holiday season.  What safety measures and changes can you implement so we do not continue to see such high numbers of cases and deaths each week?”

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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