Steuben reports two additional deaths related to COVID-19

By The Leader staff

BATH - The Steuben County Public Health Department has received notification of the deaths of two individuals who had previously tested positive for COVID-19.

Steuben County Public Health Director Darlene Smith said this brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 21. One individual was a 78-year-old male from the Town of Hornellsville who died while hospitalized outside the county. The other individual was an 88-year-old male who died in a nursing home in the Hornell area.

"This virus continues to create losses in our community each day," Smith said. "In order to save lives, we must all remain committed to the importance of physical distancing, wearing face coverings in public, regularly disinfecting surfaces, and thoroughly washing hands."

All residents should continue to stay home and monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath and contact their healthcare provider for instructions if feeling ill.

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Steuben confirms five additional positive cases of COVID-19

BATH - The Steuben County Public Health Department reports it has received notification that five additional Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

This brings the total to 181 confirmed cases, said Public Health Director Darlene Smith. The individuals are residents of:

(5) City of Hornell

All of the individuals are linked with previously reported cases. Additional cases have been reported from Hornell Gardens, both residents and staff, Smith said. The individuals are currently being isolated and 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.

Smith said per CDC and New York State Department of Health guidance, information is being collected beginning 48 hours prior to symptom onset through the day of the investigation. The investigations indicate that one or more of the individuals reported visiting the following location within that time frame.

– Hornell Gardens nursing home in Hornell, April 10

"We expect to see more cases reported in the upcoming days because comprehensive testing of staff and residents is being conducted at area nursing homes," Smith said. "By identifying all the current positive cases in nursing homes, we are hopeful that containment efforts will be successful."

All residents, including those who visited the above locations, should continue to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath and contact their healthcare provider for instructions if feeling ill.

Chemung County

Seventy-one cases of COVID-19 in Chemung County have been confirmed as of 10 a.m. Friday, according to the Chemung County COVID-19 hotline.

To this point 894 people have been tested for the virus in Chemung County, 87 of those results are currently pending.

Two people are currently hospitalized, 19 have recovered and one person has died. All people tested are placed in quarantine pending the test results. Not all people in quarantine are tested if they don’t become sick.