Officials say result is 'a bright spot,’ but more positive cases will be coming

BATH – The Steuben County Public Health Department reports it has received notification that one additional Steuben County resident tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 196 confirmed cases. The individual is a resident of the Village of Canisteo.


"Reporting only one new case today is a step in the right direction," said Public Health Director Darlene Smith. "We know there will be more cases to report in the upcoming days related to universal testing at another nursing home, but for today, one new case is a bright spot. Our residents can help us keep these new case numbers low by continuing to follow public health precautions."


The individual is currently being isolated and 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 individuals have been notified.


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 investigation indicates that the individual reported visiting the following location within that timeframe.


· 4/18/20 Late Evening – Walmart in Hornell


· 4/18/20 Late Evening – Wegmans in Hornell


· 4/20/20 Morning – Bath VA Medical Center, Building 35


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.


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.


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Chemung County up to 77 cases as of Monday


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


To this point, 1,013 people have been tested for the virus in Chemung County -- 85 of those results are currently pending.


One person is currently hospitalized, 31 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.