98-year-old male victim was Bath nursing home resident; total case count now at 234

The Steuben County Public Health Department on Friday announced the death of an individual who had previously tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 38.

The individual was a 98-year-old male who died at a nursing home in the Bath area.

"We are very saddened to continue to have deaths reported," said Public Health Director Darlene Smith. "Hopefully we’re starting to turn a corner on this pandemic. We must always remember all of those who were impacted and honor their lives through our actions to protect others."

Public Health also announced that three additional county residents have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 234 confirmed cases. The individuals are residents of:

· City of Corning

· Town of Erwin

· Town of Urbana

One or more of the individuals are linked with previously reported cases. One is a new positive case from a nursing home in the Bath area.

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.

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 the individuals visited the following locations within that time period:

· 5/1/20 Morning – Walmart in Horseheads

· 5/1/20 Morning – Wegmans in Corning

All residents should continue to stay home and 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.