County’s total deaths up to 39, cases up to 242

The Steuben County Public Health Department has received notification of 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 39.

The individual was a 79 year old male from the Village of Bath who died while hospitalized outside the county.

"It has been almost a week since we last reported a death related to COVID-19 in Steuben County," said Public Health Director Darlene Smith. "We know today that someone lost their father much earlier than was expected. A couple months ago, this man was active in the community. The cruelty of this disease is that it takes family members away. Please remember this in your actions to stop the spread."

Authorities also reported one additional positive case in the county. The individual is a resident of the Town of Bath and is linked with a previously reported positive case.

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 individual 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 positive test result. The investigation indicates the individual visited the following location within that time frame:

· 4/30/20 – Southport Correctional Facility in Pine City

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.

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