COVID cases at Hornell, Canisteo-Greenwood, Avoca among 17 new positives in Steuben County

Active cases in Steuben County continue recent decline

Chris Potter
The Evening Tribune

Cases associated with three local schools were among 17 Steuben County residents who tested positive for COVID-19 in Wednesday's report from the Steuben County Public Health Department.

Three individuals are associated with Avoca High School, Canisteo-Greenwood High School and the Hornell Intermediate School, said the county. 

Active cases continued to decline, falling to 216 — down 12 from Tuesday and 98 since Friday. Steuben County's lower numbers reflect falling COVID-19 rates across the state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that the statewide positivity of 3.54% is the lowest since Nov. 25.  

Previous report:New COVID-19 cases in Steuben County dip to 9, active cases continue to decline

With winter breaks approaching for Steuben County schools, Public Health Director Darlene Smith urged residents planning trips to adhere to New York state’s travel guidelines.

“The significant decrease in COVID spread in Steuben has been welcomed, and we are hopeful to continue seeing this trend beyond winter break," Smith said. "If residents continue to follow all COVID prevention protocols, including the mandatory testing and quarantine requirements following travel, these lower numbers can be sustained.”  

Wednesday's new cases included three from the Village of Bath, two from the City of Hornell, and single cases from the City of Corning, the towns of Cohocton, Corning, Erwin, Hornby, Howard, Jasper, Prattsburgh, Wayne and Wheeler, along with the villages of Avoca and Canisteo. 

The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department.  Public Health staff investigated, identified and notified close contacts of the confirmed cases and exposure risks. Three individuals had contact with previously reported Steuben positives

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

  • 2/4, 2/5 – Southern Tier Express in Andover
  • 2/4, 2/5 – Steuben County Office Building in Bath
  • 2/5 – Texas Roadhouse in Horseheads
  • 2/5 – VFW in Bath
  • 2/5 – Saxon Glass in Alfred
  • 2/5 – 2/7 – Stephanie’s Family Restaurant in Bath
  • 2/6 – Kozy Korner in Bradford
  • 2/6 – 2/9 – Dave’s Colonial Motors in Bath
  • 2/7 – American Legion in Bath
  • 2/7 – Hope Church in Corning
  • 2/7, 2/8 – Core Building Materials