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

Health Director encouraged, cautions decrease may be linked to decline in testing

Chris Potter
The Evening Tribune

BATH - Steuben County's new COVID-19 case count fell to single digits Tuesday for the first time in months, the Steuben County Public Health Department said.

Nine Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 in Tuesday's report. Active cases continued to fall. The county was tracking 228 active cases Tuesday, down from 256 Monday and 314 on Friday. The county has totaled 5,327 confirmed cases to date. 

Public Health Director Darlene Smith welcomed the decrease in daily cases, while cautioning that some of the decline may be due to fewer COVID tests being administered in the county. 

“It’s been many months since we have seen a daily case count in the single digits,” said Smith. “We are encouraged by the decrease in cases; however we are also aware of a significant decrease in the number of tests being completed as well. Please continue to take every COVID precaution to keep the spread low, including getting tested if you feel unwell, have been exposed, or have traveled.” 

Three of the new cases are Village of Bath residents, with two from the Town of Wayne and single cases reported in the towns of Bath, Hornellsville, Troupsburg and Woodhull. 

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. 

The investigations indicate four individuals had contact with previously reported Steuben positives

In addition, one or more individuals reported visiting NYSEG in Horseheads Feb. 4-5, which could pose an exposure risk within the investigation timeframe, the Health Department said. 

Age groups for the positives are:

  • 10 – 19 years: 2
  • 20 – 29 years: 2
  • 50 – 59 years: 1
  • 60 – 69 years: 2
  • 70 – 79 years: 1
  • 80 – 89 years: 1

Officials said residents should continue to 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.