Steuben County reports 15 new cases of COVID-19, including 5 more Corning Center residents
This brings the county's total to 498 confirmed cases, 146 of which are active, and 44 COVID-19 related deaths, according to the health department.
Steuben County Public Health Director Darlene Smith most recently said 83 residents and staff members at Corning Center have been infected with COVID-19 in the past week.
“This round of COVID-19 spread appears to be more aggressive than what we witnessed in the spring,” Smith said in a statement. “The virus is spreading quickly and is reaching everyone from the very young to the very old. The number of positives in hospitals is rising by the day. We need everyone to take this very seriously so that there is a chance to slow the spread sooner rather than later.”
The 15 new cases are residents of the following:
- City of Corning (6)
- Town of Addison
- Town of Bath
- Town of Campbell
- Town of Cameron (2)
- Town of Canisteo
- Town of Caton
- Town of Rathbone
- Village of Addison
The infected residents are isolated and being monitored by the county's 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.
As per the CDC and New York State Department of Health guidance, information is collected beginning 48 hours prior to symptom onset or date of test if asymptomatic through the day of the positive test result to identify any potential exposure risks.
The investigations indicate:
- Five people are residents of Corning Center
- Four are employees of Upstate Farms Cheese in Campbell
- One is a student at the BOCES Bush Campus
The health department worked with school contacts, and the staff and students who were found to have direct contact with the positive student at school or on the bus will be quarantined.
One person reported visited the following locations within the investigation timeframe:
- Sept. 20-27: Avoca Baptist Church
- Sept. 27: Christian Life Baptist Church in Corning
The churches indicated they were following all protocols, the health department said.