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Latest on COVID-19 in Steuben County: Three more nursing home deaths, 36 new cases

Health officials in Steuben County said the daily uptick in COVID-19 cases is "not sustainable" after 36 cases and three deaths were confirmed.

Ashley Biviano
Elmira Star-Gazette

Health officials in Steuben County said the daily increase in cases of COVID-19 is "not sustainable" after 36 new cases and three additional deaths were confirmed Friday. 

County-wide, of the 690 confirmed cases, 266 are currently active. Two weeks ago, there were 79 active active cases of the coronavirus. 

The three people who died were all residents of the Corning Center, a long-term care facility where now 16 residents have died. The deaths include an 85-year-old female, a 69-year-old male and a 66-year-old male.

There are now 95 residents and 41 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19. The facility has 120 beds, according to its Facebook page.

"We look forward to days when we do not have to report any deaths," said Public Health Director Darlene Smith. Total COVID-19 related deaths in the county have hit 60.

Of the 36 new cases, four are Corning Center residents, two are Corning Center employees, two are employees of Upstate Farms Cheese in Campbell and four work at Pathways.

Four people who tested positive work at these four school districts: Corning-Painted Post High School, Campbell-Savona School District, Tuscarora Elementary School and GST BOCES Bush Campus. 

Nine others who contracted the virus were previously identified by the health department as close contacts to people who tested positive. 

Steuben County is not along in the Southern Tier with rising cases of the coronavirus.

Chemung County officials confirmed 46 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, on top of 48 cases reported Thursday and 55 new positives Wednesday.

Since Sept. 8, when the number of confirmed cases in Chemung was 177, the county has seen an increase of more than 500 new cases, with a current total of 738.

Parts of Broome County have been been labeled a "Yellow Zone," and restrictions will be placed in areas that include parts of Binghamton, Johnson City, Endicott, Endwell, and other parts of the Town of Union and the Town of Kirkwood. 

Two weeks ago on Sept. 25, less than 100 active cases of COVID-19 were reported in Broome. On Friday, there were 659.

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Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls is temporarily suspending visitations after three people at the hospital's skilled nursing facility tested positive for COVID-19.

Earlier this week an employee of the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Schuyler County tested positive during a routine testing.

Despite a recent uptick, Schuyler County still has among the fewest cases in the region, with 59 total cases as of Thursday, which includes 11 active cases.

A contact tracing investigation found the people who tested positive Friday in Steuben County visited these locations on these days:

  • Sept. 22: Bath Veterinary Hospital
  • Sept. 29, 30: Texas Roadhouse in Horseheads
  • Sept 29-Oct. 2, Oct. 5, Oct. 6: Clinical Associates of the Southern Tier in Elmira
  • Oct. 1, Oct. 2, Oct. 5: Arnot Health Corning Medical Office Building
  • Oct. 2, evening: Applebee’s in Horseheads
  • Oct. 5-7: Keuka Medical Commons
  • Oct. 5-9: Quest OffRoad
  • Oct. 5: Guthrie Centerway Family Practice
  • Oct. 6: The Boatyard Grill in Ithaca
  • Oct. 7, Oct. 9: Arnot Hospital

Anyone who was at these spots is encouraged to monitor themselves for symptoms and contact a healthcare provider if feeling ill. 

Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills or repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.

"To be able to keep our kids in school and our businesses open, we must all double-down on every available prevention strategy," Smith said. 

For Steuben County updates visit steubencony.org.

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Jeff Murray and Katie Sullivan Borrelli of the USA TODAY Network contributed to this story.

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