Steuben Public Health officials say results come from comprehensive testing at facility

BATH — Steuben County Public Health officials reported 18 new COVID-19 cases in the county Tuesday, including 16 linked to a Bath nursing facility.

Officials said the Fred and Harriett Taylor Health Center in Bath recently worked with health officials to conduct comprehensive COVID-19 testing of staff and residents at their facility. The 16 confirmed cases are a combination of residents and staff at the nursing facility.

This brings the total case count for Steuben County to 214.

Public health said the Taylor Health Center cases are in residents of the Town of Bath, Town of Cameron, Town of Howard, Town of Pulteney, Town of Thurston, three in the Village of Bath and eight in the Town of Urbana.

County officials earlier on Tuesday reported two other cases, one a resident of a Hornell area nursing home and one a resident of the Town of Erwin.

All of the individuals have been issued orders of isolation by the County Health Department, officials said. 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.

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 investigation.

The investigations indicate that one or more of the individuals reported visiting the following locations within that time frame:

4/15/20 – 4/17/20 – Guthrie Corning Pharmacy

4/16/20 – Pizza Hut in Bath

4/16/20 – Village Laundromat in Bath

4/17/20 – T&R Towing in Bath

4/17/20 Evening – Arby’s drive through in Bath

4/17/20 Evening – Walmart in Watkins Glen

4/18/20 Morning – Tops in Bath

4/18/20 – Kwik Fill in Hammondsport

4/18/20 – Dollar General in Bath

In addition, the two other individuals confirmed Tuesday to be infected reportedly visited:

4/19/20 afternoon – Tops in Corning

4/20/20 afternoon – Big Lots in Painted Post

“The higher case count in nursing homes and decreased prevalence in the general community is consistent with what we have been experiencing for several days,” said Public Health Director Darlene Smith. “We are very appreciative of the collaboration between Arnot Health and Fred and Harriet Taylor Health Center with Steuben County Public Health in working to identify and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”

The Fred and Harriet Taylor Health Center has connections to Arnot Health’s Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital.

“Multiple long-term care and skilled nursing facilities in Steuben County have experienced positive COVID-19 cases [among] residents and staff, including the Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital [nursing and rehabilitation facility],” said Arnot Health System Director of Marketing, Communications & Community Relations, Ken Roberts. “To proactively respond to these conditions, Arnot Health and the [Ira Davenport nursing facility] have worked closely with Steuben County Public Health to monitor and respond to COVID-19 locally, including efforts over the last several days to conduct comprehensive testing of all staff and residents at the facility.”

All residents, including those who visited the noted locations above, should continue to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath and contact their healthcare provider for instructions if feeling ill.

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