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Active COVID cases in Steuben dropped by 134 over last week

Steuben Health Dept. urges residents to follow travel guidelines over winter break

Chris Potter
The Evening Tribune

BATH — Steuben County ended the week with 180 active COVID-19 cases Friday, down 134 from the end of last week. 

Active cases have fallen dramatically since the start of the year, when the county reported 719 active cases to end the first full week of 2021 on Jan. 8.

With President's Day on Monday and winter break approaching for many schools, Public Health Director Darlene Smith urged residents to take COVID-19 precautions and follow New York state travel guidelines.

“COVID spread is the lowest we’ve seen in months in Steuben County,” said Smith. “Many in the community are beginning a long weekend and week off ahead. Please be reminded of avoiding large gatherings and of the travel guidelines. The protective choices we make this week will help keep our numbers in the downward trend.” 

The Steuben County Public Health Department on Friday reported 11 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the overall total to 5,369 confirmed cases. 

Three individuals are associated with Hornell High School, Hornell Intermediate School and the VEW Primary School. 

Two cases were City of Corning and Village of Bath residents, with single cases from the City of Hornell, the towns of Addison, Hartsville, Lindley and Thurston, and the villages of Cohocton and North Hornell. 

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 individuals reported visiting the following locations that could pose an exposure risk within their investigation timeframes:

  • 2/4 – Luigi’s in Naples
  • 2/9 – Steuben County Office Building in Bath
  • 2/10 – Hardinge, Inc. in Elmira

Travel guidelines  

Anyone who travels beyond a contiguous state to New York for at least 24 hours is required to abide by the guidelines, said the Health Department. 

  • Within three days (72 hours) prior to returning to NY, a COVID test must be completed
  • Upon return to NY, travelers must quarantine at home for three days
  • On the fourth day, another COVID test must be completed
  • If both COVID tests are negative, the traveler may end quarantine
  • If only one COVID test or no COVID tests are completed, travelers must complete a 10 day quarantine upon returning to NY

Those who have tested positive for COVID within 90 days prior to travel are exempt from the testing requirements. Those who have received one or both doses of a COVID vaccine must still abide by the travel guidelines.