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Two COVID-19 cases confirmed at ‘Homestead’ in Penn Yan

Officials in Yates County confirmed two COVID-19 cases at The Homestead in Penn Yan.

Yates County Public Health said in a press release that it is working with staff of the facility to identify any close contacts. “The residents had been in isolation while laboratory results were pending,” a statement from the County said. “Both residents are hospitalized in an acute care setting for treatment of their illness.”

In addition, three other residents were tested over the weekend for COVID-19 results. Those were negative, according to officials.

Soldiers and Sailors Homestead Administrator Robert Burlingham said staff have been following guidelines for PPE and screening. “The Homestead has reached out to family members to make required notifications,” he said. “Finger Lakes Health and The Homestead will continue to work with NYSDOH and Yates County Public Health to monitor all residents and staff and conduct testing as appropriate.”

Officials said social distancing remains the most-important prevention method at this time. “While we are seeing evidence that NEw York State, particularly in the downstate area might have reached peak, we continue to ask everyone to stay home as much as possible,” Public Health Director Deborah Minor said. “Some experts believe that the peak in Western New York may not yet have occurred and there continues to be community transmission in the region.”