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Nearly 30 new cases of COVID linked to nursing home in Steuben County

There are 66 active cases of the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19 in Steuben County.

Nearly 30 of those cases are linked to a nursing home in the city of Corning.

Officials say that individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County 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.

Per 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:

– 24 individuals are residents of Corning Center; and
– Four individuals are employees of Corning Center.

– Two individuals had contact with Chemung County positives;
– One individual had contact with a Corning Center employee; and
– One individual is a student at Campbell-Savona Jr./Sr. High School.

Public Health has worked together with Campbell-Savona school administration to contact staff and students. They will be closed on Friday for sanitation.

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Staff and students who are found to have direct contact with the positive student will be quarantined. School-related questions should be directed to the district.

“COVID-19 is spreading very rapidly in this region,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “Because of the numerous clusters in the area, free drive through testing is available on Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 26 at the Victory Highway Wesleyan Church in Painted Post. I urge anyone who thinks they may have been exposed or in contact with anyone linked with the multiple clusters to take this opportunity to get tested.”