The Steuben County Health Department is dealing with more than 260 active cases of the Novel Coronavirus.
Altogether there are 266 active cases and Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler says its been more difficult than it was in the spring to keep the virus in check because businesses are open.
However, the County has moved staff around from different departments allowing for a better response.
“The goal is to identify those close contacts and isolate and quarantine them for 14 days, so that it minimizes the spread of folks that are out there and potentially positive, potentially pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic. We have seen just a number of people who are a contact later turn positive, and if they’re doing what they’re suppose to be, quarantining inside, then they’re not spreading to other folks,” Wheeler told WENY-TV.
Health officials are asking residents to social distance and wear masks when in public.
“The numbers we’re seeing now are much higher. A high day for us in March, April and May would be you know 10, 12 cases and we’re pretty consistently reporting over 20 a day,” Wheeler added in his conversation with WENY. “We also have well over 800 people in isolation and quarantine, those are the contacts of the positive and those numbers are about triple the high that we saw back in the Spring, so all of our numbers are much higher.”
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