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Steuben County sees a rise in positive cases, but not as high as their peak in January

Steuben County is averaging 40 to 50 new cases of COVID per day, but Darlene Smith, Steuben County Public Health Director, remains optimistic saying that in January the average was around 100 per day.

She added that the demographic of new cases has pretty much switched, with individuals in their 20s-40s testing positive more often than the elderly, unlike in the beginning of the pandemic.

On average the breakthrough rate is around 25-30%.


What is also different now is that it’s spreading so rapidly and often it isn’t as easy to track like before, when a super-spreader event could be pinpointed.

A part of the spread could also be related to the drop in safety precautions that used to be practiced at the beginning of the pandemic.



 

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