Steuben officials: “This round of COVID-19 spread appears to be more aggressive”

Public health officials say more than half of the active COVID-19 cases in Steuben County are linked to a nursing home in the city of Corning.

The Corning Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing has morphed into a hotspot for the Coronavirus, prompting health officials to double-down on testing measures and proactive steps to keep area residents healthy.

Health officials said the total number of cases at the facility climbed to 83 as of mid-week, with 57 residents having contracted the virus. Employees accounted for 26 of the positive cases.

There are a total of 146 cases of COVID-19 in Steuben County.

“This round of COVID-19 spread appears to be more aggressive than what we witnessed in the spring,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “The virus is spreading quickly and is reaching everyone from the very young to the very old. The number of positives in hospitals is rising by the day. We need everyone to take this very seriously so that there is a chance to slow the spread sooner rather than later.”

As of Thursday the county reported 12 hospitalized patients with COVID-19, 44 total deaths since tracking began in the spring, and 526 people in quarantine.

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