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By Douglas Sciorra

Steuben County Public Health announces the latest on Covid-19

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Over six hundred new infections and one reported death

632 new COVID positive tests (both lab and home tests) have been reported to Public Health since Wednesday’s update. Sadly, an additional resident has passed from COVID. Although practices around investigations and contact tracing are evolving, it does not mean that COVID no longer exists.

Unfortunately, COVID continues to spread at an alarming rate and can have severe consequences for some. Please continue to take all precautions and use prevention strategies – including wearing a mask, getting vaccinated and boosted, staying home when ill, getting tested, and following isolation and quarantine guidelines – to protect yourself and your loved ones. The Public Health office will be closed on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Our next COVID update will be on next Wednesday.

County public health officials continue to encourage residents to get vaccinated:

“In general, a boosted person with a breakthrough COVID-19 infection will experience less intense symptoms, is sick for a shorter period of time, is less likely to be hospitalized, and is less likely to pass on the virus to others, even to those living in the same household. Check out our COVID vaccine clinics at www.steubencony.org/covid or find other clinic locations at www.vaccines.gov

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