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By Douglas Sciorra

Updates from Steuben County Public Health

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The latest on Covid-19, vaccines, diabetes prevention, and information on recent infant formula recalls

72 new COVID positive tests have been reported since Friday’s update.

Sadly, another resident has passed. A 48-year old male from the town of Wayne NY, was the 293rd county resident to pass away from complications related to Covid-19.

COVID protocols are lessening, including the end of the mask mandate in schools starting on Wednesday. Please remember that COVID can be very dangerous to some, including those who are not vaccinated, immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease.

We strongly encourage continuing prevention strategies for individuals in these categories. A new category has been added to the graphic with CDC’s new community levels data, which is expected to be updated weekly.

We currently fall in the “medium” category, with recommendations of:

1. If you are at high risk for severe illness, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions

2. Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines3. Get tested if you have symptoms. To learn more about the community levels, see https://www.cdc.gov/…/201…/science/community-levels.html

COVID-19 vaccines are the best protection against severe illness, hospitalization, and death. Everyone 12+ can now get a booster to keep up their protection. Our next vaccine clinic will be held on Friday, March 18 from 1 – 3:30 pm in Bath. All vaccine options will be available for ages 5 and older. Register at https://www.steubencountyny.gov/covid or walk in during clinic hours.

You can prevent type 2 diabetes

University of Rochester will be offering a Diabetes Prevention Program starting in May. See the flyer for details. Call (585) 602-0720 or email [email protected] for more info or to enroll.

Attention parents of infants:

Abbott Nutrition has recalled certain powdered infant formula products produced at its Sturgis, Michigan facility. Products from that facility can be found across the U.S. Here’s how you can tell if you have any of those products. The FDA recommends consumers look at the lot code, a multidigit number on the bottom of a container of Similac, Alimentum and EleCare powdered infant formula and do not use if:1. the first two digits of the code are 22 through 37; and 2. the code on the container contains K8, SH or Z2; and 3. the expiration date is 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later. For complete details visit:

https://www.fda.gov/consumers/infant-formula-recall-what-know

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