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GENESEO — COVID-19 data is continuing to trend downward in the Finger Lakes region, but public health officials remind residents to remain vigilant.

“This is indeed good news but the virus is still present in all of our communities,” said Livingston County Public Health Director Jennifer Rodriguez. “We must not let our guard down even as we are seeing fewer COVID-19 cases and more folks are being vaccinated.”

The seven-day rolling average of new positive cases in the Finger Lakes region was 10.2% on Jan. 7, 5.2% on Jan. 24, and 2.4% as of Feb. 13, according to the New York State COVID-19 Dashboard.

Statewide, the seven-day rolling have has gone from 7.9% on Jan. 7, to 5.8% on Jan. 24, to 3.8% as of Feb. 13, according to the New York State COVID-19 Dashboard.

The number of hospitalizations and the number of people being treated in intensive care units for COVID-19 has also been decreasing across the Finger Lakes region.

“Even now that we have a vaccine, we are asking residents to remain mindful of the virus’ continued spread in our county. Please continue to practice social distancing, refrain from large groups, wear masks, and wash your hands until we can achieve herd immunity,” Rodriguez said. “By working together, we can slow the spread of the virus.”

For information on vaccine or testing, visit Livingston County’s COVID-19 page at https://www.livingstoncounty.us/1207/Coronavirus-Disease-2019.

Livingston County also has vaccine information at https://www.livingstoncounty.us/1233/COVID-19-Vaccine-Information.

The Finger Lakes Vaccine Hub may be reached online at https://flvaccinehub.com/.

Those experiencing a fever, cough or trouble breathing, should call their health care provider for an assessment of your symptoms.

Those who think they may have had exposure to COVID-19, should call The Livingston County Department of Health at (585) 243-7270.

Livingston County Mental Health has created a help line for community members who need someone to talk to during these stressful times. This is a free and confidential service. Call (585) 243-7251 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

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