The Livingston County Department of Health is reminding residents to remain vigilant and keep their guard up against COVID-19 as the number of active cases continues to increase.

The county Department of Health reported four new positive cases Tuesday, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county to 147. Of those, 14 are active.

Since July 1, the health department has reported 20 new lab-confirmed cases.

The increase is attributed to social gatherings and travelers from high risk areas, said Livingston County Public Health Director Jennifer Rodriguez.

“We have seen a few clusters from out-of-state travelers attending social gatherings and getting positive results from such gatherings,” Rodriguez told The Livingston County News. “I think Livingston is not isolated in this instance. As more social interactions take place, there is a potential for an increase in cases.”

Rodriguez said now is a good time to remind residents “that COVID-19 is still prevalent all around us and among all ages.”

“Remain vigilant and keep your guard up,” she said. “We encourage folks to stay smart and do their part to protect the health of the community.”

Precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19 include wearing face masks, maintaining a six-foot distance from others in public and washing hands regularly.

Livingston County has 14 active cases, its highest number in a single day since May 28. The active cases include four in Dansville, three each in Geneseo and Livonia, two in Mount Morris and single cases in Conesus and Springwater.

The cases confirmed Tuesday are in Dansville, Livonia, Mount Morris and Conesus.

The new positive cases and any associated household members are now in the county Department of Health quarantine process, Rodriguez said.

While the county announced the newly-confirmed cases on Tuesday, the cases may have been diagnosed on a range of days. The announcement of new cases comes as lab confirmations are received by the county department of health.

The county reports that 125 people have recovered from the virus. There have been eight deaths attributed to the virus.

More than 10,800 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted among county residents, including 147 on Wednesday. Results of the 10,862 total tests include 10,715 negative tests, representing an infection rate among those tested of 1.4 percent.

The first positive case in Livingston County was reported March 19.

Common symptoms are fever, shortness of breath and cough. Additional symptoms added by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste of smell, congestion, runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

If you have a fever, cough or trouble breathing, call your health care provider for an assessment of your symptoms.

If you feel as though you may have had exposure to COVID-19, call the county Department of Health at (585) 243-7270.

Livingston County is also tracking antibody testing. The antibody test is a blood test that looks for antibodies that are created in your body after you have had COVID-19. There have been a total of 990 antibody tests on county residents with 36 people testing positive, a rate of 3.6 percent.

The antibody test is a blood test that looks for antibodies that are created in your body after you have had COVID-19.

The antibody positives represent those individuals who have had an antibody test and were shown to have exposure to the virus, but did not end up getting symptoms of the virus. A positive antibody test is not considered a positive COVID-19 test, and may instead be indicative of immunity to the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

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

For general information on COVID-19 or to learn how to volunteer, call 1-877-280-6775.

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