New COVID death in Genesee

BATAVIA — The number of COVID-19 cases jumped by 160 across the four-county GLOW region over the weekend as the virus continues to spread locally.

Genesee County had the most new cases, with 78 from Saturday to Monday. The new positives encompassed all ages and towns within the county.

The county separately issued a health alert on Monday after receiving a positive COVID-19 test from a person who was at Bourbon & Burger restaurant in Batavia. The person was in the restaurant:

n Thursday, Nov. 5 between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

n Friday, Nov. 6 between 2 to 9 p.m.

n Saturday, Nov. 7 between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

n Monday, Nov. 9 between 4 to 8 p.m.

Contact tracing is in progress, Genesee County Health Department officials said.

But unidentified individuals may have unknowingly been in contact with the positive case. The Health Department is advising all people who were at Bourbon & Burger on the stated dates and times to monitor their symptoms for 14 days.

The Genesee and Orleans County health departments are also recommending faith-based organizations consider continuing or reinstating remote worship in order to protect vulnerable populations. They recommend that people vulnerable to coronavirus consider worshipping remotely to reduce their own risk.

Orleans County, in the meantime, becomes the third of the four counties to exceed 500 cases.

The rising number of cases come as public health and school officials have urged residents to follow safety protocols such as masking, social distancing and frequent hand washing in an effort to keep the seven day rolling average of percentage positive tests below state thresholds that could lead to the increased restricts that come with a “Yellow Zone” designation.

For Genesee and Livingston counties, the metrics to be declared a “Yellow Zone” microcluster includes a 7-day rolling average positivity rate above 3.5 percent for 10 days. For Orleans and Wyoming counties, the 7-day rolling average positivity rate threshold is above 4 percent for 10 days. The metrics for all four counties include 15 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on a 7-day average.

As of Nov. 15, Genesee County had a 4.7 percent 7-day rolling average positivity rate, and had been above 3.5 percent for six days, according to the state’s New York Forward website. Livingston County had a 7-day rolling average of 2.9 percent.

Orleans County had a 7-day rolling average positivity rate of 5.9 percent on Monday, and has been above 4 percent for four days. Wyoming County had a 7-day rolling average of 6.9 percent, and has been above 4 percent for four days, according to the New York Forward website.

A county-by-county look at the data:

Genesee County reported 78 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing its total to 580 cases.

The number, according to the health department, includes Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday and reconciles the positive cases from last week including the 30 reported on Friday.

The new positive cases reported Monday are residents of Alabama, Alexander, Batavia, Bergen, Bethany, Byron, Darien, Elba, Le Roy, Oakfield, Pavilion, Pembroke, and Stafford.

The individuals are younger than 20 years old, and in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s 70s, 80s, and 90s. Nine were on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive. Two of the active positive cases are residents from The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Batavia and one is a resident at the Batavia VA Medical Center, according to the health department.

Five people are currently hospitalized.

Recoveries increased by 31 to 372, according to data from the Genesee and Orleans County health departments.

According to the Genesee and Orleans Health Departments, the data for Monday includes 142 community active cases under mandatory isolation, along with 663 people under mandatory community quarantine. There have been five deaths attributed to the virus.

There have been 45,251 total tests for the virus conducted in Genesee County. The results include 44,671 negative tests for an infection rate among those tested of 1.28 percent.

Orleans County reported 25 new cases on Monday, bringing its overall total to 519, officials said.

The new positive cases reside in Albion, Barre, Clarendon, Carlton, Gaines, Shelby, Murray, Yates and Ridgeway. The cases include people younger than the age of 20, and in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Three of the individuals were on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.

The health department has received word of two residents of The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehab testing positive. No further information will be shared.

The health department also received word that one staff member of the Medina Central School District has tested positive. The individual is on mandatory isolation until they recover. Contact tracing has been done for those who are considered close contacts and will be on mandatory quarantine for 14 days from the last contact with the positive individual.

Six people are hospitalized.

The number of recoveries in Orleans County increased by 18 to 280 people.

As of Monday, there were 70 active community cases under mandatory isolation, 210 people under mandatory community quarantine, and 56 total deaths.

To date, there have been 23,498 total tests conducted for county residents, with 22,979 of them negative for an infection rate of 2.21 percent among those tested.

Wyoming County reported 22 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing its overall total to 307 cases since the pandemic began, according to the Wyoming County Health Department.

Ten cases are from the northwest quadrant, which includes Attica, Bennington, Orangeville and Sheldon; three are from the southwest quadrant which includes Arcade, Eagle, Java and Wethersfield; two from the southeast quadrant which includes Castile, Gainesville, Genesee Falls and Pike; and seven from the northeast quadrant, which includes Covington, Middlebury, Perry, Warsaw.

The cases include two people younger than 20 years old, three in their 20s, three in their 30s, one in their 40s, five in their 50s, four in their 60s, two in their 70s and two in their 80s.

As of Monday, the county had 46 active cases under mandatory isolation, 169 people in mandatory quarantine, and 30 in precautionary quarantine after traveling out-of-state.

Twenty-three new recoveries were reported, bringing the county’s total to 256. The county has had five total deaths.

A total of 28,618 tests have been conducted, with 28,311 negative results. The infection rate among those tested is 1.07 percent.

The Livingston County Department of Public Health reported 35 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing its total to 546 cases.

The county also reported 34 recoveries, bringing that total to 444.

The number of active cases is 59, according to the county’s COVID-19 tracking map.

Active cases include 10 cases each in Geneseo and Dansville (up two); nine active cases in Lima (up one); seven cases in Mount Morris (down two); six cases in Piffard (up two); five cases each in Avon (down three) and Caledonia (up two); three cases in Livonia; two cases in a Honeoye Falls address in a Livingston County zip code (up one); and a single case each in Dalton and a Wayland address in a Livingston County zip code.

The number of cases in Conesus decreased from two to zero, while Hemlock decreased from one to zero.

SUNY Geneseo reported six active cases within its college community as of 4 p.m. Nov. 16, down nine from Friday, while 48 students are in quarantine, up three, according to data from the college’s COVID-19 dashboard and the state’s tracking of SUNY schools.

Livingston County has administered 41,487 tests for COVID-19 among county residents. The results include 40,941 negative results, according to the county’s COVID-19 tracking map. The infection rate among those tested is 1.31 percent.

(Includes reporting by Matt Surtel)

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