BATAVIA — New COVID-19 cases continued to accrue Tuesday in the GLOW region, as more hospitalizations were reported in Genesee County.
Nine people were reported hospitalized in Genesee County, and increase of four since Monday. Four people were hospitalized in Orleans County, compared to six the day before.
The Genesee County Health Department also issued a health alert involving The Harvester tavern in Batavia. The county received a positive COVID-19 test from a person who was at The Harvester from Nov. 8 to 14.
Contact tracing is in progress, but unidentified individuals may have unknowingly been in contact with the positive case.
The health department advises all people who were at The Harvester anytime last week to monitor their symptoms for 14 days. If symptoms of COVID-19 develop, they should contact their primary care provider to seek testing immediately and self-isolate until they receive their test results.
Livingston County officials confirmed a COVID-19 microcluster at Alpine Manor Home for Adults, an assisted living facility in Lima. One staffer was reportedly positive and the rest were patients, said Tim Kinsella, owner and administrator of the facility.
Jennifer Rodriguez, director of the Livingston County Department of Health, said Tuesday afternoon that of those people associated with the facility who have tested positive, only five have active cases of the virus.
Kinsella said he was notified Nov. 8 that a male resident had tested positive for the virus after being transported to the hospital for an unrelated medical issue. “At that point, we went into lock down mode where we isolated everybody and fed everybody in their rooms,” he said.
Kinsella said the facility has been virus-free since the virus was first detected locally in March. He suspects an employee from a home health care agency who entered the facility to see a resident brought the virus in with them.
The seven day rolling average of percentage positive tests in three GLOW counties continued to risk state thresholds that could lead to the increased restrictions 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. 16, Genesee County had a 4.9 percent 7-day rolling average positivity rate, and had been above 3.5 percent for seven days, according to the state’s New York Forward website. Livingston County had a 7-day rolling average of 2.7 percent.
Orleans County had a 7-day rolling average positivity rate of 5.9 percent on Tuesday, and has been above 4 percent for five days. Wyoming County had a 7-day rolling average of 6.7 percent, and has been above 4 percent for five days, according to the New York Forward website.
A county-by-county look at the data:
Genesee County reported 20 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing its total to 598 cases.
Two of the previous positive individuals were transferred to another county, reducing the positive numbers previously reported on Monday.
The new positive cases reported Tuesday are residents of Alexander, Batavia, Darien, Elba, Le Roy, Oakfield, and Pembroke. The individuals are younger than 20 years old, and in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s 70s, and 80s. One was on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
Nine people are currently hospitalized.
Recoveries increased by 15 to 387, according to data from the Genesee and Orleans County health departments.
According to the Genesee and Orleans Health Departments, the data for Tuesday includes 145 community active cases under mandatory isolation, along with 627 people under mandatory community quarantine. There have been five deaths attributed to the virus.
There have been 45,269 total tests for the virus conducted in Genesee County. The results include 44,671 negative tests for an infection rate among those tested of 1.32 percent.
Orleans County reported 10 new cases on Tuesday, bringing its overall total to 529, officials said.
The new positive cases reside in Albion, Barre, Clarendon, Shelby, Murray, and Ridgeway. The cases include people younger than the age of 20, and in their 20s, 30s, 60s, and 70s. Three of the individuals were on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
Four people are hospitalized.
The number of recoveries in Orleans County increased by nine to 289 people.
As of Tuesday, there were 71 active community cases under mandatory isolation, 222 people under mandatory community quarantine, and 56 total deaths.
To date, there have been 23,632 total tests conducted for county residents, with 23,103 of them negative for an infection rate of 2.24 percent among those tested.
Wyoming County reported 14 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing its overall total to 321 cases since the pandemic began, according to the Wyoming County Health Department.
Four 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 five from the northeast quadrant, which includes Covington, Middlebury, Perry, Warsaw.
The cases include two people younger than 20 years old, two in their 20s, two in their 30s, one in their 40s, three in their 50s, two in their 60s, and two in their 80s .
As of Tuesday, the county had 51 active cases under mandatory isolation, 198 people in mandatory quarantine, and 29 in precautionary quarantine after traveling out-of-state.
Nine new recoveries were reported, bringing the county’s total to 265. The county has had five total deaths.
A total of 28,739 tests have been conducted, with 28,418 negative results. The infection rate among those tested is 1.17 percent.
The Livingston County Department of Public Health reported 10 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing its total to 556 confirmed cases since the pandemic began.
The county also reported 47 recoveries, bringing that total to 491.
The number of active cases is 56, according to the county’s COVID-19 tracking map.
Active cases include 10 cases in Lima (up one); eight cases each in Geneseo and Dansville (down two each); six cases each in Avon (up one), Caledonia (up one) and Mount Morris (down one); five cases in Piffard (down one); 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.
Livingston County has administered 42,226 tests for COVID-19 among county residents. The results include 41,670 negative results, according to the county’s COVID-19 tracking map. The infection rate among those tested is 1.32 percent.
Includes reporting by Matt Surtel and Matt Leader