The number of COVID-19 cases in Livingston County remained steady at 109 on Wednesday, while the number of recovered cases increasing to 92.
With no new cases reported, and recoveries of three additional people - all in Avon - the number of active cases was down to 10.
Wednesday’s update marked the fourth time in eight days that Livingston County public health officials reported no new cases of COVID-19. In that span, there has been a total of eight new cases.
“As warmer weather arrives and the holiday weekend is upon us, we are urging all residents to remain vigilant and use precautions,” Livingston County Administrator Ian M. Coyle said.
“Please continue to keep yourself and others safe by wearing masks and maintaining six feet of social distancing.”
“Let’s work together to prevent the further spread of COVID-19,” he said, “so we can move forward with future phases of reopening.”
The Finger Lakes region, which includes Livingston County, is in the first phase of reopening that began May 15 and includes the industries of construction; agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting; retail trade which provides delivery, curbside, and in-store pickup service, manufacturing and wholesale trade. Drive-in movie theaters were also allowed to open.
Phase two of reopening would include professional services, retail, administrative support, real estate and rental and leasing. Additional guidance on specific businesses allowed to open is expected from the governor’s office as the region gets closer to phase two.
Nearly 2,600 Livingston County residents have been tested for the COVID-19 virus, including 93 on Tuesday. The results of the 2,567 tests include 2,458 negative tests and 109 positive tests, representing an infection rate of 4.2 percent.
On May 5, the infection rate was 6.7 percent and has been trending down, even as testing in Livingston County has increased, according to data from the county department of health.
COVID-19 testing is now available to any individual who is a Phase 1 worker, has COVID-19 symptoms, has had contact with a person known to be positive with COVID-19, is subject to a precautionary or mandatory quarantine, is employed as a health care worker, nursing home worker or first responder; or is an essential worker who directly interacts with the public while working. Testing also includes those without a fever, but having other respiratory ailments, or those who are vulnerable due to underlying health conditions.
COVID-19 testing is available for Livingston County residents at curbside testing locations in Dansville and Geneseo. The tests are to confirm the presence of the COVID-19 virus and are not an antibody test, which is a blood test that looks for antibodies that are created in your body after you have had COVID-19.
To make an appointment at a local testing site, visit https://covid19screening.health.ny.gov/ or call 1-888-364-3065.
Individuals seeking a test may also call their primary care physician to get a requisition for a test. Individuals who do not have a healthcare provider, should call the Livingston County Department of Health at (585) 243-7270 to see if they meet the COVID-19 testing criteria.
Drive-thru testing is also available at Monroe Community College campus, 1000 East Henrietta Rd., to serve the Greater Rochester region, including Livingston County. Testing at this location is by appointment only and can be scheduled by calling the New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or registering online at https://covid19screening.health.ny.gov/.
Confirmed cases in Livingston County include 37 in Avon, including 18 at Avon Nursing Home; 12 each in Geneseo and in Mount Morris, nine in Caledonia, seven each in North Dansville and Nunda; six each in Lima and York; five in Livonia, four each in Conesus and Springwater.
The first case was reported March 19.
There have been 92 recovered cases. The recovered cases include 30 in Avon, including 11 residents at Avon Nursing Home; 11 in Geneseo, nine in Mount Morris, seven in Nunda, six each in Caledonia, North Dansville and York, five each in Livonia and Lima, four in Conesus, and three in Springwater.
All cases reported in Conesus, Livonia, Nunda and York have recovered.
Active cases include three in Mount Morris, two in Caledonia, and a single cases in Avon, Geneseo, Lima, North Dansville and Springwater.
Six Livingston County towns have not had a single confirmed case of COVID-19. They are Groveland, Leicester, Ossian, Portage, Sparta and West Sparta.
The county has reported seven deaths attributed to COVID-19. Six of those deaths have been residents of Avon, including five residents of Avon Nursing Home. The first death was in Caledonia.
The county updates its COVID-19 tracking map daily. To view it, click here.
Public health and government officials continue to remind residents to be vigilant and take precautions that include practicing social distancing, wearing face coverings, properly washing hands, cleaning surfaces regularly and staying at home if sick in order to fight the spread of COVID-19 and continue the region’s downward trends.
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.
For general information on COVID-19 or to learn how to volunteer, call 1-877-280-6775.