Livingston County, with 38 active cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, has reached a level not seen since May, according to data from the Livingston County Department of Public Health.
Mini-clusters at two colleges within the county and social gatherings have led to a rise in lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to Livingston County Public Health Director Jennifer Rodriguez.
The county also has “more than a few hundred people in quarantine,” she said.
“We see that the more people go out and about, attend gatherings, the more contacts they have which need quarantine,” Rodriguez told The Livingston County News.
The department reported 17 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, following 12 new cases reported Monday.
The 38 active cases in Livingston County – almost half of the 77 active cases in the four-county GLOW region – are equal to the county’s highest single day number of active cases on May 7.
“There are a few mini clusters, SUNY is on the rise, also a high number of cases from Elim College” in Lima, said Rodriguez, who described the increase in SUNY cases as “a spike.”
“Other than that we are seeing some exposures from Steuben County and social gatherings,” she said.
Of the current cases, one individual is hospitalized, Rodriguez said.
Eight Livingston County towns have at least one active case, and seven of those towns reported new cases on Tuesday, according to the county’s COVID-19 tracking map.
The rise in cases has prompted UR Medicine | Noyes Health to restrict visitors to its facilities beginning today.
Other GLOW region counties continue to see an uptick in cases - there have been 57 since Oct. 16, but not in the numbers reported by Livingston County. Six other new cases were reported in the region on Tuesday, for a total of 23 new cases.
There were four recoveries reported in the region on Tuesday after 41 were reported between Oct. 16 and Monday.
“While we know that the colder weather brings more people indoors, it is imperative to avoid large gatherings, to do their part in assessing where they are going if it involves a large number of people,” Rodriguez said. “Now is not the time to be lax in preventing the spread.”
Here’s a county-by-county look at the data.
Genesee County reported no new confirmed COVID-19 cases in its update on Tuesday, keeping the county’s total number of cases at 345. The county last reported new cases on Oct. 15.
On Tuesday, there were two new recoveries, bringing the total of recoveries to 276. There were 14 new individuals on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
There are seven community active cases under mandatory isolation, 56 people under mandatory community quarantine, and 127 people in precautionary community quarantine.
There have been five deaths attributed to the virus.
There are 36,122 total tests for the virus conducted in Genesee County. The results included 35,777 negative tests for an infection rate among those tested of 0.96 percent.
Orleans County reported four new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing its overall total to 356, officials said.
The new cases are from Albion, Ridgeway, Shelby and Murray. The cases includes one individual under the age of 20, one in their 20s, one in their 40s, and one in their 60s. None was under mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
The number of recoveries stayed the same at 177 people. There are three new people on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
There are 17 active community cases under mandatory isolation, which represents the number of active cases in the community. There are 68 people under mandatory community quarantine, and 39 people under precautionary community quarantine. Orleans County has had 55 total deaths.
To date, there have been 18,796 total tests, with 18,440 of them negative for an infection rate of 1.89 percent among those tested.
Wyoming County reported two new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing its overall total to 175 cases since the pandemic began, according to the Wyoming County Health Department.
The cases were from the southeast quadrant, which includes Castile, Gainesville, Genesee Falls and Pike, and the northeast quadrant, which includes Covington, Middlebury, Perry, and Warsaw. Both were in their 20s.
As of Tuesday, the county had 15 active cases under mandatory isolation, 63 people are in mandatory quarantine, with 43 in precautionary quarantine after traveling out-of-state.
Two new recoveries were reported, bringing the county’s total to 155. The county has also had five total deaths.
A total of 23,331 tests have been conducted, with 23,156 negative results. The infection rate among those tested is 0.75 percent.
The Livingston County Department of Public Health reported 17 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the county’s total to 291.
No new recoveries were reported, keeping the county’s number to 244.
The 38 active cases include 16 in Geneseo, an increase of five from Monday; seven in Lima, an increase of three from the day before; three in Avon, up one; three each in Dansville, Mount Morris and Livonia, up by two each; two in Nunda, up one; and one in Conesus.
SUNY Geneseo reported 15 active cases within its college community as of 4:55 p.m. Monday. The number of cases was four more than Sunday. The college also reported that 75 students were in quarantine, a decrease of two, according to the college’s COVID-19 dashboard.
An individual in quarantine may have had close contact with a positive individual and is in quarantine to keep away from others until a positive or negative for COVID-19 determination can be made.
Twenty-seven college cases have recovered since Sept. 1, an increase of one from Monday.
The county department of health has previously advised that data on its COVID-19 tracking map may not match data from local colleges and universities. The county reports a positive case based on where a student is residing. If the student returns home to isolate outside of Livingston County, it is counted as a positive case in that county, but would be reflected in the SUNY Geneseo data. If the student remains in Livingston County, it is counted as a case in Livingston County, and included in the community in which the student is living.
Livingston County has administered 31,809 tests for COVID-19 among county residents. The results include 31,518 negative results, according to the county’s COVID-19 tracking map. That has resulted in an infection rate among those tested of 0.91 percent.