GLOW numbers remain low

Livingston County reported a new confirmed case of COVID-19 among a county resident on Tuesday.

The new case brings to 127 the total number of cases in the county. Three of the cases are active, with two new cases being confirmed Monday days after the county health department had reported no active cases.

The most recent case is a resident of Lakeville. The two cases announced Monday are in Dansville.

There have been 116 cases determined to have recovered from COVID-19, according to the department of health.

Friday’s announcement that the county was at zero active cases for the first time since the county reported its first case on March 19 came just days after the county had reported new cases.

“Sometimes we become aware of a new case the same day that case is considered recovered because of testing delays,” said Public Health Director Jennifer Rodriguez.

As an example, Rodriguez noted that someone tested on the 20th could be recovered by the 27th and the county sometimes does not receive notification until the day they would be considered recovered.

“Many cases are asymptomatic and generally come from pre op testing as of late,” Rodriguez said.

As of Tuesday, there had been more than 8,600 tests for COVID-19 among Livingston County residents. Of the 8,636 total tests, there were 8,507 negative tests, resulting in an infection rate among those tested of 1.5 percent.

On May 5, the infection rate of those tested was 6.7 percent and has generally been trending down, even as testing in Livingston County increased, according to data from the county department of health.

The three new cases has raised the infection rate from 1.3 percent on June 26.

Livingston County is tracking antibody testing on its COVID-19 website. 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 860 antibody tests among county residents, with 33 testing positive, a rate of 3.8 percent among those tested.

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, Livingston County Public Health Director Jennifer Rodriguez said.

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.

The county will continue to update daily its COVID-19 numbers on the county’s dedicated COVID-19 track map at https://www.livingstoncounty.us/1207/COVID-19.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, or trouble breathing, call your health care provider for an assessment of your symptoms. If you do not have a healthcare provider, call the county Department of Health at (585) 243-7270 to see if you meet the COVID-19 testing criteria.

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

For more information or assistance with the coordination of curbside testing, call the county Department of Health at (585) 243-7270.

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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