EDITOR'S NOTE: A summarized explanation of "exposure alerts" from Livingston County Public Health Director Jennifer Rodriguez in response to questions from The Livingston County News after concerns were raised among some community members following the alert reported about in this story: An exposure alert is issued when a positive case or cases is at a site in which other contacts can not be easily determined. It does not mean that this was where the patient or patients contracted the virus, it simply means while they were infectious - and they may not have known they were infectious - they were at that location. The exposure alert is to let people know that if they were at the location during the prescribed time frame and have symptoms, they should consider getting tested or call their doctor.
The Livingston County Department of Health is reporting what it calls an “uptick” in positive COVID-19 cases and separately issued an exposure alert for the Springwater American Legion.
The six new cases represent three different towns, with four of the new cases in Geneseo, according to the county's data tracking map, and are not linked to the exposure alert, said County Public Health Director Jennifer Rodriguez.
The health department said it received confirmation of six new cases of COVID-19 among county residents on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases the county has had to 140.
The new cases are not connected, said Rodriguez.
“However, we are seeing an uptick with travelers that have tested positive upon returning” from their trips, Rodriguez told The Livingston County News
The new positive cases and any associated household members are now in the county Department of Health quarantine process, Rodriguez said.
Among the other GLOW region counties, only Genesee and Wyoming reported new cases on Thursday, and then just single cases. Orleans County has not reported a new case in five consecutive days.
Livingston County has reported 12 cases since Monday.
“As we are seeing an uptick in positive COVID-19 cases, our message remains unchanged,” Rodriguez said. “To slow the spread of this virus, all residents must remain vigilant - practice social distancing and limit gatherings, wear face coverings in public spaces, and continue proper handwashing. This ‘new normal’ must be maintained even as we begin to reopen our economy and public life.”
While the county announced the newly-confirmed cases on Thursday, the cases may have been diagnosed on a range of days. The announcement of new cases comes as lab confirmations are received by the county department of health.
“But they could’ve all been tested on different days,” Rodriguez said.
The county also issued an exposure alert on Thursday for Springwater American Legion Post 905, 79985 School St., Springwater. The potential exposure occurred July 2 between 7:30 and 9 p.m.
Anyone who was at the Springwater American Legion post at that time and is showing symptoms or has questions should contact their health care provider.
Common symptoms are fever, shortness of breath and cough.
In April, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and loss of taste of smell. Now, the CDC has added congestion, runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea as signs of COVID-19.
“This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19,” the CDC wrote on its website.
The Livingston County Department of Health will issue an exposure alert if its contact tracing identifies that an individual was in a public space where the health department cannot confirm the identities of those that may have come in close contact with the positive individual
If no exposure alert is given, the individual remained isolated or was not in public, the health department has said.
Livingston County’s active cases include four in Geneseo, three in Dansville, and single cases in Caledonia, Dalton, Livonia and Springwater.
Livingston County has had 121 people recover from COVID-19. There have been eight deaths in the county.
More than 10,000 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted among county residents, including 157 on Wednesday. Results of the 10,095 total tests include 9,955 negative tests, representing an infection rate among those tested of 1.4 percent.
County Administrator Ian M. Coyle stated,
“Please be smart and do your part,” Livingston County Administrator Ian M. Coyle said in a statement. “You are not only protecting yourself, but the immunocompromised, the elderly, including those in places like nursing homes; and your fellow staff and residents of all ages who are more susceptible to the impacts of COVID-19.”
Livingston County is also tracking antibody testing. 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 a total of 960 antibody tests on county residents with 35 people testing positive, a rate of 3.6 percent.
The antibody test is a blood test that looks for antibodies that are created in your body after you have had COVID-19.
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. 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.
Genesee County has one more positive case of COVID-19.
The total of positive cases in the county is 231, and the new case is a resident of Darien in their 50s who was in mandatory quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic. There are five more individuals who are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states. There are no current cases hospitalized.
There is a total of six community cases under mandatory isolation, 30 community cases under mandatory quarantine, 11 community cases under precautionary quarantine, five total deaths and 166 community recoveries.
There have been more than 11,200 tests for COVID-19 among Genesee County residents. The results of the 11,203 tests include 10,972 negative tests, representing an infection rate among those tested of 2.1 percent.
Orleans County reports no new cases for a fifth consecutive day. The county has had 267 cases.
There are six total people hospitalized and two new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
There is one community member under mandatory isolation, four community members under mandatory quarantine, 11 community members under precautionary quarantine, 54 total deaths and 113 community recoveries.
More than 6,000 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted among Orleans County residents. The results of the 6,084 tests include 5,817 negative cases,representing an infection rate of 4.4 percent.
To date, Orleans County has 5,817 negative cases.
Wyoming County confirmed one new case of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the county’s total to 93.
The county has four active cases, with 84 people considered recovered and five deaths attributed to COVID-19.
The county has conducted nearly 6,500 tests for COVID-19 among county residents. The results of the 6,489 tests included 6,396 negative tests, representing an infection rate among those tested of 1.4 percent.
Tribune News Service contributed to this report.