COVID cases rise again in Genesee and Orleans

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Livingston County has reached a milestone in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic: No active cases.

The Livingston County Department of Health reported Friday morning that there were no active cases of COVID-19 in the county.

With the announcement, was word that 116 people have recovered. The county has had a total of 124 cases. Eigth deaths have been attributed to the virus.

The last of the active cases were in Lima and Mount Morris.

“This is the first time since the pandemic started that we have no active cases of COVID-19 in Livingston County. It is a good day to celebrate the positive trends we continue to see with our metrics,” said Jennifer Rodriguez, the county’s public health director.

Rodriguez cautioned residents not to let their guard down.

“To each and every resident, your vigilance has been a key component in pushing us forward,” she said. “Even though we are meeting our metrics and our economy continues to reopen, we must not let our guard down. Please continue to work together as a community to social distance, wear masks, and frequently wash or sanitize your hands and places of contact so that we can continue to move in a positive direction.”

Livingston County reported its first case of COVID-19 on March 19, which was 108 days ago.

There have been more than 8,100 tests for COVID-19 conducted among Livingston County resident. There have been 8,002 negative tests against 124 positive tests, representing an infection rate among those tested of 1.3 percent.

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

Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties continue to have active cases of COVID-19.

Livingston County is tracking antibody testing on its COVID-19 website.

There have been a total of 844 antibody tests, with 33 of those tests positive, a rate of 3.9 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, 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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