Livingston County sees new high in active COVID-19 cases

Livingston County has reached its highest peak of active COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in March, according to Public Health Director Jennifer Rodriguez.

The Department of Health is reporting 93 active cases as of 11 p.m. Nov. 27, the second consecutive day of a new high for daily active cases. Of those cases, 22 are hospitalized, the county said Sunday afternoon in an email in response to questions from The Livingston County News.

The county also reports an “uptick in cases” at the Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

“We remain strong in our resolve to prevent the virus from further spreading within both the nursing home and the community,” County Administrator Ian M. Coyle said in a statement. “All residents are strongly encouraged to do their part. Please follow COVID-19 guidelines and protocols to assist us in this public health battle.”

There are six residents of the CNR that are laboratory confirmed COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction positive cases, and two residents that have tested presumptive positive through the use of a rapid Point of Care BD Veritor System for rapid detection of SARS-CoV-2, the county told The LCN in an email on Sunday afternoon.

Any resident that tests positive from the rapid POC test is relocated into the dedicated COVID-19 area within the CNR. The testing protocols require that any positive result received from the rapid POC test be followed by the subsequent administration of both a PCR test and influenza test, according to County Public Information Coordinator Julie Barry.

The county’s COVID-19 website data for nursing homes reflects PCR laboratory confirmed COVID-19 positive test results.

The county has had 23 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 since Nov. 25 and 27, according to data on the county’s COVID-19 tracking map, which was last updated late Friday night.

Meanwhile, Genesee and Wyoming counties continue to be among the counties with the state’s highest 7-day rolling average positivity rate, or the number of positive tests reported, according to data from the New York Forward website.

Genesee County was third in the state with a 6.8 percent 7-day rolling average. Only Allegany County at 7.6 percent and Erie County, at 6.9 percent, were higher. Wyoming County had the fifth highest 7-day rolling average at 6.0 percent. Chemung and Putnam counties each had a 7-day rolling average positivity rate of 6.4 percent, according to the New York Forward website.

Livingston County had a 7-day rolling average positivity rate of 1.9 percent, and Orleans County was at 4.0 percent.

The 7-day rolling average is one of the metrics used in declaring yellow, orange or red zones as part of the state’s microcluster strategy to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The nine-county Finger Lakes region had a 7-day rolling average of 4.5 percent, after recording 478 new positive cases on Nov. 27. The Finger Lakes had the state’s second-highest rolling average, behind only Western New York, which was at 6.5 percent as of Nov. 27, according to the New York Forward website.

Five Livingston County communities have a dozen or more active cases. Active cases include 14 cases in Lima, 13 cases in Mount Morris (up four), 12 cases each in Avon (up three from Nov. 25), Caledonia, and Livonia (up six); nine cases in Dansville (up two), seven cases in Geneseo, five cases in Piffard (up two), three cases in a Livingston County zip code in Wayland (down three), two cases each in Conesus (down one) and Leicester (up one); and single cases in Linwood and Springwater.

The county issued a media briefing Saturday afternoon – its first weekend briefing in months.

Livingston County has had a total of 705 positive cases of COVID-19. The number of recovered cases was up 10 since Nov. 25, to 601 total, according to the county’s tracking map.

The previous single-day high for active cases was 83 on Nov. 26. Prior to that, the peak in daily active cases was 81 on Nov. 18. There have been more than 50 active cases daily since Nov. 10.

Livingston County has had 11 deaths related to COVID-19, including three during the month of November. The most recent death, reported Nov. 25, was a resident of Alpine Manor, an assisted living facility in Lima. The resident had underlying health conditions, according to the county department of health.

There have been 52,690 tests for COVID-19 conducted among Livingston County residents since the pandemic arrived in March. The results include 51,985 negative tests, representing an infection rate of 1.34 percent.

SUNY Geneseo currently has two active cases among its college community, which may include students and staff, according to the college’s COVID-19 tracker. There are 36 people in either precautionary or mandatory quarantine among the college community, according to the state’s SUNY COVID-19 tracker.

The Livingston County Department of Health continues to update Livingston County’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage with numbers of positive and negative test results once daily, Monday through Friday. The webpage is available here

Residents experiencing a fever, cough or trouble breathing, should call their health care provider for an assessment of the symptoms.

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

For general information about COVID-19 or to learn how to volunteer to help, call 1-877-280-6775.

Livingston County Mental Health has created a help line for community members who need someone to talk to during these stressful times. This is a free and confidential service. Call (585) 243-7251 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

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