Active COVID-19 cases decrease in GLOW region

BATAVIA — Both Genesee and Orleans counties are now in a high level of community transmission according to the CDC COVID Data Tracker.

“Genesee and Orleans Counties are currently at 99 active cases. We are also reporting 11 hospitalizations between the two counties, with eight in Genesee and three in Orleans,” said Paul Pettit, director of the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments. “All of these hospitalizations are community members across the age spectrum and not nursing home residents. The majority are unvaccinated.”

It is important for those who are not currently vaccinated to talk with their primary care provider to determine whether getting vaccinated is right for them, he said.

“The best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 or health complications from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated, Petit said. “The vaccine is proven to be safe and effective.”

Kaitlin Pettine, public information officer for the Genesee County Health Department, said there are no changes for restrictions at this time.

“We encourage individuals and businesses to follow the CDC recommendations,” she said. “Per the CDC recommendations for communities with a high spread of COVID-19, we encourage everyone, vaccinated and unvaccinated, to wear masks when indoors in public and when at crowded outdoor settings.”

Officials said everybody should continue practicing the following public health prevention precautions:

n Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

n Wash your hands often with soap and water.

n If water is not readily available, use hand sanitizer.

n Wash and sanitize frequently shared/touched items.

n Stay six feet away from others and avoid close contact with people who are sick.

n Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.

n Wear a face mask indoors in public and crowded outdoor settings.

n Monitor your health daily and stay home if you are experiencing any symptoms.

n Get tested if you are experiencing symptoms and self-isolate until you get your results back. If you test positive for COVID, you are to isolate for 10 days.

n Genesee County — From Monday to Thursday, Genesee County is reporting 30 new positive cases for a total of 5,469.

The individuals are under the age of 20 and in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and 80s. Eight of the 50 current positive people are hospitalized.

There are 10 new recoveries for a total of 4,848.

Genesee County reported one death, for a total of 124.

A total of 30,505 people, or 53.0 percent of county residents, had received at least one vaccine dose as of Friday, according to the New York state vaccine dashboard. The number of people who have completed the series was 28,289.

The county’s seven-day rolling average of positives was 4 percent.

n Orleans County — From Monday to Thursday, Orleans County is reporting 19 new cases for a total of 3,217 positive cases.

The individuals are under the age of 20 and in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. Three of the 49 current positive people are hospitalized.

There are 18 new recoveries for a total of 2,772. Orleans County has 83 total deaths.

A total of 19,358 people, or 47.7 percent of county residents, had received at least one vaccine dose as of Monday, according to the New York state vaccine dashboard. The number of people who have completed the series was 18,054.

The county’s seven-day rolling average of positives was 4.7 percent.

n Wyoming County — Fourteen active cases were reported, with a total of 2,835 cases since the pandemic began, according to county data.

The number of recoveries is 2,768. There are 53 deaths.

A total of 19,143 people, or 47.8 percent of county residents, had received at least one vaccine dose as of Friday, according to the New York state vaccine dashboard. The number of people who have completed the series was 17,836.

The county’s seven-day rolling average of positives was 2.3 percent.

n Livingston County — County health department data was not immediately available as of press time Friday evening.

A total of 33,853 people, or 53.5 percent of county residents, had received at least one vaccine dose as of Friday, according to the New York state vaccine dashboard. The number of people who have completed the series was 31,908.

The county’s seven-day rolling average of positives was 5.2 percent.

(Includes reporting by Matt Surtel)

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