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UPDATE: The Livingston County Department of Health has updated its at-home COVID-19 test reporting, which occurred after this week's edition of The Livingston County News was published. As a result, earlier versions of this story contained previous information. The story was updated Wednesday afternoon to reflect the latest update.

MOUNT MORRIS – Livingston County has launched an online, self-serve system for people to obtain COVID-19 related documents such as isolation and quarantine orders.

The move comes as the county continues to experience a surge of COVID-19 cases, which has prevented case investigators and contact tracers to reach out to all cases in a timely manner, according to Livingston County Public Health Director Jennifer Rodriguez.

“Residents who have or who have been exposed to COVID-19 can now visit the County’s website to fill out and print their own isolation and quarantine orders or release notices required for work, school or other purposes,” Rodriguez said. “This self-serve option will increase the efficiency of the isolation and quarantine process while also placing more emphasis on personal responsibility.

“We want to thank our residents for working together to protect the health and safety of their communities, families and loved ones,” Rodriguez said.

The county was reporting 650 active cases at the time of the site’s launch on Jan. 13. The county has been above 500 daily active cases since Jan. 5 and as of Jan. 14 the total of active cases was 591, according to the county’s COVID-19 tracker.

Instructions related to the enhanced isolation and quarantine process are available on the county’s website at https://tinyurl.com/wbmfy73d.

Other recent updates:

COVID-19 Testing

A new COVID-19 testing site at SUNY Geneseo is open to the public. This site will offer PCR testing from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Fridays through Jan. 25. Appointments are required. To register, go to https://tinyurl.com/mrykeu4w.

The Livingston County Department of Health offers free COVID-19 rapid testing on Tuesdays starting at 9 a.m. by appointment only. To schedule a test, call (585) 243-7270 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays to Fridays.

For a listing of more local testing sites, visit the State’s COVID-19 Testing webpage at https://tinyurl.com/4xv4nc36.

At-Home COVID-19 Test Online Reporting

As of Jan. 18, Livingston County residents will not be able to report positive COVID-19 home-test results to the Livingston County Department of Health. Results from tests performed at a pharmacy or laboratory are automatically reported to the Livingston County Department of Health. The county health department will still issue isolation orders.

For more information about the new approach, which is evolving, go to the state Department of Health novel coronavirus website at https://tinyurl.com/2tn43rr7.

The county has also added a link to its COVID-19 information page for ordering free at-home testing kits from the U.S. government.

Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

The Livingston County Department of Health has scheduled booster dose Moderna vaccine clinics during January. The clinics will be at Building No. 2 (first building on the left) on the County’s Murray Hill Campus in Mount Morris and are for anyone who is 18 years or older. The schedule:

n Thursday, Jan. 20, 9 a.m.–noon

n Friday, Jan. 21, 2 p.m.–5 p.m.

Appointments are required. To register, go to https://tinyurl.com/4efyh4wc.

Residents must bring their vaccination cards to their appointments. Excelsior passes will not be accepted.

For a list of locations offering first, second and booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in Livingston County, go to https://tinyurl.com/4efyh4wc.

For residents over 60 years of age and in need of a COVID-19 vaccine, the Livingston County Office for the Aging can help. For more information, call (585) 243-7520.

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