Livingston County has reached a new milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic. The county Department of Health reports that as of Saturday morning more than 100 people have recovered from the virus.

The total number of positive cases in the county remains at 116 – the fourth consecutive day that no new cases have been reported. This is also the 12th day this month that the county has not had a new case.

The county Department of Health did report three additional recoveries Saturday, bringing its total to 102.

There are seven active cases in the county.

The county has had seven deaths attributed to COVID-19, according to health department data.

Nearly 3,700 tests have been administered for COVID-19, including 259 tests on Friday. The results of 3,673 tests include 3,557 negative test results and 116 positive results. The infection rate among those who have been tested is 3.2 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 has increased, according to data from the county department of health.

COVID-19 testing is available to any individual who is a Phase 1 worker, has COVID-19 symptoms, has had contact with a person known to be positive with COVID-19, is subject to a precautionary or mandatory quarantine, is employed as a health care worker, nursing home worker or first responder; or is an essential worker who directly interacts with the public while working. Testing also includes those without a fever, but having other respiratory ailments, or those who are vulnerable due to underlying health conditions.

Under guidelines for Phase 2, workers in hair salons and barber shops will need to get test for COVID-19 every two weeks, in addition to other guidelines for reopening.

COVID-19 testing is available for Livingston County residents at curbside testing locations in Dansville and Geneseo. The tests are to confirm the presence of the COVID-19 virus and are not an antibody test, which is a blood test that looks for antibodies that are created in your body after you have had COVID-19.

To make an appointment at a local testing site, visit https://covid19screening.health.ny.gov/ or call 1-888-364-3065.

Individuals seeking a test may also call their primary care physician to get a requisition for a test. Individuals who do not have a healthcare provider, should call the Livingston County Department of Health at (585) 243-7270 to see if they meet the COVID-19 testing criteria.

Drive-thru testing is also available at Monroe Community College campus, 1000 East Henrietta Rd., to serve the Greater Rochester region, including Livingston County. Testing at this location is by appointment only and can be scheduled by calling the New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or registering online at https://covid19screening.health.ny.gov/.

County officials continue to remind residents to be vigilant and continue safe practices to protect themselves from the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These precautions include practicing social distancing, wearing face coverings, properly washing hands, cleaning surfaces regularly and staying at home if sick in order to fight the spread of COVID-19 and continue the region’s downward trends.

Confirmed cases in Livingston County have included 40 in Avon, including 18 at Avon Nursing Home; 12 each in Geneseo and in Mount Morris, nine each in Caledonia and North Dansville, eight Nunda; seven in York, six in Lima; five in Livonia, four each in Conesus and Springwater.

The first case was reported March 19.

The county has reported seven deaths attributed to COVID-19. Six of those deaths have been residents of Avon, including five residents of Avon Nursing Home. The first death was in Caledonia.

Six Livingston County towns have not reported a single lab-confirmed case of COVID-19, though health officials assume that all towns have the virus due to community spread. They are Groveland, Leicester, Ossian, Portage, Sparta and West Sparta.

The county’s COVID-19 tracking map remained unavailable today.

As of Friday, the 99 recovered cases include 33 in Avon, including 13 residents at Avon Nursing Home; 11 in Geneseo, nine in Mount Morris, eight in Caledonia, seven each in Nunda and North Dansville, six in York, five each in Livonia and Lima, and four each in Conesus and Springwater, according to Livingston County’s COVID-19 data tracking map.

All cases reported in Conesus, Livonia, Nunda, and Springwater had recovered as of Friday.

Active cases as of Friday were three in Mount Morris, two in North Dansville, and single cases in Avon, Geneseo, Lima, Nunda, and York according, to the tracking map.

The county’s COVID-19 tracking map may be viewed here.

If you have a fever, cough or trouble breathing, call your health care provider for an assessment of your symptoms.

If you feel as though you may have had exposure to COVID-19, 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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