Livingston clears all COVID cases

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

The Livingston County Department of Health reported Friday that there were no active cases of COVID-19 in the county. The news came as yet another coronavirus-related death was reported in Orleans County, but only three new cases were reported throughout the four-county GLOW region.

With Livingston County’s announcement, was word that 116 people have recovered. The county has had a total of 124 cases. Eight 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.”

By continuing to follow practices recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and local health officials, it is hoped the region will continue to slow and even deter the spread of COVID-19.

“It is important to continue to do this so we do not experience the increase in cases that many other states are experiencing,” said Kathleen M. Root, director of patient services for the Livingston County Department of Health.

Five states - Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah – on Friday set daily highs for new coronavirus cases as the United States passed 40,000 new cases in a day for the first time.

“It is important to watch the numbers across the United States as they are a reflection of what may happen if we do not continue to enforce the recommended guidelines and reopen gradually,” Root said.

Closer to home, health officials are watching not only the number of positive cases in their own counties, but also the Finger Lakes Region, which for the state’s reopening phases includes Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties; and the number of positive cases statewide.

Livingston County reported its first case of COVID-19 on March 19, which was 109 days ago.

Returning to zero active cases, Root said, “means that the measures that have been implemented are working. Livingston County residents have responded in a positive way to protect public health. We will continue to be diligent in promoting social distancing, mask wearing, handwashing, and other preventive measures to ensure the number do not increase in Livingston County.

“Every day we do not have a positive case is a milestone,” Root said

There have been more than 8,100 tests for COVID-19 conducted among Livingston County residents. 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.

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.

Genesee and Orleans

An additional COVID-19 death was reported Friday at Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Medina.

Orleans County has now sustained 53 deaths overall, according to the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments. A total of 22 deaths have now been reported at Orchard Rehabilitation.

Orleans County otherwise reported no new coronavirus cases and two recoveries on Friday.

The county has now had a total of 264 COVID-19 cases. Ten of its active cases remain hospitalized.

Orleans County has also now had 108 recoveries, with 4,479 people testing negative.

Genesee County reported three new positive cases in the meantime. All three live in Darien and were in mandatory quarantine before they tested positive.

Two of the new cases were in their 40s while one was in their 20s.

Genesee County has now had 221 positive cases and 151 recoveries. A total of 8,309 people have tested negative.

Wyoming County

No new coronavirus cases were reported on Friday.

The county’s overall total remained at 87, while the number of recoveries was 81. The county has one active case, with 18 people listed in mandatory quarantine.

Wyoming County’s current statistics include:

  • A total of 29 cases have been confirmed in the northwest quadrant that includes Attica, Bennington, Orangeville and Sheldon. Two have been attributed to Attica Correctional Facility and all 29 have recovered.
  • Twenty-five cases have been confirmed in the northeast quadrant that includes Warsaw, Perry, Middlebury and Covington. Twenty of those have recovered and five have died.
  • Fifteen cases have been confirmed in the southeast quadrant that includes Castile, Gainesville, Genesee Falls and Pike. All 15 have recovered.
  • Eighteen cases have been confirmed in the southwest that includes Arcade, Eagle, Java and Wethersfield. A total of 17 have recovered.

The age breakdown included 18 people in their 20s; 16 people in their 40s; 15 people in their 60s; 14 people in their 50s; nine people in their 70s; eight people in their 30s; three people in their 80s; two people less than 20 years old; and two people in their 90s.

The county has had 5,116 negative tests.

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