Active COVID-19 cases decrease in GLOW region

BATAVIA — There has been an overall upward trend in positivity rates and COVID spread in Genesee and Orleans counties.

The increase started in late July and early August, said Director Paul Pettit of the Genesee and Orleans Health Departments in an update conducted Tuesday via Zoom. There increasing case numbers are occurring across all age groups.

“We do know the Delta variant is likely the cause of that,” he said. “We have isolated that strain, Delta, in both counties. We also know the majority of the cases are in the unvaccinated.”

Vaccines do protect against severe illness and death, Pettit said, which is currently being seen with the new Delta strain. The best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to become vaccinated.

There has also been talk of third-dose vaccinations and booster shots for Moderna and Pfizer. The CDC said those with certain compromised immune systems or those going through certain types of treatments are recommended to get a third dose of the vaccine.

County clinics are offering the third dose for those who meet the criteria.

There will be a need for booster shots soon, he said. Currently the booster shot recommendations are starting Sept. 20 for fully vaccinated people with Pfizer or Moderna.

Booster shots are given six to eight months after being fully vaccinated.

The CDC explains the difference between an additional dose and a booster dose.

“Sometimes people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised do not build enough (or any) protection when they first get a vaccination,” according to the CDC. “When this happens, getting another dose of the vaccine can sometimes help them build more protection against the disease. This appears to be the case for some immunocompromised people and COVID-19 vaccines. CDC recommends moderately to severely immunocompromised people consider receiving an additional (third) dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) at least 28 days after the completion of the initial 2-dose mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series.”

In contrast, a “booster dose” refers to another dose of a vaccine that is given to someone who built enough protection after vaccination, but then that protection decreased over time — what’s known as “waning immunity,” according to the CDC.

Vaccination clinics are still going on between both counties, and residents can sign up at https://bit.ly/GOHealthCOVID. Vaccine clinics are expected to increase as childhood and booster vaccines become available.

Pettit urges people to continue following universal health precautions.

n Genesee County — From Thursday to Monday, Genesee County is reporting 43 new positive cases for a total of 5,615.

The individuals are under the age of 20 and in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and 90s. Fifteen of the 77 current positive people are hospitalized.

There are 43 new recoveries for a total of 4,947.

Genesee County reports a total of 124 deaths.

A total of 31,121 people, or 54.1 percent of county residents, had received at least one vaccine dose as of Tuesday, according to the New York state vaccine dashboard. The number of people who have completed the series was 28,698.

The county’s seven-day rolling average of positives was 5.7 percent.

n Orleans County — From Thursday to Monday, Orleans County is reporting 29 new cases for a total of 3,304 positive cases.

The individuals are under the age of 20 and in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. Two of the 64 current positive people are hospitalized.

There are 29 new recoveries for a total of 2,844. Orleans County has 83 total deaths.

A total of 19,832 people, or 48.8 percent of county residents, had received at least one vaccine dose as of Tuesday, according to the New York state vaccine dashboard. The number of people who have completed the series was 18,395.

The county’s seven-day rolling average of positives was 5.4 percent.

n Wyoming County — Fourteen active cases were reported, with a total of 2,856 cases since the pandemic began, according to county data.

The number of recoveries is 2,784. There are 53 deaths.

A total of 19,443 people, or 48.5 percent of county residents, had received at least one vaccine dose as of Tuesday, according to the New York state vaccine dashboard. The number of people who have completed the series was 18,083.

The county’s seven-day rolling average of positives was 2.2 percent.

n Livingston County — A total of 34,434 people, or 54.5 percent of county residents, had received at least one vaccine dose as of Tuesday, according to the New York state vaccine dashboard. The number of people who have completed the series was 32,424.

A total of 62.3 percent of the county’s population of those at least 18 years old had been vaccinated.

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

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