COVID cases rise by 9 in GLOW region

GENESEO – Four SUNY Geneseo students have been isolated in their off-campus residence after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus.

The Livingston County Department of Public Health and the college announced the small cluster on Sunday afternoon. It was among six new confirmed cases in Livingston County and pushed the county’s total cases past 200.

Health departments in the GLOW region reported Monday a total of nine new cases since their last updates on Friday, along with four new recoveries.

There has been a total of 918 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the GLOW region since the pandemic arrived in the region in mid-March. There has also been 664 people who have recovered from the virus, according to data from the county health departments.

Here’s a closer look at county-by-county data:

Genesee County reported no new COVID-19 cases on Monday, keeping its overall total to 289 since the pandemic began, according to the Genesee and Orleans County health departments.

Four new individuals have been placed on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.

One recovery was reported, increasing the total number of community recoveries to 227.

There were three active community cases under mandatory isolation, with 30 people under mandatory community quarantine, and 109 people under precautionary community quarantine. There have been five total deaths attributed to COVID-19.

To date, there have been 25,591 total tests, including 25,302 which were negative. The infection rate among those tested is 1.13 percent.

Orleans County reported one new COVID-19 case, bringing its overall total at 304, officials said.

The new case is an Albion resident in their 50s who wasn’t under quarantine prior to testing positive.

There are 17 new people on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.

Two recoveries were reported, bringing the total up to 137.

There are five active community cases under mandatory isolation, with 47 people under mandatory community quarantine, and 55 people under precautionary community quarantine. Orleans County has had 55 total deaths.

To date, there have been 13,535 total tests, with 13,231 of them negative for an infection rate of 2.25 percent among those tested.

Wyoming County reported two new COVID-19 case as of Monday, increasing its overall total to 123 cases since the pandemic began, according to the Wyoming County Health Department.

The new cases are people in their 30s from the county’s northeast quadrant which includes Warsaw, Perry, Middlebury and Covington.

As of Monday, the county had three active cases under mandatory isolation. Eleven people were in mandatory quarantine, with 30 in precautionary quarantine after traveling out-of-state.

The county has had 115 recoveries — no new ones reported since Sept. 8 — and five total deaths.

A total of 14,805 tests have been conducted, with 14,682 negative results. The infection rate among those tested is 0.83 percent.

The four SUNY Geneseo students – four females in their 20s living in the same Geneseo household – are among six new cases that have brought the county’s total to 202.

Livingston County had nine active cases, including four in Geneseo, two each in Dansville and Mount Morris, and a single case in Livonia.

There had been one recovery, bringing the county’s total to 185. The recovery was in Conesus, according to the county’s COVID-19 data tracking map.

The county has had eight total deaths attributed to COVID-19.

More than 22,500 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted among Livingston County residents. The 22,569 tests have returned 22,367 negative results, representing an infection rate among those tested of about 0.90 percent.

The students are now in the county department of health’s quarantine process and are isolated in their residence.

Rodriguez said Sunday department of health staff were working closely with SUNY Geneseo to perform contact tracing and test close contacts who may have been exposed.

No exposure alerts had been issued at press time Monday. The county issues an exposure alert when a positive case or cases is at a site in which other contacts cannot be easily determined.

In August, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that any state college with 100 positive COVID-19 cases, or a number of cases equal to 5 percent of their population of students and faculty — whichever is less — must close and return to remote learning for two weeks.

Prior to the cluster announced Sunday, only two members of the SUNY Geneseo campus community had tested positive for the virus since students started returning in late August. Under the college’s disclosure policy, it’s unclear whether those two were students or college employees.

Includes reporting by Regional Editor Ben Beagle and Livingston County News staff writer Matt Leader.

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