COVID numbers remain low across region

BATAVIA — Two additional COVID-19 related deaths were reported Wednesday in the GLOW region.

The deaths included one at Genesee Senior Living in Genesee County, along a community member over 65 years old in Orleans County.

The deaths came as officials at the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments gave an update into their vaccination supplies and clinics.

Based on this week’s vaccine allocations and a vaccine transfer from the Finger Lakes Vaccine Hub, the Health Departments expected to be able to vaccinate 1,600 people this week. That total includes the pharmacy providers and hospitals in both counties, along with both health departments.

“At this time all appointments are full, however we encourage you to keep monitoring in case people have canceled,” the health officials said. “People are encouraged to cancel their appointment if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, the flu or a cold; if they have been placed on mandatory quarantine because they are identified as a close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19; or they can’t make the appointment for any other reason.

“Canceling the appointment as soon as you are aware you can’t make it will open up a new appointment for someone else,” they said. “Please make sure you cancel using the information on your confirmation sheet or by calling the provider. The health departments cannot cancel appointments for other providers.”

To check for vaccination clinics in Genesee and Orleans counties, https://tinyurl.com/y4pwhcbv.

The counties are currently scheduling Point of Dispensing mass vaccination clinics for Priority Groups 1A and 1B. To check your eligibility to either of these groups, visit https://tinyurl.com/y5x9eyv8.

In other matters, the New York State Department of Health responded to The Daily News regarding their question on how they track deaths across the counties. A discrepancy on Tuesday showed Genesee County had 60 more COVID-19 related deaths than previously reported.

“Fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the New York State Department of Health,” said Jeffrey Hammond, a public information officer. “This information is reported from hospitals and other facilities in all regions of New York State to the Department of Health through the Health Electronic Response Data System.”

Here’s a county-by-county look at Wednesday’s numbers:

Genesee County on Wednesday reported 55 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 3,508 cases since the pandemic arrived in the region in March.

The new cases include people less than 20 years old, and in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. They include people in the county’s western, central and eastern regions.

There are 15 people currently hospitalized.

There was another death in Genesee County over the age of 65 of someone who resided at Genesee Senior Living.

The county also reported 57 new recoveries, for a total of 2,918.

Genesee County data showed 197 active community cases under mandatory isolation on Wednesday. The county is now reporting a total of 100 COVID-19-related deaths.

There have been 79,353 total tests for the virus conducted in Genesee County. The results include 75,845 negative tests for an infection rate among those tested of 4.42 percent.

Orleans County reported 28 new positive cases for a total of 1,946 since the pandemic began, officials said.

The individuals are under the age of 20 and in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. They include people in the county’s western, central and eastern regions, and none of the positive individuals were on quarantine prior to testing positive.

Four of the new positive cases are residents of Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Another death of a community member over the age of 65 was reported.

The number of recoveries in Orleans County increased by 20 at 1,520 people.

Thirteen people were hospitalized as of Wednesday.

As of Wednesday, there were 197 active community cases under mandatory isolation. The state is reporting Orleans County has 69 deaths.

To date, there have been 42,776 total tests conducted for county residents, with 40,830 of them negative for an infection rate of 4.55 percent among those tested.

Wyoming County reported 18 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing its overall total to 1,680 community cases since the pandemic began, according to the Wyoming County Health Department.

Five are from the northwest quadrant, which includes Attica, Bennington, Orangeville and Sheldon; two is from the southwest quadrant which includes Arcade, Eagle, Java and Wethersfield; four are from the southeast quadrant, which includes Castile, Gainesville, Genesee Falls and Pike; and seven are from the northeast quadrant which includes Covington, Middlebury, Perry and Warsaw.

The cases include five people in their 20s, four in their 30s, two in their 40s, three in their 50s, three in their 60s, and one in their 70s.

There were 15 new cases at state correctional facilities in Wyoming County. Those facilities have had a total of 320 cases.

The cases at state correctional facilities are managed by the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and are not included in the Wyoming County total.

As of Wednesday, the county had 137 active cases under mandatory isolation, 503 people in mandatory quarantine, and 18 in precautionary quarantine after traveling out-of-state.

The number of cases hospitalized was not available.

Twenty-one recoveries were reported, bringing the county’s total to 1,504.

Wyoming County’s death total is being reported at 39 by county health officials. The state has Wyoming County death total at 44.

A total of 48,431 tests have been conducted, with 46,751 negative results. The infection rate among those tested is 3.47 percent.

The Livingston County Department of Public Health reported 48 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, increasing its overall total to 2,700 cases.

There are 201 active cases among Livingston County residents, according to the county’s COVID-19 tracking map.

The county has reported 33 COVID-19-related deaths.

The county recorded 33 new recoveries Wednesday, bringing its total to 2,466.

A total of 10 people are hospitalized. None are in intensive care.

Active cases include 34 in Mount Morris (up seven); 31 in Dansville (down seven); 22 in Geneseo (up three); 19 in Avon (down one); 18 in Lima (up 10); 15 in Conesus (down one); 14 in Caledonia (up one); 12 in Livonia (up four); eight each in Leicester (up four) and Nunda; seven in Wayland; five in Piffard (down two); three in Groveland (down one); two each in Hemlock (up one) and Springwater; and one each in Lakeville.

Livingston County has administered 84,588 tests for COVID-19 among county residents. The results include 81,888 negative results, according to the county’s COVID-19 tracking map. The infection rate among those tested is 3.19 percent.

SUNY Geneseo reported two active cases among its college community on Tuesday, according to the SUNY Geneseo and SUNY COVID-19 data trackers. Three were isolating off-campus. Two were in precautionary quarantine.

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