The four-county GLOW region saw its lowest number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases in months, according to data reported by county health departments.
There were 39 new cases among residents of Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties – the fewest since the counties reported 38 new cases on Nov. 20, 2020.
Still, concern remains high among the SUNY Geneseo college community where cases have continued to rise, prompting new travel policy amendments, including requiring students to quarantine for seven days if they have traveled away from Geneseo for more than 12 hours and/or leave town overnight.
“We continue to see a concerning level of positive cases of COVID-19 among our student population,” said SUNY Geneseo President Denise A. Battles.
SUNY Geneseo, according to SUNY’s COVID-19 tracker, has 67 active cases since Saturday, the beginning of a two-week tracking period for SUNY. If the 14-day case count reaches 100, the college would need to go on a two-week pause, the college said in a Wednsday update.
During the pause period, classes would go online for two weeks, with students remaining on campus or in off-campus housing.
A total of 34 recoveries was reported Thursday in Genesee, Livingston and Wyoming counties. Data from Orleans County were not reported, and were expected to be updated on Friday.
Data on active cases were also incomplete, with Genesee and Orleans county not reporting that information on Thursday.
Here’s a county-by-county look at the data:
Genesee County on Thursday reported five new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 4,092 cases since the pandemic arrived in the region in March.
The number of new cases represents the lowest number of new cases reported in a single day since Oct. 30, 2020, when the county reported a single new case.
The new cases include people in their 20s, 40s and 50s. They include people in the county’s western, central and eastern regions.
One of the new positive individuals is an inmate at the Buffalo Federal Detention Center in Batavia.
One positive resident of the Le Roy Village Green Residential Healthcare Facility was then determined to be a duplicate and has been redacted.
The county also reported one new recovery, for a total of 3,580.
The county did not report the number of active cases on Thursday, but internal tracking of county COVID data by The Daily News indicates that the number of active cases would be 71.
The county did report that 14 of the current cases are hospitalized.
New York state is reporting a total of 118 COVID-19-related deaths in Genesee County.
There have been 93,495 total tests for the virus conducted in Genesee County. The results include 89,403 negative tests for an infection rate among those tested of 4.38 percent.
Orleans County reported five new positive cases for a total of 2,356 since the pandemic began, officials said.
The individuals are in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 60s. They include people in the county’s western, central and eastern regions.
Orleans County said it was unable to report the number of those who have recovered or the number of active positive cases. This data will be included in tomorrow’s update. As of Wednesday, there were 1,960 recovered and 39 active cases.
Among the active cases in Orleans County, two people are hospitalized, according to county health officials.
The state is reporting Orleans County has 80 deaths.
To date, there have been 50,787 total tests conducted for county residents, with 48,431 of them negative for an infection rate of 4.64 percent among those tested.
Wyoming County reported five new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing its overall total to 2,036 community cases since the pandemic began, according to the Wyoming County Health Department.
Two are from the northwest quadrant, which includes Attica, Bennington, Orangeville and Sheldon; one is from the southwest quadrant, which includes Arcade, Eagle, Java and Wethersfield; none are from the southeast quadrant, which includes Castile, Gainesville, Genesee Falls and Pike; and two are from the northeast quadrant, which includes Covington, Middlebury, Perry and Warsaw.
Two cases are in their 20s, two cases are in their 60s, and one is in his or her 90s.
There was one new case at state correctional facilities in Wyoming County. Those facilities have had a total of 469 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 Thursday, the county had 51 active cases under mandatory isolation, 168 people in mandatory quarantine, and 24 in precautionary quarantine after traveling out-of-state. Wyoming County Health Department has administered 2,503 vaccine doses to date.
The number of recoveries increased by eight, bringing the county’s total to 1,937.
Wyoming County’s death total is being reported at 48 by county health officials, the same number reported by the state Department of Health.
A total of 56,465 tests have been conducted, with 54,429 negative results. The infection rate among those tested is 3.61 percent.
The Livingston County Department of Public Health reported 24 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday, increasing its overall total to 3,488.
There are 157 active cases among Livingston County residents, according to the county’s COVID-19 tracking map.
Livingston County also recorded 25 new recoveries, bringing its total to 3,289.
Five people are hospitalized.
Active cases include 93 in Geneseo (up two), 15 in Livonia (down two), 10 in Avon (up one), nine in Dansville (up two), seven in Conesus, four each in Caledonia (up one) and Mount Morris (down one), three each in Hemlock and a Wayland zip code in Livingston County, two each in Lima, Leicester (down one), and Nunda; and single cases in Groveland, Scottsburg and Springwater.
The county has reported 42 COVID-19-related deaths, according to the county tracking map. New York state has tallied 53 deaths in Livingston County.
Livingston County has administered 96,464 tests for COVID-19 among county residents. The results include 92,976 negative results, according to the county’s COVID-19 tracking map. The infection rate among those tested is 3.62 percent.
SUNY Geneseo reported 92 active cases among its college community on Thursday, according to the SUNY Geneseo COVID-19 tracker.
A total of 240 people were in quarantine, including 176 in mandatory quarantine and 64 in precautionary quarantine. The number of people in mandatory quarantine was down 24 from the day before, while those in precautionary quarantine increased by 30.
A total of 80 students were isolating off-campus and 28 isolating on-campus, according to the state’s SUNY COVID-19 tracker.
Regional Editor Ben Beagle contributed to this report.