Active Covid cases and hospitalizations drop locally despite surge in state

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 December 2021 at 5:47 pm

The number of active Covid cases and hospitalizations is down significantly after hitting a pandemic high for cases earlier this month.

Orleans County today has 130 active cases, which is down from 211 on Thursday and 334 on Dec. 9. The 130 active cases today is 61 percent of the record high of 334 only 18 days ago.

Genesee County also is seeing a decline, at 218 today which is down from 231 on Dec. 23 and 275 on Dec. 20.

The number of people hospitalized due to Covid also is on the decline. Orleans has four hospitalized today due to Covid, which is down from nine on Dec. 23, 12 on Dec. 20 and 17 on Dec. 2.

Genesee County has 27 people hospitalized from Covid, which is down from 29 on Dec. 23, 35 on Dec. 20 and 39 on Dec. 2.

State-wide hospitalizations due to Covid was at 5,526 on Sunday, up by 635 in two days, and up from the 3,909 on Dec. 17.

The active cases are going down because new positive cases are less than people recovering or completing their 10-day isolation and being removed from mandatory isolation.

Orleans County has 50 new cases since Thursday, and 126 more recoveries.

Genesee County has 92 new cases since Thursday and 105 more people who completed their 10-day isolation and have been removed from mandatory isolation.

New York State is seeing a surge in new cases with 26,737 more positive tests on Sunday and a positivity rate of 16.04 percent. The seven-day average for positive tests is at 12.41 percent in the state. That is higher than the 7.8 percent in Orleans and 9.1 percent in Genesee.