Active Covid cases continue decline and fall below 500 in Genesee, Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 December 2021 at 5:36 pm

Positivity rate for Covid tests also dips below 10 percent in Orleans

The number of active Covid cases is down below 500 in Genesee and Orleans counties to 458 today, the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments reported this afternoon.

That is down from 534 on Monday and 620 a week ago on Dec. 9.

Orleans County also reached a milestone today with its percent of positive Covid tests falling below 10 percent to 9.8 percent. Genesee is at 11.2 percent, which remains near the top in the state, exceeded only by Allegany at 11.4 percent, Oswego at 11.6 percent, and Lewis at 12.8 percent. The state-wide rate is 5.1 percent in the past seven days.

Since Monday Orleans has 95 new positive cases, and 116 more recoveries or people who completed their 10-day isolation and have been removed from mandatory isolation.

Orleans currently has 12 people hospitalized due to Covid. The Health Department said there is another death of a community member from Covid, a person over 65. That is the 100thCovid death from Covid in the county since the pandemic started in March 2020. Last year there were 62 deaths and this year there are 38 so far.

Genesee is reporting 159 new positive cases and 197 more recoveries. The county also has 33 people hospitalized due to Covid and has had two more residents die from Covid, one under 65 and one older than 65. Genesee has now had 151 die during the pandemic.