Covid cases continue to drop in Orleans, Genesee

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 May 2022 at 5:27 pm

Genesee reports 3 more Covid-related deaths

Chart courtesy of Genesee & Orleans County Health Departments

The number of Covid cases in Genesee and Orleans counties dropped in the past week, the second straight week of decline after a steady rise for two months.

There were 120 cases in Orleans from May 18 to May 24, which is down from the 10 the previous seven days and the 220 from May 4 to May 10.

The cases in Orleans in the past week include 90 from lab tests and 30 from take-home tests, the Genesee & Orleans County Health Departments reported on Wednesday.

In Genesee there were 170 new confirmed cases from May 18 to May 24, which is down from 261 the previous seven days and 283 from May 4 to May 10.

Genesee County also is reporting three more Covid-related deaths during the seven days and now has had 191 Covid-related deaths during the pandemic since March 2020. Orleans has had 117 Covid deaths during the pandemic, the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments said.

The seven-day Covid positivity rate statewide is 7.68 percent. In the nine-county Finger Lakes Region, which includes Orleans, the positivity rate is at 10.10 percent in the past seven days. It’s higher in the Capital Region at 10.65 percent, Long Island at 10.68 percent and Western New York at 12.95 percent. Central New York has the lowest rate at 5.79 percent.

“As we head into the Memorial Day weekend and prepare to travel and gather with loved ones, I encourage everyone to continue taking advantage of the tools we have available to protect against and treat Covid-19,” Governor Hochul said. “The best way to avoid serious illness from Covid-19 is by keeping up to date with your vaccination and booster doses.”