Covid cases continue to go up locally
The latest update from the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments shows Covid-19 cases continue to climb locally.
In Orleans, the cases are up 47 percent in the past week (April 20-26) or from 113 from April 13-19 to 166 the past week.
In Genesee, the cases went up 65 percent, from 168 to 278.
GO Health attributes the increase to the new Omicron variant BA.2, which spreads more easily than other earlier variants, local public health officials said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week changed the community spread level for Orleans from low to high, and Genesee from low to medium.
Statewide there were 7,693 new cases reported on Tuesday out of 109,304 tests for a positivity of 6.70. The seven-day average for positive tests state-wide is 7.09 percent. However, the Finger Lakes Region which include Orleans and eight other counties is the second highest of the 10 regions with a positivity of 13.93 percent over the past seven days. Western New York is the highest at 16.54 percent. New York City is the lowest at 4.48 percent.