Covid cases continue to trend up locally and statewide

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 April 2022 at 9:06 pm

Chart courtesy of Genesee & Orleans County Health Departments

The Covid cases in Genesee and Orleans counties continue to climb, with Genesee at 168 and Orleans at 113 during the week of April 13-19.

That is up from the previous week when Genesee had 119 cases and Orleans had 83, according to data from the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments.

Statewide the cases are also on the rise. There were 7,862 new cases on Tuesday with a positive test rate of 6.92 percent. The statewide positivity rate in the 7 days is at 5.56 percent. It was 4.35 percent the 7 days before from April 6-12.

Orleans is among the nine counties in the Finger Lakes Region where the 7-day percent positive rate is 11.81 percent, third highest of the 10 regions. Only Western New York at 13.48 percent and Central NY at 13.91 percent are higher. New York Cry is the lowest at 3.67 percent.

The new Covid cases in Orleans in the past week include 29 from home tests and 84 from labs. Genesee’s new cases include 43 from home tests and 125 from lab results.

Gov. Kathy Hochul discussed Covid during a news conference today in Syracuse. She said the state will continue to require masks for public transit, correctional facilities, nursing homes, health care settings, domestic violence centers, buses and train stations.

“With new contagious subvariants circulating, let’s be vigilant in using the tools to keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy and out of the hospital,” Hochul said.