Covid cases surged locally in November, topping total previous 8 months

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 December 2020 at 10:37 pm

Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming had more than 1,000 cases combined last month

This graph from the health departments in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties shows how the cases have surged in the past month. Click here to see a detailed chart on cases in the three counties.

The number of Covid cases in the three local rural counties of Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming counties soared in November, with the combined total of 1,133 new cases topping that the first eight months of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The three counties, from March through October, had 975 Covid cases combined. At the end of November, the combined cases was at 2,108.

Orleans had been the most hard hit by Covid through October, driven by an outbreak in the spring at two nursing homes, which combined had 147 cases by late June. In Late October, Orleans had the most of the three counties with 399 cases, followed by 375 in Genesee and 201 in Wyoming.

But the cases have really taken off in Genesee in November and so far in December. Genesee reported 575 new cases in November, with 132 more the first four days of December.

Wyoming also has more in November than in the previous eight months, with 330 new cases in November, compared to the 201.

Orleans didn’t see as much of an increase as Genesee and Wyoming last month, but the 224 new cases is still the most in a month for Orleans. Although the cases are on the rise in Orleans, the severity isn’t as bad as in the spring and early summer, when the county suffered 55 deaths from Covid, including 54 in nursing homes. Orleans has now had 58 residents die from Covid through the first nine months of the pandemic, by far more than Genesee and Wyoming.

Wyoming has suffered eight deaths while Genesee was at seven the end of November, but has added five more so far in December.

Here is a monthly breakdown of the Covid cases and deaths in the three counties.


Orleans County (population: 40,352)

First case reported on March 18.

March – 6 cases, 0 deaths (6 cumulative cases, 0 deaths)

April – 89 cases, 11 deaths (95 cumulative, 11 deaths)

May –  126 cases, 25 deaths (221 cumulative, 36 deaths)

June – 45 cases, 18 deaths (266 cumulative, 54 deaths)

July – 10 cases, 1 death (276 cumulative, 55 deaths)

August – 12 cases, 0 deaths (288 cumulative, 55 deaths)

September – 29 cases, 0 deaths (317 cumulative, 55 deaths)

October – 82 cases, 0 deaths (399 cumulative, 55 deaths)

November – 224 cases, 2 deaths (623 cases cumulative, 57 deaths)

(The county is now up to 686 cases with 63 cases reported first four days of December, plus one more death.)


Genesee County (population: 57,280)

First case reported on March 17

March – 13 cases, 1 death (13 cumulative cases, 1 death)

April – 136 cases, 2 deaths (149 cumulative, 3 deaths)

May – 37 cases, 1 death (186 cumulative, 4 deaths)

June – 40 cases, 1 death (224 cumulative, 5 deaths)

July – 32 cases, 0 deaths (256 cumulative, 5 deaths)

August – 23 cases, 0 deaths (279 cumulative, 5 deaths)

September – 30 cases, 0 deaths (309 cumulative, 5 deaths)

October – 66 cases, 0 deaths (375 cumulative, 5 deaths)

November – 579 cases, 2 deaths (954 cumulative, 7 deaths)

(There are now 1,086 cases with 132 the first four days of December, plus five additional deaths.)


Wyoming County (population: 40,085)

First case reported March 17.

March – 8 cases, 1 death (8 cases cumulative, 1 death)

April – 60 cases 4 deaths (68 cases cumulative, 5 deaths)

May – 12 cases, 0 deaths (80 cases cumulative, 5 deaths)

June – 9 cases, 0 deaths (89 cumulative, 5 deaths)

July – 18 cases, 0 deaths (107 cases cumulative, 5 deaths)

August – 12 cases, 0 deaths (120 cases cumulative, 5 deaths)

September – 12 cases, 0 deaths (132 cases cumulative, 5 deaths)

October – 69 cases, 0 deaths (201 cases cumulative, 5 deaths)

November – 330 cases, 3 deaths (531 cases cumulative – including 87 inmates in state prisons – 8 deaths)

(There are now 642 cases with 111 in first four days of December.)


Source: Orleans Hub research, local health departments for cases and deaths, Census Bureau 2019 estimates for population