Covid continued surge locally in January with nearly 3,000 cases in 3 local rural counties

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 February 2021 at 12:44 pm

Cases are down significantly so far in February

January was another month of huge Covid-19 caseloads in the three local rural counties of Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming.

The three counties combined had 2,814 cases. That isn’t as many as in December when there were 2,993 confirmed cases in the three counties, but it is still near the peak of the pandemic, which is nearing a year locally.

The three counties had nearly 3,000 cases each of the past two months. That is far more than the 2,108 cases in the three counties – from March through November.

The cases began a sharp upward trajectory in November with 1,133 cases in the three counties.

So far in February, the numbers are going down significantly.

Genesee, which averaged 45.8 new cases a day in January, so far is averaging 13 new a day in February. Orleans has decreased from 25.4 cases a day in January to 18 so far in February. Wyoming averaged 19.6 cases daily in January and has an average of 10 so far each day in February.

The average daily caseloads in January were about how many each county had for the total of July and August, when the counties often didn’t have any confirmed cases in a day. Orleans only had 22 cases total in July and August, while Genesee had 55 and Wyoming recorded 30 in those two months.

Once the weather got colder and more activities moved inside in November, cases really took off, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo saying 74 percent of those cases were from household spread.

Here is a monthly breakdown of the Covid cases in the three counties:

Orleans County (population: 40,352)

First case reported on March 18.

  • March – 6 cases (6 cumulative cases)
  • April – 89 cases (95 cumulative)
  • May – 126 cases (221 cumulative)
  • June – 45 cases (266 cumulative)
  • July – 10 cases (276 cumulative)
  • August – 12 cases (288 cumulative)
  • September – 29 cases (317 cumulative)
  • October – 82 cases (399 cumulative)
  • November – 224 cases (623 cumulative)
  • December – 753 cases (1,376 cumulative)
  • January – 788 cases (2,164 cumulative)

Genesee County (population: 57,280)

First case reported on March 17.

  • March – 13 cases (13 cumulative cases)
  • April – 136 cases (149 cumulative)
  • May – 37 cases (186 cumulative)
  • June – 40 cases (224 cumulative)
  • July – 32 cases (256 cumulative)
  • August – 23 cases (279 cumulative)
  • September – 30 cases (309 cumulative)
  • October – 66 cases (375 cumulative)
  • November – 579 cases (954 cumulative)
  • December – 1,495 cases (2,449 cumulative)
  • January – 1,419 cases (3,867 cumulative)

Wyoming County (population: 40,085)

First case reported March 17.

  • March – 8 cases (8 cases cumulative)
  • April – 60 cases (68 cumulative)
  • May – 12 cases (80 cumulative)
  • June – 9 cases (89 cumulative)
  • July – 18 cases (107 cumulative)
  • August – 12 cases (120 cumulative)
  • September – 12 cases (132 cumulative)
  • October – 69 cases (201 cumulative)
  • November – 330 cases (531 cumulative)
  • December – 745 cases (1,276 cumulative)
  • January – 607 cases (1,883 cumulative)

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