Covid positivity rate drops in Orleans, Finger Lakes Region

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 February 2021 at 3:37 pm

This data from the governor’s office shows the 7-day positivity rate for the 10 regions in the state.

The percentage of positive Covid-19 tests is decreasing in Orleans County, the Finger Lakes Region and the state.

Orleans County’s had the highest seven-day positivity rate in the nine-county Finger Lakes Region on Feb. 6 with a rate of 7.2 percent. That rate over the past seven days now is down to 4.7 percent. Orleans no longer leads the region. Wyoming County has the highest percentage at 5.8 while Genesee is lowest at 2.2 percent.

The Finger Lakes had a 7-day positivity rate for Covid-19 at 10.29 percent on Jan. 5, among the highest in the state.

The seven-day positivity rate has dropped to 2.66 percent on Wednesday, with the state-wide rate at 4.16 percent. That state-wide rate over seven days is the lowest since Dec. 1.

The state-wide rate for one day was at 3.54 percent on Wednesday, the lowest since Nov. 25.

The rate has now declined over 34 consecutive days, is down by 48 percent from the early January post-holiday peak, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today.

The number of people hospitalized in the state due to Covid was 7,351 on Wednesday, which was down by 251 from Tuesday and down nearly 2,000 from the 9,273 on Jan. 19.

The Finger Lakes hit a pandemic high with 964 hospitalized due to Covid on Dec. 28. The Covid hospitalizations was down to 345 on Wednesday in the Finger Lakes Region.

“Across the state, from hospitalizations to infection rate, our numbers are continuing to decline – a sign of hope to all and proof of the dedication New Yorkers have shown to defeating this beast,” Cuomo said. “We are headed in the right direction, but we are not at the end of the tunnel yet. Until the day the war is won and everyone who wants one has the vaccine, we must continue to practice the guidelines we know work – washing your hands, wearing a mask and avoiding gatherings.”