Finger Lakes continues to see Covid improvement

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 February 2021 at 6:11 pm

Orleans County, however, has highest rate in Region

Information from Governor’s Office on seven-day positivity rate for the 10 regions of the state.

The Finger Lakes Region, which was a Covid hotspot in the state about a month ago, now has one of the lowest positivity rates in the state and has reduced the numbered of people hospitalized with Covid by more than half.

The Finger Lakes, which includes Orleans County, had a positivity rate for Covid-19 at 10.29 percent on Jan. 5. That was the seven-day average for percentage of tests that were positive for Covid.

The 7-day average was down to 3.22 percent on Friday, the third lowest of 10 regions in the state. The Southern Tier at 1.53 percent is the lowest and Long Island, at 5.57 percent, is the highest.

Statewide the 7-day positivity average ending Friday was at 4.58 percent, according to data from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office.

Although the positivity rate in the Finger Lakes Region is at 3.2 percent over the last 7 days, in Orleans County it’s at 7.2 percent the past week, the highest of the nine counties in the region.

The rates for the other counties include Genesee, 2.9 percent; Livingston, 5.8 percent; Monroe, 2.8 percent; Ontario, 3.3 percent; Seneca, 3.0 percent; Wayne, 3.2 percent; Wyoming, 6.1 percent; and Yates, 4.4 percent.

The Finger Lakes also led the state on Jan. 5 with the highest percentage of its population hospitalized due to Covid at 0.08 percent, which was double the state average. The Finger Lakes had 934 residents hospitalized with Covid on Jan. 5. A month later the region had 448 hospitalized with Covid or 0.04 percent of its population.

New York on Friday had 7,804 patients hospitalized statewide with Covid, the lowest since Dec. 27, Cuomo said.

There were 11,252 new Covid cases out of 261,285 tests, for a positivity rate of 4.31 percent. The state has now had 1,460,747 individuals test positive for Covid during the pandemic.

Cuomo also reported there were 158 more deaths from Covid, including one each in Orleans and Genesee counties. The state is now reporting 36,079 total deaths from Covid during the pandemic.

“New York’s positivity and hospitalization numbers continue to decline from the holiday surge, a reflection of the discipline New Yorkers have shown to defeat the virus,” Cuomo said in a statement. “The ultimate weapon to win the war is the vaccine and we are getting needles into arms every day, but we need more supply because we have the operational capacity to do much more. Super Bowl weekend is here and while the instinct may be to celebrate together, we cannot get cocky – we must continue doing the things we know are effective at taming the virus: wear a mask, adhere to social distancing, and avoid gatherings. We can beat this thing, but we must stay smart.”