Finger Lakes Region’s 7-day positive rate for Covid tests drops below 2%

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 February 2021 at 4:53 pm

Orleans County is a little higher at 2.8%

Courtesy of the Governor’s Office: This is the 7-day average percentage of positive test results over the last three days in each of the 10 regions of the state.

The Finger Lakes Region hit a milestone with the positive rate of Covid tests falling below 2 percent over 7 days.

The 7-day average ending on Friday was 1.92 percent for the nine-county region that includes Orleans. The Finger Lakes is lower than the statewide 7-day average of 3.18 percent.

Less than two months ago, the Finger Lakes Region had a 7-day positivity rate of 10.29 percent on Jan. 5, among the highest in the state.

The number of people hospitalized in the region due to Covid has also dropped from a pandemic high with 964 on Dec. 28 to 210 on Friday.

The positivity rate in Orleans County is above the region’s average but it is going down. The 7-day average for positive tests in Orleans is currently 2.8 percent. Orleans County’s had the highest 7-day positivity rate in the nine-county Finger Lakes Region on Feb. 6 with a rate of 7.2 percent.

This is the 7-day average among the nine counties in the Finer Lakes Region.

  • Genesee, 3.3 percent
  • Livingston, 1.4 percent
  • Monroe, 1.8 percent
  • Ontario, 2.0 percent
  • Orleans, 2.8 percent
  • Seneca, 4.6 percent
  • Wayne, 2.1 percent
  • Wyoming, 3.1 percent
  • Yates. 0.8 percent

Governor Andrew Cuomo reported today there were 5,445 People hospitalized on Friday statewide due to Covid, the lowest since Dec. 12.

There were 8,141 new confirmed Covid cases on Friday out of 285,307 tests for a positivity rate of 2.85%. The state’s 7-day average for positive tests at 3.18 percent is the lowest since Nov. 26

“The footrace between the positivity rate and the vaccination rate is progressing in our favor and we’ve been able to reopen different sectors of our economy, but we still need more vaccines to propel us over the finish line,” Cuomo said in a statement. “We have continuously opened more vaccination sites as our supply allows, and we’re ready to get shots in arms as quickly and fairly as possible as our allocations increase. We can get to the light at the end of the tunnel, but we’re going to need to stay safe and vigilant and care for our fellow New Yorkers.”