Orleans again leads state with Covid positivity rate now at 15.1%

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 December 2021 at 6:22 pm

County also at new pandemic high for active cases

Orleans County is again at the top of the state for percent of positive Covid tests with 15.1 percent coming back positive in the past seven days. That is well ahead of the state’s 4.61 percent positive rate in the previous 7 days.

The four GLOW counties are all over 10 percent in positivity rate over the 7 days with Genesee at 14.0 percent, Livingston at 10.6 percent, Orleans at 15.1 percent and Wyoming at 14.5 percent.

Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming are the three highest positive test rates in the state.

Orleans also had the highest Covid positivity rate in the state with a 7-day average of 11.9 percent on Nov. 22. The state’s 7-day rate was 3.30 percent on Nov. 22.

Orleans County also is reporting 174 new positive Covid cases since Monday, and 79 more recoveries or people who completed their 10-day isolation and have been removed from mandatory isolation.

The county has 315 active Covid cases, a new pandemic record. It’s previous high was 281 on Nov. 12.

Orleans also has 17 residents hospitalized due to Covid, up from 15 on Monday, according to the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments.

Genesee County is reporting 140 new cases since Monday and 138 more recoveries. The county has 39 people hospitalized due to Covid, up from 30 on Monday.

The county also had another person die from Covid, a resident over age 65. This is the 145th Genesee resident to pass away from Covid during the pandemic since March 2020.