New coronavirus-related deaths reported in Wyoming, Livingston
Area health departments are continuing to warn of COVID-19’s dangers as new deaths are reported in the GLOW region. The Livingston County Department of Health reported four COVID-19 related deaths among county residents this week. Another death was also reported in Wyoming County.
“This week was a sobering reminder that COVID-19 is very much still with us and still spreading,” County Administrator Ian Coyle said in a statement.
“Wyoming County has had a 10.9% positivity rate over the last seven days, far above the statewide totals,” Wyoming County officials said in their own update issued Wednesday. “For unvaccinated adults, the pandemic remains a daily threat, and a personal choice to stay unvaccinated will continue to put you and those around you at risk.”
The state Department of Health was reporting 75 COVID-19-related deaths among Livingston County residents. The state data is compiled through the Health Electronic Response Data System, or HERDS, which is a state Department of Health source that collects confirmed daily death data as reported from hospitals, nursing homes and adult care facilities.
“We offer our deepest condolences to all those who have lost family members, friends and loved ones during this difficult time,” Livingston County Public Health Director Jennifer Rodriguez said in a statement. “We encourage our residents to remain vigilant as we are in the mdist of the holidays, the flu season and the colder winter months when people gather indoors more often,” Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez asked people to consider getting a COVID-19 vaccination if they have not done so, including those who are eligible for booster doses or have children eligible for pediatric COVID-19 vaccines.
“A major benefit of the COVID-19 vaccine is that it significantly decreases the likelihood of hospitalization and severe illness related to the virus,” Rodriguez said. County officials said that while cases are still climbing, Livingston County is not considering mandates related to masks or vaccines.
“The county remains committed to serving the public’s needs as it relates to this pandemic response. This entails testing, vaccine distribution and marketing, reporting of cases, partnerships with schools both K-12 and higher education, and the promotion and deployment of pediatric and booster vaccine clinics,” Coyle said. “This is all done in a pro-public health and transparent fashion with best-in-class service from our amazing staff.”
Coyle also said that the county’s response “entails speaking directly and honestly to a very weary public about the virus.”
“This is a powerful, easily transmittable and deadly virus, and this is the season where spikes and surges will occur,” Coyle said. The county administrator said the regional hospital system is already seeing affects related to capacity.
“Both unvaccinated and vaccinated people can get, spread and die from the virus — however, it does tend to prey more heavily on the unvaccinated in terms of impact and the overall count of hospitalizations,” Coyle said. He urged people to protect themselves and their family.
“Mask up when and where appropriate, and stay home and isolate if you are experiencing symptoms,” he said. “Responsible, community-minded citizenship will go a long way to improving outcomes.”
Both Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments were closed on Thursday and Friday. Therefore, COVID-19 data wasn’t reported out on Thursday but will be updated on Monday.
Here’s a county-by-county look at the most recent data:
■ Genesee County — On Wednesday, Genesee County reported a total of 8,202, according to the county’s COVID-19 dashboard.
There are 373 active cases.
There are a total of 7,171 recoveries. Genesee County has reported a total of 143 deaths.
A total of 34,228 people, or 59.5% of county residents, had received at least one vaccine dose as of Friday, according to the New York state vaccine dashboard. The number of people who have completed the series was 31,671.
The county’s seven-day rolling average of positives was 12.66%.
■ Orleans County — On Wednesday, Orleans County reported a total of 5,373 positive cases. There are 247 active cases.
There are a total of 4,673 recoveries. Orleans County has had 95 total deaths.
A total of 22,289 people, or 54.9% of county residents, had received at least one vaccine dose as of Friday, according to the New York state vaccine dashboard. The number of people who have completed the series was 20,585.
The county’s seven-day rolling average of positives was 13.97%.
■ Wyoming County — On Thursday, Wyoming County reported 155 active cases and a total of 4,728 cases since the pandemic began, according to county data.
The number of recoveries is 3,953. There have been 64 deaths.
A total of 21,408 people, or 53.4% of county residents, had received at least one vaccine dose as of Friday, according to the New York state vaccine dashboard. The number of people who have completed the series was 19,732.
The county’s seven-day rolling average of positives was 10.33%.
■ Livingston County — As of Friday, there are 328 active COVID-19 cases in Livingston County, including 14 people who are hospitalized, according to the county health department. The number of actives cases was down 17 from Nov. 20.
Based on recent data, about 75% of the hospitalized cases are people who have not been vaccinated, the county health department said.
The state Department of Health reports that as of Nov. 25, 59.5% of Livingston County’s total population, or 37,616 people, had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination, and 66.7% of the population 18 and older has received at least one dose. The department reported that 34,852 people had completed a vaccine series, or 55.1% of the total population.
The number of people who have completed the series was 34,853. A total of 66.7% of the county’s population of those at least 18 years old had been vaccinated.
The county’s seven-day rolling average of positives was 14.78%.
(Includes reporting from DN's Rick Pominville, Ben Beagle, Mallory Diefenbach and Matt Surtel)