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ONTARIO COUNTY: COVID cases surge; how is it spreading?

Daily Messenger logo Daily Messenger 11/23/2020 Julie Sherwood, MPNnow
a close up of a man in a blue shirt: COVID-19 cases in Ontario County spreading community-wide among all ages © Brett Carlsen / Getty Images News via Getty Images COVID-19 cases in Ontario County spreading community-wide among all ages

Traveling hockey teams, worksite lunch rooms and college students all key contributors in spreading virus

The number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario County hit a grim milestone over the weekend, surpassing 1,000. The pandemic also claimed the life of one more resident, bringing the pandemic death toll to 38.

The county added 24 new cases on Sunday, as of 5 p.m., “with many more to contact this evening,” according to county Public Health, which was expected to release an update late  Monday afternoon. All the new cases were acquired in the community, not in long-term care.

Ontario County Public Health reported the make-up of new cases as college students,  household contacts and several that are under investigation.

As of Sunday, 1,041 Ontario County residents had been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. 

How COVID is spreading in Ontario County 

Traveling hockey teams and worksite lunch rooms are contributing to the spread in Ontario County, according to Christy Richards, health educator for Ontario County Public Health, who responded to questions via email.

a woman smiling for the camera: Richards © [PHOTO PROVIDED] Richards

“We have youth that travel outside of the state for hockey tournaments. The children and their families have been infected with COVID,” stated Richards.

“As far as worksites we have seen numerous areas affected. The primary spread has been from employee to employee (not employee to customer or the other way around).  Worksites all seem to have a few things in common — becoming complacent and not adhering to masking.”

She added that worksite lunch rooms have been an issue: “We need to remember to decrease the number of people in the lunchroom and space out staff at least 6 feet apart. At lunch the mask is taken off to eat, sitting across the table from others will increase your risk of getting and spreading COVID.”

Richards emphasized employees “need to be wearing masks anytime they are within 6 feet from each other. A few of the businesses have interpreted the guidelines as if plexiglass between a customer and the employee is the only barrier needed. While customers are a COVID risk, so are the fellow employees. We need businesses to ensure that they are following the COVID rules.”

“Employees please wear a mask at work — even if you are outside,” stated Richards. “The cases that I have investigated have had a false sense of security being outside. Unmasked bonfires and parties outside (or in a barn/garage) have resulted in cases and even secondary cases. Now is not the time to let our guard down. Wear a mask, stay home if at all possible and keep as few contacts as possible to decrease the community spread.”

During his Monday news briefing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that Victor in Ontario County is on track to become a yellow zone. As COVID cases escalate across the region, the governor said that parts of Rochester, Brighton and Irondequoit in Monroe County moved into the more serious orange zone designation, with a higher level of restrictions. The city of Rochester and much of Monroe County were previously a yellow zone.

Victor Central School District Superintendent Tim Terranova, in his update Sunday, noted Ontario County Public Health had informed the district that a Victor Primary School staff member was confirmed to have COVID-19 over the weekend. The staff member was last in school on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

“There will be limited, if any, quarantines from this case,” stated Terranova, adding the “Health Department will contact individuals if they have further questions.” 

As of Sunday, the district had six active cases — four staff members and two students. Since the start of the pandemic the district has had 65 cases.

Ontario County breakdown

The breakdown for Ontario County as of Sunday at 5 p.m.

Total cases since the start of the pandemic: 1,041 

New cases: 24, all community-acquired

(Ontario County does not count duplicate positive results; Public Health gets them from the lab frequently and weeds them out) 

Ages: 0-17 (2), 18-29 (7), 30-39 (3), 40-49 (2), 50-59 (4), 60-69 (5) 80-89 (1) years-old category.

Residents are from Newark (this address is in Ontario County) (1), Phelps (2), Naples (3), Victor (3) Geneva (8), Farmington (4) and Canandaigua (3) 

Make-up of new cases: College students, household contacts and several are currently under investigation. Many more to contact in the evening than were reported in the day. The numbers reflect the ones that could be verified as Ontario County residents. 

As of Sunday, 157 COVID-19 positive individuals (are being isolated, monitored and are checked on daily by Public Health staff). This is in addition to 548 mandatory quarantines (contacts of positive cases) that are also being monitored and contacted daily (totaling 705 in the isolation and quarantine category).

Negative tests: 237 negative test results reported in the last 24 hours

Hospital: 6 COVID-19 positive residents are in the hospital

Recoveries: 849 recoveries reported since the start of the crisis

Deaths: 38 total deaths

This article originally appeared on MPNnow: ONTARIO COUNTY: COVID cases surge; how is it spreading?

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