Statement From Allegany County Health Dept:
The Allegany County Department of Health (ACDOH) is seeing an increase in COVID-19 positivity rates in Allegany County with a current 7-day rolling average of 6.4 percent and a 14 –day rolling average of 5.0 percent according to the New York State – County dashboard (https://forward.ny.gov/percentage-positive-results-county-dashboard).
We are asking the public to prepare for a possible color zone designation(s) if this positivity rate does continue on this upward path. We are also asking the public to continue to take the necessary steps in order to reduce your risk of becoming infected by the novel coronavirus. These steps can be as simple as socially/physically distancing, frequent handwashing, wearing a mask, and limiting social gatherings or parties in order to protect their fellow neighbors, residents, friends, and family. If you are not able to wash your hands, bring an alcohol based hand sanitizer with you and use it when touching common surfaces. This information is not meant to alarm or panic anyone; it is simply a call to action for our community as we are all in this together. As a County, we have driven the infection rate down before and we can do it again with your assistance and cooperation.
A simple social gathering with one positive COVID-19 case can lead to several contacts and further spread of the virus outside of the gathering to schools, healthcare facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, businesses, and other public domains. It is important to understand that the novel coronavirus depends on people to spread it and with our transient nature, the virus begins to spread rapidly and sometimes without the positive individuals knowledge. We are not asking the public to completely isolate themselves, just to conduct your business smartly and with understanding that the virus needs people to pass it along. When interacting with other people, maintain your 6-foot distance or talk with them virtually when possible.
We are starting to see an uptick in cases related to our K-12 schools linked with parents or other household members being ill. Although this is not the sole cause, if you are a parent of a K-12 student, it is imperative that if you are sick, keep your child home and get yourself tested. A parent or child that is ill or tests positive for COVID-19, has further implications for our school districts, both faculty and students. If you are officially quarantined or isolated, it is important to take it seriously in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
See latest statistics from Allegany County:
In the United States, the COVID-19 virus has infected approximately 10.6 million people, and there have been over 245,000 deaths. According to the New York State Department of Health COVID-19 tracker, there have been 556,551 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and there have been 26,103 deaths statewide. As of 4:15 p.m. on November 14, Allegany County’s statistics are as follows:
Confirmed Cases: 673
Recovered Cases: 475
COVID-19 Related Deaths: 25
Total Quarantined/Isolated to Date: 3,688
Released from Quarantine/Isolation: 2,909
Currently Quarantined/Isolated: 779
Precautionary Travel Quarantines to Date: 1,247
Total COVID-19 Antibody Tests Given: 851
Total COVID-19 Antibody Positives: 47
If your life or someone else is in imminent danger, call 911. If you are in crisis and need immediate help, please contact the following resources:
COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline: 844-863-9314
Allegany County Crisis Hotline: 888-448-3367
Allegany County Community Services: 585-593-1991 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
NYS Text Line: Text “GOT5” to 741741
Veterans’ Crisis Lifeline: 822-273-8255 (Press 1)
For additional COVID-19 questions and information:
Call: 585-268-9250 (Health Department)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.alleganyco.com
Facebook: Allegany County, NY, Government & Allegany County Department of Health
For re-opening questions and information:
New York Forward Website: https://forward.ny.gov/
Allegany County’s Website: https://www.alleganyco.com/coronavirus/reopening-allegany-county/
Allegany County Re-Opening Email: email@example.com