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Group home in Seneca County center of COVID-19 outbreak

Officials say a group home in Seneca County is at the center of a COVID-19 cluster.

According to the Finger Lakes Times, Public Health Director Vickie Swinehart confirmed that information in an email on Friday.

The residence is for people with developmental and physical disabilities. Several residents, as well as two staff members tested positive.

In a span of just a few days, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Seneca County rose from 18 to 31, where the total number sat as of Friday.

“The agency that oversees the group home is working with the local health department and state regulatory offices to monitor the health of their staff and non-impacted residents,” Swinehart told the Times.

As of Friday’s report, which was posted to Twitter by Seneca County Public Health a total of 77 people were being monitored for signs of COVID-19.

A Cornell University study found that Seneca County was one of the most-likely in the state to see an outbreak of COVID-19. It ranked 8th in the state.

Around 300 people have been tested for COVID-19.

Specifics about the group home were not released by county officials.