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Officials: Compliance efforts with masking, social distancing paying off in Seneca County

It has been a month since New York State directed full enforcement of mask/face coverings in businesses and enhanced social distancing rules to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Seneca County Health Department thanked the people of Seneca County and the business community for overwhelming support of the health and safety measures mandated by New York State. “With the understanding that we are all in this together as One Seneca County, we can continue to build on the progress that we have made in keeping our infection and cases requiring hospitalization low,” a press release read on Wednesday.


“Seneca County continues to be in an excellent position with low numbers of new infections and no deaths occurring in the county from COVID -19 over the past month. As schools and businesses prepare to re-open across the county, now is the time to maintain our vigilance and continued collective efforts to wear masks/face coverings, social distance, and avoid large non-essential gatherings. This is the formula that will allow our economy to recover and grow. Moving forward, the Seneca County Health Department’s focus will be to educate and advise the business community as well as to increase awareness among our residents about the importance of these measures. We want to encourage and recognize those businesses that are doing the right things, and assist those who are facing challenges” said Seneca County Public Health Director Vickie Swinehart.

“Due in part to a high level of compliance among most businesses, and increased awareness among residents and in the business community of these necessary requirements, no Seneca County individuals or business has been fined or sanctioned since the enhanced July 9th State Emergency Regulations were issued. We are seeing voluntary compliance with mask/face coverings and general social distancing throughout Seneca County,” she continued in the release. “We are appreciative of the support of our elected officials, the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce, and the public who have helped us to protect our community. The safety and economic welfare of our community is in all of our hands. Let’s keep up the good work!”

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