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Officials: ‘More evident’ that uptick in Cayuga County COVID-19 cases connected to social gatherings like parties, baby showers

The Cayuga County Health Department says it’s growing concerned by the increase in COVID-19 cases over the last 30 days.

There were 24 new cases reported in the last three days, which brings the total number of cases to 269. The same update, which was released on Friday, shows that 219 are in mandatory quarantine, and another 35 in isolation.

Health officials said there has been a 40% increase in positive cases over the last month.

“It has become more evident in recent weeks that the uptick in COVID-19 cases in our county is related to more widespread community spread and transmission of the virus,” the County said in a statement. “As contact tracing has revealed more and more people are participating in social gatherings including parties and a baby shower.”

They say at those gatherings social distancing was not maintained, mask wearing was not universal, and gathering rules were generally not being followed.

“Not only are we seeing an increase in the number of contacts, but many our people in quarantine are later testing positive COVID-19 due to the exposure that placed them into quarantine,” the statement continued. “This is why when doing contact tracing it’s important that people are honest about who they have been in contact with and also why it is very important that people in mandatory quarantine adhere to the legal order issued by our department.”

Public health officials in Cayuga County ask residents to stay home when sick, practice safe social distancing whether indoors or outdoors, wear face coverings when social distancing cannot be maintained, limit gatherings, and keeping social circles small.