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Officials walk back comments about ‘block party’ in Ontario County, after mis-identifying streets involved in COVID cluster

Public health officials in Ontario County spent the second half of the week walking back an earlier statement that was widely criticized as being misleading.

After reporting the ‘block parties’ over Columbus Day weekend led to a series of positive tests that were uncovered – public health officials clarified comments, noting that they were instead a ‘multi-family’ gathering.

They also noted that one of the streets named in the original release was not actually the site of any party.

“We have received clarification that this was not a ‘block party’ but was a multi-family gathering on Montgomery Lane on October 11th,” the updated release said. “There was no party on Brent Knoll.”

Officials said that naming streets where events occurred this happened in an effort to inform the public regarding a cluster that was connected to a gathering.

“It is important that if you attended this gathering or are in close contact with anyone that did attend, you should be alerted that you may have been exposed to COVID-19,” the release continued.

The County is investigating ‘multiple clusters’ across Ontario, like many communities in the region are experiencing.