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SITUATIONAL UPDATE: Here’s what local health officials are saying Wednesday, December 16th

Editor’s Note: Each day health departments around the region are publishing updates to their websites, social media platforms, and sharing ‘situational’ data with local media. In an effort to bring all of that information together under one roof – we’ll be publishing daily ‘situational updates’. They will appear near the top of our homepage, and will be indexed at our own COVID-19 dashboard, which can be found by visiting Note that for counties that do not publish written updates – we will summarize the visual reports they share on those platforms or with local media.

As of Wednesday, December 16th here’s a look at what local health department officials were saying. Looking for our table? Scroll to the bottom of this story.

Here’s what local health officials were saying today.

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Cayuga County Health Department:

No written update was provided. [See Post]

  • 75 new cases
  • 503 active cases
  • 26 hospitalized
  • 13 deaths (no new)

Ontario County Health Department:

    • 83 new cases
    • 539 active cases
    • 25 hospitalized
    • 42 deaths (1 new)

“Today 2,199 Ontario County residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. 83 new cases; 65 community-acquired (not in long-term care), 18 associated with long-term care. Many cases are related current positives, long-term care cases and several are currently under investigation. As of today, 538 COVID-19 positive individuals (are being isolated, monitored and are checked on daily by Public Health staff). This is in addition to 810 mandatory quarantines (contacts of positive cases) that are also being monitored and contacted daily (totaling 1348 in the isolation and quarantine category). Unfortunately, we lost an elderly member of our long-term care community.” [Read More]

Schuyler County Health Department: 

      • 4 new cases
      • 32 active cases
      • 5 hospitalized
      • 7 deaths (1 new)

“We are saddened to report a seventh resident has passed away due to COVID-19. The individual was a female in their 80s. Our hearts are with their family and friends during their mourning. Visit our dashboard at” [Read More]

Seneca County Health Department: 

      • 7 new cases
      • 135 active cases
      • 12 hospitalized
      • 19 deaths
“We have 7 new positive cases to report, none of them are tied to the nursing home outbreak. Notifications, isolations, quarantines, and contact tracing are currently underway for all of the new cases. If you are contacted please be forthcoming and honest so that we can attempt to slow the spread and not overwhelm our healthcare system. If you are having symptoms and go for testing please make sure you are isolating until you receive the results. Please remember to wear a mask and practice good hand hygiene. PLEASE STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK and STOP SOCIAL GATHERINGS.” [Read More]

Steuben County Health Department:

No update provided yet.

Wayne County Health Department:

      • 64 new cases
      • 388 active cases
      • 36 hospitalized
      • 21 deaths

“Today marks a new daily high for incoming cases at 64. We had 2 cases from yesterday transfer out. Test counts CAN include multiple tests on individuals. We do NOT report duplicate cases (positive results) in our reports. Each case reported is unique and verified. Our success and our numbers staying low will be BECAUSE of our community coming together to wear masks, wash their hands, social distance, and avoiding attending large gatherings frequently.” [Read More]

Yates County Health Department:

      • 6 new cases
      • 38 active cases
      • 7 hospitalized
      • 8 deaths

“Of the six new cases today, three are close contacts of previous positive cases and one is a Penn Yan Central School District student. We had eight more cases recover today.” [Read More]