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SITUATIONAL UPDATE: Here’s what local health officials said on Friday, December 18th

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homepage, and will be indexed at our own COVID-19 dashboard, which can be found by visiting Note that for counties that do not publish written updates – we will summarize the visual reports they share on those platforms or with local media.

This is your situational update for Friday, December 18th. Take a look at what local health officials are saying in your county as the day progresses. Each county issues updates at different times of day. However, all of the counties we’re tracking are publishing daily updates. Follow along below, or check out the table with the latest COVID-19 data from around the Finger Lakes.

Cayuga County

New Cases: 69
Active Cases: 535
Hospitalized: 26
Deaths: 13

No written update. See Facebook Post here.

Ontario County

New Cases: 88
Active Cases: 
Hospitalized: 28
Deaths: 44 (1 new)

No written update provided. See Facebook Post here.

Schuyler County

New Cases: 12 
Active Cases: 43
Hospitalized: 3
Deaths: 8

“There are 12 new cases to report since our last update. 11 of the cases had known contact with a positive case. Additionally, there are 3 recoveries to report. Find the dashboard at” [Keep Reading]

Seneca County

New Cases: 23
Active Cases: 165
Hospitalized: 14
Deaths: 22 (1 new)

“Unfortunately, we report 1 more COVID-19 death that is connected to the nursing home outbreak. Please keep them in your thoughts at this very trying time. We also have 23 new positive cases to report, 2 of them are tied to the nursing home outbreak. If you are contacted regarding being a positive case please be forthcoming and honest about your contacts so that we can attempt to slow the spread and not overwhelm our healthcare system. Also, if you are having symptoms and go for testing please make sure you are isolating until you receive your results. Stay home and away from others if you are sick.” [Keep Reading]

Steuben County

New Cases: 66
Active Cases: 479
Hospitalized: 36
Deaths: 128 (3 new)

“There are 66 new cases of COVID for Steuben today. Sadly, 3 more residents have passed. Thankfully, 92 more have recovered. We continue to experience an alarming number of new cases per day. We each have a personal responsibility to do our part in making good choices and abiding by all the safety precautions. Let’s continue to work together towards the goal of bringing down the daily number of positive cases. Our next update will be on Monday. Have a safe and healthy weekend.” [Keep Reading]

Wayne County

New Cases: 70
Active Cases:  439
Hospitalized:  39
Deaths: 21

“It has been a busy day here at public health. We are currently investigating clusters of cases involving small gathering in homes and out at local bars and restaurants. Please remember that all activities that include removing your mask increase your risk of exposure to COVID. People may be asymptomatic but infectious. Continue to wear your masks and social distance. We are all in this together as One Wayne County. Stay Healthy and Well Wayne.” [Keep Reading]

Yates County

New Cases: 3
Active Cases: 44
Hospitalized: 6
Deaths: 9

“COVID-19 update as of December 18th at 3:00 pm. One of the three new cases today was a close contact of previous positive case. We had seven more cases recover today.” [Keep Reading]