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Omicron wave drops in ‘high risk’ counties as New York COVID-19 cases up 15%

The number of COVID-19 cases has dropped in 17 counties in New York that were previously deemed high risk for transmission, even as the number of Covid cases increased by 15% statewide last week.

According to the latest data from the state, the Finger Lakes region had an average of 16.6 cases per day last Tuesday following 14.39 and 14.11 last Wednesday and Thursday.

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15 out of 62 Counties are now high risk

It was only two weeks ago that there were 54 New York State counties considered “high risk.” That number went down to 32 counties a week ago and now there are only 15 out of 62 counties in New York that are in the “high risk” category.

The Finger Lakes and the Central New York have received the biggest turnaround after they were the epicenter of the omicron wave that started in early April.

On Friday, June 3 Gov. Hochul noted that New York’s case rate dropped 58% after recent highs in positive cases. “While we continue to see numbers head in the right direction, we aren’t letting our guard down when it comes to boosting our preparedness for any potential surges later this year,” said Hochul said in a statement about vaccinations and booster shots.

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Finger Lakes drops in number of positive test results

The number of positive test results in the Finger Lakes during May 31 and June 1 and 2 last week also dropped from 7.89% last Tuesday to 6.97 last Thursday.

Covid cases nationally increased by 11% with 770,895 new cases reported from the week before.

The Centers for Disease Control bases a “high risk” county or state on the number of local COVID-19 case rates and hospital beds used by Covid patients.


Positive cases in the Finger Lakes

Here are the current number of positive cases as of June 3rd for the following Finger Lakes counties.

Cayuga County: 17,676

Seneca County: 6,511

Ontario County: 22,133

Wayne County: 18,906

Yates County: 3,794

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