BREAKING – EXCLUSIVE: Allegany County has moved into the medium level of COVID-19 alert on an already underreported cases count by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as known positives have jumped 47 percent over last week, with two reporting days still left in the week.
Localized data for the past seven days, from our daily Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests to Allegany County, NY, government, also shows marked increases in four zip codes in the county.
The total number of reported county cases for the first five days of this week total 53, compared with 36 for all of last week, which included low numbers over the July 4th weekend.
Those positives already are more than 10 times higher than the five cases reported for the same full comparable week a year ago.
Numbers, as Allegany County has been reporting, have remained at high levels for the past several weeks as they relate to last summer’s totals.
The numbrrs also are likely to be even higher, due to many positives being unreported as a result of home testing, although the Allegany County Department of Health, contrary to the state and federal government, is collecting some additional data through its online self-reporting system.
New concerns are being raised about nationwide increases in COVID cases from more new subvariants, primarily a B.5 strain which accompanies a B.4 listing. None of those cases have yet been confirmed in Allegany County, although laboratory analysis reports have been running a month old or more.
The new strains now are the predominant varieties nationwide.
There have been two county resident deaths reported this month at out-of-county licensed facilities, the first since May.
The State Health Department also reports that the first COVID-19 admission occurred Tuesday at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, with a 65-to-74 year-old patient for a single-day.
Although this was the first COVID admission since May 31, there have been others who have been found with the virus upon being admitted for other reasons.
Notable increases in numbers have been recorded this week in Belmont, Cuba, Friendship, and Portville, with another increase in Bolivar, which had experienced a jump last week, and Wellsville, which already has surpassed last week’s total cases.
Our chart shows the number of positives for the past 12 days, based on Allegany County zip codes.
The county is continuing to request that those testing positive through self or home tests enter the information at https://bit.ly/3zymEWF to aid in better determination as to the number of cases in the county and their general locations.
Various online COVID-19 Trackers, information from which may not agree with each other due to different reporting time frames, are available at:
– Allegany County Daily Cases – Under COVID-19 Updates: https://bit.ly/3ndrbZJ.
– New York State Department of Health COVID Tracker: https://on.ny.gov/31K0u7f.
– CDC Counties COVID Tracker: https://bit.ly/3GrWqHx.
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