BREAKING – EXCLUSIVE: Known Allegany County, NY COVID-19 cases have dropped for a second straight week, with positives plummeting 54 percent from a short-term peak two weeks ago, but numbers in the Wellsville zip code have jumped 39 percent in the latest seven-day period.
All of this comes amidst national reports today that a seasonal surge appears to have started in Europe, raising fears that the spread to the United States this fall and winter will repeat previous cycles for the virus.
Allegany Hope also reported last week that two new BF.10 and BF.16 variants, listed as being of “concern” by international health entities, were recorded from tests of cases last month in the county.
Today’s data from the Allegany County Department of Health comes from our daily Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests for localized information.
There were 56 trackable cases in the county last week, compared with 76 the week before and 114 at the highest level.
Wellsville accounted for 22 of the positives, up from 14 the prior week, with 36 two weeks ago.
Our two-week chart of COVID activity by zip code accompanies this story.
The actual number of cases is unknown due to the use of home test kits, although Allegany County does capture some of the information through an online self-reporting webpage. State data shows county [ositives having declined back to summer levels of two months ago.
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 actual cases in the county and their general locations.
County health officials, along with those statewide, are encouraging bivalent booster shots which are specifically targeting BA.4 and BA.5 COVID variants that have been the predominant strains for several months.
They also are strongly suggesting flu shots as soon as possible due to that season appearing to have started early, with suggestions that infections may be at higher levels this year.
Public clinics have been set up through the middle of November in various parts of the county, with further information, schedules and required registration at https://bit.ly/3SQiYYU or (585) 268-9250. They also appear on the Allegany Hope Community Calendar at https://bit.ly/3yYyVUt.
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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