Allegany County COVID cases appear to start fall surge

BREAKING – EXCLUSIVE: Allegany County appears to be starting its fall COVID-19 surge, with known new cases for the first five days of this week surpassing each full week during all of August and being on track to exceed those all the way back to the start of summer. Hospitalizations also are escalating.

The Allegany County Health Department, responding to our daily Freedom of Information Law requests for localized information, reported today that as of Thursday 59 new positives have been recorded, five more than for all of last week.

The highest weekly total since the end of May, as numbers were dropping dramatically with more individuals spending time outside, was 69 for the weekend ended July 16.

Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, according to State Health Department reports, has recorded nine new COVID-19 patients from last Friday through Wednesday, with seven still hospitalized mid-week, all 65 years of age and older. Only three of the current number entered the hospital initially due to a COVID.

At Cuba Memorial Hospital, four patients, all 75 years and older, are hospitalized, none originally being admitted for the virus.

Olean General has eight hospitalized, with all but one having been admitted for COVID, and St. James in Hornell having one admission due to the disease.

Over one-third of new positives so far this week were on Tuesday, with 21 cases being recorded, followed by 12 on Wednesday and 11 yesterday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 12,609 known cases.

Total positives since late last year are believed to be dramatically higher due to home tests, although Allegany County does obtain some data in this sphere due to online reporting.

New York State, as of Wednesday, only was reporting 9,859 total positives to date, or 2,750 less than country data, from provider-reported tests.

The biggest gain in new positives so far this week has occurred in the Wellsville zip code, with 15, compared with 10 total in each of the past two weeks.

Other cases are spread throughout the county, with the biggest concentrations being seven for the Cuba zip code this week versus the same number for all of last week. Bolivar has moved from five to six, Friendship from two to five, Houghton from three to four and the Alfred Station zip code from zero to three.

Allegany County is continuing to request that those testing positive through self or home tests enter the information at 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:
– New York State Department of Health COVID Tracker:
– CDC Counties COVID Tracker:
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