New COVID-19 cases jump again in Allegany County

BREAKING – EXCLUSIVE: New Allegany County, NY, COVID-19 cases rebounded last week to near surge levels of three weeks ago, over 10 times the comparable period a year ago.

The Allegany County Department of Health is reporting at least 65 new positives for the week, a nearly one-third jump over the 49 of the week before and just under 69 the prior week.

As we have been reporting for weeks, the summer levels this year generally have shown double-digit multiples over last year, a trend which is drawing concern nationally from prevention health experts as the country enters the fall and winter seasons when more people are closer together inside.

We also have noted that the numbers are suggested to be even higher than last year due to no required reporting of positives from home health tests, although Allegany County does collect some information online.

We won’t know the locations for the new reported county cases until later in the week when the health department advises it will respond to Allegany Hope’s daily Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests for localized data.

The number of new cases jumped 20, or nearly one-third of the total for the week, since our last report for Thursday.

There were 13 new positives Friday and seven on Saturday to close out the week, with another six being added Sunday and nine yesterday to start a new seven-day period.

Even though state-recorded cases have been showing a slight decline, without it or the federal government gathering any home test data which isn’t confirmed through lab tests, the Western New York Region, of which Allegany County is a part, also has been showing increases in positives, also at an elevated rate over last year.

The county hasn’t been following the hospitalizations trend at this point, however, with Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville having one admission yesterday of an age 85-or-older individual to intensive care being the first COVID inpatient since July 25 when it had admitted seven individuals in four days.

St. James Hospital in Hornell currently has three COVID patients, including two new admissions as of yesterday, with Olean General Hospital having one new admission Monday, bringing its total to six.

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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