Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Daily Data & Case Updates

Ontario County COVID-19 Data

Each afternoon, Ontario County Public Health publishes COVID-19 case data. Data includes confirmed cases of COVID-19 (count of positive diagnostic tests), number of new cases, number of hospitalized cases, number of deaths, negative test results, number of people in both quarantine and isolation and the number of people that have recovered. Ontario County Public Health only reports on our residents. (Case counts, number of deaths, negative test results are cumulative.)

Click the link to see the daily data chart: COVID-19 Data and Case Updates

Ontario County COVID-19 Map and Graphs

Monday through Friday a GIS map and data graphs are provided on our website. The GIS map includes the areas of Ontario County that have had residents test positive for COVID-19. (This does not mean that they contracted COVID-19 in that area. The data is cumulative so that doesn’t mean that all positive COVID-19 residents are still shedding the virus.

Click here to see the GIS map and graphs: Click here

Finger Lakes Regional Dashboard

Wondering how we are doing as a region managing COVID-19? Click the link below to view the regional metrics dashboard. Be sure to click the Finger Lakes Region button on the right side. Trending data is available along the bottom colored tabs.

Click here to see the COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System for the Finger Lakes Region:Click here

(Updated 6/8/2020)

Questions About the Recent Travel Advisory?

Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico have been added to the state's travel advisory list. Individuals traveling from these areas, and other states with high infection rates, must quarantine for 14 days. The advisory now applies to 34 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. 

All travelers entering New York who have recently traveled to a state deemed to have a high rate of COVID-19 will be required to quarantine for a period of 14 days consistent with the Department of Health (DOH) regulations for quarantine.

The travel advisory requires all New Yorkers, as well as those visiting from out of state, to take personal responsibility for complying with the advisory in the best interest of public health and safety.

Planning a Trip?

To go or not to go? That is the question......

What states are included in the advisory?

If you are planning a trip to another state you may want to check the NYSDOH website daily as the list of states included in the travel advisory may change frequently: Click here

If the travel advisory has created an issue for your summer plans, please consider the 3’D’s. Please think about the 3’D’s (Density- Duration- Distance) prior to traveling. In addition, think about your own personal risk and the risk of others that you have or will have contact with in the next 14 days. Consider the following:

  • Density: How many people will be participating in the same mode of travel (plane, train or automobile)? What are your over-night accommodations?  Planning on attending events with more than 50 people?
  • Duration: How long will you be exposed to others? Will others be masked? Will you be masked?
  • Distance: Will you be able to maintain a 6-feet distance from others?

Still have questions and want to read the travel advisory?

To read the Travel Advisory from NYSDOH: Click here

Have a complaint?

If you are concerns or questions about the travel advisory, please call 1-833-789-0470 or visit this website: Click here

(Updated 6/30/2020)

New States Added to the Travel Advisory July 22, 2020

States are added based upon a seven day rolling average, of positive tests in excess of 10%, or number of positive cases exceeding 10 per 100,000 residents.

All out-of-state travelers from designated states must complete the form upon entering New York. Travelers who leave the airport without completing the form will be subject to a $2,000 fine and may be brought to a hearing and ordered to complete mandatory quarantine. Travelers coming to New York from designated states through other means of transport, including trains and cars, must fill out the form online. 
For the form: Click here
For more information:Click here

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ROC COVID

ROC COVID-19

All residents in the Finger Lakes region are encouraged to sign up for ROC COVID, a health screening tool that could help prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Scientists and information technology staff from the University of Rochester Medical Center and Rochester Regional Health developed ROC COVID.

ROC COVID is an online survey tool consisting of questions that you answer daily, even if you have no symptoms. Questions include whether you have a fever, a cough, chills or other primary COVID-19 symptoms in addition to basic demographic information. As a participant, you will receive daily reminders to take the quick survey at ROCCOVID.ORG A text version of the daily survey will be available in the near future.

Common Ground Health, a regional health planning organization, will securely house and analyze collected data. The data analysis will allow for an increased understanding of COVID-19, measure efforts to slow its progression, and help determine where to focus testing or adjust stay-at-home and physical distancing requirements.

(Updated 5/20/2020)

An Overview of Coronavirus COVID-19

What is Coronavirus- COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a type of virus. There are many different kinds, and some cause disease. A newly identified type has caused a recent outbreak of respiratory illness now called COVID-19. Because the virus is new we call it a "novel" virus. There currently is no vaccine to prevent an infection of COVID-19. Because COVID-19 is caused by a virus a standard antibiotic will not prevent or treat COVID-19 deasease. 

How is COVID-19 spread?

COVID-19 can be passed from person-to-person through droplets from coughs and sneezes. COVID-19 has been detected in people all over the world, and is considered a pandemic.

The spread of this new coronavirus is being monitored by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization and health organizations like Johns Hopkins across the globe.

How did this new coronavirus spread to humans?

COVID-19 appeared in Wuhan, a city in China, in December 2019. Although health officials are still tracing the exact source of this (new) novel coronavirus, early hypotheses thought it may be linked to a seafood market in Wuhan, China. Some people who visited the market developed viral pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus. A study that came out on Jan. 25, 2020, notes that the individual with the first reported case became ill on Dec. 1, 2019, and had no link to the seafood market. Investigations are ongoing as to how this virus originated and spread. 

What is the incubation period for COVID-19?

Symptoms typically develop within 14 days of exposure to the virus.

What are symptoms of COVID-19?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

In rare cases, COVID-19 can lead to severe respiratory problems, kidney failure or death.

We have a lot to learn about COVID-19.

Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, it appeared that the primary risk of death from the disease was severe pneumonia followed by a cytokine storm (an inflammatory response). We continue to learn more about COVID-19 each week. Patients sickened with COVID-19 seem to be at a higher risk of heart attacks and strokes caused by blood clots. Blood clots appear to be the cause of death in some younger patients under the age of 50. Knowing the symptoms of stroke and heart attack could save your life. 

Stroke Symptoms

For strokes, remember the word F.A.S.T. Stroke Symptoms may include Facial droop, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty and Time to call 9-1-1. If you think you are having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately. The earlier you can get care the better the outcome. 

Heart Attack Symptoms

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you have the following symptoms:

CHEST DISCOMFORT
Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

DISCOMFORT IN OTHER AREAS OF THE UPPER BODY
Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

SHORTNESS OF BREATH
with or without chest discomfort.

OTHER SIGNS
may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

COVID-19 information: Click here to read more

Stroke and Heart Attack information: Chick here to read more

(Updated 4/29/2020)

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to monitor a pandemic of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.The first case in the United States was announced on January 21, 2020.  

To follow this CDC investigation: Click here

What is a Cornoavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people; numerous other coronaviruses circulate among animals, including camels, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people such as has been seen with Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus.

Coronavirus can cause viral respiratory illness. If you have a fever (over 1010 F) and symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough, difficulty breathing) call your healthcare provider. (Two strains of influenza and Respiratory Syntactical Virus (RSV) are also circulating. Fever and cough does not mean you have a coronavirus.)  Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you have these symptoms and if you have if you have had contact with someone sick from COVID-19.

Most people (80%) with COVID-19 will feel like they have a bad cold or the flu. Some people will require hospitalization. People who are at most risk for severe illness are and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Learn more about people who are at higher risk for complications from COVID-19: Click here

Testing

Testing is available. A COVID-19 diagnosis should be based on a positive COVID-19 test. COVID-19 testing must be    ordered by a healthcare provider.

If you do not have a healthcare provider, drive thru evaluation and testing can be completed at the Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic. You must meet criteria for testing. Visit this site to learn more about testing criteria: Click here

Healthcare Guidance

For CDC guidance on evaluating patients, reporting patients with symptoms, testing or infection control protocol for Coronavirus please visit: Click here

New York State Department of Health: Information for healthcare providers: Click here

School, College and Childcare Recommendations

For the latest COVID-19 recommendations for schools, colleges and childcare please visit the New York State Department of Health website (lower right corner): Click here

Questions?

New York State Department of Health has established a call center to answer questions pertaining to the Coronavirus. 

  • New Yorkers can call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and/ symptoms

Learn more about the new hotline: Click here

Learn more about the Coronavirus: Click here

New York State Department of Health: General Coronavirus information: Click here

Questions and Answers: Click here

(Updated 04/10/2020)

First Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Ontario County

Press Conference Held

A press conference wasMary Press Conference held at the Ontario County Emergency Management, Safety Training Facility this morning where Mary Beer RN, MPH, Director of Public Health confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in an Ontario Count resident. 

Mary Beer stated that she was notified of the positive COVID-19 case in the evening hours on 3/15/2020 from the New York State Epidemiologist. Mary confirmed that the resident is employed at the Friendly Home in Brighton which is a nursing home. Per Mary Beer, the resident had no patient contact at the Friendly Home. Monroe County Health Department is working with the Friendly Home to investigate any potential contacts. Ontario County Public Health is investigating and monitoring the mandatory quarantine. 

The first case in Ontario County is believed to be a case of travel acquired COVID-19. The resident came home from Florida and felt symptoms four days later. The resident was tested and self-quarantined while the test was pending (per regulation). The swab was sent to Erie County Lab were the test results were deemed positive. The resident and spouse are under mandated quarantine by order of Public Health. The resident is recovering well an being monitored daily by Ontario County Public Health. 

(3/16/2020)

Two Ontario County Residents Died of COVID-19

Both Patients Associated with the Ontario Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare

It is with a heavy heart, the Ontario County Public Health Department has received confirmation of two COVID-19 deaths. Both individuals were being cared for at the Ontario Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare.

One of the individuals had tested positive for COVID-19 and was being monitored.  He passed away suddenly at UR FF Thompson Health. The other individual was very ill and comfort care was being provided at the Ontario Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare.

“News of Ontario County residents dying of COVID-19 is absolutely heartbreaking,” said Public Health Director, Mary Beer. “We extend our deepest sympathy to their family, their loved ones and the staff at the Ontario Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare.”

Both deaths are associated with a disease outbreak at the Ontario Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare. Ontario County Public Health and New York State Department of Health continue to work with the Ontario Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare during this outbreak to minimize spread of COVID-19 infection.

Social distancing remains the most important prevention method at this time. All residents should continue to stay home and monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath and contact their healthcare provider for instructions if feeling ill. 

(Updated 4/11/2020)