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Allegany Hope: Reports indicate record Covid-19 death and infections in Allegany County

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From Casey Jones, Editor of Allegany Hope Community News, 11/4/21

BREAKING: Allegany County resident deaths from COVID continue to escalate with the fifth fatality in a week, and additional positives also creating new records.

The 105th person to date, reported as of yesterday, succumbed to the disease at a hospital or other venue outside the county, according to the State Health Department.

With the rapid pace of fatalities now it is difficult to correlate and confirm conflicting numbers between the county, which reports in-county deaths by age and gender only, and the state which records whether a death occurs inside or out of the county. The county is listing 68 deaths in its records while the state is showing 105 with 66 occurring within the county.

In the meantime, the county’s COVID Tracker is listing 42 deaths through noon today, bringing the total so far for the week to 163, equal to the third highest number for a full week since the week before Thanksgiving of last year. The county experienced a record 232 positives last week and 171 for the week ended October 16.

There have been 307 quarantines/isolations thus far this week, with 542 individuals currently in that classification. Active COVID cases stand at 220.

The county yesterday moved back up to first place in the state both for positivity for tests-to-positives and the number of cases per 100,000 population, based on a seven-day average.

Allegany’s positivity rate escalated to 10.5 percent yesterday, from 9.2 the day before, 1.4 percent higher than Hamilton County in the Adirondacks, which was in first place for a single day on Tuesday. Cattaraugus County is in third place at nine percent.

The number of positives per 100,000 population are shown on the map accompanying this story for the few counties above 50. The lowest rate is in New York City where the Bronx is less than 10 percent of the 75.7 level of Allegany County.

The Allegany County Department of Health didn’t provide data today for demographics and locations of new cases which Allegany Hope had requested, along with school cases data, under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL).

COVID-19 Trackers/dashboards which provide additional and sometimes different and conflicting information from county reports due to differences in reporting times and data gathering methods, are available at:

— Allegany County: http://bit.ly/3cHU2Rl

— New York Forward COVID-19 Tracker: https://on.ny.gov/2VIePLx

— New York COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker: https://on.ny.gov/3qAiJmD

— New York Schools Report Card: https://on.ny.gov/3ieQJkx

–- HHS Data Hub: https://bit.ly/39iZlnC

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