Wayne County has declared a state of emergency due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.


Wayne County officials have declared a state of emergency due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases that occurred on Monday.

Wayne County administrator Rick House said the declaration was made for the following capabilities: Place specific orders quickly as needed..

These include instructing the hospital to postpone selective surgery.

“Wayne County has declared a’state of emergency’due to its high positive rate,” House said. “Wayne County continues to have higher COVID rates than in the last 12 months. As of December 6, 2021, there were 768 active cases and 94 deaths. Currently 51. The case is hospitalized. “

Mr House said the message to the public would not change.

“We continue to encourage all residents to be vaccinated (including boosters), wear face masks indoors and publicly, always wash their hands and use hand sanitizers. “Mr. House said.

Wayne County has a masking obligation for all county employees and visitors to the county’s office buildings and facilities, but said there are no plans for a broader obligation.

“We continue to monitor the situation closely and work very closely with public health authorities,” House said.

The county reported 102 new COVID-19 cases last Wednesday. This is the highest total of the day since the start of the pandemic. One day later, there were 115 new cases in the county.

Among the highest rates in New York

The 7-day average positive rate for the COVID-19 test in Wayne County is currently 13.4%, one of the highest in the state. According to data from the New York Ministry of Health..

Wayne County has relatively fewer people vaccinated than the surrounding counties. Only 64.7% of Wayne County residents over the age of 5 have been vaccinated at least once. The numbers are 74.7% in neighboring Monroe County and 72.6% in Ontario County. According to the Finger Lakes Regional Vaccine Hub..

As of Saturday, Wayne County has reported 10,744 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

In a Facebook post on Monday, Wayne County public health officials said 27 residents have died from COVID-10 since the beginning of November.

“COVID-19’s deaths in Wayne County surged last month, killing 27 people between November 1st and today,” a Facebook post said. “This represents a 40.8% increase during that period, with 27 deaths representing 28.7% of all COVID-19 deaths since the” first day “. “

Authorities explained that due to the increase in cases of COVID-19, regional hospitals have reached or are near capacity.

“Vaccination can mean the difference between a bed for people with serious non-COVID health problems and a bed for people who may have been alienated from it,” WCPH Facebook said. Post states.

Please contact the staff reporter Sean Lahman ([email protected]). Follow him on Twitter @seanlahman..

This article was originally published in Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Wayne County, New York has declared a state of emergency due to a surge in COVID cases.