Another death, more COVID hospitalizations in Wayne County: Officials say region’s hospitalization rate among worst in NYS

The Wayne County Health Department says the situation with COVID cases in the Finger Lakes is reaching a critical point.

The department reported 33 new cases since its last update, bringing the total number of cases to 1,130. The positive rate in the last batch of testing was nearly 17%.

The County reported another death, and two more hospitalizations – bringing those respective totals to 18 and 30.

“Please do the right thing and stay away from gathering with others as often as possible. Wear your mask. Keep your distance. We are just now entering the window of seeing the repercussions of Thanksgiving gatherings,” officials said. “The time to act in order to prevent further restrictions and impacts on our area for the upcoming holidays is now.”

They said the hospitalizations are at an all-time high for the region and that is major cause for concern.

“Our regional (Finger Lakes) hospitalization rate is now the worst in the state, and many of our area hospitals are extremely close to capacity,” officials added in their message on Wednesday.

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