COVID-19 Updates and Public Messages
Meet Christopher DeBolt, Ontario County Administrator!
Please take a moment to watch the March 4th Finger Lakes TV COVID-19 update.
WE NEED EVERYONE’S HELP.
October 22, 2020
Clarification and Update
Ontario County Public Health continues to investigate several small clusters of COVID-19 outbreaks in Ontario County. Many of the clusters under investigation are from social gatherings of less than the recommended fifty people.
We would like to clarify that a previously reported “block party” over the Columbus Day weekend in Victor was termed as a “block party” by a case. We have received clarification that this was not a “block party” but was a multi-family gathering on Montgomery Lane on October 11th. There was no party on Brent Knoll.
While Ontario County Public Health does not generally release name of streets where events occur, this was released to inform the public regarding a cluster connected with this gathering. It is important that if you attended this gathering or are in close contact with anyone that did attend, you should be alerted that you may have been exposed to COVID-19. If you attended the party, please quarantine yourself for 14 days, if you have symptoms, get tested for COVID-19 immediately.
October 21, 2020
Block Parties, Sleepovers and Clambakes Are Giving Us a Fright!
COVID-19 Clusters Identified in Ontario County
Ontario County Public Health is investigating several small clusters of COVID-19 in Ontario County. If you attended a block party over Columbus Day weekend (October 10-12, 2020) on Brent Knoll or Montgomery Lane in Victor please quarantine yourself for 14 days. If you have symptoms, get tested for COVID-19 immediately. Eight Ontario County residents have tested positive (an additional four are presumed positive) for COVID-19 after attending the block party. Smaller clusters have been identified in hospitals, clambakes, congregant living facilities and children’s sleepovers.
WE NEED EVERYONE’S HELP. Our COVID-19 positive cases and hospitalizations are increasing. Our goal of NOT overwhelming our healthcare systems remains a priority. We understand that our residents want to return to their normal social lives. Masking and social distancing may be part of our new normal even after the vaccine is available. Please HELP by avoiding parties and proms, wearing your face covering properly, practicing social distancing, staying out of crowds, washing your hands frequently and staying home if you are sick. For Halloween this year please enjoy a virtual celebration or masked, socially distanced outside activities.
We Need YOUR Help!
Now is not the time to let your guard down. We’ve done so well as a community keeping our numbers low and not overwhelming our healthcare system. We know residents are tired of hearing about COVID-19 and want to get back to their normal lives; but this is a marathon, not a sprint. Even after a vaccine is released, masking and social distancing may be part of our new normal. YOU can help by wearing your face covering properly, practicing social distancing, staying out of crowds and away from parties, washing your hands frequently and staying home if you are sick.
September 17, 2020 Update
Small number of COVID-19 cases have been identified at the Seneca Lakes Terrace Assisted Living and Memory Care center.
Ontario County Public Health is working with New York State Department of Health and a Geneva Premier Senior Living facility, Seneca Lake Terrace Assisted Living and Memory Care to investigate three newly reported COVID-19 cases in residents. Three residents have tested positive and more testing is underway. Ontario County Public Health has received reports that additional employees residing in other Counties have also tested positive. Seneca Lake Terrace is taking action to reduce the possibility of spread.
Finger Lakes TV: September 9, Update from Brian Young and Mary Beer
August 11, 2020 Update
Small COVID-19 Cluster at the Tim Horton’s Canandaigua (North Road) Location
Risk to the Public is Extremely Low
Ontario County Public Health has investigated a small cluster of three (3) cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in individuals working at Tim Horton's on North Road in Canandaigua. Our nursing staff has completed an investigation and contact tracing has been initiated for all three cases. Several coworkers exposed to the three COVID-19 positive employees have been contacted and placed on 14-day quarantines. Employees are at the highest risk of contracting COVID-19 because of the difficulty in maintaining a six-foot radius from fellow workers during their shift. Because of employee masking and very short duration of interactions, patrons of the restaurant are at little to no risk for exposure to COVID-19.
Ontario County Public Health has discussed the case with Tim Horton’s leadership. Tim Horton’s has gone above and beyond in the realm of environmental cleaning. The North Road location is currently closed due to the number of employees in quarantine and for deep cleaning. Tim Horton’s has strict COVID-19 prevention policies in place concerning the screening of employees, use of personal protective equipment, hand hygiene and environmental cleaning. At this time there are no additional recommendations for individuals who ate or purchased food from the restaurant.
COVID-19 continues to circulate in our community. Everyone should be alert for symptoms and seek out medical advice and testing if you become ill. If you go out in public, wear a mask. If you are sick, stay home away from other people. Cover coughs and sneezes and wash your hands frequently or use alcohol hand sanitizer. Please do not gather in groups of fifty or more people and remain six feet from others.
Further questions can be directed to: Emailto Tim Hortons
July 16, 2020 Update
Check out Brian Young (Interim County Administrator) and Mary Beer’s (Director of Ontario County Public Health) latest update recorded July 16, 2020.
July 2, 2020 Ontario County Update
Take a moment to watch the latest the latest Ontario County update featuring Brian Young (Interim County Administrator) and Mary Beer (Ontario County Public Health). (Updated 7/3/2020)
June 18, 2020 COVID-19 Update with Mary Beer, Director of Ontario County Public Health and Brian Young, Interim County Administrator
Take a moment and watch the June 18, 2020 COVID-19 update. Closed captioning will be added very soon. (Updated 6/18/2020)
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): What You Need to Know About Its Impact on Moms and Babies
March of Dimes provides great information about COVID-19 for expecting parents.
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Expecting During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Watch the March of Dimes video helping expectant parents through this stressful time.
Questions about the regional reopening, nursing home testing or face coverings?
Take a moment to watch Brian Young and Mary Beer discuss these items and more.
*This video was taped on the morning of 5/14. COVID data changes constantly. The COVID data released at 4:30 pm does not match the data discussed in this video.
Questions About Testing and Contact Tracing?
Ontario County Public Health has the answers! Take a moment to get your questions answered by Kate Ott, MPH, Deputy Director for Ontario County Public Health. (Filmed May 7, 2020)
May 5, 2020 Update on Reopening
Take a moment to watch the Ontario County COVID-19 update and an overview of the reopening phases for our community with Brian Young (Acting County Administrator) and Mary Beer (Director of Ontario County Public Health).
The film was taped in the morning of 5/5/2020- Mary mentions 103 cases. After the taping, 1 case was transferred to another county after a case investigation revealed that the person was not a resident of Ontario County. That leaves Ontario County with 102 cases for our report 5/5/20. This is a great example of how the data changes constantly and the importance of our case and contact investigation team. (Updated 5/6/2020)