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5 Deaths, 251 New COVID Cases in Allegany County

November 25th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

The Allegany County Health Department reports 251 new cases of COVID-19 and 5 additional deaths.  This brings Allegany County’s cumulative total number of cases to 2,583, with a total of 61 deaths from COVID-19.


While statewide case and positivity indexes have slightly decreased since Monday, Allegany County’s numbers continue to rise.  Currently, Allegany County’s case rate is 166.76 per 100,000 population, more than four times the state average of 37 per 100,000.  Allegany County’s current positivity rate is 16.61%, while the statewide average is 6.52%. 


Understanding isolation


Isolation is required for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.  For an individual who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, day one of the isolation period is the calendar day after symptoms began.  Isolation lasts until ten days have passed, and the individual is fever-free, and symptoms have improved.


For an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 and has no symptoms, the isolation period lasts 10 days.  The first day of isolation is the calendar day after the individual was tested.

If you receive news that your COVID-19 test is positive, you are required to isolate. During this time, you are infectious to others, and every effort should be made to avoid transmitting the virus. Use your own bathroom and sleep in your own bedroom if possible. When isolation from other members of your household is not possible, the quarantine period of your close contacts is affected.


Understanding quarantine


Quarantine is required for anyone who has come into close contact (within six feet for over 15 minutes in a 24-hour period) with a confirmed COVID-19 case. Quarantine lasts 14 days from the date of last