Wayne County NY declares state of emergency as COVID cases spike – Community News
Covid-19

Wayne County NY declares state of emergency as COVID cases spike

Wayne County officials declared a state of emergency on Monday amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

Wayne County Administrator Rick House said the statement was made in order to quickly issue specific orders if necessary.

These may include directing hospitals to delay elective surgical procedures.

“Wayne County has declared a state of emergency because of the high level of positivity,” House said. “Wayne County continues to see COVID rates higher than the past 12 months. As of December 6, 2021, there were 768 active cases and 94 deaths. Currently, 51 cases are hospitalized.”

House said the message to the public has remained the same.

“We continue to encourage all residents to get vaccinated (including boosters), wear face masks in indoor public places, and constantly wash hands and use hand sanitizer,” House said.