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Ontario County reports a cluster of COVID-19 cases after a funeral in Geneva

Ontario County Department of Public Health

Ontario County health officials say they are investigating a cluster of 10 COVID-19 cases involving people who were at a funeral in Geneva in early December.

The funeral was held on Dec. 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the St. Paul’s Full Baptist Church, 76 East North Street, Geneva. Several individuals who attended the funeral have tested positive for COVID-19.

County nurses are investigating and contact tracing the cases. Ontario County Public Health is encouraging anyone who was at the funeral to be vigilant for symptoms, isolate themselves immediately if they become ill and call Ontario County Public Health.  Officials also suggest that they consider getting tested for COVID-19 if they attended the funeral.

"A very difficult time for a local family has been made even more stressful by this unfortunate event," says Mary Breer, Ontario County's public health director. "Please be very vigilant and stay out of crowds, wear a mask, and wash your hands. Please get tested for COVID-19 if you attended a funeral. We will not be releasing the family name of the funeral for privacy reasons."

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.