ELMIRA, NY (WENY) - Chemung County held a press conference Friday morning to provide an update regarding COVID-19 numbers county-wide. 

Chemung has seen an increase specifically in the number of positive cases per week. The 7-day rolling average of tests returning a positive result stands just under 5 cases a day. 17 residents have passed from COVID this October, 5 of whom were fully vaccinated. 

Chemung County Executive Christopher Moss expressed his concern with the recent surge. 

“The hospital is at capacity, basically,” Moss started. “We check with them every morning to get the numbers so we know that there are people there. We've seen the numbers rise.” 

With fall festivities kicking into full gear this weekend, Moss urges community members to celebrate outdoors. 

“Now, we're concerned with Halloween coming this weekend, there's going to be Halloween parties,” Moss said. “We hope everything you can do outside because it’s much better than indoors.” 

County Health Director Peter Buzzetti has been a vital factor in collecting COVID data. He urges residents second-guessing their cold symptoms to get tested. 

“The other thing to keep in mind is we get a lot of people that test positive for COVID who said, ‘I thought it was allergies’,” Buzzetti said. “So, our rule of thumb at the Health Department is, it's never allergies. If you have symptoms, get a test.” 

Chemung County continues to update its COVID-19 dashboard. For updates on COVID-19 cases across the county, please visit the Chemung COVID dashboard here.