WELLSBORO — Tioga County commissioners urge the public to “diligently follow” guidelines for masking, social distancing and sanitizing to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Commissioners, speaking on behalf of the Tioga County Coronavirus Task Force at their Oct. 13 meeting, said the county is seeing an uptick in cases.

In the past week, there have been 20 new positive cases, 49 in the past two weeks. Since Oct. 1, the county has had 42 new COVID-19 cases and is on pace to have 124 new cases in October.

The transmission rate has risen from 1.6% on Oct. 2 to 4.4% on Oct. 9. That represents an increase of 175%, said Commissioner Erick Coolidge.

The cases are found everywhere in the county. Despite the county being inundated with visitors during the fall foliage season, many residents feel safe in their environment.

The commissioners and task force are asking that residents be more diligent in following guidelines set forth by the CDC: wear masks especially in stores, practice social distancing and regularly washing hands.

“This is not a mandate,” said Coolidge. “We encourage you to diligently follow the guidelines. In doing that, we feel we can turn that number and go the other way.”

In other business, commissioners:

  • Announced that Oct. 13 was the 245th birthday of the U.S. Navy.
  • Approved funding $30,000 from the Act 13 fund to be used to pay for people completing emergency training. To become an EMT, it requires more than 250 hours of training at a cost of around $1,000. The county has been providing funding for these scholarships for more than eight years.