HOPEWELL, NY — The Ontario County Public Health Department on Tuesday expressed concern over the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the county and is urging all residents to step up prevention efforts to reduce its spread.

The county has seen an increase in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 — in hospitals, colleges, assisted living centers and the general public — and a slight increase in hospitalizations since Oct. 1.

“We are seeing a slow rise of COVID-19 cases similar to other counties