1 more death reported at The Villages from Covid-19 for 20 total

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 May 2020 at 4:29 pm

Orleans County has 4 more confirmed cases of Covid-19

Orleans County has four new confirmed cases of Covid-19, including two at The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center in Albion.

That nursing home also suffered another death from the virus, a person over age 65, bringing the total deaths at The Villages to 20, the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments is reporting this afternoon.

“Our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of this individual during this difficult time,” the Health Departments said in a news release this afternoon.

Of the four new cases in the county, two are at The Villages, which has now had 77 residents test positive for Covid-19. The two other positives reported today include a resident in Ridgeway and a person living in Kendall. Neither of the two new cases in the community were on quarantine prior to testing positive.

The county has now had 146 people with confirmed cases of Covid-19.

Of the four new cases, one person is in the 30s, one in the 60s, and two people are in their 70s.

Four of the previous positive community cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation, bringing the total recoveries to 48, the Health Departments reported.

There are 12 people hospitalized with Covid-19 from Orleans.

In Genesee County, there is one new confirmed case of Covid-19, bringing the county’s total to 166 positive cases. The new positive case is a person from Darien in the 30s. The newly positive individual was not on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

A Genesee County resident over age 65 also has died from Covid-19. The county has now suffered four deaths from the coronavirus.

The county also had one more person recover from Covid-19, bringing the total recoveries in the community to 96. Four residents remain hospitalized due to the virus.

Click here to view an online map of confirmed cases in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

The facility breakdown is only showing those facilities from where the Health Departments received notification of a positive swab for Covid-19. Facilities will be added if there is a positive case of Covid-19.

If a regulated facility from either county is not listed, there are no positive cases of Covid-19. The local health departments do not have oversight with many regulated facilities, which may include nursing homes, correctional facilities, hospitals or group homes for disabled residents.

From the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments:

Un-PAUSING does not mean business or life as usual! Be advised the more socialization that occurs the higher risk of transmitting the virus, especially to those who are most vulnerable.

It is imperative we still restrict social/family gatherings until we are certain to have this under control and/or there is a vaccine. It is expected we will see an uptick of positive cases and mandatory quarantines as social interaction increases. If cases increase, it shows us people may be ignoring the orders to not have gatherings of 10 or more people, not social distancing and/or not wearing face coverings properly. This can also impact our ability to continue the re-opening phases. We ask that you respect the guidance and continue to social distance.

• New York State on PAUSE: To assist local authorities with enforcement of these orders, the Governor established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force where individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here to file a complaint online. You may also call 1-833-789-0470. Businesses that are not in compliance with the Governor’s executive order may be penalized.

• Re-Opening Guidance: The State has provided a template for all businesses to help develop their written Safety Plan to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  This plan does not need to be submitted to a state-agency for approval, however it must be retained on the premises of the business and must be made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection.

Be advised the local health departments are NOT the gatekeepers in these next steps. We are NOT reviewing/approving plans and we don’t have the ability to make decisions on who is / who isn’t a part of the first phase nor have we been provided with guidance on interpreting who is and who isn’t included.

• For guidance on Phase 1 re-opening, go to the NY Forward website (click here).

• Both county operations in Genesee and Orleans are to stay reduced until June 7, according to the Governor’s Executive Order and Phase 1 guidelines.

• For questions regarding your specific business/organization contact the Regional Control Room at flnyf@esd.ny.gov.

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