2 new cases of Covid-19 reported in Orleans, 2 more recoveries

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 April 2020 at 4:34 pm

There are two more confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Orleans and also two more people have recovered after being ill from the virus, the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments is reporting today.

Of the two new cases in Orleans, one person is in the 60s and the other is in the 80s. The Health Department reports the new positive cases include a resident of Waterport and a person from Albion. One of the positive individuals was on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

The Health Department said 81 people have now tested positive for the virus, and that includes 42 at the Village of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Facility in Albion.

The number of people who have recovered from the virus also increased by two, going from 22 to 24.

Eight people are currently hospitalized from Covid-19.

In Genesee County, there are three new positive cases bringing the county’s total to 146. All three live in Batavia with one person in the 20s, one in the 40s and one in the 80s.

One of the newly positive individuals was on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

Three more people have recovered from the virus, bringing the total recoveries to 72.

Two people from Genesee are currently hospitalized from Covid-19, while another person in an active case is at a non-hospital regulated facility.

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases.

Additional updates and guidelines from the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments:

• VIRUS IS PREVALENT LOCALLY: Remember even though the numbers may be high at a specific location, the virus is still moving though our counties. People need to continue frequent handwashing and sanitizing shared surfaces, practicing stay safe at home, social distancing and wearing cloth masks when out in public.  This is not the time for gathering at the grocery stores, take-out lines or play dates. This is the time to be kind and think of the health and well-being of others.

• NURSING HOME VIOLATIONS: The NYS Health Department will partner with the State’s Attorney General to investigate nursing home violations.  A hotline or online form can be submitted where residents, families, or members of the public can share complaints about nursing homes that have not provided required communications with families about COVID-19 diagnoses or fatalities, nursing home abuse and neglect including failure to follow rules to keep residents safe.  The hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form.

• Domestic Violence: For New Yorkers in need of help or assistance, they can text 844-997-2121 or can go to the new confidential online site to reach a professional at www.opdv.ny.gov The new text program and confidential online service will make it easier for victim who are isolated with their abusers to get help.  Both the text and online service are staffed 24/7 by the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Staff who are experts in the area of domestic violence.

• MASKS: Wearing Masks and social distancing is paramount to preventing flare-ups and mini-outbreaks. Everyone needs to be compliant. Correctly wearing cloth masks is part of a multi-prong approach to stop/slow the spread of COVID-19.  We know wearing a face covering is inconvenient and uncomfortable, but it can limit transmission of respiratory germs. The mask traps the droplets before they spread into the environment.  Remember wearing a face covering helps to protect others from your potential germs.

• GUIDELINES FOR BUSINESSES: The Health Department encourages stores and businesses to set guidelines that include not allowing patrons to enter if they are not wearing a face covering or wearing it correctly (covering the mouth & nose).  Make sure proper signage noting your policy is visible to patrons.

• When the state starts to open up we all have to be diligent for quite some time to prevent the spread of this virus.

• Continue frequent handwashing / hand sanitizing if soap and water are not available.

• Continue frequent sanitizing / cleaning of shared surfaces.

•Continue Social Distancing – staying 6’ away from others.

• Continue Wearing face coverings – wearing face coverings correctly when out in public.  The mouth and nose are to be covered and the face covering should be tucked under the chin.  Wearing masks is a way of strengthening social distancing.

• Stay HOME if you are sick! Do not go shopping, Do not go to work, Do not go visiting!

• There is still no cure or vaccination available for COVID-19. Be alert to scams or home remedies. Contact your primary care provider if you have any symptoms and follow his/her instructions.

• Swabbing is becoming increasingly available in the WNY region. If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your primary care provider and they will determine if testing is right for you.  If the counties receive an increase in swabbing supplies and the protocol for testing is changed, we will notify the public.

• MENTAL HEALTH: Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and having to socially distance yourself from someone you love can be difficult. Below are resources that can help you connect to a professional that can help you through these challenging times:

• Care + Crisis Helpline is available 24/7 at 585-283-5200 or text  ‘Talk’ to 741741

• New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling

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