8 more cases of Covid-19 reported in Orleans, including 5 at a group home

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 May 2020 at 4:50 pm

1 more death reported at The Villages of Orleans, which now has 19 due to virus

Orleans County has eight more confirmed cases of Covid-19, with five of those new cases at a state-owned group home for people with disabilities in Ridgeway. (That group home also had a positive test over the weekend and has six total cases of Covid-19.)

There has also been one more death of a resident at The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center. That nursing home in Albion has now suffered 19 deaths due to Covid-19, the Genesee and Orleans Health Departments reported. The Villages also has one more confirmed case of Covid-19, bringing that total to 75.

The Health Departments also reported the first case of Covid-19 at Orchard Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Medina.

The eight new cases reported today for the county bring the total of people to test positive to 142 in Orleans County.

Of the new positive cases, one individual is in the 20s, three people are in their 30s, one in the 50s, one in the 60s, one in the 80s and one person is in the 90s.

Two of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation. That brings the total recoveries in the community to 42, not counting the recoveries in facilities not regulated by the local Health Department (nursing homes).

Ten of the total active positive cases are hospitalized. Please note those in the hospital may be from the community or a state-regulated facility

In Genesee County, there is one more confirmed case of Covid-19 for a total of 165 positive cases. The new positive case resides in Batavia and is a person in the 30s.

The newly positive individual was not on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic. Five of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

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

The facility breakdown is only showing those facilities from where the Health Departments were notified 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, etc.

More information from the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments:

Finger Lakes Region to Re-open New York’s first phase beginning on Friday.  If you have questions about New York Forward and Business Re-opening, click here.

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 or isn’t a part of the first phase nor have we been provided with guidance on interpreting who is and isn’t included.

• The first phase In order to un-PAUSE safely, we need to continue to be intentional about social distancing, properly wearing face coverings, handwashing/sanitizing and limiting time in public.  Please click here for a re-opening guidance and fact sheet in response to Covid-19 developed by the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments.

For further information on the NYS Plans, click here.

• Business Safety Precautions:

Each business and industry must have a plan to protect employees and consumers, make the physical work space safer and implement processes that lower risk of infection in the business. In developing these plans, businesses will need to consider three main factors.

• The first factor is protections for employees and customers. These include possible adjustments to workplace hours and shift design as necessary to reduce density in the workplace; enacting social distancing protocols, and restricting non-essential travel for employees.

• The second is changes to the physical workspace, including requiring all employees and customers to wear masks if in frequent close contact with others and implementing strict cleaning and sanitation standards.

• The last factor for businesses to consider is implementing processes that meet our changing public health obligations, like screening individuals when they enter the workplace, or reporting confirmed positives to customers. While these processes will vary from business to business, almost everyone will have to adapt, in some way or another, to our new normal.

ROC COVID-19 Health Screener:  This symptom tracker for the Greater Rochester region is a scientific study collected aggregate data by zip code to track hot spots of COVID-19.  The data will potentially show how the virus may be spreading, identify areas that may be at risk and determine how our efforts are working to slow the spread.

You can participate by taking the daily survey whether you are having symptoms or are feeling healthy. It just takes a few seconds. Click here for more information.

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