Genesee and Niagara counties both report deaths from Covid-19

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 April 2020 at 2:09 pm

In Niagara County, 31-year-old man with no underlying health conditions dies from the virus

Photo by Tom Rivers: The flags are lowered at Mount Albion Cemetery for the victims of Covid-19. The governor has directed flags to be lowered until at least April 29.

The Health Departments for Genesee and Niagara counties today are both reporting deaths from Covid-19.

Genesee County had a person over age 65 die from Covid-19. That person who lived in the central part of the county is the second one to die in Genesee from Covid-19.

“It is with great sadness that I am reporting the second confirmed death related to COVID-19 in Genesee County,” stated Paul Pettit, Public Health Director of Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments. “Due to privacy issues, I will not be releasing further information about this individual. Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of the patient.”

The Genesee County Health Department is conducting contact tracing. Close contacts have been notified of their potential exposure to COVID- 19, and have been placed under mandatory quarantine to monitor for symptoms. Individuals under mandatory quarantine who develop symptoms will be swabbed. The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments are following guidance provided by the NYSDOH and CDC.

“As COVID-19 continues to spread within our communities, we must do everything we can to keep each other safe” said Pettit. “Please remain home unless you are an essential worker or need to purchase essential household items. In that case, designate one (1) household member to do the shopping. We must work together as a community to stop the spread.”

In Niagara County, the Health Department is confirming four more deaths from Covid-19, bringing the county’s total to nine. (Orleans County hasn’t suffered a death from the virus.)

New York State reported 752 more deaths on Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 11,586.

Niagara County says the four deaths reported today are a 92-year-old woman with underlying health conditions, an 80-year-old man with underlying health conditions, a 92-year-old man with underlying health conditions, and a 31-year-old man with no underlying health conditions.

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