Genesee has 1 new case of Covid-19 for 17 total

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 April 2020 at 4:26 pm

Orleans remains at 6 cases, with 122 testing negative for coronavirus

The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments are reporting one new case of Covid-19 in Genesee County, for 17 total. Orleans County has no new confirmed cases and remains at 6.

The person with the new confirmed case in Genesee is under age 65 and resides in the central part of the county, the Health Department reported.

The new positive case was not under precautionary or mandatory quarantine when they became symptomatic.

The Health Department is doing contact tracing for all new cases where known contacts are placed under mandatory quarantine and will be swabbed if symptoms become present

“Limited information is provided to the public in compliance with HIPAA regulations and out of the respect of those impacted by this virus.” The Health Department said in a news release.

The following is part of a press release from the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments

Cumulative Data

• In Orleans, there have been 6 confirmed cases of Covid-19, 122 negative tests, 6 people in mandatory isolation after testing positive, 9 in mandatory quarantine and 11 in precautionary quarantine.

• In Genesee County, 17 have tested positive and 197 tests have come back negative. There are also 15 people currently in mandatory isolation, 37 in mandatory quarantine, 11 in precautionary quarantine, 1 death and person who has recovered.

New York State cases/Restrictions/Guidelines

• Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today at his press conference there are now a total of 92,381 confirmed positive cases of Covid-19 in NYS.

• 13,383 (14 percent) of Covid-19 patients are hospitalized.

• The Governor has extended NY PAUSE program (non-essential workers down to 0%) until April 15; this will be evaluated every two weeks

• New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health within 60 days of losing coverage (click here for more information.

• The President and CDC have ordered a travel advisory (NY, NJ & CT) – this is not a lock down, these federal actions support state actions to date. It is OK to be outside in your yard, ride bikes, visit a state park for walks, to take rides in your vehicle. However congregating and taking the family shopping does not comply with social distancing (keeping 6 feet from others, limiting time out in public)

Operational Updates

• Social distancing must be practiced in order to stop the spread of Covid-19. This means canceling events such as parties, celebrations, and neighborhood gatherings where people congregate together. This also means that children and adults should not play contact sports. These are temporary requests that will help stop the spread of the virus so that we can resume normal activities. If you must go to the store, always maintain at least 6 feet of space between you and other people.

• Please remain home if ill, even if a person has a negative Covid-19 result it is important to continue to limit physical contact. Flu and COVID-19 are still transmittable and people should continue to remain home and limiting contact with others. If you work with a vulnerable population, self-monitor prior to going to work, if you become sick while at work, contact your supervisor immediately and leave the premises to decrease the risk of contact with others.  When not working, follow social distancing and limit time in public.

Medical concerns

• If you feel you may have Covid-19, call your primary care provider or healthcare facility ahead of time. Do not go directly there. Call ahead to get guidance. Swabbing will be based on those who are in higher risk categories – elderly and immune compromised and those with underlying health issues.

• Swab sample results are coming back slower than expected. With more testing, we expect this will continue. Whenever anyone is swabbed for potential Covid-19, self-isolation is advised until the test result is received.

Older adults

The Office for the Aging in both counties continues to operate. They are still providing meals to their residents and are working with their vendors to provide the potential increase in meals to the residents they serve.

For Genesee County: NYConnects / Office for the Aging call 585-343-1611 Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00.

For Orleans County: Older Adults in Orleans County can contact Arc of Genesee Orleans Nutrition Program at 589-5424 weekdays between 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Office for the Aging staff members are coordinating with Meals on Wheels to ensure meal delivery to seniors in need. The staff are keeping their spirits up to stay safe and still deliver smiles with nutrition. There is a suggested donation for meal delivery, but do not let cost get in the way of asking for this help. If you have concerns about not having enough food call NY Connects/Office for the Aging at 589-3191.

Anxiety, Depression, Fear

• If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, fear about this outbreak call the Care + Crisis Helpline at 585-283-5200, text 741741 or call the NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 884-863-9314, they have trained listeners available 24/7 to help you through this.

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