Genesee has 1 new confirmed case of COVID-19; Orleans stays at 3

Posted 25 March 2020 at 5:56 pm

Press Release, Orleans and Genesee Public Health Departments

Genesee County has one new confirmed case of coronavirus, while Orleans remains at three cases, according to the Orleans and Genesee County Health Departments.

The positive case in Genesee County is under the age of 65 and resides in the central part of Genesee County. The individual is under mandatory isolation and is recovering at home, said Paul Pettit, Public Health director for the two counties.

Contact tracing has been initiated for the new case. Known contacts have already been placed under mandatory quarantine and will be swabbed if indicated (if symptoms present). If a person is identified as a contact, they will be notified by the Genesee County Health Department.

Since the onset of testing, Genesee County has received 49 negative test results while Orleans has 52 negative test results for COVID-19.

Orleans County: 6 people are under precautionary quarantine, 7 people are under mandatory quarantine, and 3 people are under mandatory isolation – 1 of whom is hospitalized and 2 are recovering at home.

Genesee County: 18 people are under precautionary quarantine, 16 people are under mandatory quarantine, and 2 people are under mandatory isolation at home where they are recovering.

• As we receive more test results, local contact tracing will continue within our departments for any positive results. The cases and stories are being built and documented.  Contact tracing is initiated based on the day the identified positive case became symptomatic.  Identified contacts are notified by the local health department, quarantined and if warranted, swabbed as indicated.

• Currently, NYS clearance criteria require 2 negative COVID-19 swabbing results prior to being released.  Swabbing through the Health Departments is warranted as part of our quarantine / isolation protocol for those who become symptomatic. We are not providing community testing at this time.

• Please remain home if ill, with all of the directives regarding social distancing that are still be in place, especially if a person has a negative COVID-19 result it is important to limit physical contact. The flu and COVID-19 are still transmittable and people should continue to remain home and limiting contact with others. Do not be afraid of people because they may be coughing or sneezing, they may have allergies, but continue to keep your distance (at least 6 feet).

Returning Snowbirds

• Due to the number of positive cases in New York State, there are stricter guidelines in place and may be different from your winter address.  All large gatherings have been canceled or postponed.

We strongly encourage anyone over 65 or those with underlying health issues to consider self-quarantine which means to limit contact with others as much as possible. Stay at home as much as possible as this age group is one of the higher-risk groups.  This includes visiting the grocery store to limit exposure to any respiratory virus.

Check with your grocery store / pharmacy to see if they have special considerations for seniors and those with underlying health issues such as special hours, curbside pick-up or delivery. Monitor your symptoms and if you develop a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call your primary care provider immediately.

If you are in need of household essentials such as groceries or prescriptions, ask a family member, neighbor, or someone in your social support network for assistance. They may be able to shop for your needs and leave the items outside your door so they do not have any physical contact with you.

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