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Genesee has 3 more confirmed cases of Covid-19 for 16 total, while Orleans stays at 6

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 April 2020 at 4:26 pm

The Orleans and Genesee County Public Health Department has reported that 3 more people have tested positive for coronavirus in Genesee County, bringing the total confirmed cases there to 16.

In Orleans County, there are no new cases, keeping the county’s total at 6.

In Genesee, the three new cases are all people under the age of 65. One lives in the central part of the county, while two others are on the western side of the county, according to the Health Department.

In addition, those new confirmed cases include two people who were under mandatory quarantine. Since they tested positive they are now under mandatory isolation.

Cumulative Data

• Orleans County –  6 confirmed cases, 110 negatives who were tested, 6 in mandatory isolation (after testing positive), 9 in mandatory quarantine, 5 in precautionary quarantine, 0 deaths and 0 recoveries.

• Genesee County – 16 confirmed cases, 161 negatives, 14 in mandatory isolation (after testing positive)m 30 in mandatory quarantine, 11 in precautionary quarantine, 1 death and 1 recovered.

Contact Tracing

Contact tracing has been initiated for all the new cases.  Known contacts have already been placed under mandatory quarantine and will be swabbed if indicated (if symptoms become present), according to the Health Department.

If a person is identified as a contact, they will be notified by the local Health Department, quarantined and, if warranted, swabbed if indicated.

HIPPA Regulations

“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. “When, and if, there is a situation where potential contact is made in a public location where contact tracing doesn’t have actual names we will send out a media announcement to help seek contacts.”

Some in the community continue to voice requests about knowing the locations of individuals who have tested positive, those who are being monitored and where they have been in the county so that they may know where to avoid.

“The current situation is that every place is potentially a location that you could catch the virus,” the Health Department stated. “It would be a disservice to our communities to share specific locations that could indicate that there is any area in either county that is unaffected by the threat of COVID-19.  Please stay at home as much as possible, please stay home if you are sick, please encourage others to do the same and please show kindness to others.”

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