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Genesee has first death from Covid-19

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 March 2020 at 4:23 pm

Orleans has 1 more confirmed case of coronavirus for 5 total

Genesee County has its first death from the coronavirus, Public Health Director Paul Pettit said this afternoon. The person is over 65 and had been hospitalized for about two weeks and had other health issues.

Pettit said he isn’t going into more detail out of respect for the privacy of the person and family.

Pettit and Shelley Stein, chairwoman of the Genesee County Legislature, both expressed their condolences to the person’s family.

Genesee County also has three more Covid-19 cases, bringing its total to 12, while Orleans has one more case for five total. The latest confirmed case in Orleans is a person over age 65 from the central part of the county.

Quarantine data

• Orleans County: 5 people are under precautionary quarantine, 9 people are under mandatory quarantine, and 5 people are under mandatory isolation 2 of whom are hospitalized and 3 are recovering at home (one out of county).

• Genesee County: 13 people are under precautionary quarantine, 37 people are under mandatory quarantine, and 11 people are recovering under mandatory isolation at home.

Cumulative Data

Genesee County has received 122 negative test results and Orleans County has received 87 negative test results for COVID-19.

These negative tests give a good indicator of what’s going on in the community, the Health Department said.

The flu also continues to be prevalent with 7 new cases in Orleans and 9 in Genesee for the week ending March 21.

“This data continues to show a high number of respiratory illness in our counties is not Covid-19,” the Health Department said.

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