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Active Covid cases down nearly 100 in past 7 days in Genesee, Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 October 2021 at 8:21 am

Recoveries outpacing new infections in 2 counties

The number of active Covid cases in Genesee and Orleans counties dropped by nearly 100 in the seven days from Oct. 14 to Oct. 21, according to the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments.

There were 432 active cases on Oct. 14 with 237 in Orleans and 195 in Genesee. Those cases were down to 339 seven days later with the active cases at 155 in Orleans and 184 in Genesee.

The counties still are seeing Covid community transmission with 68 new cases reported in Orleans and 95 in Genesee from Monday through Thursday.

However, the recoveries – people who have completed their 10-day isolation and have been removed from mandatory isolation – included 70 in Orleans and 135 in Genesee during the three days.

There are currently two Orleans County residents hospitalized due to Covid and 12 in Genesee.

A person passed away from Orleans County due to Covid in the past week. The county has has 87 residents die from Covid since March 2020. Genesee County is reporting 132 deaths from Covid during the pandemic.

Attorney General touts funds to help counties fight opioid crisis

Photo courtesy of New York Attorney General’s Office: Letitia James, the state’s attorney general, was in Batavia on Thursday as part of a statewide “HealNY” tour. She visited the Recovery Station in Batavia, a community restaurant and safe space for individuals going through recovery. Pictured include Assemblyman Steve Hawley, Genesee County Manager Matthew Landers, Genesee County Legislature Chair Shelley Stein, Genesee County Legislators Chad Klotzbach, Gordon Dibble, Gregg Torrey and John Deleo.

Staff Reports Posted 15 October 2021 at 11:21 am

ROCHESTER/BATAVIA – New York Attorney General Letitia James was Thursday visited Rochester and Batavia as part of her statewide “HealNY” tour of the state.

She is announced funding for the Finger Lakes as part of $1.5 billion in a settlement to combat the opioid crisis in counties across New York state.

The Finger Lakes counties are to receive $29.2 million to $53.1 million of those funds. The share for Orleans County is a minimum of $356,743 to a maximum of $615,993.

The allotments for Finger Lakes counties include:

  • Genesee County: $614,045 to $1,060,280
  • Livingston County: $586,539 to $1,012,784
  • Monroe County: $11,143,437 to $19,509,989
  • Ontario County: $1,131,905 to $1,954,475
  • Orleans County: $356,743 to $615,993
  • Seneca County: $334,269 to $577,187
  • Wayne County: $858,979 to $1,483,210
  • Wyoming County: $355,707 to $614,204
  • Yates County: $214,215 to $369,887

“For more than two decades, the Finger Lakes Region has been ravaged by the opioid crisis, but, today, we are finally starting to heal New York by announcing that we will be delivering up to $53 million to the area to invest in the prevention, treatment, and recovery programs,” James said. “No amount of money will ever make up for all the addictions, all the deaths, and all the communities devastated by opioids, but these funds will be essential in helping the Finger Lakes Region turn the tide on this epidemic.”

Every region in the state will receive millions of dollars for prevention, treatment, and recovery programs to combat the opioid crisis.

The AG filed a lawsuit in 2019 that her office said was, at the time, the nation’s most extensive lawsuit against the various manufacturers and distributors of opioids. These manufacturers and distributors were responsible for heavily marketing opioids to doctors, hospitals, health care systems, and others, which led to the over prescription of the drugs across New York and the rest of the nation over the last two decades, James said.

The manufacturers named in Attorney General James’ complaint included Purdue Pharma and its affiliates, as well as members of the Sackler Family (owners of Purdue) and trusts they control; Janssen Pharmaceuticals and its affiliates (including its parent company Johnson & Johnson); Mallinckrodt LLC and its affiliates; Endo Health Solutions and its affiliates; Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. and its affiliates; and Allergan Finance, LLC and its affiliates. The distributors named in the complaint were McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health Inc., Amerisource Bergen Drug Corporation, and Rochester Drug Cooperative Inc.

Last month, a settlement with Endo was announced that has already delivered $50 million to New York state and Nassau and Suffolk counties to combat the opioid crisis and remove the opioid manufacturer from New York’s ongoing opioid trial.

Also, last month, a settlement that secured more than $4.5 billion – at least $200 million of which will be earmarked for New York – from the Sackler family and foundations that they control, ends the Sacklers’ ability to manufacture opioids ever again, and will shut down Purdue Pharma was announced.

In July, a settlement with McKesson, Cardinal Health, and Amerisource Bergen that will deliver up to $1 billion to New York state to combat the opioid epidemic was announced.

In June, a settlement that ended Johnson & Johnson’s sale of opioids nationwide and that will deliver $230 million to New York alone was announced. The deals with Johnson & Johnson, McKesson, Cardinal Health, and Amerisource Bergen have a global value of approximately $26 billion.

The cases against Mallinckrodt and Rochester Drug Cooperative are now moving separately through U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

The trial against the two remaining defendants – Teva Pharmaceuticals USA and Allergan Finance – is currently underway and continues in state court.

Active Covid cases continue rise in Orleans, nearing all-time high

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 October 2021 at 11:04 am

The number of active Covid cases in Orleans County continues to trend up and is getting close to passing the high during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Orleans was at 237 active cases on Thursday, up from 212 on Tuesday. The county’s record high was 279 cases on Jan. 7, 2021.

Orleans reported 72 new positive cases from Tuesday through Thursday, and 47 more recoveries, or people who completed their 10-day isolation and have been removed from mandatory isolation.

Orleans currently has three people hospitalized due to Covid, according to the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments.

In Genesee, the active cases dropped from 249 on Tuesday to 195 on Thursday. Genesee reported 99 new cases in the two days, and 152 more recoveries. Genesee currently has 12 people hospitalized with Covid.

Mental Health Association honors staff and RTS for collaboration and dedication

Posted 14 October 2021 at 4:05 pm

Press Release, Mental Health Association of Genesee and Orleans Counties

Photos courtesy of Marsha Rivers: RTS representatives, from left, include John Arneth, Denise Klos and Ken Boasi.

BATAVIA – The Regional Transit Service (RTS), longtime Mental Health Association employee Alan Moore, and scholarship winner Ava Flores were honored at the annual meeting of the MHA of Genesee and Orleans Counties. The event took place on Oct. 7 at Terry Hills Golf Course.

MHAGO Executive Director Tom Christensen credited the dedication of the staff for keeping the agency open through the pandemic, noting that as an essential business, MHAGO has remained open to in-person services, with no staff layoffs or reduction of hours.

“The Covid-19 crisis highlighted for us how important everyday mental health and wellness practices are to managing social isolation, anxiety, and stress,” Christensen said. “We believe our services contributed to the emotional resilience of both our participants and our community during these uncertain times.”

RTS also contributed to the community’s well-being, according to MHAGO, by providing free rides to and from medical appointments – including visits essential for mental health – for the two counties’ residents.

John Arneth, RTS’ Regional Manager for Genesee & Orleans, accepted the Constance E. Miller Award of Excellence on behalf of the organization. Constance E. Miller, along with a small group of dedicated volunteers, founded the Mental Health Association in 1993. This award honors her commitment to excellence by recognizing individuals and organizations who work to promote mental wellness, instill hope, and improve the quality of life for people living in Genesee and Orleans counties.

“We had some rigorous protocols to follow in order to keep everyone safe, but we were really happy to be able to continue to provide medical transport services during a time that created a lot of anxiety and fear for people,” Arneth said.

Alan Moore, 25-year employee of MHAGO, was recognized for his commitment to the agency.

MHA recognized Alan Moore as a 25-year staff member. Colleagues described Moore as a mild-mannered, versatile, reliable team member who “quietly supports and encourages (MHAGO) participants.”

It was also noted that he models self-care by walking regularly and “getting his steps in” each day.

MHAGO awarded the Board of Directors’ Educational Scholarship to Ava Flores, 2021 graduate of both Oakfield-Alabama High School and Genesee Community College. Flores is now studying psychology at Roberts Wesleyan College. The scholarship program provides financial support to individuals pursuing higher education in the fields of human or social services. Flores received $500 toward her studies.

Kylee Criscione, a mental health program specialist from the state Office of Mental Health – WNY Field Office, gave a presentation via Zoom. She noted, aptly, that telehealth visits represent one of several ways MHAGO has stepped up to address the challenges of meeting community needs.

In the annual report distributed at the meeting, Christensen noted that MHAGO Medicaid Managed Care HCBS services increased in 2020 to become the largest local provider of Mental Health HCBS, with 267 combined in-person and telehealth visits across 271 hours of service. “We look forward to further expansion of managed care services through the State’s newly proposed CORE (Community Oriented Empowerment Services) model,” he wrote.

Other noteworthy 2020 stats:

  • A total of 256 persons were served by MHAGO programs, including 186 in the Recovery Center, 147 in the Social Club, and 50 in the Drop-In Center.
  • MHAGO’s Recovery Center provided 5,009 combined in-person and telehealth visits across 3,028 hours of service.
  • Social Club: 3,397 combined in-person and telehealth visits
  • Drop-In Center: 1,726 combined in-person and telehealth visits
  • Warmline: 2,852 outreach messages and 5,879 completed calls
  • The agency also provided 1,014 one-way trips. All transportation staff also provided outreach telehealth calls and wellness checks during office hours.

Ava Flores

MHAGO reported $576,030 total support and revenue, with $618,689 in total expenses. The agency ended 2020 with $129,358 cash on hand. The 2020 Financial Statement and Auditors’ Report were prepared by EFPR Group, CPAs, PLLC. Copies of the Audit and Form 990 may be obtained by request from the Mental Health Association of Genesee and Orleans Counties, 25 Liberty Street, Batavia, NY 14020.

“Even in good times,” Christensen said, “a lack of social engagement has been a leading predictor of poor health outcomes, poor quality of life, and shortened lifespans. With Covid bringing out the worst of these troubles, our staff really stepped up and made a big difference. I’m very pleased with our team.”

Genesee officials seek info about gray pit bull that bit someone in Batavia

Posted 13 October 2021 at 5:16 pm

Press Release, Genesee County Health Department

BATAVIA – The Genesee County Health Department is seeking information about the location of a dog and its owner following a dog bite incident on the late morning of Monday, October 11 at Centennial Park in Batavia (near Lincoln Avenue).

The dog is described as a gray pit bull with white markings around its neck, front paws and left ear. The dog was approximately 55 to 60 pounds and was wearing a camo collar. The dog was not accompanied by its owner and was running loose throughout Centennial Park.

It is important to locate the dog to determine whether or not it is current on its rabies shot. If the health status is not identified, post-exposure rabies shots will be offered to the victim.

If you have information about the location of the dog and its owner, please contact the Genesee County Health Department at 585-344-2580 ext. 5555.

271 new Covid cases in past 5 days for Genesee, Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 October 2021 at 5:51 pm

The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments today reported 271 new Covid cases the past five days in the two counties with 150 in Genesee and 121 in Orleans.

The number of active cases in the two counties is at 461, which is up from 423 on Oct. 7 and 358 on Oct. 4.

Orleans County, however, has a slight drop in active cases, down from 217 on Oct. 7 to 212 today. Genesee is up from 206 on Oct. 7 to 249 today, according to the local health departments.

Genesee currently has 10 residents hospitalized due to Covid, while Orleans has four in the hospital from Covid.

Genesee is reporting 99 more recoveries and Orleans has 122 more. These are people who have completed their 10-day isolation and been removed from mandatory isolation.

Genesee hosts last anti-rabies immunization clinic on Oct. 14

Posted 8 October 2021 at 7:00 am

Press Release, Genesee County Health Department

BATAVIA – The Genesee County Health Department will be hosting the last free drive-through anti-rabies immunization clinic of 2021 on Thursday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Genesee County Fairgrounds on 5056 East Main St., Batavia.

Vaccinations are free for dogs, cats and ferrets, but voluntary donations are accepted. Animals must be at least 3 months old. Each animal must be leashed or crated and accompanied by an adult who can control the animal. Limit 4 pets per car maximum.

“Rabies is a fatal, but preventable viral disease that can spread to people from pets if they are bitten and scratched by an infected animal with rabies,” said Paul Pettit, Public Health Director for Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments (GO Health). “We encourage residents to take advantage of our last anti-rabies immunization clinic of 2021 and ensure their pets are protected against rabies.”

Face coverings are recommended and please follow all social distancing requirements. To save time, click here to fill out a registration form in advance. Be sure to print out two copies for each pet to be vaccinated and bring them with you to the clinic.

For more information, please contact the Genesee County Health Department: 585-344-2580 x.5555 or Health.Dept@co.genesee.ny.us.

Active Covid cases top 400 in Genesee, Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 October 2021 at 8:54 pm

Orleans goes over 4,000 cases during pandemic since last March 2020

The number of active Covid cases in Genesee and Orleans counties has topped 400. The two counties are at 423 today, with 206 in Genesee and 217 in Orleans.

Both are nearing their pandemic highs for active cases. Genesee hit a high with 269 on Dec. 7, 2020. Orleans peaked at 279 on Jan. 7, 2021.

The 423 cases in the two counties is up from 358 on Monday when there were 186 in Genesee and 172 in Orleans.

Orleans is reporting 97 more cases since Monday, while Genesee has 92 more, according to the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments.

The latest update since Monday puts Orleans past 4,000 cases during the Covid pandemic since March 2020.

The number of people hospitalized due to Covid in Orleans is up from 1 to 6 since Monday, while Genesee’s Covid hospitalizations are down from 11 to 9 since Monday.

Orleans also is reported 52 more recoveries and Genesee has 72 more since Monday. These are people who have completed their 10-day isolation and been removed from mandatory isolation.

Vaccine mandate expanded to some employees providing mental health, care for people with disabilities

Posted 5 October 2021 at 3:48 pm

Hochul says those staff need to have vaccine by Nov. 1

Press Release, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Office

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the plan to expand the healthcare worker vaccine mandate to include employees who work in certain facilities offering health care to individuals served by the Office of Mental Health and the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.

Under the new directive, staff who work in settings that treat some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers will be required to show proof of at least the first shot of a Covid-19 vaccine series by Nov. 1, without a test-out option. Ahead of that requirement, staff in these settings will be required to submit to weekly testing, if unvaccinated, beginning Oct. 12.

“Vaccine requirements work in getting people to do the right thing, and all professionals in health settings must take every basic precaution against Covid-19, including the vaccine, so they do not spread the virus to the people coming in for treatment,” Hochul said. “We have an obligation to extend this assurance to those who need to receive mental health services and special care, which is why we are making the vaccine mandatory for all staff who work in these facilities that fall under State jurisdiction.”

The vaccine requirement that went into effect on Sept. 27 applied only to covered personnel at facilities regulated by the Department of Health, including all hospitals and nursing homes. On Oct. 7, the vaccine requirement will take effect for covered personnel at additional facilities regulated by the Department of Health, including adult care facilities, home health agencies, long term home health care programs, AIDS home care programs, hospice care, and diagnostic and treatment centers.

This new requirement, established within OMH and OPWDD agency regulations, will apply to all individuals working at the psychiatric hospitals in the OMH network, as well as those working at the specialty hospital certified by OPWDD.

Governor Hochul plans to continue expanding the vaccine requirement into the human service and mental hygiene care settings in the coming weeks, while also taking necessary steps to ensure staffing levels continue to be appropriate across those service systems.

“Many of the people OMH serves have underlying medical conditions that make them far more vulnerable to the Covid-19 virus,” said OMH Commissioner Dr. Ann Sullivan. “The vaccine has proven to be safe and effective and will protect our patients and employees as well as our families and communities. I urge everyone to get the vaccine and I applaud Governor Hochul for extending the mandate.”

New Covid cases include 152 in Genesee, 84 in Orleans in past 4 days

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 October 2021 at 10:02 pm

There have been 152 new Covid cases in Genesee and 84 in Orleans since Thursday, according to the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments.

Genesee currently has 11 people hospitalized due to Covid while Orleans has one person in the hospital from Covid.

There are also 70 more recoveries and 77 in Orleans. These are previous positive individuals who completed their 10-day isolation and have been removed from mandatory isolation.

G-O Health reported today there are currently 358 active Covid cases in the two counties (186 in Genesee and 172 in Orleans). That is up from 352 on Thursday when there were 192 cases in Orleans and 160 in Genesee. A week ago there were 339 active cases in the two counties, with 191 in Genesee and 148 in Orleans.

The positivity rate in Orleans is 8.4 percent over the past 7 days and in Genesee it is 6.6 percent over the past week, according to the state’s Forward NY website. Over the past 14 days, the positivity rate in Orleans is 8.6 percent and in Genesee its 6.9 percent, according to the state.

400 new Covid cases in past week in Genesee, Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 October 2021 at 10:45 am

2 counties pass 10,000 cases during pandemic since March 2020

Genesee and Orleans counties are reporting 397 new Covid cases during the week from Sept. 23 to Sept. 30, according to local health department data.

The number of active cases in the two counties also continues to climb and was up to 352 on Thursday, compared to 339 on Monday and 295 a week before.

In the latest update, from Monday to Thursday, Orleans is reporting 101 new cases and Genesee has 99 more. Orleans is reporting 77 more recoveries or people who completed their 10-day isolation and been removed from mandatory isolation. Genesee is reporting 58 more recoveries.

In the seven days going back to Sept. 23, Orleans has 197 new cases and Genesee 200.

There are currently 10 people hospitalized due to Covid in Genesee and 1 in Orleans, according to the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments.

The two counties crossed a milestone with over 10,000 Covid cases since the start of the Covid pandemic in March 2020.

There are 10,075 Covid cases out of a combined population of 98,731 in the two counties. In Orleans, there have 3,884 cases out of 40,343 residents or 9.6 percent of the population. In Genesee, there been 6,191 cases out of 58,388 people or 10.6 percent of the population.

In Orleans, 89% of hospital workers vaccinated, above state average

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 September 2021 at 11:03 pm

In Orleans County, 89 percent of hospital workers have been vaccinated against Covid, and that tops the state-wide rate of 87 percent, according to data from the state.

Some of other rates in nearby counties include: Genesee, 89%; Monroe, 91%; Niagara, 86%; Erie, 87%; Chautauqua, 93%; Allegany, 82%; Cattaraugus, 75%; Livingston, 79% and Wyoming, 90%.

The state-wide vaccination mandate for hospital and healthcare workers went into effect on Monday. Governor Kathy Hochul today said no health care facilities in the state closed because of the mandate and many workers got vaccinated just before the deadline of the mandate.

“Our greatest responsibility is to protect our most vulnerable, and ensuring that the health care workers who care for our loved ones are vaccinated is critical to keeping New Yorkers safe,” Governor Hochul said. “I am grateful to the facilities, unions, and health care workers who took important steps to prepare and protect New Yorkers, and we are working with facilities to ensure they remain operational. We will continue to monitor developments and work with stakeholders to troubleshoot any issues, and I stand ready to take additional action as needed.”

Since Hochul became governor on Aug. 24, vaccination rates among health care workers increased.

Hochul’s office released the following data:

  • The percentage of nursing home staff receiving at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose increased to 92% as of Monday evening, up from 71% on Aug. 24 and 82% on Sept. 20.
  • The percentage of adult care facilities staff receiving at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose increased to 89% as of Monday evening, up from 77% on Aug. 24 and 85% on Sept. 20.
  • The percentage of hospital staff receiving at least one dose is 92% as of Monday evening based on preliminary self-reported data. The percentage of fully vaccinated is 85% as of Monday evening, up from 84% on Sept. 22 and 77% on Aug. 24.

Genesee, Orleans Health Departments set clinics for Covid booster shots, vaccines

Posted 29 September 2021 at 10:32 pm

Press Release, Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that certain populations receive a booster shot of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine at least six months after the completion of their Pfizer vaccine primary series (two doses).

In addition, the CDC recommends that individuals that are in high-risk occupational and institutional settings should also receive a booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine.

Based on these recommendations, the following groups should receive a booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months after completing their Pfizer vaccine primary series:

  • People 65 years and older
  • Residents in long-term care settings
  • People aged 50 to 64 with certain underlying medical conditions

The following groups may consider receiving a booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months after completing their Pfizer vaccine primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks:

  • People aged 18 to 49 who are at high risk for severe Covid-19 due to certain underlying medical conditions
  • People aged 18 to 64 who are at increased risk for Covid-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting

Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments (GO Health) are promoting booster shots to those that are eligible beginning the week of October 4th.

“We are prepared to provide booster shots to eligible residents who received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine six months ago, stated Paul Pettit, Public Health Director for GO Health. “Covid-19 vaccines are safe and effective and this will help provide these individuals with the extra protection needed against Covid-19.”

Appointments are required for booster shots. Individuals will self-attest that they fall under one of the above categories to receive a booster shot. At this time, boosters are only recommended for those who have received the Pfizer vaccine for their primary series. The CDC is continuing to evaluate the data to make recommendations for those that received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson for their primary vaccine series.

GENESEE – Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 12:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Genesee County Health Dept., 3837 W Main Street Rd. Batavia, NY 14020

Pfizer Booster: Appointment required (click here)

J&J: Walk-ins and appointments (click here)

Moderna: Walk-ins and appointments (click here)

Pfizer: Walk-ins and appointments (click here)

ORLEANS – Thursday, Oct. 7, from 12:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Orleans County Health Dept., 14016 State Route 31, Suite 101 in Albion, NY 14411

Pfizer Booster: Appointment required (click here)

J&J: Walk-ins and appointments (click here)

Moderna: Walk-ins and appointments (click here)

Pfizer: Walk-ins and appointments (click here)

“We also encourage anyone who has still not received their primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine, to do so and to talk with their primary care provider with questions related to the vaccine,” stated Pettit. “Everyone should also continue to practice the public health prevention precautions detailed below.”

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • If water is not readily available, use hand sanitizer, containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Wash and sanitize frequently shared/touched items.
  • Stay 6 feet away from others and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
  • Wear a face mask indoors in public and crowded outdoor settings.
  • Monitor your health daily and stay home if you are experiencing any symptoms.
  • Get tested if you are experiencing symptoms and self-isolate until you get your results back. If you test positive for Covid, you are to isolate for 10 days.

For more information on the Covid-19 vaccine, booster shots or to make an appointment, click here.

Oak Orchard Health recognized for quality care for its patients

Posted 29 September 2021 at 9:33 pm

Press Release, Oak Orchard Health

Dr. Mary Obear serves as chief clinical officer for OOH.

BROCKPORT – We are pleased to announce that Oak Orchard Health has been recertified through the New York State Patient-Centered Medical Home (NYS PCMH) program.

What does that mean? Once again, OOH has met the criteria of this program and the benefits to its patients are priceless – better health, lower costs, and better patient experiences.

The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is a model of care that puts patients as the primary focus of care. PCMHs build better relationships between people and their clinical care teams. Research shows that they improve quality, patient experience, and staff satisfaction while reducing health care costs.

“Our patients not only have a primary care provider, but also a team of caregivers such as our patient engagement team that addresses housing, food, language barriers and so much more. You can’t get a patient healthy if they have transportation issues and struggle to get their prescriptions. We help solve those problems too,” said Chief Clinical Officer, Mary Obear, MD, PhD.

During the pandemic, we’ve adapted our practices to be sure our patients received the care they needed. One example is telehealth technology which allows us to communicate with patients who want to “see” their providers. This has been particularly helpful with behavioral health and improved our communication with patients who were facing stressful situations.

“Oak Orchard Health has been a certified Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) since 2012. Our certification as a PCMH by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) means our patients can count on high-quality health care delivered with an emphasis on care coordination and communication,” said Mary Ann Pettibon, CEO, Oak Orchard Health.

OOH currently serves over 26,000 patients at eleven locations. The organization is a recognized patient-centered medical home and 501(c) nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center located in the towns of Albion, Alexander, Batavia, Brockport, Corfu, Lyndonville, Hornell and Warsaw.

Active Covid cases continue climb in Genesee, Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 September 2021 at 6:52 pm

2 counties report nearly 200 new cases since Thursday

Genesee and Orleans counties today are reporting nearly 200 new cases of Covid-19 since the last update on Thursday afternoon. The new cases include 94 in Orleans and 103 in Genesee.

The number of active cases in the two counties is at 339 today, which is up from 295 on Thursday and 257 a week ago.

The 94 new positive cases in Orleans include people in the age groups of 0-19, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 90s, according to the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments.

There are currently 3 Orleans County residents hospitalized due to Covid.

The county also has had 81 more recoveries or previous positive individuals who have completed their 10-day isolation and been removed from mandatory isolation.

In Genesee, the 103 new positive cases include people in the age groups of 0-19, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.

Genesee currently has 13 residents hospitalized due to Covid.

Genesee is reporting 125 more of the positive individuals have completed their 10-day isolation and been removed from mandatory isolation.

Genesee has passed 6,000 Covid cases during the pandemic since March 2020. The two counties are nearing 10,000 cases during the pandemic – 6,092 in Genesee and 3,783 in Orleans.