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Orleans reports 8 new Covid cases since Friday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 October 2020 at 4:26 pm

County also has 13 more recoveries

Orleans County has eight more confirmed cases of Covid-19 since Friday, the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments is reporting this afternoon.

The new positive cases are residents in Albion, Kent and Murray. None of the individuals were on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.

The new cases are in the following age groups: one in the 0-19 age range, two in their 30s, one in the 40s, three in their 50s and one in the 60s.

Orleans has now had 352 people test positive for Covid-19 since March. Thirteen of the previous positive individuals have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation, the Health Departments reported.

Orleans also has 10 new individuals on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.

Genesee County doesn’t have any new positive cases of Covid-19, maintaining a total of 345 positive cases since March.

The county is reporting new recoveries and those people and have been released from mandatory isolation.

Genesee has 8 new individuals on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.

To see an online map of confirmed cases in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties, click here. There are currently 37 active cases in the three counties with nine in Orleans, 13 in Genesee and 15 in Wyoming.

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Oak Orchard Health adding medical staff at OC Mental Health

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 October 2020 at 1:35 pm

ALBION – Oak Orchard Health now has medical staff working three days a week out of the Orleans County Mental Health Building on Route 31, next to the County Administration Building.

Oak Orchard will have a physician’s assistant and a medical doctor available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., depending on the number of patients.

Oak Orchard Health is partnering with the Orleans County Mental Health to bring primary care services to the county’s behavioral health patients. Oak Orchard’s new office in the Mental Health building makes it convenient for patients to get the medical care they could be missing.

“Good physical health and mental health go hand in hand,” said Mary Ann Pettibon, CEO of Oak Orchard Health. “This comprehensive approach to care is needed in the community and we’re pleased to collaborate with the Orleans County Mental Health Department. So often these patients don’t have a primary care physician and haven’t been receiving the kind of medical care they need.”

To make an appointment with Oak Orchard, call (585) 589-5613.

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Orleans has one new Covid-19 case, a Shelby resident

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 October 2020 at 4:42 pm

Student tests positive at BOCES in Batavia

Orleans County is reporting one new confirmed case of Covid-19 today, a resident of Shelby who is in the 0-19 age group.

The individual was on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive, said the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments.

Orleans has now had 344 people test positive for Covid-19 since March.

Two of the previous positive individuals have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation, bringing the total recoveries in the community to 164.

Orleans also is reporting 3 new individuals on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.

Genesee County doesn’t have any new confirmed cases of Covid-19 today, and remains at 345 positive cases since March.

The Health Departments, however, are reporting a student at the Genesee Valley Area Partnership who attended the BOCES site in Batavia has tested positive for Covid.

“The individual has been placed under mandatory isolation where they will remain until they are fully recovered,” The Health Departments said. “Contact tracing is in process. Individuals identified by the health department as being close contacts have been and/or will be contacted and placed under mandatory quarantine. Individuals identified by the health department as being close contacts will be expected to follow the New York State Department of Health quarantine guidelines.”

Genesee also is reporting two more Covid recoveries and those people have been released from mandatory isolation. Genesee now has 266 recoveries in the community from Covid.

Genesee also has 25 new individuals on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.

In the past week, Orleans reported 18 more confirmed cases of Covid while Genesee has 10 more.

To see an online map of confirmed in the Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties, click here.

More from the Genesee & Orleans County Health Departments:

• Flu Season: With flu season quickly approaching it is important to get your flu shots now to build up immunity. It generally takes two weeks before immunity is built up after getting the shot.

Once you have the flu vaccine, if you do get the flu, research shows that the vaccination reduces the risk of severe illness. Getting a flu vaccine can save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19 and other illnesses. Talk with your primary care provider today.

• Traveler Health Form: For all out-of-state or international travelers from NYS restricted states or countries, whether arriving by land or air, must self-identify by completing a traveler health form or be subject to a $2,000 fine. Click here for the traveler health form.

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Orleans, Genesee each have 4 new confirmed cases of Covid-19

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 October 2020 at 4:37 pm

Orleans and Genesee counties each are reporting four new confirmed cases of Covid-19 today.

In Orleans, the new positive cases are residents of Albion and Carlton. The individuals are in their 20s, 40s and 50s.

None of the individuals were on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive, according to the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments.

Orleans has now had 343 people test positive for Covid since March.

The county also is reporting another recovery in the community, bringing that total to 162.

There are also 4 more people on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.

Genesee County’s new positive cases reside in Batavia and Pembroke.

One of the new cases is a person between the ages of 0-20, while another is in the 30s, another in the 50s, and someone in the 60s.

None of the individuals were on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive, the Health Departments said in an afternoon briefing to the media.

Genesee has now had 345 people test positive for Covid-19.

“We are diligently working on reporting the numbers from the previous days,” the Health Departments said. “A complete count will be reflective on the GOW Covid interactive map by Friday. Thank you for your ongoing patience.”

To see the interactive map of confirmed cases in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties, click here.

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Sheriff’s Office doing drive-through drug take-back event on Oct. 24

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 October 2020 at 8:52 am

ALBION – The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This time it will be a drive-through only event at the Orleans County Public Safety Building, 13925 State Route 31. Participants are encouraged to wear a face covering at the event.

This is a collaborative effort with the U.S. Department of Justice – Drug Enforcement Administration, the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office and the Orleans County Public Health Department.

This is a great opportunity for the public to surrender unwanted and/or expired medications and sharps for safe & proper disposal,” said Sheriff Chris Bourke.

“Events such as these have dramatically reduced the risk of prescription drug diversion and abuse, as well as increasing awareness of this critical public health issue,” Bourke said.

This will be the only authorized collection site in Orleans County on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

“We apologize for the inconvenience of not having additional collection locations for this event,” Bourke said.

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Orleans reports 2 more Covid-19 cases, both young adults in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 October 2020 at 4:33 pm

Genesee has 5 new cases since Monday

Orleans County was notified today of two more confirmed cases of Covid-19, bringing the total to 339 people who have tested positive for Covid since March.

The new positive cases are both Albion residents. One of the individuals is in the 20s, and the other is in the 30s. Both of the individuals were not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive, the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments reported this afternoon.

Orleans has 15 more people on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.

Genesee County continues to have ongoing technology/internet issues, and can’t offer a full update in Covid cases since Friday.

However, the Health Department is able to report there was one new case on Monday, two more on Tuesday and two more new cases today.

Since Oct. 9, Genesee has 37 more people on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.

Click here to see an online map of confirmed cases in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

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Catholic Health proposes new ‘hospital of the future’ for Lockport

Courtesy of Catholic Health: Catholic Health is proposing a $37 million new hospital that would be 37,122 square feet, far smaller than the current 204,000 square foot hospital in Lockport.

Posted 14 October 2020 at 1:14 pm

Press Release, Catholic Health

LOCKPORT – A new “hospital of the future” is coming to Lockport solidifying the continuation of high quality healthcare services for the people of Eastern Niagara County.

Catholic Health President & CEO Mark A. Sullivan announced on Tuesday a management agreement between the health system and Eastern Niagara Hospital that will culminate in the construction of a state-of-the-art hospital centrally located in Lockport, preserving local healthcare for more than 80,000 residents in the surrounding community.

Catholic Health will begin looking at several land options in Lockport and plans to begin construction in 2021 with an opening date in 2023.

“We are ensuring sustainable, accessible, high quality healthcare in Eastern Niagara County, while building a hospital of the future that will serve area residents for years to come,” Sullivan said. “We are grateful for the support and coordination from the New York State Department of Health throughout this process. This agreement is about neighbors taking care of neighbors, preserving healthcare jobs in the community, and supporting the dedicated staff who have provided high quality care under difficult circumstances. In honor of the legacy of healthcare in Eastern Niagara County and the work of everyone before us, the new hospital will be called Lockport Memorial.”

Eastern Niagara Hospital’s focus on quality, safety and patient satisfaction will continue, strengthened by the support of Catholic Health. Over the next two years, inpatient care, emergency services and diagnostic imaging will remain at Eastern Niagara’s East Avenue campus until the new hospital opens. The hospital’s Ambulatory Surgery Center, Imaging Services and Urgent Care Clinic at 5875 S. Transit Road will also continue to operate as Catholic Health looks to expand community-based care in Eastern Niagara County.

“Due to changing trends, Eastern Niagara Hospital is taking a proactive approach, working with Catholic Health to find a solution that best serves the Lockport community,” Sullivan continued. “Together, along with Mount St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston, we are building a healthcare model that will strengthen services across the Niagara region. Through this partnership, Lockport residents will be able to receive needed care at Eastern Niagara Hospital, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, the Eastern Niagara Regional Surgery Center and a new multi-specialty practice, and ultimately at the new Lockport Memorial Hospital once it opens.”

Last November, Eastern Niagara Hospital filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Faced with ongoing losses, the hospital’s board made the unanimous decision to be proactive and approve the agreement with Catholic Health, assuring the future of healthcare in Eastern Niagara County. “This plan will require the approval of the United States Bankruptcy Court.” said Eastern Niagara Hospital President Anne McCaffrey. “We will be working over the next several days to discuss the program in detail with the constituents in the bankruptcy process. We hope that once they are fully briefed, they will join us in asking Chief Bankruptcy Judge Bucki for approval of this plan.”

“This is a great day for the greater Lockport community,” McCaffrey said. “We are so pleased to join with Catholic Health – a partner that is innovative and visionary, fully committed to our community, and willing to make a significant investment in building a new hospital. It would have been easy for their leaders to consider the challenges facing Eastern Niagara Health and not get involved. But Catholic Health has stepped up in a monumental way with a major investment in health care not seen in the eastern portion of Niagara County in years.”

“We look forward to a close collaboration with the community physicians who have served Lockport well for decades and to working with Niagara County leaders to move this project forward,” Sullivan said. “Mount St. Mary’s Hospital will also play a critical role in this plan. As Niagara County’s only ‘A’ rated hospital for safety by the Leapfrog Group, a consumer rating agency, Mount St. Mary’s has extensive, high quality resources, including primary care doctors, specialists and surgeons, to serve the community. We are leveraging all of Catholic Health’s expertise and continuum of care, which has the highest quality and safety results in the region, to support the effort.”

“Catholic Health already has a significant presence in Niagara County with Mount St. Mary’s Hospital and has invested more than $30 million in the region over the past five years,” said Robert M. Greene, chairman of the Catholic Health Board of Directors. “This new partnership with Eastern Niagara Hospital is building upon that commitment. The members of the Catholic Health board who reside in Niagara County were instrumental in discerning our approach and are very enthusiastic that a solution is in the works.”

“This new partnership is forward thinking. Catholic Health has taken the concept of a new emergency department and expanded it to an even higher level, exceeding our greatest expectations,” said Ann Briody Petock, chair of the Eastern Niagara Board of Directors. “To know that Catholic Health values the Niagara County community enough to invest the time, money and effort to build a new hospital is incredible. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our community and we could not be more grateful.”

In the coming months Catholic Health will continue to provide regular updates on construction of the new hospital.

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3 more states – Ohio, Michigan and Virginia – added to NY’s travel advisory

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 October 2020 at 8:28 am

New York has added Ohio, Michigan and Virginia to the list of states on a Covid-19 travel advisory.

No states have been removed. There are now 36 states on the advisory.

The advisory requires individuals who have traveled to New York from areas with significant community spread to quarantine for 14 days. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or an area with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

The full list of 36 states and two territories on the travel advisory now includes: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Wyoming.

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Orleans has 11 new Covid cases in 1st update since Friday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 October 2020 at 7:46 pm

Orleans County is reporting 11 new positive case of Covid-19 today in the first update since Friday. The county has now had 337 people test positive for Covid since March.

The new positive cases are residents of Albion, Barre, Carlton, Shelby and Yates. The new cases are people in the following age groups: 0 to 19 years, 20s, 30s and 50s, according to the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments.

Five of the individuals were on mandatory quarantine when they tested positive. Six of the other cases were people not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.

Orleans also has 10 new individuals on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.

The G-O Health Departments aren’t able to provide an update on confirmed cases in Genesee County today due to technology/internet issues.

“Those numbers will be updated tomorrow,” the Health Departments said. “We apologize for the inconvenience.”

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Governor says rapid Covid testing coming soon to every county

Posted 9 October 2020 at 7:13 pm

Press Release, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Covid-19 rapid result testing will be made available to every county in New York State.

The New York State Department of Health will deploy an initial 400,000 rapid result test kits free of charge to local health departments, hospitals, pharmacies, and other health care providers to help increase access in all corners of New York State to free Covid-19 tests that can be done within 15 minutes and without having to send a specimen to a lab.

DOH will prioritize the distribution of testing kits to counties and local health care providers in areas seeing recent uptick in cases. The rapid tests can be used to control new outbreaks, conduct surveillance testing, and will also be made available on a as needed basis to help schools in “yellow zones” test students and staff as part of new requirements to monitor Covid-19 spread as part of the Governor’s Cluster Action Initiative.

“These rapid test kits will allow health care institutions throughout the state to quickly and accurately determine COVID-19’s spread, control outbreaks and keep families and communities safe,” Cuomo said. “Further, the state is taking precautionary steps to ensure localities are providing rapid testing for schools that are nearby communities that have seen recent upticks in cases and are offering in-person instruction. We will provide rapid test kits, as needed, free of charge to all localities to help them meet this new requirement, giving parents, teachers, and students confidence in the safety of their educational experiences.”

On Tuesday, as part of the state’s Cluster Action Initiative, the Governor announced that schools open to in-person instruction in “Yellow Zones” would be required to test a portion of their in-person students, staff, and teachers at least once a week.

The NYS Dept. of Health today is issuing guidance requiring 20% of students, teachers, and staff who are in-person in schools located within “Yellow Zones” to be tested once a week starting next Friday, October 16. All results must be reported promptly to DOH and will be made available on the Covid Report Card dashboard.

As needed, the state will provide rapid test kits free of charge to local governments, health departments, schools, or whichever local health providers are designated by the local government, to help localities and schools meet this requirement which is a key part of ensuring Covid-19 does not spread into schools within nearly geographic proximity to where the state is monitoring cluster outbreaks.

DOH will issue a letter today to all local health departments, as well as hospitals, pharmacies, and other provider organizations, providing details for how to access and receive these rapid testing kits.

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Orleans, Genesee each have one more confirmed case of Covid-19

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 October 2020 at 4:37 pm

2 counties top 50,000 tests combined

Orleans and Genesee counties are each reporting one new confirmed case of Covid-19 today.

In Orleans, the new case is a person in the 40s who lives in Ridgeway. The individual was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive, said the Genesee and Orleans County health Departments.

Orleans has now had 326 people test positive for Covid since March. The county also has 2 more people on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.

In Genesee County, the new confirmed case is a person in the 20s from Elba. The individual was on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive. The county has now had 335 people test positive for Covid since March.

The county is also reporting 16 new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states. One Genesee resident also is hospitalized with Covid.

Since a week ago Friday, Orleans County has eight more confirmed cases of Covid-19 while Genesee has 21 more.

The two counties crossed a milestone today with 50,000 combined Covid tests since March. There have been 50,312 tests in Genesee and Orleans, with 661 people testing positive for a rate of 1.31 percent in two counties

In Genesee, there have been 32,925 tests and 335 cases for a positive rate of 1.02 percent. In Orleans, there have been 17,387 tests and 326 cases for a positive rate of 1.87 percent.

More from the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments:

Due to the Columbus Day holiday, both the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments will be closed on Monday. There will be no map, website or media updates over the weekend or on Monday. Updates will resume on Tuesday and will include all accumulated data. Stay safe, stay distanced and wear your masks to continue to slow the spread. Thank you for your understanding.

• Community Testing Sites: Check with the testing site for any specific criteria necessary for testing such as illness, contact with someone who tested positive, essential worker, required for reopening/business, etc. Many need to have a doctor referral/prescription. Always call first. To find additional test sites nearest you, please click here.

  • WellNow Urgent Care: 4189 Veterans Memorial Drive Batavia; 585-201-5598
  • Rochester Regional Health Urgent Care: 16 Bank Street Batavia; 585- 815-6715
  • Oak Orchard Health: 301 West Ave Albion, NY; 585-589-5613

• Covid Alert NY is New York State’s official Exposure Notification App. This is a free smartphone app for anyone 18+ that lives and/or works in New York available for download in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store starting October 1st. The Covid Alert NY app notifies users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. Upon receiving an exposure notification, the app will encourage users to contact their physician or the State Health Department hotline (1-833-227-5045) to get more information about quarantining and testing. To learn more about Covid Alert NY, visit ny.gov/covidalerts.

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Orleans has 2 new cases of Covid-19, while Genesee has 8 more

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 October 2020 at 4:40 pm

Orleans County has 2 new confirmed cases of Covid-19. The new positive cases are residents of Albion and Yates.

One of the individuals is in the 20s and the other is in the 30s. The individuals were not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive, the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments reported this afternoon.

Orleans has now had 325 people test positive for Covid since March. Orleans also has 7 new individuals on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.

Genesee County received 8 new positive cases of Covid-19 and has now had 334 positive cases.

The new positive cases reside in Alabama, Batavia, Elba and Stafford. One of the individuals is a resident at the New York State Veteran’s Home.

Two of the positive individuals are between the ages of 0-20, one individual is in the 40s, two individuals are in the 50s, one is in the 60s, and two are in their 80s. Three individuals were on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.

Genesee has 21 new individuals on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states. The county continues to have one person hospitalized from Covid.

To see an online map of confirmed cases in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties, click here.

• State-wide Data: The state set a new record for testing on Wednesday with 145,811 Covid-19 diagnostic test results.

In the top 20 ZIP codes in areas that have seen recent outbreaks – Brooklyn, Queens, and Rockland and Orange counties – 7,349 tests were conducted, yielding 426 positives or a 5.8 percent positivity rate. In the remainder of the state, 138,462 tests were conducted yielding 1,410 positives or a 1.01 percent positivity rate.

“Yesterday we did 145,000 tests, which is a new record for the State of New York. That’s more tests than anyone’s doing in the United States, a new high for us,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “The tests, and the reason we’re increasing tests, is we’re testing two universes – the normal statewide testing, which is what we’ve been doing, and then testing just in the hot spot ZIP codes. Some have reported that the state’s infection rate is going up. That is not a fact and that is incorrect. The clusters are what we are watching. The clusters are 6 percent of the state population. I don’t think there’s any other state that does enough testing to even know what 6 percent of the population is doing. So don’t confuse 6 percent of the population and say it’s representative of the state.”

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization – 754 (+6)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 106
  • Number ICU – 172 (-4)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 67 (-5)
  • Deaths – 10 (Total Deaths – 25,555)

This is each region’s percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days. Orleans County is in the Finger Lakes Region.

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Medina Lions now managing a medical loan closet

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 8 October 2020 at 12:08 pm

Photos by Ginny Kropf: Jim Punch, who has agreed to oversee the medical equipment loan closet for Medina Lions, points out the many hospital beds which are available for loan. The Medina Lions have been given free storage space for the equipment at the Pickle Factory on Park Avenue.

MEDINA – The first actual meeting of Medina Lions since the Covid pandemic was packed with special announcements.

The Club met Tuesday night at Shelridge Country Club, where several special projects were unveiled and Lion’s District Governor Mike Donnor was introduced as guest speaker.

A highlight of the meeting was ja presentation by Jim Punch, who has agreed to head the Medical Equipment Loan Program which Medina Lions have taken over from Lyndonville Lions. Twenty other Medina Lions have volunteered to help with the program.

The program has been run by Lyndonville Lions for decades, with Russ Martino heading it there. Martino this year decided it was getting to be too much and he wanted to step down from his position. The program was offered to Medina Lions, who met to discuss it and decided it was something they could in keeping with their mission, “We serve.” A small portion of the program will remain in Lyndonville, with a student group from Lyndonville High School overseeing it.

The Medina Lions have been given free storage space by Roger Hungerford in the Pickle Factory on Park Avenue. The Lions spent a recent day moving in all the equipment from Martino’s barn and his parents’ home and organizing it at the Pickle Factory. The equipment includes hospital beds, wheelchairs, walkers, rollators, canes, crutches, commodes, shower chairs and other medical items.

In its first days of running the program, Punch said they had already loaned out two hospital beds.

“Our reward is the gratitude of the families we help,” Punch said. “It costs thousands to buy a hospital bed.”

“This program saves the community thousands of dollars,” said Medina Lions president Billy Roman.

Anyone in Orleans and Eastern Niagara County may borrow equipment from the loan closet by calling (585) 205-3502. In Lyndonville, calls may be made to (585) 281-4126.

Other Lion business included announcement of this year’s Parade of Lights by Jim Hancock, and acknowledgement of members who worked at the Albion soup kitchen. In addition, five new members have been inducted into the club: Frank Messore, Kelly Uderitz, Tom Beach, Annette Oakes and Tim Winters.

Jim Punch addresses the Medina Lions Club during a meeting Tuesday night at Shelridge Country Club, where he explained the medical loan closet they have taken over from Lyndonville Lions. Seated is guest speaker Lion’s District governor Mike Donnor, left, and Medina Lion’s president Billy Roman.

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Orleans reports 3 more Covid-19 cases, Genesee 2 more

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 October 2020 at 5:35 pm

In Orleans County, there are three more confirmed cases of Covid-19. The new positive individuals reside in Albion, Gaines and Ridgeway.

Two of the people are in their 50s and one person is in the 60s. The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments reported.

The individuals were not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive. Orleans has now had 323 people test positive for Covid.

The 7 new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.

Genesee County received 2 new positive cases of Covid-19 for a total of 326 positive cases.

The new positive cases reside in Elba and are both between the ages of 0-20.

The individuals were not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.

Genesee also is reporting one more recovery from Covid, while one person remains hospitalized from Covid.

To see an online map of confirmed cases in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties, click here. There are 18 active cases in Genesee, 10 in Wyoming and three in Orleans.

More from the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments:

• Flu Season: With flu season quickly approaching it is important to get your flu shots now to build up immunity. It generally takes 2 weeks before immunity is built up after getting the shot. Once you have the flu vaccine, if you do get the flu, research shows that the vaccination reduces the risk of severe illness. Getting a flu vaccine can save healthcare resources for the care of patients with Covid-19 and other illnesses.

• Testing: If you are being tested for Covid-19 it is important that you self-quarantine until you get your test results whether you have symptoms or not. If you are symptomatic, meaning you are coughing, have a fever or other symptoms, self-quarantine even if you are an essential worker until you get your results back. If you have Covid-19 you may be spreading it! That means to stay home and limit contact with other people, even in your household.

• Gathering Size: According to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.45, all non-essential gatherings of up to 50 individuals of any size for any reason (graduation parties, celebrations, weddings, or other social events at public facilities or private venues) unless otherwise designated (ex. Religious gatherings) are allowed for those regions in phase 4. So long as appropriate social distancing, wearing cloth masks/face coverings over their mouth and nose, and cleaning and disinfection protocol requirements are followed.

• Nursing Home Visitation: As of Sept. 15, the state is requiring the nursing home facilities to have visitors provide proof of negative Covid-19 test results within 7 days of visit. To find a testing site nearest you, click here or call 1-888-364-3065. Click here to view the guidance for skilled nursing facility visitation.

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New Mexico now on NY travel advisory, bringing total to 33 states

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 October 2020 at 8:30 am

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Tuesday that New Mexico has been added to New York State’s Covid-19 travel advisory. No areas have been removed.

The advisory requires individuals who have traveled to New York from areas with significant community spread to quarantine for 14 days. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or an area with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

“Mass gatherings cause infections, which cause a cluster; a cluster causes community spread – that is the natural evolution of things unless we intervene and stop the cycle,” Governor Cuomo said. “We’ve seen it in colleges, factory settings around the country, in apple plants around New York, a single restaurant on Long Island – we’ve even seen in the Rose Garden that mass gatherings spread this virus. We’re seeing clusters now in several areas in the state and we have to stop the spread before we go backwards on the progress we’ve made.”

The full list of 33 states and two territories on the travel advisory now includes: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Wyoming.

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