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New Covid cases include 21 in Orleans, 18 in Genesee

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 April 2021 at 7:49 pm

Active cases over 200 in two counties

Genesee and Orleans counties combined are reporting 39 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total to 7,934 in the two counties during the pandemic. That includes 2,873 in Orleans and 5,061 in Genesee, the Genesee and Orleans County health Departments said in a news briefing.

In Orleans County there are 21 new positive cases reported today, and those cases are in the West Region (Yates, Ridgeway, Shelby), Central Region (Carlton, Gaines, Albion, Barre) and East Region (Kendall, Murray, Clarendon). The individuals are in the age groups of 0-19, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.

Of the new cases, 8 were on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.

Orleans is reporting 6 more of the previous positive individuals have recovered and been removed from the isolation list.

There are currently 4 of the current positive individuals are hospitalized.

Genesee County is reporting 18 new positive cases. The new positive cases are in the West Region (Alabama, Darien, Pembroke), Central Region (Alexander, Batavia, Bethany, Elba, Oakfield) and East Region (Bergen, Byron, LeRoy, Pavilion, Stafford).

The individuals are in the age groups of 0-19, 20s, 40s, 50s and 60s.

Genesee is reporting 11 more of the previous positive individuals have recovered and been removed from the isolation list.

Genesee County continues to have IT issues and the hospitalizations will be updated as soon as the issue is fixed, hopefully in the next day, the G-O Health Departments said.

Active cases: The number of active cases is up in both counties since a week ago. Orleans is up from 91 to 97 from April 21, and Genesee increased from 69 to 107. Combined the two counties are over 200 cases, increasing from 160 on April 21 to 204 today.

State will end curfew on food and beverage businesses

Posted 28 April 2021 at 10:03 am

Midnight curfew ends May 17 for outdoor areas and May 31 for indoor sites

Press Release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the 12 a.m. food and beverage service curfew will be lifted for outdoor dining areas beginning May 17 and for indoor dining areas beginning May 31.

Governor Cuomo also announced that the 1 a.m. curfew for catered events where attendees have provided proof of vaccination status or a recent negative COVID-19 test result will be lifted beginning May 17, with the curfew for all catered events set to be lifted May 31.

Additionally, the Governor announced that catered events can resume at residences beginning May 3 above the State’s residential gathering limit of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, as long as the events are staffed by a professional, licensed caterer, permitted by the respective locality or municipality, and strictly adhere to health and safety guidance, including social and event gathering limits, masks, and social distancing.

Also on May 3, the guidance for dancing among attendees at catered events will be aligned with neighboring states, replacing fixed dance zones for each table with social distancing and masks.

Finally, the Governor announced that starting May 3, seating at bars will be allowed in New York City, consistent with the food services guidance that is in effect statewide.

“Lifting these restrictions for restaurants, bars and catering companies will allow these businesses that have been devastated by the pandemic to begin to recover as we return to a new normal in a post-pandemic world,” Cuomo said. “To be clear: we will only be able to maintain this progress if everyone gets the Covid vaccine. It is the weapon that will win the war and we need everyone to take it, otherwise we risk going backward.”

Ortt: ‘Small businesses can’t afford to wait another day’

UPDATED 12:15 p.m.: State Senate Leader Rob Ortt issued this statement:

“While we are pleased that this long overdue action was finally taken by the Legislature today, there is still much more to be done – including the immediate elimination of the completely arbitrary curfew and capacity restrictions that hurt our bars and restaurants.

“The Governor may have announced that his arbitrary curfew will be lifted in a few weeks, but our small businesses can’t afford to wait another day.

“The Legislature should not only immediately repeal these nonsensical, non-scientific orders – we should also fully repeal the Governor’s emergency powers and restore local control to the officials who are best equipped to make decisions for the residents who elected them, and their local economies.

“New Yorkers are sick and tired of a Governor who transparently bases all of his decision-making on political science, not medical science. In the best interest of all New Yorkers, we must finally re-establish the Legislature as a co-equal branch.”

New York adopts CDC guidance for masks for fully vaccinated people

Posted 28 April 2021 at 9:37 am

Press Release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Tuesday that New York State will adopt the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new guidance on mask use for fully vaccinated people.

The guidelines state that fully vaccinated people, defined as two or more weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, no longer need to wear masks outdoors, except in certain crowded settings and venues.

However, masks should still be worn indoors and should still be worn by people who are not fully vaccinated. This guidance reemphasizes the importance of getting vaccinated and closely adhering to public health guidance, particularly if you are not yet vaccinated. Fully vaccinated individuals with immunocompromising conditions should consult with their healthcare provider first.

“The CDC announced new guidance today saying that when Americans who are fully vaccinated are outside, biking, hiking, running, or in small gatherings, you don’t need to wear a mask,” Cuomo said on Tuesday. “That is liberating, especially now that the weather is getting warmer. This news underscores the fact that if you get vaccinated, more freedom is available to you, and I encourage all eligible New Yorkers who have not yet received the vaccine to make an appointment today.”

According to the new CDC guidance, fully vaccinated people can engage in more activities than unvaccinated people, which include:

  • Fully vaccinated workers no longer need to be restricted from work following an exposure as long as they are asymptomatic
  • Fully vaccinated residents of non-healthcare congregate settings no longer need to quarantine following a known exposure
  • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Visit with unvaccinated people (including children) from a single household who are at low risk for severe Covid-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Participate in outdoor activities and recreation without a mask, except in certain crowded settings and venues
  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
  • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States.
  • Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
  • Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
  • Refrain from routine screening testing if asymptomatic and feasible (in nonhealthcare settings)

10 new Covid cases in Orleans, 23 more in Genesee

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 April 2021 at 4:36 pm

Active cases in 2 counties up from 153 to 180 in past 7 days

Orleans and Genesee counties combined are reporting 33 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 today, bringing the total in the two counties to 7,895 since March 2020. That includes 2,852 in Orleans and 5,043 in Genesee.

The number of active cases in the two counties is up from 153 on April 20 to 180 today. In Orleans, the actives cases is down slightly from 83 to 80 in the past seven days, while Genesee is up from 70 to 100.

Orleans County today is reporting 10 new Covid cases, and they are residents in the West Region (Yates, Ridgeway, Shelby), Central Region (Carlton, Gaines, Albion, Barre) and East Region (Kendall, Murray, Clarendon). The individuals are in the age groups of 0-19, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.

Orleans is reporting 21 more of the previous positive individuals have recovered and been removed from the isolation list.

There are currently 2 Orleans County residents hospitalized due to Covid.

In Genesee County there are 23 new positive Covid cases. The new cases are residents in the West Region (Alabama, Darien, Pembroke), Central Region (Alexander, Batavia, Bethany, Elba, Oakfield) and East Region (Bergen, Byron, LeRoy, Pavilion, Stafford). The individuals are in the age groups of 0-19, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.

Genesee has 28 more of the previous positive individuals recovered and removed from the isolation list.

Genesee County continues to have IT issues and the hospitalizations will be updated as soon as the issue is fixed, hopefully in the next day, the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments said.

Orleans moving up with its vaccination rate among counties

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 April 2021 at 9:28 am

County goes from lowest rate in early April to now tied for 3rd lowest

Orleans County in early April had the lowest vaccination rate among 62 counties in the state. But not any more. Orleans is moving up and is now tied for the third lowest rate.

The state’s Vaccine Tracker on Monday had Orleans and Fulton counties both at 32.8 percent of their populations with at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. That is  ahead of Allegany at 29.9 percent and Tioga at 32.5 percent.

Orleans, despite its improvement in the vaccination rate, is still well behind the statewide vaccination rate (with at least one dose) at 44.3 percent and the nine-county Finger Lakes Region which is at 45.4 percent.

Less than three weeks ago on April 8 Orleans was at the bottom of all counties at 25.6 percent of the residents have had at least one vaccine shot. Bronx County was the next lowest at 25.9 percent, with Fulton at 26.6 percent, Tioga at 26.7 percent and Allegany at 26.8 percent.

Orleans has been holding many mass vaccination clinics to boost the rate, and has been accepting walk-ins at those clinics and has a helpline to help others make appointments.

Here is updated data on the vaccination rates.

Lowest vaccination rates in the state

  • Allegany County (46,430 population) – 29.9 percent with at least one dose
  • Tioga County (48,560 population) – 32.5 percent with at least one dose
  • Orleans (40,612 population) – 32.8 percent with at least one dose
  • Fulton County (53,591 population) – 32.8 percent with at least one dose
  • Bronx County (1,432,132 population) – 33.1 percent with at least one dose

Nearby counties

  • Wyoming County (40,085 population) – 35.4 percent with at least one dose
  • Genesee County (57,511 population) – 39.2 percent with at least one dose
  • Niagara County (210,433 population) – 42.6 percent with at least one dose
  • Erie County (919,719 population) – 47.3 percent with at least one dose
  • Monroe County (742,474 population) – 48.1 percent with at least one dose

Businesses asked to consider hosting pop-up vaccine clinics

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 April 2021 at 6:12 pm

The Orleans and Genesee County Health Departments wants to work with local businesses to host a pop-up vaccine clinic for employees.

Businesses with 50 or more employees are urged to fill out a 4-question survey (click here) to show their interest in hosting a clinic.

The Health Departments note that all vaccine recipients must complete and pass a screening questionnaire to qualify for a vaccine.

Individuals must be at least 18 years of age to receive Moderna vaccine and 16 years of age to receive Pfizer vaccine. All individuals must be able to commit to a second dose vaccine to receive the first dose – 4 weeks after first dose for Moderna and 3 weeks for Pfizer.

In the survey, the Health Departments ask how many employees would be expected to receive the vaccine at the clinic, and whether the business has a facility where at least 20 people can be socially distanced by at least 6 feet.

30 new Covid cases in Orleans, 22 in Genesee since Friday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 April 2021 at 5:57 pm

Genesee County passes 5,000 Covid cases during pandemic

There are 52 more Covid-19 cases reported in Genesee and Orleans counties in the first update since Friday afternoon from the Genesee & Orleans County Health Departments. The 52 new cases bring the total to 7,862 for the two counties since the pandemic started about 13 months ago.

In Orleans County the 30 new positive cases bring the total to 2,842 during the pandemic. The new cases are in the West Region (Yates, Ridgeway, Shelby), Central Region (Carlton, Gaines, Albion, Barre) and East Region (Kendall, Murray, Clarendon). The individuals are in the age groups of 0-19, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 80s.

Orleans is reporting that 3 of the new cases were people on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive

Orleans also is reporting 38 more of the previous positive individuals have recovered and been removed from the isolation list.

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

Of the new cases, 2 are inmates at the Albion Correctional Facility where 52 have now tested positive.

In Genesee County, the 22 new cases push the county past 5,000 for a total of 5,020 during the pandemic. Genesee has 57,280 residents, according to the 2019 Census estimate, and 8.8 percent have now tested positive for Covid since March 2020.

The new positive cases in Genesee are in the West Region (Alabama, Darien, Pembroke), Central Region (Alexander, Batavia, Bethany, Elba, Oakfield) and East Region (Bergen, Byron, LeRoy, Pavilion, Stafford).

Genesee is reporting 1 of the new positive individuals is a resident of the NYS Veteran’s Home, where 88 residents have now tested positive.

Genesee County is having computer issues so there is limited data for Genesee County today. More information about the county’s Covid caseload is expected on Tuesday.

Slots available at vaccination clinics this week in Orleans, Genesee

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 April 2021 at 5:17 pm

There are opportunities this week for Orleans County residents to get the Covid-19 vaccine at a mass clinic.

The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments have first dose Moderna vaccination clinics with appointments available targeting those who are 18 and older and open for any New York State individuals, who reside, work or study in the state.

There will be a clinic on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Ridgeway Fire Hall on Route 104. As of 5:10 p.m., there are currently 116 appointment spots available. Click here to register.

There will be a clinic Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon at GCC in Batavia at the college’s athletic center. There are currently 169 spots available. Click here to register.

Walk-ins will be accepted at both clinics from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

“We want to see all of these clinics filled up with those who can also commit to returning for the second dose of the Moderna vaccine 28 days later,” said Paul Pettit, public health director in the two counties.

Vaccine registration help line: Both counties are offering vaccination clinic registration via phone – these numbers are for Covid vaccination registration only.

In Orleans, call (585) 589-3170. In Genesee, call (585) 815-7168. For both numbers ask for the vaccine registration help line. The vaccine registration help line is not associated with either Public Health Department. The individuals who answer the phone can only assist with registering for a Covid-19 clinic.

Covid has caused many children to miss important vaccines

Posted 24 April 2021 at 3:27 pm

National Infant Immunization Week highlights breakthroughs in preventing many diseases

Press Release, Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments

National Infant Immunization Week is April 24-May 1, 2021. This is an annual observance highlighting the importance of protecting children two years and younger from vaccine-preventable diseases. It is also a week to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting health communities.

Vaccinations play a key role in protecting our children and our community from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases. They are the most successful and cost-effective public health tool available for preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases as well as preventing death.

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, some infants and children have missed or delayed routinely recommended vaccinations.

“Childhood vaccinations are one of the best ways to protect infants and children from vaccine-preventable diseases before the age of 2,” stated Paul Pettit, Public Health Director for Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments. “Diseases like whooping cough (pertussis) and the measles can be serious for infants and children. That is why it is important to stay on track with well-child visits and the recommended vaccination schedule.”

“Please check with your healthcare provider to make sure your children are up to date on the recommended vaccination schedule, even during the pandemic.” Pettit stated. “Doctor’s offices are taking the necessary precautions to keep you safe and help prevent the spread of Covid-19.”

To learn more about vaccinations and to view the latest immunization schedule visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines or speak with your healthcare provider.

16 more Covid cases in Orleans, 21 in Genesee

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 April 2021 at 4:37 pm

Orleans and Genesee counties combined are reporting 37 more cases of Covid-19 today for a total of 7,810 cases for the two counties during the pandemic. That includes 4,998 in Genesee and 2,812 in Orleans, according to today’s update from the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments.

In the past seven days Genesee reported 95 new cases of Covid while Orleans has 92 new cases.

In Orleans County there are 16 new positive cases and they are in the West Region (Yates, Ridgeway, Shelby), Central Region (Carlton, Gaines, Albion, Barre) and East Region (Kendall, Murray, Clarendon). The individuals are in the age groups of 0-19, 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s.

Orleans is 11 more of the previous positive individuals have recovered and have been removed

from the isolation list.

Of the new cases, 6 were previously on quarantine prior to testing positive.

Orleans currently has 4 residents hospitalized due to Covid.

Albion Central School said today a middle school student tested positive for Covid-19. The student was last in school on April 22. The Department of Health has contacted and those deemed to have been in close contact with the student have been notified. On Thursday, Albion reported two high school students tested positive for Covid.

Medina Central School reported today that a high school staff member and high school student tested positive for Covid. The Department of Health has investigated in cooperation with the district and determined no further quarantines need to take place, Mark Kruzynski, Medina superintendent, said on the district website.


In Genesee County there are 21 new positive cases and they reside in the West Region (Alabama, Darien, Pembroke), Central Region (Alexander, Batavia, Bethany, Elba, Oakfield) and East Region (Bergen, Byron, LeRoy, Pavilion, Stafford). The individuals are in the age groups of 0-19, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.

Genesee is reporting 19 more of the previous positive individuals have recovered and been removed from the isolation list.

Genesee currently has 7 residents hospitalized due to Covid.

The county also announced a resident under age 65 from the community has died due to Covid. “We are saddened to report the loss of one community resident,” the Genesee and Orleans County health Departments stated. “We do not provide any further information to protect the privacy of the individuals and their families. Our deepest condolences to the families and friends during this very difficult time.”

Active Cases: The number of active cases in the two counties is currently 185, which is up from 160 a week ago. Orleans is up from 74 to 101 cases, while Genesee has seen a decline from 86 to 84.

Vaccine registration help line: Both counties are offering vaccination clinic registration via phone – these numbers are for Covid vaccination registration only.

In Orleans, call (585) 589-3170. In Genesee, call (585) 815-7168. For both numbers ask for the vaccine registration help line. The vaccine registration help line is not associated with either Public Health Department. The individuals who answer the phone can only assist with registering for a Covid-19 clinic, they cannot answer Covid-related questions.

New Covid cases reported today include 11 in Orleans, 17 in Genesee

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 April 2021 at 5:10 pm

Genesee and Orleans today are reporting 27 more confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the two counties, bringing the total to 7,773 during the pandemic. That includes 2,796 in Orleans and 4,977 in Genesee in the past 13 months.

In Orleans County there are 11 more positive Covid cases and they are in the West Region (Yates, Ridgeway, Shelby), Central Region (Carlton, Gaines, Albion, Barre) and East Region (Kendall, Murray, Clarendon).

The individuals are in the age groups of 0-19, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s, the Genesee and Orleans County health Departments said in a daily news briefing.

Orleans has 5 more recoveries who have been removed from the isolation list. Of the new cases, 2 were previously on quarantine prior to testing positive.

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

One of the new positive individuals is an inmate at the Albion Correctional Facility, where 50 of the women inmates have now tested positive during the pandemic.

In Genesee County there are 16 new positive Covid cases and they reside in the West Region (Alabama, Darien, Pembroke), Central Region (Alexander, Batavia, Bethany, Elba, Oakfield) and East Region (Bergen, Byron, LeRoy, Pavilion, Stafford). The individuals are in the age groups of 0-19, 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s.

Genesee is reporting 2 more of the previous positive individuals have recovered and been removed from the isolation list.

There are currently 7 of the Genesee residents hospitalized due to Covid.

Active cases: The number of active cases in the two counties is at 180 today, which is up from 162 seven days ago. The cases in Genesee County have dropped from 86 to 84 in the past week, while they are up in Orleans from 76 to 96.


Vaccinations: To check for vaccination clinics in Genesee and Orleans counties, click here. For more information about the vaccine and access for those who are 60 and older who do not have internet access, please contact your respective Office for the Aging (OFA).

For Orleans OFA, please call 585-589-3191 between 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and leave a message if you get voicemail and someone will return the call.

For Genesee OFA, please call 585-813-2457 for Covid-19 vaccine assistance between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and leave a message if you get voicemail and someone will return the call.

The OFA offices can only assist with the clinic links as they are available. The system may experience slowdowns and crashing due to high volume. Please be patient and try again later.

Covid Testing: For free rapid testing, click here. The links will be live when there is a clinic scheduled and there are open appointments. Clinics will be limited and determined week-by-week.

New Covid cases include 20 in Orleans, 4 in Genesee

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 April 2021 at 5:44 pm

Active cases in Orleans up from 61 to 90 in past seven days

There are 24 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 reported today for Orleans and Genesee counties, bringing the total in the two counties to 7,746 in the past 13 months of the pandemic. That includes 2,785 in Orleans and 4,961 in Genesee, according to a daily update from the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments.

In Orleans County there are 20 new positive cases and those are in the West Region (Yates, Ridgeway, Shelby), Central Region (Carlton, Gaines, Albion, Barre) and East Region (Kendall, Murray, Clarendon). The individuals are in the age groups of 0-19, 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s.

Of the new cases, 2 were previously on quarantine prior to testing positive.

Orleans is reporting 12 more of the previous positive individuals have recovered and been removed from the isolation list.

There are 4 Orleans County residents currently hospitalized due to Covid.

Medina Central School reported two students in the elementary school tested positive for Covid. The Department of Health has investigated and, in cooperation with the school district, has contacted anyone who needs to be placed in quarantine, Mark Kruzynski, district superintendent, said in a letter on the district website.


In Genesee County there are 4 new positive cases and they are in the Central Region (Alexander, Batavia, Bethany, Elba, Oakfield). The individuals are in the 20s, 30s and 40s.

Genesee is reporting 6 more of the previous positive individuals have recovered and been removed from the isolation list.

There are currently 7 Genesee residents hospitalized due to Covid.

A Genesee County resident over age 65 also has passed away from Covid. The person was in the community, and not in a facility. Genesee has now had 122 residents die from Covid. Orleans has had 83 Covid-related deaths.

“We do not provide any further information to protect the privacy of the individuals and their families,” the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments said. “Our deepest condolences to the families and friends during this very difficult time.”

Active cases: The number of active cases in the two counties is up from 143 on April 14 to 160 today. In Orleans, the active cases is up from 60 to 91, while Genesee has seen the cases drop from 83 to 69.

Vaccine clinics: The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments encourage people to check the health page (click here) for upcoming vaccination clinics. Those clinics are targeted for Genesee and Orleans residents but open to residents who live, work and/or study in New York State.

Both counties are offering vaccination clinic registration via phone. These numbers are for Covid vaccination registration only. In Genesee, call (585) 815-7168. In Orleans, call (585) 589-3170. For both numbers ask for the vaccine registration help line.

Vaccination clinics Thursday and Saturday will have Pfizer vaccine for 16 and older

Posted 21 April 2021 at 10:18 am

Press Release, Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments

The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments have first dose Pfizer vaccination clinics with appointments available targeting those who are 16 and older.

The clinics will be Thursday at the Ridgeway fire hall and Saturday at Genesee Community College in Batavia. The vaccine doses are open for any New York State individuals who reside, work or study in the state.

Currently in New York, being fully vaccinated will begin to offer opportunities that have been limited for the past year. Anyone who is fully vaccinated (2 weeks after the J&J vaccine or the second dose of Pfizer and Moderna) will be able to participate in various activities without having to be tested for entry for events such as professional sports, weddings with over 100 guests, proms, graduations and more.

Also, when fully vaccinated, the individual will not have to quarantine if they are exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. Most importantly, you are protecting your health along with others you come in contact with.

“We want to see all of these clinics filled up with those who can also commit to returning for the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine 21 days later,” said Paul Pettit, public health director in Genesee and Orleans counties.

Visit the Genesee and Orleans vaccination web page by clicking here. Choose either the GCC Pfizer Clinic or the Orleans Pfizer Clinic button and follow the directions.

Keep the link handy, as there are Moderna clinics scheduled on April 27th at Ridgeway Fire Hall and on the 28th at GCC. The buttons are live when we have that particular vaccine available. If the clinic is full or we do not have vaccine, it will show “No Appointments Available.” Please share this information with family, friends, co-workers and social groups.

For those who do not have internet they can call the GO Health Vaccine Registration Help Lines – Genesee: 585-815-7168 and Orleans: 585-589-3170.

These lines are only to make vaccine appointments, are not able to answer Covid-related questions, and are not associated with either Health Department.

If you are interested in making an appointment to get your Covid-19 vaccination, now is the time to do it locally!

New Covid cases include 9 in Orleans, 21 in Genesee

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 April 2021 at 4:33 pm

182 cases reported in past 7 days in 2 counties

There are 30 more confirmed cases of Covid-19 reported today combined for Orleans and Genesee counties, bringing the total for the two counties to 7,722 in the past 13 months of the pandemic. That includes 4,957 in Genesee and 2,765 in Orleans.

There have been 182 new cases in the two counties in the past 7 days, including 96 in Genesee and 86 in Orleans.

In Orleans County there are 9 new positive cases reported today and those cases are in West Region (Yates, Ridgeway, Shelby), Central Region (Carlton, Gaines, Albion, Barre) and East Region (Kendall, Murray, Clarendon). The individuals are in their 30s, 40s, 60s, 70s and 80s.

Orleans is reporting 7 more of the previous positive individuals have recovered and been removed from the isolation list.

Of the new cases reported today, 1 was previously on quarantine prior to testing positive, according to the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments.

There are currently 4 Orleans residents hospitalized due to Covid.

Albion Central School reported today a student from the Elementary School has tested positive for Covid-19. As the student was last in school on April 20, those deemed to have been in close proximity with the student have been contacted by the Department of Health, the school district stated on its website.

Lyndonville Central School said on Monday that the district was notified over the past weekend that one student tested positive for Covid-19. The Health Department  determined that some students will need to be quarantined, and those families have already been contacted.

Medina Central School on Monday reported six students tested positive for Covid, including 3 in the high school, 2 in the middle school and 1 in the elementary school.

The Department of Health, in cooperation with the school district, has notified people who need to be quarantined.

The high school will be operating virtually with students fully remote through Monday, April 26. All school-sponsored sporting events, including practices and games, are suspended through April 26. Medina expects to reopen the high school on April 27.


In Genesee County there are 21 more new positive cases, with those in the West Region (Alabama, Darien, Pembroke), Central Region (Alexander, Batavia, Bethany, Elba, Oakfield) and East Region (Bergen, Byron, LeRoy, Pavilion, Stafford). The individuals are in the age groups of 0-19, 20s, 30s, 50s, 60s and 70s.

Genesee is reporting 27 more of the previous positive individuals have recovered and been removed from the isolation list.

There are currently 7 Genesee residents hospitalized due to Covid.

Vaccine clinics: The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments encourage people to check the health page (click here) for upcoming vaccination clinics. Those clinics are targeted for Genesee and Orleans residents but open to residents who live, work and/or study in New York State.

Both counties are offering vaccination clinic registration via phone. These numbers are for Covid vaccination registration only. In Genesee, call (585) 815-7168. In Orleans, call (585) 589-3170. For both numbers ask for the vaccine registration help line.

New Covid cases since Friday include 36 in Orleans, 33 in Genesee

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 April 2021 at 4:43 pm

There are 69 new confirmed Covid-19 cases since Friday afternoon in Genesee and Orleans counties, bringing the total to 7,692 in the two counties during the pandemic, including 2,756 in Orleans and 4,936 in Genesee.

In Orleans County there are 36 new cases since last Friday. Those cases are in the West Region (Yates, Ridgeway, Shelby), Central Region (Carlton, Gaines, Albion, Barre) and East Region (Kendall, Murray, Clarendon). The individuals are in the age groups of 0-19, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.

Of the new cases, 9 were previously on quarantine prior to testing positive, the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments said.

Orleans is reporting 24 more of the previous positive individuals have recovered and have been removed from the isolation list.

Five of the new cases are inmates at the Albion Correctional Facility, where 49 have now tested positive during the pandemic.

There are 3 Orleans County residents hospitalized due to Covid.

In Genesee County there are 33 new confirmed cases of Covid, and those cases are in the West Region (Alabama, Darien, Pembroke), Central Region (Alexander, Batavia, Bethany, Elba, Oakfield) and East Region (Bergen, Byron, LeRoy, Pavilion, Stafford). The individuals are in the age groups of 0-19, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

Genesee is reporting 39 more of the previous positive individuals have recovered and have been removed from the isolation list.

There are currently 7 Genesee residents hospitalized due to Covid.

Active cases down in Genesee, up in Orleans since a week ago: The number of active cases in the two counties is at 159 today, which is down 10 from a week ago. In Genesee the active cases decreased from 92 to 78, while in Orleans the cases are up from 77 to 81 in the past seven days.

Vaccine clinics: The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments encourage people to check the health page (click here) for upcoming vaccination clinics. Those clinics are targeted for Genesee and Orleans residents but open to residents who live, work and/or study in New York State.

Both counties are offering vaccination clinic registration via phone. These numbers are for Covid vaccination registration only. In Genesee, call (585) 815-7168. In Orleans, call (585) 589-3170. For both numbers ask for the vaccine registration help line.