New Covid cases include 38 in Orleans, 48 in Genesee

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 December 2020 at 9:11 pm

Orleans also reports a death from Covid, now 60 during pandemic

There are 86 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Orleans and Genesee counties today, the local health departments reported in a daily news briefing at about 9 p.m.

• In Orleans County, there are 38 new positive cases of Covid-19 for a total of 968 cases since March.

The new positive cases are residents of Albion, Barre, Carlton, Clarendon, Murray, Ridgeway, Shelby and Yates. The individuals are in the age groups of 0-19, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 80s.

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

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

There are two Orleans residents currently hospitalized due to Covid, according to Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments.

A resident over age 65 also has passed away from Covid, bringing the total deatsh in the county due to Covid to 60 in the pandemic.

“We are saddened to report the Covid-related death of a community resident,” the Health Departments stated. “The individual was over 65 years old. We will not be releasing any further information to protect the privacy of the individual and their family. Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of this individual during this very difficult time.”

One of the new positive cases counted on Dec. 16 was determined not to be an Orleans County resident and has been deleted from the county’s total numbers.

• Lyndonville Central School was notified that a student has tested positive for Covid-19. The student hasn’t been on campus in several months, District Superintendent Jason Smith said in a letter on the district website.

There is no need for contact tracing at the school campus with this particular case, and therefore, no quarantine directives will be issued by the Health Department for students who attend school full-time on our campus and staff, Smith said.

Students who attend off-campus programs may be required to quarantine, and this information will either come from the Health Department or the student’s off-campus program provider.

• In Genesee County, there are 48 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 for a total of 1,620

positive cases since March. (Two of the new positive cases are residents at LeRoy Village Green Residential Healthcare Facility.)

The new positive cases reside in Alabama, Alexander, Batavia, Bergen, Bethany, Byron, Darien, Elba, LeRoy, Oakfield and Pavilion.

The individuals are in the age groups of 0-19, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

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

Genesee has 24 residents hospitalized due to complications from Covid.

This is each region’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days.

• State-wide Data: There were 202,772 tests reported yesterday and 10,914 were positive or 5.38 percent.

The state reported 6,147 patients hospitalized due to Covid statewide, up by 50 from the previous day. There were also 1,095 patients in the ICU, which was down by three.

There were also 120 deaths due to complications from Covid, bringing the state total to 28,222 during the pandemic.

“On Covid, let’s solidify a simple message that we can all agree with. We want to slow the spread, we want to avoid shutdowns, and together we can do it,” Governor Cuomo said. “We slow the spread by being smart during the holiday season. It’s a difficult situation and people come together. There’s a feeling of safety in your home and there’s a feeling of safety when you’re with your family, but it just takes one person who’s infected and doesn’t know it. Half the cases are from people who had no symptoms.”

• Rapid Testing: Pre-registration is required for rapid testing clinics.

Correction for the total number of positives reported for the Orleans County rapid testing clinic on Wednesday: 10 Orleans County residents tested positive, as well as 2 non-county residents, for 12 total.

Orleans County will be hosting a rapid testing clinic on Monday, Dec. 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. Click here to register online.

The focus is for asymptomatic individuals and is free. This is a self-administered rapid test at the Orleans County 4- H Fairgrounds, 12690 Rt. 31. Please use the Taylor Hill Road entrance.

If you have a printer, complete and bring your GO Health Intake Form (click here for the form). If you need assistance with online registration because you don’t have internet, call the Orleans County Health Department at 585-589- 3278.

To register for upcoming Genesee County drive-thru testing clinics on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m., click here for the registration link. If you have a printer, complete and bring your GO Health Intake Form (click here).

Anyone needing additional help for online registration may contact the Genesee County Health Department at 585-344-2580 ext. 5555. There will be no rapid test clinics on December 24th or December 31st in Genesee County.