New Covid cases include 55 in Orleans, 109 in Genesee

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 December 2020 at 4:37 pm

2 deaths due to Covid also reported in Genesee

The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments are reporting 164 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the two counties since the last update on Friday afternoon.

In Orleans County, there are 55 new cases since Friday, bringing the county’s total to 884 cases since March.

The new positive cases are residents of Albion, Barre, Carlton, Clarendon, Gaines, Kendall, Murray, Ridgeway and Shelby. The individuals are in the age groups of 0-19, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.

Of the new cases, 16 were on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive. The county is also reporting 67 of the previous positive individuals have recovered and been removed from the isolation list.

In Orleans, 4 of the current positive individuals are hospitalized.

Albion Central School was notified today that three high school students and one elementary student tested positive for Covid-19 over the weekend. Two of the high school students learn remotely while the third high schooler and elementary student are both hybrid learners, the district said.

The last day the hybrid students were in school was Tuesday, Dec. 8. Contact tracing and the quarantine of students and staff members was implemented according to Health Department guidelines.

Medina Central School notified the community that six students have tested positive since the last update on Friday, which includes four in the high school, one in the middle school and one in the elementary school.

The four in the high school were on precautionary quarantine and the Health Department has determined no further quarantines are required from school contract, District Superintendent Mark Kruzynski said in a letter to the community today.

The middle school student also was on precautionary quarantine, and the elementary student is 100 percent remote learning. No further quarantines are needed with both students and their school contacts, Kruzynski said.

In Genesee County, there are 109 new positive cases of Covid-19 since Friday, bringing the Genesee total to 1,446 positive cases since March.

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

The individuals are in the age groups of 0-19, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. (Of the new cases 13 are residents at the New York State Veterans Home in Batavia.)

Genesee is reporting 97 of the previous positive individuals have recovered and been removed from the isolation list.

Genesee has 21 residents hospitalized due to Covid, according to the news briefing from the Health Departments.

Genesee also was notified of 2 deaths of community members due from Covid. One of the individuals was over age 65 and the other was under 65.

“To protect the individual and their family we will not be releasing any further information,” the G-O Health Departments said. “We express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this community member during this very difficult time.”

Genesee has now had 12 residents die from Covid in December and 19 since March.

• Yellow Micro-Cluster Zone: Batavia and part of Genesee County have been designated as a being in a Yellow micro-cluster zone. The state hasn’t updated the map yet. Click here to be directed to the state website on micro-cluster zones.

The following restrictions are now in place in these identified locations:

  • for non-residential gatherings – 25 people maximum, indoors and outdoors
  • residential gatherings – 10 people maximum, indoors and outdoors
  • House of Worship – 50% of maximum capacity
  • Businesses are open
  • Dining indoor and outdoor dining permitted with 4 person maximum per table, and bars and restaurants close at 10:00 p.m. for on-premises consumption
  • Schools are open with 20% weekly testing of in-person students and faculty.

”We continue to encourage everyone whether located in a micro-cluster zone or not to limit gatherings as much as possible, properly wear masks/face coverings, social distance at least 6 feet, frequently wash/sanitize your hands and frequently shared surfaces to minimize the spread,” the G-O Health Departments said. “If the rates continue to increase further restrictions are possible.”

• Health Alert – This is a new format for announcing when there is a time when the G-O Health Departments cannot contact potential close contacts. This will replace several press releases and will be reported as needed.

We encourage all businesses to take down names/contact information and time in attendance at their business to assist with contact tracing should someone be positive for Covid-19. This may eliminate the need for a press alert if we are able to contact potential close contacts.):

For people at the three locations above during the stated times, they should monitor for symptoms of Covid-19. If the symptoms develop, contact a primary care provider to seek testing immediately and self-isolate until the test results are received.

Symptoms of Covid-19 include but are not limited to fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

• 3-county data (active cases decline): Click here to see an online map of confirmed cases in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties. There are currently 409 active cases in the three counties, which is down from 443 on Friday.

Genesee has 173 actives cases, Orleans has 132 and Wyoming is at 104.