New Covid cases reported today include 11 in Orleans, 9 in Genesee
Students urged to get vaccinated ahead of prom, graduation
There are 20 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 to report today in Genesee and Orleans counties, bringing the combined total to 7,974 cases in the two counties since March 2020. That includes 5,077 in Genesee and 2,897 in Orleans. Since last Friday, there are 164 more cases in the two counties, with 79 in Genesee and 85 in Orleans.
In Orleans County there are 11 new positive cases reported today 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, 50s, 60s, and 70s.
Five of the new positive individuals were on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive, the Genesee and Orleans County health Departments said this afternoon.
Orleans is reporting 15 more of the previous positive individuals have recovered and been removed from the isolation list.
There are currently 3 Orleans residents hospitalized due to Covid.
One of the newly positive individuals is an inmate at the Albion Correctional Facility, where 53 inmates have now tested positive for Covid during the pandemic.
In Genesee County there are 9 new positive cases of Covid reported today, and they 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 reported 18 more of the previous positive individuals have recovered and been removed from the isolation list.
There are currently 7 Genesee County residents hospitalized due to Covid.
Active Cases: The number of active cases in both counties is down from a week ago as recoveries outpace new infections. There were 185 active cases on April 23, compared to 163 today in the two counties. Genesee has dropped from 84 to 69 in the past week, and Orleans is down from 101 to 94.
Groups asked to host a vaccination clinic: The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments is encouraging businesses, churches and organizations to consider hosting vaccination clinics for their employees, members and their families. Click here to fill out a short survey about hosting a vaccine clinic.
Prom (Graduation) Pointers from the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments:
- Get vaccinated now to be able to participate in end-of-the-year school celebrations without having to be tested or miss out because you were exposed to someone who tested positive for Covid-19.
- All proms with over 100 participants (students and chaperones) are required to either be fully vaccinated (2 weeks after single dose Johnson & Johnson or 2 weeks after 2nd dose of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines) or have a valid negative test for Covid-19. If the individual has a PCR test it is good for up to 72 hours. The rapid antigen tests are only good for 6 hours on the day of the event, so timing to get that test is important.
- Limiting contacts with non-vaccinated individuals, proper mask wearing (covering nose & mouth), frequent handwashing, social distancing at least 6 feet from non-household members at least 2 weeks before your prom (or graduation) may protect you from missing this milestone event.
- If you test positive you will not be allowed to attend the event and it will also affect your contacts who are not fully vaccinated to not be able to attend.
- Getting the vaccine with plenty of time to become ‘fully vaccinated’ is the only way to assure you won’t miss these end-of-the-year celebrations.
Graduation Guidance for end-of-academic year celebrations: Click here for the guidance from the State Department of Health.