New Covid cases reported today include 13 in Orleans, 11 in Genesee

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 5 February 2021 at 4:26 pm

Active cases in 2 counties drops from 292 a week ago to 222 today

Orleans and Genesee counties combined are reporting 24 new confirmed cases for 6,190 since last March, the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments reported this afternoon in a news briefing.

The two counties also currently have 222 active cases, which is down from 292 a week ago.

In Orleans County there 13 new positive cases of Covid-19 for a total of 2,265 positive cases since last March.

The positive cases reside 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, 5 were on quarantine prior to testing positive. One of the new cases is an inmate at the Orleans Correctional Facility, a men’s prison in Albion.

Orleans also is reporting 26 more of the previous positive individuals have recovered and been removed from the isolation list. The number of active cases in the county has dropped from 127 to 111 in the past week.

Orleans also is reporting 3 of the current positive individuals are hospitalized.

Albion Central School reported a student from the High School has tested positive for Covid-19. The student is a hybrid learner and was last in the building on Jan. 21. Due to the 48-hour look-back period, the Department of Health determined there is no need to quarantine any additional students or staff, the district stated on its website.

Holley Central School is reporting that two students have tested positive for Covid-19. One student attends the Alternative HS program at the Elementary School, whose last day in-person was Jan. 22. The other attends the MS/HS, whose last day in-person was Feb. 4.

The health department has indicated that there is currently no additional quarantining required of other students or staff members due to close contact with these particular cases. These cases are not connected to the report from yesterday, Brian Bartalo, the district superintendent, said in a letter on the district website.

Medina Central School said today a middle school student tested positive. The Department of Health is working with the school district to identify any potential close contacts and is notifying families who may have to quarantine, Mark Kruzynski, the district superintendent, said in letter on the district website.


In Genesee County there are 11 new positive cases for a total of 3,925 positive cases since last March.

The new positive cases 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, 60s and 80s.

Genesee is reporting 30 more of the previous positive individuals have recovered and been removed from the isolation list. The number of active cases in the county has dropped from 165 to 111 in the past week.

Genesee has 18 residents currently hospitalized due to Covid.

There has also been another Covid-related death reported in the county, bringing that total to 111 since last March.

“The individual was over the age of 65,” the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments stated. “We will not be reporting any further information to protect the privacy of the individual and their family. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this individual at this very sad time.”