New Covid cases reported today include 25 in Orleans, 91 in Genesee

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 5 January 2021 at 4:31 pm

Hospitalizations due to Covid rise in both counties

The two counties of Genesee and Orleans are reporting 116 more confirmed cases of Covid, and both counties are seeing an increase in hospitalizations due to Covid, the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments reported this afternoon.

In Orleans County, there are 25 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 reported today, bringing the total to 1,502 positive cases since March.

The new 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, 70s and 80s.

Of the new cases, only 1 was on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive, the Health Departments reported.

Orleans also is reporting 20 more of the previous positive individuals have recovered and been removed from the isolation list.

The county has 19 residents currently hospitalized with Covid, up from 16 on Monday..

In Genesee County, there are 91 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 for a total of 2,706 cases since 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, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

Of the new cases, 1 is a resident at the LeRoy Village Green Residential Healthcare Facility, where 90 residents have now tested positive for Covid during the pandemic.

Genesee also has 35 more of the previous positive individuals recover and be removed from the isolation list.

Genesee has 21 residents hospitalized with Covid, up from 11 on Monday and 4 last Wednesday.

Genesee also is reporting two more deaths from Covid, both nursing home residents. One was a resident of Genesee Senior Living and the other lived at Leroy Village Green Residential Healthcare Facility. Both of the individuals were over 65 years old.

Genesee has now had 26 residents die since Dec. 1 due to a Covid-related illness.

• Health Alert – People should monitor themselves for symptoms of Covid-19 if they were at Denny’s Restaurant in Batavia from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 29 or Dec. 30.

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.

• Vaccine Information: Limited clinics are now open for only those in the Priority Group 1A. As of this release the following are included in this group:

  • All outpatient/ambulatory frontline, high-risk health care workers of any age who provide direct in-person patient care, or other staff in a position in which they have direct contact with patients (i.e. intake staff) will be eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. This includes but is not limited to individuals who work in private medical practices, hospital-affiliated medical practices, public health clinics, specialty medical practices of all types, dental practices of all types, dialysis workers, diagnostic and treatment centers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, phlebotomists, behavioral health workers, and student health workers.
  • All frontline, high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients, including those conducting Covid-19 tests, those handling Covid-19 lab specimens and Covid-19 vaccinations.
  • Home care workers and aides, hospice workers, personal care aides, and consumer-directed personal care workers,
  • Staff and residents of nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities and adult care facilities.

For Genesee County 585-344-2580 ext. 5555 or e-mail For Orleans County 585-589-3278 or To check eligibility, click here.

The vaccine availability is limited and determined by the state. For more information on when it will be available for the general public, keep checking the Genesee and Orleans County Health Department websites or the NYS Department of Health website.