New Covid cases reported today include 26 in Orleans, 123 in Genesee

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 December 2020 at 6:58 pm

In Genesee, new cases include 43 nursing home residents from 3 sites; Genesee passes 2,000 cases

Message from the Genesee & Orleans County Health Departments: Due to the Christmas holiday, we will not be reporting out on Friday. Monday’s report will include Friday and the weekend coverage. We would like to take this time to wish everyone a healthy, safe and Merry Christmas! Please limit contact and time with non-household members, wash hands frequently and wear a mask/face covering to limit the spread.

Orleans and Genesee counties are reporting 149 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 today. The two counties combined now have had 3,238 confirmed cases since March.

In Orleans County, there are 26 new positive cases, bringing the county’s total to 1,159 positive cases since March.

The new positive cases reside in the West Region (Yates, Ridgeway, Shelby), Central Region (Carlton, Gaines, Albion, Barre) and the East Region (Kendall, Murray, Clarendon).

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

Of the new cases, 2 of the individuals were on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.

Of the new cases, 8 are inmates of the Orleans Correctional Facility. That men’s prison has now had 29 inmates test positive for Covid.

The county is reporting that 19 of the previous positive individuals have recovered and been removed from the isolation list.

There are 8 residents from Orleans County hospitalized due to Covid.

In Genesee County, there are 123 new positive cases of Covid for a total of 2,079 positive cases.

The new positive cases reside in the West Region (Alabama, Darien, Pembroke), Central Region (Alexander, Batavia, Bethany, Corfu, Elba, Oakfield) and East Region (Bergen, Byron, LeRoy, Stafford and Pavilion).

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

Genesee is reporting 38 of the previous positive individuals have recovered and been removed from the isolation list.

The county has 29 residents hospitalized due to Covid, which is up from 14 on Monday.

Of the new cases, 23 are residents at Genesee Senior Living, 13 are residents at LeRoy Village Green, 7 are residents at New York State Veterans Home in Batavia and 1 is an inmate at the Buffalo Federal Detention Center in Batavia. The Health Departments also said one positive case previously reported as a resident of Premier Genesee is actually a resident of Genesee Senior Living.

• 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.

The Health Departments encourage all businesses and organizations 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 the health officials are able to contact potential close contacts.

For people at Tully’s in Batavia on Dec. 13, between noon and 1:30 p.m., and for people at Fortunes in Batavia on Dec. 13, between 3 and 8 p.m., 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.