New Covid cases reported today include 30 in Orleans, 52 in Genesee

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 December 2020 at 4:50 pm

Orleans Correctional Facility has 12 new confirmed cases

The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments reported 82 new confirmed cases in the two counties today.

In Orleans County there are 30 new positive cases of Covid-19 and the county is close to reaching 1,000 cases since March. Orleans currently stands at 998 cases during the pandemic.

The new confirmed cases today reside in Albion, Carlton, Clarendon, Gaines, Murray, Ridgeway and Shelby.

The individuals are in the age groups of 0-19, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. Only 2 of the individuals were on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.

The new cases also include 12 inmates at Orleans Correctional Facility. That men’s prison has now had 15 inmates test positive. The women’s prison, the Albion Correctional Facility, has had 12 inmates test positive during the pandemic.

Orleans is also reporting that 25 of the previous positive individuals have recovered and been removed from the isolation list.

There are two residents currently hospitalized due to Covid-19.

• Kendall Central School was notified today that an elementary school has tested positive for Covid-19. The student was last in school on Thursday, Dec. 17.

“School will continue as scheduled and we will monitor the situation and work with health officials,” Julie Christensen, the district superintendent, said in a letter posted on the district website.

Department of Health contact tracers will call people who are considered close contacts. That process may be delayed due to a high number of cases in the county and region. Christensen said the school nurse may contact some people if there is a chance they are a close contact. Those people should stay home until determined otherwise by the Department of Health, Christensen said.

In Genesee County there are 52 new positive cases of Covid-19 for a total of 1,672 confirmed cases during the pandemic.

The new positive cases reside in Alabama, Alexander, Batavia, Bergen, Byron, Corfu, Darien, Elba, LeRoy and Oakfield. The individuals are in the age groups of 0-19, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

Nine of the new cases are residents of nursing homes with 6 at LeRoy Village Green Residential Healthcare Facility, 2 at the New York State Veterans Home in Batavia, and 1 at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia.

Genesee is reporting 18 of the previous positive individuals have recovered and been removed from the isolation list.

The county has a new high of residents hospitalized due to Covid with 29.

• 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 Town and Country Restaurant in Batavia in Batavia on Dec. 13, between 3 and 4 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.