New Covid cases reported today include 44 in Orleans, 75 in Genesee

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 December 2020 at 7:00 pm

2 counties combined pass 3,000 Covid cases since March

Orleans and Genesee counties reported a combined 119 new cases of Covid-19 today. Together the two counties have passed 3,000 cases during the pandemic with 1,118 in Orleans and 1,906 in Genesee.

The 3,024 cases is about 3 percent of the combined population of the two counties, which is 97,632, according to the 2019 U.S. Census Bureau estimates – 40,352 in Orleans and 57,280 in Genesee.

In Orleans County, there are 44 new confirmed cases reported today with the new cases in Albion, Carlton, Clarendon, Gaines, Kendall, Murray, Ridgeway, Shelby and Yates.

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

Of the new cases, 1 is a resident of Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Medina and 1 is an inmate of the Orleans Correctional Facility. Orchard Rehab has now had 62 resident test positive during the pandemic and Orleans Correctional has had 17 inmates with confirmed cases of Covid.

Of the 44 cases, 2 of the individuals were on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive, according to the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments.

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

Orleans has seven residents hospitalized due to Covid-19.

Albion Central School said an elementary school staff member and a high school student have tested positive for Covid-19 over the weekend.

The student learns remotely and the last day the staff member was in school was Tuesday, Dec. 15. Contact tracing and the quarantine of students and staff members was implemented according to health department guidelines, the district posted on its website

Medina Central School reported today a high school staff member tested positive for Covid-19. “Anyone who needs to be quarantined has already been contacted, and the Department of Health has determined that no further quarantines are required from the school,” District Superintendent Mark Kruzynski wrote in a letter on the district website.

In Genesee County, there are 75 new confirmed cases. They live in Alabama, Alexander, Batavia, Bethany, Bergen, Byron, Corfu, Darien, Elba, LeRoy, Oakfield and Stafford.

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

Of the new cases reported today, 7 are residents at LeRoy Village Green, 3 are residents at Genesee Senior Living, and 1 is a resident at Premier Genesee.

The county is reporting 57 of the previous positive individuals have recovered and have been

from the isolation list.

Genesee also has 16 residents hospitalized due to Covid, the Health Departments reported.

Due to the increased positive cases reported yesterday, the Health Departments said there was a mistake in calculating the number of active cases. The number reported was 343 but should have been listed as 247.  Today’s number is correct at 266. Orleans is at 168, the most in the pandemic for that county.

Percent Positive 7-day average as of Dec. 20 – Genesee: 10.5%; Orleans: 8.7%