New Covid cases today include 21 in Orleans and 31 in Genesee

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 December 2020 at 4:23 pm

In past week Orleans reports 143 new cases while Genesee has 251 more

Orleans and Genesee counties combined are reporting 52 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 today. That brings the totals in the past seven days to 143 new cases in Orleans and 251 more in Genesee County.

In Orleans County, there are 21 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 reported today, bringing the total to 829 positive cases since March. For the first time, one of the new cases is an inmate at the Orleans Correctional Facility, a men’s prison on Gaines Basin Road.

The new positive cases reported today in the county reside in Albion, Barre, Carlton, Clarendon, Gaines, Murray, Ridgeway, Shelby and Yates. The individuals are in the age groups of 0-19, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.

One of the cases is a resident of Orchard Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, a nursing home on Bates Road in Medina.

Of the new cases, nine were on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive, the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments said in a new briefing at about 4 p.m.

Orleans is reporting 14 of the previous positive individuals have recovered and been removed from the isolation list.

The county has three residents hospitalized due to Covid-19.

• Holley Central School is reporting a bus driver has tested positive for Covid-19. The last day the driver worked was Tuesday, Dec. 8.

“The Health Department is still processing this case with the driver and we will cooperate with them,” Brian Bartalo, district superintendent, said in a letter on the district website. “If warranted, any official communication for mandatory quarantining of students or staff members will come directly from the health department. If the health department indicates to us that there is quarantining required for the students who rode that bus, we will reach out to those families ASAP. In the meantime, if you don’t hear from the school district or the department of health, there’s nothing for anyone to do at this time.”

• Kendall Central School is reporting the first student in the district has tested positive for Covid-19. The student is in the elementary school and was last in the building on Dec. 3. No students or staff need to be quarantined and school will continue as scheduled, according to a letter from Julie Christensen, the district superintendent.

• Medina Central School is reporting a high school student tested positive for Covid-19 and a middle school staff member also tested positive. The Health Department has worked with the school district to see if any students or other staff need to be quarantined. Those school contacts have been notified. The Health Department may reach out to others if they determine there was potential Covid exposure outside of the school, District Superintendent Mark Kruzynski said in a letter on the district’s website.

In Genesee County, there are 31 new positive cases of Covid-19 for a total of 1,337 positive cases since March.

The new positive cases reside in Alabama, Batavia, Bergen, Byron, Darien, LeRoy, Oakfield, Pembroke and Stafford.

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

Genesee is reporting 42 of the previous positive individuals have recovered and been removed from the isolation list.

The county has 22 people hospitalized due to Covid, a high for Genesee during the pandemic.

• 3-county data: Click here to see an online map of confirmed cases in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties. There are currently 443 active cases, which is down from 449 on Thursday.

Orleans has a new record high of 144 active cases, which is up from 139 on Thursday, 122 on Wednesday, 92 on Tuesday and 89 on Monday.

Genesee, which had 269 active cases on Monday, has been able to reduce that number to 176 today.

Wyoming has 123 actives cases, which ties its record high from Thursday. The 123 is up from 110 on Wednesday, which matched the previous high set on Dec. 4.