New Covid cases today include 30 in Orleans, 23 in Genesee

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 December 2020 at 4:31 pm

The new confirmed Covid-19 cases today include 53 combined for Orleans and Genesee counties, as well as 60 recoveries for people who contracted the virus.

In Orleans County, there are 30 new positive cases of Covid-19, bringing the total to 808 cases since March.

The new positive cases reside in Albion, Barre, Carlton, Clarendon, Gaines, Murray, Ridgeway, Shelby and Yates. One of the new cases is a resident of Orchard Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Medina.

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

Orleans is reporting 6 of the individuals were on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.

The county also has had 12 of the previous positive individuals recover and be removed from the isolation list.

There are five people from the county hospitalized due to complications from Covid-19.

• Albion Central School was informed today that a staff member from the elementary school tested positive for Covid-19. The Health Department has completed contact tracing for the staff member and contacted those identified as close contacts.

• Holley Central School yesterday said an elementary school staff member and four Holley students tested positive for Covid-19.

The last day the staff member was in school was Wednesday, December 2. None of the students (three at the elementary and one at the Middle/High School) have been in school since Nov. 23 (prior to Thanksgiving), District Superintendent Brian Bartalo posted on the district website.

Since the students have not been in school for over two weeks, there will not be contract tracing for them. The Department of Health is processing the case with the staff member and the district will cooperate with the health officials.

• Medina Central School is reporting five new confirmed cases, with two students and one staff member in the high school, and two students in the middle school. The Health Department determined no school-related quarantines needed for the two cases in the middle school, while the Health Department and school district worked to determine which students and staff will need to be quarantined, according to a letter on the district website from Mark Kruzynski, the district superintendent.

In Genesee County there are 23 new confirmed cases of Covid-19, bringing Genesee’s total to 1,306 positive cases since March.

The new positive cases reside in Alexander, Batavia, Bergen, Byron, Darien, LeRoy and Pembroke. One of the new cases is a resident at the VA Medical Center in Batavia.

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

Genesee also is reporting 48 of the previous positive individuals have recovered and been removed from the isolation list.

The county has 21 residents hospitalized due to Covid.

• Rapid Testing: Orleans County will be hosting a rapid testing clinic on Dec. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. The focus is for asymptomatic individuals and is free. This is a self-administered rapid test at the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds, 12690 Rt. 31 in Knowlesville. Enter the fairgrounds from the Taylor Hill Road entrance.

To schedule a test for the Orleans County drive-through clinic, register on-line (click here). To access the Rapid Test Intake Form, click here. The filled out form should be printed and brought to the clinic. For assistance with the online registration call the Orleans County Health Department at 585-589-3278.

• 3-County Data: Click here to see an online map of confirmed cases in the three rural counties of Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming. There are currently 449 active cases in the three counties, which ties Monday for having the most during the pandemic.

Orleans has a new record high of 139 active cases, up from 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 187 today.

Wyoming has a record high of active cases today at 123, up from 110 on Wednesday, which matched the previous high set on Dec. 4.

The Finger Lakes Region, which includes Orleans County, leads the regions of the state for highest percentage of positive cases.

• State-wide Data: The state reported 10,178 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday out of 197,406 tests, for a positivity rate of 5.15 percent.

The number of hospitalizations for a Covid-related illness was at 5,164 on Wednesday. That is up from 4,063 on Dec. 3 and 2,124 on Nov. 17.

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