New Covid cases today include 9 in Orleans, 8 in Genesee

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 December 2020 at 6:55 pm

The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments are reporting 9 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Orleans and 8 in Genesee.

However, the number in Genesee is likely higher. Genesee is listed by the local health department as 960 total cases since March, but the state has the number of cases in Genesee at 1,041.

“Our goal is to make sure the data provided to our communities is as accurate as possible. In order to provide accurate numbers, case investigations include contacting the individuals, of which some are not county residents,” the Health Departments said in a news briefing this evening. “This will show discrepancies between the local numbers and the state numbers. The numbers reported are those cases we have accurate data and have had contact with the individual and all their subsequent contacts.”

In Orleans County, the 9 new positive cases bring the total to 632 confirmed cases since March. The new positive cases reside Barre, Clarendon, Murray, Ridgeway and Shelby.

The individuals are in the age groups of 0-19, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s. One of the individuals was on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.

Orleans also is reporting 11 of the previous positive individuals have recovered and have been removed from the isolation list.

The Health Department also said one of the new positive cases was recovered prior to the department receiving the test results and is being included in the recovered data.

The number of hospitalizations increased to 6. On Friday, there were two Orleans residents hospitalized due to Covid-19.

In Genesee County, the new cases are in the age groups of 0-19, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.

Genesee has also had 126 of the previous positive individuals recover and be removed from the isolation list.

One of the individuals identified at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at

Batavia and one of the individuals identified at the Batavia VA Medical Center have been identified as out-of-county residents and have been removed from the Genesee facility and total count.

Genesee currently has 12 residents hospitalized due to Covid-19.

Message from the G-O Health Departments: We can’t stress enough the importance to limit time with non-household members. Continue to do your best to limit the spread of Covid-19 and the flu by frequently washing/sanitizing your hands, wearing a mask/face-covering over your mouth and nose when out in public and keeping at least 6 feet from non-household members.

If you are not feeling well, please stay home and contact your primary care provider for guidance.