No new Covid-19 cases in Orleans, 1 in Genesee

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 September 2020 at 4:41 pm

Orleans County doesn’t have any new confirmed Covid-19 cases for the second straight day, the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments reported this afternoon.

Genesee County is reporting one new case, a person in the 40s from Elba. The individual was on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive. Genesee has now had 309 people test positive for Covid-19 since March.

Genesee also has 15 more people on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states. The county has one person hospitalized from Covid.

In Orleans County, there is one more recovery to report from the community, bringing that total to 145. Orleans also has 6 more people on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.

• State-wide Data: There were 1,000 new cases reported to the state on Tuesday out of 97,960 test results with 1.02 percent positive.

This is each region’s percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days.

The state has deployed rapid testing machines to 20 zip codes in Rockland, Kings, Orange and Nassau counties. Within the 20 hotspot zip codes, the average rate of positive tests is 5.5 percent. The rate of positive tests for the remainder of New York State, not counting the top 20 ZIP codes, is 0.82 percent.

“So you have two infection rates that you want to pay attention to: the statewide numbers and then the cluster numbers,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “All of this is a stark reminder that we need to stay smart and vigilant – wear a mask, socially distance, follow the public health guidance – because this thing is not over.”

• Emergency Regulation Extended: The Governor also announced the New York State Department of Financial Services will extend an emergency regulation requiring New York health insurers to waive out-of-pocket costs, including cost-sharing, deductibles, copayments and coinsurance, for in-network mental health services for New York’s frontline essential workers during Covid-19 until Nov. 27.

The extension of this emergency regulation helps to ensure that cost-sharing is not a barrier to in-network mental health services during COVID-19 for health care workers, first responders, transit workers, food services workers, retail workers at essential businesses, and other frontline essential employees, who are required to directly interact with the public while working during this continuing public health emergency.

Cuomo first announced the state’s directive requiring New York insurers to waive out-of-pocket costs for in-network mental health services for frontline essential workers during Covid-19 in May.

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