No new Covid-19 cases reported for Orleans, and 1 new recovery from the virus
Orleans County doesn’t have any new confirmed cases of Covid-19 today after seeing the number of positives quadruple in a week.
Orleans County on Thursday was up to 24 confirmed cases. A week before that, the county had six cases.
Paul Pettit, the public health director for Genesee and Orleans counties, reported today that there aren’t any new confirmed cases in Orleans and one person who tested positive for the virus has recovered.
Genesee County reported seven new cases and now has 70, Pettit said, with six of the new cases in central Genesee and one in the western part of the county.
Pettit said next week the Health Department will start releasing a town by town breakdown of the cases in the two counties, which now number 94 combined. Currently the Health Department reports if the person who tested positive lives in either the eastern, central or western part of Orleans or Genesee.
The new cases in Genesee include two people in their 20s, one in the 30s, one in the 60s and three in their 70s.
Pettit said he expects the numbers will continue to steadily rise in the two counties the next two to three weeks, and that could continue in an upward trajectory. A lot of the success in fighting the spread of Covid-19 depends on the community’s adherence to social distancing, washing their hands frequently and staying home as much as possible.
Sunday is Easter and Pettit said that holiday tends to be a big day for social and community gatherings. He urges everyone to keep the gatherings small with no more than 10 people, including among families.
“I want to thank all the members of our community that are really buckling down and adhering to social distancing,” Pettit said during an afternoon news briefing. “I want to thank those folks that are taking it seriously.”
However, the Health Department in the two counties gets many reports of people gathering in large numbers.
“What you do impacts all of us,” Pettit said. “In order to get through this we need to adhere to the guidelines.”