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Orleans and Genesee each report 3 new cases of Covid-19

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 April 2020 at 4:32 pm

These charts are compiled by the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments.

Orleans and Genesee counties both have three new cases of Covid-19, the Health Department for the two counties reported this afternoon.

The three new cases brings Orleans County’s total cases to 34. The Health Department also is reporting two more people have recovered from the virus, bringing the number of recoveries to 12. Three of the current active cases are people who are hospitalized.

Of the new positive cases today, one lives in Ridgeway, one lives in Gaines, and 1 resides in Murray. The ages include one person in the 40s, one in the 70s and one in the 90s.

In Orleans, two have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.

In Genesee County, the three new positives bring the county’s total cases to 80. The three new positives are people who all live in Batavia. One is in the 20s, another in the 40s and the other in the 90s.

The positive individuals were not on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic, the Health Department sated.

Two of the current active cases include people who are hospitalized. Genesee County has had 37 people recover from Covid-19, while two people have died after being infected with the virus.

Updates from the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments:

• Due to the current limited swabbing kits, there continue to be guidelines in place for primary care providers to order Covid-19 swabbing. This is based upon screening for high risk categories.  Contact your primary care provider first to discuss symptoms and ability to be swabbed.

• Contact tracing has been initiated for all new cases. Known contacts have already been placed under mandatory quarantine and will be swabbed if indicated (if symptoms become present).

• If a person is identified as a contact, they will be notified by the County Health Department, quarantined and if warranted, swabbed if indicated. Limited information is provided to the public in compliance with HIPAA regulations and out of the respect of those impacted by this virus.

• When, and if, there is a situation where potential contact is made in a public location where contact tracing doesn’t have actual names of close contacts, we will send out a media announcement to help seek contacts.

• If you are experiencing any Covid-19 related symptoms STAY HOME! Do not go to work, do not go to the store, do not go anywhere, YOU are spreading the virus. STAY HOME!

Operational Updates:

• Because COVID-19 is circulating locally, we can’t stress enough how important social distancing is and that EVERYONE needs to take this seriously and stay home! It is your social and civic responsibility to protect yourselves and others.

• If you must shop for essentials, such as food, necessary household supplies or prescriptions, shop solo! Wear a face covering and wash or sanitize your hands frequently.

• Using cloth face coverings are recommended to protect others from you. Remember to wear one when you are out in public. You will need to be careful removing them from your face so as not to be exposed to any germs from the outside. Once removed, make sure you wash them in hot water, if able, and dry in a hot dryer. Wash your hands immediately after removing the mask. For more information about masks go to reliable sights such as the CDC (click here).

Mental Health

• Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and having to socially distance yourself from someone you love can be difficult. Below are resources that can help you connect to a professional that can help you through these challenging times:

• Care + Crisis Helpline is available 24/7 at 585-283-5200 or text  ‘Talk’ to 741741

• New Yorkers can call the Covid-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling

• Head Space:  A mindfulness app called Headspace is offering some meditations to listen to for free to ease minds in such a stressful time. The app is free to download and includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help with the varying emotions you may be feeling. The app does include in-app purchases (click here for more information).

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