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Orleans has 2 new Covid-19 cases, including first with person under age 20

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 April 2020 at 4:28 pm

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

The Orleans and Genesee County Health Departments today is reporting two new cases of Covid-19 in Orleans, including the first case in the county for a person under age 20.

Orleans County now has 31 total cases. Of the new positive cases today, one lives in Albion and other resides in Barre.

One is under age 20 and the other is in the 80s. The Health Department also reports that three more people have recovered from Covid-19 and been released from mandatory isolation. That brings the county’s total recoveries to 10.

Three people who have tested positive for Covid-19 are currently hospitalized.

Genesee County has one new positive case of Covid-19 for 77 total cases. The new case involves a person from Batavia in the 30s. The positive individual was not on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

Situational Updates from the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments:

• Today we are adding Wyoming County mapping (click here to see three-county map showing Covid-19 cases and data). Genesee and Orleans County will not be making any statement related to Wyoming County. Please contact the Wyoming County Health Department for any inquiries.

• 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

• State of Emergency To Be Extended: Due to the Governor’s Executive Order on April 12, extending the Disaster Emergency through May 12, both counties are extending the State of Emergency for the same time period.

• 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).

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