Orleans has second death from Covid-19, and 5 new cases

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 April 2020 at 4:36 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: The American flag is lowered outside the Murray Town Hall on Wednesday out of respect for people who have died from the Covid-19. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed flags to be at half-staff for Covid-19 victims while the state is on Pause, which continues to at least May 15. The state today reported 540 deaths from Covid-19 on Friday, bringing the state total to 13,362. The death toll has been decreasing in recent days, down from 630 on April 16, and 606 on April 15.

Orleans County has suffered its second death from Covid-19, the Public Health Department is reporting this afternoon.

“We are also saddened to report a second death related to Covid-19 has occurred in Orleans County,” said Lynne Johnson, Orleans County Legislature chairwoman. “Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of this individual. Our prayers are with the grieving family. These are our neighbors who are passing away.”

The first death in the county from Covid-19 was reported on Thursday.

The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments this afternoon reported there are five new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Orleans County. That brings the county’s total cases to 48.

Genesee County has 30 new cases, bringing its total to 122. Of the total new positive cases for Genesee County, 29 are non-community spread cases at the Batavia ICE Facility. The individuals are detainees and all precautions are being followed to further protect other detainees and staff, the Health Department said in a news release.

Contact tracing has been initiated and all who have had direct contact with the individuals will be notified by Health Department staff.

There is currently no further information to release on ages and location. Mapping to include the positive cases from the weekend will be updated on Monday afternoon, the Health Department said.

“We encourage everyone to continue social distancing and staying home,” the Health Department stated. “If you need to go out, for essential needs, only one person should be running those errands so as not to risk further exposure. Face coverings are also to be worn when out in public. This is not a time for gatherings, play dates or date night. The life you save may be you or a loved one.”

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