Orleans reports 18 more Covid cases, Genesee has 43 more since Friday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 November 2020 at 6:14 pm

Orleans also reporting a death due to Covid-19, first since July 15

Orleans and Genesee counties both are reported a big increase in Covid-19 cases since Friday, when the local Health Department last updated the community about new confirmed cases.

In Orleans County there are 18 more cases since Friday while Genesee has 43 more confirmed cases.

Orleans also is reporting a death from Covid-19, a person over age 65. This is the first Covid death in the county since July 15. The county has now had 56 residents die after contracting Covid.

“We are deeply saddened to report we have had an Orleans County community member pass away due to Covid-19,” the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments stated in a news release. “Out of respect for the family we will not release any further details about this individual. We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this person and encourage our community members to be respectful of the family’s time of grieving.”

Orleans has now had 439 positive cases since March. The 18 new positive cases include residents in Albion, Barre, Clarendon, Gaines, Kendall, Murray, Ridgeway, Shelby and Yates.

The individuals are in the age groups of 0-19, 20s, 40s, 50s and 60s.

Three of the individuals were on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive, the Health Departments said.

Orleans is also reporting six recoveries from Covid and those people have been removed from the isolation list.

• The Health Departments have been notified of a positive student at Lyndonville High School and a positive student at Medina High School. The students were not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive. The individuals are on mandatory isolation until they recover. Contact tracing is in process for those who are considered close contacts and will be placed on mandatory quarantine for 14 days from the last contact with the positive individual.

• Albion Central School also said one of its students has tested positive for Covid-19. The student is a hybrid learner in the high school.

As the student has not been in school since Oct. 26, the Health Department determined there is no need to do further contact tracing in the school due to the look-back period, the school district stated on its website.

In Genesee County, the 43 new positive cases bring Genesee’s total to 465 positive cases since March.

Due to the volume of positives, further information will be updated tomorrow, the Health Departments said. Staff are working on contact tracing.

• The Genesee County Health Department was notified of two teachers testing positive at Jackson Primary School in Batavia. The individuals have been placed under mandatory isolation where they will remain until they have recovered.

Contact tracing is in process to identify close contacts. Out of an abundance of caution, Jackson Primary School will be 100 percent remote virtual learning until Monday, November 30.

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