Orleans reports 50 new Covid cases, Genesee has 49 more

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 January 2021 at 6:41 pm

2 counties combined pass 5,000 Covid cases in pandemic

Orleans and Genesee counties combined are reporting 99 more Covid-19 cases today, which pushes the two counties past 5,000 since March at the start of the pandemic.

The two counties together have 97,632 people (57,280 in Genesee and 40,352 in Orleans, according to the 2019 Census estimate.) With 5,066 confirmed cases, that represents 5.2 percent of the combined population who have had Covid-19.

Genesee has had a higher percentage of its population test positive compared to Orleans. Orleans has had 4.5 percent (1,833 out of 40,352) while in Genesee, the percentage of the population that has tested positive is 5.6 (3,233 out of 57,280).

In Orleans County, today there are 50 new confirmed cases for 1,833 total since March.

The positive cases reside in the West Region (Yates, Ridgeway, Shelby), Central Region (Carlton, Gaines, Albion, Barre) and East Region (Kendall, Murray, Clarendon).

The individuals are in the age groups of 0-19, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Of the new cases, 2 were on quarantine prior to testing positive.

The new cases include two residents of Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Medina.

Orleans County hosted a rapid Covid testing clinic on Wednesday at the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds. Of those 513 tests, 22 were positive for Covid, including 21 Orleans County residents.

Orleans is reporting 34 of the previous positive individuals have recovered and been removed from the isolation.

Orleans currently has 17 residents hospitalized due to Covid.

• Albion Central School is reporting today that three students – hybrid student from the High School and two hybrid students from the Middle School – have tested positive for Covid-19. One of the students was last in school on Jan. 5. Due to the 48-hour look-back period, the Department of Health determined there is no need to quarantine any additional staff or students, the district stated on its website.

The second and third students were in school on Jan. 11. Students and staff members deemed to have been in close contact with the student have been identified by the Department of Health.

• Medina Central School is reporting today a student at Wise Middle School has tested positive for Covid. The district is in the process of notifying the families of anyone who may have come into close contact with the student.

Out of an abundance of caution, this student’s class will switch to 100 percent virtual during the quarantine period, said Mark Kruzynski, the district superintendent, in a letter on the district website.

In Genesee County, there are 49 new confirmed cases of Covid reported today for a total of 3,233 positive cases since March.

The new positive cases reside in the West Region (Alabama, Darien, Pembroke), Central Region (Alexander, Batavia, Bethany, Elba, Oakfield) and East Region (Bergen, Byron, LeRoy, Pavilion, Stafford).

The individuals are in the age groups of 0-19, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

Genesee also is reporting 66 of the previous positive individuals have recovered and been removed from the isolation list. (The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments said there was a miscount for reporting the number of people recovered yesterday. There were 2,517 people recovered from Covid-19 yesterday in Genesee County, not 2,515.)

Genesee also has 10 people hospitalized due to Covid.

The county also has had two more residents pass away due to a Covid-related illness. They were both residents over age 65 at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation in Batavia. Genesee has now had 39 people die due to Covid, including 32 since Dec. 1.

NYS Vaccination Sites – Message from the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments: (Updated today) The “Am I Eligible” website has changed this afternoon to only show the NYS-run vaccination sites. The Covid-19 Vaccination Hotline is for scheduling vaccination appointments for eligible New Yorkers at the New York State-run vaccination sites only: 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829). Use their online tool to find a location. Appointments are required. If you visit a location without an appointment you will not receive a vaccine. We apologize for any confusion, the state just updated this information late this afternoon.