Orleans sees most new Covid-19 cases in one day with 8

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 April 2020 at 5:01 pm

7 new positives in Albion and 1 in Ridgeway, Health Department reports

The charts are made available by the Public Health Departments in Orleans and Genesee counties.

Orleans County has eight new confirmed cases of Covid-19 today, the biggest one-day increase for the county since the Covid-19 pandemic began, the public health department reported.

Orleans County now has 43 confirmed cases. Of the eight new cases today, seven are in Albion and one is in Ridgeway.

The age groups for the new cases include one individual in the 50s, 2 in the 60s, 2 in 70s and 3 in the 80s.

Orleans also had one person officially recover from Covid-19, bringing that number to 15. Of the current active cases, four people are hospitalized, said Paul Pettit, public health director for the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments.

The town by town breakdown of the cases in Orleans County includes: Albion, 20; Carlton and Ridgeway, 4; Barre, Shelby and Kendall, 3; Murray, Gaines and Yates, 2; and Clarendon, 0.

Genesee County has 5 new positive cases of Covid-19, bringing Genesee’s total to 92 positive cases. Of those, 45 people have recovered.

The new cases include one person in the 20s, one in the 30s, one in the 50s, one in the 60s and one in the 90s.

In Genesee, three of the active cases include people who are currently hospitalized.

Pettit said he is encouraged that the number of active cases seems to be plateauing, but he said it is difficult to fully understand the scope of the virus’s impact in the two counties because there isn’t widespread testing available yet.

There has been more testing recently and he is encouraged that the test results are coming back sometimes the same day or the next day. Those results were taking more than a week, Pettit said.

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