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COVID-19 Daily Update, June 3, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

June 3, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 191 positive cases
      • The new positive individual resides in Batavia.
      • The person is in their 40’s.
      • The new positive case was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
      • 0 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 0 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 2 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 238 positive cases
      • Both of the new positive individuals reside at Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
      • Of the new positive cases one of the individuals is in their 60’s, and one of the individuals is in their 80’s.
      • 1 of the previous community positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 18 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized. Please note those in the hospital may be from the community or a state-regulated facility. We do not separate them out to protect their privacy.
      • We are sorry to report the death of two of our county residents. Both individuals were residents of Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of these individuals during this very challenging time.

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

The facility breakdown is only showing the total positive cases from those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19.

The Governor announced that outdoor dining at restaurants will be permitted beginning June 4th. Outdoor tables must be spaced six feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated. There are still limitations. We encourage business owners to go to the NY Forward website and click on Phase Two for more information. https://forward.ny.gov/phase-two-industries For Outdoor and Take-out/Delivery Food Services guidance use this link: https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/OutdoorTakeoutDeliveryFoodServicesMasterGuidance.pdf

Per Governor Cuomo gatherings (groups, assembly, meeting, etc.) of 10 or less are permitted with social distancing and sanitization protocols in place. The executive order is only good for 30 days or unless it is extended. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20233-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency The Health Departments do not authorize or allow exemptions from the Governor’s orders. If you have questions about the orders you can go to forward.ny.gov or e-mail the Finger Lakes Regional Control Room. https://forward.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause

For questions go to NY Forward website (https://forward.ny.gov/) and the Regional Control Room (for guidance and to answer your questions: mailto:flnyf@esd.ny.gov). To file a complaint about a business, location or incident in your community you can call 1-833-789-0470 or https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask

    • Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting for Re-opening America: click here.
    • Dentists statewide can reopen starting June 1st while adhering to best practices for safety and social distancing guidelines.
    • All businesses opening in Phase 2 are required to have their Business Safety Plan in place, review the summary guidelines for their business and read and affirm the detailed guidelines. All this is to be kept on the premises. The local health department will not be reviewing these plans, however they need to be accessible for state and local authorities.

New York State on PAUSE: NYS on PAUSE https://forward.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause. To assist local authorities with enforcement of these orders, the Governor established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force where individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here to file a complaint online. You may also call 1-833-789-0470. Businesses that are not in compliance with the Governor’s executive order may be penalized.

Contact Tracing: Currently both counties are handling contact tracing for all of our cases. Calls will come from the respective Health Departments. In the event we need assistance we will use the NYS Contact Tracing Program. For more information about the State Contract Tracing, click the link: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/new-york-state-contact-tracing

Swabbing and antibody testing is becoming increasingly available in the WNY region. If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your primary care provider and they will determine if testing is right for you. If the counties receive an increase in swabbing supplies and the protocol for testing is changed, we will notify the public. The Health Departments are not providing public swabbing due to lack of supplies. For more information on testing click here. There is free antibody testing available for food delivery and restaurant workers Monday, June 1st – Thursday, June 4th. Testing is walk-in testing from 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and facemasks are required at each of the testing locations. The closest testing location is Erie Community College North Campus (see included attachment.) It takes a while for antibodies to build up, so it is best to wait until at least 21 days have passed since you had a positive viral test or the symptoms of COVID-19 started. If you were already tested and the results were negative, or you have never been tested and you have been exposed to the virus at work or at home, you can also be tested using the dried-blood spot test. For questions e-mail: NYS.COVID19.AntibodyTestingSystem@health.ny.gov

Some pharmacies are opening for testing, make sure you check with your insurance provider as it is required prior to testing for this location. For CVS go to: https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing?icid=cvs-home-hero2-link2-coronavirus-testing

  • Masks / Face Coverings Both counties are still low in supplies of masks. They are being distributed to high-risk agencies / businesses as prioritized and if there is a supply left over they will be distributed in an appropriate manner. County plans for releasing supplies to the public will be forthcoming as supplies become available. Additional information will be released by the respective County Emergency Management offices as appropriate.
  • ROC COVID-19 Health Screener: This symptom tracker for the Greater Rochester region is a scientific study collected aggregate data by zip code to track hot spots of COVID-19. The data will potentially show how the virus may be spreading, identify areas that may be at risk and determine how our efforts are working to slow the spread. You can participate by taking the daily survey whether you are having symptoms or are feeling healthy. It just takes a few seconds. To learn more go to: https://www.roccovid.org/index.html
  • The Nursing Home hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form: https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

 

Morning News Briefing

A resident of Genesee County, hospitalized with COVID-19, has died. The individual only identified as over 65 years of age.
This is the fifth Genesee County resident to die from coronavirus since the pandemic began.
The death toll is far greater in Orleans County where another person has died at the Village of Orleans nursing home in Albion.
The Orleans County death toll is 38.

Felony DWI charges have been filed against a Byron woman.
27 year old Taylor Laird was stopped late last week on Pearl Street in the city. She was charged with drunk driving, driving without a license and because there was a child in the car the DWI charge became a felony.

New York State says summer day camps will be allowed to open by the end of the month.
There is no word yet if sleep over camps will also be allowed to re-open.
This announcement comes within hours of the Arc of Genesee Orleans announcing that its popular Camp Rainbow in Ridgeway will not operate this summer.
Camp Rainbow serves children with and without disabilities from Genesee and Orleans counties.

President Trump is again showing his support for state Senator Chris Jacobs in his bid to represent the 27th Congressional District. Trump endorsed his fellow Republican on Twitter yesterday, saying he was strong on the border, military and the second amendment.
Jacobs is a candidate for the seat that has been vacant since former Republican Congressman Chris Collins stepped down after pleading guilty to federal insider trading charges.
Voters in the 27th District – which includes Genesee County – go to the polls June 23rd.

The Buffalo Bills will be preparing for the upcoming season a bit closer to home than usual. The NFL has ordered teams to hold training camps at their home facilities. That means the Bills will stay in Orchard Park and won’t be going to Saint John Fisher College in suburban Rochester, where camp has been held for years.

COVID-19 Daily Update, June 2, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

June 2, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 190 positive cases
      • The new positive individual resides in Byron.
      • The person is in their 50’s.
      • The new positive case was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
      • 2 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 0 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
      • We are sorry to report the death of one of our county residents. The individual was hospitalized and over the age of 65 years of age. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this individual during this very challenging time.
    • Orleans County received 2 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 236 positive cases
      • One of the new positive individuals resides in Ridgeway and one of the new positive individuals lives at Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
      • Of the new positive case one of the individuals is in their 50’s, and one of the individuals is in their 70’s.
      • The new positive community case was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
      • 2 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 18 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized. Please note those in the hospital may be from the community or a state-regulated facility. We do not separate them out to protect their privacy.
      • We are sorry to report the death of one of our county residents. The individual was a resident of The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehabilitation. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this individual during this very challenging time.

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

The facility breakdown is only showing the total positive cases from those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19.

Phase 2 is now open in the Finger Lakes region! There are still limitations. We encourage business owners to go to the NY Forward website and click on Phase Two for more information. https://forward.ny.gov/phase-two-industries

Per Governor Cuomo gatherings (groups, assembly, meeting, etc.) of 10 or less are permitted with social distancing and sanitization protocols in place. The executive order is only good for 30 days or unless it is extended. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20233-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency The Health Departments do not authorize or allow exemptions from the Governor’s orders. If you have questions about the orders you can go to forward.ny.gov or e-mail the Finger Lakes Regional Control Room.

For questions go to NY Forward website (https://forward.ny.gov/) and the Regional Control Room (for guidance and to answer your questions: mailto:flnyf@esd.ny.gov). To file a complaint about a business, location or incident in your community you can call 1-833-789-0470 or https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask

    • Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting for Re-opening America: click here.
    • Dentists statewide can reopen starting June 1st while adhering to best practices for safety and social distancing guidelines.
    • All businesses opening in Phase 2 are required to have their Business Safety Plan in place, review the summary guidelines for their business and read and affirm the detailed guidelines. All this is to be kept on the premises. The local health department will not be reviewing these plans, however they need to be accessible for state and local authorities.

New York State on PAUSE: NYS on PAUSE https://forward.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause. To assist local authorities with enforcement of these orders, the Governor established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force where individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here to file a complaint online. You may also call 1-833-789-0470. Businesses that are not in compliance with the Governor’s executive order may be penalized.

  • A reminder that outdoor seating for restaurants is still prohibited according to the Governor’s Executive Order and Phase 1 and Phase 2 guidelines. Restaurants are to provide take-out or delivery for off premise consumption only until Phase 3 or until the Governor states otherwise. https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase

Swabbing and antibody testing is becoming increasingly available in the WNY region. If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your primary care provider and they will determine if testing is right for you. If the counties receive an increase in swabbing supplies and the protocol for testing is changed, we will notify the public. The Health Departments are not providing public swabbing due to lack of supplies. For more information on testing click here. There is free antibody testing available for food delivery and restaurant workers Monday, June 1st – Thursday, June 4th. Testing is walk-in testing from 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and facemasks are required at each of the testing locations. The closest testing location is Erie Community College North Campus (see included attachment.) It takes a while for antibodies to build up, so it is best to wait until at least 21 days have passed since you had a positive viral test or the symptoms of COVID-19 started. If you were already tested and the results were negative, or you have never been tested and you have been exposed to the virus at work or at home, you can also be tested using the dried-blood spot test. For questions e-mail: NYS.COVID19.AntibodyTestingSystem@health.ny.gov

  • Masks / Face Coverings Both counties are still low in supplies of masks. They are being distributed to high-risk agencies / businesses as prioritized and if there is a supply left over they will be distributed in an appropriate manner. County plans for releasing supplies to the public will be forthcoming as supplies become available. Additional information will be released by the respective County Emergency Management offices as appropriate.
  • ROC COVID-19 Health Screener: This symptom tracker for the Greater Rochester region is a scientific study collected aggregate data by zip code to track hot spots of COVID-19. The data will potentially show how the virus may be spreading, identify areas that may be at risk and determine how our efforts are working to slow the spread. You can participate by taking the daily survey whether you are having symptoms or are feeling healthy. It just takes a few seconds. To learn more go to: https://www.roccovid.org/index.html
  • The Nursing Home hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form: https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

Morning News Briefing

In Orleans County, coronavirus claims another life.
A resident of the Orchard Rehab and Nursing Center in Medina has died from COVID-19 related disease.
This brings the Orleans County death toll since the start of the pandemic to 37.
In Genesee County, just one new positive case of the virus, four new cases in Orleans County.

From the Police Blotter:
35 year old Luis Ramos-Mercado has been arrested for an incident that occurred in January of last year
Ramos-Mercado who lives on Ellicott Avenue, was charged with Attempted burglary, Criminal Possession of a weapon and Menacing.
He was released with a court appearance ticket.

19 year old Trevawn Wright of Highland Park: he’s been charged with two counts of harassment. Police say Trevawn was involved in a little fracas on Highland Park where he had allegedly punched another guy in the head and attempted to hit another guy with a jug of water.
Wright was issued a court appearance ticket.

Members of the state Legislature are expected to convene next week to discuss criminal justice reform.
One statute they’ll be taking a close look at is a provision in the state Civil Rights Law. It’s known as “50-a” and has been used by police departments to keep the public from having access to the disciplinary records of officers. Lawmakers are also planning to discuss several other proposals, including the creation of a special prosecutor’s office to help with investigations into cases where police are accused of killing unarmed people.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is re-opening today.
All visitors to the office on East Main should wear masks and observe some restrictions.
The Extension calls it the first step of returning to normalcy.

The Genesee County Treasurer’s Office is now reopened to the public. You must wear a face mask to visit the office.
The Treasurer’s Office located on the 3rd floor of County Building #1.
The hours Monday through Friday 8:30 until 5.

And the Richmond Memorial Library is now open – for limited services.
You can browse the collection, due some research and place holds on local materials.
You still cannot use the library to sit and read.

Richmond Memorial Library Opens

Effective 1:00 pm, Monday, June 1, the Richmond Memorial Library has re-opened for limited services, including:

  • browsing and circulating the library collection
  • library account services (new cards, paying fines)
  • placing holds on LOCAL materials only
  • reference services
  • faxing, photocopying
  • limited computer access
  • virtual library programs

Sorry, the library is NOT yet open for:

  • sitting
  • reading
  • gathering
  • playing
  • interlibrary loans or holds
  • in-person library programs

The library has returned to its normal hours of operation for these services: Monday through Friday, 9am to 9pm, Friday and Saturday 9 to 5.

For the safety of library staff, any library patron who is over two years of age must cover their nose and mouth with an appropriate mask or cloth face-covering in order to enter and remain inside of the library building. Library patrons who are unable to medically tolerate a face-covering may request exemption or accommodation by contacting the Library Director by telephone or email at 585-343-9550 x 7 or rconrad@nioga.org.

Please return most materials (books, movies, music, etc.) to the drive-up or walk-up book returns located outside of the library. Materials unsuited for book returns (ie. board games, Playaway devices) can be returned inside of the library. Fines will be waived on items returned before June 22. All returned items will be held in quarantine and sanitized before being shelved or circulated. Sorry, we cannot accept donated materials until further notice.

The library’s 2020-21 budget was amended to require no tax levy increase. Therefore, the library budget vote previously scheduled for May 7, 2020, was cancelled.

The library’s 2020 trustee election will be held on June 9 via absentee ballot conducted in conjunction with the Batavia City School District’s budget vote and trustee election.

COVID-19 Daily Update, June 1, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

June 1, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 189 positive cases
      • The positive case resides in Batavia.
      • The positive individual is in their 20’s.
      • The positive case was on mandatory quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 1 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 4 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 234 positive cases
      • One of the new positive individuals resides in Ridgeway, three of the new positives individuals live at Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
      • Of the new positive case one of the individuals is in their 20’s, one of the individuals is in their 60’s, one of the individuals is in their 70’s and one of the individuals is in their 80’s.
      • The new positive case was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
      • 2 of the previous positive cases has recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 19 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized. Please note those in the hospital may be from the community or a state-regulated facility. We do not separate them out to protect their privacy.
      • We are sorry to report that we have lost one more county resident due to COVID-19. The individual resided at the Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of these individuals during this very sad time.

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

The facility breakdown is only showing the total positive cases from those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19.

Phase 2 is now open in the Finger Lakes region! There are still limitations. We encourage business owners to go to the NY Forward website and click on Phase Two for more information. https://forward.ny.gov/phase-two-industries

Per Governor Cuomo gatherings of 10 or less are permitted with social distancing and sanitization protocols in place. The executive order is only good for 30 days or unless it is extended. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20233-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency

For questions go to NY Forward website (https://forward.ny.gov/) and the Regional Control Room (for guidance and to answer your questions: mailto:flnyf@esd.ny.gov). To file a complaint about a business, location or incident in your community you can call 1-833-789-0470 or https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask

    • Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting for Re-opening America: click here.
    • Dentists statewide can reopen starting June 1st while adhering to best practices for safety and social distancing guidelines.
    • All businesses opening in Phase 2 are required to have their Business Safety Plan in place, review the summary guidelines for their business and read and affirm the detailed guidelines. All this is to be kept on the premises. The local health department will not be reviewing these plans, however they need to be accessible for state and local authorities.

New York State on PAUSE: NYS on PAUSE https://forward.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause. To assist local authorities with enforcement of these orders, the Governor established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force where individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here to file a complaint online. You may also call 1-833-789-0470. Businesses that are not in compliance with the Governor’s executive order may be penalized.

  • A reminder that outdoor seating for restaurants is still prohibited according to the Governor’s Executive Order and Phase 1 and Phase 2 guidelines. Restaurants are to provide take-out or delivery for off premise consumption only until Phase 3 or until the Governor states otherwise. https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase

Swabbing and antibody testing is becoming increasingly available in the WNY region. If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your primary care provider and they will determine if testing is right for you. If the counties receive an increase in swabbing supplies and the protocol for testing is changed, we will notify the public. The Health Departments are not providing public swabbing due to lack of supplies. For more information on testing click here. There is free antibody testing available for food delivery and restaurant workers Monday, June 1st – Thursday, June 4th. Testing is walk-in testing from 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and facemasks are required at each of the testing locations. The closest testing location is Erie Community College North Campus (see included attachment.) It takes a while for antibodies to build up, so it is best to wait until at least 21 days have passed since you had a positive viral test or the symptoms of COVID-19 started. If you were already tested and the results were negative, or you have never been tested and you have been exposed to the virus at work or at home, you can also be tested using the dried-blood spot test. For questions e-mail: NYS.COVID19.AntibodyTestingSystem@health.ny.gov

  • Masks / Face Coverings Both counties are still low in supplies of masks. They are being distributed to high-risk agencies / businesses as prioritized and if there is a supply left over they will be distributed in an appropriate manner. County plans for releasing supplies to the public will be forthcoming as supplies become available. Additional information will be released by the respective County Emergency Management offices as appropriate.
  • ROC COVID-19 Health Screener: This symptom tracker for the Greater Rochester region is a scientific study collected aggregate data by zip code to track hot spots of COVID-19. The data will potentially show how the virus may be spreading, identify areas that may be at risk and determine how our efforts are working to slow the spread. You can participate by taking the daily survey whether you are having symptoms or are feeling healthy. It just takes a few seconds. To learn more go to: https://www.roccovid.org/index.html
  • The Nursing Home hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form: https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes
Children

COVID-19 Symptom Check for those who are hearing impaired: Click here

Mental Health

  • Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and having to socially distance yourself from someone you love can be difficult. Below are resources that can help you connect to a professional that can help you through these challenging times:
    • Care + Crisis Helpline is available 24/7 at 585-283-5200 or text ‘Talk’ to 741741
    • New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling
    • Health care workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741741 to access 24/7 emotional support services

Domestic Violence

  • For New Yorkers in need of help or assistance, they can text 844-997-2121 or can go to the new confidential online site to reach a professional at www.opdv.ny.gov The new text program and confidential online service will make it easier for victims who are isolated with their abusers to get help. Both the text and online service are staffed 24/7 by the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Staff who are experts in the area of domestic violence.
NEW YORK STATE RESTRICTIONS / GUIDANCE
COVID-19 RELIABLE SOURCES
  • New York State Department of Health – click here
  • CDC – click here
  • Genesee County Health Department – click here
  • Orleans County Health Department – click here
  • NY State of Health – click here
  • If you believe an employer is violating either existing labor laws or recently issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo, please contact the NYS Attorney General’s office at (212) 416-8700 or Labor.Bureau@ag.ny.gov

Spreading Some Cheer Downtown

 

 

This cast of characters paraded through downtown Batavia on Monday, “just to spread some cheer.”

The family, who declined to be named,  donned their best Dino, Minion and Baby Shark outfits to remind onlookers to smile and have some fun in the face of troubled times.

They walked past the WBTA studios at Main & Center” and we couldn’t resist getting a pic.

Home Town Heroes 2020, Wall of Warriors

The St. Jerome Guild, Inc., is announcing a new initiative to honor the COVID-19 healthcare workers of the Rochester Regional Health/UMMC and the Jerome Center in Batavia, NY. The Guild’s mission is to continually support our local hospital, and especially, now, during these extraordinary times.

As a special tribute to all 1000 UMMC employees during this pandemic, who are serving on the front lines as well as all supporting personnel, the Guild would like to honor each employee with a gold embroidered star.

The Genesee Livingston Orleans Wyoming (GLOW) community is welcome to support in this initiative by donating $10 per star representing an employee who may be a family member or friend, or just as a thank you for health-care providers’ tireless dedication and courage, taking outstanding care of all patients who are suffering through these unsettling and disconcerting times. There is no limit to donors wishing to honor more than one employee! The star donations will be accepted by check made payable to: St. Jerome Guild with notation ‘star’ mailed to St. Jerome Gift Shop at 16 Bank Street, Batavia, NY 14020.

The final project will incorporate all the stars to be embedded into frames that will be on display at the North Street and the Bank Street Campuses entitled, UMMC “Home Town Heroes – Wall of Warriors 2020.”

All proceeds from this initiative will be donated to UMMC to purchase vital equipment needed.

Morning News Briefing

Dentists across New York State can start seeing patients again today.
Each office will have to follow safety standards to protect staff and patients from coronavirus.
No more magazines in the waiting room and chairs need to be six-feet apart.
Previously, many dentist offices were open only for emergency services and procedures.

On the police blotter: 28 year old Torre Walls of Alleghany Road, Darien is charged with Grand Larceny.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies say Walls got into a verbal argument with his girlfriend and stole her Ruger SR22 pistol.

Violence and arrests in Buffalo and Rochester following a weekend of protests.
13 people were arrested in Rochester on Saturday six were arrested yesterday in Buffalo.
Protestors demanding an end to what they say is police misconduct over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The only visible protest in Batavia was that of a lone man, stationed in front of the Upton Monument at Ellicott and Main and displaying a sign that read, “George Floyd is every man.”

Governor Cuomo is calling for peace following several violent protests across the state this weekend. The governor used his daily briefing yesterday to remind people that violence never works and that it dishonors the death of George Floyd. He did not order a statewide curfew for but said that additional law enforcement resources would be made available to cities like Buffalo who request them.

The number of New Yorkers who have lost their lives due to coronavirus has reached its lowest one day total since March. The State announced 56 new deaths yesterday, down from a peak of nearly 800 per day in April.
There were no COVID-19 deaths reported over the weekend in either Genesee or Orleans counties.

COVID-19 Daily Update: May 29, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE:

May 29, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 1 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 186 positive cases
      • The positive case resides in Batavia.
      • The positive individual is in their 20’s.
      • The positive case was on mandatory quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 2 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 10 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 221 positive cases
      • One of the new positive individuals resides in Albion, three of the new positives live in Ridgeway, one of the new positive lives at The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehabilitation Center and five of the new positive individuals live at Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
      • Of the new positive case one of the individuals is under 20, one of the individual is in their 20’s, two individuals are in their 50’s, two individuals are in their 60’s, three individuals are in their 70’s and one of the individuals is in their 90’s.
      • Two of the new positive cases were on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
      • 1 of the previous positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 19 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized. Please note those in the hospital may be from the community or a state-regulated facility. We do not separate them out to protect their privacy.
      • We are sorry to report that we have lost two more county residents due to COVID-19. The individuals resided at the Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of these individuals during this very sad time.

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

The facility breakdown is only showing the total positive cases from those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19.

Phase 2 is now open in the Finger Lakes region! There are still limitations. We encourage business owners to go to the NY Forward website and click on Phase Two for more information. https://forward.ny.gov/phase-two-industries

Per Governor Cuomo gatherings of 10 or less are permitted with social distancing and sanitization protocols in place. The executive order is only good for 30 days or unless it is extended. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20233-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency

For questions go to NY Forward website (https://forward.ny.gov/) and the Regional Control Room (for guidance and to answer your questions: mailto:flnyf@esd.ny.gov). To file a complaint about a business, location or incident in your community you can call 1-833-789-0470 or https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask

    • Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting for Re-opening America: click here.
    • Although the State has issued a statement about campgrounds, they have not provided updated guidance for camping. The local health departments are in the process of communicating with local campgrounds with updated information.
    • Hair Salons & Barbershops are able to provide limited services. They are encouraged to be tested for COVID-19 prior to opening and are required to be tested every two weeks.
    • All businesses opening in Phase 2 are required to have their Business Safety Plan in place, review the summary guidelines for their business and read and affirm the detailed guidelines. All this is to be kept on the premises. The local health department will not be reviewing these plans, however they need to be accessible for state and local authorities.

New York State on PAUSE: NYS on PAUSE https://forward.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause. To assist local authorities with enforcement of these orders, the Governor established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force where individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here to file a complaint online. You may also call 1-833-789-0470. Businesses that are not in compliance with the Governor’s executive order may be penalized.

  • Masks / Face Coverings Both counties are still low in supplies of masks. They are being distributed to high-risk agencies / businesses as prioritized and if there is a supply left over they will be distributed in an appropriate manner. County plans for releasing supplies to the public will be forthcoming as supplies become available. Additional information will be released by the respective County Emergency Management offices as appropriate.
  • ROC COVID-19 Health Screener: This symptom tracker for the Greater Rochester region is a scientific study collected aggregate data by zip code to track hot spots of COVID-19. The data will potentially show how the virus may be spreading, identify areas that may be at risk and determine how our efforts are working to slow the spread. You can participate by taking the daily survey whether you are having symptoms or are feeling healthy. It just takes a few seconds. To learn more go to: https://www.roccovid.org/index.html
  • The Nursing Home hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form: https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

 

Morning News Briefing

Joshua Blessed

We now know more about the driver of a tractor trailer rig that led police on a two county chase before he was killed in hail of police bullets.
The driver has been identified as 58 year old Joshua Blessed of Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Police say he was heading to Batavia Wednesday to pick-up dairy products when he was stopped for speeding in LeRoy.
Social Media posts under Blessed’s name show that he claimed to speak directly to God and received visions from Satan.

 

 

Livingston County Sheriff Tom Dougherty said he’d never seen anything like it

Blessed fired several shots at lawmen and rammed police cars during the 90-minute chase.
Dougherty described one harrowing moment for a Genesee County deputy

Social Media accounts traced to Blessed revealed a series of troubling posts including a hatred of law enforcement and conflicts of his personal beliefs.
He was reportedly banned from Facebook twice.
Investigators are continuing to look into social media posts that might help to explain his actions.
Blessed was shot while in the cab of his truck and was dead at the scene.

The Batavia teachers union rejects a proposed change in the daily schedule for city schools.
The Batavia Teachers Association voted against an administration plan that would have altered the start and ends times of classes to save about 200-thousand dollars in transportation costs.
The proposal would have started classes at the high school and middle school a half hour earlier.
The teacher’s union president said research shows teenagers need more sleep.

Another resident of an Orleans County nursing home has died from COVID-19 related illness.
The death was reported at the Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Media.
In the daily update, officials disclosed two new COVID-19 infections in Genesee County and two in Orleans County.

A Batavia woman arrested on welfare fraud charges.
44 year old Heidi Connolly of Hutchins is facing felony charges of grand larceny for allegedly bilking the welfare system out of 36-hundred dollars she was not entitled to.

A new executive order from Governor Cuomo will allow businesses to deny entry to customers who aren’t wearing face masks. In the last few weeks, there have been confrontations between business owners and customers who refuse to wear a mask. The governor says he’s supporting business owners because they have the right to protect themselves and other people in their store.

COVID-19 Daily Update, May 28, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

May 28, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m.

o   Genesee County received 2 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 185 positive cases

§  The two positive cases reside in Batavia.

§  One of the positive individuals is less than 20 and one is in their 50’s.

§  One of the positive cases was not on mandatory quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  2 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

o   Orleans County received 2 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 211 positive cases

§  One of the new positive individuals resides in Albion and one of the new positive individuals resides at Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

§  Of the new positive case one of the individuals is in their 40’s and one of the individuals is in their 80’s.

§  None of the new positive cases were on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.

§  2 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.

§  18 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.  Please note those in the hospital may be from the community or a state-regulated facility.  We do not separate them out to protect their privacy.

§  We are sorry to report that we have lost another county resident due to COVID-19.  The individual resided at the Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.  Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this individual during this very sad time.

       Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

The facility breakdown is only showing the total positive cases from those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19.

 Governor Cuomo announced that gatherings of 10 or less are now permitted with social distancing and sanitization protocols in place. The executive order is only good for 30 days or unless it is extended. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20233-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency

For questions go to NY Forward website (https://forward.ny.gov/) and the Regional Control Room (for guidance and to answer your questions:  mailto:flnyf@esd.ny.gov).  To file a complaint about a business, location or incident in your community you can call 1-833-789-0470 or https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask

o   Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting for Re-opening America:  click here.

o   Although the State has issued a statement about campgrounds, they have not provided updated guidance for camping.   The local health departments are in the process of communicating with local campgrounds with updated information.

New York State on PAUSE: NYS on PAUSE will continue until at least May 28, 2020 regarding large and social gatherings.   To assist local authorities with enforcement of these orders, the Governor established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force where individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Click here to file a complaint online. You may also call 1-833-789-0470.  Businesses that are not in compliance with the Governor’s executive order may be penalized.

·         A reminder that outdoor seating for restaurants is still prohibited according to the Governor’s Executive Order and Phase 1 and Phase 2 guidelines.  Restaurants are to provide take-out or delivery only until Phase 3 or until the Governor states otherwise.  https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase

·         As we get closer to the potential to advance to Phase 2 those businesses in that phase should be working on their plans to have them ready.  Check daily for potential guidance.  Click the link for guidance and the business safety plan template:  https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase#overview–reopening-in-phases

 ·         Re-Opening Guidance:  Links to assist businesses

o   Link to the NY Forward Reopening guide: https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/NYForwardReopeningGuide.pdf

o   Regional Control Roomflnyf@esd.ny.gov

o   Link to NY Forward website: https://forward.ny.gov/

o   Link to NY Forward “Can I re-open” Business Look-up Tool https://www.businessexpress.ny.gov/app/nyforward

o   Public/Private Beacheshttps://forward.ny.gov/statewide-guidelines

o   COVID-19 Test Finder: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you

Masks / Face Coverings Both counties are still low in supplies of masks.  They are being distributed to high-risk agencies / businesses as prioritized and if there is a supply left over they will be distributed in an appropriate manner.  County plans for releasing supplies to the public will be forthcoming as supplies become available.  Additional information will be released by the respective County Emergency Management offices as appropriate.

·         ROC COVID-19 Health Screener:  This symptom tracker for the Greater Rochester region is a scientific study collected aggregate data by zip code to track hot spots of COVID-19.  The data will potentially show how the virus may be spreading, identify areas that may be at risk and determine how our efforts are working to slow the spread.  You can participate by taking the daily survey whether you are having symptoms or are feeling healthy.  It just takes a few seconds.  To learn more go to:  https://www.roccovid.org/index.html

·         The Nursing Home hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form:  https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

 

 

Morning News Briefing

The driver of a tractor trailer who led police on a chase from LeRoy to into Livingston County is shot to death by lawmen in Geneseo.
The driver, who has not yet been identified, was stopped for speeding last night in LeRoy. While LeRoy Police were on the truck the driver fled in his semi and the chase was on.
The driver took his rig from LeRoy, into Batavia, turning back on Route 5…then Route 19 into Pavilion.
Once on Route 63 he headed into Geneseo when he began firing at officers and crashing into police cars.
The pursuit ended near the Applebee’s on Route 20A in Geneseo, when officers fired multiple shots at the driver. He was confirmed dead at the scene.
Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron said that during the gunfire one round went through the windshield of a Genesee County patrol car, narrowly missing a deputy.

It comes as no big surprise but the unemployment rate in Genesee County has reached a staggering high.
Figures just released by the state department of labor shows Genesee County’s jobless rate for April at 14.4 percent…up from just 3.7 percent a year ago.
Orleans County has registered an unemployment rate for April of 15.8 percent…
Wyoming County, 15.3 percent.

The Genesee County Fair in Batavia has been cancelled for this year…all due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fair was to have started July 25th and run through August 1st.
Fair organizers say they are considering smaller activities this summer to support the youth agricultural community.

The Wyoming County Fair in Pike has also been cancelled this year.
That fair was to have run from August 15th to the 22nd.
There is also word this morning that the big Erie County Fair in Hamburg is cancelled for this year.

If you haven’t registered to vote in New York’s upcoming primaries, you’re running out of time to do it. In order to be able to cast your ballot June 23rd, your registration form must be postmarked no later than tomorrow.
In addition to registering by mail, you can also do it in-person or online through the county Board of Elections

COVID-19 Daily Update, May 27, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

May 27, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 2 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 183 positive cases
      • The positive cases reside in Batavia and Darien.
      • One of the positive individuals is less than 20 and one is in their 30’s.
      • One of the positive cases was not on mandatory quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 2 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 2 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 209 positive cases
      • One of the new positive individuals resides in Carlton.
      • Of the new positive case the individual is in their 70’s.
      • None of the new positive cases were on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
      • 20 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized. Please note those in the hospital may be from the community or a state-regulated facility. We do not separate them out to protect their privacy.

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

The facility breakdown is only showing the total positive cases from those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19. Facilities will be added when and if there is a positive case of COVID-19. Because the local health departments don’t follow the positive cases for facilities, we cannot report any recoveries from the facilities with positive cases of COVID-19. If a regulated facility from either of our counties is not listed, there are no positive cases of COVID-19 as of the release of this briefing. The local health departments do not have oversight with many regulated facilities, which may include nursing homes, correctional facilities, hospitals, etc.

Governor Cuomo announced that gatherings of 10 or less are now permitted with social distancing and sanitization protocols in place. The executive order is only good for 30 days or unless it is extended. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20233-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency

For questions go to NY Forward website (https://forward.ny.gov/) and the Regional Control Room (for guidance and to answer your questions: mailto:flnyf@esd.ny.gov). To file a complaint about a business, location or incident in your community you can call 1-833-789-0470 or https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask

    • Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting for Re-opening America: click here.
    • Although the State has issued a statement about campgrounds, the State has not provided updated guidance for camping for local health departments, until it is received continue with guidance received. The county will notify campgrounds directly of any changes/updates.

New York State on PAUSE: NYS on PAUSE will continue until at least May 28, 2020 regarding large and social gatherings. To assist local authorities with enforcement of these orders, the Governor established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force where individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here to file a complaint online. You may also call 1-833-789-0470. Businesses that are not in compliance with the Governor’s executive order may be penalized.

  • Masks / Face Coverings Both counties are still low in supplies of masks. They are being distributed to high-risk agencies / businesses as prioritized and if there is a supply left over they will be distributed in an appropriate manner. County plans for releasing supplies to the public will be forthcoming as supplies become available. Additional information will be released by the respective County Emergency Management offices as appropriate.
  • ROC COVID-19 Health Screener: This symptom tracker for the Greater Rochester region is a scientific study collected aggregate data by zip code to track hot spots of COVID-19. The data will potentially show how the virus may be spreading, identify areas that may be at risk and determine how our efforts are working to slow the spread. You can participate by taking the daily survey whether you are having symptoms or are feeling healthy. It just takes a few seconds. To learn more go to: https://www.roccovid.org/index.html
  • The Nursing Home hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form: https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

New Hours for Yard Waste Station

Until further notice the yard waste stations operating hours are as follows:

Mondays – Fridays, 8 AM to 2 PM
Saturdays, 12 PM to 6 PM
CLOSED – Sundays and Holidays

City residents may bring yard waste material (grass, leaves and limbs) to the City Yard Waste Station as there is no curb side pickup of these materials.

The following items cannot be accepted at the station:
Tree stumps, building materials, rock, fill (soil and stone) other debris. Yard waste shall be free of trash (paper, plastic, bottles, cans…etc.), as this material cannot be processed. All containers (totes, boxes, bags…etc.) need to be taken back with the customer.

Use Law Street entrance to enter and exit the City Yard Waste Station only.

Batavia Kiwanis Donates $2K to Foodlink

Kiwanis Club of Batavia has donated $2,000 to Foodlink to help feed children and families in Genesee County. The Club has been serving the children of our community and beyond since 1923.

“Foodlink is proud to serve the residents of Genesee County and collaborate with our hunger-relief partners to help individuals and families overcome the hardships created by the COVID-19 public health crisis,” said Julia Tedesco, President & CEO of Foodlink. “The Kiwanis Club’s generous donation comes at a critical time, and helps increase access to nutritious food for hundreds of households throughout the county.”

With the help of many local volunteers, Foodlink hosted six drive-thru distributions in Genesee County in April and May; three at Northgate Church in Batavia, two at Penuel Christian Fellowship in LeRoy, and one at Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church. More than 1,500 emergency food supply boxes were distributed to individuals and families in need. Foodlink also continues to work with its network of hunger-relief agencies (food pantries, meal programs, etc.) throughout Genesee County, which includes several partnerships in Batavia.

From Bob Conrad, Kiwanis Club President, “When the shutdown first started, Kiwanis Club members immediately started reaching out to food-providing agencies regarding the need for volunteers and funding. We discovered that Foodlink was providing and coordinating the food resources for our local agencies, such as Salvation Army and Community Action Genesee-Orleans. We learned that they can provide $6 worth of food for every $1 spent. We decided this is the most effective way to support emergency food initiatives in the county.”

The funding provided will support existing emergency food efforts in Genesee County, and allow for the purchase of food, expenses associated with storage, and distribution to various partners, food box sites, and hunger-relief programs throughout the county.

According to Feeding America’s recent report, The Impact of the Coronavirus on Food Insecurity, Genesee County’s food-insecurity rate is expected to rise from 10.2 percent to 15.7 percent, which equates to more than 9,100 county residents who now live in food-insecure households due to the pandemic. Food insecurity is the USDA measurement used to determine a household’s limited or uncertain access to enough nutritionally adequate food for everyone in the household to live a healthy life.

Jonathan Tretter, Treasurer, and Robert Conrad, President of the Kiwanis Club of Batavia, present a $2000 donation to Foodlink Director of Development Julie Burke. The donation will be used to fund food charities in Genesee County.

Morning News Briefing

Two local teenagers are critically injured when the car in which they were riding pulled into the path of a tractor trailer truck.
The crash occurred along Route 5 in front of an ice cream stand in the Town of Batavia.
The driver of the car, 18 year old Daniel Sonnenfeld of Pembroke suffered what were described as serious injuries. A passenger, 18 year old Gabriel Johnston also of Pembroke was taken to the hospital by Mercy Flight.
Both are listed in critical but stable condition at Erie County Medical Center.
A third passenger in the car suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene. The driver of the big rig was not hurt.
Deputies said the car was pulling out of a parking lot into the path of the eastbound tractor trailer striking the car on the driver’s side.

The latest coronavirus numbers for Genesee and Orleans County:
One new positive case reported in Genesee County an individual in their 50s from Batavia. There were five new positive cases in Orleans County.
There were also two deaths reported, both from the Orchard Rehab and Nursing Center in Medina

The Finger Lakes region is ready to enter phase 2 of New York States reopening plan this Friday.
The 2nd phase of reopening would include professional services including barber and hair salons. In-store retail shopping, administrative support, and real estate. The region has not seen any large jumps in coronavirus cases since phase 1 started on Friday May 15th.

So how hot was it?
Unofficially, Batavia broke a record yesterday.
Weather Underground, a network of private weather observers, says the high temperature in Batavia reached 92 degrees yesterday.
The previous record was 88.

COVID-19 Daily Update: May 26, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

May 26, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 181 positive cases
      • The positive case resides in Batavia.
      • The positive case is in their 50’s.
      • The positive case was not on mandatory quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 4 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 2 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 5 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 208 positive cases
      • One of the new positive individuals resides in Ridgeway, one of the positive individuals resides in Yates, one of the positive individuals resides in Shelby and one of the positive individuals resides in Albion.
      • 1 of the new positive cases is a resident of Orchard Rehabilitation & Nursing Center
      • Of the new positive cases one individual is in their 20’s, 1 of the individuals is in their 30’s, 1 of the individuals is in their 40’s, 1 of the individuals is in their 60’s and one of the individuals is in their 80’s.
      • None of the new positive cases were on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
      • Eleven of the previous positive community cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 20 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized. Please note those in the hospital may be from the community or a state-regulated facility. We do not separate them out to protect their privacy.
      • We are truly saddened to receive word that 2 of our residents have died related to COVID-19. Both of the residents lived at Orchard Rehabilitation & Nursing Center. Our deepest condolences go to the family and friends of each of these individuals during this very difficult time.

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

The facility breakdown is only showing the total positive cases from those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19. Facilities will be added when and if there is a positive case of COVID-19. Because the local health departments don’t follow the positive cases for facilities, we cannot report any recoveries from the facilities with positive cases of COVID-19. If a regulated facility from either of our counties is not listed, there are no positive cases of COVID-19 as of the release of this briefing. The local health departments do not have oversight with many regulated facilities, which may include nursing homes, correctional facilities, hospitals, etc.

Governor Cuomo announced that gatherings of 10 or less are now permitted with social distancing and sanitization protocols in place. The executive order is only good for 30 days. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20233-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency

For questions go to NY Forward website (https://forward.ny.gov/) and the Regional Control Room (for guidance and to answer your questions: mailto:flnyf@esd.ny.gov). To file a complaint about a business, location or incident in your community you can call 1-833-789-0470 or https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask

    • Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting for Re-opening America: click here.
    • Although the State has issued a statement about campgrounds, the State has not provided updated guidance for camping for local health departments, until it is received continue with guidance received. The county will notify campgrounds directly of any changes/updates.

Un-PAUSING does NOT mean we can start having large social events, even outside.

  • The more socialization that occurs the higher risk of transmitting the virus, especially to those who are most vulnerable. It is imperative we still restrict social/family gatherings until we are certain to have this under control and/or there is a vaccine.
  • It is expected we will see an uptick of positive cases and mandatory quarantines as social interaction increases.
  • If cases increase, it shows us people may be ignoring the orders to not have gatherings of 10 or more people, not social distancing, not hand washing/sanitizing, disinfecting shared surfaces often, and/or not wearing face coverings properly.
  • This can also impact our ability to continue the re-opening phases.
  • We ask that you respect the guidance and continue to social distance.

New York State on PAUSE: NYS on PAUSE will continue until at least May 28, 2020 regarding large and social gatherings. To assist local authorities with enforcement of these orders, the Governor established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force where individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here to file a complaint online. You may also call 1-833-789-0470. Businesses that are not in compliance with the Governor’s executive order may be penalized.

  • Masks / Face Coverings Both counties are still low in supplies of masks. They are being distributed to high-risk agencies / businesses as prioritized and if there is a supply left over they will be distributed in an appropriate manner. County plans for releasing supplies to the public will be forthcoming as supplies become available. Additional information will be released by the respective County Emergency Management offices as appropriate.
  • ROC COVID-19 Health Screener: This symptom tracker for the Greater Rochester region is a scientific study collected aggregate data by zip code to track hot spots of COVID-19. The data will potentially show how the virus may be spreading, identify areas that may be at risk and determine how our efforts are working to slow the spread. You can participate by taking the daily survey whether you are having symptoms or are feeling healthy. It just takes a few seconds. To learn more go to: https://www.roccovid.org/index.html
  • The Nursing Home hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form: https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

 

HEAT INDEX REACHING THE LOWER 90S THIS AFTERNOON…

A Special Weather Statement issued by the National Weather Service:

Expect another hot and humid day today, with high temperatures
reaching the upper 80s to near 90 degrees.

The very warm conditions along with high humidity will result in heat index
values topping out in the 90 to 95 degree range this afternoon.

Some cooling will occur near the immediate Great Lakes shores this
afternoon.

Take precautions if you need to be out in the heat
today by taking frequent breaks inside and drinking plenty of
water to stay hydrated.

Morning News Briefing

The number of new COVID-19 cases held to single digits over the Holiday weekend in Orleans and Genesee County.
Only one new positive case reported yesterday in Genesee County, two in Orleans.
But at the Villages of Orleans Nursing Home in Albion two more people have died from COVID-19 related illness.
That brings the death toll at the Village of Orleans to 26 since the pandemic began.

A one car crash in the Town of Byron critically injures a Livingston County man. The crash occurred on the Byron Holly Road Sunday night.
35 year old Jason Pullen of Leicester had to be flown to Strong Memorial by Mercy Flight. A passenger, 32 year old Sabrina Lovell of Clarendon suffered lesser injuries.
Deputies say Pullen, the driver, was southbound on Byron Holley Road when he crossed the center line and traveled off the east shoulder of the road striking a utility pole.

Governor Cuomo wants to compensate family members who lost relatives who worked the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
This would include firefighters, public health workers, police and EMS personnel who contracted the virus while on the job.
There is no word on how much the death benefit would be.

The state Legislature will be back in Albany this week to deal with coronavirus-related legislation. Some of the proposed bills include a rent freeze, a tax increase on the wealthy and help for small business owners and essential workers. The governor cautions legislators to keep the state’s dire financial situation in mind when it comes to passing new legislation.
New York State is facing a multi-billion-dollar budget deficit.

COVID-19 Daily Update, May 22, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

May 22, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

As we move into the Memorial Day weekend, we would like to take a moment to remember those who fought for our freedom and have given the ultimate sacrifice, their lives. We appreciate each of these individuals and their families who gave so much for this great nation. Even though there aren’t any public gatherings or parades, it doesn’t stop you from visiting cemeteries and monuments or have your own household time to remember our service men and women as long as you continue to social distance. This is also the unofficial beginning of summer and we encourage people to be creative on how they can safely enjoy the great weather without putting others at risk of contracting COVID-19. Consider planting a victory garden of flowers, fruits and vegetables, go for daily hikes while social distancing, and/or start up some new hobbies. Take time to step back and enjoy the slower pace we have found ourselves in during this pandemic. Remember to journal about how you and your family made it through these historic times. We are one day closer to making this a memory, remember this is only temporary. We can get through this together, without being so close.

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 0 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 178 positive cases
      • 3 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 2 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 23 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 194 positive cases
      • One of the new positive cases resides in Ridgeway.
      • 22 of the new positive cases are residents of Orchard Rehabilitation & Nursing Center
      • Of the new positive cases one individual is in their 20’s, 3 of the individuals are in their 50’s, 3 of the individuals are in their 60’s, 6 of the individuals are in their 70’s, 7 of the individuals are in their 80’s and 3 of the individuals are in their 90’s.
      • Two of the previous positive community cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 15 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized. Please note those in the hospital may be from the community or a state-regulated facility. We do not separate them out to protect their privacy.
      • We are truly saddened to receive word that 5 of our residents have died related to COVID-19. One of the residents lived at The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center and four of the residents lived at Orchard Rehabilitation & Nursing Center. Our deepest condolences go to the family and friends of each of these individuals during this very difficult time.

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

The facility breakdown is only showing the total positive cases from those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19. Facilities will be added when and if there is a positive case of COVID-19. Because the local health departments don’t follow the positive cases for facilities, we cannot report any recoveries from the facilities with positive cases of COVID-19. If a regulated facility from either of our counties is not listed, there are no positive cases of COVID-19 as of the release of this briefing. The local health departments do not have oversight with many regulated facilities, which may include nursing homes, correctional facilities, hospitals, etc.

Memorial Day Holiday / Social gatherings / Yard-Garage Sales: According to the Governor’s Executive Orders we are still unable to have any gatherings over 10 for any reason. For questions go to NY Forward website (https://forward.ny.gov/) and the Regional Control Room (for guidance and to answer your questions: mailto:flnyf@esd.ny.gov). To file a complaint about a business, location or incident in your community you can call 1-833-789-0470 or https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask

Un-PAUSING does NOT mean we can start having social events, even outside. The Governor’s Executive Order still bans gatherings of any kind, in any location, to no more than 10 people.

  • No yard/garage sales: Currently state guidelines are restricting these activities. The virus can be on items for several hours/days depending on the surface and can cause infection. People are touching the items to examine them, so it can put others at risk.
  • The more socialization that occurs the higher risk of transmitting the virus, especially to those who are most vulnerable. It is imperative we still restrict social/family gatherings until we are certain to have this under control and/or there is a vaccine.
  • It is expected we will see an uptick of positive cases and mandatory quarantines as social interaction increases.
  • If cases increase, it shows us people may be ignoring the orders to not have gatherings of 10 or more people, not social distancing, not hand washing/sanitizing, disinfecting shared surfaces often, and/or not wearing face coverings properly.
  • This can also impact our ability to continue the re-opening phases.
  • We ask that you respect the guidance and continue to social distance.

New York State on PAUSE: NYS on PAUSE will continue until at least May 28, 2020 regarding large and social gatherings. To assist local authorities with enforcement of these orders, the Governor established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force where individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here to file a complaint online. You may also call 1-833-789-0470. Businesses that are not in compliance with the Governor’s executive order may be penalized.

  • Masks / Face Coverings Both counties are still low in supplies of masks. They are being distributed to high-risk agencies / businesses as prioritized and if there is a supply left over they will be distributed in an appropriate manner. County plans for releasing supplies to the public will be forthcoming as supplies become available. Additional information will be released by the respective County Emergency Management offices as appropriate.
  • ROC COVID-19 Health Screener: This symptom tracker for the Greater Rochester region is a scientific study collected aggregate data by zip code to track hot spots of COVID-19. The data will potentially show how the virus may be spreading, identify areas that may be at risk and determine how our efforts are working to slow the spread. You can participate by taking the daily survey whether you are having symptoms or are feeling healthy. It just takes a few seconds. To learn more go to: https://www.roccovid.org/index.html
  • New York State is seeking contact tracers. If you are interested in this position, click here to apply to be a part of the NYS Contact Tracing team. This is a moment of crisis and New York needs our help as soon as possible.  

Morning News Briefing

Guillermo Torres Acevedo will serve seven years in federal prison for enticing a 14 year old girl to travel across state lines for sexual relations.
The incident touched off an amber alert for the child back in November of 2018.
Torres Acevedo, now 23, picked up the girl at school in Genesee County and drove her into Pennsylvania.
Following his prison term, Torres Acevedo will spend 10 years on supervised release.

The latest health department report shows only one new cases of coronavirus in Genesee County, an individual in their 40’s living in LeRoy.
There were no new cases reported late yesterday in Orleans County.

Public Health Director Paul Pettit will deliver his end of week report this afternoon.
Pettit is expected to comment on the first phase of the re-opening of our region and the status of entering the second phase.
Pettit is expected to deliver his remarks at 4 p.m. this afternoon.
WBTA will carry his message live.

Memorial Day observances will be held this year in Genesee County but the public is being asked not to attend.
City Hall cancelled Batavia’s Memorial Day parade for this year.
The annual ceremony at the War Memorial on the UMMC Jerome Center will be held, but as Veterans Service Agency Director William Joyce says this year’s observance will be different. He said the ceremony will be limited to 10 people and the general public should not attend.
You can listen to the ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m. Monday on WBTA and it will also be video streamed on a number of outlets.

Governor Cuomo says there’s been no decision yet on whether students will head back to school this fall.
The governor says schools will receive guidelines from the state next month so they can submit reopening plans in July.
Students who need to attend summer school will have to do so online.

COVID-19 Daily Update, May 21, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

May 21, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 178 positive cases
      • The positive case resides in LeRoy.
      • The individual is in their 40’s.
      • The newly positive individual was on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 1 of the previous positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 2 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 0 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 171 positive cases
      • One of the previous positive community cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 17 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized. Please note those in the hospital may be from the community or a state-regulated facility. We do not separate them out to protect their privacy.

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

The facility breakdown is only showing the total positive cases from those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19. Facilities will be added when and if there is a positive case of COVID-19. Because the local health departments don’t follow the positive cases for facilities, we cannot report any recoveries from the facilities with positive cases of COVID-19. If a regulated facility from either of our counties is not listed, there are no positive cases of COVID-19 as of the release of this briefing. The local health departments do not have oversight with many regulated facilities, which may include nursing homes, correctional facilities, hospitals, etc.

Memorial Day Holiday / Social gatherings / Yard-Garage Sales: For questions go to NY Forward website (https://forward.ny.gov/) and the Regional Control Room (for guidance and to answer your questions: mailto:flnyf@esd.ny.gov). To file a complaint about a business, location or incident in your community you can call 1-833-789-0470 or https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask

Un-PAUSING does NOT mean we can start having social events, even outside. The Governor’s Executive Order still bans gatherings of any kind, in any location, to no more than 10 people.

  • No yard/garage sales: Currently state guidelines are restricting these activities. The virus can be on items for several hours/days depending on the surface and can cause infection. People are touching the items to examine them, so it can put others at risk.
  • The more socialization that occurs the higher risk of transmitting the virus, especially to those who are most vulnerable. It is imperative we still restrict social/family gatherings until we are certain to have this under control and/or there is a vaccine.
  • It is expected we will see an uptick of positive cases and mandatory quarantines as social interaction increases.
  • If cases increase, it shows us people may be ignoring the orders to not have gatherings of 10 or more people, not social distancing, not hand washing/sanitizing, disinfecting shared surfaces often, and/or not wearing face coverings properly.
  • This can also impact our ability to continue the re-opening phases.
  • We ask that you respect the guidance and continue to social distance.

New York State on PAUSE: NYS on PAUSE will continue until at least May 28, 2020 regarding large and social gatherings. To assist local authorities with enforcement of these orders, the Governor established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force where individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here to file a complaint online. You may also call 1-833-789-0470. Businesses that are not in compliance with the Governor’s executive order may be penalized.

  • Masks / Face Coverings Both counties are still low in supplies of masks. They are being distributed to high-risk agencies / businesses as prioritized and if there is a supply left over they will be distributed in an appropriate manner. County plans for releasing supplies to the public will be forthcoming as supplies become available. Additional information will be released by the respective County Emergency Management offices as appropriate.
  • ROC COVID-19 Health Screener: This symptom tracker for the Greater Rochester region is a scientific study collected aggregate data by zip code to track hot spots of COVID-19. The data will potentially show how the virus may be spreading, identify areas that may be at risk and determine how our efforts are working to slow the spread. You can participate by taking the daily survey whether you are having symptoms or are feeling healthy. It just takes a few seconds. To learn more go to: https://www.roccovid.org/index.html
  • New York State is seeking contact tracers. If you are interested in this position, click here to apply to be a part of the NYS Contact Tracing team. This is a moment of crisis and New York needs our help as soon as possible.  

 

Memorial Day in Genesee County

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of a number of Memorial observances.

William Joyce, Genesee County Veteran Services Agency

The Memorial Day parade was canceled by City Hall and gatherings of almost any number are not permitted.

But the Genesee County Veterans Service Agency is making sure vets from our area get the recognition they deserve – even if the public cannot attend.
Observances are planned at Genesee County Park, the Batavia VA, Upton Monument and elsewhere. The largest Memorial Day Observance is at the War Memorial on the UMMC Jerome Center.

But, as Veterans Service Agency Director William Joyce tells us, it will be different this year

The ceremony will be video streamed.

We have a list of all the observances HERE

Morning News Briefing

Money saving steps taken by Genesee County over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic seem to be paying off.
Assistant County Manager Matt Landers told the legislatures Way and Means Committee last night that the county has saved about 1.4-million dollars on its budget.
The county imposed a hiring freeze and furloughed some employees. Money has also been saved in the jail budget because not as many people are being put behind bars.
Landers is quick to point out that the projected savings do not factor in cuts in state aid or the projected loss of sales tax revenues.

Criminal charges have now been filed against both halves of a physical altercation in the Town of Alabama.
On Tuesday, the male half of the fracas was charged with attempted assault and menacing for allegedly threatening another person with a knife.
Now, deputies have charged another suspected player in the feud, 27 year old Shannon Armstead of Bloomingdale Road. Shannon has also been charged with menacing.

New COVID-19 cases in Genesee County: four of them reported late yesterday, all four from either Batavia or LeRoy.

Small religious gatherings will be able to resume in New York today.
Those gatherings will be limited to 10 people and everyone in attendance must wear a mask and follow proper social distancing protocols.
Earlier this week, state officials said full congregation gatherings inside churches or other places of worship will not be allowed until a region reaches the final phase of New York’s reopening process

Governor Cuomo continues to defend his handling of nursing homes during the pandemic. The governor said he doesn’t regret his executive order requiring nursing homes to accept patients infected with the virus. He also said he doesn’t believe that mandate contributed to the high death toll in long-term care facilities.
The most notorious example of nursing home deaths in our region is at the Villages of Orleans in Albion where 22 people have died from COVID-19.

COVID-19 Daily Update, May 20, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

May 20, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 4 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 177 positive cases
      • The positive cases reside in Batavia and LeRoy.
      • One individual is in their 30’s, one individual is in their 40’s, one individual is in their 50’s, and one individual is in their 80’s.
      • Two of the newly positive individuals were on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 2 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 2 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 2 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 171 positive cases
      • One positive case resides in Ridgeway and one positive case resides in Gaines.
      • One individual is in their 30’s and one individual is in their 40’s.
      • Neither of the newly positive individuals were on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • Four of the previous positive community cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 17 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized. Please note those in the hospital may be from the community or a state-regulated facility. We do not separate them out to protect their privacy.

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

The facility breakdown is only showing the total positive cases from those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19. Facilities will be added when and if there is a positive case of COVID-19. Because the local health departments don’t follow the positive cases for facilities, we cannot report any recoveries from the facilities with positive cases of COVID-19. If a regulated facility from either of our counties is not listed, there are no positive cases of COVID-19 as of the release of this briefing. The local health departments do not have oversight with many regulated facilities, which may include nursing homes, correctional facilities, hospitals, etc.

Memorial Day Holiday / Social gatherings / Yard-Garage Sales: For questions go to NY Forward website (https://forward.ny.gov/) and the Regional Control Room (for guidance and to answer your questions: mailto:flnyf@esd.ny.gov). To file a complaint about a business, location or incident in your community you can call 1-833-789-0470 or https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/askhttps://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask

  • Un-PAUSING does NOT mean we can start having social events, even outside. The Governor’s The Executive Order still bans gatherings of any kind, in any location, to no more than 10 people.
  • No yard/garage sales: Currently state guidelines are restricting these activities. The virus can be on items for several hours/days depending on the surface and can cause infection. People are touching the items to examine them, so it can put others at risk.
  • The more socialization that occurs the higher risk of transmitting the virus, especially to those who are most vulnerable. It is imperitive we still restrict social/family gatherings until we are certain to have this under control and/or there is a vaccine.
  • It is expected we will see an uptick of positive cases and mandatory quarantines as social interaction increases.
  • If cases increase, it shows us people may be ignoring the orders to not have gatherings of 10 or more people, not social distancing, not hand washing/sanitizing, disinfecting shared surfaces often, and/or not wearing face coverings properly.
  • This can also impact our ability to continue the re-opening phases.
  • We ask that you respect the guidance and continue to social distance.

New York State on PAUSE: NYS on PAUSE will continue until at least May 28, 2020 regarding large and social gatherings. To assist local authorities with enforcement of these orders, the Governor established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force where individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here to file a complaint online. You may also call 1-833-789-0470. Businesses that are not in compliance with the Governor’s executive order may be penalized.

  • Masks / Face Coverings Both counties are still low in supplies of masks. They are being distributed to high-risk agencies / businesses as prioritized and if there is a supply left over they will be distributed in an appropriate manner. County plans for releasing supplies to the public will be forthcoming as supplies become available. Additional information will be released by the respective County Emergency Management offices as appropriate.
  • ROC COVID-19 Health Screener: This symptom tracker for the Greater Rochester region is a scientific study collected aggregate data by zip code to track hot spots of COVID-19. The data will potentially show how the virus may be spreading, identify areas that may be at risk and determine how our efforts are working to slow the spread. You can participate by taking the daily survey whether you are having symptoms or are feeling healthy. It just takes a few seconds. To learn more go to: https://www.roccovid.org/index.html
  • New York State is seeking contact tracers. If you are interested in this position, click here to apply to be a part of the NYS Contact Tracing team. This is a moment of crisis and New York needs our help as soon as possible.  

Morning News Briefing

The Batavia city schools have a budget in place for the coming school year.
It is a 51.4-million dollar spending that does not raise property taxes but calls for over a million and a half dollars’ worth of spending cuts.
The budget includes the reduction of 30 full and part-time positions, delaying equipment and supply purchases and putting off the hiring of a second school resource officer. The public will get a chance to weigh in on the budget during a public hearing on June 2nd. A vote by paper ballot will be held on June 9th.

A Town of Alabama man under arrest for allegedly pulling a knife on a guy. 44 year old Marcus Bennett of Bloomingdale Road is charged with attempted assault and menacing. Deputies said Bennett gave them a false name during his arrest, and was charged that too along with several parole violations.

Governor Cuomo says the number of new coronavirus-related deaths is falling across the state.
The highest one-day death toll was reported in April, but that number has been consistently dropping ever since.
The governor says while things are improving, if people let their guard down against the virus, those numbers could shoot up again in just a matter of days.
Locally, only one new positive case of COVID-19 was reported late yesterday in Genesee County.

Memorial Day weekend is coming up and New York State has laid out guidelines for how our country’s veterans can be honored.
Remembrance ceremonies are allowed, but only if 10 people or less are in attendance. Also, vehicle parades can take place in lieu of more traditional parades so folks can follow proper social distancing protocols.

In Genesee County, the annual Memorial Day Parade has been canceled but ceremonies will be held throughout the area – without members of the general public. This will include the annual ceremony at the Veterans Monument on the UMMC Jerome Campus. Again, no members of the general public are allowed to attend.

COVID-19 Daily Update, May 19, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

May 19, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 173 positive cases
      • The positive case resides in Batavia.
      • The individual is in their 70’s.
      • The newly positive individual was on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 2 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 1 of the total active positive cases is hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 2 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 169 positive cases
      • Both positive cases are residents of Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
      • One individual is in their 60’s and one individual is in their 70’s.
      • One of the previous positive community cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 17 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized. Please note those in the hospital may be from the community or a state-regulated facility. We do not separate them out to protect their privacy.

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

The facility breakdown is only showing the total positive cases from those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19. Facilities will be added when and if there is a positive case of COVID-19. Because the local health departments don’t follow the positive cases for facilities, we cannot report any recoveries from the facilities with positive cases of COVID-19. If a regulated facility from either of our counties is not listed, there are no positive cases of COVID-19 as of the release of this briefing. The local health departments do not have oversight with many regulated facilities, which may include nursing homes, correctional facilities, hospitals, etc.

Social gatherings: We have plenty of guidance and criteria for businesses to safely open and encourage everyone to visit the ESD website, NY Forward and the Regional Control Room for guidance and to answer your questions.

  • Un-PAUSING does NOT mean we can start having social events, even outside. The Executive Order bans gatherings of any kind, in any location, to no more than 10 people.
  • The more socialization that occurs the higher risk of transmitting the virus, especially to those who are most vulnerable. It is imperitive we still restrict social/family gatherings until we are certain to have this under control and/or there is a vaccine.
  • It is expected we will see an uptick of positive cases and mandatory quarantines as social interaction increases.
  • If cases increase, it shows us people may be ignoring the orders to not have gatherings of 10 or more people, not social distancing, not hand washing/sanitizing, disinfecting shared surfaces often, and/or not wearing face coverings properly.
  • This can also impact our ability to continue the re-opening phases.
  • We ask that you respect the guidance and continue to social distance.

New York State on PAUSE: NYS on PAUSE will continue until at least May 28, 2020 regarding large and social gatherings. To assist local authorities with enforcement of these orders, the Governor established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force where individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here to file a complaint online. You may also call 1-833-789-0470. Businesses that are not in compliance with the Governor’s executive order may be penalized.

  • Masks / Face Coverings Both counties are still low in supplies of masks. They are being distributed to high-risk agencies / businesses as prioritized and if there is a supply left over they will be distributed in an appropriate manner. County plans for releasing supplies to the public will be forthcoming as supplies become available. Additional information will be released by the respective County Emergency Management offices as appropriate.
  • ROC COVID-19 Health Screener: This symptom tracker for the Greater Rochester region is a scientific study collected aggregate data by zip code to track hot spots of COVID-19. The data will potentially show how the virus may be spreading, identify areas that may be at risk and determine how our efforts are working to slow the spread. You can participate by taking the daily survey whether you are having symptoms or are feeling healthy. It just takes a few seconds. To learn more go to: https://www.roccovid.org/index.html
  • New York State is seeking contact tracers. If you are interested in this position, click here to apply to be a part of the NYS Contact Tracing team. This is a moment of crisis and New York needs our help as soon as possible.  

Runner Identified in Fatal Car – Pedestrian Accident

State Police have now identified the female jogger was struck and killed on Townline Road in Bergen.
25 year old Kara G. Hall of Bergen was pronounced dead at the scene shortly before Noon yesterday.
The driver of the car, 28 year old David Yulfo was traveling east on Townline Road, Route 262, when he crossed over into the eastbound lane and onto the shoulder, striking the woman. Yulfo’s car then continued traveling off the road striking a fire hydrant and then a tree. He was taken to Strong Hospital with minor injuries.
Troopers say their investigation continues.

About seven hours later, along the same highway, another deadly accident. A car driven by driven by 25 year old Elijah Coombs of Oakfield slammed into a utility pole.
Coombs pronounced dead at the scene. Two passengers were injured, one seriously.
26 year old Jamie Bachorski of Oakfield had to be flown to Strong Memorial by Mercy Flight.

Morning News Briefing

A deadly day in the Town of Bergen. Two separate accidents claim two lives on the same highway a few hours apart.
Shortly after 7 last night a one car crash was discovered on Townline Road near Buffalo Street Extension.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies said a car driven by 25 year old Elijah Coombs of Oakfield had crashed into a utility pole. Coombs was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two passengers were injured: 26 year old Jamie Bachorski of Oakfield suffered serious injuries and was flown to Strong Hospital in Rochester.
A second passenger, 21 year old Samantha Wade of Byron was taken to the same hospital with what were described as minor injuries.
The sheriff’s office continues to investigate.

Earlier in the day, a female jogger was struck by a car and killed on Townline Road just west of South Lake Road in Bergen.
She has not yet been identified.
State Police are handling that investigation and not released further information.

COVID-19 takes another life at the Villages of Orleans Health and Rehab Center. This marks the 22nd death at the Albion nursing home since the coronavirus
Pandemic began.
Genesee County reported two new positive cases of the virus late yesterday.

Governor Cuomo says his administration has done all it can to help residents of nursing homes during the pandemic. Critics have questioned his executive order saying those facilities had to accept people who have tested positive for the virus.
That policy was later amended and no longer allows hospitals to discharge patients to nursing homes if they’ve tested positive for the disease.
Thousands of New Yorkers have died at long-term care facilities since the pandemic began.

The Oakfield Betterment Committee has announced that this year’s Labor Daze festival has been cancelled.
The committee says it will look for an alternative Labor Day celebration that is “safe and responsible.”

COVID-19 Daily Update: May 18, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE:

May 18, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 2 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 172 positive cases
      • One of the positive cases resides in Batavia and one of the positive cases resides in Bergen.
      • One of the individuals is in their 20’s and one individual is in their 50’s.
      • Two of the newly positive individuals were not on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 5 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 1 of the total active positive cases is hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 167 positive cases
      • The positive case resides in Carlton.
      • The individual is in their 70’s.
      • The newly positive community case was not on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • Two of the previous positive community cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 15 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized. Please note those in the hospital may be from the community or a state-regulated facility. We do not separate them out to protect their privacy.
      • We received word an individual residing in The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center has died. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of this individual during this very sad time.

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

The facility breakdown is only showing those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19. Facilities will be added when and if there is a positive case of COVID-19. Because the local health departments don’t follow the positive cases for facilities, we cannot report any recoveries from the facilities with positive cases of COVID-19. If a regulated facility from either of our counties is not listed, there are no positive cases of COVID-19 as of the release of this briefing. The local health departments do not have oversight with many regulated facilities, which may include nursing homes, correctional facilities, hospitals, etc.

Social gatherings: We have plenty of guidance and criteria for businesses to safely open and encourage everyone to visit the ESD website, NY Forward and the Regional Control Room for guidance and to answer your questions.

  • Un-PAUSING does NOT mean we can start having social events, even outside. The Executive Order bans gatherings of any kind, in any location, to no more than 10 people.
  • The more socialization that occurs the higher risk of transmitting the virus, especially to those who are most vulnerable. It is imperitive we still restrict social/family gatherings until we are certain to have this under control and/or there is a vaccine.
  • It is expected we will see an uptick of positive cases and mandatory quarantines as social interaction increases.
  • If cases increase, it shows us people may be ignoring the orders to not have gatherings of 10 or more people, not social distancing, not hand washing/sanitizing, disinfecting shared surfaces often, and/or not wearing face coverings properly.
  • This can also impact our ability to continue the re-opening phases.
  • We ask that you respect the guidance and continue to social distance.

New York State on PAUSE: NYS on PAUSE will continue until at least May 28, 2020 regarding large and social gatherings. To assist local authorities with enforcement of these orders, the Governor established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force where individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here to file a complaint online. You may also call 1-833-789-0470. Businesses that are not in compliance with the Governor’s executive order may be penalized.

  • Masks / Face Coverings Both counties are still low in supplies of masks. They are being distributed to high-risk agencies / businesses as prioritized and if there is a supply left over they will be distributed in an appropriate manner. County plans for releasing supplies to the public will be forthcoming as supplies become available. Additional information will be released by the respective County Emergency Management offices as appropriate.
  • ROC COVID-19 Health Screener: This symptom tracker for the Greater Rochester region is a scientific study collected aggregate data by zip code to track hot spots of COVID-19. The data will potentially show how the virus may be spreading, identify areas that may be at risk and determine how our efforts are working to slow the spread. You can participate by taking the daily survey whether you are having symptoms or are feeling healthy. It just takes a few seconds. To learn more go to: https://www.roccovid.org/index.html
  • New York State is seeking contact tracers. If you are interested in this position, click here to apply to be a part of the NYS Contact Tracing team. This is a moment of crisis and New York needs our help as soon as possible.  

 

Fatal Car – Pedestrian Accident in Bergen

 

State Police and other agencies are investigating a fatal car – pedestrian accident in Bergen .

First responders arrived on scene along Townline Road shortly before Noon today.

Bergen and Mercy EMS responded. No further information is available.

Morning News Briefing

Horse racing in New York State could be ready to resume on June 1st.
Harness racing at Batavia Downs isn’t scheduled to begin until July 22nd – which would be the start of the Downs regular season.
Western Region OTB President Henry Woytaszek said there is no projected opening date for Batavia Downs Gaming.
He noted that some parts of the gaming operation fall into Phase 3 of the “un-pause” plan while others are in phase four.
Wojtaszek said he is hopeful gaming at the Downs could be back sometime in June.

Weekend coronavirus statistics: only two new positive cases reported in Genesee County while new positive cases soared to 12 in Orleans County – nine of them at the Villages of Orleans nursing home in Albion.
There was also one additional death reported there bringing to 21 the number of residents of residents to die since the outbreak of COVID-19.

A nurse at the Villages of Orleans – who was fighting for her life after testing positive for COVID -19 is now back home and recovering.
On Sunday, Albion honored Diane Conrad with a motorcade parade.
Diane says she contracted the coronavirus while on the job, and had expressed concerns over the lack of PPE at the nursing home.
Diane had been in the ICU for 12 days and was released on Friday.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is calling for a crackdown on businesses that promote fake coronavirus cures. The New York Democrat says the Federal Trade Commission needs to put a stop to phony treatments like high-dose vitamin C injections and even music therapy.

Western New York drivers are still finding consistent prices at the gas pumps. According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular is two-19. That’s the same as it was last week. Gas Buddy-dot-com reports Batavia’s average at 2.30 a gallon…a dollar 55 on the Indian reservation in Basom.

Bills 2nd year defensive tackle Ed Oliver was arrested for DUI and weapons possession in Houston.
The 22 year old Oliver is being held in a Texas jail.
The Bills issued a statement on Sunday morning saying “we are aware of the situation and we are gathering more information.
We will have no further comment at this point”

COVID-19 Daily Update, May 15, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE:

May 15, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING

New Cases

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m.

o   Genesee County received 4 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 169 positive cases

§  One of the positive cases resides in LeRoy and three of the positive cases reside in Batavia.

§  One of the individuals is in their 20’s and three are in their 30’s.

§  Two of the newly positive individuals were not on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  3 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.

§  1 of the total active positive cases is hospitalized.

§  The Genesee County Health Department received notification that one of the patients from the Batavia VA Medical Center has been identified as an Erie County resident. Therefore, the total positive case number will be one less and has been adjusted in our data.

o   Orleans County received 8 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 154 positive cases

§  One of the positive cases resides in Yates and two of the new positive cases reside in Ridgeway, one of the new positive cases resides in Shelby, two of the new positive cases reside in Albion, and one of the new positive cases resides in Murray.

§  One of the positive cases reside at The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehabilitation Center.

§  Three of the individuals are in their 20’s, two of the individuals are in their 30’s, two of the individuals are in their 50’s and one of the individuals is in their 80’s.

§  None of the newly positive community cases were on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  One of the previous positive community cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.

§  13 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.  Please note those in the hospital may be from the community or a state-regulated facility.  We do not separate them out to protect their privacy.

             Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases
  

The health department was made aware that the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) did swab all residents and employees of The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabiliation Center.  Any questions regarding specific issues should be addressed to The Villages or NYSDOH.

 

The facility breakdown is only showing those facilities from where we received a postive     swab for COVID-19.  Facilities will be added when and if there is a positive case of COVID-19.  Because the local health departments don’t follow the positive cases for facilities, we cannot report any recoveries from the facilities with positive cases of COVID-19.  If a regulated facility from either of our counties is not listed, there are no positive cases of COVID-19 as of the release of this briefing.  The local health departments do not have oversight with many regulated facilities, which may include nursing homes, correctional facilities, hospitals, etc.

 

Social gatherings:  We have plenty of guidance and criteria for businesses to safely open and encourage everyone to visit the ESD website, NY Forward and the Regional Control Room for guidance and to answer your questions.  Un-PAUSING does NOT mean we can start having social events, even outside.  The Executive Order bans gatherings of any kind, in any location, to no more than 10 people.  The more socialization that occurs the higher risk of transmitting the virus, especially to those who are most vulnerable.  It is imperitive we still restrict social/family gatherings until we are certain to have this under control and/or there is a vaccine.  It is expected we will see an uptick of positive cases and mandatory quarantines as social interaction increases.  If cases increase, it shows us people may be ignoring the orders to not have gatherings of 10 or more people, not social distancing, not hand washing/sanitizing, disinfecting shared surfaces often, and/or not wearing face coverings properly.  This can also impact our ability to continue the re-opening phases.  We ask that you respect the guidance and continue to social distance. 

 

New York State on PAUSE: To assist local authorities with enforcement of these orders, the Governor established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force where individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here to file a complaint online. You may also call 1-833-789-0470. Businesses that are not in compliance with the Governor’s executive order may be penalized.

 

·         Upcoming Graduations:  Because of the current Executive Order that bans gatherings of more than 10 people, no ceremonies are allowed in stadiums or fields.  Drive-by parades are okay as long as they are maintaining social distancing orders and not parking.  The Governor’s office is not going to review requests on a case by case basis. 

·         Re-Opening Guidance:  The State has provided a template for all businesses to help develop their written Safety Plan to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  This plan does not need to be submitted to a state-agency for approval, however it must be retained on the premises of the business and must be made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection.  Be advised the local health departments are NOT the gatekeepers in these next steps.  We are NOT reviewing/approving plans and we don’t have the ability to make decisions on who is / who isn’t a part of the first phase nor have we been provided with guidance on interpreting who is and who isn’t included.

o   For guidance on Phase 1 re-opening, go to the NY Forward website:  https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase#overview  For the Safety Plan Template, click here.

o   Both Genesee and Orleans Counties operations are to stay reduced until June 7th according to the Governor’s Executive Order and Phase 1 guidelines.

o   Each Industry has a set of Phase One Guidelines, a summary of the guidelines, detailed guidelines, an affirmation the guidelines were read and followed and access to the Business Safety Plan Template (see link above).

o   For questions regarding your specific business/organization contact the Regional Control Room at flnyf@esd.ny.gov  

o   Metrics to Guide Reopening New York:  https://forward.ny.gov/metrics-guide-reopening-new-york#individual-region-plans

o   Re-opening New York:  Phase 1:  https://forward.ny.gov/

·         Masks / Face Coverings Both counties are still low in supplies of masks.  They are being distributed to high-risk agencies / businesses as prioritized and if there is a supply left over they will be distributed in an appropriate manner.  County plans for releasing supplies to the public will be forthcoming as supplies become available.  Additional information will be released by the respective County Emergency Management offices as appropriate.

·         ROC COVID-19 Health Screener:  This symptom tracker for the Greater Rochester region is a scientific study collected aggregate data by zip code to track hot spots of COVID-19.  The data will potentially show how the virus may be spreading, identify areas that may be at risk and determine how our efforts are working to slow the spread.  You can participate by taking the daily survey whether you are having symptoms or are feeling healthy.  It just takes a few seconds.  To learn more go to:  https://www.roccovid.org/index.html

·         New York State is seeking contact tracers.  If you are interested in this position, click here to apply to be a part of the NYS Contact Tracing team.  This is a moment of crisis and New York needs our help as soon as possible.

 

·         The Nursing Home hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form:  https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

 

Vintage Aircraft Stage Fly-Over in Batavia

Batavia missed out on the Air Force fly-over earlier this week but we will still see one tomorrow.

The aircraft will be a little slower and noisier but the intent will be the same.

The National Warplane Museum in Geneseo is ready to pay tribute to those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Operation Thanks from Above” is scheduled to fly-over the V-A Hospital in Batavia and United Memorial Medical Center at about 11:24 tomorrow morning.
You may want to add a few minutes on either side of the scheduled 11:24a.m time to be sure you don’t miss it.

The flyover will be led by Whiskey 7, a Douglas C-47 that is a part of the annual Warplane Museum’s annual airshow in Geneseo.

Morning News Briefing

On the day that Genesee County begins to re-open from the coronavirus shutdown, the disease takes another life.
The health department reported late yesterday a new death related to COVID-19. This person was only identified as an individual over the age of 65.
This brings to four the number of people to die in from the virus in Genesee County.
In Orleans County, another person has died from coronavirus at the Villages of Orleans Health and Rebab center, also a person over 65, and the 20th person to die at the nursing home in Albion since the pandemic began.
In terms of new positive cases, one was reported in Genesee County yesterday and one new case was reported in Orleans County.

After being shut down for weeks, the Finger Lakes region will be allowed to start reopening its economy today. Genesee County is included in the region.
New York State says the region has achieved all seven benchmarks needed to start phase one of a four-step reopening process.
Businesses in industries like construction and manufacturing will be allowed to get back up and running first.
Once they’re opened, businesses will need to follow strict guidelines to keep both customers and their employees safe.

Some confusion surrounding today’s partial re-opening of Genesee County related to the local DMV office.
County clerk Michael Cianfrini tells us the county’s department of Motor Vehicles is not re-opening.
The DMV office will remain closed until at least Phase-two of the “un-pause” New York order is allowed.

The Genesee County legislature is now only eight members.
District 1 legislator John Hilchey has resigned his post. Hilchey served the Towns of Oakfield and Alabama.
He said his service on the legislature was a having a negative impact on his employer
Republican Party chairmen in Oakfield and Alabama are putting out the call for a candidate to fill Hilchey’s seat.

Officials with Six Flags Darien Lake have announced details of the reservation system that’ll be in place this year in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Season pass holders will get the first chance to choose which day they want to visit the park before those reservations will be available to everyone else.
Guests will only be allowed to enter the park at the time they selected.
There’s no word yet on when the park will open.

It looks like New Yorkers are going to have to wait a bit longer to find out if the state fair will happen in Syracuse this year.
The state says any decision on the 2020 event will likely be made at the last minute.
The fair is scheduled to start in August.

Genesee County DMV Remains Closed

In light of the recent announcement that Genesee County has been included in the Governor’s Phase I plan to begin lifting restrictions in the Finger Lakes Region, I would like to clarify that unfortunately this does not apply to the Genesee County DMV. Pursuant to the Executive Orders issued by the Governor in March, every DMV in the state was closed to the public and thus far none have been cleared to reopen.

In recent days we have fielded hundreds of calls from individuals inquiring as to whether we will be reopening to the public on May 18th, so I would like to clarify and state that unfortunately the Phase I plan does not include the DMV. Therefore, until the state lifts the closure, we must remain closed to the public until further notice.

However, while we are prohibited from opening our doors to the public at this time, we remain committed to serving the public to the extent possible. Our office continues to handle a wide range of transactions submitted through the mail or deposited in one of our drop boxes. If you need to do any of the following transactions, please feel free to submit your paperwork either through the mail or preferably through one of our DMV drop boxes located on Court Street in Batavia or Main Street in Leroy:

– Registration renewals
– Transferring plates from one vehicle to another vehicle owned by the same individual
– License plate surrenders
– Driver’s license renewals, provided an electronic eye test has been submitted, or a form MV-619 Vision test is included.

If you drop off or mail any of these transactions to us, please remember to include your full name, physical address and a phone number in case we need to reach you.
Also, please rest assured that if your driver’s license or registration expired in March they are still valid and you cannot be ticketed for the expiration.

Governor Cuomo, through executive order extended all of those expiration dates “until further notice”. I, along with other County Clerks, have advocated to him and our state Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to continue extending those expirations so that when we do reopen, we can do so in a measured, controlled manner. Otherwise, a situation may be created where maintaining order and social distancing in our office would be extremely difficult with the surge of customers.

Once we are cleared to reopen the DMV to the public, we are putting measures in place to help ensure the safety of both the staff and our customers through limiting the number of customers in the office, identifying safe distancing locations for those in line, and requiring the wearing of masks to enter the building and our office. Further, we are restricting entrance to only the door on the west side of building, between County Building #1 and the Old Courthouse. The exit will be on the east side of the building on Court Street. This will minimize the risk of contact between people passing in the hallways.

We appreciate everyone’s patience through this difficult time, and I remain confident that we can get through this together until some semblance of normalcy returns. If you have any questions, please feel free to send us an email. at county.clerk@co.genesee.ny.us

COVID-19 Daily Update May 14, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE:

May 14, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING

New Cases

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m.

o   Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 166 positive cases

§  The positive case resides in Darien.

§  The positive individual is in their 30’s.

§  The newly positive individual was not on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  1 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.

§  4 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

§  Genesee County has received word of one new death notification related to COVID-19.  The individual was over 65.  Our condolences to the family and friends of this individual during this difficult time.

o   Orleans County received 4 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 146 positive cases

§  One of the positive cases resides in Ridgeway and one of the positive cases resides in Kendall.

§  Two of the positive cases reside at The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehabilitation Center.

§  One of the individuals is in their 30’s, one of the individuals is in their 60’s, and two of the individuals are in their 70’s.

§  None of the newly positive community cases were on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  Four of the previous positive community cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.

§  12 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.  Please note those in the hospital may be from the community or a state-regulated facility.  We do not separate them out to protect their privacy.

§  Orleans County has received word of one new death notification related to COVID-19.  The individual was over 65 and a resident of The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center.  Our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of this individual during this difficult time.

             Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

 

The facility breakdown is only showing those facilities from where we received a postive     swab for COVID-19.  Facilities will be added when and if there is a positive case of COVID-19.  If a regulated facility from either of our counties is not listed, there are no positive cases of COVID-19 as of the release of this briefing.  The local health departments do not have oversight with many regulated facilities, which may include nursing homes, correctional facilities, hospitals, etc.

 

Un-PAUSING does not mean business or life as usual!  Be advised the more socialization that occurs the higher risk of transmitting the virus, especially to those who are most vulnerable.  It is imperitive we still restrict social/family gatherings until we are certain to have this under control and/or there is a vaccine.  It is expected we will see an uptick of positive cases and mandatory quarantines as social interaction increases.  If cases increase, it shows us people may be ignoring the orders to not have gatherings of 10 or more people, not social distancing and/or not wearing face coverings properly.  This can also impact our ability to continue the re-opening phases.  We ask that you respect the guidance and continue to social distance. 

 

New York State on PAUSE: To assist local authorities with enforcement of these orders, the Governor established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force where individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here to file a complaint online. You may also call 1-833-789-0470. Businesses that are not in compliance with the Governor’s executive order may be penalized.

 

·         Re-Opening Guidance:  The State has provided a template for all businesses to help develop their written Safety Plan to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  This plan does not need to be submitted to a state-agency for approval, however it must be retained on the premises of the business and must be made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection.  Be advised the local health departments are NOT the gatekeepers in these next steps.  We are NOT reviewing/approving plans and we don’t have the ability to make decisions on who is / who isn’t a part of the first phase nor have we been provided with guidance on interpreting who is and who isn’t included.

o   For guidance on Phase 1 re-opening, go to the NY Forward website:  https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase#overview  For the Safety Plan Template, click here.

o   Both Genesee and Orleans Counties operations are to stay reduced until June 7th according to the Governor’s Executive Order and Phase 1 guidelines.

o   Each Industry has a set of Phase One Guidelines, a summary of the guidelines, detailed guidelines, an affirmation the guidelines were read and followed and access to the Business Safety Plan Template (see link above).

o   For questions regarding your specific business/organization contact the Regional Control Room at flnyf@esd.ny.gov  

o   Metrics to Guide Reopening New York:  https://forward.ny.gov/metrics-guide-reopening-new-york#individual-region-plans

o   Re-opening New York:  Phase 1:  https://forward.ny.gov/

·         Masks / Face Coverings Both counties are still low in supplies of masks.  They are being distributed to high-risk agencies / businesses as prioritized and if there is a supply left over they will be distributed in an appropriate manner.  County plans for releasing supplies to the public will be forthcoming as supplies become available.  Additional information will be released by the respective County Emergency Management offices as appropriate.

·         ROC COVID-19 Health Screener:  This symptom tracker for the Greater Rochester region is a scientific study collected aggregate data by zip code to track hot spots of COVID-19.  The data will potentially show how the virus may be spreading, identify areas that may be at risk and determine how our efforts are working to slow the spread.  You can participate by taking the daily survey whether you are having symptoms or are feeling healthy.  It just takes a few seconds.  To learn more go to:  https://www.roccovid.org/index.html

·         New York State is seeking contact tracers.  If you are interested in this position, click here to apply to be a part of the NYS Contact Tracing team.  This is a moment of crisis and New York needs our help as soon as possible.

·         The Nursing Home hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form:  https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

 

 

Morning News Briefing

The Genesee County Legislature, by a close and rarely used weighted vote, has decided to halt revenue sharing with towns and villages at least for now.
Why? The county is crying poverty due to its own financial losses because of COVID-19.
Legislature Chair Rochelle Stein tried to reassure town and village leaders who joined in the electronic virtual meeting last night that they would, “not be left behind.”
The vote was 5 to 4 to stop the revenue payments and even when weighted voting was applied, the measure still passed

Four farmhands are burned out of their mobile home in Elba.
Flames quickly destroyed the trailer on the Oak Orchard Dairy yesterday afternoon. Officials labeled the cause as accidental due to a faulty connection to a clothes dryer.

For the first time since the county health department has been announcing daily COVID-19 infections…no new cases of the virus have been reported over the past 24 hours in Genesee or Orleans Counties.
In Genesee County, four active cases remain hospitalized, in Orleans County, 10 positive cases are in the hospital.

The number of coronavirus-related deaths in neighboring Erie County has reached another grim milestone.
Officials say 400 residents have now died after getting infected, while nearly 46-hundred people have tested positive for the virus.
The news is another tough blow to the Western New York region’s ongoing attempt t\o reopen its economy. The region needs to reach seven state mandated benchmarks to begin re-opening.
Genesee County, as part of the Finger Lakes region, has met all seven and will be allowed to slowly re-open beginning tomorrow.

Nursing homes across the state are raising questions about a new testing mandate announced by Governor Cuomo.
He’s calling on all employees at those facilities to be tested twice a week for coronavirus.
However, some nursing homes question they will be able to conduct such screen – and ask who will pay for it?

COVID-19 Daily Update, May 13, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE:

May 13, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING

 

New Cases

As of 2:00 p.m.  Genesee County received 0 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 165 positive cases. Two of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.  4 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

Orleans County received 0 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 142 positive cases. Two of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation. 10 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized. Please note those in the hospital may be from the community or a state-regulated facility. We do not separate them out to protect their privacy.

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

The facility breakdown is only showing those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19. Facilities will be added when and if there is a positive case of COVID19. If a regulated facility from either of our counties is not listed, there are no positive cases of COVID-19 as of the release of this briefing. The local health departments do not have oversight with many regulated facilities, which may include nursing homes, correctional facilities, hospitals, etc.

Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome is a new health condition appearing in children between the ages of 0-21. Some doctors think the condition is related to having COVID-19, but the connection is still not clear. If you notice any of the following symptoms, call your pediatrician: a fever that won’t go away, abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomiting, rash or changes in skin color, trouble breathing, and your child seems confused or overly sleepy. While Pediatric Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome sounds frightening, the American Academy of Pediatrics reminds parents that this condition is very rare.

 

Results of Small Business Survey Released

The Genesee County Economic Development Center, Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, the Batavia Development Corporation and the Batavia Business Improvement District appreciate the response of small businesses to a recently conducted on-line survey.

With the anticipated resumption of manufacturing and construction services in the Finger Lakes Region on May 15, 2020 the business organizations are looking to collaborate in developing a plan to assist small businesses on Main Streets in city, towns and villages across Genesee County to help them ready for their re-opening.

“Governor Cuomo’s NY Forward plan provides a path for Genesee County and the Finger Lakes Region to reopen intelligently and safely,” said GCEDC President and CEO Steve Hyde. “The input of our small business community, manufacturers and local leaders shows that re-opening safely is a shared priority, and our economic development team supports that mission.”

Conducted the week of May 4th, more than 100 businesses in various sectors, including dining/hospitality, entertainment, fitness, medical services, non-profit, professional services and retail completed the on-line survey. Among the highlights:

● Challenges to Re-Opening:
Businesses see getting customers back into their doors (63% highest or next highest), access to PPE (46% highest or next highest) and developing a safe re-opening plan (41% highest or next highest) as their biggest challenges to re-opening.

● Financial Assistance:
63% of businesses applied for either the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) or Payroll Protection Program (PPP) programs. Of those that applied, 50% had received EIDL assistance, and 82% had received PPP assistance.

● Interest in Business Supported Programming:
Respondents support a coordinated Genesee County Shop Local campaign (87%) expressed interest in safety plan development and training (45%).

Along these lines, the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce will host a Zoom Webinar on Thursday, May 14th from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. featuring Paul Pettit, Public Health Director for Genesee County.

The topics to be covered during the webinar include the status of the County’s reopening; formulating a reopening plan for your business; sanitation and social distancing tips at your workplace; and, reopening guidance from the Genesee County and Orleans County Health Departments.

For more information on the webinar contact the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce at: 343-7440.

Morning News Briefing

A tractor-trailer flips on its side along West Main Street Road in the Town of Batavia after colliding with a car.
The mishap occurred just before midnight last night.
The driver of the big rig was trapped inside his heavily laden vehicle.
He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Early indications are that a mid-sized SUV collided with the semi causing the truck driver to lose control.
A heavy duty tow truck was needed to upright the vehicle.
Further information is expected later today.

Just one new case of COVID-19 reported in Genesee County over the past 24 hours. In Orleans County, there have been eight new cases of the virus while another resident dies at the Villages of Orleans.
Of the eight new cases, all have been in state regulated facilities: including
Two from the Village of Orleans, five from a state run group home for developmentally disabled and one from a Medina nursing home.

Members of the state Legislature will be back in Albany today for a public hearing on the impact of the coronavirus crisis.
Lawmakers are expected to focus on the effect the pandemic has had on the agriculture industry and small businesses.
The State Capitol building has been essentially empty for weeks after lawmakers passed the state budget.

The Arc of Genesee Orleans Transfer Station is replacing hours cut back during COVID-19.
Managers said lines at the West Main Street transfer station were getting too long.
The transfer station will now resume operations on Fridays from 8 until 2 and extend Wednesday operations until 6pm.

As voters are receiving their absentee applications in the mail for the June 23rd Primary and Special Election, the Board of Elections has some advice.
If you wish to vote absentee, fill out the form you received in the mail.
Check “temporary illness or physical disability” in box 1 … and check “Primary Election only” and “Special Election only” in box 2.
Fill out the rest of the application and mail it back in the self-addressed, prepaid envelope.
Your ballot or ballots will be mailed to you after your application has been received and processed.

COVID-19 Daily Update May 12, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

May 12, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING

New Cases

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 165 positive cases
      • The positive case resides in Batavia.
      • The positive case is in their 30’s.
      • The newly positive individual was not on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 0 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 5 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 8 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 142 positive cases
      • All of the new positive cases were in state-regulated facilities: 2 from The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center, 5 (one counted from the weekend for a total of 6) from Western NY DDSO Group Home, and 1 from Orchard Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.
      • Of the new positive cases one individual is in their 20’s, three individuals are in their 30’s, one individual is in their 50’s, one individual is in their 60’s, one individual is in their 80’s and one individual is in their 90’s.
      • Two of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 10 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized. Please note those in the hospital may be from the community or a state-regulated facility.  We do not separate them out to protect their privacy.
      • We are saddened to report another death from The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center. Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of this individual during this very sad time.

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

 

The facility breakdown is only showing those facilities from where we received a postive     swab for COVID-19.  Facilities will be added when and if there is a positive case of COVID-19.  If a regulated facility from either of our counties is not listed, there are no positive cases of COVID-19 as of the release of this briefing.  The local health departments do not have oversight with many regulated facilities, which may include nursing homes, correctional facilities, hospitals, etc.

 

  • Finger Lakes Region to Re-open New York’s first phase beginning, Friday, May 15, 2020. If you have questions about New York Forward and Business Re-opening use the following e-mail:  https://esd.ny.gov/nyforward-faqBe advised the local health departments are NOT the gatekeepers in these next steps.  We are NOT reviewing /approving plans and we don’t have the ability to make decisions on who is / who isn’t a part of the first phase nor have we been provided with guidance on interpreting who is and who isn’t included.  We have included several links to assist with planning and contact information for your reference on how to re-open for those slated to in Phase One.   
    • The first phase In order to un-PAUSE safely, we need to continue to be intentional about social distancing, properly wearing face coverings, handwashing/sanitizing and limiting time in public. Please click here for a re-opening guidance and fact sheet in response to COVID-19 developed by the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments.   For further information on the NYS Plans, click here.  For NY Forward, a guide to reopening New York and Building Back Better, click here.
    • Phased Plan to Re-open New York: https://www.governor.ny.gov/programs/new-york-forward
    • Business Safety Precautions:
      • Each business and industry must have a plan to protect employees and consumers, make the physical work space safer and implement processes that lower risk of infection in the business.

    In developing these plans, businesses will need to consider three main factors.

    • The first factor is protections for employees and customers.These include possible adjustments to workplace hours and shift design as necessary to reduce density in the workplace; enacting social distancing protocols, and restricting non-essential travel for employees.
    • The second is changes to the physical workspace, including requiring all employees and customers to wear masks if in frequent close contact with others and implementing strict cleaning and sanitation standards.
    • The last factor for businesses to consider is implementing processes that meet our changing public health obligations, like screening individuals when they enter the workplace, or reporting confirmed positives to customers. While these processes will vary from business to business, almost everyone will have to adapt, in some way or another, to our new normal.
    • ROC COVID-19 Health Screener: This symptom tracker for the Greater Rochester region is a scientific study collected aggregate data by zip code to track hot spots of COVID-19.  The data will potentially show how the virus may be spreading, identify areas that may be at risk and determine how our efforts are working to slow the spread.  You can participate by taking the daily survey whether you are having symptoms or are feeling healthy.  It just takes a few seconds.  To learn more go to:  https://www.roccovid.org/index.html

     

    • New York State is seeking contact tracers. If you are interested in this position, click here to apply to be a part of the NYS Contact Tracing team.  This is a moment of crisis and New York needs our help as soon as possible.

 

Morning News Briefing

The Finger Lakes region has been given the green light to start reopening its economy…and the Finger Lakes region includes Batavia and Genesee County.
Governor Cuomo has announced that the area has reached all seven benchmarks required to allow some businesses to get back up and running again.
That process can begin once the governor’s “New York State on PAUSE” executive order expires on Friday.
All retail businesses will be able to perform curbside pickup and drop-off going forward.
Meanwhile, the state says it will allow low-risk professions such as landscaping, low-risk outdoor recreational activities and drive-in movie theaters to reopen.

The City of Batavia predicts a $2.5-million budget gap this year. Much of that shortfall due to a sharp decline in sales tax revenue.
The city has already imposed a hiring freeze, some part-time layoffs and cancellation of the summer youth program.
Now, City Manager Martin Moore has directed additional cuts in each department including the layoff of a crossing guard and a delay in vehicle purchases for the police department, the elimination of street light replacements and various other cuts in supplies.
No full time city employee layoffs have been announced so far.

Batavia Republican Assembly Steve Hawley is calling for Governor Cuomo’s emergency powers to come to an end. Hawley says it’s time to return to established state government operations and legislative powers.

The Batavia City Council has given the go-ahead to the Genesee County Farmers Market to begin operations on June 5th.
But not before a number of councilmen questioned whether or not food trucks should be part of the market.
Councilman John Canale, and others, cited complaints from existing downtown restaurants that the food trucks were drawing business away from them. Ultimately council dumped the issue back into the laps of the Business Improvement District which sponsors the farmers market and has a number of restaurants as members.

COVID-19 Daily Update, May 11, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE:

May 11, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 164 positive cases
      • The positive case resides in Batavia.
      • The positive case is in their 30’s.
      • The newly positive individual was not on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 2 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 5 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
      • We have removed a ‘positive / recovered’ individual that was determined to be a false-positive result. Therefore, the total positive case number will be one less and has been adjusted in our data. No further information will be shared.
    • Orleans County received 2 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 134 positive cases
      • The community positive case resides in Ridgeway.
      • There is one additional positive case who is a resident of The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center.
      • Of the new positive cases one individual is in their 50’s and one individual is in their 90’s.
      • 10 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

The facility breakdown is only showing those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19. Facilities will be added when and if there is a positive case of COVID-19. If a regulated facility from either of our counties is not listed, there are no positive cases of COVID-19 as of the release of this briefing. The local health departments do not have oversight with many regulated facilities, which may include nursing homes, correctional facilities, hospitals, etc.

  • We are pleased to receive word of being included in the Finger Lakes Region to Re-open New York’s first phase beginning, Friday, May 15, 2020. Be advised the local health departments are NOT the gatekeepers in these next steps. We are NOT reviewing /approving plans and we don’t have the ability to make decisions on who is / who isn’t a part of the first phase nor have we been provided with guidance on interpreting who is and who isn’t included (see the highlighted phase below). We have included several links to assist with planning and contact information for your reference on how to re-open for those slated to in Phase One.
    • The first phase In order to un-PAUSE safely, we need to continue to be intentional about social distancing, properly wearing face coverings, handwashing/sanitizing and limiting time in public. Please click here for a re-opening guidance and fact sheet in response to COVID-19 developed by the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments. For further information on the NYS Plans, click here. For NY Forward, a guide to reopening New York and Building Back Better, click here.
    • Phased Plan to Re-open New York: https://www.governor.ny.gov/programs/new-york-forward
      • Priority Industries for Re-Opening:
        • Phase One: Construction; Manufacturing & wholesale supply chain; Select retail using curbside pickup only; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Hunting
        • Phase Two: Professional services; Finance & Insurance; Retail; Administrative support; Real Estate & Rental Leasing
        • Phase Three: Restaurants & Food Service; Hotels & Accommodations
        • Phase Four: Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Education
  • ROC COVID-19 Health Screener: This symptom tracker for the Greater Rochester region is a scientific study collected aggregate date by zip code to track hot spots of COVID-19. The data will potentially show how the virus may be spreading, identify areas that may be at risk and determine how our efforts are working to slow the spread. You can participate by taking the daily survey whether you are having symptoms or are feeling healthy. It just takes a few seconds. To learn more go to: https://www.roccovid.org/index.html
  • New York State is seeking contact tracers. If you are interested in this position, click here to apply to be a part of the NYS Contact Tracing team. This is a moment of crisis and New York needs our help as soon as possible.  

 

National Police Week Recognized Locally

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as National Police Week. Typically, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those officers that have paid the ultimate sacrifice during this week.

Village of Le Roy Police Department Left to right: Officer Adriano Medici, Detective John Condidorio, Officer Zachary Klafehn, Officer Chris Ford, Sergeant Greg Kellogg, Officer Curt Miller, Officer Steve Cappotelli, Officer Connor Denz

 

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic these events have been cancelled this year. Genesee County Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr., City of Batavia Police Chief Shawn Heubusch, Village of Le Roy Police Chief Christopher Hayward, along with the Genesee County Legislature, recognize this week in honor of all those in the law enforcement profession for the countless hours each officer dedicates to the community in which they serve.

City of Batavia Police Department Left to right: Officer Austin Hedges, Officer Felicia DeGroot, Officer Josh Girvin, Officer Nicole McGinnis, Officer Sam Freeman

 

The Genesee County Legislature will be issuing a proclamation at its Wednesday night meeting recognizing May 10 – 16, 2020, as National Police Week. The lights on the Old County Courthouse cupola will be changed to blue to acknowledge this week.

 

 

Genesee County Sheriff’s Office Left to right: Sergeant Michael J. Lute, Deputy Rachel M. Diehl, Investigator Joseph D. Loftus, Deputy Robert C. Henning, Deputy Travis M. DeMuth

 

Village of Corfu Police Department Officer Scott Johnston

Law enforcement officers are always prepared to respond and aid our residents, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

“We commend the women and men of the law enforcement community for their selfless dedication to the protection of the citizens and communities they serve. May God bless them and their families. Please take a moment and join us in paying tribute to these tremendous individuals and remember those that have given the ultimate sacrifice,” stated Sheriff Sheron, Chief Heubusch and Chief Hayward.

Morning News Briefing

The pressure is on at the Villages of Orleans Nursing and rehabilitation Center in Albion. Another resident there died over the weekend from COVID-19 related illness.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia, whose district includes Albion, says a number of agencies are now involved in the investigation of the nursing home. Among them, Hawley said, is the Orleans County District Attorney and Sheriff’s Department.
Hawley said the State Department of Health that has regulatory control over nursing homes in the state, conducted a surprise inspection in April and found the Villages of Orleans in compliance with state guidelines.
Hawley described the situation at the privately owned nursing home as, “out of control.”

Governor Cuomo has announced that hospitals cannot discharge patients to nursing homes if they’ve tested positive for the disease.
Staff members at nursing homes also need to be screened twice a week for the virus.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul says Western New York is making progress towards reopening its economy. Hochul says while the region has reached several benchmarks laid out by Governor Cuomo, progress is still needed in some areas. She says people can help out by wearing masks in public and taking part in social distancing.

Starting today, all Amtrak customers will be required to wear masks onboard trains. The company says its part of an effort to keep people safe as it increases service to meet customer demand in the Northeast. In addition to masks, travelers must also follow proper social distancing protocols while onboard, in stations and at ticket counters.

In the next few days all registered voters will be receiving an absentee application in the mail from the Genesee County Board of Elections.
This allows voters to use “temporary illness” due to the COVID-19 pandemic to apply and mail in your application with a prepaid envelope.
After the application is received, the board of elections will mail your ballot.
This application is good only for the June 23rd Primary Election.

Western New York drivers are continuing to find consistent prices at the pump. Gas Buddy-dot-com shows an average price of a gallon of regular in Batavia at $2.27.On the reservation in Basom, a gallon of regular is $1.55.

COVID-19 Daily Update May 8, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

May 8, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

Nurses’ Week – we would like to take a moment to thank our nursing teams in both counties as well as all the nurses who are working so hard to help those under their care. They daily provide care, instruction, encouragement, compassion, and strength to the patients and their families they are in contact with. We greatly appreciate all you do every day no matter if it is a routine day or in the midst of a pandemic, thank you!

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 162 positive cases
      • The positive case resides in Batavia.
      • The positive case is in their 80’s.
      • The newly positive individual was not on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 1 of the previous positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 5 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 0 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 124 positive cases
      • 2 of the previous positive community cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 7 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
      • We are reporting that an individual (under 65 years of age) who lived in The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center passed away. Due to privacy issues, we are not releasing further details about this individual. I would like to express my sincerest sympathy for these individuals’ family and friends.”

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

The facility breakdown is only showing those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19. Facilities will be added when and if there is a positive case of COVID-19. If a regulated facility from either of our counties is not listed, there are no positive cases of COVID-19 as of the release of this briefing. The local health departments do not have oversight with many regulated facilities, which may include nursing homes, correctional facilities, hospitals, etc.

  • COVID-19 Serology Testing (SARS-CoV-2): Serology tests look for antibodies (proteins that fight off infections) in the blood to better understand how many COVID-19 infections have occurred. Provides a more complete estimate of how common COVID-19 is (or the incidence of infection) and is a guide to control measures, such as social distancing.
    • 44 residents of Orleans County had the Serology Test for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) and 4 returned positive. 336 residents of Genesee County had the Serology Test for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) and 12 returned positive.
    • Serology tests are not used for diagnosis. These tests are more for research to help in the development of vaccines and in understanding the scale of the pandemic.
    • The tests look for the antibodies in the blood. If antibodies are found it means there has been a previous infection. It takes 1-2 weeks after the first symptoms appear for antibodies to develop in the body. Antibodies can take 2-3 after infection to develop, so people should not get the antibody test too early or it may give false negative results. This is an aid in identifying individuals with an adaptive immune response to COVID-19, indicating recent or prior infection. There are also several different strains of coronavirus and the antibody may pick up a different coronavirus type other than the current pandemic novel strain, causing positive for coronavirus antibodies. Not everyone will develop an antibody response.
    • It is currently unknown if someone who has been infected with COVID-19 will be immune to the virus if exposed in the future.
    • Resources: https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/emergency-situations-medical-devices/faqs-testing-sars-cov-2#serology; https://www.idsociety.org/globalassets/idsa/public-health/covid-19/idsa-covid-19-antibody-testing-primer.pdf; https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/serology-surveillance/index.html
  • Mothers’ Day: As with any special holiday, it is important during COVID-19 we continue social distancing. This is not the time to be having barbecues, large family gatherings. Honor your Moms creatively by facetiming, sending them some special treats, calling on the phone, but if you don’t live in the same household honor them from a distance. Keep your Moms healthy and safe and stay 6 feet away. We don’t want to see a rise in positive cases because people didn’t heed social distancing.
  • In order to un-PAUSE safely, we need to continue to be intentional about social distancing, properly wearing face coverings, handwashing/sanitizing and limiting time in public. As seen over the last week there have been daily increases in community spread cases of COVID-19. If we see a significant increase in community acquired positive cases it may hinder our ability to move forward and re-open our counties. It is up to each of us individually to adhere to the guidelines in place, this is about respecting others and their safety understanding as we protect others we are protecting ourselves.
    • Phased Plan to Re-open New York: https://www.governor.ny.gov/programs/new-york-forward
      • Do No Harm and Strengthen Healthcare System – Based on CDC recommendations, regions must experience a 14-day decline in hospitalizations and deaths on a 3-day rolling average. Regions with few COVID cases cannot exceed 15 new total cases or 5 new deaths on a 3-day rolling average. A region must have fewer than two new COVID patients admitted per 100,000 residents per day.
      • Testing and Contact Tracing – Regions must implement a testing regimen that prioritizes symptomatic persons and individuals who came into contact with a symptomatic person, and conducts frequent tests of frontline and essential workers. Every region must have the capacity to conduct 30 diagnostic tests for every 1,000 residents per month.
      • Priority Industries for Re-Opening:
        • Phase One: Construction; Manufacturing & wholesale supply chain; Select retail using curbside pickup only
        • Phase Two: Professional services; Finance & Insurance; Retail; Administrative support; Real Estate & Rental Leasing
        • Phase Three: Restaurants & Food Service; Hotels & Accommodations
        • Phase Four: Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Education
  • ROC COVID-19 Health Screener: This symptom tracker for the Greater Rochester region is a scientific study collected aggregate date by zip code to track hot spots of COVID-19. The data will potentially show how the virus may be spreading, identify areas that may be at risk and determine how our efforts are working to slow the spread. You can participate by taking the daily survey whether you are having symptoms or are feeling healthy. It just takes a few seconds. To learn more go to: https://www.roccovid.org/index.html
  • Prepping for Re-opening Our Region: The Health Departments have developed a guide to use in developing business or organizations re-opening plans.   Please click here for a re-opening guidance and fact sheet in response to COVID-19 developed by the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments. For further information on the NYS Plans, click here.
  • Swabbing and antibody testing is becoming increasingly available in the WNY region. If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your primary care provider and they will determine if testing is right for you. If the counties receive an increase in swabbing supplies and the protocol for testing is changed, we will notify the public. The Health Departments are not providing public swabbing due to lack of supplies. For more information on testing click here.
  • There is still no cure or vaccination available for COVID-19. Be alert to scams or home remedies. Contact your primary care provider if you have any symptoms and follow his/her instructions.

Mental Health

  • Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and having to socially distance yourself from someone you love can be difficult. Below are resources that can help you connect to a professional that can help you through these challenging times:
    • Care + Crisis Helpline is available 24/7 at 585-283-5200 or text ‘Talk’ to 741741
    • New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling

Domestic Violence

  • For New Yorkers in need of help or assistance, they can text 844-997-2121 or can go to the new confidential online site to reach a professional at www.opdv.ny.gov The new text program and confidential online service will make it easier for victims who are isolated with their abusers to get help. Both the text and online service are staffed 24/7 by the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Staff who are experts in the area of domestic violence.

 

Absentee Ballot Applications in the Mail

In the next few days all registered voters will be receiving an absentee application in the mail from the Genesee County Board of Elections. This allows voters to use “temporary illness” due to the COVID-19 pandemic to apply and mail in your application with a pre-paid envelope.

After we receive your application, we will mail your ballot (or ballots in the case of some voters who will receive multiple ballots), out to you so that you will be able to vote safely.  This application is good only for the June 23rd Primary Election. If you have any questions please call (585) 815-7804 or email us at election@co.genesee.ny.us

GCEDC Accepts Applications for two Projects Worth $9-million

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) board of directors voted to accept applications for two projects that will generate $9 million in capital investments.

Bright Oak Solar, LLC is seeking incentives to construct a 4MW community solar at a capital investment of $6 million project.  The project would be located on Galloway Road in the town of Batavia.

J & R Fancher Property Holdings, LLC is investing $3 million to build a 32,254 square-foot, three-story facility to be constructed on 2 acres in the Buffalo East Technology Park in the town of Pembroke.  The project will add 17 market-rate, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments on the second and third floors, and an interior space comprised of four spaces for commercial tenants, as well as indoor parking and a fitness center.

“These projects continue the momentum in investments in residential housing and the renewable energy sectors,” said GCEDC Board Chair Paul Battaglia.  “In just the first few months of 2020, we have projects that will create close to 100 new residential housing units and investments of approximately $28 million in renewable energy sector that will create 26-megawatts of solar energy.”

J & R Fancher Property Holdings, LLC is requesting approximately $615,924 of property, sales and mortgage tax incentives. The project is estimated to produce $5.5 of economic impact for every $1 of proposed incentives.

Bright Oak Solar LLC is seeking approximately $978,656 in sales, mortgage and property tax exemptions.  The company will make PILOT payments over the next 15 years which are estimated to generate $122,610 in revenues to Genesee County and $257,845 in revenues to the Oakfield-Alabama Central Schools. The total increase in PILOT payments and real property taxes for the project is estimated at $394,139 over 15 years.

Since both projects are seeking incentives over $100,000, public hearings will be conducted.

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Morning News Briefing

The number of new positive cases of COVID-19 jumps by 15 in Orleans County, 10 of those new cases are residents of the Villages of Orleans.
The death count edged up by two in Orleans County, one had been a resident of the villages.
In Genesee County, the latest numbers from the health department revealed four new cases of Coronavirus…two in Batavia, one in Bethany and one in the Town of Alabama.
Genesee Orleans Public Health Director Paul Pettit is due to deliver his weekly report later this afternoon. WBTA will carry Pettit’s remarks, live, beginning at 4 this afternoon.

An executive order has been extended in New York State to give some relief to people who rent a place to live. Landlords cannot evict someone for inability to pay their rent due to the pandemic. The order remains in effect until at least August 20th. The governor’s order also protects renters from late fees and allows them to pay rent with their security deposits.

The Downtown Batavia public Market plans to re-open on June 5th.
The market is located at the corner of Bank Street and Alva Place.
Organizers say the market will adhere to enhanced public health guidelines through social distancing and spacing of vendor areas.

The start of camping season is being pushed back in New York State. Officials say state-run campgrounds will not be allowed to open until at least June 1st…. missing the popular Memorial Day weekend.

The Buffalo Bills will get plenty of time in the national spotlight during the upcoming season.
The NFL has scheduled the Bills to play in four prime-time contests. Their first nationally televised game will be hosting the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs for Thursday Night Football.
The Bills are also scheduled to play Monday Night games against the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots and a Sunday contest against the Steelers.

COVID-19 Daily Briefing May 7, 2020

SITUATIONAL UPDATE:

May 7, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 4 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 161 positive cases
      • Two of the positive cases reside in Batavia, one resides in Bethany, and one resides in Alabama.
      • Two individuals are in their 30’s, one individual is in their 40’s, and one individual is in their 50’s.
      • Three of the newly positive individuals were on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 2 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 5 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 15 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 124 positive cases
      • One of the new positive cases resides in Yates, one resides in Shelby, one resides in Albion, one resides in Gaines and one of the new positive cases resides in Kendall.
      • 10 positive cases reside at The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehabilitation Center.
      • The newly positive cases has two individuals in their 30’s, one individual in their 50’s, four individuals in their 60’s, three individuals in their 70’s, five individuals in their 80’s, and one individual in their 90’s.
      • One of the community newly positive individuals was on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 8 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
      • We are reporting that an individual (over 65 years of age and who had underlying health conditions) who lived in the community, who had tested positive for COVID-19 has passed away,” stated Paul Pettit, Director of the Genesee & Orleans County Health Departments. “We have also had an individual who lived in The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center pass away. Due to privacy issues, we are not releasing further details about either of these individuals. I would like to express my sincerest sympathy for these individuals’ family and friends.”

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

The facility breakdown is only showing those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19. Facilities will be added when and if there is a positive case of COVID-19. If a regulated facility from either of our counties is not listed, there are no positive cases of COVID-19 as of the release of this briefing. The local health departments do not have oversight with many regulated facilities, which may include nursing homes, correctional facilities, hospitals, etc.

  • In order to un-PAUSE safely, we need to continue to be intentional about social distancing, properly wearing face coverings, handwashing/sanitizing and limiting time in public. As seen over the last week there have been daily increases in community spread cases of COVID-19. If we see a significant increase in community acquired positive cases it may hinder our ability to move forward and re-open our counties. It is up to each of us individually to adhere to the guidelines in place, this is about respecting others and their safety understanding as we protect others we are protecting ourselves.

Morning News Briefing

Another resident of the Villages of Orleans nursing facility in Albion dies from COVID-19. The death toll there is now 15.
Genesee County has added three new positive cases of the virus, two in Pembroke and one in Batavia. One individual is in their 20’s, the other two are in their 30’s. Five of the total active cases are hospitalized.

Governor Cuomo says most of the New Yorkers recently hospitalized due to the coronavirus were people staying at home.
Data shows many of the infected individuals were non-essential workers or people who have retired.
Governor Cuomo called the discovery shocking, saying the government has done all it can to keep people from getting sick.

Officials say the Finger Lakes region is on track to be able to start reopening its economy.
Doctor Michael Mendoza, Monroe County’s Commissioner of Health, says the Finger Lakes region will likely meet state requirements to get things back up and running again. Genesee County is part of the Finger Lakes region.

About 71-percent of Tri-state residents feel the priority should be slowing the spread of coronavirus and keeping people at home, even if it hurts the economy. New poll numbers from Quinnipiac University also indicate that respondents feel strongly there should be more testing in their home state, in order to lift stay-at-home-orders.

A new solar energy project has been proposed in the Town of Batavia.
Bright Oak Solar is planning a $6-million 4-Megawatt solar panel farm along Galloway Road. The company is asking the county’s Economic Development Center for a payment in lieu of taxes of nearly $400,000 over 15 years.
The GCEDC will also consider later today a tax incentive plan for a $3-million housing project in the Buffalo East Technology Park on Route 77 in Pembroke.

The state Board of Elections is planning to appeal a ruling by a federal judge that reinstated New York’s Democratic presidential primary. The June 23rd vote had been canceled by the board due to concerns over the coronavirus. However, the judge said that decision was unconstitutional and that officials have more than enough time to make sure New Yorkers can vote safely.

COVID-19 Daily Update, May 6, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

May 6, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 3 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 157 positive cases
      • Two of the positive cases reside in Pembroke and one resides in Batavia.
      • One individual is in their 20’s and two of the individuals are in their 30’s.
      • Two of the newly positive individuals were on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 0 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 5 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
      • We have removed a ‘positive / recovered’ individual that was determined to be a false-positive result. Therefore, the total positive case number will be one less and has been adjusted in our data. No further information will be shared.
    • Orleans County received 4 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 109 positive cases
      • Two of the new positive cases reside in Ridgeway and one of the new positive cases resides in Shelby.
      • One positive case resides at The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehabilitation Center.
      • The newly positive cases has one individual in their 40’s, two individuals in their 50’s and one individual in their 80’s and older.
      • None of the community newly positive individuals were on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 8 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
      • We have also received word of another death of an individual who lived at The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center. Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this individual at this very sad time.

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

The facility breakdown is only showing those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19. Facilities will be added when and if there is a positive case of COVID-19. If a regulated facility from either of our counties is not listed, there are no positive cases of COVID-19 as of the release of this briefing. The local health departments do not have oversight with many regulated facilities, which may include nursing homes, correctional facilities, hospitals, etc.

  • New York State is seeking contact tracers. If you are interested in this position, click here to apply to be a part of the NYS Contact Tracing team. This is a moment of crisis and New York needs our help as soon as possible.  
  • Prepping for Re-opening Our Region: The Health Departments have developed a guide to use in developing business or organizations re-opening plans.   Please click here for a re-opening guidance and fact sheet in response to COVID-19 developed by the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments. For further information on the NYS Plans, click here.
  • Swabbing and antibody testing is becoming increasingly available in the WNY region. If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your primary care provider and they will determine if testing is right for you. If the counties receive an increase in swabbing supplies and the protocol for testing is changed, we will notify the public. The Health Departments are not providing public swabbing due to lack of supplies. For more information on testing click here.
  • There is still no cure or vaccination available for COVID-19. Be alert to scams or home remedies. Contact your primary care provider if you have any symptoms and follow his/her instructions.

Mental Health

  • Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and having to socially distance yourself from someone you love can be difficult. Below are resources that can help you connect to a professional that can help you through these challenging times:
    • Care + Crisis Helpline is available 24/7 at 585-283-5200 or text ‘Talk’ to 741741
    • New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling
  • Domestic Violence: For New Yorkers in need of help or assistance, they can text 844-997-2121 or can go to the new confidential online site to reach a professional at www.opdv.ny.gov The new text program and confidential online service will make it easier for victims who are isolated with their abusers to get help. Both the text and online service are staffed 24/7 by the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Staff who are experts in the area of domestic violence.

 

Morning News Briefing

National Grid is issuing a warning to customers about a new telephone scam.
The utility says people have been getting calls from scammers claiming to be representatives of National Grid.
The scammers then threaten to shut off your electricity unless customers agree to make immediate payments using a prepaid debit card or money transfer.
You should know that National Grid has suspended all collection activity during the coronavirus shutdown.
The company says if you get a call you think is suspicious, hang up

A construction project worth about $3-million has been proposed for a site on Route 77 near Route 5 in Pembroke.
The project seeks about $616,000in various tax breaks from Genesee County.
What is proposed is a 3-story building consisting of 17 one and two bedroom apartments on the upper floors with commercial space and parking on the ground floor. The developer of the project is is J and R Fancher Holdings of Akron.
The building is proposed for the Buffalo East Technology Park not far from the Yancy’s Fancy factory in Pembroke.
The Genesee County Economic Development Center board considers the tax incentives at its meeting tomorrow afternoon.

The Batavia City School Board has delayed the adoption of next year’s school budget.
The board put off action on the budget for two weeks to buy some time to learn what state aid the district can expect.
In trying to close a $1.6-million budget gap, the district has eliminated 30 jobs including some teacher positions.

It looks like New York State voters will get to take part in a Democratic presidential primary after all.
A federal judge has ruled that the primary must happen June 23rd after declaring its cancellation unconstitutional.
The primary was originally scrapped due to concerns over the coronavirus, but the judge said there’s plenty of time left to figure out how to hold it safely.

Governor Cuomo says remote learning could become a permanent part of life for New York students.
Kids and teachers have been taking part in online classes since March after they were removed from schools in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.
The governor said yesterday the state is looking into how to improve remote learning in the future and has teamed up with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to come up with ideas

GCEDC to Consider Pembroke Project

News Release

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) board of directors will consider a proposed $3 million mixed-use project at the Buffalo East Technology Park in the town of Pembroke at the GCEDC’s May 7, 2020 board meeting.

Because of the COVID19 pandemic the meeting will be conducted via conference and on-line at www.gcedc.com.
The proposed $3 million project by J & R Fancher Property Holdings, LLC would include a 32,254 square-foot, three-story facility to be constructed on 2 acres in the park.

The project will add 17 market-rate, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments on the second and third floors, and an interior space comprised of four spaces for commercial tenants, as well as indoor parking and a fitness center.

This is the third project with a residential component that is seeking incentives from the GCEDC board in 2020. The addition of 17 market-rate apartments would bring the total number of new residential units to 82 in the County. The capital investment of the residential projects is $31.6 million
.
J & R Fancher Property Holdings, LLC is requesting approximately $615,924 of property, sales and mortgage tax incentives. The project is estimated to produce $5.50 of economic impact for every $1 of proposed incentives.

If the project’s application is accepted, a public hearing would be held in advance of a final resolution for project incentives.

COVID-19 Daily Update, May 5, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE:

May 5, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m.

o   Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 155 positive cases

§  The positive case resides in Darien.

§  The positive case is in their 80’s.

§  The newly positive individual was not on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  3 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.

§  5 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

 

o   Orleans County received 3 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 105 positive cases

§  The 3 positive cases reside at The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehabilitation Center.

§  The newly positive cases has one individual in their 70’s and one individual in their 80’s and one individual in their 90’s and older.

§  6 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

The facility breakdown is only showing those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19.  Facilities will be added when and if there is a positive case of COVID-19.  If a regulated facility from either of our counties is not listed, there are no positive cases of COVID-19 as of the release of this briefing.  The local health departments do not have oversight with many regulated facilities, which may include nursing homes, correctional facilities, hospitals, etc.

 ·         The Nursing Home hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form:  https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

 

·         Swabbing and antibody testing is becoming increasingly available in the WNY region.   If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your primary care provider and they will determine if testing is right for you.  If the counties receive an increase in swabbing supplies and the protocol for testing is changed, we will notify the public.  The Health Departments are not providing public swabbing due to lack of supplies.  For more information on testing click here.

·         There is still no cure or vaccination available for COVID-19.  Be alert to scams or home remedies.  Contact your primary care provider if you have any symptoms and follow his/her instructions.

·         Prepping for Re-opening Our Region:  As we get closer to the possibility of re-opening our region we encourage everyone to be prepared in our preparations with our goal to protect the health and safety of our residents. Conditions will be monitored to limit and lessen (mitigate) any rebounds or outbreaks by restarting a phase or returning to an earlier phase, depending on the severity, to protect the most vulnerable. Re-opening will be data driven to determine the viability of the process. If there is a sharp increase of positive swabs and antibody results we need to determine if it is related to increased testing, lack of following guidance or a combination of the two.

o   For all businesses:  Develop a plan to limit the risk of infection of employees and the public.  Monitor workforce for symptoms, do not allow symptomatic people to physically return to work until cleared by a medical provider.  If possible continue to encourage telework whenever possible.

§  The Health Departments encourage stores and businesses to set guidelines that include not allowing patrons to enter if they are not wearing a face covering or are not wearing it correctly (covering the mouth & nose).  For those who cannot wear masks for legitimate breathing issues, ask someone else to run errands for your or call ahead to see if you can have curbside delivery.  Make sure you have proper signage noting your policy and that it is visible to your patrons.

§  Close common areas where personnel are likely to congregate and interact or enforce strict social distancing protocols.

§  Ensure 6 foot buffer zones when dealing with the public and between work stations.  Prioritize online payments over cashiers when possible.

§  Provide handwashing / hand sanitizing stations for employees and the public.

§  Consider making properly worn face coverings (covering the mouth and nose) mandatory for staff and customers.  For those unable to wear masks due to legitimate breathing issues, reassign them so they don’t interact with the public or have close contact with fellow workers.

§  Review your sick leave policy and enforce it so no on exhibiting symptoms is allowed to report for duty.  If someone becomes ill at work, have disinfecting protocol in place to clean the area(s) the employee has been in.

o   For everyone:  Wearing Masks and Social Distancing is paramount to preventing flare-ups and mini-outbreaks.  Everyone needs to be compliant.  Correctly wearing cloth masks (covering the mouth and nose) is part of a multi-prong approach to stop/slow the spread of COVID-19.  We know wearing a face covering is inconvenient and uncomfortable, but it can limit transmission of respiratory germs.  The mask traps the droplets before they spread into the environment.  Remember wearing a face covering helps to protect others from your potential germs.  Since many have been asymptomatic, this will help limit the spread…”My mask protects you, and your mask protects me!’  Wearing face coverings is a way of strengthening social distancing.

o   Minimize non-essential travel and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel.

o   Continue the following:

§  Continue frequent handwashing / hand sanitizing if soap and water are not available.

§  Continue frequent sanitizing / cleaning of shared surfaces.

§  Continue Social Distancing – staying 6 feet away from others (non-household members)

§  Continue Wearing face coverings

§  Stay HOME if you are sick!!!

 

Mental Health

·         Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and having to socially distance yourself from someone you love can be difficult. Below are resources that can help you connect to a professional that can help you through these challenging times:

o   Care + Crisis Helpline is available 24/7 at 585-283-5200 or text  ‘Talk’ to 741741

o   New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling

·         Domestic Violence:  For New Yorkers in need of help or assistance, they can text 844-997-2121 or can go to the new confidential online site to reach a professional at www.opdv.ny.gov The new text program and confidential online service will make it easier for victims who are isolated with their abusers to get help.  Both the text and online service are staffed 24/7 by the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Staff who are experts in the area of domestic violence.

 

 

Morning News Briefing

The city of Batavia has put a hiring freeze on all open positions.
It is part of a plan to offset a $2.5-million dollar shortfall in revenue.
Among the jobs that will not be filled are two firefighter positions. The summer recreation program has also been scrapped.
The annual Memorial Day Parade has been cancelled, not so much due to the expense, but the effort to maintain social distancing.
The city says it will find other ways to honor veterans with flags and flowers on their gravesites.

Just one new COVID-19 case reported in Genesee County, an individual living in the Town of Alabama. Two new cases reported in Orleans County. One of them at the Villages of Orleans Nursing home in Albion.

Governor Cuomo has announced the criteria regions across New York will need to achieve to reopen and says right now none of them have met all the required benchmarks. Those standards include several categories such as hospitalization rates, the number of available hospital beds, infection rates and coronavirus testing. Once a region is approved to reopen, it’ll happen in four phases starting with essential businesses that are considered low risk to spread the virus and ending with reopening things like entertainment venues and schools. New York has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country with over 300,000.

State Police have released the name of a Darien man who apparently drown on his own property
The body of 77 year old David Scott of Broadway Road was found by his daughter Saturday afternoon.
Troopers say Mr. Scott had gone out to set up a pump in a retention pond.

The NFL is expected release its 2020 schedule for all teams in the league on Thursday.
In addition to home and road games with their traditional AFC East rivals, the Buffalo Bills are scheduled to take on the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

City Announces Hiring Freeze

The City of Batavia will continue to keep residents informed of service and program changes as the COVID-19 Pandemic continues

The City of Batavia will freeze hiring on all open positions across the City of Batavia. The City is facing an estimated shortfall in revenue of $2.5 Million in the General Fund that will affect many aspects of the City’s operations, including the ability to hire staff and fill positions.

The City will examine potential cost savings through a variety of measures including reduced spending, deferred purchases, and program cuts. Seventy-Two percent (72%) of the general fund spending is allocated to employee costs and various benefits related to employment. Communication and conversations with department heads and union leaders will continue as the City balances the revenue loss with delivery of critical services.

“I have directed City staff to make immediate spending reductions, freeze purchasing that can be deferred, and I have implemented a hiring freeze on all open positions in the City. These measures are only the first phase of plans to reduce spending amid projected revenue shortfalls. As the year continues the City will need to be flexible and adjust the City’s operations to keep pace with revenue shortfalls,” said Dr. Martin Moore, City of Batavia Manager.

The current open positions that will not be filled include two part-time Yard Waste Attendants, a part-time Ordinance Enforcement Officer, a full-time Laborer position, two full time Fire Fighter positions, multiple part-time summer recreation positions, and a full-time Youth Services Program Assistant.

“The summer recreation program will not be able to operate this summer due to the hiring freeze and spending reductions,” said Eugene Jankowski, President of the Batavia City Council. “I know myself, and all of Council, are disappointed that this program cannot continue this summer, but understand the difficult position the COVID-19 pandemic has put upon our City. We also will not be able to hold the Memorial Day Parade this year because of social distancing guidelines, but will still honor our Veterans with flags and flowers on their grave stones.”

Other cuts to programming and service are likely to occur due to financial constraints and because of rules and regulations that must be followed to continue to keep residents safe.

The City will continue to take proactive precautions to keep City employees safe from contracting and spreading the flu and coronavirus. Currently City Hall, and all other City buildings remain closed to residents. Facilities will re-open once a comprehensive reopening plan is in-place and with guidance from New York State and the Genesee County Department of Health and Emergency Management Office.

The City will continue to clean all facilities and wipe down all “high-touch” surfaces during the day to keep staff healthy and safe. The fire department will continue to disinfect city vehicles on a regular rotation and all city employees that currently interact with the public will continue to wear masks and appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The Department of Public works will be fitting protective paneling or “sneeze guard” shields to customer facing offices in the coming weeks.

Currently, the City has multiple options to contact employees, receive building permits, and pay bills. All departments are available via phone and email to assist you. As always in case of an emergency please call 911.

Residents who need to pay a bill are encouraged to use the drobox outside of City Hall, pay through personal online banking, call with a credit card, or mail a check.

If you need a dog license, hunting/fishing license, birth, death or marriage certificate/license please contact the City Clerk’s Office. You can also obtain information about Frequently Asked Questions on the City Clerks Page, 

Questions on building permits can be directed to the Bureau of Inspection at 585-345-6345.

COVID-19 Daily Update, May 4, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE:

May 4, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 154 positive cases
      • The positive case resides in Alabama.
      • The positive individual is in their 20’s.
      • The newly positive individual was not on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 1 of the previous positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 6 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 2 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 102 positive cases
      • The positive case (community) resides in Ridgeway.
      • There was 1 new positive individual for The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehabilitation Center.
      • The new positive cases have one individual in their 40’s and one individual in their 70’s.
      • The community individual had not been on mandatory quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 5 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 5 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

The facility breakdown is only showing those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19. Facilities will be added when and if there is a positive case of COVID-19. If a regulated facility from either of our counties is not listed, there are no positive cases of COVID-19 as of the release of this briefing. The local health departments do not have oversight with many regulated facilities, which may include nursing homes, correctional facilities, hospitals, etc.

  • Swabbing and antibody testing is becoming increasingly available in the WNY region. If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your primary care provider and they will determine if testing is right for you. If the counties receive an increase in swabbing supplies and the protocol for testing is changed, we will notify the public. The Health Departments are not providing public swabbing due to lack of supplies. For more information on testing click here.
  • There is still no cure or vaccination available for COVID-19. Be alert to scams or home remedies. Contact your primary care provider if you have any symptoms and follow his/her instructions.
  • Prepping for Re-opening Our Region: As we get closer to the possibility of re-opening our region we encourage everyone to be prepared in our preparations with our goal to protect the health and safety of our residents. Conditions will be monitored to limit and lessen (mitigate) any rebounds or outbreaks by restarting a phase or returning to an earlier phase, depending on the severity, to protect the most vulnerable. Re-opening will be data driven to determine the viability of the process. If there is a sharp increase of positive swabs and antibody results we need to determine if it is related to increased testing, lack of following guidance or a combination of the two.
    • For all businesses: Develop a plan to limit the risk of infection of employees and the public. Monitor workforce for symptoms, do not allow symptomatic people to physically return to work until cleared by a medical provider. If possible continue to encourage telework whenever possible.
      • The Health Departments encourage stores and businesses to set guidelines that include not allowing patrons to enter if they are not wearing a face covering or are not wearing it correctly (covering the mouth & nose). For those who cannot wear masks for legitimate breathing issues, ask someone else to run errands for you or call ahead to see if you can have curbside delivery. Businesses, make sure you have proper signage noting your policy and that it is visible to your patrons.
      • Close common areas where personnel are likely to congregate and interact or enforce strict social distancing protocols.
      • Ensure 6 foot buffer zones when dealing with the public and between work stations. Prioritize online payments over cashiers when possible.
      • Provide handwashing / hand sanitizing stations for employees and the public.
      • Consider making properly worn face coverings (covering the mouth and nose) mandatory for staff and customers. For those unable to wear masks due to legitimate breathing issues, reassign them so they don’t interact with the public or have close contact with fellow workers.
      • Review your sick leave policy and enforce it so no one exhibiting symptoms is allowed to report for duty. If someone becomes ill at work, have disinfecting protocol in place to clean the area(s) the employee has been in.
    • For everyone: Wearing Masks and Social Distancing is paramount to preventing flare-ups and mini-outbreaks. Everyone needs to be compliant. Correctly wearing cloth masks (covering the mouth and nose) is part of a multi-prong approach to stop/slow the spread of COVID-19. We know wearing a face covering is inconvenient and uncomfortable, but it can limit transmission of respiratory germs. The mask traps the droplets before they spread into the environment. Remember wearing a face covering helps to protect others from your potential germs. Since many have been asymptomatic, this will help limit the spread…”My mask protects you, and your mask protects me!’ Wearing face coverings is a way of strengthening social distancing.
    • Minimize non-essential travel and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel.
    • Continue the following:
      • Continue frequent handwashing / hand sanitizing if soap and water are not available.
      • Continue frequent sanitizing / cleaning of shared surfaces.
      • Continue Social Distancing – staying 6 feet away from others (non-household members)
      • Continue Wearing face coverings
      • Stay HOME if you are sick!!!

Mental Health

  • Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and having to socially distance yourself from someone you love can be difficult. Below are resources that can help you connect to a professional that can help you through these challenging times:
    • Care + Crisis Helpline is available 24/7 at 585-283-5200 or text ‘Talk’ to 741741
    • New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling
  • Domestic Violence: For New Yorkers in need of help or assistance, they can text 844-997-2121 or can go to the new confidential online site to reach a professional at www.opdv.ny.gov The new text program and confidential online service will make it easier for victims who are isolated with their abusers to get help. Both the text and online service are staffed 24/7 by the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Staff who are experts in the area of domestic violence.

 

Morning News Briefing

Another resident of the Village of Orleans has died from coronavirus related disease.
This latest death reported over the weekend brings to 14 the total number of people to die at that nursing home since the pandemic began.
The nursing home has a 120 bed capacity.
On Friday, both the Orleans County Legislature and State Assembly Steve Hawley called for a full and complete investigation by the State Department of Health.

Three new cases of COVID-19 reported in Genesee County over the weekend. There were two new cases of the virus reported in Orleans County, both were residents of the Villages of Orleans in Albion.

An apparent accidental drowning in the town of Darien.
Police say a 77 year old man was found Saturday afternoon in a pond on his property along Broadway Road. The man’s daughter found him partially submerged in the pond. He could not be revived. The man’s name has not been released.

New York State is teaming up with several other states to buy much-needed medical supplies.
Governor Cuomo says the goal of the partnership is to keep states from bidding against each other for things like personal protective equipment, tests and ventilators. The items will be distributed to health care facilities and first responders in case a second coronavirus wave arrives.

Although there is no Wegmans Supermarket in Genesee County, many from here travel some distance to shop there.
The supermarket chain is limiting sales of its Family Pack 80 percent ground beef and Family Pack Boneless Chicken Breast.
Wegmans says those items will be restricted to two purchases per customer because of concerns over a possible meat shortage due to coronavirus.

Western New Yorkers are continuing to pay less when they fill up at the pump.
According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas is $2.20. That’s down four cents from last week and is 14 cents cheaper than this time a month ago.
Gas Buddy.com reports the lowest price in Genesee County is at The Rez in Basom: at $1.50 per gallon.

COVID-19 Daily Briefing, May 1, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE:

May 1, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m.

o   Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 150 positive cases

§  The positive case resides in Batavia.

§  The positive case is in their 70’s.

§  The newly positive individual was not on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  3 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.

§  4 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

 

o   Orleans County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 96 positive cases

§  The positive case resides in Albion.

§  The positive case is in their 30’s.

§  The individual had been on mandatory quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  5 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

o   Orleans County has lost two more residents to COVID-19.  They were both residents at The Village of Orleans Health & Rehab facility.  Both were over 65.  We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of these individuals during this very difficult time.

·         Please take a moment of silence to remember all we have lost in our counties, our state, our nation and around the world.  These people are our parents, our grandparents, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, friends, neighbors and co-workers.  They have each been important to us and they have had an impact on all they have had contact with. 

 Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

The facility breakdown is only showing those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19.  Facilities will be added when and if there is a positive case of COVID-19.  If a regulated facility from either of our counties is not listed, there are no positive cases of COVID-19 as of the release of this briefing.  The local health departments do not have oversight with many regulated facilities, which may include nursing homes, correctional facilities, hospitals, etc.

 ·         In order to show community spread of the active cases, we have broken out the facilities and all active cases (mandatory isolation, mandatory quarantine and precautionary quarantine and recovery) will only be community cases.  We will continue to include all confirmed cases, total tests administered, total negative results, ages and deaths cumulatively for both community and facilities.  We found that because we are not the agency that follows non-county regulatory facilities we couldn’t report recoveries.  We expect this will give a clearer picture of what is happening in Genesee and Orleans Counties.

o   We are having conversations with our local facilities as appropriate to provide guidance and personal protective equipment (PPE) as it is available, but we are limited in what we can do because they are state or federal facilities and not under local oversight.  If you have questions or concerns about a specific facility we encourage you to talk directly with the facility and the appropriate oversight agency.

 

·         The NYS Health Department will partner with the State’s Attorney General to investigate nursing home violations.  A hotline or online form can be submitted where residents, families, or members of the public can share complaints about nursing homes that have not provided required communications with families about COVID-19 diagnoses or fatalities, nursing home abuse, and neglect including failure to follow rules to keep residents safe.  The hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form:  https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

 

 

WCCHS to Resume Elective Surgery on Monday

In accordance with State and Regional Orders along with Department of Health Directives, Wyoming County Community Health System (WCCHS) plans to resume elective surgeries as of May 4, 2020.

According to Dr. Paul Mason, Orthopaedic Surgeon and Chief Medical Officer, “We have taken unprecedented measures to protect the safety of our patients, healthcare workers and Community as a whole.”

It should be understood that in these uncertain times and as with any surgery, each individual should consider the risks associated with that surgery related to their particular circumstances. We believe with the consideration of all sources of guidance, we have minimized the risk, allowing us to return to providing the level of high quality care that the community has enjoyed in the past and expects in the future.

Hawley Wants Probe of Albion Nursing Home

Steve Hawley

UPDATE: 4pm: The Orleans County legislature has also asked for a state investigation into the Villages of Orleans. It was also revealed two more residents of the nursing home have died in the past 24 hours from COVID-19 related illness.

State Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R-Batavia) has asked for a state investigation of an Albion nursing home that is the site of over a dozen deaths due to COVID-19 related illness.

The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center, on Route 31 in Albion, has recorded 13 coronavirus related deaths since the outbreak began, according to statistics released by the Genesse Orleans County Health Departments. Officials with the departments confirm that the Albion facility has been the only nursing home in either Genesee or Orleans county to record a COVID-19 death as of April 31, 2020.

Hawley tells WBTA this afternoon that he intends to ask for an investigation by the State Department of Health which has regulatory authority over nursing homes across the state. Hawley also said that he had filed three requests for an investigation of the Villages of Orleans since late last year, prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. Those requests were based on various suspected deficiencies unrelated to coronavirus.

A survey conducted by U.S. News & World report found that the Albion facility, “has a short-term rehabilitation rating of Below Average and a long term care rating of Below Average. It is a medium facility with 120 beds and has for-profit, partnership ownership.”

Morning News Briefing

A Batavia man, well known to police lately, is now charged with the suspected sexual abuse of a child.
18 year old Devon Wright of Highland Park has been arrested in connection with an incident last November involving a child under the age of 15.
Wright was recently arrested for his suspected role in a hit and run on Highland Park. In March, Wright was busted for the alleged burglary of a West Main Street business.

PHOTO: Devon Wright

 

Police warning of some bogus bills circulating at local businesses. They say the funny- money is in small denominations. Police say check your cash. If you suspect possible counterfeit bills, call police.

Two popular Batavia summertime events called off this year due to COVID-19.
The Batavia Business Improvement District – of BID – has announced that “Beertavia” and the Jackson Square concert series have been cancelled.
Organizers say the uncertainty over maintaining social distancing due to coronavirus led them to the decision.
BID says they hope to have both back next summer.

The latest COVID-19 update from the health department shows no new positive cases of the virus in Genesee County, the total remains at 149.
There were four new cases in Orleans County, two of them from the Villages of Orleans nursing facility in Albion.
Today’s COVID-19 briefing will be delivered later today by Public Health Director Paul Pettit. We will broadcast Pettit’s remarks live, at 4 this afternoon, over WBTA FM and AM, and online at WBTAi.com.

COVID-19 patients at Strong Hospital in Rochester are showing promising results after being treated with a new drug. The drug is an antiviral treatment called Remdesivi. Strong Hospital is part of a federal study into the drug’s effectiveness.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’ll announce today whether schools across the state will reopen this academic year. Schools have been closed since March 18th. The last extension was to run until May 15th.

COVID-19 Daily Update: April 30, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE:

April 30, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m.

o   Genesee County received 0 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 149 positive cases

§  3 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.

§  3 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized. 

§  1 of the total active positive cases is at a non-hospital regulated facility.

 

o   Orleans County received 4 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 95 positive cases

§  One of the individuals resides in Albion and one of the individuals lives in Gaines.

§  Two of the positive cases were from The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehab Facility.

§  One individual is in their 50’s, two individuals are in their 60’s, and one individual is in their 90’s.

§  One of the total positive cases was considered a non-county resident, but the health department was notified that positive is part of our count.   The individual was followed in the county they are currently in.  The person has since recovered. 

§  1 of the previous positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.

§  5 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

 Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

 The facility breakdown is only showing those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19.  Facilities will be added when and if there is a positive case of COVID-19.  If a regulated facility from either of our counties is not listed, there are no positive cases of COVID-19 as of the release of this briefing.  The local health departments do not have oversight with many regulated facilities, which may include nursing homes, correctional facilities, hospitals, etc.

 

·         The NYS Health Department will partner with the State’s Attorney General to investigate nursing home violations.  A hotline or online form can be submitted where residents, families, or members of the public can share complaints about nursing homes that have not provided required communications with families about COVID-19 diagnoses or fatalities, nursing home abuse, and neglect including failure to follow rules to keep residents safe.  The hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form:  https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

 

 

Morning News Briefing

Teachers and staff jobs eliminated in the Batavia City School District.
By a 4 to 1 vote this week, the board of education cut the positions to save about $1.5-million
Among the cuts: two district administrators, five reading teachers, five elementary teachers and 10 teachers’ aids – among others.
The plan would also alter the school days putting Batavia High School and middle school on a 7:30am to 2:15pm schedule, while John Kennedy and Jackson schools would move to a 9am to 3:15pm school days.
That plan still needs the OK of the teachers union.

A task force has been formed to l look into how to safely reopen schools in New York.
Students and faculty have been home for weeks after schools were shuttered in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.
The governor is expected to announce by tomorrow if schools will reopen this academic year.

Hospitals in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties have been given the OK to resume elective surgeries.
Those procedures are money-makers for hospitals.
The elective surgeries were halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Officials at U-R Medicine and Rochester Regional Health, which operates UMMC in Batavia, say they are ready to resume the procedures.
There has been no official statement yet as to when UMMC will resume the elective surgery.

The latest health department report for Genesee and Orleans Counties:
Just one new positive case of COVID-19 in Genesee County, a Batavia resident in their 20’s.
Four new cases in Orleans County – three of them at the Villages of Orleans nursing home in Albion – where 11 deaths have occurred.

One new case of coronavirus in Genesee County, a Batavia resident in their 20’s. One of the previous positive cases has recovered and removed from mandatory isolation. In Orleans County: four new positive cases, three of them from the Villages of Orleans nursing home in Albion.

There’s some more bad news when it comes to the spread of coronavirus in neighboring Erie County.
County Executive Mark Poloncarz says that the death toll due to the illness is now at 254.
Meanwhile, the number of hospitalizations due to the disease are at their highest level in several days.

COVID-19 Daily Update, April 29, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

April 29, 2020

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m.

o   Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 149 positive cases

§  The individual resides in Batavia.

§  The individual is under the age of 20.

§  The newly positive individual was on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  1 of the previous positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.

§  3 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized. 

§  1 of the total active positive cases is at a non-hospital regulated facility.

 

o   Orleans County received 4 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 90 positive cases

§  One of the individuals resides in Murray.

§  Three of the positive cases were from The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehab Facility.

§  One individual is in their 20’s, one individual is in their 60’s, one individual is in their 70’s, and one individual is in their 80’s.

§  One of the newly positive individuals was on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  4 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.

§  5 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

 Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

 ·         The NYS Health Department will partner with the State’s Attorney General to investigate nursing home violations.  A hotline or online form can be submitted where residents, families, or members of the public can share complaints about nursing homes that have not provided required communications with families about COVID-19 diagnoses or fatalities, nursing home abuse, and neglect including failure to follow rules to keep residents safe.  The hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form:  https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

 

OPERATIONAL UPDATES

·         Swabbing and antibody testing is becoming increasingly available in the WNY region.   If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your primary care provider and they will determine if testing is right for you.  If the counties receive an increase in swabbing supplies and the protocol for testing is changed, we will notify the public.  The Health Departments are not providing public swabbing due to lack of supplies.  For more information on testing click here.

·         There is still no cure or vaccination available for COVID-19.  Be alert to scams or home remedies.  Contact your primary care provider if you have any symptoms and follow his/her instructions.

 

Mental Health

·         Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and having to socially distance yourself from someone you love can be difficult. Below are resources that can help you connect to a professional that can help you through these challenging times:

o   Care + Crisis Helpline is available 24/7 at 585-283-5200 or text  ‘Talk’ to 741741

o   New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling

·         Domestic Violence:  For New Yorkers in need of help or assistance, they can text 844-997-2121 or can go to the new confidential online site to reach a professional at www.opdv.ny.gov The new text program and confidential online service will make it easier for victims who are isolated with their abusers to get help.  Both the text and online service are staffed 24/7 by the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Staff who are experts in the area of domestic violence.

 

NEW YORK STATE RESTRICTIONS / GUIDANCE

·         Phase Two of the State’s Antibody Testing Survey:  Preliminary results show 14.9% of the population have COVID-19

·         New Yorkers who have recovered from COVID-19 are encouraged to donate blood. Here’s information on how to donate or for the American Red Cross Donation Program, click here.

·         Complaints regarding businesses are being referred to the State Department of Labor via online form https://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/laborstandards/coronavirus-complaints.shtm or phone:  1-822-789-0470.

·         New York State on PAUSE: To assist local authorities with enforcement of these orders, the Governor established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force where individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here to file a complaint online. You may also call 1-833-789-0470. Businesses that are not in compliance with the Governor’s executive order may be penalized.

 

Morning News Briefing

Two more residents of the Village of Orleans nursing facility in Albion have died from Coronavirus related illness. This brings the death toll in that one facility to nine since the outbreak began.
Two new positive cases of the virus were reported in Genesee County yesterday – one lives in Batavia, one in the Town of Alabama. This brings Genesee County’s total positive cases to 149 since the outbreak began.

A minor fire in the home of WBTA associate Howard Owens, owner and publisher of the Batavian.
The fire was traced to a faulty nightlight in a downstairs bathroom.
City fire responded around 2 this morning. Howard, wife Billie and pets are all fine – including Rocky, the news hound.
There was no structural problems, but considerable smoke damage.

Governor Cuomo has unveiled the required benchmarks regions will have to achieve if they want to reopen their economies.
Businesses will also reopen in phases and must have a plan to protect customers and employees.
The governor’s plan also includes several guidelines such as a 14-day decline in hospitalizations and a requirement hospitals have enough beds available should there be a second wave of coronavirus.

Students, teachers and parents will not have to wait long to find out if school will be back in session anytime soon.
Governor Cuomo says a decision on the rest of the academic year can be expected by the end of the week

It looks like there will be no New York State Fair in Syracuse this summer.
The Governor says the popular event likely won’t be held unless the coronavirus situation improves dramatically.
The governor explained that unless the entire state is back open, there’s a chance people would travel from regions that are still closed, which could put fair attendees at risk.

COVID-19 Daily Update: April 28, 2020

 

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

April 28, 2020

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 2 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 148 positive cases
      • One of the individuals resides in Batavia and one of the individuals resides in Alabama.
      • One individual is in their 30’s and one individual is in their 70’s.
      • One of the newly positive individuals was on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 1 of the previous positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 3 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
      • 1 of the total active positive cases is at a non-hospital regulated facility.
    • Orleans County received 5 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 86 positive cases
      • One of the individuals resides in Barre, one of the individuals resides in Murray and one of the individuals resides in Albion.
      • Two of the positive cases were from The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehab Facility.
      • One individual is in their 20’s, two individuals are in their 30’s, one individual is in their 50’s, and one individual is in their 90’s.
      • 2 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 6 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
      • We received word that 2 more residents from The Villages of Orleans have passed away. Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of these individuals during this difficult time.

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

  • The NYS Health Department will partner with the State’s Attorney General to investigate nursing home violations. A hotline or online form can be submitted where residents, families, or members of the public can share complaints about nursing homes that have not provided required communications with families about COVID-19 diagnoses or fatalities, nursing home abuse and neglect including failure to follow rules to keep residents safe. The hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form: https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes
OPERATIONAL UPDATES
  • Prepping for Re-opening Our Region: Although there currently isn’t any guidance on when WNY will be allowed to re-open, we are optimistic we will have guidance soon and encourage everyone to be prepared in our preparations with our goal to protect the health and safety of our residents. Conditions will be monitored to limit and lessen (mitigate) any rebounds or outbreaks by restarting a phase or returning to an earlier phase, depending on the severity to protect the most vulnerable. Re-opening will be data driven to determine the viability of the process. If there is a sharp increase of positive swabs and antibody results we need to determine if it is related to increased testing, lack of following guidance or a combination of the two.
    • For everyone: Wearing Masks and Social Distancing is paramount to preventing flare-ups and mini-outbreaks. Everyone needs to be compliant. Correctly wearing cloth masks (covering the mouth and nose) is part of a multi-prong approach to stop/slow the spread of COVID-19. We know wearing a face covering is inconvenient and uncomfortable, but it can limit transmission of respiratory germs. The mask traps the droplets before they spread into the environment. Remember wearing a face covering helps to protect others from your potential germs. ‘My mask protects you, and your mask protects me!’ Wearing masks is a way of strengthening social distancing.
      • Minimize non-essential travel and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel. Contact and follow the advice of your medical provider. Continue the following:
        • Continue frequent handwashing / hand sanitizing if soap and water are not available.
        • Continue frequent sanitizing / cleaning of shared surfaces.
        • Continue Social Distancing – staying 6’ away from others (non-household members).
        • Continue Wearing face coverings.
        • Stay HOME if you are sick!
    • For all businesses: Develop a plan to limit the risk of infection of employees and the public. Monitor workforce for symptoms, do not allow symptomatic people to physically return to work until cleared by a medical provider. If possible continue to encourage telework whenever possible.
      • The Health Department encourages stores and businesses to set guidelines that include not allowing patrons to enter if they are not wearing a face covering or wearing it correctly (covering the mouth & nose). For those who cannot wear masks for legitimate breathing issues, ask someone to run errands for you or call ahead to see if you can have door to car delivery. Make sure proper signage noting your policy is visible to patrons.
      • Close common area where personnel are likely to congregate and interact or enforce strict social distancing protocols.
      • Ensure 6 foot buffer zones when dealing with the public. Prioritize online payments over cashiers when possible.
      • Provide handwashing / hand sanitizing stations for employees and the public.
      • Consider making properly worn face coverings (covering the mouth and nose) for staff and customers. For those unable to wear masks due to legitimate breathing issues, reassign them so they don’t interact with the public or have close contact with fellow workers.
      • Review your sick leave policy and enforce it so no one exhibiting symptoms is allowed to report for duty. If someone becomes ill at work, have disinfecting protocol in place to clean the area the employee has been in.
  • There is still no cure or vaccination available for COVID-19. Be alert to scams or home remedies. Contact your primary care provider if you have any symptoms and follow his/her instructions.
  • Swabbing and antibody testing is becoming increasingly available in the WNY region. If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your primary care provider and they will determine if testing is right for you. If the counties receive an increase in swabbing supplies and the protocol for testing is changed, we will notify the public. The Health Departments are not providing public swabbing due to lack of supplies. For more information on testing click here.

Mental Health

  • Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and having to socially distance yourself from someone you love can be difficult. Below are resources that can help you connect to a professional that can help you through these challenging times:
    • Care + Crisis Helpline is available 24/7 at 585-283-5200 or text ‘Talk’ to 741741
    • New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling
  • Domestic Violence: For New Yorkers in need of help or assistance, they can text 844-997-2121 or can go to the new confidential online site to reach a professional at www.opdv.ny.gov The new text program and confidential online service will make it easier for victim who are isolated with their abusers to get help. Both the text and online service are staffed 24/7 by the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Staff who are experts in the area of domestic violence.

 

CGASA Stays Connected During COVID-19 Outbreak

News Release

As our nation deals with the COVID-19 pandemic by practicing social distancing and other safety measures, counselors and peer recovery advocates at Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse have expanded their use of the telephone and internet to support those in recovery.

Understanding that people recovering from substance use can be adversely affected by isolation and boredom, GCASA professionals are taking effective steps to keep in contact with those at risk despite the inability to meet on a face-to-face basis at this time.

“What is most important to know is that GCASA is still here for people – every day of the week, all day and even into the evening,” said Rosalie Mangino-Crandall, director of the recovery programs as well as project innovation and expansion. “We are still finding ways to support people and help them in recovery and doing what they need to do to get better.”

Mangino-Crandall added that just talking to a person or hearing a soothing voice of encouragement can have a profound impact.

“One of the advantages of phone support is that it concentrates that support on the person and what he or she wants to talk about,” she explained. “It really focuses the support on the recovery conversation.”

GCASA’s peer recovery advocates, or peers for short, are people who have lived through recovery (with some of them still in recovery) and have received specialized training to share their experiences with others in need.

According to Amy Kabel, a lead peer at the agency’s Recovery Station on Clinton Street Road, her team continues to connect with their clients on a regular basis.

“While things have changed a lot, what hasn’t changed is that we are checking with people about what they are doing for self-care, and making sure they are reaching out to any support system they may have – to us and their counselors – and making sure they are staying active,” Kabel said.

Kabel said those currently living at Atwater House, GCASA’s residential building on East Main Street, are able to utilize Recovery Station under specific guidelines.

“We allow them to use the facility in small groups, and we are doing social distancing – keeping everyone six feet away from each other,” she said, adding that peers and other staff there are wearing masks as a precaution. “Some come for a couple hours and some come at 10 in the morning and pretty much stay all day until we close at 8 p.m.”

Recovery Station is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday but, until state-mandated restrictions are lifted, it is available only for Atwater residents.

Peers are working from home, with extended hours, and reaching out by telephone to their clients, Kabel said.

“We are making calls and we’re getting calls on the peer support line – 585-815-1800. Since OASAS (NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports) has changed some of the rules, we can bill for telehealth, so we’re able to keep everybody involved.”

She said that a couple of her colleagues, Nick Volpe and Sheila Smith, have been picking up food at various food pantries for clients.

“They’re making calls and making sure everybody has enough food. And if clients don’t have vehicles, we can make deliveries, and drop it off at their doors.”

Sue Gagne, GCASA’s recovery center coordinator, said the Recovery WOW support group has launched new ventures designed to perpetuate its “together we are stronger” philosophy.

“We are starting up a Guided Journaling workshop on Tuesday afternoons at 3:30 and we have partnered with NAMI Rochester (a mental health organization) to provide a family support group on Friday mornings at 10,” Gagne said. “We’re doing this through Zoom meetings … and hopefully will be working the peers to put some videos up.”

Thus far, all three women agreed that the modifications are working well.

“All of the (seven) peers have full workloads as we interact with dozens of people in various stages of recovery,” Kabel said, noting that peers are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Mangino-Crandall said that navigating around the coronavirus has been tough, but it’s not insurmountable.

I think it’s a challenging time for everyone. Certainly, everybody out there is trying to deal with it in their own way and it is difficult kind of being on your own, so it’s good for folks to know and get the word out that we’re available to talk,” she said.

She also pointed out a silver lining in the midst of these unprecedented times.

“With all of us in the same situation, there are a lot of remote opportunities to connect with people, not only locally but across the state and the country, that you might not have had normally,” she said. “That’s an advantage in that it opens the recovery community up much more broadly than you would typically find.”

Morning News Briefing

As some municipalities across New York State struggle financially, the City of Batavia is in “pretty good shape.”
City Manager Dr. Martin Moore reported to city council last night that the city is meeting payroll and paying its bills.
He acknowledged the city has received $1.5-million in state aid with another $250,000 due in September.
Genesee County had to furlough 47 public employee on Monday for at least a 30-day period.

Three new cases of COVID-19 in Genesee County, the latest numbers from the health department. The three individuals live in Batavia.
Of Genesee County’s 146 total positive cases since the outbreak began, 49 have come from the Federal Detention Center in Batavia.

Governor Cuomo says some regions of New York could be allowed to reopen next month. Currently, businesses and schools are closed until mid-May under his New York State on PAUSE executive order. The governor says several factors will be considered before a region can reopen, including the number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus. He also said yesterday that New York has to be smart about getting things up and running again in order to keep the infection rate low. Ongoing antibody tests have shown just over seven percent of Western New York residents may have had the coronavirus at one point.

A new poll shows Empire State residents are giving Governor Cuomo high marks for his job performance. According to the data gathered by Siena College, 71- percent of folks approve of the work the governor is doing. Seventy-seven-percent of those surveyed also said they have a favorable view of the governor. New Yorkers also said they supported the governor’s ongoing stay-at-home order and his directive to have people wear masks in public.

The New York State Board of Elections has decided to scrap the upcoming Democratic presidential primary. A resolution was approved yesterday eliminating all Democrats from the ballot except former Vice President Joe Biden.
His last remaining challenger, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, suspended his White House bid earlier this month.
The Republican primary for the 27th Congressional District seat, once held by Chris Collins will be held June 23rd. The special election to fill Collins’ unexpired term will be held the same day.

COVID-19 Daily Update: April 27, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

Monday, April 27, 2020

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 3 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 146 positive cases
      • The three positive cases reside in Batavia.
      • One individual is in their 20’s, one individual is in their 40’s, and one individual is in their 80’s.
      • One of the newly positive individuals was on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 3 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 2 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
      • 1 of the total active positive cases is at a non-hospital regulated facility.
    • Orleans County received 2 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 81 positive cases
      • One positive case resides in Waterport, and one resides in Albion.
      • Four of the weekend positive cases were from The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehab Facility.
      • One individual is in their 60’s, one individual is in their 80’s.
      • 1 of the positive individuals was on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 8 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

  • Remember even though the numbers may be high at a specific location, the virus is still moving though our counties. People need to continue frequent handwashing and sanitizing shared surfaces, practicing stay safe at home, social distancing and wearing cloth masks when out in public. This is not the time for gathering at the grocery stores, take out lines or play dates. This is the time to be kind and think of the health and well-being of others.
  • The NYS Health Department will partner with the State’s Attorney General to investigate nursing home violations. A hotline or online form can be submitted where residents, families, or members of the public can share complaints about nursing homes that have not provided required communications with families about COVID-19 diagnoses or fatalities, nursing home abuse and neglect including failure to follow rules to keep residents safe. The hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form: https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

 

GVEP Sponsors Digital Time Capsule

Students throughout the GLOW region and beyond have the opportunity to record their eyewitness accounts and memories of the unprecedented Spring of 2020 for a “digital” time capsule.

Details on how to participate in this historical writing project can be found HERE.
Deadline for submissions is May 15, 2020. They can be in the form of prose or poetry, or a combination of both. Creativity is encouraged by the provided writing prompts.

The time capsule is scheduled to be opened in 2025, and a compilation of all contributions will be sent to the participating students.

The project was organized by the Enrichment Department, a program of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership.

Travel and Tourism Week in Wyoming County

On April 14, 2020, the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors joined with the Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism office in passing a resolution declaring May 3-9, 2020 as Travel and Tourism Week in Wyoming County.

To celebrate, Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism is holding a testimonial contest from May 3 – June 1. Everyone is encouraged to write a short story and/or recommendation about their favorite Wyoming County tourism attractions. Everyone knows our locals can share the best experiences and adventures.

“Our tourism businesses need us more now than ever.” said Eric Szucs, Director of Tourism & Marketing, “We want to celebrate them by sharing amazing stories about the outdoor adventures, delicious restaurants, arts & culture and the wonderful communities we have here. When we fully open for business, we want everyone to know about the outstanding tourism attractions that call Wyoming County home – and that’s why we want to give our residents a voice in sharing what they love, because they tell the best stories and can help us support our small businesses!”

Participants are encouraged to provide up to 500 words sharing their favorite Wyoming County adventures, recommendations, suggestions and what they look forward to most about living and/visiting here. Testimonials can be about an amazing dish one of our restaurants prepares, a brewery that serves delicious craft beer, a wonderful attraction that provides plenty of excitement, family-fun adventures, your favorite camping spot, and/or anything we can share with tourists nationally and internationally to tell your story of what makes Wyoming County such a wonderful place to vacation and visit.

The goal is to get thoughtful stories from real people with real experiences. It is a great advertising and promotion resource, similar to reviews on Facebook, Yelp, TripAdvisor, etc. These testimonials can be shared on social media, our tourism website and through other marketing and promotional outlets with tourists who are traveling through our community looking for hidden gems, interesting locations and unique outdoor experiences.

Three winners will be selected to receive a $50 gift card to Wyoming County Businesses included on the Chamber’s growing gift card list. Winners will be drawn on June 15, 2020.

To participate in this exciting contest:

  • Visit our website: GoWyomingCountyNY.com and complete the “Our Home, Your Adventure” contest form online, or
  • Email us your testimonial to: info@gowyomingcountyny.com

“Tourism is critical to the economic health of our county, and we are very fortunate to have almost two-hundred tourism related businesses in Wyoming County,” said Scott Gardner, President of the Chamber & Tourism office. “Under normal conditions, travelers spend approximately $50 million annually in Wyoming County which generates millions in state and local sales taxes. This is a critical industry to our overall economy which includes attractions, hospitality, and retail businesses across the county – it is worth of celebration and recognition especially now.”

National Travel and Tourism Week is an annual tradition that was established by a Congressional Resolution in 1983 and first celebrated the following year. This nationwide week of events serves to champion the power of the travel and tourism industry. Travel and tourism is one of America’s largest industries, generating $2.5 trillion in economic output, with $1.1 trillion spent directly by domestic and international travelers.

The Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism office has been working diligently during the Coronavirus crisis to providing critical support, resources and information to businesses and partners. The efforts have included dedicated web pages with updated information including:

  • Covid-19 Business & Community Resource Database
  • Webinars concerning the availability of financial resources and Federal aid
  • A listing of Restaurant & Virtual experiences available for our community
  • A regular stream of email communications with updated resources, webinars, financial resources & more.
  • Tourism Resource Library with social media & promotional resources, financial aid availability, webinars and more

The Chamber & Tourism’s mission is to serve the members and community; promote and grow area economic and tourism assets; and work collaboratively to create an environment that leads to the success and economic prosperity of Wyoming County. The key programs and services of the organization are educational seminars; leadership development; business assistance and guidance; cost-saving opportunities; advocacy; recognition, networking, exposure and promotional opportunities.

For more information or to become a member please call 585-786-0307 or visit the website at www.wycochamber.org.

Anti-Rabies Immunization Clinics Postponed

Please advise that the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments are canceling the anti-rabies immunization clinics scheduled for May 2020 to comply with the New York State on PAUSE executive order. Cats, dogs, and ferrets still need to be protected against rabies with a vaccine. Please call your local veterinary practice about how and when to vaccinate your pet.
 →  The next anti-rabies immunization clinic in Genesee County is scheduled for August 13th at the Genesee County Fairgrounds from 4 to 7 p.m.
 →  The next anti-rabies immunization clinic in Orleans County is scheduled for August 15th at the town of Shelby Highway Building from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Morning News Briefing

It has been a deadly three days at the Villages of Orleans Nursing home in Albion.
Officials report six residents of the nursing home have died from COVID-19 related illness since Friday.
There was good news on the number of individuals testing positive for the virus. In Genesee County there were no new cases on Sunday, one on Saturday.

Governor Cuomo is revealing more details on how the state will be reopened in the coming weeks. The governor said things will be done one phase at a time. Under his plan, manufacturing and construction would be allowed to resume first in low-risk environments.
Before being allowed to resume operations, all companies will have to submit a plan to the state revealing how they’ll protect the health of customers.
No businesses will reopen until at least mid-May.

A motorcycle and bicycle crash at the intersection of Wortendyke Rad and Route 5 in the Town of Batavia.
Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies say a 17-year-old Batavia girl was crossing Route 5 from Wortendyke Road while riding her bicycle.
At the same time, a motorcycle, operated by 27-year-old Joshua Fulmer of Batavia, was eastbound on Route 5 and struck the bicycle.
Both were seriously injured and taken to Erie County Medical Center by Mercy Flight. The name of the 17 year old was not released.

Effective today, United Memorial Medical Center will resume outpatient lab services at the Jerome Center. The outpatient lab had been closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Labs in the Batavia City Centre, LeRoy and Pembroke remain closed.

Another popular summer event cancelled due to COVID-10.
Officials of the two day Oatka Festival in LeRoy have cancelled this summer’s event.

The price of gasoline down again. Triple A says the average price of a gallon of regular in Western New York is $2.19 – 16-cents less than a month ago. The average price nationally is $1.77.

COVID-19 Daily Update; April 25, 2020

The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments have received 5 more COVID-19 cases. Orleans has 4 new cases from The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehab and Genesee has one. Contact tracing has been initiated for all of the positive cases.

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

“We are also saddened to report that Orleans County has lost two more individuals to COVID-19. Both individuals were residents at The Villages of Orleans with one person under the age of 65 and one person over 65,” stated Paul Pettit, Director of Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments. “Our sincere condolences go to the family and friends of these two individuals.”

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.

COVID-19 Daily Update, April 24, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

April 24, 2020

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m.

o   Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 142 positive cases

§  The positive case resides in Elba.

§  The positive case is in their 50’s.

§  The newly positive individual was not on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  5 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.

§  1 of the total active positive cases is hospitalized.

 

o   Orleans County received 10 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 75 positive cases

§  One positive case resides in Barre, and one resides in Kendall.

§  Eight of the positive cases were from The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehab Facility

§  One individual is in their 30’s, one individual is in their 40’s, two individuals are in their 60’s and one individual is in their 70’s, three individuals are in their 80’s and two individuals are in their nineties or older.

§  1 of the newly positive individuals was on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  8 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

·         Orleans County has been made aware of 2 more deaths from The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehab, both of the individuals were over 65.  Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of these individuals, our neighbors, during this very sad time.

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

Non-county Public Regulated Facilities

·         Due to the increased number of positive cases at specific regulated facilities, the G-O Health Departments have added a new chart to show the number of positive cases of COVID-19 for non-county public regulated facilities whose regulatory oversight does not fall within the local health departments.  The numbers are part of the cumulative positive case numbers received since the first positive.  As of today, in Orleans County the number of positive cases of COVID-19 at The Villages of Orleans has surpassed the number of community cases at 52%.  These facilities are regulated by the state or federal government agencies and those who live within those facilities are overseen by those respective agencies.  The local health departments will oversee any employees or community contacts (who reside within our counties) who had close contact with those who tested positive or who have become symptomatic. 

·         This chart will be updated to reflect any public regulated facilities if and when confirmed COVID-19 cases are identified. 

·         Remember even though the numbers may be high at a specific location, the virus is still moving though our counties.  People need to continue frequent handwashing and sanitizing shared surfaces, practicing stay safe at home, social distancing and wearing cloth masks when out in public.  This is not the time for gathering at the grocery stores, take out lines or play dates.  This is the time to be kind and think of the health and well-being of others. 

·         The NYS Health Department will partner with the State’s Attorney General to investigate nursing home violations.  A hotline or online form can be submitted where residents, families, or members of the public can share complaints about nursing homes that have not provided required communications with families about COVID-19 diagnoses or fatalities, nursing home abuse and neglect including failure to follow rules to keep residents safe.  The hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form:  https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

 

OPERATIONAL UPDATES

Testing

·         Antibody testing:  Preliminary Phase 1 results of the Antibody Testing Study shows 13.9% of the population have COVID-19 antibodies.

o   3,000 random samples were taken at various locations (19 counties and 40 localities) across the state, including at grocery stores and big-box stores where people were openly going out in public.   The preliminary results are:

§  Long Island made up 14.4% of the total tests and 16.7% had the antibodies

§  New York City made up 43% of the total tests and 21.2% had the antibodies

§  Westchester / Rockland made up 9.8% of the total test and 11.7% in that region had the antibodies

§  Rest of the state accounted for 32.8% of the total tests and 3.6% had the antibodies

o   For FAQs on antibody testing, click here.  It is unlikely this will be available in our counties.

·         Wearing Masks and Social Distancing is paramount to preventing flare-ups and mini-outbreaks.  Everyone needs to be compliant.  Correctly wearing cloth masks is part of a multi-prong approach to stop/slow the spread of COVID-19.  We know wearing a face covering is inconvenient and uncomfortable, but it can limit transmission of respiratory germs.  The mask traps the droplets before they spread into the environment.  Remember wearing a face covering helps to protect others from your potential germs.  ‘My mask protects you, and your mask protects me!’

o   The Health Department encourages stores and businesses to set guidelines that include not allowing patrons to enter if they are not wearing a face covering or wearing it correctly (covering the mouth & nose).  Make sure proper signage noting your policy is visible to patrons.

o   As/When the state starts open up we all have to be diligent for quite some time to prevent the spread of this virus. 

§  Continue frequent handwashing / hand sanitizing if soap and water are not available.

§  Continue frequent sanitizing / cleaning of shared surfaces.

§  Continue Social Distancing – staying 6’ away from others.

§  Continue Wearing face coverings – wearing face coverings correctly when out in public.  The mouth and nose are to be covered and the face covering should be tucked under the chin.  Wearing masks is a way of strengthening social distancing. 

§  Stay HOME if you are sick!  Do not go shopping, Do not go to work, Do not go visiting!

·         There is still no cure or vaccination available for COVID-19.  Be alert to scams or home remedies.  Contact your primary care provider if you have any symptoms and follow his/her instructions.

·         There is still limited swabbing available in Genesee and Orleans Counties.  If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your primary care provider and they will determine if testing is right for you.  If the counties receive an increase in swabbing supplies and the protocol for testing is changed, we will notify the public.

 

Mental Health

·         Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and having to socially distance yourself from someone you love can be difficult. Below are resources that can help you connect to a professional that can help you through these challenging times:

o   Care + Crisis Helpline is available 24/7 at 585-283-5200 or text  ‘Talk’ to 741741

o   New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling

 

 

GVEP Prepares Grab and Go Meals

News Release

Superheroes wear capes. At the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership (GVEP), superheroes wear gloves, masks and prepare almost 9,000 meals each day for students who reside in the GLOW region and beyond.

Since March 18, teams of dedicated school lunch staff have made approximately 8,800 meals each day. This includes both breakfast and lunch, which are considered portable meals, also called “Grab and Go meals,” because they are served in containers and bags.

Debbie Naples is the Director of the Regional Food Service, a GVEP program that 21 area school districts subscribe to. Since March 18 and 19, Naples has revamped how the Regional Food Service Program normally operates, preparing and serving meals from school cafeterias.

“Due to COVID-19 school closures mandated by the governor, we had to change to an emergency feeding program. We applied for and were approved by New York state for both a Summer Seamless Operation and School Food Service Summer Program,” Naples said. “In just 48 hours, we transitioned to this new program which allowed us to provide two meals at a time to students.”

York Central School Food Service staff members prepare lunches and breakfasts for pick up and delivery. Left to right: Marianne Graves, Laurie Cutcliffe, Erica Brady and Barb Prame.

As in the start-up of any new program, the logistics of making a program work can be complicated. During the first few weeks of the school closures, food service staff were preparing and serving and or delivering meals. But as the closures were extended, many districts have used the program as a way to keep in touch with students. Not only do parents get the meals, but they also pick up schoolwork, and see teachers and principals.

The manner is which meals are delivered is different in each district. Some have a drive-through, where parents drive their cars through a bus loop and stop at a station to pick up meals and other student-related materials. Some set up different locations throughout the school district where parents can pick up meals. Using district transportation vehicles, some school districts deliver meals directly to students’ homes, especially in the case where students live in remote locations or parents might not have reliable transportation.

“This has been incredible to witness. Kids are so excited to meet their teachers and principals. The school meal program has been the connection for students to see and talk with their teachers. We’ve had principals and administrators delivering meals to students,” Naples noted.

All current food service staff members are working shifts to prepare and serve or deliver meals. However, some staff have elected to not work during this time.

“We do have some older employees who are over 70 years of age. They are considered a vulnerable population according to the state and they should not be working. So this has been a challenge to schedule,”

Naples explained. “But teachers and other volunteers have come forward to give their time and that truly shows how much teachers, administrators and other district staff care about their students.”

The Grab and Go meals are simple and convenient. A breakfast might consist of a bagel or cereal or granola bars or pop tart or muffin and it is always served with a fruit and milk. Lunch usually is a sandwich (ham, turkey, bologna, peanut butter and jelly) or pizza or chicken patty sandwich and it also comes with a vegetable, a fruit and milk. Local businesses donated food and farmers gave produce.

Becky Belkota, Principal, Perry High School, and Daryl McLaughlin, Superintendent, Perry Central Schools, pack up breakfast and lunches for delivery.

“Our local businesses and communities have generously supported our food program. The goal we have for this program is simple, to provide meals to students. These are difficult times, especially for parents who are not working,” Naples said. “Parents are so grateful and thanking us for providing meals. They share with us how this program relieves their anxiety of how they are going to feed their children. When we hear these stories, we know that we have done something important, needed and so valuable.”

The school districts that subscribe to the Regional Food Service include Alexander, Avon, Batavia City, Byron-Bergen, Caledonia-Mumford, Dansville, Geneseo, Keshequa, Livonia, Mount Morris, Oakfield-Alabama, Pavilion, Pembroke, Perry, Warsaw, Wayland-Cohocton, Wyoming, York, Naples, Honeoye Falls-Lima, and Wheatland-Chili. The program has various levels that districts can subscribe to including where the management functions associated with the food service program is completed by Regional Food Service Managers.

The Regional Food Service Program is a program of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership (Partnership). The Partnership operates as a Board of Cooperative Educational Services offering shared programs and services to 22 component school districts located in Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston and Steuben counties in New York state.

Genesee County Furloughs Some Employees

Genesee County government has furlough some county employees. due to COVID-19.
County manager Jay Gsell tells WBTA today that 47 full time equivalent employees will be furloughed effective Monday.
The initial furlough is for 30 days but may be extended for up to 60 days or more.
Gsell said the furloughed employees are from both the CSEA union and some management staff.

The Genesee Orleans County Health Departments will issue its daily COVID-19 later this afternoon.
Today’s update will be delivered by Public Health Director Paul Pettit.
We will carry Pettit’s remarks live beginning at 4pm this afternoon on WBTA FM and AM, and streamed on WBTAi-dot-com.

Morning News Briefing

The coronavirus takes two more lives in Orleans County.
The health department reported late yesterday that two individuals, over the age of 65, died in The Villages of Orleans nursing home in Albion.
In the same report, the health department announced one new cases of the virus in Genesee County – a person in their 60’s from Batavia.
In our region, five people have died from COVID-19 related illness in Orleans County, three have died in Genesee County and four in Wyoming County.

There have been a growing number of coronavirus deaths in New York nursing homes, now the state will take a closer look at those facilities.
The investigation will involve the state Department of Health and Attorney General’s office.
Officials will make sure nursing homes are following regulations, including having enough protective equipment for staff and doing temperature checks of employees before their shifts begin.

The preliminary results of statewide antibody testing shows its likely millions of residents have been infected by coronavirus.
The study has shown nearly 14 percent of the thousands of people screened had antibodies associated with the illness. That indicates two-point-seven million New Yorkers could have had the disease at one point and were not diagnosed.
New York has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country

Batavia City Manager Dr. Martin Moore has extended the city’s State of Emergency for another 30 days.
The declaration keeps city offices closed to the public.
City Parks remain open with restrictions.

The Buffalo Bills will look to improve their roster tonight as the NFL Draft continues.
The Bills have the 54th overall selection after not taking part in the first round of the draft last night. That’s because they traded their first round pick to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for wide receiver Stefon Diggs.

COVID-19 Daily Update: April 23, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

April 23, 2020

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 141 positive cases
      • The positive case resides in Batavia.
      • The positive case is in their 60’s.
      • The newly positive individual was not on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 3 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 2 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 3 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 65 positive cases
      • Two positive cases reside in Albion and one resides in Clarendon.
      • Two individuals are in their 20’s, and one individual is in their 70’s.
      • 1 of the newly positive individuals was on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 6 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
      • 1 of the new positive individuals is a resident of The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehab.
  • Orleans County was notified of 2 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Both individuals were residents of The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehab and both were over the age of 65. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of these individuals during this difficult time.

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

 

Morning News Briefing

Genesee County has now lost three residents due to coronavirus.
The county health department reported late yesterday that a person under the age of 65 had succumbed to COVID-19.
In the same report the county announced 10 new cases of the virus bringing the total positive cases since the outbreak began to 140.
There were four new cases in Orleans County, all from Albion.

The City of Batavia has postponed a planned reappraisal until next year.
2,000 properties had been scheduled for re-assessment
Those appraisals determine the amount you pay in property taxes.
The postponement intended to keep city employees safe during the coronavirus outbreak.

From the bad boys report this morning:

Devon Wright

Batavia Police have put metal bracelets on 18 year old Devon Wright as a suspect in a hit and run on Highland Park earlier this month.
Investigators say Wright intentionally drove his car into a person and then fled the scene. The victim was treated at a Rochester Hospital and later released.
Wright is facing a variety of charges. Police also said he created a disturbance at the police station when he was arrested on Tuesday, damaging property in the building.

Nasir Nathan of Batavia is being sought by Batavia Police.
Nathan is wanted for his suspected role in a gang assault on highland Park last fall.

Nasir Nathan

Schools statewide have been closed for weeks in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus and no decision has been made on when students could return.
Governor Cuomo said yesterday he’s not ready to close schools down for the rest of the academic year just yet. But he admits getting schools back open before June would be difficult.

Genesee County has enhanced its website with additional information and resources.
There are a variety of links with public health information, tools for businesses and ways to donate to, or receive help, from non-profit agencies.
Follow this link: HERE

The 2020 NFL Draft begins tonight, but Buffalo Bills fans are going to have to wait a while for their team’s first selection.
Thanks to a trade with the Minnesota Vikings that brought wide-receiver Stefon Diggs to Buffalo, the Bills do not have a first-round pick.
The Bills are currently slated to choose 54th overall, which is in the second round.

CITY OF BATAVIA WILL POSTPONE ASSESSMENT

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Batavia will hold off on the 2020 re-appraisal project that was set to change over 2,000 assessed values. To keep the City residents and employee’s safe the City will not move forward with the project as the process to review and challenge an assessment requires considerable community interaction with the Assessment Office and city employees.

“When properties are reassessed owners have the right to review the changes with the assessor, attend informal reviews, and ultimately attend Grievance Day with the Board of Assessment Review (BAR). With the City’s offices closed, and our concern for citizen’s health and economic well being at the forefront of our decision making, we will not change assessed values in 2020,” said Rachael Tabelski, Assistant City Manager.

There are approximately 5,700 properties in the City of Batavia that support the City operations and make up 1/3 of the City’s total budget. The only assessment changes that will move forward this year are 58 properties that had new construction or major physical changes. Of the 58 change notices approximately 20 of these owners are utility companies.

Genesee County Government COVID-19 Information

News Release

Coronavirus Information

Genesee County is working hard to provide timely, accurate information about the ongoing Coronavirus emergency and its impact on our local community.  In an effort to expand the availability of resources to residents and the agencies of Genesee County the County’s website has been enhanced to include information on the virus, avenues of giving and receiving assistance, tools for businesses and direct links to the County’s informational series, “Genesee Connects” and more.  Visit and click on “Coronavirus Information” or directly at: This link

 

COVID-19 Daily Update: April 22, 2020, New Death Reported

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

April 22, 2020

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m.

o   Genesee County received 10 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 140 positive cases

§  Five positive cases reside in Batavia, two reside in Darien, one resides in Alabama, one resides in Pavilion, and one resides in Pembroke.

§  One individual is less than 20 years of age, two individuals are in their 30’s, six individuals are in their 40’s, and one individual is in their 50’s.

§  1 of the positive individuals was on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  2 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.

§  2 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

 

·         Genesee County has received word of one new death notification related to COVID-19.  The individual was hospitalized and under the age of 65.  Our condolences to the family and friends of this individual during this difficult time.

 

o   Orleans County received 4 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 62 positive cases

§  Four positive cases reside in Albion.

§  One individual is in their 20’s, one individual is in their 40’s, one individual is in their 60’s and one individual is in their 80’s.

§  1 of the newly positive individuals was on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  4 of the previous positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.

§  5 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

 Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

 

 

Non-county Public Regulated Facilities

·         In an effort to provide additional information on state and federally regulated facilities in both Genesee and Orleans Counties, the health department will be adding some additional layers to our mapping tool later this week that will break out community versus (non-county regulated) public facility spread cases.  In addition, we will be adding a chart to our websites and daily briefings that will detail the number of cases and deaths in the regulated facilities in our counties.

 

 

Downs Shifts Two Acts from Summer Concert Series to Later Dates

BATAVIA – Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel has announced that out of an abundance of caution surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the first two “Rockin the Downs” concerts scheduled for this June have been rescheduled to late August.

The Vince Neil concert scheduled for Friday, June 19th, 2020 will now take place on Friday, August 21st.

The Steve Augeri concert scheduled for Friday, June 26th, 2020 will now take place on Friday, August 28th.

Please note that all tickets already sold for these concerts will be honored on the new dates.

The first concert for the “Rockin the Downs” concert series will be the regularly scheduled July 10th performance by Molly Hatchet.

“We felt it was necessary to reschedule the start of the series,” said Henry Wojtaszek, CEO/President of Batavia Downs Gaming. “We are still looking forward to seeing everyone this summer, at time when local and state officials have determined it is safe to do so.”

Tickets to all concerts are available at BataviaConcerts.com

Autism Nature Trail at Letchworth State Park Wins Contest

News Release

The Campaign to Build The Autism Nature Trail (The ANT) has won the grand prize in Cellino Plumbing & HVAC’s 2020 Truck Wrap Contest. The Trail came out on top against 250 other Western New York non-profit organizations, making it to the final two by popular public vote and then winning the contest in a final presentation made to the Cellino Board of Directors on Wednesday.

 

As the grand prize winner, The Autism Nature Trail will be featured in a specially designed wrap that will adorn one of Cellino Plumbing & HVAC’s company trucks for the full life of the vehicle. The organization will receive 5% of the revenue that comes from the truck’s profits over the next 12-months (typically between $20,000 and $25,000) and will benefit from the increased presence and awareness that will be given to the organization within the Buffalo and nearby market.

 

“Autism, developmental disabilities and inclusion are terms we’ve heard a lot in recent years,” says Loren Penman, one of the Co-Founders of The Autism Nature Trail project. “Many attractions are scrambling to become “sensory-friendly” but, what makes The ANT so unique is that we are not making a public place accommodating – we are making an accommodating place public. We thank the Cellino team for seeing and supporting that vision and helping us to make this project a reality.”

 

Leading up to the final presentation, The ANT reached out to the public to gather input on why The Autism Nature Trail is important to them and their families. Responses from supporters of the Trail poured in, ranging from the need for safe and inclusive outdoor areas, to judgement-free activities for the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) community, to accessibility needs in natural spaces.

Police Look for Suspect in Gang Assault

Nasir Nathan

News Release

We are looking for the public’s help in locating Nasir Nathan who has an outstanding warrant for his arrest in reference to a Gang Assault which occurred 10/04/2019 on Highland Park in Batavia.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Batavia Police Department at 585-345-6350, the confidential tip line at 585-345-6370 or online.

Arrest Made in Highland Park Hit and Run

Devon Wright

News Release

Batavia Police Officers arrested Devon Wright, 18, in relation to the reported car/pedestrian accident on Highland Park which occurred on 04/08/2020 at approximately 8:54 PM. Wright was located in a vehicle during a traffic stop last night where he was taken into custody. Wright allegedly resisted officers while being arrested, and damaged property while at Batavia Police Headquarters.

Wright was charged with 1 count PL 120.10-1 – Attempted Assault 1st, 1 count PL 205.30 – Resisting Arrest, 1 count PL 195.05 – Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd, 2 counts PL 145.00-1 – Criminal Mischief 4th, 1 count PL 240.45-1 – Criminal Nuisance 2nd, and 1 count PL 240.26-1 – Harassment 2nd. Wright was virtually arraigned in Batavia City Court before Judge Saleh and remanded to the Genesee County Jail on $10,000 cash, $20,000 bond, $50,000 partially secured bond. Wright is scheduled to appear back in BCC on 5-18-2020 at 13:00 hours.

Batavia Police investigation into the incident on 04/08/2020 revealed that Wright intentionally struck the victim with his car. The victim sustained some injuries during the incident but was later treated and released.

The Batavia Police Department would like to thank the public for all their tips on Wright’s whereabouts.

Morning News Briefing

Governor Cuomo is starting to lay out a path that will lead to the reopening of New York State’s economy. He says the process of getting things up and running again will be done regionally.
The governor says the state will be divided up into 10 sections that will be independently analyzed to see when things like schools and businesses can reopen. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will oversee the Western New York region.

 

Governor Cuomo is calling his White House meeting with President Trump productive. The pair were face-to-face yesterday where they mostly talked about issues related to coronavirus testing. Both Trump and the governor say they hope to significantly increase the amount of testing that can be done in New York each day.

In its latest update the Genesee County Health Department reports three new positive cases of COVID-19.
Two of those individuals live in Batavia, one in Elba. The county’s total is now 130.

The former Next Level Fitness on Main St. in Batavia, is auctioning off all of its equipment.
Hundreds of items will be auctioned, including gym equipment weights, workout machines, treadmills and mats.
The auction is online now through April 27th. Link HERE

A pop-up food pantry distribution is scheduled for this morning.
The Salvation Army and Northgate Free Methodist Church are hosting the distribution. It begins at 9 this morning at Northgate’s north campus on Bank Street Road. Only one person should be in the car for pick-up and have ID ready if picking up food for other households.

Auction of Fitness Equipment Online

Next Level Fitness, located at 59 Main St. in Batavia, is auctioning off all their equipment from the three-story facility.
Hundreds of items will be auctioned, including gym equipment such as weights, workout machines, treadmills to mats, exercise balls and more.
The auction also features general items including some furniture, shelving and multiple televisions.
Link to the internet auction HERE

COVID-19 Daily Update: April 21, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

April 21, 2020

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m.

o   Genesee County received 3 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 130 positive cases

§  Two positive cases reside in Batavia and one resides in Elba.

§  One individual is in their 20’s, one individual is in their 50’s, and one individual is in their 60’s.

§  2 of the positive individuals were on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  6 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.

§  3 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

 

o   Orleans County received 2 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 58 positive cases

§  Two positive cases reside in Albion.

§  One individual is in their 30’s, one individual is in their 50’s.

§  2 of the previous positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation

§  4 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

 

·         Orleans County has received word of one new death notification related to COVID-19.  The individual was over 65.  Our condolences to the family and friends of this individual during this difficult time.

 

·         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).

·         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 the ability to be swabbed.  For information about the community testing visit https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-testing or call the NYS COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 for more information.  All individuals will be screened and must have an appointment.  The local health departments do not have a supply of swabs for the community, call your primary care provider or the community hotline.

·         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!

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

OPERATIONAL UPDATES

·         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.

o   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.

Mental Health

·         Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and having to socially distance yourself from someone you love can be difficult. Below are resources that can help you connect to a professional that can help you through these challenging times:

o   Care + Crisis Helpline is available 24/7 at 585-283-5200 or text  ‘Talk’ to 741741

o   New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling

o   Head Space:  A mindfulness app called Headspace is offering some meditations to listen to for free to ease minds in such a stressful time. The app is free to download and includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help with the varying emotions you may be feeling. The app does include in-app purchases. https://www.headspace.com/covid-19

 

NEW YORK STATE RESTRICTIONS / GUIDANCE

·         The State Department of Health will begin to conduct a statewide antibody testing survey Monday, April 20th.  This is a limited randomized antibody testing, not diagnostic testing.  Locations do not include Genesee or Orleans Counties.  We will share any updates as they are made available.

·         New Yorkers who have recovered from COVID-19 are encouraged to donate blood. Here’s information on how to donate or for the American Red Cross Donation Program, click here.

·         An awareness campaign encouraging low-income New Yorkers to claim their Economic Impact Payments under the CARES Act.  Click here for more information.

·         The Governor has extended the Disaster Emergency through May 15, 2020.  https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20216-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency

·         Complaints regarding businesses are being referred to the State Department of Labor via online form https://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/laborstandards/coronavirus-complaints.shtm or phone:  1-822-789-0470.

·         New York State on PAUSE: To assist local authorities with enforcement of these orders, the Governor established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force where individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here to file a complaint online. You may also call 1-833-789-0470. Businesses that are not in compliance with the Governor’s executive order may be penalized.

 

Nominations Being Accepted for BCSD Foundation Scholarship

Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 BCSD Foundation, Inc. Scholarship.   This scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from Batavia High School.  The nominee has been successful in his/her educational program and has sought out skills to further his/her career.  In addition, he or she has exemplified our Batavia school culture and climate of “Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe, Be Connected and Be Ambitious.”

Any member of the local community may nominate a Batavia HS Senior who meets the above criteria.  Nomination forms are available on the Batavia City School District website.  You may complete the Google Form or the pdf document to nominate a deserving senior.  All nominations need to be received by May 11, 2020.

Morning News Briefing

Add five more positive cases of coronavirus in Genesee County that brings the total detected to 127.
Of the five new cases: two reside in Batavia, two in Elba and one lives in LeRoy. The health department reports that three individuals, previously listed as positive for the virus, have recovered and released from mandatory isolation.
Orleans County reports seven new positive case, all from Albion.

Governor Cuomo will be heading to the White House today for a meeting with President Trump. The president said during a briefing yesterday he was looking forward to the governor’s visit. The pair have clashed in recent weeks over the response to the coronavirus crisis. There’s no word yet on exactly what the two leaders are going to discuss. New York has the highest number of coronavirus cases of any state in the country. Thousands of Empire State residents have also lost their lives.

Governor Cuomo says the state is developing a plan that will allow some upstate hospitals to resume elective surgeries. He said any plan would be developed on a regional rather than county level.
The lack of elective surgeries has placed a financial burden on hospitals. Elective surgeries are a money maker for hospitals.
More details are expected to be released today.

The United Way of Genesee County has now cancelled this year’s Day of Caring.
The popular event was originally scheduled for May 13th, then postponed
to later this year has now been cancelled entirely.

This note for residents of Attica and Alexander: today’s planned water disruption will not happen.
Officials say the water main shut down has been postponed until this Friday, April 24th.

COVID-19 Daily Update: April 20, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

April 20, 2020

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 5 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 127 positive cases
      • Two positive cases reside in Batavia, two reside in Elba, and one resides in LeRoy.
      • One individual is in their 20’s, one individual is in their 30’s, one individual is in their 40’s, one individual is in their 50’s, and one individual is in their 60’s.
      • 3 of the positive individuals were on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 3 of the previous positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 3 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 7 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 56 positive cases
      • Seven positive cases reside in Albion.
      • One individual is in their 50’s, one individual is in their 60’s, two individuals are in their 70’s, two individuals are in their 80’s, and one individual is in the 90 and above age category.
      • 1 of the previous positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation
      • 5 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
  • Regarding the sharp increase in the Genesee County positive individuals, they are not considered community-spread as they are all detainees at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility located in Batavia. Although the detainees are not considered residents, because the facility is housed in Genesee County they are reported as Genesee County positive cases. Any workers with direct contact with those who have tested positive at the facility for COVID-19 will be followed by their county of residence.
  • 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).
  • 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 the ability to be swabbed. For information about the community testing visit https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-testing or call the NYS COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 for more information. All individuals will be screened and must have an appointment. The local health departments do not have a supply of swabs for the community, call your primary care provider or the community hotline.
  • 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!

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

 

Morning News Briefing

The number of COVID-19 cases in Genesee County took its largest one day jump over the weekend.
The health department reported 30 new cases Saturday afternoon, but 29 of those cases came from the Federal Detention Center in Batavia. All of them were detainees.
There were no new cases added on Sunday.
The county’s total is now 122 positive cases since the outbreak began.
There have been two deaths from coronavirus in Genesee County, two in Orleans County and four in Wyoming County.

Governor Cuomo says the state’s coronavirus curve is descending, but he’s still urging New Yorkers to keep following social distancing guidelines.
The governor says things will only keep improving if people continue to do their part in preventing the spread of the illness.

This week, New York State will be looking to test thousands of people for coronavirus antibodies. Officials are trying to figure out who may have the antibodies that could be used to help others battle the deadly illness. The tests will also help determine the percentage of the population that could be immune to the virus. Results can take a day or two to come back and the state is hoping to have the data fully analyzed by the end of the week.

To help replenish the Salvation Army food pantry, Northgate Free Methodist Church will be hosting a food collection drive every Monday.
You can drop off food donations at Northgate Free Methodist Church, North Campus, on Bank Street Road Mondays between 10 and 4.
The Salvation Army reports its food pantry supply is exhausted. The Army says it is serving three to four times the number of families it served before the COVID-19 outbreak.

The next food distribution at Northgate is scheduled for this Wednesday morning. It is another drive-thru distribution. Only one person should make the pick-up and have ID ready if picking up for more than one family.

The price of gas is continuing to dip across Western New York. Triple A says the average cost for a gallon of regular gas is $2.27. That’s down
16-cents from a month ago.

COVID-19 Daily UPDATE: April 18, 2020

The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments have received 35 more COVID-19 cases. Orleans has 5 new cases and Genesee has 30. Contact tracing has been initiated.

Of the total new positive cases for Genesee County, 29 non-community spread cases were confirmed at the Batavia ICE Facility. The individuals are detainees and all precautions are being followed to further protect other detainees and staff.
Contact tracing has been initiated and all who have had direct contact with the individuals will be notified by Health Department staff.

“We are also saddened to report a second death related to COVID-19 has occurred in Orleans County,” stated Lynne Johnson, Orleans County Legislative 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.”

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.

We encourage everyone to continue social distancing and staying home. 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.

COVID-19 Daily Update: April 17, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

April 22, 2020

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m. today:

o   Genesee County received 5 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 92 positive cases

§  Four positive cases reside in Batavia and one resides in Pembroke.

§  One individual is in their 20’s, one individual is in their 30’s, one individual is in their 50’s, one individual is in their 60’s, and one individual is in their 90’s.

§  1 of the positive individuals was on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  3 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

 

o   Orleans County: 8 new positive case  of COVID-19 for a total of 43

§  Of the new positive cases today, 7 live in Albion and 1 lives in Ridgeway

§  We have one individual in their 50’s, 2 individuals in their 60’s, 2 individuals in their 70’s and 3 individuals in their 80’s.

§  One has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation

§  4 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

 

·         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!

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

OPERATIONAL UPDATES

·         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.

o   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.

 

Mental Health

 ·         Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and having to socially distance yourself from someone you love can be difficult. Below are resources that can help you connect to a professional that can help you through these challenging times:

o   Care + Crisis Helpline is available 24/7 at 585-283-5200 or text  ‘Talk’ to 741741

o   New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling

o   Head Space:  A mindfulness app called Headspace is offering some meditations to listen to for free to ease minds in such a stressful time. The app is free to download and includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help with the varying emotions you may be feeling. The app does include in-app purchases. https://www.headspace.com/covid-19

NEW YORK STATE RESTRICTIONS / GUIDANCE

·         The Governor issued an executive order requiring all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings, including taking public or private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles to begin at 8:00 p.m. tonight.   Coverings are to protect others from you when out in public.  You are still to do your best to social distance at least 6 feet and not congregate.  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:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

·         The Governor’s Executive Order directs employers to provide essential workers with masks free of charge to wear when interacting with the public.

·         The Governor issued an executive order requiring nursing homes to inform family members of residents of COVID-19 cases.

·         New Yorkers who have recovered from COVID-19 are encouraged to donate blood. Here’s information on how to donate or for the American Red Cross Donation Program, click here.

·         The Governor has extended the Disaster Emergency through May 15, 2020.  https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20216-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency

·         Complaints regarding businesses are being referred to the State Department of Labor via online form https://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/laborstandards/coronavirus-complaints.shtm or phone:  1-822-789-0470.

·         New York State on PAUSE: To assist local authorities with enforcement of these orders, the Governor established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force where individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here to file a complaint online. You may also call 1-833-789-0470. Businesses that are not in compliance with the Governor’s executive order may be penalized.

COVID-19 RELIABLE SOURCES

·         New York State Department of Health – click here

·         CDC – click here

·         Genesee County Health Department – click here

·         Orleans County Health Department – click here

·         NY State of Health – click here

·         If you believe an employer is violating either existing labor laws or recently issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo, please contact the NYS Attorney General’s office at (212) 416-8700 or Labor.Bureau@ag.ny.gov

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Morning News Briefing

New York State’s so-called pause order will remain in effect until May 15th – it has been extended two more weeks.
This means non-essential businesses will remain closed and the public is urged to remain at home.  The governor’s previous executive order was scheduled to expire April 29th.


Starting today, New Yorkers will be required to wear masks or cloth coverings on their face while out in public. The governor’s executive order is yet another effort to try and slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Seven new cases of coronavirus reported in Genesee County. The total number of infections since the outbreak began now stands at 87.
Three county residents are hospitalized with the virus.

The Genesee County Health Department is scheduled to issue its daily COVID-19 update this afternoon.
Public Health Director Paul Pettit will issue his report via a video meeting.  WBTA will carry Pettit’s remarks live this afternoon at 4 o’clock.

Cori Shearing

 

A Wyoming County man has been arrested on charges of vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving following a crash earlier this week.
State Police said 20 year old Michael Conrad was speeding on Pleasant Valley Road in Wethersfield late Tuesday morning. Troopers said he lost control of his and crashed into several trees.
A passenger in Conrad’s car, 20 year old Cori Shearing of Pike, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Conrad was treated at ECMC and then locked up in Wyoming County Jail pending bail.

 

Both the University at Buffalo and some Western New York hospitals are seeking plasma donors. Researchers want to find out if people who have recovered from coronavirus have antibodies in their blood that could help patients who are critically ill due to the disease. Doctors say while the treatment method isn’t 100 percent proven, it could help save lives until a coronavirus vaccine is available.

COVID-19 Update: April 16, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

April 16, 2020

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m. today:

o   Genesee County received 7 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 87 positive cases

§  Five positive cases reside in Batavia, one resides in Bergen, and one resides in Darien.

§  One individual is in their 20’s, three individuals are in their 30’s, one individual is in their 60’s, and two individuals are in their 90’s.

§  3 of the positive individuals were on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  3 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

 

o   Orleans County: 1 new positive case  of COVID-19 for a total of 35

§  Of the new positive cases today, one lives in Albion

§  One individual is in their 80’s

§  Two have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation

§  3 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

§  Orleans County received notification of the first COVID-19 related death.

 ·         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!

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

 

OPERATIONAL UPDATES

·         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.

o   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.

Mental Health

 ·         Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and having to socially distance yourself from someone you love can be difficult. Below are resources that can help you connect to a professional that can help you through these challenging times:

o   Care + Crisis Helpline is available 24/7 at 585-283-5200 or text  ‘Talk’ to 741741

o   New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling

o   Head Space:  A mindfulness app called Headspace is offering some meditations to listen to for free to ease minds in such a stressful time. The app is free to download and includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help with the varying emotions you may be feeling. The app does include in-app purchases. https://www.headspace.com/covid-19

 

 

Order Extended Limiting Use of City Parks

From: Batavia City Manager Dr. Martin Moore:

I issue the following emergency order(s) for the period of April 17, 2020 through April 21, 2020. This
order continues the following issued under Emergency Order #2, which was effective April 11, 2020
.
1. All Public Parks within the City Limits of the City of Batavia, New York remain open to public
use from 7a.m. to dusk. During the times that public parks are open, State of New York
declared restrictions on congregating will be observed. In addition, all playground areas,
tennis courts, pickle ball courts; basketball courts, picnic pavilions, splash pads, and other
park facilities that are used for activities that constitute congregating are closed to public
use.

First COVID-19 Death in Orleans County

“Today, I am reporting that an individual (over 65 years of age and who had been under mandatory isolation) who tested positive for COVID-19 has passed away,” stated Paul Pettit, Director of the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments. “This is our first confirmed death related to COVID-19 in Orleans County.

Due to privacy issues, I will not be releasing further details about this individual. I would like to express my sincerest sympathy to the individual’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

“We are saddened at this loss and want to extend our condolences to the family and friends of the patient,” Lynne Johnson, Chairman of the Orleans County Legislature said. “The nurses, physicians and others who had been involved in this person’s treatment are also grieving. I want to commend our providers and employees for the extraordinary care they provided and to let them know how proud we are of their ongoing service and commitment to all our residents during this unprecedented and difficult time.”

“We continue to encourage social distancing, use of face coverings and for residents to stay home as much as possible, especially if you have older family members or family with underlying health conditions,” stated Pettit. “If you are unwell with any symptoms, please do not have contact with our most vulnerable population. Keep in touch by phone, FaceTime, cards, and/or letters so your loved ones know they are being thought of. Ask other family or friends who are not sick or potentially exposed to check in on your loved ones and/or assist with errands.”

Morning News Briefing

Genesee County’s Public Health director says he is still not getting the personal protective equipment he needs.
Paul Pettit says he is receiving only a percentage of the PPE’s is has ordered.
He did report some good news. Pettit says the department’s tracking shows a gradual slowing of active cases. He cited last week’s daily new cases were reaching 10 a day. That figure is down to 2 or 3.

You need to finds a mask or cloth covering for your face, by tomorrow.
Governor Cuomo has ordered all New Yorkers to wear a mask or face covering whenever you are out in public. Health experts say there’s not a lot of evidence showing masks can protect people from coronavirus, they are an effective tool in reducing the spread of germs.

The latest local coronavirus numbers: three new cases reported in Batavia.
There was one additional COVID-19 death reported yesterday.
That makes two Genesee County residents to die from the virus since the outbreak began.

There are now a total of 80 positive tests for the virus locally.
Included in that number are 11 cases from the Federal Detention Facility in Batavia.

Getting tested for the coronavirus is about to get a bit easier for those living in Monroe County.
A drive-thru testing site is expected to open tomorrow in Rochester.
It’ll be located at the Walmart on Hudson Avenue.
Anyone experiencing coronavirus symptoms will be able to set up an appointment to get screened. Tests at the site will be conducted by Quest Diagnostics, a private company.
Testing is available in Genesee County to patients who show COVID-19 symptoms. Testing with pre-screening is being done in the UMMC parking lot and by some personal physicians.

A young Byron man caught, allegedly, with his hand in the candy jar.
Deputies arrested 22 year old Mark Knickerbocker of West Main Street Road Byron with taking a box of candy from Crosby’s in Batavia.
The candy was valued at $48. He was given a court appearance ticket.

COVID-19 Update: April 15, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

April 15, 2020

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m. today:
    • Genesee County received 3 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 80 positive cases
      • The three positive cases reside in Batavia.
      • One individual is in their 20’s, one individual is in their 40’s, and one individual is in their 90’s.
      • The positive individuals were not on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 2 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
      • Genesee County received notification of the second COVID-19 related death.
    • Orleans County: 3 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 34
      • Of the new positive cases today, one lives in Ridgeway, one lives in Gaines, and 1 lives in Murray
      • The ages include 1 individual is in their 40’s, 1 individual is in their 70’s and 1 individual is in their 90’s.
      • Two have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation
      • 3 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
  • 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!

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

OPERATIONAL UPDATES
  • 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: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

Mental Health

  • Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and having to socially distance yourself from someone you love can be difficult. Below are resources that can help you connect to a professional that can help you through these challenging times:
    • Care + Crisis Helpline is available 24/7 at 585-283-5200 or text ‘Talk’ to 741741
    • New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling
    • Head Space: A mindfulness app called Headspace is offering some meditations to listen to for free to ease minds in such a stressful time. The app is free to download and includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help with the varying emotions you may be feeling. The app does include in-app purchases. https://www.headspace.com/covid-19
NEW YORK STATE RESTRICTIONS / GUIDANCE
COVID-19 RELIABLE SOURCES
  • New York State Department of Health – click here
  • CDC – click here
  • Genesee County Health Department – click here
  • Orleans County Health Department – click here
  • NY State of Health – click here
  • If you believe an employer is violating either existing labor laws or recently issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo, please contact the NYS Attorney General’s office at (212) 416-8700 or Labor.Bureau@ag.ny.gov
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Second COVID-19 Death in Genesee County

“It is with great sadness that I am reporting the second confirmed death related to COVID-19 in Genesee County” stated Paul Pettit, Public Health Director of Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments. The individual was over the age of 65 and resided in the central part of Genesee County. “Due to privacy issues, I will not be releasing further information about this individual. Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of the patient.”

The Genesee County Health Department is conducting contact tracing. Close contacts have been notified of their potential exposure to COVID- 19, and have been placed under mandatory quarantine to monitor for symptoms. Individuals under mandatory quarantine who develop symptoms will be swabbed. The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments are following guidance provided by the NYSDOH and CDC.

“As COVID-19 continues to spread within our communities, we must do everything we can to keep each other safe” said Pettit. “Please remain home unless you are an essential worker or need to purchase essential household items. In that case, designate one (1) household member to do the shopping. We must work together as a community to stop the spread.”

Morning News Briefing

One new positive case of COVID-19 reported in Batavia. This brings the total cases in Genesee County to 77. Officials say the latest case is an individual in their 30’s.
A map of COVID-19 cases in Genesee county shows the vast number of them…51…are in the city and town of Batavia, which are the population centers of the county.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New York State now tops 200,000. The death toll is closing in on 11,000.
There is a growing number of coronavirus outbreaks and deaths at nursing homes statewide. The State Health Commissioner says most of the individuals who have passed away at those facilities were elderly and had underlying health problems.

T F Browns Restaurant has closed, at least until the coronavirus outbreak is over.
The popular eatery has been open for take-out.
Owner Rick Mancuso says he is shutting down completely until the state allows him to reopen as a full service restaurant.

The Salvation Army in Batavia says emergency food supplies are very limited.
They are asking that that their patrons only access the food panty when necessary.
The food distribution is held at the rear door of the Salvation Army Headquarters on East Main Street Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30a.m. to 12:30p.m.
You are asked to remain in your car and be prepared to show ID.

The owners of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres have reacted to the loss of business caused by the coronavirus.
Pegula Sports Entertainment has announced 21 people have been laid off and another 104 furloughed, three dozen others are taking a temporary pay cut.
The company says it will continue to pay health insurance for all sidelined employees.

COVID-19 Local Update: April 14, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

April 14, 2020

New Cases

 

·         As of 2:00 p.m. today:

o   Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 77 positive cases

§  The individual resides in Batavia.

§  The individual is in their 30s.

§  The positive individual was not on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  2 of the positive cases are hospitalized.

 

o   Orleans County: 2 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 31

§  Of the new positive cases today, one lives in Albion and 1 lives in Barre

§  The ages include 1 individual is under 20 and 1 individual is in their 80’s.

§  Three have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation

§  3 of the positive cases are hospitalized.

 

·         Mapping Update:  Today we are adding Wyoming County mapping.  Genesee 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!

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

 

OPERATIONAL UPDATES

State of Emergency To Be Extended:  Due to the Governor’s Executive Order Dated April 12, 2020 extending the Disaster Emergency through May 12 2020, 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.

o   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:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

 

Mental Health

·         Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and having to socially distance yourself from someone you love can be difficult. Below are resources that can help you connect to a professional that can help you through these challenging times:

o   Care + Crisis Helpline is available 24/7 at 585-283-5200 or text  ‘Talk’ to 741741

o   New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling

o   Head Space:  A mindfulness app called Headspace is offering some meditations to listen to for free to ease minds in such a stressful time. The app is free to download and includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help with the varying emotions you may be feeling. The app does include in-app purchases. https://www.headspace.com/covid-19

 

NEW YORK STATE RESTRICTIONS / GUIDANCE

·         The Governor’s Executive Order will direct employers to provide essential workers with mask free of charge to wear when interacting with the public.

·         The Governor has extended the Disaster Emergency through May 12, 2020.  https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20216-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency

·         Complaints regarding businesses are being referred to the State Department of Labor via online form https://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/laborstandards/coronavirus-complaints.shtm or phone:  1-822-789-0470.

·         New York State on PAUSE: To assist local authorities with enforcement of these orders, the Governor established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force where individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here to file a complaint online. You may also call 1-833-789-0470. Businesses that are not in compliance with the Governor’s executive order may be penalized.

COVID-19 RELIABLE SOURCES

·         New York State Department of Health – click here

·         CDC – click here

·         Genesee County Health Department – click here

·         Orleans County Health Department – click here

·         NY State of Health – click here

·         If you believe an employer is violating either existing labor laws or recently issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo, please contact the NYS Attorney General’s office at (212) 416-8700 or Labor.Bureau@ag.ny.gov

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Morning News Briefing

For the past several years Batavia has been getting close to $450,000 dollars from New York State, so-called VLT aid. It is supposed to cover the city’s added expenses for having Batavia Downs within its border.
This year, the VLT money was taken out of the budget …a move that would have resulted in a 7 ½ percent city property tax increase.
That VLT money was finally restored to the state budget but council members last night said they’ll believe it when they see it.
Council, meeting in a video conference session last night, expressed concern over future budgets citing COVID-19 impacts on sales tax and other revenues.

Latest coronavirus numbers from the county health department:
Two new positive cases: one from the city.
Of the tow new cases one person is in their 30’s, the other in their 90’s.
The total number of infections in Genesee County: 76.

The death toll due to the coronavirus has reached a grim milestone in New York State. Officials say over 10,000 residents have died after becoming infected. Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases of the virus is more than 195,000.

Devon Wright

Batavia Police asking for help in locating a person of interest in last week’s car-pedestrian accident on Highland Park. Police say they want to talk with Devon Wright. No further information about him was released.
One man was injured last Wednesday when a car backed into a house…and the driver fled the scene.

The High Wind Warning for Genesee County expired hours early.
The 60 mile per hour gusts, fortunately, never materialized.
The National Weather Service reported that peak gusts in Batavia only reached the mid 40-mile per hour range.
The warning was canceled at 9:00 last night.

COVID-19 Local Update: April 13, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

April 13, 2020

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m. today:
    • Genesee County received 2 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 76 positive cases
      • The two individuals reside in Batavia.
      • One of the individuals is in their 30s, one individual is in their 90s
      • One of our positive cases has been identified as an Erie County resident. Therefore, our numbers have decreased by 1.
      • None of the positive individuals were on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
    • Orleans County: 1 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 29
      • Of the positive cases over the weekend, including today, we have 2 from Lyndonville, 1 from Murray, 1 from Albion and 1 from Ridgeway.
      • The ages include 1 individual in their 30’s, 2 individuals in their 50’s, one individual in their 60’s and one individual in their 70’s.
      • One more person has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
      • None of the positive individuals were on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
  • Mapping Update: Today we are adding the ages and the general area of where individuals who tested positive reside in the same format as our positive cases. You will now be able to see the cumulative age breakdown of the confirmed cases on the map as well as the breakdown by choosing the individual county from the upper right drop down box. Monday map updates will include the weekend data.
  • 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!

Click HERE to view the Genesee and Orleans online map of confirmed cases 

OPERATIONAL UPDATES
State of Emergency To Be Extended

  • Due to the Governor’s Executive Order Dated April 12, 2020 extending the Disaster Emergency through May 12 2020, 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: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

Mental Health

  • Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and having to socially distance yourself from someone you love can be difficult. Below are resources that can help you connect to a professional that can help you through these challenging times:
    • Care + Crisis Helpline is available 24/7 at 585-283-5200 or text ‘Talk’ to 741741
    • New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling
    • Head Space: A mindfulness app called Headspace is offering some meditations to listen to for free to ease minds in such a stressful time. The app is free to download and includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help with the varying emotions you may be feeling. The app does include in-app purchases. https://www.headspace.com/covid-19
NEW YORK STATE CASES / RESTRICTIONS / GUIDANCE
COVID-19 RELIABLE SOURCES
  • New York State Department of Health – click here
  • CDC – click here
  • Genesee County Health Department – click here
  • Orleans County Health Department – click here
  • NY State of Health – click here
  • If you believe an employer is violating either existing labor laws or recently issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo, please contact the NYS Attorney General’s office at (212) 416-8700 or Labor.Bureau@ag.ny.gov
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Person of Interest Sought in Car / Pedestrian Incident

Devon Wright

The Batavia Police Department is seeking public assistance in locating Devon Wright. Wright is a person of interest in the car/pedestrian accident which occurred on Highland Park on 04/08/2020. Anyone with information in reference to his whereabouts may contact Detective Matt Wojtaszczyk at 585-345-6357 or the Batavia Police Department at 585-345-6350, the confidential tip line at 585-345-6370 or online HERE.

No other information can be released at this time due to the ongoing investigation.

(Original News Release Issued on 04/09/2020 Follows:)

On 04/08/2020 at approximately 8:54 PM, the Batavia Police Department responded to the area of 15 Highland Park for a vehicle that backed into a house. Upon arrival, Officers located the vehicle and a subject which had been struck by it near the area as reported. The person was transported to Strong where they were treated and later released. The incident is being investigated as a criminal matter and Detectives been following up on several leads. There is no threat to the general public at this time. No further information can be released at this time due to the ongoing investigation.

Morning News Briefing

The National Weather Service has posted a High Wind Warning for Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties. Winds out of the southwest 30 to 40 miles per hour are expected, gusting up to 60 miles per hour.
The warning officially goes into effect at 10AM this morning and remains active until 2AM tomorrow morning.
National Grid is urging its customers to be prepared for power outages today. Strong winds are expected across New York which could knock down power lines. The utility company says it already has crews ready to respond.

Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies announce the arrest of a Stafford man for allegedly spitting into the face of a public health official and a nurse.
22 Year old Jordin Schultz of Main Road Stafford was charged with menacing and reckless endangerment.
Deputies said the incident happened back on April 2nd.

New cases of COVID-19 reported in Genesee County over the weekend.
Four new positive cases were added Saturday, one more on Sunday.
The total now is 74.

Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies announce the arrest of a Stafford man for allegedly spitting into the face of a public health official and a nurse.
22 Year old Jordin Schultz of Main Road Stafford was charged with menacing and reckless endangerment.
Deputies said the incident happened back on April 2nd.

Western New York drivers are still seeing some savings at the gas pump. According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas is $2.24. That’s down four cents from last week and 24-cents from this time last month.
The national average for a gallon is $1.86.

COVID-19 Local Update April 11, 2020

UPDATE

April 11, 2020

The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments have received 6 more COVID-19 cases.  Orleans has 2 new cases and Genesee has 4.  Contact tracing has been initiated.  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.

We encourage everyone to continue social distancing and staying home.  If you need to go out, for essential needs, only one person should be running those errands so as not to risk further exposure.  This is not a time for gatherings or date night.  The life you save may be you or a loved one.  We can do this together…we are one day closer to this being a memory.

WBTA Weekend News

A high wind warning has been posted for Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties beginning Monday morning.
The National Weather Service says the warning goes into effect at 10AM Monday through 2AM on Tuesday.
Southwest winds 30 to 45 mph with gusts up to 70 mph are expected.

 

Coronvirus testing lags in Genesee County.
Public Health Director Paul Pettit says that testing available on demand will be the only way to insure that the war against COVID-19 is won.
Current supplies of test swabs are too low for mass testing
Pettit announced late yesterday that there were seven new cases of coronavirus in Genesee County, bringing the total number to 70.
He said that maintaining social distancing and avoiding close gatherings is the best way to slow the spread of the disease. Pettit said he realizes the added challenges families will face in this regard during the Holiday weekend.

 

The Veterans Administration confirms two patients at the Batavia V-A have tested positive for the coronavirus. The V-A says it has taken measures to mitigate the risk of transmission to other patients and staff.
Four confirmed positive cases of coronavirus are reported at the Federal Detention Facility in Batavia.

 

The first person to die from Coronavirus in Genesee County was a Batavia native who suffered serious health issues and was the innocent victim of a police incident triggered by his neighbor.
67 year old David Zanghi Senior died from the virus on March 27th. He had suffered from kidney failure, diabetes and heart disease.
Mr. Zanghi lived on Liberty Street in Batavia. He lived in a downstairs apartment lwhen last November a domestic incident erupted upstairs.
The man living there held police at bay with a knife and a BB gun.
Zanghi’s apartment was heavily damaged by tear gas during the incident.

 

A note from the New York State Department of Labor.
If you are waiting for a call back from your unemployment insurance claim that call may show-up on caller ID from simply “private caller.”
The reason, most state unemployment workers are working from their homes.
The department urges you to answer those calls.
Anyone calling from the Department of Labor will verify their identity by providing the date you filed your Unemployment Insurance application and the type of claim you filed.”

COVID-19 Local Update Apr 10, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE  

Friday, April 10, 2020

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m. today:
    • Genesee County received 7 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 70 positive cases
      • Six of the individuals reside in the central part of the County and one individual resides in the western part of the County.
      • Two individual are in their 20s, one individual is in their 30s, one individual is in the 60’s, and three individuals are in their 70’s.
      • Three of the new positive cases were under precautionary or mandatory quarantine when they became symptomatic.
    • Orleans County: 0 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 24
      • One of our positive individuals has recovered and is out of isolation.
  • Mapping Update: Today we are adding the ages and the general area of where individuals who tested positive reside in the same format as our positive cases. You will now be able to see the cumulative age breakdown of the confirmed cases on the map as well as the breakdown by choosing the individual county from the upper right drop down box.
  • 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).
    • For clarification, the local health departments do not lead the contact tracing for positive results to individuals located in facilities regulated by another agency (e.g. federal or state) however we partner with those agencies and provide assistance as needed. We do receive the positive numbers of any resident who lives in our counties (including these facilities) and are included in our totals. Any community contacts (employees) are followed by the local health department where they reside.
  • 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.

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

OPERATIONAL UPDATES
Passover / Holy Week / Easter Holiday

  • We understand this is generally a time of family gatherings, however the NYS on PAUSE guidance is still in effect and all gatherings of individuals of any size for any reasons are canceled or postponed until at least April 29, 2020. (Executive Order 202.10) Remember that any non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are also canceled or postponed at this time. Many houses of worship have been live streaming their services which allows them to share their message and touch base with their congregations. As challenging as this is to do, especially over the holidays, it is vital everyone stays home. Consider celebrating with a phone call, or a social app so you can see one another and remember the life you may be saving by staying home could be one of your loved ones. This is temporary.
  • 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.
  • GO Health Minute: This is an opportunity for our staff, community leaders and others to provide some factual information, some tips on staying calm or how to virtually connect with family and friends and guidance. Each segment is short and to the point and follows the guidelines of the Genesee Orleans County Health Departments’ mission to work collaboratively ensuring conditions that promote optimal health for individuals and the communities we serve. Please take a ‘minute’ to view one of our ‘Minutes’ on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube platforms and our websites.


The Use of Cloth Face Coverings

  • The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. Recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing or proper handwashing.
  • The cloth face cover should:
    • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
    • be secured with ties or ear loops
    • include multiple layers of fabric
    • allow for breathing without restriction
    • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
  • The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Mental Health

  • Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and having to socially distance yourself from someone you love can be difficult. Below are resources that can help you connect to a professional that can help you through these challenging times:
    • Care + Crisis Helpline is available 24/7 at 585-283-5200 or text ‘Talk’ to 741741
    • New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling
    • Head Space: A mindfulness app called Headspace is offering some meditations to listen to for free to ease minds in such a stressful time. The app is free to download and includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help with the varying emotions you may be feeling. The app does include in-app purchases. https://www.headspace.com/covid-19
NEW YORK STATE CASES / RESTRICTIONS / GUIDANCE
  • There is now updated guidance on essential and non-essential business clarifying that golf courses and the use of boat launches and marinas for recreational vessels are not considered essential and are to close.
  • Complaints regarding businesses are being referred to the State Department of Labor via online form https://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/laborstandards/coronavirus-complaints.shtm or phone: 1-822-789-0470.
  • New York State on PAUSE: To assist local authorities with enforcement of these orders, the Governor established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force where individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here to file a complaint online. You may also call 1-833-789-0470. Businesses that are not in compliance with the Governor’s executive order may be penalized.
COVID-19 RELIABLE SOURCES
  • New York State Department of Health – click here
  • CDC – click here
  • Genesee County Health Department – click here
  • Orleans County Health Department – click here
  • NY State of Health – click here
  • If you believe an employer is violating either existing labor laws or recently issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo, please contact the NYS Attorney General’s office at (212) 416-8700 or Labor.Bureau@ag.ny.gov

 

Morning News Briefing

Genesee County’s COVID-19 infections now total 63. Nine more cases were added yesterday…that’s makes 40 new cases in the past four days.
It has also been reported that four detainees at the Federal Detention Facility in Batavia have tested positive for the corona virus….two of the detainees are from Honduras, one from Somalia and one from Pakistan.

With word that six-point-six million people filed for unemployment last week….come widespread accounts that the state Department of Labor computer systems are overloaded and failing. Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state has hired 1,000 people to help unemployed New Yorkers:
The State Department of Labor has just created a new online application system. The departments says most applicants will be contacted directly within 72 hours of filing an unemployment claim.

The unidentified victim of car pedestrian accident on Highland Park was not seriously injured.
Police have reported that – while the victim was flown by Mercy Flight to Strong Hospital Wednesday night – he was treated and released.
Police now asking the public for help finding the driver of the car that backed into a home striking the victim, and leaving the scene.

Golfers across the state are going to have to wait a few more weeks to hit the links again.
New guidelines say golf courses are now considered non-essential businesses and must remain closed until April 29th.
The news may be easier for golfers to take once you look outside this morning and see up to an inch of snow that fell overnight.

COVID-19 Local Update April 9, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

April 9, 2020

New Cases

 

·         As of 2:00 p.m. today:

o   Genesee County received 9 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 63 positive cases

§  Eight of the individuals reside in the central part of the County and one individual resides in the eastern part of the county.

§  One individual is in their 20s, five individuals are in their 30s, one individual is in the 40’s, one individual is in their 50’s, and one individual is in their 60’s.

§  Three of the new positive cases were under precautionary or mandatory quarantine when they became symptomatic.

 

o   Orleans County: 3 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 24

§  2 of the individuals reside in the central part of the County and one individual resides in the western part of the County.

§  One individual is in their 50’s, one individual is in their 30’s, and one individual is in their 90’s.

§  One of the Orleans positive cases were connected to a confirmed positive case and is in mandatory isolation.

 

·         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 we will send out a media announcement to help seek contacts.

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

 

OPERATIONAL UPDATES

Passover / Holy Week / Easter Holiday

·         We understand this is generally a time of family gatherings, however the NYS on PAUSE guidance is still in effect and all gatherings of individuals of any size for any reasons are canceled or postponed until at least April 22, 2020. (Executive Order 202.10)  Remember that any non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are also canceled or postponed at this time.   Many houses of worship have been live streaming their services which allows them to share their message and touch base with their congregations.  As challenging as this is to do, especially over the holidays, it is vital everyone stay home.  Consider celebrating with a phone call, or a social app so you can see one another and remember the life you may be saving by staying home could be one of your loved ones.  This is temporary.

·         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.


The Use of Cloth Face Coverings

·         The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. Recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing or proper hand washing.

·         The cloth face cover should:

o   fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face

o   be secured with ties or ear loops

o   include multiple layers of fabric

o   allow for breathing without restriction

o   be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

·         The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

·         Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Mental Health

·         Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and having to socially distance yourself from someone you love can be difficult. Below are resources that can help you connect to a professional that can help you through these challenging times:

o   Care + Crisis Helpline is available 24/7 at 585-283-5200 or text  ‘Talk’ to 741741

o   New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling

o   Head Space:  A mindfulness app called Headspace is offering some meditations to listen to for free to ease minds in such a stressful time. The app is free to download and includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help with the varying emotions you may be feeling. The app does include in-app purchases. https://www.headspace.com/covid-19

 

NEW YORK STATE CASES / RESTRICTIONS / GUIDANCE

·         Complaints regarding businesses are being referred to the State Department of Labor via online form https://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/laborstandards/coronavirus-complaints.shtm or phone:  1-822-789-0470.

·         New York State on PAUSE: To assist local authorities with enforcement of these orders, the Governor established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force where individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here to file a complaint online. You may also call 1-833-789-0470. Businesses that are not in compliance with the Governor’s executive order may be penalized.

COVID-19 RELIABLE SOURCES

·         New York State Department of Health – click here

·         CDC – click here

·         Genesee County Health Department – click here

·         Orleans County Health Department – click here

·         NY State of Health – click here

·         If you believe an employer is violating either existing labor laws or recently issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo, please contact the NYS Attorney General’s office at (212) 416-8700 or Labor.Bureau@ag.ny.gov

 

Morning News Briefing

City police are investigating an apparent hit and run on Highland Park. BPD responded around 9:30 last night to a report that a pedestrian had been struck by a car.
That pedestrian, who remains unidentified, was taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Hospital in Rochester.
Police say the driver was no longer at the scene when officers arrived.
They continue to question witnesses.

Genesee County has recorded 31 cases of COVID-19 in just three days…11 more cases were added yesterday bringing the total to 54.
Officials say contact tracing has been initiated in all the new cases. Known contacts have already been placed under mandatory quarantine,

Despite the jump in local cases Governor Cuomo is praising New Yorkers for doing their part to help flatten the coronavirus curve by staying home.
The governor said that the rate of new infections and hospitalizations due to the virus are showing signs of decreasing.
So far, more than 6,200 New Yorkers have died from coronavirus.

300 local families have been able to re-stock some of their shelves at home.
This is the result of yesterday’s pop-up food pantry at Northgate Free Methodist Church.
Cars lined Bank Street Road even before the food distribution began.
The Salvation Army co-hosted the event along with dozens of local volunteers from service clubs, county officials and others.

COVID-19 Local Update: April 8, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

April 8, 2020

New Cases

·         As discussed during yesterday’s briefing, we are adding age ranges broken down by decade (except those from ages 0-20) to reiterate that any age is susceptible to COVID-19 and the complications.  Throughout the nation even young people are having serious complications which may be associated with known or unknown underlying health conditions and health behaviors such as smoking, vaping and obesity.  Tomorrow we are planning on including a cumulative breakdown of the ages.

 ·         As of 2:00 p.m. today:

o   Genesee County received 11 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 54 positive cases

§  Ten of the individuals reside in the central part of the County and one individual resides in the eastern part of the county.

§  One individual is in their 20s, four individuals are in their 30s, two individuals are in their 40s, three individuals are in their 60s, and one individual is in their 70s.

 

o   Orleans County: 4 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 21

§  All 4 new cases live in the central part of Orleans County.  One is in their 50’s, one in their 70’s, one in their 80’s and one in their 90’s

§  All of the Orleans positive cases were connected to a confirmed positive case and are in mandatory isolation.

 ·         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 we will send out a media announcement to help seek contacts.

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

 

OPERATIONAL UPDATES
·         Going out for essentials – recommendations.
If you have to pick up essential items such as groceries or prescriptions, only one (1) member of the house hold should be going out. Make a list ahead of time to limit your exposure in the store. Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you and other people. Do not bring in unessential items such as purses, phones, etc.·         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.

Businesses and Employers

·         Essential Businesses must continue to comply with the guidance and directives for maintaining a clean and safe work environment issued by the New York State Department of Health and every business, even if essential, is strongly urged to maintain social distance to the extent possible.

·         As an employer or business, it is your responsibility to protect your workforce and to follow and understand guidance as it pertains to COVID-19. The health and safety of your employees should be your utmost concern. Below are some things to consider:

o   Actively encourage sick employees to stay home.

o   If an employee becomes sick while at work, they should be separated from other employees, customers, and visitors and sent home immediately. Follow CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting areas the sick employee visited.

o   Have conversations with employees about their concerns. Some employees may be at higher risk for severe illness, such as older adults and those with chronic medical conditions.

·         The Governor has established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force where individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here to file a complaint online. You may also call 1-833-789-0470. Businesses that are not in compliance with the Governor’s executive order may be penalized.

·         If you believe your employer is in violation of either existing labor laws or recently issued executive orders, please contact the New York State Attorney General’s office at
(212) 416-8700 or mailto:Labor.Bureau@ag.ny.gov


The Use of Cloth Face Coverings

·         The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. Recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing or proper hand washing.

·         The cloth face cover should:

o   fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face

o   be secured with ties or ear loops

o   include multiple layers of fabric

o   allow for breathing without restriction

o   be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

·         The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

·         Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Mental Health

·         Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and having to socially distance yourself from someone you love can be difficult. Below are resources that can help you connect to a professional that can help you though these challenging times:

o   Care + Crisis Helpline is available 24/7 at 585-283-5200 or text  ‘Talk’ to 741741

o   New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling

o   Head Space:  A mindfulness app called Headspace is offering some meditations to listen to for free to ease minds in such a stressful time. The app is free to download and includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help with the varying emotions you may be feeling. The app does include in-app purchases. https://www.headspace.com/covid-19

 

NEW YORK STATE CASES / RESTRICTIONS / GUIDANCE

·         Complaints regarding businesses are being referred to the State Department of Labor via online form https://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/laborstandards/coronavirus-complaints.shtm or phone:  1-822-789-0470.

·         New York State on PAUSE: To assist local authorities with enforcement of these orders, the Governor established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force where individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here to file a complaint online. You may also call 1-833-789-0470. Businesses that are not in compliance with the Governor’s executive order may be penalized.

COVID-19 RELIABLE SOURCES

·         New York State Department of Health – click here

·         CDC – click here

·         Genesee County Health Department – click here

·         Orleans County Health Department – click here

·         NY State of Health – click here

·         If you believe an employer is violating either existing labor laws or recently issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo, please contact the NYS Attorney General’s office at (212) 416-8700 or Labor.Bureau@ag.ny.gov

 

Morning News Briefing

COVID-19 cases have doubled in Genesee County over the past days. The health department says that brings the county’s total number of infections to 44.
10 new cases were reported yesterday, the second day in a row that 10 new cases were added. All the new cases are individuals under 65.
All known contacts have been notified and placed in quarantine.

Health Director Paul Pettit says those homemade masks many are wearing are better than nothing but offered a reminder:

Photo: Paul Pettit, Public Health Director

Pettit also encouraged that only one person in the family run errands to the grocery store, again to minimize exposure and maintain social distance.

There is a pop-up mobile food pantry distribution today.
It is scheduled for 9AM at Northgate Free Methodist Church on Bank Street Road.
Simply drive-up and volunteers will place a box of food right into your car.
The Salvation Army is hosting the food distribution. They say they have seem a 50-percent increase in the use of food pantries across the state.

Governor Cuomo has signed an executive order allowing the state Department of Health to move unused ventilators to places they may be needed. That means the machines could be taken from upstate hospitals to be used downstate where there’s a high number of coronavirus cases. The governor’s order backed off on the original provision to use the National Guard to confiscate the devices.

State education officials have announced new graduation requirements following the cancellation of Regents exams. So long as students pass the Regents courses they were taking this year, they’ll be exempt from taking the exams. June’s exams are being scrapped due to concerns over the coronavirus.

COVID-19 Local Update, April 7, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

April 7, 2020

From Genesee Orleans County Health Depts.

 

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m. today:

o   Genesee County received 10 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 44 positive cases

§  Seven are under the age of 65 residing in the central part of Genesee County.

§  Three are under the age of 65 residing in the eastern part of Genesee County.

§  10 of the positive cases were under precautionary or mandatory quarantine when they became symptomatic.

 

o   Orleans County: 2 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 17

§  One of the positive cases is under the age of 65 and lives in the eastern part of Orleans County

§  One of the positive cases is under 65 and resides in the central part of Orleans County

§  One of the Orleans positive cases were under precautionary or mandatory quarantine when they became symptomatic.

 

·         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 we will send out a media announcement to help seek contacts.

Genesee Orleans County Health Departments COVID-19 Status                                                                            As of 04/07/20
County # Positive #Negative Mandatory Isolation (Positive) Mandatory Quarantine Precautionary Quarantine # Deaths #Recovered
Genesee 44 291 33 38 1 1 10
Orleans 17 177 13 26 2 0 4
Total 61 468 46 64 3 1 14

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

 

OPERATIONAL UPDATES
·         Our local numbers are increasing.
As reported last week, the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments have been preparing for an increase in positive cases and COVID-19 activity within our communities.
We are working diligently to conduct contact tracing among new positive cases as well as monitor symptoms for individuals who are under mandatory quarantine. The past two day’s jump in numbers is reflective of increasing community spread and the fact that many people are not practicing social distancing and following the guidance and recommendations. Staying home is one of your best defenses against contracting or transmitting COVID-19. By limiting contact with others, and practicing preventative health measures, we can continue to reduce the spread in our communities.·         Going out for essentials – recommendations.
If you have to pick up essential items such as groceries or prescriptions, only one (1) member of the house hold should be going out. Make a list ahead of time to limit your exposure in the store. Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you and other people. Do not bring in unessential items such as purses, phones, etc. These items can carry germs from the store and back home with you. Wash your hands frequently and use a cloth face shield to protect yourself and others from spreading the virus.·         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.


Businesses and Employers

·         Essential Businesses must continue to comply with the guidance and directives for maintaining a clean and safe work environment issued by the New York State Department of Health and every business, even if essential, is strongly urged to maintain social distance to the extent possible.

·         As an employer or business, it is your responsibility to protect your workforce and to follow and understand guidance as it pertains to COVID-19. The health and safety of your employees should be your utmost concern. Below are some things to consider:

o   Actively encourage sick employees to stay home. Develop policies that encourage sick employees to stay at home without fear of repercussions, and ensure employees are aware of these policies.  There is a lot of guidance and information available to businesses and employees in regards to coverage of wages and protections related to COVID-19

o   Provide education and training materials in an easy to understand format and in the appropriate language and literacy level for all employees, like fact sheets and posters.

o   If an employee becomes sick while at work, they should be separated from other employees, customers, and visitors and sent home immediately. Follow CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting areas the sick employee visited.

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·         Have conversations with employees about their concerns. Some employees may be at higher risk for severe illness, such as older adults and those with chronic medical conditions.

The Governor has established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force where individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here to file a complaint online. You may also call 1-833-789-0470. Businesses that are not in compliance with the Governor’s executive order may be penalized.  This area continues to be problematic, we continually receive calls on both businesses and gatherings occurring.  We all must ad hear to the guidance and limit these gatherings.  Continued intentional actions are placing folks in compromising situations and perpetuating the spread.

 

·         If you believe your employer is in violation of either existing labor laws or recently issued executive orders, please contact the New York State Attorney General’s office at
(212) 416-8700 or Labor.Bureau@ag.ny.gov


The Use of Cloth Face Coverings

·         The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. Recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing or proper hand washing.

·         The cloth face cover should:

o   fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face

o   be secured with ties or ear loops

o   include multiple layers of fabric

o   allow for breathing without restriction

o   be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

·         The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

·         Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.


Tips to Stop the Spread in our Communities

·         Follow guidance from authorities where you live.

·         If you need to shop for food or medicine at the grocery store or pharmacy, stay at least 6 feet away from others.

·         Use mail-order for medications, if possible.

·         Consider a grocery delivery service.

·         Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others, including when you have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store.

·         Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others, even when you wear a face covering.

·         Avoid large and small gatherings in private places and public spaces.

·         Children should not have in-person playdates while school is out.

·         Stay connected while staying away. It is very important to stay in touch with friends and family that don’t live in your home. Call, video chat, or stay connected using social media.

Mental Health

·         Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and having to socially distance yourself from someone you love can be difficult. Below are resources that can help you connect to a professional that can help you though these challenging times:

o   Care + Crisis Helpline is available 24/7 at 585-283-5200 or text  ‘Talk’ to 741741

o   New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling

o   Head Space: https://www.headspace.com/covid-19

 

Public Health Week

·         Public Health is often in the background working to educate and protect our residents and visitors who live work and plan in our communities.  However during this time of COVID-19 we are on the frontlines working collaboratively with our partners to address what is going on in our communities.

·         During Public Health Week (April 6-12) we are reminded that we as a community are public health.  What each of us chooses to do regarding the orders and guidance of our government leaders will impact how long we will be shut down and can impact the number of lives saved or lost.

·         We encourage you and your family to take this week to consider what truly is necessary each time you walk out your door.  Can you still help an older family member while protecting them through social distancing by adding their grocery list to yours?  Can you teach your children how to prepare healthy meals, keep their surroundings clean?  Can you seek emotional support by phone or Facetime?  Can you encourage and support your children in their studies.  Can you learn about a new culture or a new language online?  Can you be kind to others by respecting what they are doing is to help protect you, your family and your neighbors?

·         We are all Public Health and as Public Health professionals we appreciate you!

NEW YORK STATE CASES / RESTRICTIONS / GUIDANCE

·         According to the New York State Department of Health COVID-19 Tracker, there are now 138,863 positive cases of COVID-19 in New York State.

·         New York Governor Cuomo announced Monday the New York State “Pause” Executive Order, will remain in effect until at least April 29. The governor said the state will reevaluate if it will be extended even further every two weeks. This means schools and non-essential businesses will remain closed.

·         Complaints regarding businesses are being referred to the State Department of Labor via online form https://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/laborstandards/coronavirus-complaints.shtm or phone:  1-822-789-0470.

·         New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health within 60 days of losing coverage.  https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/

·         New York State on PAUSE: To assist local authorities with enforcement of these orders, the Governor established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force where individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here to file a complaint online. You may also call 1-833-789-0470. Businesses that are not in compliance with the Governor’s executive order may be penalized.

COVID-19 RELIABLE SOURCES

·         New York State Department of Health – click here

·         CDC – click here

·         Genesee County Health Department – click here

·         Orleans County Health Department – click here

·         NY State of Health – click here

·         If you believe an employer is violating either existing labor laws or recently issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo, please contact the NYS Attorney General’s office at (212) 416-8700 or Labor.Bureau@ag.ny.gov

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Morning News Briefing

A significant increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases in Genesee County. The health department late yesterday reported 10 new cases of the virus and most of them were traced to an employee of a local business who went to work while sick.
The business was not named.
All of the new cases were individuals under 65, all are in mandatory quarantine.
The latest count has the county’s total positive coronavirus cases at 32, and there has been one death.
Right now, no one is hospitalized with COVID-19 locally.

The City of Batavia is clamping down on groups congregating in city parks.
The city has announced that while the parks are open, the use of playground equipment, tennis courts, and basketball courts will be prohibited. City Hall says it will enforce the rules but the police department says they do not expect to issue tickets – just verbal warnings.
The rule is in response to social distancing recommendations.

Has coronavirus hit an apex in New York?
Governor Cuomo is calling the current trend hopeful but inconclusive, citing a flat daily death toll for the last two days — and drops in hospitalizations and ICU admissions. Cuomo says he now wants the navy hospital ship docked off Manhattan to care for coronavirus patients The ship “Comfort” had only been used for non-COVID-19 patients.
Cuomo announced schools and non-essential businesses will remain closed till April 29th.

School districts statewide find out more today on what the cancellation of June’s Regents exams will mean for students.
It was announced yesterday the tests are being scrapped due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has forced students out of the classroom.
High school students must pass certain exams to get a Regents diploma, but there’s no word yet on the impact canceling the upcoming tests will have on graduation requirements.

Western New York drivers are saving more of their hard-earned money when they fill up their vehicles. According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas is $2.27 That’s down 5- cents from last week and is 26 cents cheaper than this time a month ago.

Genesee County to Utilize WEA

News Release

Genesee County Office of Emergency Management in cooperation with the Genesee County Health Department will be utilizing WEA, a public alert and warning system to reinforce the importance of health and safety guidance issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), NYS Department of Health and the Genesee County Health Department.

Periodic messages will be sent out to promote health and safety and to ensure timely and accurate information is shared with all Genesee County residents.  You will be receiving an alert to your cell phone on April 7th, 2020 at approximately 12 PM and 6 PM.

Your impact on the community is great and your efforts in promoting safety guidelines is appreciated.

Recommended guidance to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 include:

  • Stay at home
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Follow social distancing; stay 6’ away from non-household members

We thank you and your community for your cooperation during these difficult times.

Frequently Asked Questions: Wireless Emergency Alerts

Why are Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) important to me?

  • Alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency. With WEA, warnings can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm’s way, without the need to download an app or subscribe to a service.

What are WEA messages?

  • Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier.

What types of alerts will I receive?

  • Imminent Threat Alerts that include extreme weather, and other threatening emergencies in your area
  • Public Safety Alerts that are less severe in nature than Imminent Threat Alerts
  • AMBER Alerts
  • Presidential Alerts during a national emergency
  • Messages that are opt in message to support state and local WEA testing

What does a WEA message look like?

  • WEA will look like a text message. The WEA message will show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no more than 360 characters.

Batavia Issues Restrictions on City Parks Usage

News Release:

Effective Immediately,
EMERGENCY ORDER #1-2020

Acting under the State of Emergency Declaration issued by my hand at 4:30 p.m. on March 22, 2020
and continuing in effect for a period not to exceed thirty (30) days, I issue the following emergency
order(s), which shall be in effect through April 11, 2020, and is subject to renewal:

1. All Public Parks within the City Limits of the City of Batavia, New York remain open to public
use from 7a.m. to dusk. During the times that public parks are open, State of New York
declared restrictions on congregating will be observed. In addition, all playground areas, tennis
courts, pickle ball courts, basketball courts, picnic pavilions, splash pads, and other park
facilities that are used for activities that constitute congregating are closed to public use.

As a reminder, all public parks in the City of Batavia are closed dusk to dawn. Closures will be
enforced.

COVID-19 Daily Update, April 6, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

News Release: Genesee Orleans County Health Dept.

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m. today:

o   Genesee County received 10 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 32 positive cases

§  Ten are under the age of 65 residing in the central part of Genesee County

§  Four of the positive cases were under mandatory quarantine and are now under mandatory isolation.

§  All of the positive cases are under mandatory isolation at home.

o   Orleans County: 6 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 15

§  One of the positive cases is under the age of 65 and lives in the eastern part of Orleans County

§  One of the positive cases is 65 and over and resides in the western part of Orleans County

§  Four of the positive cases are 65 and older and reside in the central part of Orleans County

§  One of the 6 is under isolation at the hospital and the other 5 are under mandatory isolation at home.

§  Two of the Orleans positive cases were under precautionary or mandatory quarantine when they became symptomatic.

 ·         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 we will send out a media announcement to help seek contacts

·         We are asking that people be respectful and accommodating of health care workers and responders.  They are doing their job to protect you and our community. 

·         Be Responsible – 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.

o   Today’s jump in numbers are reflective of increasing community spread and the fact so many are still out and about, taking the family grocery shopping, going to work sick, and having gatherings at home.  Keep in mind as you disregard the Governor’s orders and related guidance, you are risking exposure to yourself and your family members…and are perpetuating the spread of COVID-19 for everyone in our communities

o   When you are sick, stay home from work!  A significant increase in the number of mandatory quarantines being reported today is due to a symptomatic person going to work at a local business.  If you are part of gatherings and even one person tests positive everyone in close contact to the positive will be placed on mandatory quarantine.  We’re all in this together, we need to make sacrifices in the short term to get us through this challenging time. 

·         Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

 

OPERATIONAL UPDATES

·         Connect together by celebrating apart. We understand that Easter is a time many families gather to celebrate the holiday with spring time traditions such as Easter egg hunts and large family dinners. We are asking our communities to think of fun and clever ways in which you can still virtually connect with your loved ones while keeping everyone safe and healthy.

·         Going out for essentials: If you have to pick up essential items such as groceries or prescriptions, only one (1) member of the house hold should be going out. Make a list ahead of time to limit your exposure in the store. Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you and other people. Do not bring in unessential items such as purses, phones, etc. These items can carry germs from the store and back home with you. Wash your hands frequently.

·         Practice social distancing everywhere, including outdoors.  As the weather begins to warm up it is important to understand that you must continue to practice social distancing. This means maintaining 6 feet of distance between you and other people. DO NOT play or participate in sports or activities that bring people together. If you are walking, jogging, or biking outside, make sure you pass people at a minimum of 6 feet apart. Being outdoors will not protect you from contracting the virus. Remember this is only temporary. The more we practice social distancing the sooner we can get back to normal.

·         Please stay home if you are sick. DO NOT go to work if you are sick, symptomatic, or feel unwell. If you develop symptoms while at work, go home immediately.

·         Medical Concerns:  If you feel you may have COVID-19, call your primary care provider or healthcare facility ahead of time. DO NOT GO DIRECTLY THERE, CALL AHEAD TO GET GUIDANCE.

NEW YORK STATE CASES / RESTRICTIONS / GUIDANCE

·         According to the New York State Department of Health COVID-19 Tracker, there are now 130,689 positive cases of COVID-19 in New York State.

·         New York Governor Cuomo announced Monday the New York State “Pause” Executive Order, will remain in effect until at least April 29. The governor said the state will reevaluate if it will be extended even further every two weeks. This means schools and non-essential businesses will remain closed.

·         Complaints regarding businesses are being referred to the State Department of Labor via online form https://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/laborstandards/coronavirus-complaints.shtm or phone:  1-822-789-0470.

·         New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health within 60 days of losing coverage.  https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/

·         New York State on PAUSE: To assist local authorities with enforcement of these orders, the Governor established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force where individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here to file a complaint online. You may also call 1-833-789-0470. Businesses that are not in compliance with the Governor’s executive order may be penalized.

COVID-19 RELIABLE SOURCES

·         New York State Department of Health – click here

·         CDC – click here

·         Genesee County Health Department – click here

·         Orleans County Health Department – click here

·         NY State of Health – click here

·         If you believe an employer is violating either existing labor laws or recently issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo, please contact the NYS Attorney General’s office at (212) 416-8700 or Labor.Bureau@ag.ny.gov

·         Mental Health in both counties are available in various capacities and the Care + Crisis Helpline is available 24/7 at 585-283-5200 or text 741741 for anxiety and stress

·         New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling

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Local coronavirus infections rose by one over the weekend.
The Genesee Orleans Health departments reported late Saturday that one new positive case of COVID-19 was reported.
In neighboring Orleans County: two new cases were announced Saturday. This brings Orleans’ total to nine. No further information on these newest cases will be revealed until this afternoon.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York could be at or near a plateau of its COVID-19 outbreak but that the next few days will tell. He says the number of patients being released from hospitals is rising, while the number of new hospitalizations is dropping.

A show of support for working men and women in Genesee County helping to deal with the coronavirus outbreak..
More than 150 big trucks rolled down Route 5 from Stafford yesterday afternoon.
The Corona Convoy as it came to be known traveled, with police escort, through seven towns in the county.
The convoy also raised $4,500 dollars for Crossroads House.

A new test being made in Rochester is designed to help doctors fight the spread of COVID-19. The test allows researchers to check for antibodies that would determine if a person had the coronavirus and recovered from it. It would help researchers better understand how the virus has spread.

Domestic violence victims have a new resource during the coronavirus pandemic. Governor Andrew Cuomo has unveiled a new hotline with the promise that every single call will be responded to and investigated. The number is on our website. In some areas of New York, there has been a 15-to-20-percent increase in domestic violence reports, due to most residents staying at home

New Domestic Violence Hotline

Domestic violence victims have a new resource during the coronavirus pandemic.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has unveiled a new hotline with the promise that every single call will be responded to and investigated.

The number is 1-800-942-6906. In some areas of New York, there has been a 15-to-20-percent increase in domestic violence reports, due to most residents staying at home.

COVID-19 UPDATE, Sat. April 4

The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments have received 3 more COVID-19 cases, the departments said on Saturday night.

Genesee County reported one new case while Orleans County reported one.

Contact tracing has been initiated.

No further information will be released until Monday., 2020

WBTA Weekend News Briefing

Local coronavirus infections up by four.
The Genesee Orleans Health departments reported late yesterday that all four new cases of the virus have been contracted by persons under 65.
This brings the total number of infections in Genesee County to 21.
They have been isolated at home. None are hospitalized.
In neighboring Orleans County: three new cases were announced yesterday. This brings Orleans’ total to nine.

 

Public Health Director Paul Petitt says contact tracing is done with all positive cases.
Persons who come in contact with infected individuals are notified and placed in quarantine.
If a person tests positive and has been in a public place

Petitt urged families with Easter and Passover plans to be creative with their Holiday celebrations. He suggested Facetime or Zoom meetings with family members to maintain social distancing.

Governor Cuomo has signed an executive order mandating that the state can confiscate ventilators from medical facilities around the state.
The National Guard will have the job of obtaining those ventilators and then distributing them to places of need.
The order does not sit well with Genesee County’s Paul Petitt
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Cuomo says New York has been hit the hardest so far due to it being an international destination, with significant amounts of air travel.

Families along Batavia’s famed Redfield Parkway are treating their neighbor to lunch and dinner on Saturday.
Their neighbor happens to be Tops Friendly Market.
The Redfield Drive Association got together and raised the money to purchase the food from T F Browns and Compadres Taqueira.
The restaurants supplied enough food for both shifts at Tops.

COVID-19 Genesee County UPDATE, April 3

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

Friday, April 3, 2020

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m. today:

o   Genesee County received 4 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 21 positive cases

§  One under the age of 65 residing in the central part of Genesee County

§  Three under the age of 65 residing in the eastern part of Genesee County

§  In Genesee County, the 4 positive cases were previously under mandatory quarantine and have tested positive. They are now under mandatory isolation at home.

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o   Orleans County: 3 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 9

§  All reside in the central part of Orleans County, 1 is over 65 and 2 are under 65.

§  One of the 3 is under isolation at the hospital and the other 2 are under mandatory isolation at home.

§  None of the Orleans positive cases were under precautionary or mandatory quarantine when they became symptomatic.

·         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 we will send out a media announcement to help seek contacts

 Cumulative Data –

New mapping platform – will be updating daily during the week.  Link will be available on our web sites.  Monitor both and individual county or both along with current and total numbers

 ·         Healthcare providers are advising patients undergoing swabbing that are symptomatic (based on availability and screening for high-risk) for COVID-19 to self-isolate until test results are received and COVID-19 is ruled out.  Follow your healthcare provider’s advice.

·         Due to test kit availability, we are not providing community testing at this time.  We will be announcing further information on this as local capacity increases.

 

OPERATIONAL UPDATES

·         Be on the lookout for ‘GO Health Minutes’. These short video clips will feature different guests within the health departments as well as legislative members, businesses, organizations and some of our neighbors to highlight important information pertaining to COVID-19. We will frequently be releasing new videos so be sure you are subscribed to our GO Health NY YouTube channel and check our websites and our social media platforms:  Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

·         Social distancing must be practiced in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. This means canceling events such as parties, celebrations, and neighborhood gatherings where people congregate together.

·         This also means that children and adults should not play contact sports.

·         These are temporary requests that will help stop the spread of the virus so that we can resume normal activities.

·         If you must go to the store, always maintain at least 6 feet of space between you and other people and wash hands frequently.

o   Stores are not to be utilized as a social event.  It is important people limit their trips to the store, choose a designated shopper and if at all possible leave the children home.  Keep a 6 foot distance between other shoppers.

o   Take out / food trucks are not a gathering place.  Keep 6’ space between other customers.

·         Please remain home if ill, even if a person has a negative COVID-19 result it is important to continue to limit physical contact.  Flu and COVID-19 are still transmittable and people should continue to remain home and limiting contact with others.

·         If you work with a vulnerable population, self-monitor prior to going to work, if you become sick while at work, contact your supervisor immediately and leave the premises to decrease the risk of contact with others.  When not working, follow social distancing and limit time in public.

·         Medical Concerns:  If you feel you may have COVID-19, call your primary care provider or healthcare facility ahead of time. DO NOT GO DIRECTLY THERE, CALL AHEAD TO GET GUIDANCE.   Swabbing will be based on those who are in higher risk categories – elderly and immune compromised and those with underlying health issues.

o   Swab sample results are coming back slower than expected – some are over a week or more. With more testing, we expect this will continue.  Whenever anyone is swabbed for potential COVID-19, self-isolation is advised until the test result is back

·         Older Adults:  Be alert for scams, including government grant scams.  What to look for:

o   Do not accept unsolicited phone calls or e-mails from someone claiming to be an official from the Federal Grants Administration, which does not exist, or a nonprofit organization like the National Residential Improvement Association offering grands or funding for repairs.

o   Don’t click on social media messages or posts from people excited to share thousands of dollars, free grants, etc.

o   The scammers may try using utility companies to access your information.  Contact the utility using the number you have on your monthly bill not what the potential scammers have given you.

o   Let calls you don’t recognize go to voice mail, most scams won’t leave a message, however, don’t return unsolicited calls.  Write down the number and check online or have someone check for you to make sure it is legitimate.  If you are unsure, or if it sounds too good to be true, ignore it and talk with a family member, the Office for the Aging, the Better Business Bureau or your local police.

 

Asking that folks be respectful and accommodating of health care workers and responders.  They are doing their job to protect you and our community. 

·         Anxiety, Depression, Fear:  If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, fear about this outbreak call the Care + Crisis Helpline at 585-283-5200, text 741741 or call the NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 884-863-9314, they have trained listeners available 24/7 to help you through this.

 

FRAUD ALERT – Watch out for Scams!

·         At this time there are no FDA-approved drugs or treatments for COVID-19.

·         There are also no over-the-counter COVID-19 tests. If you get an email, phone call, offer by mail or other solicitation for these scams, hang up and ignore them.

·         This is a very important warning to reinforce for every County resident.

·         The best medical advice for you comes from your healthcare provider.

NEW YORK STATE CASES / RESTRICTIONS / GUIDANCE

·         Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today at his press conference there are now a total of 102,863 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in NYS.

·         14,810 (14%) COVID-19 patients are hospitalized.

·         Complaints regarding businesses are being referred to the State Department of Labor via online form https://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/laborstandards/coronavirus-complaints.shtm or phone:  1-822-789-0470.

·         New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health within 60 days of losing coverage.  https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/

 

COVID-19 RELIABLE SOURCES

·         New York State Department of Health – click here

·         CDC – click here

·         Genesee County Health Department – click here

·         Orleans County Health Department – click here

·         NY State of Health – click here

·         If you believe an employer is violating either existing labor laws or recently issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo, please contact the NYS Attorney General’s office at (212) 416-8700 or Labor.Bureau@ag.ny.gov

·         Mental Health in both counties are available in various capacities and the Care + Crisis Helpline is available 24/7 at 585-283-5200 or text 741741 for anxiety and stress

·         New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling

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Morning News Briefing

Chris Collins will get to remain a free man a bit longer.
A judge has granted the former congressman’s request to delay the start of his prison sentence until June 23rd.
Collins, who represented Genesee County in Washington, pleaded guilty to federal insider trading charges. He was supposed to start his two-year sentence April 23rd. His lawyers cited concerns over the coronavirus saying the 69-year-old Collins is at risk of getting severely ill should he be exposed to the disease.

The latest update on coronavirus locally: One new positive case in Genesee County, an individual under 65. This brings the county’s total to 17. Next door in Orleans County, no new cases reported.

From the police blotter this morning:

Quentin Bloom

Michael Lanze

Quentin Bloom of North Spruce Street in Batavia arrested for criminal contempt and harassment. BPD says Bloom was arrested following a domestic incident on Edward Street where he smacked a person he had been court ordered to stay away from.

30 year old Michael Lanze of Rochester arrested for criminal contempt and burglary. Police say Lanze was found in a Hutchins Street apartment he was ordered to stay away from.

 

 

A LeRoy company doing its part to meet the critical shortage of hospital ventilators.
Aluminum Injection Mold was contacted a week ago to mold plastic over a ventilator part being made in Ohio.
Normally, this would take five to seven weeks to construct such a mold.
But by yesterday morning, the Aluminum Injection Mold part was ready for final assembly by a Long Island company manufacturing the lifesaving devises for hospitals treated COVID-19 patients.

Organizers of Genesee County’s popular “Day of Caring” have had to postpone this year’s event due to COVID-19.
The event was originally scheduled for May 13th.
The United Way sponsored the event which involved hundreds of volunteers.
The United Way says they hope to re-schedule the event.

County Health COVID-19 UPDATE: April 2, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE: April 2, 2020

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m. today (April 2, 2020)

o   Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 17 positive cases

§  One under the age of 65 residing in the central part of Genesee County

o   Orleans County: Has no new cases and is at a total of 6 positive cases

o   The new positive case was not under precautionary or mandatory quarantine when they became symptomatic.

 ·         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 we will send out a media announcement to help seek contacts

Cumulative Data

·         Healthcare providers are advising patients undergoing swabbing that are symptomatic (based on availability and screening for high-risk) for COVID-19 to self-isolate until test results are received and COVID-19 is ruled out.  Follow your healthcare provider’s advice.

·         We are not providing community testing at this time.  We will be announcing further information on this as local capacity increases.

OPERATIONAL UPDATES

·         Social distancing must be practiced in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. This means canceling events such as parties, celebrations, and neighborhood gatherings where people congregate together. This also means that children and adults should not play contact sports. These are temporary requests that will help stop the spread of the virus so that we can resume normal activities. If you must go to the store, always maintain at least 6 feet of space between you and other people.

·         Please remain home if ill, even if a person has a negative COVID-19 result it is important to continue to limit physical contact.  Flu and COVID-19 are still transmittable and people should continue to remain home and limiting contact with others.  If you work with a vulnerable population, self-monitor prior to going to work, if you become sick while at work, contact your supervisor immediately and leave the premises to decrease the risk of contact with others.  When not working, follow social distancing and limit time in public.

·         Medical Concerns:  If you feel you may have COVID-19, call your primary care provider or healthcare facility ahead of time. DO NOT GO DIRECTLY THERE, CALL AHEAD TO GET GUIDANCE.   Swabbing will be based on those who are in higher risk categories – elderly and immune compromised and those with underlying health issues.

o   Swab sample results are coming back slower than expected. With more testing, we expect this will continue.  Whenever anyone is swabbed for potential COVID-19, self-isolation is advised until the test result is received.

·         Older Adults:  The Office for the Aging in both counties continues to operate.  They are still providing meals to their residents and are working with their vendors to provide the potential increase in meals to the residents they serve.

o   For Genesee County:  NYConnects / Office for the Aging call 585-343-1611 Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00.

o   For Orleans County:  Older Adults in Orleans County can contact Arc of Genesee Orleans Nutrition Program at 589-5424 weekdays between 8:30-3pm.  Office for the Aging staff members are coordinating with Meals on Wheels to ensure meal delivery to seniors in need. The staff are keeping their spirits up to stay safe and still deliver smiles with nutrition.  There is a suggested donation for meal delivery, but do not let cost get in the way of asking for this help.    If you have concerns about not having enough food call NY Connects/Office for the Aging at 589-3191.

·         Anxiety, Depression, Fear:  If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, fear about this outbreak call the Care + Crisis Helpline at 585-283-5200, text 741741 or call the NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 884-863-9314, they have trained listeners available 24/7 to help you through this.

FRAUD ALERT – Watch out for Scams!

·         At this time there are no FDA-approved drugs or treatments for COVID-19.

·         There are also no over-the-counter COVID-19 tests. If you get an email, phone call, offer by mail or other solicitation for these scams, hang up and ignore them.

·         This is a very important warning to reinforce for every County resident.

·         The best medical advice for you comes from your healthcare provider.

NEW YORK STATE CASES / RESTRICTIONS / GUIDANCE

·         Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today at his press conference there are now a total of 92,381 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in NYS.

·         13,383 (14%) COVID-19 patients are hospitalized.

·         The Governor has extended NY PAUSE program (non-essential workers down to 0%) until April 15; this will be evaluated every two weeks

·         New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health within 60 days of losing coverage.  https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/

·         The President and CDC have ordered a travel advisory (NY, NJ & CT) – this is not a lock down, these federal actions support state actions to date.  It is OK to be outside in your yard, ride bikes, visit a state park for walks, to take rides in your vehicle, however congregating and taking the family shopping does not comply with social distancing (keeping 6’ from others, limiting time out in public)

 

COVID-19 RELIABLE SOURCES

·         New York State Department of Health – click here

·         CDC – click here

·         Genesee County Health Department – click here

·         Orleans County Health Department – click here

·         NY State of Health – click here

·         If you believe an employer is violating either existing labor laws or recently issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo, please contact the NYS Attorney General’s office at (212) 416-8700 or Labor.Bureau@ag.ny.gov

·         Mental Health in both counties are available in various capacities and the Care + Crisis Helpline is available 24/7 at 585-283-5200 or text 741741 for anxiety and stress

·         New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling

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Morning News Briefing

Former Republican Congressman Chris Collins is asking for the start of his prison sentenced to be delayed.
Lawyers for the ex-27th District representative are citing concerns over the coronavirus. They say the 69-year-old Collins – who had represented Genesee County in Congress – is at risk of getting severely ill should he be exposed to the virus.
Collins pleaded guilty last year to federal insider trading charges. He’s scheduled to begin his 26 month sentence on April 23rd

The latest update from the county health department shows Genesee County with a total of 16 coronavirus infections. Three cases were added yesterday….all three are under the age of 65.
The complete text of the health department’s daily local update of Coronavirus can be seen HERE.

Planning for a new Genesee County jail have been put on hold.
County lawmakers say uncertainty over the budget has delayed any work on the jail project until next spring.
County Manager Jay Gsell said that due to the effect of bail reform plans to construct a four-pod jail may be reduced to three.

State lawmakers have reportedly struck a deal on the state budget. According to the Wall Street Journal, spending will be cut due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The exact price tag of the budget hasn’t been announced.
The deadline for passing a budget was earlier this week, but since lawmakers failed to approve it on time, the paychecks of thousands of state workers were put on hold.

County Health COVID-19 Update: April 1, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m. today:

o   Genesee County received 3 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 16 positive cases

§  One under the age of 65 residing in the central part of Genesee County

§  One under the age of 65 residing in the western part of Genesee County.

§  One under the age of 65 residing in the western part of Genesee County.

o   For Orleans: Has no new cases and is at a total of 6 positive cases

o   In Genesee County, two individuals that were under mandatory quarantine tested positive and are now under mandatory isolation.

·         Contact tracing has been initiated for all the 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 we will send out a media announcement to help seek contacts.  Some in the community continue to voice requests about knowing the locations of individuals who have tested positive, those who are being monitored and where they have been in the county so that they may know where to avoid.  The current situation is that every place is potentially a location that you could catch the virus.  If would be a disservice to our communities to share specific locations that could indicate that there is any area in either county that is unaffected by the threat of COVID-19.  Please stay at home as much as possible, please stay home if you are sick, please encourage others to do the same and please show kindness to others.

Cumulative Data

·         Healthcare providers are advising patients undergoing swabbing that are symptomatic (based on availability and screening for high-risk) for COVID-19 to self-isolate until test results are received and COVID-19 is ruled out.  Follow your healthcare provider’s advice.

·         Currently, NYS clearance protocol for discontinuation of mandatory isolation for persons with confirmed COVID-19 is the following: it has been at least 7 days since the initial positive test for COVID-19, at least 3 days without fever and no use of fever-reducing medication, and improvement in the signs and symptoms of the illness.    Swabbing through the Health Departments is warranted as part of our quarantine / isolation protocol for those who become symptomatic.  We are not providing community testing at this time.  We will be announcing further information on this as local capacity increases.

OPERATIONAL UPDATES

·         Please remain home if ill, even if a person has a negative COVID-19 result it is important to continue to limit physical contact.  Flu and COVID-19 are still transmittable and people should continue to remain home and limiting contact with others.  If you work with a vulnerable population, self-monitor prior to going to work, if you become sick while at work, contact your supervisor immediately and leave the premises to decrease the risk of contact with others.  When not working, follow social distancing and limit time in public.

·         Medical Concerns:  If you feel you may have COVID-19, call your primary care provider or healthcare facility ahead of time. DO NOT GO DIRECTLY THERE, CALL AHEAD TO GET GUIDANCE.   Swabbing will be based on those who are in higher risk categories – elderly and immune compromised and those with underlying health issues.

o   Swab sample results are coming back slower than expected. With more testing, we expect this will continue.  Whenever anyone is swabbed for potential COVID-19, self-isolation is advised until the test result is received.

·         Take media breaks:  If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, fear about this outbreak call the Care + Crisis Helpline at 585-283-5200, text 741741 or call the NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 884-863-9314, they have trained listeners available 24/7 to help you through this.

·         Nature Breaks and Parks:  We are getting reports of groups not practicing social distancing.  This is not a time for playgroups.  Parents remind your children they are to keep their distance from non-household members to limit the spread of disease.  State Parks are free with limited services available.  Local parks may close or limit access to adhere to state guidelines.

o   Guidance on Responsible Recreations During the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis:  http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/administration_pdf/decparkscovid19guide.pdf

o   Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation COVID-19 Updates:  https://parks.ny.gov/covid19/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

FRAUD ALERT – Watch out for Scams!

·         At this time there are no FDA-approved drugs or treatments for COVID-19.

·         There are also no over-the-counter COVID-19 tests. If you get an email, phone call, offer by mail or other solicitation for these scams, hang up and ignore them.

·         This is a very important warning to reinforce for every County resident.

·         The best medical advice for you comes from your healthcare provider.

NEW YORK STATE CASES / RESTRICTIONS / GUIDANCE

·         Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today at his press conference there are now a total of 83,712 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in NYS.

·         12,226 (15%) COVID-19 patients are hospitalized.

·         The Governor has extended NY PAUSE program (non-essential workers down to 0%) until April 15; this will be evaluated every two weeks

·         New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health within 60 days of losing coverage.  https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/

·         The President and CDC have ordered a travel advisory (NY, NJ & CT) – this is not a lock down, these federal actions support state actions to date.  It is OK to be outside in your yard, ride bikes, visit a state park for walks, to take rides in your vehicle, however congregating and taking the family shopping does not comply with social distancing (keeping 6’ from others, limiting time out in public)

COVID-19 RELIABLE SOURCES

·         New York State Department of Health – click here

·         CDC – click here

·         Genesee County Health Department – click here

·         Orleans County Health Department – click here

·         NY State of Health – click here

·         If you believe an employer is violating either existing labor laws or recently issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo, please contact the NYS Attorney General’s office at (212) 416-8700 or Labor.Bureau@ag.ny.gov

·         Mental Health in both counties are available in various capacities and the Care + Crisis Helpline is available 24/7 at 585-283-5200 or text 741741 for anxiety and stress

·         New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling

 

Evening News Briefing

Officials are switching a position that they took early on in the COVID-19 outbreak saying that people should wear face masks to avoid droplets getting airborne and causing more infections. Officials are still warning against buying up all the masks that are commonly used by healthcare professionals as they need them to do their jobs. Although masks may not completely prevent the virus they may help with slowing down transmission. The change in policy comes as doctors and researchers learn more about the COVID 19 virus.

Four teens have been arrested in Rochester for assaulting a woman as she was leaving the Hilton Family dollar. The teens allegedly attacked the woman because she was wearing a respirator mask. According to the victim the teens accused her of spreading the coronavirus before punching her in the face and stealing her wallet and keys. 18 year old Rocco Gingello, 19 year old Alexis Gingello and 19 year old Taya O’Connor all of gates were charged with second degree robbery and 19 year old Nicholas of Greece was charged with second degree robbery, fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon and other driving related charges.

Several school districts including the Pembroke central school district are planning drive by parades. The Pemproke Teacher’s Association is sponsoring a thinking of you drive by parade this Friday. Planners are asking participants to gather at the High School Parking lot at 12:30 Friday afternoon to get organized.
They ask everyone to decorate their cars, write messages on your back windows with washable markers (they will have some) – all while maintaining the required six foot social distance
Check with your school district to see if they are planning something similar.

Officials are telling people to be on the lookout for scams that have to do with the Novel coronavirus. Scams can take the form of offers of treatments or cures for COVID 19, offers of over the counter tests, and fake stimulus checks or IRS calls that ask you to give personal information or money in order to claim the money. There are no fda approved treatments or cures and you should never give out personal information or money to a caller. Hang up and ignore these calls.

Farmers, Contractors, and Truckers will be participating in the corona convoy across Genesee County on Sunday April 5th. Starting in Stafford and crossing Genesee county this convoy of hope will raise awareness and money for the Crossroads house in Batavia.

The law street yard waste station has announced that it will be open with temporary hours on April 6th for city residents to dispose of their yard waste. The new hours are Monday through Friday from 8am to 2 pm.

City Opens Yard Waste Station April 6

 

The Law Street Yard Waste Station will open with temporary hours beginning April 6th for City residents to dispose of “yard waste”. Special hours for yard waste station will remain in effect during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Until further notice the yard waste station will open at 8 AM and close at 2 PM, Monday through Friday during normal business days for the City of Batavia. All customers are asked to the abide by social distancing policies put forth by the Genesee County Department of Health, New York State Department of Health and the CDC. Specific instructions include:

• Use the Law Street entrance to enter and exit the City Yard Waste Station only.
• Distance yourself at least six feet from any employees or other customers.
• Do not visit the Yard Waste Station if you are sick and/or have Covid-19 symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath).
• Please wash your hands thoroughly before and after your visiting the Yard Waste Station.
• Sanitize containers or vehicles used to transport yard waste.

As a reminder, the City does not provide spring curbside pickup of yard waste materials (grass, leaves and limbs) and City residents are encouraged to bring these material to the Law Street Yard Waste Station as needed.

The following items cannot be accepted at the station: tree stumps, building materials, rock, fill (soil and stone) other debris. Yard waste needs to be free of trash (paper, plastic, bottles, cans…etc.), as this material cannot be processed. All containers (totes, boxes, bags…etc.) need to be taken back with the customer.

As a reminder please use Law Street entrance to enter and exit the City Yard Waste Station only.

Morning News Briefing

Governor Cuomo is warning New Yorkers that the state’s ongoing battle against coronavirus will likely be a long one.
Over 75,000 State residents have been infected while more than 15-hundred people have lost their lives.
Health officials say since New York is a hotbed for the virus, the number of cases and deaths will keep climbing for weeks.

The latest local update from the County Health Department shows one new case of COVID-19 in Genesee County and one new case in Orleans County.
The new case in Genesee County is a person under 65.
Contact tracing has been initiated for both new cases. Known contacts have already been placed under mandatory quarantine.

Governor Cuomo says his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, has tested positive for COVID-19.
The Governor Cuomo says it happened right after his mom left his brother’s house, and that if she were still there, she might have caught the virus as well.
Cuomo is issuing a warning to New Yorkers about following the social distancing mandates, especially with those who might be more susceptible to contracting the virus.

Monroe County deputies have arrested four people who allegedly attacked a woman wearing a respirator mask. Investigators say the assault happened at the Family Dollar store in Hilton last week.
The victim says the suspects accused her of having coronavirus before she was punched in the face and had her wallet and keys stolen.

The Holland Land Office Museum has gone virtual. The museum has announced they have added local history activities to their website and Facebook page. They have also added their own version of Jeopardy – all on line HERE.

From our let’s make the best of it department:
The Pembroke Teachers Association is sponsoring a “Thinking of You” drive-by parade for this Friday.
Planners are asking participants to gather at the High School Parking lot at 12:30 Friday afternoon to get organized.
They ask everyone to decorate their cars, write messages on your back windows with washable markers (they will have some) – all while maintaining the required six foot social distance

Local COVID-19 Update for Genesee & Orleans County

 

From the Genesee & Orleans County Health Departments

SITUATIONAL UPDATE, Tuesday, March 31, 2020

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m. today:

o   Genesee County received 1 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 13 positive cases

§  One under the age of 65 residing in the central part of Genesee County

o   For Orleans: 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 6 positive cases

§  Individual is under the age of 65 and is a resident of the central part of the county.

o   None of the new positive cases were under precautionary or mandatory quarantine when they became symptomatic and are not believed to be connected.

 

·         Contact tracing has been initiated for all the new cases.  Known contacts have already been placed under mandatory quarantine and will be swabbed if indicated (if symptoms becomes 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 we will send out a media announcement to help seek contacts.

Cumulative Data

·         Healthcare providers are advising patients undergoing swabbing that are symptomatic (based on availability and screening for high-risk) for COVID-19 to self-isolate until test results are received and COVID-19 is ruled out.  Follow your healthcare provider’s advice.

·         Currently, NYS clearance protocol for discontinuation of mandatory isolation for persons with confirmed COVID-19 is the following: it has been at least 7 days since the initial positive test for COVID-19, at least 3 days without fever and no use of fever-reducing medication, and improvement in the signs and symptoms of the illness.    Swabbing through the Health Departments is warranted as part of our quarantine / isolation protocol for those who become symptomatic.  We are not providing community testing at this time.  We will be announcing further information on this as local capacity increases.

OPERATIONAL UPDATES

·         Please remain home if ill, even if a person has a negative COVID-19 result it is important to continue to limit physical contact.  Flu and COVID-19 are still transmittable and people should continue to remain home and limiting contact with others.  Do not be afraid of people because they may be coughing or sneezing, they may have allergies, but continue to keep your distance (at least 6’).

·         Medical Concerns:  If you feel you may have COVID-19, call your primary care provider or healthcare facility ahead of time. DO NOT GO DIRECTLY THERE, CALL AHEAD TO GET GUIDANCE.   Swabbing will be based on those who are in higher risk categories – elderly and immune compromised and those with underlying health issues.

o   Swab sample results are coming back slower than expected. With more testing, we expect this will continue.  Whenever anyone is swabbed for potential COVID-19, self-isolation is advised until the test result is received.

·         Respect / Social Responsibility / Fear mongering / Consequences –Health Departments are mandated to adhere to HIPAA regulations therefore we are not releasing potential identifying information of anyone who is under our care.

o   If during contact tracing there is an issue of missing potential contacts we will provide locations.  Not everyone who coughs or sneezes has a respiratory virus.  People need to be respectful of the process and the guidance surrounding social distancing.  COVID-19 is now community transmissible therefore people need to take social distancing seriously.

o   There are consequences for not adhering to the directives.  Non-compliance may prolong the spread of COVID-19 as well as increasing the spread which can overwhelm our healthcare systems and put our vulnerable populations at increased risk.

o   Sticking to the basics: limiting exposure to the public, frequent handwashing, staying home if ill with any respiratory illness, keeping 6’ distance from other people and sharing creative ideas to keep in touch with family and friends are what we need.

·         Take media breaks:  Talking about who has or hasn’t been tested, is sick or sharing rumors about anything COVID-19 is increasing anxiety in many people.  Be respectful and stay home as much as possible.  It is safe to go outside or for a ride, but be mindful to keep at least 6’ distance between other people.  If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, fear about this outbreak call the Care + Crisis Helpline at 585-283-5200, text 741741 or call the NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 884-863-9314, they have trained listeners available 24/7 to help you through this.

·         Community Spread:  Means you can get it from respiratory droplets from infected people and on any surface as long as the virus is still viable.  If you touch a door handle, counter, etc. that has the virus on it, then touch a mucous membrane (nose, mouth, eyes) you can introduce the virus into your body.  Identifying a store or business where people may have been doesn’t help because the virus is everywhere and can give a false sense of security that the virus isn’t somewhere else.  Limiting trips to the store and designating only one person for shopping can lower the risk of spreading the virus.  With the rising numbers, it is important to know the social distancing guidance will work but it takes time before we can see the results.  The coming weeks are most critical in determining how many lives can be saved in our communities by staying safer at home, social distancing, and having good hand (wash often) and cough (do not cough in your hand, but in a disposable tissue or your elbow) hygiene.

·         Nature Breaks and Parks:  We are getting reports of groups not practicing social distancing.  Many parks have roped off areas of their parks to discourage group play (basketball, football, soccer, using shared equipment or frequently touched surfaces such as the playground equipment).  This is not a time for playgroups.  Parents remind your children they are to keep their distance from non-household members to limit the spread of disease.  State Parks are free with limited services available.  They are encouraging New Yorkers to recreate locally, practice social distancing, and use common sense to protect themselves and others.  Contact your local park for specific information on any changes to their operations in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

o   Guidance on Responsible Recreations During the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis:  http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/administration_pdf/decparkscovid19guide.pdf

o   Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation COVID-19 Updates:  https://parks.ny.gov/covid19/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

o   If parking lots are full, come back another time or go to another area of the park.  Remember to be safe whenever you are hiking in parks.

o   Avoid games and activities that require close contact, frequently touched surfaces such as playground equipment

o   Maintain social distancing by keeping at least 6’ of distance between yourself and others, even when outdoors

o   It is safe to be outside in your backyard or other personal outdoor space.  If riding bikes, keep your distance (6’) from non-household people.

FRAUD ALERT – Watch out for Scams!

·         At this time there are no FDA-approved drugs or treatments for COVID-19.

·         There are also no over-the-counter COVID-19 tests. If you get an email, phone call, offer by mail or other solicitation for these scams, hang up and ignore them.

·         This is a very important warning to reinforce for every County resident.

·         The best medical advice for you comes from your healthcare provider.

Alzheimer’s Association Offers Virtual Education and Programs

Across New York, it is estimated there are more than 400,000 individuals living with some type of dementia, with another one million+ people providing some kind of care for them. Their needs for access to help, support and education is ongoing, and to address those needs, the Alzheimer’s Association Western New York Chapter is offering a number of virtual programs accessible from any location via computer or mobile device.

Chapter dementia care consultants are planning a number of free online classes for participants to attend from the safety and comfort of their own homes. In the month of April, these education programs will be offered virtually:

Overview of Virtual Programs and Services
Friday, April 3 – 2:00pm
Friday, April 17 – 2:00pm

Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
Tuesday, April 7 – noon
Tuesday, April 14 – noon
Tuesday, April 21 – noon
Tuesday, April 28 – noon
Wednesday, April 29 – 8:00am

Know the 10 Warning Signs
Friday, April 10 – 2:00pm
Friday, April 24 – 2:00pm

Effective Communication Strategies
Thursday, April 2 – 6:00pm
Wednesday, April 22 – 8:00am
Thursday, April 30 – 6:00pm

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors
Thursday, April 9 – 6:00pm
Wednesday, April 15 – 8:00am

Legal and Financial Planning for Dementia
Wednesday, April 8 – 8:00am
Thursday, April 16 – 6:00pm

Dementia Conversations
Thursday, April 23 – 6:00pm

Meaningful Activities for Family Caregivers
Monday, April 20 – 1:30pm

To register for any/all of these classes and learn how to access them, visit: bit.ly/WNYeducation or call 1.800.272.3900.

Caregiver support group meetings are also being offered in a number of ways, including telephone conference calls and webinars. To learn more about taking part in a virtual support group meeting, visit: bit.ly/WNYsupport. The Association’s around-the-clock Helpline is also available to answer questions about programs and how to access them, address concerns, and discuss other resources. That number is 1-800-272-3900.

Confidential care consultations to discuss care planning, finances, and more will continue to be available via telephone to the Helpline: 1-800-272-3900. Video chats are also possible for these free virtual meetings.

And finally, the Association has a dedicated website to help caregivers whose loved one is at home and those whose loved one is residing in an assisted living facility, That website is: alz.org/COVID19.

Attica Closes Municipal Parks

The Village of Attica in the best interests of its residents and community has closed the Municipal Playground located at Main Street and North Pearl Street and the Village Park on Exchange Street with the exception of the parks Walking Path.

With the guidelines of the Center for Disease Control, the New York State Department of Health and the Wyoming County Health Department the decision was made to close these facilities until further notice. With the ever-increasing spread of the COVID-19 virus and the increasing number of active cases and deaths it is imperative that we protect the public and slow the spread of this epidemic.

The municipal playground at Main and North Pearl St has been taped off with signage. The Village Park on Exchange Street has the entrance and exit barricaded with signage. The only exception is use of the walking path, with the strong recommendation of social distancing of at least 6 feet. Anyone utilizing the walking path will be allowed to park street side and enter the park by foot.

Once the epidemic has been declared under control the Village will sanitize all park equipment and facilities prior to reopening to the general public

Morning News Briefing

The Coronavirus has claimed its first life in Genesee County.
Officials said a person, over the age of 65, who resided in the central part of the county, has died from the virus.
There are now 12 positive cases of COVID-19 in the county.
Orleans County has a total of five cases.

 

More coronavirus cases and deaths are being reported across New York State. Over 1,200 people have been killed by the virus while the number of confirmed cases is more than 66,000. Governor Cuomo said he believes the highest number of infections is still a couple of weeks away.

 

The Village of Albion has announced that its closing all village parks to help slow the spread of the virus. Albion police say there have been too many people playing football and basketball and using playground equipment in a way that does not conform to social distancing guidelines.

 

A new poll shows New Yorkers are giving Governor Cuomo high marks for how he’s dealing with the Coronavirus crisis. According to the Siena College poll, 87 percent of those surveyed approve of the job he’s doing. When it comes to the federal response, only 41 percent of those polled say they believe President Trump is doing a good job.

 

Traffic on the New York State Thruway has declined during the Coronavirus outbreak. Officials say traffic dropped over 30 percent between March 8th and the 28th.

 

The Girl Scouts of Western New York has moved to all-online sales of cookies. They had to cancel more than 750 planned, in-person cookie sales booths.

First COVID-19 Death in Genesee County

Genesee County has recorded its first COVID-19 death.
Public Health Director Paul Pettit confirmed this afternoon that a person over the age from the central part of Genesee County has died.
The patient had been seriously ill before testing positive for the Corona Virus.
Pettit also reported today there are three new cases of COVID-19 bringing to total to 12.

Albion Closes all Parks

News Release: Village of Albion Police

The Village of Albion has Closed All Village Parks Effective Immediately. This closure is to help conform with Center for Disease Control guidance measures to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus. Many people have been seen at the parks on Playground Equipment, Playing Basketball and Football.

The Village of Albion would like all citizens to follow the CDC Guidelines below:

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER AND WE MUST ALL DO ARE PART.

Know How it Spreads
• There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

• The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

• The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. o Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). o Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

• These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

• There is no exact scientific study as to how long the Virus Lives on Surfaces. Clean your hands often

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

• If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

• Put distance between yourself and other people

• Distance is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Morning News Briefing

The grim tally of COVID-19 infections in Genesee County has increased by one.
Late on Saturday, health department officials revealed that a person under the age of 65, living in the central part of the county, has contracted the virus. This person is under mandatory isolation at home. People this person had had contact with have been notified.
This latest case brings to eight the number of COVID-19 infections in Genesee County, a number expected to keep increasing.
New York State officials are reporting nine cases in the county – no reason given for the discrepancy.

Governor Cuomo is projecting a grim outlook on the impact coronavirus will have on New York State.
The governor said he believes thousands of New Yorkers will likely die due to the illness.
The state currently has the highest number of confirmed cases in the country with over 59,000 while the death toll is also increasing.

Lawmakers are still working to hammer out a state budget ahead of the April 1st deadline. Members of the Legislature are expected to start taking a look at budget bills today. The governor says negotiations continue on several key issues including bail reform and legalizing gestational surrogacy. He also says the final budget agreement will likely include major cuts to education funding.

Here is a bit of good news, Western New York drivers are continuing to pay less at the pump.
According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas is $2.33. That’s down six cents in the last week and is 23-cents cheaper than this time a month ago.

WBTA Weekend News Brief

COVID-19 continues its spread across Genesee County.

UPDATE: 6:15PM Saturday, Mar 28: The Genesee County Health Dept. reported an additional case of COVID-19 bringing the total number of cases to eight. Officials said this person is under the age of 65, lives in the central part of the county and is under mandatory isolation at home.

Paul Pettit, Director of Public Health

According to the latest numbers issued by the county’s health department late on Friday afternoon there have been three new cases of the Coronavirus. This brings to total number of confirmed infections in Genesee County to seven. Public Health Director Paul Pettit said of the new cases two persons are over the age of 65 living in thne center part of the county. The other case, he said, involved a person under the age of 65.

According to Pettit none of the three new cases appear to be related and none were under any type of quarantine. Pettit believes the exposure is what officials call “community spread,” transmission of the virus hot within a household.

At United Memorial Medical Center triage tents have been set up in the parking lot to pre-screen potential patients. COVID-19 testing is being done at the facility, but hospital President Dan Ireland says there is no guarantee you will get a test just by showing up…

PHOTO: Dan Ireland, President of UMMC

In Genesee County, 17 people are under precautionary quarantine and 34 people are under mandatory quarantine.

A program reminder: on Monday afternoon WBTA will present another hour-long special: “COVID-19, a Local View.”
We will once again have a panel of experts on hand to answer your questions about the status of the virus in Genesee County and the response to it.
Our special will air this Monday afternoon at one o’clock on WBTA FM & AM, online at WBTAi-dot-com and will be video recorded for playback later in the day on The Batavian.

If you are in the mood for some positive news the popular ice cream stand Blondies Sip-N-Dip has reopened for the season.
The couple says Blondies will observe social distance. They will serve customers at the East Main St. Rd. location in Batavia via a drive up/walk up window.

Health Dept Briefing, Friday Mar 30th

 

There are three new cases of Coronavirus reported in Genesee County. This brings the total number of infections to 7.
Public Health Director Paul Pettit issued his daily briefing late this afternoon

Of the the new cases, Pettit said none of those people were under any type of quarantine and are not related. He believes the exposure is what officials call, community spread – not spread within the home.
Pettit said of those people who have respiratory symptoms and have been tested for COVID-19 are negative for the disease. He said this is indicative that other respiratory illness, such as the flu, are still around

PHOTO: Paul Pettit

UMMC President Dan Ireland said that COVID-19 testing is being done at the tent facility set-up in the hospital parking lot but there is no guarantee you will get a test just by showing up

PHOTO: Dan Ireland

WBTA is planning another one-hour special, COVID-19, A Local View, for this Monday afternoon at one o’clock.
We will be taking your phoned in questions for a panel of experts including two doctors from UMMC, officials from the county health department and Emergency Management Office.

Friday COVID-19 Update in Genesee and Orleans Counties

News Release

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

For Friday, March 27

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m. today:

o   Genesee County received 3 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 7 positive cases

§  One over the age of 65 residing in central Genesee County

§  One over the age of 65 residing in central Genesee County

§  One person under the age of 65 residing in western Genesee County

§  Currently three of the 7 positive cases under mandatory isolation are in the hospital.

o   None of the new positive cases were under precautionary or mandatory quarantine when they became symptomatic and are not believed to be connected.

·         For Orleans: No new positive cases have been reported today

·         Contact tracing has been initiated for all the new cases.  Known contacts have already been placed under mandatory quarantine and will be swabbed if indicated (if symptoms becomes 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 we will send out a media announcement to help seek contacts.

 

Cumulative Data

·         To Date:  Genesee County has received 75 negative test results and Orleans County has received 74 negative test results for COVID-19. These negative tests give us a good indicator of what’s going on in our community.  As discussed before, Flu continues to be prevalent with 8 in Orleans and 22 in Genesee for the week ending 3/14.  This data continues to show a high number of respiratory illness in our counties is not COVID-19

·         Orleans County: 6 people are under precautionary quarantine, 8 people are under mandatory quarantine, and 4 people are under mandatory isolation 1 of whom is hospitalized and 3 are recovering at home (one out of county).

·         Genesee County: 17 people are under precautionary quarantine, 34 people are under mandatory quarantine, and 4 people are recovering under mandatory isolation at home and 3 person are under mandatory isolation and are hospitalized.

 

·         Healthcare providers are advising patients undergoing swabbing that are symptomatic (based on availability and screening for high-risk) for COVID-19 to self-isolate until test results are received and COVID-19 is ruled out.  Follow your healthcare provider’s advice.

·         Currently, NYS clearance protocol for discontinuation of mandatory isolation for persons with confirmed COVID-19 is the following: it has been at least 7 days since the initial positive test for COVID-19, at least 3 days without fever and no use of fever-reducing medication, improvement in the signs and symptoms of the illness and 2 negative swabs at least 24 hours apart.    Swabbing through the Health Departments is warranted as part of our quarantine / isolation protocol for those who become symptomatic.  We are not providing community testing at this time.  We will be announcing further information on this as local capacity increases.

·         Please remain home if ill, with all of the directives regarding social distancing that are still be in place, especially if a person has a negative COVID-19 result it is important to limit physical contact.  Flu and COVID-19 are still transmittable and people should continue to remain home and limiting contact with others.  Do not be afraid of people because they may be coughing or sneezing, they may have allergies, but continue to keep your distance (at least 6’).

 

·         Respect / Social Responsibility / Fear mongering / Consequences – A reminder Genesee and Orleans Counties are small counties where just about everyone ‘knows your name,’ with that in mind the Health Departments are mandated to adhere to HIPAA regulations therefore we are not releasing potential identifying information of anyone who is under our care.

o   If during contact tracing there is an issue of missing potential contacts we will provide locations.  Not everyone who coughs or sneezes has a respiratory virus.  People need to be respectful of the process and the guidance surrounding social distancing.  COVID-19 is now community transmissible therefore people need to take social distancing seriously.

o   There are consequences for not adhering to the directives.  Non-compliance may prolong the spread of COVID-19 as well as increasing the spread which can overwhelm our healthcare systems.

o   Sticking to the basics, limiting exposure to the public, frequent handwashing, staying home if ill with any respiratory illness, keeping 6’ distance from other people and sharing creative ideas to keep in touch with family and friends are what we need.

o   Talking about who has or hasn’t been tested, is sick or sharing rumors about anything COVID-19 is increasing anxiety in many people.  Be respectful and stay home as much as possible.  It is safe to go outside or for a ride, but be mindful to keep at least 6’ distance between other people

OPERATIONAL UPDATES

        Community Spread:  Locations of positive cases are not indicative (telling) of where potential exposures can occur.  It is not vital to know locations as the virus is considered to be everywhere.  That is why we encourage everyone to continue with social distancing, frequent handwashing, proper cough/sneeze hygiene and frequent disinfecting of frequently touched objects and surfaces.

·         Medical Concerns:  If you feel you may have COVID-19, call your primary care provider or healthcare facility ahead of time. DO NOT GO DIRECTLY THERE, CALL AHEAD TO GET GUIDANCE.   Swabbing will be based on those who are in higher risk categories – elderly and immune compromised and those with underlying health issues.

o   Swab sample results are coming back slower than expected. With more testing, we expect this will continue.  Whenever anyone is swabbed for potential COVID-19, self-isolation is advised until the test result is received.

·         Snowbirds are returning to our counties:  They may have returned from areas not hit as hard as New York, may have been exposed while out of state, and/or are members of the higher-risk population (over 65 / underlying health issues) we encourage you to self-isolate and monitor your health.

o   If you become symptomatic, call your healthcare provider for guidance.

o   Some may be concerned about exposure when going for supplies and prescription refills – many stores and pharmacies are providing special hours for seniors and people with underlying healthcare issues.  There are also several stores / restaurants that provide curbside pick-up and delivery services call ahead and ask.

o   Check in with family and friends and your social networks via phone or electronic means often to limit loneliness.

·         Toilet Paper:  A reminder that flushing non-traditional toilet paper, such as tissues, paper towel, baby wipes and more will more than likely cause plumbing issues.  On-site septic systems and public sewers are not built to handle these types of materials and will cause problems.  If you are using non-traditional products as toilet paper, they are to be thrown in the trash receptacles.

 

FRAUD ALERT

·         At this time there are no FDA-approved drugs or treatments for COVID-19.

·         There are also no over-the-counter COVID-19 tests. If you get an email, phone call, offer by mail or other solicitation for these scams, hang up and ignore them.

·         This is a very important warning to reinforce for every County resident.

·         The best medical advice for you comes from your healthcare provider.

NEW YORK STATE CASES / RESTRICTIONS / GUIDANCE

   Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today at his 11:30 a.m. press conference there are 16,272 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 44,635 positive cases in NYS.

·         6,481 (15%) COVID-19 patients are hospitalized.

·         In today’s Governor’s briefing he stated schools are to remain closed for another 2 weeks and will be reassessed then.  Locally our schools are monitoring the local impact and making decisions on a week-by-week basis as to when schools will re-open.  Continue to follow your local school guidance.

 

 

Morning News Briefing

Two new cases of the coronavirus infection have been reported in Genesee County raising the total number of those infected to four.
According to the latest report from the county Health Department yesterday afternoon two residents tested positive for the virus, one person was under the age of 65 and the other was older.
Both patients live in the central part of the county, have been placed under mandatory isolation and been hospitalized.
The Health Department has already initiated contact tracing for both new cases and known contacts have already been placed under mandatory quarantine.
If any of the contacts begin showing symptoms they will be tested as well.
If a person is identified as a contact, they will be notified by the County Health Department and quarantined.
Also as of yesterday afternoon Orleans County had one new case.
The individual is under 65 and has been isolated in an adjacent county.

The U.S. now has the most cases of coronavirus in the world.
Data from Johns Hopkins University shows the U.S. now has more than 82-thousand cases, passing both Italy and China.
Over eleven-hundred people have died in the U.S. Most of those deaths have been in New York and Washington State.

The news is getting worse when it comes to the number of New Yorkers infected by the coronavirus.
Officials say there are now over 37-thousand confirmed cases while the number of deaths attributed to the disease is also rising.
Governor Cuomo is still predicting the pandemic will overwhelm the state’s health care system and says work continues on making more hospital beds available.
Experts believe the number of coronavirus cases in New York could peak in two or three weeks.

Three more Erie County residents have died as a result of the coronavirus.
Officials say the individuals were a woman in her 70s, man in his 70s and man in his 80s.
Their names haven’t been released.
A total of five Erie County residents have passed away due to the illness.
Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus cases in the county is now over 220 and expected to keep rising.

The death of a fourth Monroe County resident has been attributed to the coronavirus.
No information about the individual has been released.
Meanwhile, the number of infected people in the county has risen past 145.
Over 30 people have been hospitalized due to the disease and more than 500 are in mandatory quarantine.

The United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia along with several other Rochester Regional Health hospitals added tents to their facilities this week as an extension of primary care services.
The tent sites are being used to decrease the potential of exposure to COVID-19 while keeping patients and individuals safe.
The tents are not just to be used for COVID-19 testing but health care workers will evaluate for other medical issues.
Beginning Monday UMMC will staff the tents from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Before coming to the site, people experiencing symptoms are still encouraged to contact their primary care provider.

The Law Street Yard Waste Station remains closed until further notice.
All non-essential operations including the Waste Station have been suspended for the time being due to the precautions related to COVID-19.
When suspensions are lifted the City will provide additional information as to when the Yard Waste Station is re-opening.

Two New COVID-19 Cases in Genesee County

News Release: Genesee Orleans Health Depts.

SITUATIONAL UPDATE
New Cases
• As of 2:00 p.m. today:
Genesee County received 2 new positive cases of COVID-19
Orleans County received 1 new positive case.

• For Genesee: Two new cases, one positive case is under the age of 65 and resides in the central part of Genesee County. The second positive case is over the age of 65 and also resides in the central part of the county. These two latest cases bring to four the number Based on the ongoing investigation, these cases are not connected. These two individuals are under mandatory isolation and are in the hospital.
• For Orleans: The new positive case is under the age of 65 and is a resident of the central part of the county. This individual is being isolated in an adjacent county.
• Contact tracing has been initiated for all the new cases. Known contacts have already been placed under mandatory quarantine and will be swabbed if indicated (if symptoms becomes 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.

Cumulative Data
• To Date: Genesee County has received 61 negative test results and Orleans County has received 61 negative test results for COVID-19.
• Orleans County: 6 people are under precautionary quarantine, 8 people are under mandatory quarantine, and 4 people are under mandatory isolation 1 of whom is hospitalized and 3 are recovering at home (one out of county).
• Genesee County: 18 people are under precautionary quarantine, 26 people are under mandatory quarantine, and 2 people are under mandatory isolation at home and 2 people are under mandatory isolation and are hospitalized.

• Healthcare providers must advise patients undergoing testing for COVID-19 to self-isolate until testing is resulted and COVID-19 is ruled out.
o If COVID-19 testing results are positive, patients must be continued on mandatory isolation as noted below:
 IF a patient was on mandatory or precautionary quarantine when tested and results for COVID-19 are negative, healthcare providers must advise patients to continue quarantine until 14 days after last travel or exposure to a known case (per public authorities).
 If a patient was not previously on quarantine and was tested for illness consistent with COVID-19, once the result is negative and COVID-19 is ruled out, the patient may be advised that they need not be on quarantine.
• Currently, NYS clearance protocol for discontinuation of mandatory isolation for persons with confirmed COVID-19 is the following: it has been at least 7 days since the initial positive test for COVID-19, at least 3 days without fever and no use of fever-reducing medication, improvement in the signs and symptoms of the illness and 2 negative swabs at least 24 hours apart. Swabbing through the Health Departments is warranted as part of our quarantine / isolation protocol for those who become symptomatic. We are not providing community testing at this time.
• Please remain home if ill, with all of the directives regarding social distancing that are still be in place, especially if a person has a negative COVID-19 result it is important to limit physical contact. The flu and COVID-19 are still transmittable and people should continue to remain home and limiting contact with others. Do not be afraid of people because they may be coughing or sneezing, they may have allergies, but continue to keep your distance (at least 6’).

OPERATIONAL UPDATES
• If you feel you may have COVID-19, call your primary care provider or healthcare facility ahead of time. DO NOT GO DIRECTLY THERE, CALL AHEAD TO GET GUIDANCE. Swabbing will be based on those who are at higher risk categories – elderly and immune compromised and those with underlying health issues.
• Swab sample results are coming back slower than expected. With more testing, we expect this will continue. Whenever anyone is swabbed for potential COVID-19, self-isolation is advised until the test result is received.

RETURNING SNOWBIRDS / Those at Higher-Risk
• We encourage people to seek creative ways to keep in touch, especially for those who are returning home from their winter residences and those who are older and/or have underlying health conditions. If you have access to the internet there are several applications that you can use for free to ‘connect’ with family and friends.

NEW YORK STATE CASES / RESTRICTIONS / GUIDANCE
• Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today at his 11:30 a.m. press conference there are 6,448 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 37,258 positive cases in NYS.
• 5,327 (14%) COVID-19 patients are hospitalized.
• NYS is seeking volunteers to work as part of the state’s surge healthcare force, so far 40,000 have volunteered. To volunteer go to: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/get-involved-how-you-can-help

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Batavia brought in the New Year with fireworks last night at 9p at Batavia Downs.  The time was moved up to avoid potential hazards due to the high winds that arrived after midnight, the original time of the fireworks.  No reports of major damage today due to the high winds but be aware of tree limbs and downed power lines in your area.

A grand jury has indicted a man who was arrested over the summer at the August 10th Jason Aldean concert at Darien Lake.  Robert Maharrey was indicted for disorderly conduct, multiple counts of harassment for striking a female patron in the face, 2nd degree assault a class D violent felony for allegedly striking a sheriff’s deputy, assaulting a police officer a class C violent felony when he spit and struck another deputy assisting in the arrest.

Friday evening Livingston County Sheriffs were in the middle of the state wide stop DWI effort, when deputies pulled a vehicle over on 390 for speeding.  Upon further investigation a 27 year old Geneseo man Patrick Dunn was charged with DWI.  Dunn’s BAC was .25% and was further charged with felony DWI from a previous 2015 conviction.  Dunn is now being held on 1,5k bail or 3k bond and remanded to the custody of the sheriff.

Yesterday afternoon, Genesee County Sheriffs made a traffic stop in Oakfield on Lewiston road when a Rochester man, 20 year old Damian Schoonmaker of Smith Street was found to be in possession of marijuana in his 2000 Buick LeSabre.  He was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and is scheduled to appear in Oakfield town court 1/21

A motor vehicle accident yesterday in Elba led to a lane closure around 3:30p.  Two vehicle collided at Oak orchard and Lockport roads in Elba.  Elba fire police and 2 ambulance responded along with Elba Fire dept.

New Yorkers are seeing a number of new state laws in the New Year.  Among them, a law that requires diaper changing tables in all new public men’s and women’s restrooms.

Other changes include a requirement that health insurance companies give male patients free prostate cancer screenings and that residents be allowed to return unused prescription meds to pharmacies for free.

Many homeowners will enjoy an increase in property tax rebates, of an average of more than five-hundred dollars.

There’s the hike in the minimum wage. In our area, the minimum wage goes to eleven-dollars-and-ten-cents.



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