Afternoon News Brief

Written by on October 6, 2020

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo has decided to take a firmer hand with COVID restrictions in local governments after saying on Monday that local officials are not enforcing the mask mandate and social distancing.  New York State’s average positivity rate is up to 1.22 percent with several areas seeing spikes in cases.  While he praised the low rates across the state, Cuomo says that he will send state enforcement to those areas experiencing spikes and close schools and possibly churches and synagogues if the case numbers don’t go down.  The 5 areas experiencing spikes are mostly in or near New York City and Erie County.

In an update on the crash of Steve Barne’s airplane which killed him and his niece on Friday morning in Corfu officials are now saying that there was no black box on the plane.  The investigation into what happened when the plane veered off course and then dropped 17000 feet may take up to a year.  All wreckage has been recovered and is on it’s way to the national transportation safety board.

The COVID Alert NY app is now available.  This is a free smartphone app for anyone 18+ that lives or works in New York available for download in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. The COVID Alert NY app notifies users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

COVID Update: Genesee county has 9 new cases with 3 of them being students from the Elba Central School District.  8 new people are on travel quarantine.  Orleans county has no new cases and 5 people have recovered.  11 new people are on travel quarantine.  There are 18 active cases in Genesee county and 3 in Orleans county.


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