Afternoon News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on November 5, 2020
Health officials in Western NY are concerned with the rise in cases. Western NY is now at a 5% infection rate. This is an 80 percent increase in cases from jut a week ago. Erie County Health Commissioner Dr Gale Burstein says that the majority of cases are coming from schools. 215 students and staff at schools have tested positive in the month of October across Erie County.
COVID Update: Genesee county has 20 new cases and 28 new people are on travel quarantine. 16 people have recovered. Orleans county has 6 new cases and 22 new people are on travel quarantine. 4 people have recovered. There are 39 active cases in Genesee county and 14 in Orleans. At the Schools, Alexander middle and High schools have 2 students who tested positive and 2 staff members. 1 Staff member at BOCES in Batavia has tested positive. 1 staff member in the Kendall central School district has also tested positive.
Democrats in New York state were hoping to get a supermajority in the state senate but it looks like republicans actually picked up more slots and democrats lost a few. Republicans currently hold 20 seats out of the 63 total in the state senate and are confident they will get more in long island and the Hudson Valley.
Did you ever play with chalk? Almost everyone has at one point or another. And it is finally getting the recognition it deserves by being inducted into the national toy hall of fame in Rochester’s National Museum of Play. Chalk, Jenga and Baby Nancy beat out challengers such as Bingo, Lite-Brite, Yahtzee, Risk and My Little Pony. The three toys were inducted in a ceremony earlier today.
United way of Genesee county is holding a virtual basket auction fundraiser from November 5th through November 15th to raise money for its backpack program. There will be almost 50 items up for bid. You can find a link to the auction at wbtai.com on our local news page.