Afternoon News Brief

Written by on December 3, 2020

Genesee County held its first asymptomatic COVID testing today for people exhibiting no COVID symptoms.  The tests are rapid self administered tests that take only 15 minutes to get results.  In the first hour of today’s testing, three positive cases were detected.  Public Health Director Paul Petit explains the significance:

The ground shook near Buffalo a few weeks ago, now the air is shaking as well near Syracuse.  A large boom that shook homes just after noon turned out to be a meteor that exploded above central New York between Syracuse and Lake Ontario…so says Robert Lunsford, who tracks meteor activity for the American Meteor Society, which was founded in Geneseo.  On Wednesday evening, NASA’s Meteor Watch group confirmed the incident on Facebook, saying at 12:08 p.m., “A large meteoroid entered Earth’s atmosphere over upper New York, between Rochester and Syracuse.” The site said the meteor was clocked traveling westward at 56,000 miles per hour and broke into pieces at an altitude of about 22 miles, “producing a bright flash seen by the public and cameras in the area.”  A video shot from the top of CN Tower in Toronto shows a bright flash that momentarily blanks out the sky.  Central New Yorkers as far away as Oswego hear it but didn’t see it because of the overcast conditions.

The Genesee Choral is putting on a virtual concert on December 19th called On earth Peace.  This 30 minute online choral performance will be broadcast at 7 pm on Saturday the 19th and tickets are 5 dollars.  Selections will feature the entire Genesee Chorale as well as select ensembles of its members, culminating in a full choir performance of “Let There Be Peace on Earth.”  If you can’t watch the night of, you can still buy tickets and watch later using the same link.

Genesee county park and forest’s Create-A-Critter is CANCELLED due to COVID-19 for this Saturday December 5th. Both the morning and the afternoon sessions are cancelled.

Bills linebacker AJ Klein has been named AFC defensive Player of the week for week 12.  He got 14 tackles on Sunday against the chargers, 1 and a half sacks which makes him the team leader with 5 sacks total.  He is one of only 2 players with over 50 tackles and 5 sacks in the entire NFL so far this season.


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