COVID-19 Daily Update, June 3, 2020
Written by Dan Fischer on June 3, 2020
June 3, 2020
STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!
Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases
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:email@example.com). 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
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