COVID-19 Daily Update: May 18, 2020

Written by on 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.  

 


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