COVID-19 Update: April 16, 2020

Written by on April 16, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

April 16, 2020

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m. today:

o   Genesee County received 7 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 87 positive cases

§  Five positive cases reside in Batavia, one resides in Bergen, and one resides in Darien.

§  One individual is in their 20’s, three individuals are in their 30’s, one individual is in their 60’s, and two individuals are in their 90’s.

§  3 of the positive individuals were on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  3 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

 

o   Orleans County: 1 new positive case  of COVID-19 for a total of 35

§  Of the new positive cases today, one lives in Albion

§  One individual is in their 80’s

§  Two have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation

§  3 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

§  Orleans County received notification of the first COVID-19 related death.

 ·         Due to the current limited swabbing kits, there continue to be guidelines in place for primary care providers to order COVID-19 swabbing.  This is based upon screening for high risk categories.  Contact your primary care provider first to discuss symptoms and ability to be swabbed.

·         Contact tracing has been initiated for all new cases.  Known contacts have already been placed under mandatory quarantine and will be swabbed if indicated (if symptoms become present).

·         If a person is identified as a contact, they will be notified by the County Health Department, quarantined and if warranted, swabbed if indicated.  Limited information is provided to the public in compliance with HIPAA regulations and out of the respect of those impacted by this virus.

·         When, and if, there is a situation where potential contact is made in a public location where contact tracing doesn’t have actual names of close contacts, we will send out a media announcement to help seek contacts.

·         If you are experiencing ANY COVID-19 related symptoms STAY HOME!  Do not go to work, do not go to the store, do not go anywhere, YOU are spreading the virus.  STAY HOME!

Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases

 

OPERATIONAL UPDATES

·         Because COVID-19 is circulating locally, we can’t stress enough how important social distancing is and that EVERYONE needs to take this seriously and stay home! It is your social and civic responsibility to protect yourselves and others.

o   If you must shop for essentials, such as food, necessary household supplies or prescriptions, shop solo!  Wear a face covering and wash or sanitize your hands frequently.

Mental Health

 ·         Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and having to socially distance yourself from someone you love can be difficult. Below are resources that can help you connect to a professional that can help you through these challenging times:

o   Care + Crisis Helpline is available 24/7 at 585-283-5200 or text  ‘Talk’ to 741741

o   New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling

o   Head Space:  A mindfulness app called Headspace is offering some meditations to listen to for free to ease minds in such a stressful time. The app is free to download and includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help with the varying emotions you may be feeling. The app does include in-app purchases. https://www.headspace.com/covid-19

 

 


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