COVID-19 Update: April 15, 2020

Written by on April 15, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

April 15, 2020

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m. today:
    • Genesee County received 3 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 80 positive cases
      • The three positive cases reside in Batavia.
      • One individual is in their 20’s, one individual is in their 40’s, and one individual is in their 90’s.
      • The positive individuals were not on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 2 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
      • Genesee County received notification of the second COVID-19 related death.
    • Orleans County: 3 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 34
      • Of the new positive cases today, one lives in Ridgeway, one lives in Gaines, and 1 lives in Murray
      • The ages include 1 individual is in their 40’s, 1 individual is in their 70’s and 1 individual is in their 90’s.
      • Two have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation
      • 3 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Using cloth face coverings are recommended to protect others from you. Remember to wear one when you are out in public. You will need to be careful removing them from your face so as not to be exposed to any germs from the outside. Once removed, make sure you wash them in hot water, if able, and dry in a hot dryer. Wash your hands immediately after removing the mask. For more information about masks go to reliable sights such as the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

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:
    • Care + Crisis Helpline is available 24/7 at 585-283-5200 or text ‘Talk’ to 741741
    • New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling
    • 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
NEW YORK STATE RESTRICTIONS / GUIDANCE
COVID-19 RELIABLE SOURCES
  • New York State Department of Health – click here
  • CDC – click here
  • Genesee County Health Department – click here
  • Orleans County Health Department – click here
  • NY State of Health – click here
  • If you believe an employer is violating either existing labor laws or recently issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo, please contact the NYS Attorney General’s office at (212) 416-8700 or Labor.Bureau@ag.ny.gov
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