Evening News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on February 9, 2021
As companies making the COVID vaccine increase their production and more companies get approval to distribute their versions the federal government has announced a 5 percent increase in the amount of doses sent to states for the next 3 weeks. In addition the government will allocate 1 million doses to federally qualified health centers. To date, New York has administered 2.5 million dosages, with about 10% of New Yorkers receiving their first dose. Ninety-two percent of dosages allocated to the state to date have been used.
A proposal before state lawmakers would give some relief to families with loved ones in nursing home care. For almost a year family members have not been able to visit their loved ones due to COVID-19 regulations unless they were at the end of their life. A new proposal would allow at least 2 family members to be designated caregivers for physical and emotional support. If passed by the legislature and signed by the governor, it would go into effect 45 days after it is signed into law.
COVID Update: Genesee county has 33 new cases since Friday and 57 people have recovered. Orleans county has 26 new cases and 44 people have recovered. 7 of the new cases are from Villages of Orleans. The total active cases have dropped below 100 in both counties for the first time in several months. Genesee county has 91 active cases and Orleans has 83.