Evening News Brief

Written by on August 5, 2021

New York State Department of Health has stated that they will not be issuing COVID 19 guidance to schools by start of term in September.  The state office says to continue following CDC guidelines which at the moment say encourage wearing masks and vaccinating.  Local school districts will have to set their own policy come the beginning of the school year.

As of now most venues and entertainment locations have not changed their policies on wearing masks or allowing unvaccinated people into events.  County Health Officials in Ontario County say that spikes happen but then the spread goes back down so they are following the numbers but its not time to make big changes.  In Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming Counties there are a total of 26 active cases.  95 percent of new cases and hospitalizations in areas where there is substantial spread are among the unvaccinated.  Death rates have not substantially increased even with case rates going up.  Officials credit this to most of the new cases being among people under the age of 40 who don’t have co-morbidities.  They caution those who have compromised immune systems or can’t take the vaccine to avoid large indoor gatherings where social distancing can’t be maintained.

The Health Department is looking for the dog that bit an employee at Home Depot on Saturday July 17th around noon.  The dog is a small black dog that was near register 2 at the time of the incident.  The employee asked if they could pet the dog and were told yes before they were bit on the hand.  The owners asked if they were ok then left the store.  It is important to locate the dog to determine whether or not it is current on its rabies shot. If the health status is not identified, post-exposure rabies shots will be offered to the victim.  If you have information about the location of the dog and its owners, please contact the Genesee County Health Department at 585-344-2580 ext. 5555.

The Genesee County Health Department is hosting a free drive through =rabies clinic Thursday august 12th from 4-7pm at the Genesee county Fairgrounds.  Vaccines are free for dogs, cats and ferrets.  Animals must be at least 3 months old.  Animals must be leashed or crated.  Limit of 4 pets per car.  The next clinic will be September 16th.

Liberty Square is now accepting applications from qualified veterans looking for housing.  Liberty Square is a 28-unit apartment building located at 554 East Main Street,  in Batavia that will serve homeless or unstably housed Veterans with disabilities in a Permanent Supportive Housing environment.  To qualify, you must have served in the military, be in a housing crisis and have an identified disability or case management need.

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