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Hidden Valley Animal Adventure Worker Injured by Zebu

A Zebu, type of animal that attacked caretaker. Courtesy: thecalifornian.com

An employee of the Hidden Valley Animal Adventure park in Wyoming County is recovering today from injuries she suffered from an animal attack.
The incident happened around Noon yesterday at the park in Varysburg.
The employee, believed to be in her 30’s and identified only as a caretaker of the animals, was injured by a Zebu, a kind of humpback cattle.
The caretaker was flown to hospital by Mercy Flight with injuries to her head and ribs. The injuries are believed not  to be life threatening.
The animal had recently given birth.

The park released a statement reminding visitors not to attempt to feed or touch any newborn animals.
Four years ago, park owner Hans Boxler was trampled to death by an antelope that has escaped from its pen.

Morning News Briefing

As the heat wave continues to grip Western New York the county’s health department is asking all of us to save water.
Even though the Heat Advisory expires tonight excessive heat and humidity is expected for another three days.
The health department has outlined a number of ways you can save water:
Avoid filling swimming pools, watering lawns and washing cars.
Use your dishwasher and washing machines only for full loads.
Check faucets for leaks and take shorter showers.
If voluntary measures are unsuccessful, mandatory conservation may be enforced.

Absentee ballot counting continues in the 27th Congressional District race this week, and the race is getting tighter.
Democrat Nate McMurray is now just nine points behind Republican State Senator Chris Jacobs. Jacobs had been ahead by 31 points on primary day.
While he still needs a large number of absentee ballots to go his way, McMurray refuses to concede.
The winner of this election will finish the unexpired term of former Congressman Chris Collins.

A traffic stop in Livingston County leads to felony charges for a Batavia couple.
David Vega and Jennifer Hogan are facing charges after allegedly giving phony names to police.
Vega was also charged with driving under the influence of drugs and driving with a license that had been suspended 31 times.
Hogan had an outstanding warrant in Batavia for Robbery.
Both were released under the new bail reform measures.

One new case of COVID-19 reported in Genesee County in the past 24 hours.
A person in their 50’s from Darien has tested positive.
No one in the county is hospitalized due to coronavirus.

After being shut down for months to prevent the spread of coronavirus, malls across Upstate New York will finally have shoppers inside them today.
Malls will need to make sure people stay six feet apart, establish designated delivery areas and have special air filters installed.
The number of employees and shoppers is also being capped at no more than half of a mall’s maximum capacity.

Voluntary Water Conservation Notice from the Genesee County Health Department:

All residents served by the Genesee County countywide Public Water Supply (GCPWS) are requested by the GCPWS and the Genesee County Department of Health to conserve water.

According to the local weather forecast, Genesee County is expected to endure at least three more days of excessive heat and humidity. It is expected that very high levels of water consumption will continue throughout this period.

To avoid an emergency situation, all residents served by the GCPWS water system are asked to do their part to conserve water. Guidelines to save water include:

  1. Avoid filling swimming pools.
  2. Avoid watering lawns and washing cars.
  3. Use your automatic dishwasher only for full loads.
  4. Use your automatic washing machine only for full loads.
  5. If you wash your dishes by hand, do not leave the water running for rinsing.
  6. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator to keep it cool instead of running the water.
  7. Check faucets and pipes for leaks. Leaks waste water 24 hours a day, seven days a week and often can be repaired with an inexpensive washer.
  8. Check your toilets for leaks. To test for leaks, add a small amount of food coloring to the toilet tank. If, without flushing, the color begins to appear in the bowl, you have a leak that should be repaired immediately.
  9. Take shorter showers. Long showers can waste five to 10 gallons every extra minute.
  10. Install water-saving showerheads or flow restrictors. Area hardware or plumbing supply stores stock inexpensive water-saving showerheads or restrictors that are easy to install.

    We need your help. If voluntary conservation measures are unsuccessful, mandatory water conservation may be enforced. Questions may be directed to the Genesee County Department of Health.

  11. The Genesee County Department of Health can be reached at (585) 344-2580, ext. 5555 or:  Health.Dept@co.genesee.ny.us

Afternoon News Brief

The Genesee County Job Development Bureau is having the summer youth employment program this summer and they need 45 young people between the ages of 14 and 20.  Most of the jobs will be outdoor work to help with social distancing and hygiene requirements.  Interviews will be July 13-17th For more information contact the Genesee county career center.

An alternative court for minor offenders in either school or by law enforcement is available.  Set up as a court of their peers, youth court has judges from 8th to 11th grade.  Youth Court members learn about the judicial process and law enforcement, group decision making; develop their public speaking skills; participate in a great leadership opportunity; and learn and participate in all roles of the courtroom: judge, prosecution, defense, and bailiff.  The application deadline to be a member of the Youth court is July 31st.

The Genesee Orleans county health departments announced yesterday that there are 2 new cases of Covid 19 in Genesee county and none in Orleans county.  1 person has recovered in Genesee county.  The health department are now including people who are on quarantine from traveling.  6 people in Genesee county are on travel quarantine and 9 people in Orleans county are on travel quarantine.  There are 5 active cases in Genesee county and 1 in Orleans.

Although Albany has not announced when Amusement parks can open, a group is trying to revive a dead one in Western New York state.  Empire Adventures is attempting to raise money through a go fund me and loans with banks and investors to restart the 59 year old amusement park on Grand Island.  Although it wont be ready for this season, they hope to celebrate Fantasy islands 60th anniversary in 2021 with a functioning and fun park.

Morning News Briefing

For the first time in months, shoppers in Western New York will be heading back to the malls tomorrow.
Governor Cuomo has given shopping centers outside of New York City the green light to reopen.
However, the malls must have the proper air filters installed to lower the risk of coronavirus infection. Malls are also being required to constantly check those filters to make sure they’re working correctly.
There’s still no word yet on when gyms, fitness centers or amusement parks can reopen.

Western New York could tie a record today for the longest string of 90-degree days.
A heat advisory remains in effect for Genesee County and today could be the hottest so far.
Tropical humidity will make the near record high temperatures feel like triple digit heat.
Ozone and other pollution levels will be high.

Governor Cuomo says students, teachers and parents won’t have to wait too much longer to find out if schools will reopen this fall. The governor said yesterday a final decision will be made in early August, a few weeks ahead of the traditional start of the school year in September.

From the bad boys report this morning:
31 year old Colby Ellis of Albion is behind bars this morning.
Ellis arrested by Genesee County Deputies on charges of burglary and petty larceny.
He is accused of violating a stay away order of protection in Alexander.

Two new positive cases of COVID-19 in Genesee County over the past 24 hours.
The positive individuals reside in Batavia and Darien. One of the positive individuals is in their 40’s and one is in their 60’s.
No Genesee County resident is hospitalized with coronavirus.

The stars of NASCAR will not be making their usual visit to New York State’s Finger Lakes region this summer.
NASCAR officials say the upcoming Cup Series race, scheduled for August 16th, will now be moved to the road course at Daytona International Speedway.
The decision to take The Glen off the schedule for the first time in decades is due to quarantine requirements for out-of-state visitors.
Since NASCAR teams are based out of North Carolina, they’d be required to isolate for two weeks after arriving.

Afternoon News Brief:Malls to Reopen Friday with New Filters

Governor Cuomo announced today that malls will be allowed to reopen on Friday July 10th in regions that are already in phase 4 of the NYS reopening plan provided they have MERV 11 or higher rated air filters in place.  Merv 9-12 are the most commonly used and recommended household filters.  Merv 11 may filter out the.125 micron virus particles but experts warn that a good filtration system won’t help people who are close together or not wearing masks and may not slow the spread at all given how open and high ceilinged malls are to begin with as the virus likely won’t even make it into the system.

Governor Cuomo announced today a deadline for schools to have a reopening plan in place.  The governor said that an announcement about schools will come on July 13th and that schools will have until July 31st to submit a plan to the State.  The final decision will be made sometime between August 1 and 7.

Western NY has a problem with feeding its children.  The organization Feeding America estimates that before the pandemic and associated shutdowns nearly 55 thousand children in Western NY were food insecure, meaning that they didn’t know where the next meal would be coming from and the amount of food the children were getting wasn’t enough for them to be active, alert and growing.  During the pandemic that number has grown to nearly 80 thousand.  Food banks and giveaways, mostly at churches, help the situation and help families during these uncertain times.  Feeding America urges people in Western NY to donate to places that are doing these giveaways and support your neighbors.

https://www.feedingamerica.org/

Florida has renewed it’s state of emergency over the rise of covid cases and also renewed the quarantine order for travelers coming from NY, New Jersey and Connecticut to the sunshine state.  Florida has set up checkpoints on major thoroughfares into the state from the tri-state area and will place travelers from the 3 states into a 14 day quarantine.

Morning News Briefing

State Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia says he’s signed on to a Republican plan to re-open schools this fall.
Hawley says the GOP plan will explores potential solutions for each level of education and social interactions.
The Cuomo administration has yet to release guidelines for re-opening schools this fall but has directed individual school districts to draft their own contingency plans.

The latest COVID-19 report: No new positive cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours in either Genesee or Orleans Counties.
The health department says no one is hospitalized with COVID-19 illness in Genesee County and only four people are in Mandatory isolation.

Governor Cuomo is asking travelers from three more states to quarantine for two weeks after arriving in New York.
With the number of coronavirus cases growing in Kansas, Oklahoma and Delaware, travelers from there are being asked to isolate themselves.
There are now 19 states covered by the Governor’s quarantine order.
The state Health Department is asking travelers to voluntarily fill out forms revealing details about their trips…but few have.

Day two of the Western New York Heat Advisory. Heat index values will reach into the mid-90’s today…near 100 tomorrow and Friday.
Drink plenty of fluids, try to stay out of the sun. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

The Town of Batavia will be experiencing low-water pressure in the western and northwestern parts of town.
Due to high water demands, the County is obtaining water from alternate connections. This lowers water pressure.
The town says will continue until further notice.

State Police have announced the results of their recent holiday weekend crackdown on illegal fireworks.
Troopers targeted people who were bringing the contraband into New York from Pennsylvania.
Troopers confiscated $27,000 worth of illegal fireworks.

Latest COVID-19 Update

Genesee Orleans COVID 19 Report Since Thursday:

Orleans county had 0 cases of covid 19

Genesee county had 3 new cases

3 people in Genesee county have recovered and none are hospitalized

Orleans county still has 7 people hospitalized

There are 5 total active cases of covid 19 in Genesee county and 2 in Orleans

Governor Cuomo announced today that 3 more states are on the quarantine list. Visitors to the empire state coming from Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma will now be subject to a 14 day quarantine. These join 16 other states for a total of 19 states that New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have deemed to be having too many coronavirus cases. According to the Governor’s Office, the quarantine applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

42 year old Jeremy Fairbanks and 35 year old Leah Kelly both of Batavia are each charged with 306 counts of criminal contempt in the second degree after being arrested over a complaint of violation of a court order. Fairbanks was arrested on the 2nd and Kelly was arrested on July 5th.

Morning News Briefing

New York State’s Health Commissioner deflecting blame away from his boss for contributing to the high number of coronavirus deaths in New York State nursing homes.
Dr. Howard Zucker says Governor Cuomo’s executive order requiring nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients was not a significant factor in the deaths. Rather, Zucker says, it was nursing home staff and visitors that caused the increase.
In Orleans County alone, 53 residents of two nursing homes – one in Albion and one in Medina – died from COVID-19 related illness.

Governor Cuomo says while the state’s COVID-19 numbers continue in a positive direction, he’s continuing to raise the alarm about case totals in other states. He called it “frightening” that other regions are reporting increased numbers, saying an outbreak anywhere means a potential outbreak everywhere.
That said, in New York indicators are positive, including the lowest number of new hospitalizations since March 18th.
Cuomo maintains that recent cases in New York have been tracked back to people traveling from out of state.

Genesee Community College has announced plans to bring students back to campus in a limited capacity.
GCC has outlined a series of COVID-19 safety measures for in-person classes.
All classrooms and labs have been measured to determine maximum capacity, all College Village residence bedrooms will be converted to singles and dining services will be limited to single-serve or take out items.
There are a number of other measures, all are available on our website.

A Heat Advisory officially takes effect today for Genesee County and all of Western New York.
Expect heat Index values in the mid 90’s for today and tomorrow and near 100 Thursday and Friday.

For the first time in over 70 years, thousands of people will not be heading to Syracuse for the New York State Fair. Governor Cuomo announced yesterday the popular event has been canceled as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

GCC Announces Restart Plans for Fall Semester

NEWS Release: GCC

BATAVIA  GCC unveiled a series of plans for the Fall 2020 semester to bring students back to campus in a limited capacity, while operating numerous courses through remote delivery. The Fall 2020 plans include a blend of learning modalities featuring a robust number of online, hybrid and HyFlex classes, and all in-person instruction will follow the College’s COVID-19 safety measures such as:

  • All classrooms and labs have been assessed to determine the maximum capacity while adhering to social distancing guidelines.
  • Maximizing GCC’s hybrid and HyFlex learning environments that strategically combine in-person and online instruction.
  • Labs requiring face-to-face, hands-on learning will be separated in multiple sections as needed to reduce classroom density.
  • All College Village residence bedrooms will be converted to singles with one student per private room.
  • The services that students rely on, such as the Library and Tutoring and Testing Centers as well as campus study spaces will be available for use following social distancing rules.
  • Dining services will open but will focus on single-serve items and take-out items.
  • While some programs and activities will look different in the Fall semester, GCC is committed to providing a vibrant student engagement experience for all students.

“We will remain vigilant throughout the duration of this pandemic, continuously monitoring health conditions and working to mitigate the spread of the virus,” James M. Sunser, Ed.D., president of GCC said. “The hard work and cooperation of everyone today helps ensure we remain healthy and safe tomorrow and can have a successful academic year.”

College officials are currently gearing up to welcome back staff and faculty on a reduced capacity as well, beginning Monday, July 6, 2020.

“The past four months have been an extraordinarily challenging time. There are so many moving parts in a college campus that I must commend our campus community who have teamed up to maintain as many critical services as possible, allowing us to be prepared for this fall,” Dr. Sunser said. “This included modifying workflows, teaching and working remotely, learning and introducing new technologies, and sometimes discovering new efficiencies or new opportunities, such as our Virtual Commencement Ceremony. It is no accident that GCC continues to have no documented positive cases of COVID-19, a true testament to our collective commitment to strategically tackle this crisis.”

Employees received a five-page “Welcome Back” guideline outlining all the new facets of working on campus that includes social distancing, mask wearing and multiple steps to reduce the density of the campus population. The most salient features of the Re-opening Plan include but are not limited to:

  • Only employees with a valid ID are allowed on campus at this time.
  • All persons will be given a brief verbal screening about their physical health and an infrared, touch-free temperature reading by a member of the College’s Health or Campus Safety Office, who will have the authority to deny access to anyone deemed at risk for the COVID-19 virus.
  • Many departments are staggering summer staffing to reduce GCC population density.
  • Maintain a six-foot distance from other people at all times, avoid physical contact such as handshakes, and wear a face mask in all shared spaces.
  • Most meetings will continue to be held remotely and many areas of the College will remain closed this summer, such as dining services, as they are prepared for fall configuration.
  • GCC’s Buildings and Grounds Department will be cleaning and disinfecting common areas and frequently touched surfaces throughout each day, and each department and individual will be asked to clean and disinfect individual workstations and equipment using College provided supplies.

GCC posts the latest updates and information on the College’s COVID19 webpage that is available from the College’s homepage on its main website, www.genesee.edu.

Morning News Briefing

The National Weather Service has posted a heat advisory for tomorrow through the end of the week for all of Western New York including Genesee County.
Heat index values in the mid-90’s are expected tomorrow and Wednesday, then near 100 Thursday and Friday.
The highest heat index values will be inland from the Lake Ontario shore.
The Weather Service says hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur. Warm overnight low temperatures will make it difficult to cool buildings without air conditioning.

Rochester police are asking for help in finding out who damaged the Frederick Douglass statue in Maplewood Rose Garden. The statue was found removed from its base yesterday and discovered about 50 feet away from the pedestal. It’s now being sent for repairs.
Frederick Douglass was an American social reformer, abolitionist, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York.

New York State is continuing to make progress in the ongoing battle against coronavirus.
Governor Cuomo says fewer than one-percent of State residents who were tested Saturday received a positive result.
However, eight more people did die due to the illness, pushing the statewide total closer to 25-thousand.

Western New York drivers are continuing to find consistent prices at the gas pump.
According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas is $2.20. That’s down a penny from last week.
Gas Buddy-dot-com shows the average price of a gallon of regular in Batavia at $2.25.

Rochester Regional Clarifies Gov’s Comments on Free COVID-19 Testing

News Release From Rochester Regional Health:

We have heard of confusion based on the announcement from Governor Andrew Cuomo this week concerning statewide COVID-19 testing being free and open to all patients. We want to clarify to the public what this means.

As per the statement on the ny.govwebsite, if you go to a New York State testing site, it is free and anyone can get tested. If you go to any other site that is not state-run, you must follow the requirements of the specific organization, hospital, company, etc. set forth as far as testing.

At Rochester Regional testing sites we are still not testing everyone. There are certain criteria.

Right now, the closest state-run (free) testing site in the area is Monroe Community College. If any individual wants to get tested, they can do so at this site for free. This is the site (locally) Governor Cuomo was referring to when he said anyone can get tested for free.

This is a fluid situation and testing requirements may change. We will update the public as needed.

Here’s a link to test sites: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you

Please call the testing site or your health care provider before you go for testing.

If you go to a test site run by New York State, there is never any charge for your test.

If you go to a test site operated by local governments, private companies including pharmacies and medical practices or not-for-profit organizations, you are advised to check with the testing site and your insurer in advance of being tested to confirm you will not be responsible for any fees associated with your test.

Morning News Briefing

MORNING NEWS BRIEFING

A new president has been named for the Board of Education in Batavia.
She is Alice Ann Benedict, a former board president.
She replaces 30 year Board veteran Patrick Burke who has announced plans to retire from the board at the end of the year.
Benedict had served as a board member from 1995 to 2006.
She was re-appointed to the Board in May to fill a vacancy and then was elected to a full three year term last month.

Genesee County Sheriff’s arrested 22 year old Elis Salkic of Adele Drive in Greece following a traffic stop on Tuesday evening. Deputies stopped the vehicle on Richmond ave in the city after it ran a stop sign. Salkic was charged with AUO 3rd, Unlawful possession of Marijuana, operating a vehicle while using an electronic device and failure to stop at a stop sign. Salkic was found to be driving on a suspended license and given appearance tickets for 8/18 at BCC

• Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 225 positive cases
o The positive individual resides in Oakfield.
o The positive individual is in their 20’s.
o The positive individual was on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
o Currently no individuals are hospitalized and no individuals have been released from mandatory quarantine.
• Orleans County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 today for a total of 267 positive cases
o The positive individual resides in Clarendon.
o The positive individual is in their 50’s.
o The positive individual was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
o No individuals have been released from mandatory quarantine.
o 7 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

Genesee county sheriff’s continue to respond to multiple calls over the last week to people that have been swimming illegally at various locations. One of the most popular spots had visitors last night
Nine people reportedly climbed the rocks and jumped into the falls below Indian Falls Log Cabin Restaurant at 1227 Gilmore Road in Corfu. Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies are responded issuing warnings and trespass violations.

Batavia Fire Dept Issues Fireworks Guidance

As we approach the July 4th Independence Day Holiday, Fire Chief Stefano Napolitano of the City of Batavia Fire Department would like to remind the residents of the City of what sparkling devices are allowed by law. “We want to ensure that our residents enjoy the holiday in a safe and responsible manner” said Napolitano.

According to the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services “Sparking Devices” are considered, “ground based or handheld devices that produce a shower of colored sparks and or a colored flame, audible crackling or whistling noise and smoke.”

Napolitano also stated, “These sparkling devices can only be bought and sold from June 1st to July 5th and from December 26th to January 1st in any given year.” Furthermore, the law states that “Sales of sparkling devices by certified temporary stands or tents can only occur from June 20th to July 5th and December 26th to January 1st in any given year.”

According to Napolitano, allowable sparkling devices under the law are sparkling fountains, sparklers on wooden sticks (not metal sticks), smoking devices, snakes confetti-filled party poppers and paper-wrapped snappers. Non-allowable and illegal devices include firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles and any other aerial devices.

As a result of COVID-19 cancelling many public fireworks displays, Chief Napolitano recommends the following alternatives to celebrate the 4th of July Holiday without fireworks. Furthermore, these alternatives are pet and children friendly.

  • Use glow sticks, they glow in the dark and are a safe alternative to a sparkler.
  • Use noise makers. They can be found at a local party supply store.
  • Red, white and blue silly string.
  • Outdoor movie night. Set up a television or screen and projector.
  • Make patriotic crafts with the family.

Lastly, Napolitano states,” It is important to take the necessary fire safety precautionary steps when using these devices. Last year there were a report 18,500 fireworks related injuries in the United States each year.”

If any resident has questions regarding what is allowable or would like information regarding safety precautions, they can call the City of Batavia Fire Headquarters at 585-345-6375.

Morning News Briefing

For the second day in a row there have been no new COVID-19 cases in in Genesee County.
As of late yesterday, no individuals are hospitalized with coronavirus in the county.
While the number of new cases of coronavirus are steadily dropping statewide, the state is urging all New Yorkers to get tested for COVID-19. Previously, screening was limited to nursing home staff, essential employees and people who were exposed to the virus, but now everyone is eligible to get tested. The nearest Batavia testing site is United Memorial Medical Center.

Genesee County’s Economic Development agency is expected to take final action today on a 1.4-million dollar project that will transform the YWCA building on North Street.
The project calls for expanding the Three Little Birds pediatric medical practice inside the YW.
The YW will remain in the building as a tenant. The medical practice is seeking various tax incentives.
The YWCA was forced to sell their building to help get out from under a financial crisis that that threatened the agency’s existence two years ago.

Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia Police Department and the Village of LeRoy Police Department will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.
The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on July 3rd and will end on July 6th. The Fourth of July extended weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving.

If you are planning some yard work this weekend note that Batavia’s Yard Waste Station on Law Street will be closed. The facility will shut down tomorrow and Saturday and will not re-open with regular hours until Monday.

GCEDC Considers Final Approval of YWCA Project

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) board of directors will consider final approvals for a $1.4 million mixed-use proposal by Fraser-Branche Property, LLC at the agency’s July 2, 2020 board meeting.

Fraser-Branche Property, LLC is proposing to remodel the majority of the 13,000 square-foot YWCA facility in the city of Batavia to enable the expansion of the Three Little Birds Pediatrics medical practice. The remainder of the facility will support the YWCA and other existing tenants.

A public hearing on the proposed incentives was held November 20, 2019.

Fraser-Branche Property, LLC’s proposed investment contributes to Genesee County’s growth strategy in the city of Batavia through the Batavia Pathway to Prosperity (BP2).

Launched by Genesee County, the City of Batavia, the Batavia City School District and the GCEDC, the BP2 program provides support to future brownfield redevelopment projects through the benefits generated by projects in the city of Batavia.

Because of the COVID19 pandemic the meeting will be conducted via conference and on-line at www.gcedc.com.

Morning News Briefing

Joshua Blessed

58 year old Joshua Blessed of Virginia may have had bigger and more sinister plans on his mind when he plowed his tractor trailer along a multi-county police pursuit.
That chase began on May 27th in LeRoy and ended in a hail of gunfire in Geneseo, and ended with police eventually shooting Blessed to death in the cab of his truck.
As part of the investigation, police searched Blessed’s home in Virginia where they found 14 improvised explosive devices or IED’s, two AK-47’s, thousands of rounds of ammunition and over $100,000 in cash.

 

 

Livingston County Sheriff Tom Dougherty says with that arsenal, he had bigger plans but it all started with a scheduled delivery in Batavia…

In all police said Blessed fired at least 24 rounds at them from a 9mm Glock striking several police vehicles and ramming others with his truck.
Law enforcement fired over 120 rounds to stop him.

 

A new poll shows New Yorkers are in support of recent policing reforms passed by the state Legislature.
Eighty percent of people surveyed by Siena College said they agreed with the new laws which include a ban on the use of chokeholds and making the disciplinary records of officer’s public.
Seventy percent of New York State residents also said they have a favorable view of their local police department.

 

There will be no minor league baseball played this year. The word is now official.
No Buffalo Bisons, Rochester Red Wings and no Batavia Muckdogs baseball.
While baseball will be back in Buffalo and Rochester, not so for Batavia. The NYP League which owned the Muckdogs has all but disbanded.

 

The last 24 hours has been good on the coronavirus front locally.
There were no new positive cases of COVID-19 reported in Genesee or Orleans counties.

 

A food distribution is planned for today.
City Church is holding the distribution at its St. Anthony’s site on Sumner Street from am 9 until 11am this morning and again on Wednesday, July 8 at the same time.

Morning News Briefing

A traffic stop along Cedar Street in Batavia leads to a string of drug charges. The Genesee County Local Drug Task Force arrested two men yesterday afternoon.
They were identified as 34 year old Jerwan McFarely of Lehigh Avenue and 41 year old Mathew Olcott of Clinton Street.
Police say McFarely was in possession of suspected crack cocaine and pot, while Olcott was found to have suspected crack and drug paraphernalia. Both a facing violations and misdemeanor charges.

Another COVID-19 death reported at the Orchard Rehab and Nursing Center in Medina… 23 people have lost their lives to the virus there.
The death toll for all of Orleans County since the pandemic began is 53.
Genesee County’s death toll is five.
Three new positive cases of the virus were reported yesterday in Genesee County, two from Batavia and one from LeRoy.

Air travelers could soon have an important form to fill out once they arrive in New York State.
Health officials say information on those documents would help with the enforcement of a new quarantine policy. Last week, the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut announced new guidelines for people arriving from areas with a high number of coronavirus cases.
Those individuals are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days in order to prevent the spread of the disease. Just how the rules will be enforced still isn’t clear.

It looks like malls across the state are going to be shut down for at least a little while longer.
Governor Cuomo says indoor shopping centers won’t be allowed to reopen until air filters are installed that remove coronavirus particulates. Many mall operators say that’s not necessary since both their heating and cooling systems are already safe.

The Fourth of July is coming up this weekend, and State Police have announced a plan to crack down on fireworks.
Troopers say they’ll be focused on keeping illegal fireworks out of New York that are brought in from states like Pennsylvania.
Police say they have received numerous complaints from residents in many Upstate communities about fireworks being set off in their neighborhoods at all hours of the night

Holland Land Office Museum is Now Open

The Holland Land Office Museum is now open at its normal business hours. The museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.

The museum will be reopening with some noticeable changes. First, the museum is implementing its Safety Plan, which requires all visitors to the museum to wear masks and admission will be limited to 10 at a time. Also, visitors are asked to refrain from touching any of the artifacts and cases, and to follow our “one way” floor plan.

Visitors are also asked to maintain the 6 foot social distancing protocol and to use the hand sanitizer and washing stations around the museum. Secondly, the museum is reopening under a new admission policy.

Visitors to the museum will now have to pay an admission fee. The ranges include: Free for Museum Members, $1 for Children, $3 for Students/Veterans/Seniors, $5 for Adults, and $10 for a Family of four. The HLOM is instituting a strict cleaning procedure to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, and visitors, but wishes everyone to come by and visit us and see all our treasures of the history of Genesee County. Thank you to all who have supported us in the past, through this difficult time, and continue to into the future.

If you have any questions please contact the museum by phone at 585-343-4727 or email at hollandlandoffice@gmail.com. Information can also be found on our website.

Morning News Briefing

There’s yet another sign the worst of the coronavirus crisis could be coming to an end in New York.
The state has announced the lowest single-day death toll from the disease since March. Five Empire State residents lost their lives on Saturday while less than one-percent of the people screened statewide for the illness that day tested positive.
The state is continuing to warn New Yorkers to remain vigilant and protect themselves to keep the virus from spreading again.

The guy was just trying to take his seat at the Indian Falls Log Cabin Restaurant. Problem was, the seat wasn’t his. Deputies arrested 41 year old Donald Walls of Rochester on charges of Trespassing and Petit larceny. A deputy on patrol watched Walls taking patio furniture from the restaurant early yesterday morning.
He was slapped with court appearance tickets.

A North Spruce Street man collared by BPD who had to take him down after a foot chase.
28 year old Darius Jones was arrested after he fled a domestic incident.
Police say once in custody they found Jones in possession of crack cocaine, fentanyl strips and packaging material. He’s in county jail this morning without bail.

Western New York drivers are still finding pretty steady prices at the gas pump.
According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular is $2.20. That’s up just a penny from last week.
In Batavia, gas buddy-dot-com says the average is 4-cents higher at $2.24.

The City Church is holding a drive-thru food distribution event at its St. Anthony’s site.
The distribution will be held at 9 to 11am on the next two Wednesday’s July 1st and July 8.
Everyone is welcome! St. Anthony’s is located on Liberty St. in the City of Batavia.

Morning News Briefing

Today Batavia and Genesee County enter Phase 4 of New York’s economic reopening.
It means that the number of people allowed at social gatherings will double from 25 to 50. Churches can welcome more worshipers
Professional sports can take place without fans, and low-risk indoor and outdoor arts and entertainment activities will also be allowed.
Movie theaters, gyms and malls are going to remain closed until further notice.

New COVID-19 cases still under control in Genesee County. Only two new cases reported yesterday, one from Batavia one from LeRoy.

Restaurants that have been allowed to serve alcohol to go, will be able to continue serving up the adult beverages for off-site enjoyment.
The state says the take-out alcohol has helped bars and restaurants during the pandemic.
The order allowing booze to go was set to expire tomorrow, the governor is expected to extend the order.

For the first time in more than 20 years the Batavia Police Department has a K-9 officer.
He is K-9 Hank, from Holland.
He’s part Belgium Malinois, part Shepard.
City Council President Gene Jankowski, once a K-9 handler himself when he was on the police department, says Hank is a welcome addition:

 

PHOTO: K-9 Hank and his handler, Officer Stephen Quider

Hank’s new handler is Officer Stephen Quider.  Hank and Officer Quider will be together 24-7.
Hank cost close to $11,000, paid for with drug forfeiture funds.

 

Election officials say it’ll likely be weeks before Western New York voters know who won Tuesday’s primaries.
That’s because there were a large number of absentee ballots requested for the 27th Congressional District special election and other races.
Since it’s a federal election, ballot counting will start first in the 27th District contest involving Republican State Senator Chris Jacobs and Democrat Nate McMurray.
Jacobs has already declared victory but McMurray is refusing to concede until every vote is counted.

Empire State drivers are now able to get their hands on a brand new license plate for their vehicles.
The blue and white “Excelsior” plate features images of iconic New York landmarks including Niagara Falls and the Statue of Liberty.
They’re currently available at DMV offices in 22 counties and at some auto dealerships.
The “Excelsior” plates will be issued with new vehicle registrations but anyone who wants to replace their old plates with the new design will have to pay $25.

Morning News Briefing

The Finger Lakes region has been given approval to enter the final phase of the state’s reopening process on Friday.
Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties are part of the Finger lakes Region.
Once Phase Four begins, the number of people allowed at social gatherings will double from 25 to 50, and religious gatherings will be allowed at up to 33-percent of an indoor site’s capacity.
Professional sports can take place without fans, and low-risk indoor and outdoor arts and entertainment activities will also be allowed.
However, movie theaters, gyms and malls are going to remain closed until further notice. Governor Cuomo says the state is still looking into how to keep people safe when visiting those locations.

Local health department numbers are still encouraging. There was one new case of coronavirus reported yesterday in Genesee County – an individual in their 20’s from Elba. There was also one new COVID-19 case in Orleans County.

An Oakfield couple busted by Monroe County deputies for allegedly boosting property out of cars.
31 year old Samantha Wroblewski and 28 year old Judd Farewell (fair-well) are facing a variety of charges including possession of stolen property.
Monroe County Sheriff’s say the duo admitted to breaking into cars on several occasions in Henrietta. Lawmen recovered a number of stolen credit cards.

The numbers are far from official in the 27th Congressional District Special Election and Democrat Nate McMurray says he will not concede defeat.
Republican Chris Jacobs says the math is all on his side and has declared victory in the race to fill the seat until the end of the year.
The McMurray camp says there are more than 65-thosuand absentee ballots yet to be counted but Jacobs’ people claim that his 31-thosuand vote lead is insurmountable.

The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are taking a big step to protect their residents from the coronavirus.
A travel advisory is now in place meaning anyone who arrives in those states from an area with a high number of COVID-19 cases such as Arizona, Florida or Texas must quarantine for 14-days.
Enforcement of the advisory will vary by state, but anyone caught breaking the rules in New York could be forced to quarantine or a face a fine.

Morning News Briefing

The polls have been closed for hours, now Western New York voters are waiting to see who came out on top in yesterday’s primaries.
In the 27th Congressional District, Republican State Senator Chris Jacobs is declaring victory over Democrat Nate McMurray. This is the battle to see who completes the term of ex-Republican Congressman Chris Collins.

PHOTO: Chris Jacobs

However, McMurray says he’s not conceding and will wait until every vote is counted. Jacobs also says he won the Republican primary for that seat and the latest numbers show him with a big lead over Darien Justice Beth Parlato and Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw.

Due to the large number of absentee ballots requested, it could take a while before winners in every race are declared. That’s because election officials won’t start tallying those votes until next week.

No surprise here, Joe Biden won the New York Democratic Presidential primary.
He defeated Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Biden already had enough delegates to clinch the Democratic nomination and, Sanders had already bowed out of the race.

Genesee County’s unemployment rate improves dramatically, but it is still in double-digits.
The May jobless rate was 10.1 percent – down from a staggering 14 percent in April.
But, one year ago in May, the unemployment rate in then county was 3.4 percent.

Batavia City Schools will begin it’s popular Grab and Go meals program this Monday.
The program provides two days of breakfasts and two days of lunches on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The distribution is between 9 and 11 in the morning at Jackson Primary and John Kennedy Intermediate schools.
There is no cost and no enrollment is necessary.

Rochester Regional Health (UMMC) Visitor Policy

 

Rochester Regional Health Visitor Policy

 

 

  • Patients may designate two visitors throughout their stay;
    • Only ONE visitor is allowed at a time for no longer than four hours daily.
  • Visiting hours for all RRH hospitals are 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. daily.
  • *No visitors will be permitted for:
    • ED patients
    • COVID-19 positive patients
    • Suspected COVID-19 positive patients
    • Cancer infusion centers
    • Inpatient behavioral health
  • *The exception to the above list of prohibited visitors include:
    • Pediatric patients may have one designated guardian on-site at a time.
    • End-of-life patients may have one on-site visitor at a time.
    • Obstetrical patients may have one on-site visitor at a time.
    • Patients with intellectual, developmental, or other cognitive disabilities.
    • There are no restrictions on the hours of visitation for this list of visitors.
  • Visitors must be older than 18 years of age.
  • Visitors must be screened upon entering the facility; they will be denied entry if they report significant COVID-19 exposure or symptoms during the prior 14 days or have a temperature over 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Visitors will be registered in an electronic system within the EMR (Care Connect) upon entry for each visit. The registration log will include the name and contact information of the visitor, the date(s) of their visits, and the name of the patient(s) visited.
  • Patients undergoing same-day procedures may be accompanied to the facility by a companion, but may not stay during the procedure.
    • A companion may drop them off and pick them up outside the facility.
    • They may not be with the patient inside the facility.
  • Visitors may not be present during procedures and in the recovery room except for pediatrics, childbirth, and patients with an intellectual, developmental, or other cognitive disability.
  • Visitors will be instructed to remain in the patient’s room throughout the visit except when directed by hospital staff to leave during aerosol-generating procedures or other procedures during which visitors are usually asked to leave.
  • Within areas of our facilities that do not allow us to accommodate social distancing, we reserve the right to refuse visitors for their safety and the safety of our patients and staff.
  • Visitors must be wearing their mask or cloth face-covering upon arrival to the facility. If the visitor does not arrive with a mask or cloth face-covering, the hospital will provide the visitor with a mask. The visitor will be instructed to keep their mask or cloth face-covering on at all times.
  • Visitors will be instructed to comply with strict hand hygiene and personal protective equipment practices.
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Visitors will be provided written information regarding the potential risks and benefits of visiting a patient within the hospital as well the expectations regarding their visitation which includes: the hours of visitation, remaining in the patient room during the entire visit unless otherwise instructed, wearing their mask or cloth face-covering during their entire visit and instructions regarding meticulous hand hygiene. Visitors who fail to comply with the outlined expectations will be asked to leave the facility.

Morning News Briefing

Genesee County voters get to cast ballots today in two different elections.
One is a special election to fill the vacant congressional seat once occupied by Chris Collins. State Senator Chris Jacobs and Democrat Nate McMurray are competing for that post. The winner will serve until the end of the year.
Also today, there is a republican primary to select the party’s candidate for the November election in the 27 district.
The candidate include Jacobs, Darien Attorney Beth Parlato and Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw. The winner will square off against McMurray for a full two year term.
Voting takes place today until 9 tonight.

Batavia City Council has no plan – yet – to replace former City Manager Martin Moore.
Moore left city hall last Friday in a mutual agreement with council.
Council president Gene Jankowski says one option to replace Moore is to exercise the guarantee that came along with Moore when he was selected two years ago.
That guarantee was from Novak Consulting the Ohio firm that was paid $26,000 by Batavia to find a city manager.
Novak offered another free search if the person they recommended didn’t last a full two years. Moore’s tenure was just under that.

Four new positive cases of COVID-19 reported in Genesee County over the past 24 hours.
There has also been one death reported at the Orchard Rehab and Nursing Center in Medina.
That brings the death toll in Orleans County to 50 since the pandemic began.
All but one of those deaths occurred at the Orchard Nursing Home in Medina or the Villages of Orleans in Albion.
There have been a total of five deaths in Genesee County…none of them in a nursing home.

Visitors to New York from out-of-state may soon have to quarantine when they get here.
Governor Cuomo says he’s considering a mandatory isolation period for people from states with high numbers of coronavirus cases such as Florida and Texas.
Cuomo says he’s concerned that if infected individuals arrive, it could cause another spike in COVID-19 cases in New York.

From the police blotter:

38 year old Ray Tucker of Williams Street in Batavia: Arrested for allegedly displaying a dagger while in the midst of a fracas with his neighbor…

63 year old James Karas of Ross Street charged with Harassment and endangering the welfare of a child. Batavia Police say Karas subjected two young girls to unwanted physical contact in Austin Park

Morning News Briefing

Coronavirus robbed this year’s senior class of most of those memories that signal their final year of high school….the prom, the class trips, just saying good-bye.
But the administration and faculty of Oakfield Alabama High School would not let the virus take away graduation.

 

Superintendent John Fiscus:

The outdoor graduation on Saturday drew graduates and their families in cars that filled the school parking lot. Horns replaced applause…and a parade of cars brought graduates to the stage to receive their diplomas.
The ceremony was capped with fireworks and a parade through their home towns.
WBTA was proud to have been selected to broadcast the ceremony into the cars and home of the graduates and their families.

 

 

Security footage

A one-thousand dollar reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of a man who burglarized Dave’s Ice Cream.
It happened just before 11 Saturday night.
Police say a man dressed in black pants, a black coat and wearing a black mask broke into store just before 11 Saturday night.
He tried but failed to open the cash register but would have been disappointed anyway – there was no cash anywhere in the store.
Owner Debra Webster was alerted to the break-in by her security system and called police. But by the time they could respond, the intruder had

 

New Yorkers will finally head to the polls tomorrow for primary day, and one big race is happening in Western New York. It’s the battle for the 27th Congressional District where the winner will fill the seat left open by former Republican Congressman Chris Collins. Republican State Senator Chris Jacobs is going up against Democrat Nate McMurray to see who finishes the final few months of Collins’ term. Jacobs is also involved in a GOP primary against Beth Parlato and Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw to see who will carry the party banner into the general election for the post in November.

He might not be holding daily briefings anymore, but Governor Cuomo is still keeping New Yorkers updated on the coronavirus. The governor says 15 people who had the disease passed away Saturday, the lowest number of deaths since March. And less than one percent of people screened for coronavirus Saturday tested positive. The governor said both of those numbers prove New York is on the right path to defeating the virus.

Marty Moore Out as Batavia City Manager

Batavia City Manager Dr. Martin Moore is leaving the city.
His departure was characterized as a “mutual agreement” between the city and Dr. Moore.

In a three sentence statement issued late this afternoon the city announced:

“The City of Batavia and City Manager, Martin D. Moore Phd,, have mutually agreed that he will be leaving on June 20, 2020 to pursue other opportunities.
The City would like to thank Marty for his service to the community since October 2018 and wish him the very best in future endeavors.
In accordance with the City’s Charter, the Assistant City Manager Rachael Tabelski will assume the role on the departure of the Manager.”

Dr. Moore was named City Manager on October 15th of 2018.
He came to Batavia following what was then termed, “a nationwide search.”
Moore was city manager of Eunice, New Mexico.
One reason he was attracted to Batavia was that his wife had family in Western New York.

Moore’s resignation was not unexpected.

It was well known at Batavia City Hall that there was tension between Moore and City Council President Gene Jankowski.
The latest dust-up was reportedly over a barbecue for social justice in Williams Park, plans that never materialized and led to the Demonstration for social justice held earlier this month along Main St.

WBTA has learned that an informal vote concerning Moore’s future was taken during an Executive Session of city council
The vote to severe the city’s ties with Moore was not unanimous.
Moore’s last Day is tomorrow.

Morning News Briefing

Batavia Police are using the suspected incident as a lesson to parents and their kids when it comes to people they don’t know.
On Wednesday night, at Dewitt Park, a young person, described only as a juvenile, accepted a ride home from a man later identified as James McNally.
Along the way, the juvenile said McNally tried to grope him. The child faked being sick, got out of the car and sought help from neighbors.
When police arrived they arrested McNally on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and forcible touching – both misdemeanors.
McNally was later released under supervision of Genesee Justice and an order of protection was issued.

Police say there is a new set of child abduction prevention ideas replacing the familiar “stranger danger.” We have them listed within the Batavia Police News Release HERE

Bars and restaurants caught breaking rules to hold down the number of coronavirus cases can now face serious consequences.
Governor Cuomo has signed an executive order allowing the State Liquor Authority to immediately suspend the liquor licenses of businesses who are not enforcing social distancing and other health protocols.
A second executive order also means bar owners are responsible for making sure people in outdoor areas follow the same guidelines.
Several businesses have had their licenses suspended. None of them in Genesee County.

Governor Cuomo is considering putting a quarantine order in place for people who visit New York from Florida.
You may remember Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ordered New York visitors to self-quarantine back in March. Cuomo says the spread of COVID-19 has decreased dramatically in New York and he doesn’t want people from other states to cause a spike in cases.

The health department reports no new cases of coronavirus in either Genesee or Orleans counties in the past 24 hours. Since the start of the pandemic, Genesee County has had a total of 205 positive cases and five deaths.

Western New York music lovers are going to have to wait a bit longer to see the Piano Man in person. That’s because Billy Joel has pushed back his August 15th concert at New Era Field in Orchard Park to August 14th, of next year.
The decision was made due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus. Tickets for this year’s show will be honored on the rescheduled date. Ticketmaster will also be offering refunds.

Batavia Man Arrested for Allegedly Groping Child

News Release

On Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at or about 6:10PM, Batavia Police Officers responded to the area of Clinton St. for a juvenile that had flagged down a neighbor, requesting help. Patrols arrived on scene and located two local residents sitting with a juvenile and McNally standing near them.

Patrols separated McNally from the juvenile and residents. The residents indicated that the juvenile told them, that he needed help getting away from McNally. Patrols interviewed the juvenile briefly and concluded that the juvenile had accepted a ride from McNally from DeWitt Park, with the intentions of McNally driving the juvenile to his residence. While transporting the juvenile, McNally allegedly attempted to grope the juvenile. The juvenile feigned a sickness so McNally would pull off to the side of the road. The juvenile then exited the vehicle and ascertained help at the nearest residence.

Upon discovering the alleged incident, Batavia Police Officers promptly took McNally into custody and transported him away from the juvenile. McNally was arrested for Endangering the welfare of a child (A Misdemeanor) and Forcible Touching (A Misdemeanor) and was arraigned via skype in Batavia City Court by Judge Rogers. McNally was released under the supervision of Genesee Justice, and an order of protection was issued. McNally is scheduled to appear in Batavia City Court at a later time.

The Batavia Police Department would like to take a quick moment to update the community and parents on new abduction prevention ideas. Instead of “Stranger Danger” try using the following language when talking to your child about abduction prevention:

• Don’t say: Never talk to strangers.
• Say: You should not approach just anyone. If you need help, look for a uniformed police officer, a store clerk with a name-tag, or a parent with children.
• Don’t say: Stay away from people you don’t know.
• Say: It’s important for you to get my permission before going anywhere with anyone.
• Don’t say: You can tell someone is bad just by looking at them.
• Say: Pay attention to what people do. Tell me right away if anyone asks you to keep a secret, makes you feel uncomfortable, or tries to get you to go with them.

The Batavia Police Department can be reached at 585-345-6350, the confidential tip line at 585-345-6370 or online HERE

COVID-19 Daily Update, June 18, 2020

New Cases – As of 2:00 p.m.

June 18, 2020

Genesee County received 0 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 206 positive cases

      •  0 of the previous community positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
    •  0 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
  • Orleans County received 0 new positive cases of COVID-19 today for a total of 259 positive cases
    • 3 of the previous community positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
    • 12 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.

Attica Central School Election Results

Attica Central School District – 2020 Election Results

Budget: Yes: 1,063 No: 785

Prop 2 Bus purchase: Yes: 1,089 No: 758

Prop 3 Capital Reservce Fund: Yes: 997 No: 853

Three Board of Education Members
Three Year terms :

Brian Fugle 1, 251 votes Re-elected
Pamela Rudolph 1,179 Votes Elected
Michael James 919 votes, Elected

Morning News Briefing

The man who attacked and threatened to kill the Wyoming County sheriff in 2018 has pleaded guilty to attempted murder.

Lynn Michael Hall of Castile faces a sentence of 20 to 25 years in prison, in addition to 2 1/2 to 5 years of post-release supervision.

Back in December 2018, Wyoming County Sheriff Greg Rudolph was driving to work when he says a vehicle driven by Hall started tailgating him and flashing its lights. When the sheriff pulled over, he said the vehicle blocked him in.

Hall got out of the vehicle and got into an altercation with the sheriff where he tried to take the sheriff’s gun, ended up on top of the sheriff and threatened to kill him while holding a knife.

Off-duty State Police troopers and nearby Good Samaritans intervened and helped take Hall into custody.

 

The Town of Stafford will no longer allow residents to drop off yard waste, such as tree branches, brush, and grass clippings, at the town dump.

Highway Superintendent Steven Boldt said that with the loss of sales tax revenue, the town is looking at a very tight budget so the change will reduce costs and workload.

Bolt says residents should create their own compost pile, and that the town will revisit the issue when financial times become better for the town.

 

After being in the national spotlight for months, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is going to be taking a step back. He says the final day of his daily coronavirus briefings will take place tomorrow. They began back in March when the first cases of COVID-19 were discovered in New York. But now that the spread of the virus is slowing, the governor believes it’s time to start focusing on other things. Briefings will still be held as needed.

Yesterday, Cuomo signed an executive order declaring Juneteenth will be a holiday for all state employees. The holiday takes place every June 19 and commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. The governor says he’ll work to make Juneteenth an official state holiday in 2021.

 

The Holland Land Office Museum will be changing its admission policy for visitors in the coming weeks. The museum’s board and executive director say the new admission policy is necessary to continue serving visitors. Members will still get in for free, children’s admission will be $1, students, veterans, and seniors will be $3, adult admission will be $5, and admission for a family of two adults and two children will be $10.

 

While summer vacation is underway for a lot of kids in New York, there’s no word yet if they’ll be returning to school this fall. Officials say whether that happens will depend on if there’s a spike in coronavirus cases. Students were pulled from their classrooms back in March to try to limit the spread of the disease. Summer school sessions will be taking place remotely.

 

Some hospitals in the Buffalo area are making changes to visitation policies after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that visitations were allowed. Both Erie County Medical Center and Catholic Health have announced revised visitation policies. ECMC is planning to resume visits Friday with several guidelines in place including a minimum age requirement, visitor screening and a requirement visitors wear masks. Catholic Health will start welcoming visitors back on Saturday with many of the same regulations in effect.

Rochester Regional Health and Strong Memorial Hospital say they’re working on a policy, so until then, visitor restrictions remain in place.

Morning News Briefing

For proponents of funding public education it was a good day at the polls.
Although voting took place last week results were not tabulated until late last night.
Budgets were approved by substantial margins in all eight public school districts in Genesee County.
Batavia City Schools saw its 51.4-million dollar budget approved by nearly a 2 to 1 margin.
The playground and restroom project at Jackson school was also approved.
All three incumbents were returned to the board of education.
LeRoy approved its budget by a margin almost 3 to 1.

New York State has the lowest coronavirus infection rate in the nation.
Governor says since things are continuing to improve, people are going to be able to visit their loved ones in hospitals so long as they follow the proper health protocols.
Visits to nursing homes, however, remain on hold.

The most current stats from Genesee County: four new positive cases of COVID-19 reported.
One case each in the City of Batavia and the towns of Alabama, Alexander and Elba.
One person is under 20, two are in their 20s and one in their 30s.

Shopping Malls across New York State are still waiting to find out when they’ll be allowed to welcome shoppers again.
Health officials say their biggest concern isn’t whether the malls can create safe plans to reopen, instead they’re worried people won’t follow the rules.
In the Batavia City Centre Mall, one big concern is keeping people dry.

The Buffalo Sabres have made a big shake-up to the team’s front office by firing Jason Botterill from the general manager position.
Botterill was let go yesterday after three seasons and has been replaced by Kevyn Adams.
He’s the third GM for the franchise since owner Terry Pegula bought the team back in 2011.
The Sabres are currently in the midst of a nine season playoff drought, the longest in the NHL.
The general manager and head coach of the Rochester Americans have also been relieved of their duties.

School Voting Results

Alexander Central School

Prop 1 Budget: Yes: 611 No: 306
Yes 611
No 306

Board of Education (one seat for five year term:
Christopher Mullen 511 *
Diane Steel 350
Write-in Candidate 10

Batavia City School District

I. Budget – $51,470,726 (increase of $952,153 or 1.89% Budget increase; (0.038%) Tax Levy decrease)

Yes – 1489
No – 862

II. $619,151 Capital Project at Jackson Playground and Restroom renovation funded by Capital Reserve:

Yes – 1277
No – 1079

III. Board of Education positions (3):
Two terms are from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023 and one term is from June 16, 2020 to June 30, 2021

Alice Ann Benedict – 1828
Barbara Bowman – 1779
Tanni Bromley – 1623
Write In: John Reigle – 489 out of 544 total write in candidates

IV. Library Trustee positions:
Two terms are from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2025

Kristie Evans – 2096
Write In: Leslie Moma – 45 (out of 234 total write in candidates)

Byron Bergen Central School

Proposition 1: 2020-2021 Budget – passed 751 (Yes) to 396 (No)

Proposition 2: Bus Purchase – passed 758 (Yes) to 397 (No)

School Board Election Results:
(2 seats open – both 3 year terms)
Tammy Menzie – 793
Amy Phillips – 737
Lynn Smith – 553

Elba Central School

Prop 1: Budget: Yes: 303 No: 103

Prop 2: Establish Capital Reserve fund: Yes: 310 No: 97

Prop 3: School bus purchases: Yes: 311 No: 95

One Board Member elected for five (5) year terms commencing on July 1, 2020 and expiring on June 30, 2025:
Michael Riner – 377 Votes .

LeRoy Central School

Prop 1 Budget Yes: 999 No: 286

Board of Education

Two three year terms

* Richard Lawren 1,041
* Jacalyn Whitting 988

(Write-In) Alicia Reschke 119

Woodward Memorial Library Trustee – One member Michael Iten 1,176

Oakfield-Alabama Central School

Proposition #1 – Budget  Yes:  706   No: 276

Proposition #2 – Capital Improvements Project, 2020
Yes – 567
No – 393

Proposition #3 – Buses
Yes – 663
No – 295

Board Members (Top Three)

Jackie Yunker Davis – 654
Pete Zeliff – 601
Daniel N. Groth – 599

Pavilion Central School

Budget: Yes: 417 No: 106

Prop 1 Yes: 464 No: 62

Board of Education
Callin Ayers Tillotson 468 Five Year Term
Margaret Gaston 479 Five Year term

Budget Required 60% for approval: No

Pembroke Central Schools

Proposition #1 – Budget
Yes — 417   No — 106

School Board (Two spots – incumbents running)
Margaret “Peg” Gaston — Elected to a five-year term
Callin Ayers-Tillotson — Elected to a five-year term

Board seat modification (Change length of term from three to five years)
Passed

Morning News Briefing

By tonight we should know the status of school district budget votes across Genesee County.
Budget in all eight county school districts were put before voters last Tuesday by absentee ballots. Those ballots need to be received by today’s mail.
In Batavia: a $52.4-million budget was voted on. The budget would carry no tax increase. Three seats on the board of education will be decided – all are incumbents.

 

The Genesee County Local Drug Task Force slaps metal bracelets on a Maple Street woman for drug possession.
31 year old Amanda Webb is facing two misdemeanor charges accusing her of having a quantity of amphetamine, dextro-amphetamine and Lorazepam.
Amanda was given a court appearance ticket.

Three more police accountability measures recently, passed by the Legislature, have been signed into law.
One makes it mandatory for police officers to file a report every time they fire their weapon.
A second bill called the Police Transparency and Statistics Act will require courts to gather and publish racial and demographic information about low-level crimes and post it online.
The third measure requires police officers to provide medical and mental health care to anyone in custody.

If you live on East Avenue in the city, this one’s for you.
The City of Batavia Water Department has postponed repairs to a water main on East Ave until Wednesday.
The work was to have been done yesterday.
Expect the water on East Ave. between Holmes and Eugene Street will be turned off at 8am tomorrow morning.
There is no estimate on how long repairs will take.

In Bethany a chicken coop catches fire.
It happened just before six last night on Transit Road.
A half dozen fire departments responded. No one was hurt.
Neighbors did report a foul odor in the area.

State DOT to Perform Pavement Marking in Batavia

Motorist in the City of Batavia are advised that New York State Department of Transportation will be
re-applying centerline and edge striping on NY Rt.5, NY Rt. 33, NY Rt. 63 and NY Rt. 98 in the City of
Batavia. This will be evening work when traffic volumes are reduced.
If you have questions, contact the Bureau of Maintenance at 585-345-6400 opt. 1.

Morning News Briefing

Governor Cuomo is threatening to pull the liquor licenses of bars and restaurants who don’t follow social distancing guidelines.
Over the weekend several videos went viral showing large crowds inside of businesses with only some people wearing masks or facial coverings.
The governor says if people living in certain regions don’t follow the rules, reopening efforts in those areas could be rolled back.
He’s now calling on officials in those areas to enforce the health guidelines that are in place.

A well-known Batavia business woman has passed away.
Rose Caccamise, the owner of Roxy’s Music Store on West Main Street died on June 5th, but there was no formal announcement of her passing.
Rose operated the business her parents started in the mid 1930’s.
Rose Caccamise was 80.

After being sidelined due to concerns over coronavirus, kids across New York State are going to be able to take part in some sports again.
Starting July 6th, young athletes living in regions that are in Phase Three of the state’s reopening plan will be allowed to play six sports including baseball, softball and field hockey.
Two spectators per child will be allowed to watch the games.
Genesee County just entered Phase 3 on Friday.

The Monday morning gasoline report: According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas in Western New York is now $2.19
That’s a penny less than what drivers were paying at this point last week and is also slightly down from a month ago.
The average price of a gallon of regular in Batavia is $2.24.

COVID-19 Daily Update, June 12, 2020

NOTE: The Genesee Orleans County Health Department has reformatted its Daily Update

 

New Cases
As of 2:00 p.m, June 12, 2020

 

Genesee County received 0 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 201 positive cases
1 of the previous community positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
0 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

Orleans County received 1 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 247 positive cases
The positive individual resides in Carlton.
The individual is in their 60’s.
The new positive case was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
2 of the previous community positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
14 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 are very saddened to report the loss of another county resident to COVID-19. This person was a resident of Orchard Rehabilitation & Nursing Center. Our deepest condolences to this individual’s family and friends during this very sad time.

Morning News Briefing

One of the estimated 400 people who participated in last Sunday’s rally for social justice in Batavia has COVID-19.
This individual, said to be from Genesee County, did display coronavirus symptoms but did not know at the time they were positive for COVID-19.
They did wear a mask during the three hours they participated.
The health department describes the exposure risk as low.
The department encourages anyone who was at the rally to monitor for symptoms until June 21st – which is 14 days after last Sunday’s march.

The daily update for coronavirus shows that over the past 24 hours there were no new COVID-19 cases in either Genesee or Orleans Counties.

It’s a big day across the Finger Lakes as the region is approved to start Phase Three of the state’s four-step reopening process.
That means restaurants can offer limited indoor dining, however tables must be six feet apart and employees will have to wear masks at all times. Nail salons, spas, tattoo parlors and other personal care businesses can also start welcoming customers back today.

Coronavirus cases in several states have been increasing lately, and Governor Cuomo says that’s cause for concern. The governor says the recent spike shows the virus hasn’t gone away, even as states move forward with their reopening plans. He says while the number of new cases have declined in New York, people to still need to protect themselves and others.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is out with a reminder that it is against the law to ride on roads and an old railroad right of way.
Deputies say they have received numerous complaints regarding unlawful operation of ATVs and dirt bikes.
These vehicles must be registered with the DMV and insured, unless operated on your property.

COVID-19 Daily Update, June 11, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE:

June 11, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 0 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 201 positive cases
      • The individual that was reported to have been at the March for Justice tested positive earlier in the week.
      • 0 of the previous community positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 0 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 0 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 246 positive cases
      • 1 of the previous community positive 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.

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

The facility breakdown is only showing the total positive cases from those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19.

The Governor has amended Executive Order 202.40 for those regions that have reached Phase Two of reopening: all nursing homes and all adult care facilities must test or make arrangements for the testing of all personnel, including all employees, contract staff, medical staff, operators and adminsitrators, for COVID-19, once per week. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20240-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency

Phase 3 is opening this Friday, June 12th. With that in mind, everyone waiting on Phase 3 should be developing and implementing their Business Safety Plan to the best of your ability and geared toward your organization whether it be a business, house of worship, non-for-profit organization, etc. You are responsible to have your plan and all necessary supplies in place prior to opening. You will not be submitting your plan, however it must be on the premises in the event of a state, local or safety inspection. Keep checking the New York Forward website for your industry/organization summary guidelines. https://forward.ny.gov/

  • Guidance for indoor seating at restaurants and food services establishments and for personal care services for tattoo, piercing facilities, appearance enhancement practitioners, massage therapy, spas, cosmetology, nail specialty, UV and non-UV tanning, or waxing are now posted on the NY Forward website under Phase Three Industries. Remember plans (including that the affirmation guidance has been read) and supplies have to be in place before opening.
  • Garage / Yard sales are now able to be open following masking, social distancing, sanitizing and limiting to 10 or under. Garage and yard sales – as informal events for the sale of used goods by private individuals in residential settings – are permitted to operate so long as sellers ensure that (1) occupancy of the space used for the sale is limited to the number of people who can be safely and appropriate spaced such that each person is at least six feet away from others and, in no case, should the space be occupied by more than 10 people at any given time, in accordance with Executive Order 202.33, as extended; (2) appropriate face coverings must be used by people in areas or situations where they are likely to come within six feet of another individual, in accordance with Executive Order 202.17, as extended; and (3) adequate hand hygiene supplies (e.g. hand sanitizer) and regular cleaning/disinfection protocols are in place.  Sellers may consult the New York Forward safety plan template for additional precautions that they should consider implementing during such sales.

Per Governor Cuomo gatherings (groups, assembly, meeting, etc.) of 10 or less are permitted with social distancing and sanitization protocols in place. The executive order is through June 21st or unless it is extended. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20233-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency The Health Departments do not authorize or allow exemptions from the Governor’s orders. If you have questions about the orders you can go to forward.ny.gov or e-mail the Finger Lakes Regional Control Room. https://forward.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause

Governor Cuomo is urging all protesters to get a COVID-19 test. Find a test site near you.

Batavia Marcher Tests Positive for COVID-19

The Genesee County Health Department received notification that a Genesee County resident who attended the “March for Justice” event on Sunday, June 7th in Batavia has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual did not know they were positive prior to attending the event but exhibited symptoms associated to COVID-19 at the event. The individual reported to have been wearing a mask the entire time they were at the event from approximately 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Currently three close contacts have been placed under mandatory quarantine in Genesee County and two additional close contacts reside outside of the county.

“Although the warmer weather is here, COVID-19 is still very much in our communities” stated Paul Pettit, Public Health Director of Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments. “We must continue to take actions to decrease the spread of the virus by wearing masks, practicing social distancing, washing hands regularly for 20 seconds with soap and water, and avoiding large crowds such as social events and parties.”

Paul Pettit

Pettit also mentioned that an increase in cases may slow down the reopening of businesses in our region. “Our region must maintain a set of metrics in order to continue the phased reopening in our region. If we see a spike in cases or hospitalizations, the reopening process will either be delayed or stopped depending on the metrics.” Click here to view the NYS COVID-19 Regional Metrics Dashboard

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Although the exposure risk is low, anyone who attended the “March for Justice” is encouraged to monitor their symptoms for 14 days from the event until June 21st. If symptoms develop, contact your primary care provider or click here to find a testing site near you. Governor Cuomo is also urging all people who attended a protest or rally to get a COVID-19 test (please click the link above to find a testing site near you). Symptoms of COVID-19 may include: a fever of 100.4 or greater, fatigue, loss of taste and and/or smell, headache, cough or difficulty breathing, sore throat, congestion, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

Morning News Briefing

Luis Ramos-Mercado

Witnesses said it was a frightening scene last weekend on Ellicott Avenue when an apparent domestic incident spilled out onto the street with a child in the middle.
Batavia Police have just announced the arrest of 35 year old Luis Ramos-Mercado. He’s been charged with assault, criminal obstruction of breathing and endangering the welfare of a child. He’s now in county jail.
Police say the incident happened late last Saturday night. Mercado and his girlfriend were in the midst of a fracas with a small child caught between the combatants. A neighbor stepped in to shield the child.
Ramos-Mercado has a long, local rap sheet including charges of attempted burglary and weapons possession dating back to January. He was released on supervision from that incident.

The man accused of stabbing a woman inside Walmart in Geneseo has pleaded not guilty.
Police say 24-year-old Gregory Cunningham attacked his victim Tuesday in the dairy section of the store. She suffered multiple stab wounds
Family members say the woman was released from the hospital yesterday.
Police do not have a motive. They do not believe Cunningham and his victim knew each other.
Cunningham was jailed in lieu of 50-thousand dollar bail
He’s been ordered to undergo a mental health exam.

State legislators have approved another two pieces of a law enforcement reform package. One bill creates an Office of Special Investigation which will look into cases where someone died either in police custody or at the hands of an officer.
The other creates an office of law enforcement misconduct which will be responsible for making recommendations on the policies of local police departments.
Both bills now head to the governor who is expected to sign them.

The latest COVID-19 update: two new positive cases of the virus reported in Genesee County, both residents of Batavia, and two new cases in Orleans County.
Of the current cases in Genesee County, none of the individuals are hospitalized.

Drivers are going to want to keep an extra eye on their vehicle’s speedometer over the next few days. That’s because State Police will ticketing speeding and aggressive drivers during “Speed Week.” Troopers are also going to make sure people aren’t traveling too fast through highway construction zones.

COVID-19 Daily Update, June 10, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE:

June 10, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m.

o   Genesee County received 2 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 201 positive cases

§  The positive individuals reside in Batavia.

§  One of the new positive individuals is in their 20’s and one of the new positive individuals is in their 30’s.

§  The new positive cases were not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.

§  2 of the previous community positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.

§  0 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

o   Orleans County received 2 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 246 positive cases

§  One of the new positive individuals lives in Carlton and one of the new positive individuals lives in Murray

§  One of the new positive individuals is in their 20’s and one of the new positive individuals is in their 50’s.

§  Neither of the new positive cases were on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.

§  2 of the previous community positive 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.

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

 

 

The facility breakdown is only showing the total positive cases from those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19.

 

The Governor has amended Executive Order 202.40 for those regions that have reached Phase Two of reopening:  all nursing homes and all adult care facilities must test or make arrangements for the testing of all personnel, including all employees, contract staff, medical staff, operators and adminsitrators, for COVID-19, once per weekhttps://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20240-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency

 

At the earliest Phase 3 may be opened this Friday, June 12th, however it will be at the Governor’s discretion.  With that in mind, everyone waiting on Phase 3 should be developing and implementing their Business Safety Plan to the best of your ability and geared toward your organization whether it be a business, house of worship, non-for-profit organization, etc.  You are responsible to have your plan in place prior to opening.  You will not be submitting your plan, however it must be on the premises in the event of a state, local or safety inspection.  Keep checking the New York Forward website for your industry/organization summary guidelines.  https://forward.ny.gov/

 

·         Guidance for indoor seating at restaurants and food services establishments and for personal care services for tattoo, piercing facilities, appearance enhancement practitioners, massage therapy, spas, cosmetology, nail specialty, UV and non-UV tanning, or waxing are now posted on the NY Forward website under Phase Three Industries.  Remember plans (including that the affirmation guidance has been read) and supplies have to be in place before opening.

 

Per Governor Cuomo gatherings (groups, assembly, meeting, etc.) of 10 or less are permitted with social distancing and sanitization protocols in place. The executive order is through June 21st or unless it is extended. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20233-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency  The Health Departments do not authorize or allow exemptions from the Governor’s orders.  If you have questions about the orders you can go to forward.ny.gov or e-mail the Finger Lakes Regional Control Room.  https://forward.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause

 

According to the Finger Lakes Regional Control Room, personal care services such as nail salons and tanning salons are projected to reopen in Phase III. This means personal care services are prohibited to be operating at this time. Businesses that are not in compliance may be subjected to a financial penalty. If you have questions regarding your business operations, please contact the Finger Lakes Regional Control Room: flnyf@esd.ny.gov

 

Graduation:  To help schools plan graduation ceremonies to celebrate all who are graduating in a safe and responsible manner click the link for the guidance.  Socially distanced graduations of up to 150 people will be allowed beginning June 26th.:  https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/06/doh_covid19_graduation_060420.pdf

 

Early Voting Begins Saturday

From Genesee County Board of Elections
Contacts – Richard Siebert and Lorie Longhany

Early voting for the NY-27 Special Election, the Presidential Primary Election and State Primary Elections begins this Saturday, June 13th and continues for 9 days. The Early Voting location is at County Building 2, 3837 West Main St. Rd. Batavia NY 14020. The schedule for Early Voting is as follows;

June 13th 12:00pm – 5:00pm
June 14th 12:00pm – 5:00pm
June 15th   9:00am – 5:00pm
June 16th 12:00pm – 8:00pm
June 17th 12:00pm – 8:00pm
June 18th   9:00am – 5:00pm
June 19th   9:00am – 5:00pm
June 20th 12:00pm – 5:00pm
June 21st 12:00pm – 5:00 pm

Requests for absentee ballots for the NY-27 Special Election, Presidential Primary and State Primary ballots must be postmarked by June 16th. You can also request in-person at the Board of Elections no later than June 23rd. Other options to apply; email – election@co.genesee.ny.us, phone (585) 815-7804 or fax – (585) 344-8562.

The last day to register in-person to vote in the NY-27 Special Election ONLY is June 13th at County Building 2, 3837 West Main St. Rd., Batavia, NY 14020 from 11:00am until 5:00pm. Voters can register for the Special Election up until June 12th at the Board of Elections office at County Building 1, 15 Main St., Batavia, NY 14020.

Morning News Briefing

Three more residents of an Orleans County nursing home have died from coronavirus. The latest deaths all occurred at the Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Medina.
Since the pandemic began 47 people have died from COVID-19 related illness in Orleans County. All but one of those deaths occurred in either the Orchard Nursing Home in Medina or the Villages of Orleans in Albion.
By comparison, five deaths have occurred in Genesee County, none of them in nursing homes.

Fire has destroyed a barn along West Bergen Road near Dublin Road.
Flames were spotted late last night but had a good start before volunteers were summoned. There were no injuries, the barn declared a total loss.

A stabbing at the Walmart in Geneseo.
A 34 year old woman was stabbed multiple times in the upper part of her body in an apparently unprovoked attack.
It happened yesterday afternoon. The woman is listed in stable condition.
Police found her suspected attacker inside the store.
24 year old Gregory Cunningham was taken into custody without incident and charged with first degree assault.

Governor Cuomo is calling on President Trump to apologize to a 75-year-old Buffalo protester who was seriously injured after being pushed by police during a recent protest.
Cuomo blasted Trump after the president tweeted the protester, Martin Gugino, may have been a member of Antifa, an extreme left-wing group.
Cuomo says protests over the death of George Floyd shouldn’t be dismissed as an issue of the moment, but a problem that’s been brewing for decades, if not centuries.

27th Congressional District candidate Nate McMurray has filed a lawsuit against the Erie County Board of Elections. The Democrat claims commissioners haven’t done their part to tell voters about the hours and locations of polling places ahead of a special election June 23rd. Early voting in the contest is scheduled to begin Saturday. He’s looking to fill the seat left open by former Republican Congressman Chris Collins who resigned after pleading guilty to federal insider trading charges.

New York State has issued the rules and guidelines for businesses involved in Phase Three of the state’s four-step reopening process. Those businesses include tattoo, piercing and massage parlors, nail and beauty salons and restaurants among others. Each business will need to have proper safety precautions in place to protect customers and employees. Most of those guidelines center on occupancy limits and the need for people to wear facial coverings or masks.

COVID-19 Daily Update, June 9, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE:

June 9, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 199 positive cases
      • The new positive individual resides in Batavia.
      • The person is in their 60’s.
      • The new positive case was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
      • 3 of the previous community positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 0 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 0 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 244 positive cases
      • 17 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 are truly saddened to report we have lost 3 of our county residents to COVID-19. All three of the individuals were residents of Orchard Rehabilitation & Nursing Center. Our deepest condolences to each of these individual’s family and friends during this very difficult time.

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

The facility breakdown is only showing the total positive cases from those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19.

At the earliest Phase 3 may be opened this Friday, June 12th, however it will be at the Governor’s discretion. With that in mind, everyone waiting on Phase 3 should be developing and implementing their Business Safety Plan to the best of your ability and geared toward your organization whether it be a business, house of worship, non-for-profit organization, etc. You are responsible to have your plan in place prior to opening. You will not be submitting your plan, however it must be on the premises in the event of a state, local or safety inspection. Keep checking the New York Forward website for your industry/organization summary guidelines. https://forward.ny.gov/

  • Guidance for indoor seating at restaurants and food services establishments and for personal care services for tattoo, piercing facilities, appearance enhancement practitioners, massage therapy, spas, cosmetology, nail specialty, UV and non-UV tanning, or waxing are now posted on the NY Forward website under Phase Three Industries. Remember plans (including that the affirmation guidance has been read) and supplies have to be in place before opening.

Per Governor Cuomo gatherings (groups, assembly, meeting, etc.) of 10 or less are permitted with social distancing and sanitization protocols in place. The executive order is through June 21st or unless it is extended. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20233-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency The Health Departments do not authorize or allow exemptions from the Governor’s orders. If you have questions about the orders you can go to forward.ny.gov or e-mail the Finger Lakes Regional Control Room. https://forward.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause

According to the Finger Lakes Regional Control Room, personal care services such as nail salons and tanning salons are projected to reopen in Phase III. This means personal care services are prohibited to be operating at this time. Businesses that are not in compliance may be subjected to a financial penalty. If you have questions regarding your business operations, please contact the Finger Lakes Regional Control Room: flnyf@esd.ny.gov

Graduation: To help schools plan graduation ceremonies to celebrate all who are graduating in a safe and responsible manner click the link for the guidance. Socially distanced graduations of up to 150 people will be allowed beginning June 26th.: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/06/doh_covid19_graduation_060420.pdf

For questions go to NY Forward website (https://forward.ny.gov/) and the Regional Control Room (for guidance and to answer your questions: mailto:flnyf@esd.ny.gov). To file a complaint about a business, location or incident in your community you can call 1-833-789-0470 or https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask

    • Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting for Re-opening America: click here.

New York State on PAUSE: NYS on PAUSE https://forward.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause. 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.

Contact Tracing: Currently both counties are handling contact tracing for all of our cases. Calls will come from the respective Health Departments. In the event we need assistance we will use the NYS Contact Tracing Program. For more information about the State Contract Tracing, click the link: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/new-york-state-contact-tracing

Swabbing and antibody testing is becoming increasingly available in the WNY region. If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your primary care provider and they will determine if testing is right for you. If the counties receive an increase in swabbing supplies and the protocol for testing is changed, we will notify the public. The Health Departments are not providing public swabbing due to lack of supplies. For more information on testing click here. URMC facilities are providing both swabbing and antibody testing. For antibody testing questions e-mail: NYS.COVID19.AntibodyTestingSystem@health.ny.gov

Some pharmacies are opening for testing, make sure you check with your insurance provider as it is required prior to testing for this location. For CVS go to: https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing?icid=cvs-home-hero2-link2-coronavirus-testing

  • 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
  • The Nursing Home hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form: https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

 

Morning News Briefing

COVID-19 has claimed four lives in Orleans County over the past 24 hours.
All four deaths have occurred in nursing homes.
Two died at the Village of Orleans in Albion and two passed at the Orchard rehab and nursing center in Medina.
In terms of new positive cases: there was one in Batavia, an individual in their 30’s and one new positive case in Orleans County, a person in their 50’s from Ridgeway.

It is school district Election Day today – but only by absentee ballot. Budgets, propositions and school board candidates will be voted on today.
All ballots must be mailed by 5pm today, or hand delivered by 5pm today to your school district office. The governor has extended until June 16th the time for mail in ballots to arrive. Batavia is voting on a 51.4-million dollar budget that will have no increase in property taxes. There are three candidates on the ballot for three board seats

The Batavia City Clerk’s office is open by appointment only.
The office will operate on Mondays and Thursdays. You need to call the clerk’s office to make an appointment.
If you need to pay a bill you can continue to use the mail, personal banking or the drop box located outside of city hall.

It looks like the Finger Lakes region is still on track to enter Phase Three of the state’s four-step reopening process.
The Finger Lakes region includes Genesee County.
Officials say so long as there’s not a spike in the number of infections or deaths due to coronavirus, the next phase should begin Friday. That means indoor seating would be allowed at restaurants and bars and personal care businesses could start offering more services.

State lawmakers will be getting back to work today passing a package of law enforcement reform bills. The Legislature yesterday approved a measure that would ban the use of choke holds by police.
Other items on their agenda include a repeal of a portion of the state Civil Rights Law called “50-a” which prevents the public from having access to the disciplinary records of officers.
Also, any police killings of unarmed people would be reviewed by the state Attorney General’s office instead of a local district attorney.

COVID-19 Daily Update, June 8, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

June 8, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 198 positive cases
      • The new positive individual resides in Batavia.
      • The person is in their 30’s.
      • The new positive case was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
      • 3 of the previous community positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 0 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 244 positive cases
      • The new positive individual resides in Ridgeway.
      • The person is in their 50’s.
      • The new positive case was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
      • 9 of the previous community positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 17 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 are truly saddened to report we have lost 4 of our county residents to COVID-19. Two of the individuals were residents of Orchard Rehabilitation & Nursing Center. Two of the individuals were residents of The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehabilitation. Our deepest condolences to each of these individual’s family and friends during this very difficult time.

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

The facility breakdown is only showing the total positive cases from those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19.

At the earliest Phase 3 may be opened this Friday, June 12th, however it will be at the Governor’s discretion. With that in mind, everyone waiting on Phase 3 should be developing and implementing their Business Safety Plan to the best of your ability and geared toward your organization whether it be a business, house of worship, non-for-profit organization, etc. You are responsible to have your plan in place prior to opening. You will not be submitting your plan, however it must be on the premises in the event of a state, local or safety inspection. Keep checking the New York Forward website for your industry/organization summary guidelines. https://forward.ny.gov/

Per Governor Cuomo gatherings (groups, assembly, meeting, etc.) of 10 or less are permitted with social distancing and sanitization protocols in place. The executive order is through June 21st or unless it is extended. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20233-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency The Health Departments do not authorize or allow exemptions from the Governor’s orders. If you have questions about the orders you can go to forward.ny.gov or e-mail the Finger Lakes Regional Control Room. https://forward.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause

Graduation: To help schools plan graduation ceremonies to celebrate all who are graduating in a safe and responsible manner click the link for the guidance. Socially distanced graduations of up to 150 people will be allowed beginning June 26th.: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/06/doh_covid19_graduation_060420.pdf

 

Morning News Briefing

It was promised to be a peaceful protest for social justice and it was.
A demonstration yesterday in downtown Batavia drew an estimated 400 people – black and white – they carried signs, chanted and made impromptu but impassioned speeches.

One, was Victor Thomas of Batavia

PHOTO Courtesy: The Batavian

There was a large, but not a threatening police presence. Most officers stayed back maintain a perimeter that wasn’t needed. Other officers waded into the crowd and at times engaged with the protestors.
Batavia Police Chief Shawn Heubusch and Sheriff William Sheron stood with demonstrators.
Lawmen from throughout the region – including a mounted patrol from Livingston County – were part of the police presence.

 

An 11 year old child was airlifted to the hospital after tumbling down a 40-foot waterfall in in Attica
The incident happened just before 12:30 in the afternoon off of Vernal Road.
The child was rescued by a State Police helicopter and then airlifted to Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo by Mercy Flight.
The child’s injuries are unknown.

 

The number of new COVID-19 infections continues to trend downward.
Over the weekend two new cases were reported in Genesee County, with one new cases in Orleans County

 

If you’ve been wanting to plan a camping trip, the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will allow you to do just that today. Reservations are being accepted online for visits that can begin June 22nd

 

State lawmakers will meet this week to talk-over a package of law enforcement reform bills.
Some of the proposed measures include a ban on the use of tear gas and putting an end to racial profiling by police officers.
Another piece of legislation is expected to focus on repealing a provision in the state Civil Rights Law. It’s known as “50-a” and has been used by police departments to keep the public from having access to the disciplinary records of officers.

COVID-19 Daily Update, June 5, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

June 5, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 2 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 192 positive cases
      • The new positive individuals reside in Batavia.
      • One person is in their 30’s and one person is in their 40’s.
      • One of the new positive cases was on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
      • 5 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 0 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 239 positive cases
      • The new positive individual resides in Yates.
      • The person is in their 30’s.
      • The new positive case was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
      • 3 of the previous community positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 16 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.

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

The facility breakdown is only showing the total positive cases from those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19.

Per Governor Cuomo gatherings (groups, assembly, meeting, etc.) of 10 or less are permitted with social distancing and sanitization protocols in place. The executive order is only good for 30 days or unless it is extended. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20233-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency The Health Departments do not authorize or allow exemptions from the Governor’s orders. If you have questions about the orders you can go to forward.ny.gov or e-mail the Finger Lakes Regional Control Room. https://forward.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause

Graduation: To help schools plan graduation ceremonies to celebrate all who are graduating in a safe and responsible manner click the link for the guidance: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/06/doh_covid19_graduation_060420.pdf

For questions go to NY Forward website (https://forward.ny.gov/) and the Regional Control Room (for guidance and to answer your questions: mailto:flnyf@esd.ny.gov). To file a complaint about a business, location or incident in your community you can call 1-833-789-0470 or https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask

    • Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting for Re-opening America: click here.
    • All businesses opening in Phase 2 are required to have their Business Safety Plan in place, review the summary guidelines for their business and read and affirm the detailed guidelines. All this is to be kept on the premises. The local health department will not be reviewing these plans, however they need to be accessible for state and local authorities. Businesses that are allowed to open in Phase 3 should be working on their Business Safety Plan. Keep checking the NY Forward website for Phase 3 guidance to help with your plan.

New York State on PAUSE: NYS on PAUSE https://forward.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause. 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.

According to the Finger Lakes Regional Control Room, personal care services such as nail salons and tanning salons are projected to reopen in Phase III. This means personal care services are prohibited to be operating at this time. Businesses that are not in compliance may be subjected to a financial penalty. If you have questions regarding your business operations, please contact the Finger Lakes Regional Control Room: flnyf@esd.ny.gov

Contact Tracing: Currently both counties are handling contact tracing for all of our cases. Calls will come from the respective Health Departments. In the event we need assistance we will use the NYS Contact Tracing Program. For more information about the State Contract Tracing, click the link: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/new-york-state-contact-tracing

Swabbing and antibody testing is becoming increasingly available in the WNY region. If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your primary care provider and they will determine if testing is right for you. If the counties receive an increase in swabbing supplies and the protocol for testing is changed, we will notify the public. The Health Departments are not providing public swabbing due to lack of supplies. For more information on testing click here. URMC facilities are providing both swabbing and antibody testing. For antibody testing questions e-mail: NYS.COVID19.AntibodyTestingSystem@health.ny.gov

Some pharmacies are opening for testing, make sure you check with your insurance provider as it is required prior to testing for this location. For CVS go to: https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing?icid=cvs-home-hero2-link2-coronavirus-testing

  • 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.
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Morning News Briefing

Say good-bye to J C Penney in the City Centre Mall.
The Batavia location is reported to be among 856 stores the iconic retailer will close as part of its bankruptcy.
The Batavia location was the original anchor store in what was then known as the Genesee Country Mall.
With the exception of a handful of small retailers and professional offices the mall has become a ghost town with a perpetually leaking roof.

A number of local restaurants are ready to serve customers on premise.
The state is now allowing restaurant to open outdoor dining – with restrictions. Customers must wear masks until seated, wait staff also has to be masked.
So far, O’Lacy’s Irish Pub is opening at Noon today, Batavia’s Originally Pizzeria is opening their patio and the new Roman’s Restaurant downtown is also opening their outdoor space.

Latest COVID-19 report from the health department:
Genesee County reports one new positive case of the virus,
Orleans County had no new cases.
There has been another death at the Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center in Albion.

Batavia is cautiously awaiting a peacefully rally for social justice expected this Sunday.
The rally is to begin at 8 Sunday morning and be followed by a march through the community.
Batavia Police Chief Shawn Heubusch said he is ready to participate in the demonstration but he remains vigilant for outside agitators who could turn the rally violent.
The Batavia Post Office says they will close the lobby of its building at 5 Saturday night and it will remain closed until Monday morning.
The Post Office is located right next door to the police station.

Governor Cuomo is urging people who took part in recent protests against police misconduct to get screened for the coronavirus.
An estimated 30-thousand New Yorkers have been involved in demonstrations this week, leading to concerns there could be a spike in cases over the next few days.

COVID-19 Daily Briefing, June 4, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

June 4, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 192 positive cases
      • The new positive individual resides in Pembroke.
      • The person is in their 50’s.
      • The new positive case was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
      • 1 of the previous positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 0 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 0 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 238 positive cases
      • 2 of the previous community positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 17 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 are sorry to report the death of one of our county residents. The individual was a resident of The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of these individuals during this very challenging time.

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

The facility breakdown is only showing the total positive cases from those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19.

 

Morning News Briefing

Chad Klotzbach

A Basom businessman has been selected to fill a vacant seat on the Genesee County Legislature. He is Chad Klotzbach.
He has been tapped to fill the District One seat held by John Hilchey who resigned The district includes the Towns of Oakfield and Alabama.
Klotzbach is expected to take his post on June 10th. His term will run until the end of the year.

State Police are investigating a crash on the Thruway in Genesee County involving three tractor trailers. It happened just after 5:30 yesterday afternoon in the town of Stafford.
One driver was seriously injured and taken to Strong hospital by Mercy Flight.
The impact created a fuel spill that took a couple hours to clean-up.

The coronavirus death toll in Orleans County goes up by two. Two more residents of the Orchard nursing home in Medina have passed away from COVID-19 related illness. A total of 40 people have died in Orleans County since the pandemic began.
Genesee County, with half again the population, has had five deaths.

For the first time in months, cash toll collections have resumed on the New York State Thruway.
Drivers without an E-Z Pass will once again need to get a ticket when they enter the Thruway then pay a toll collector when they exit.
Anyone with an E-Z Pass will continue to have cashless transactions.
The return of toll booth workers will only be for a few more months since the state will be switching to fully cashless tolling by the end of the year.

Starting today, restaurants Genesee County can once again offer outdoor dining.
Restaurants will have to follow several safety protocols including keeping tables six feet apart, staff must wear masks and customers also have to wear masks until they’re seated.

What is being called a peaceful rally is planned for this Sunday morning at Batavia City Hall.
The ad-hoc rally will begin at 8am with a march through the community slated for 11am.
The effort started out as a gathering in Williams Park on Saturday but plans were shelved when organizers could not get required city approval in time to use the park.
City Manager Dr. Martin Moore recognized the rally on Sunday, but cautions there is always a chance for outside agitators to turn the rally sideways.

COVID-19 Daily Update, June 3, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

June 3, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 191 positive cases
      • The new positive individual resides in Batavia.
      • The person is in their 40’s.
      • The new positive case was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
      • 0 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 0 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 2 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 238 positive cases
      • Both of the new positive individuals reside at Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
      • Of the new positive cases one of the individuals is in their 60’s, and one of the individuals is in their 80’s.
      • 1 of the previous community positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 18 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 are sorry to report the death of two of our county residents. Both individuals were residents of Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of these individuals during this very challenging time.

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

The facility breakdown is only showing the total positive cases from those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19.

The Governor announced that outdoor dining at restaurants will be permitted beginning June 4th. Outdoor tables must be spaced six feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated. There are still limitations. We encourage business owners to go to the NY Forward website and click on Phase Two for more information. https://forward.ny.gov/phase-two-industries For Outdoor and Take-out/Delivery Food Services guidance use this link: https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/OutdoorTakeoutDeliveryFoodServicesMasterGuidance.pdf

Per Governor Cuomo gatherings (groups, assembly, meeting, etc.) of 10 or less are permitted with social distancing and sanitization protocols in place. The executive order is only good for 30 days or unless it is extended. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20233-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency The Health Departments do not authorize or allow exemptions from the Governor’s orders. If you have questions about the orders you can go to forward.ny.gov or e-mail the Finger Lakes Regional Control Room. https://forward.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause

For questions go to NY Forward website (https://forward.ny.gov/) and the Regional Control Room (for guidance and to answer your questions: mailto:flnyf@esd.ny.gov). To file a complaint about a business, location or incident in your community you can call 1-833-789-0470 or https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask

    • Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting for Re-opening America: click here.
    • Dentists statewide can reopen starting June 1st while adhering to best practices for safety and social distancing guidelines.
    • All businesses opening in Phase 2 are required to have their Business Safety Plan in place, review the summary guidelines for their business and read and affirm the detailed guidelines. All this is to be kept on the premises. The local health department will not be reviewing these plans, however they need to be accessible for state and local authorities.

New York State on PAUSE: NYS on PAUSE https://forward.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause. 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.

Contact Tracing: Currently both counties are handling contact tracing for all of our cases. Calls will come from the respective Health Departments. In the event we need assistance we will use the NYS Contact Tracing Program. For more information about the State Contract Tracing, click the link: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/new-york-state-contact-tracing

Swabbing and antibody testing is becoming increasingly available in the WNY region. If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your primary care provider and they will determine if testing is right for you. If the counties receive an increase in swabbing supplies and the protocol for testing is changed, we will notify the public. The Health Departments are not providing public swabbing due to lack of supplies. For more information on testing click here. There is free antibody testing available for food delivery and restaurant workers Monday, June 1st – Thursday, June 4th. Testing is walk-in testing from 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and facemasks are required at each of the testing locations. The closest testing location is Erie Community College North Campus (see included attachment.) It takes a while for antibodies to build up, so it is best to wait until at least 21 days have passed since you had a positive viral test or the symptoms of COVID-19 started. If you were already tested and the results were negative, or you have never been tested and you have been exposed to the virus at work or at home, you can also be tested using the dried-blood spot test. For questions e-mail: NYS.COVID19.AntibodyTestingSystem@health.ny.gov

Some pharmacies are opening for testing, make sure you check with your insurance provider as it is required prior to testing for this location. For CVS go to: https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing?icid=cvs-home-hero2-link2-coronavirus-testing

  • 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
  • The Nursing Home hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form: https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

 

Morning News Briefing

A resident of Genesee County, hospitalized with COVID-19, has died. The individual only identified as over 65 years of age.
This is the fifth Genesee County resident to die from coronavirus since the pandemic began.
The death toll is far greater in Orleans County where another person has died at the Village of Orleans nursing home in Albion.
The Orleans County death toll is 38.

Felony DWI charges have been filed against a Byron woman.
27 year old Taylor Laird was stopped late last week on Pearl Street in the city. She was charged with drunk driving, driving without a license and because there was a child in the car the DWI charge became a felony.

New York State says summer day camps will be allowed to open by the end of the month.
There is no word yet if sleep over camps will also be allowed to re-open.
This announcement comes within hours of the Arc of Genesee Orleans announcing that its popular Camp Rainbow in Ridgeway will not operate this summer.
Camp Rainbow serves children with and without disabilities from Genesee and Orleans counties.

President Trump is again showing his support for state Senator Chris Jacobs in his bid to represent the 27th Congressional District. Trump endorsed his fellow Republican on Twitter yesterday, saying he was strong on the border, military and the second amendment.
Jacobs is a candidate for the seat that has been vacant since former Republican Congressman Chris Collins stepped down after pleading guilty to federal insider trading charges.
Voters in the 27th District – which includes Genesee County – go to the polls June 23rd.

The Buffalo Bills will be preparing for the upcoming season a bit closer to home than usual. The NFL has ordered teams to hold training camps at their home facilities. That means the Bills will stay in Orchard Park and won’t be going to Saint John Fisher College in suburban Rochester, where camp has been held for years.

COVID-19 Daily Update, June 2, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

June 2, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 190 positive cases
      • The new positive individual resides in Byron.
      • The person is in their 50’s.
      • The new positive case was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
      • 2 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 0 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
      • We are sorry to report the death of one of our county residents. The individual was hospitalized and over the age of 65 years of age. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this individual during this very challenging time.
    • Orleans County received 2 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 236 positive cases
      • One of the new positive individuals resides in Ridgeway and one of the new positive individuals lives at Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
      • Of the new positive case one of the individuals is in their 50’s, and one of the individuals is in their 70’s.
      • The new positive community case was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
      • 2 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 18 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 are sorry to report the death of one of our county residents. The individual was a resident of The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehabilitation. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this individual during this very challenging time.

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

The facility breakdown is only showing the total positive cases from those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19.

Phase 2 is now open in the Finger Lakes region! There are still limitations. We encourage business owners to go to the NY Forward website and click on Phase Two for more information. https://forward.ny.gov/phase-two-industries

Per Governor Cuomo gatherings (groups, assembly, meeting, etc.) of 10 or less are permitted with social distancing and sanitization protocols in place. The executive order is only good for 30 days or unless it is extended. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20233-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency The Health Departments do not authorize or allow exemptions from the Governor’s orders. If you have questions about the orders you can go to forward.ny.gov or e-mail the Finger Lakes Regional Control Room.

For questions go to NY Forward website (https://forward.ny.gov/) and the Regional Control Room (for guidance and to answer your questions: mailto:flnyf@esd.ny.gov). To file a complaint about a business, location or incident in your community you can call 1-833-789-0470 or https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask

    • Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting for Re-opening America: click here.
    • Dentists statewide can reopen starting June 1st while adhering to best practices for safety and social distancing guidelines.
    • All businesses opening in Phase 2 are required to have their Business Safety Plan in place, review the summary guidelines for their business and read and affirm the detailed guidelines. All this is to be kept on the premises. The local health department will not be reviewing these plans, however they need to be accessible for state and local authorities.

New York State on PAUSE: NYS on PAUSE https://forward.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause. 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.

  • A reminder that outdoor seating for restaurants is still prohibited according to the Governor’s Executive Order and Phase 1 and Phase 2 guidelines. Restaurants are to provide take-out or delivery for off premise consumption only until Phase 3 or until the Governor states otherwise. https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase

Swabbing and antibody testing is becoming increasingly available in the WNY region. If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your primary care provider and they will determine if testing is right for you. If the counties receive an increase in swabbing supplies and the protocol for testing is changed, we will notify the public. The Health Departments are not providing public swabbing due to lack of supplies. For more information on testing click here. There is free antibody testing available for food delivery and restaurant workers Monday, June 1st – Thursday, June 4th. Testing is walk-in testing from 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and facemasks are required at each of the testing locations. The closest testing location is Erie Community College North Campus (see included attachment.) It takes a while for antibodies to build up, so it is best to wait until at least 21 days have passed since you had a positive viral test or the symptoms of COVID-19 started. If you were already tested and the results were negative, or you have never been tested and you have been exposed to the virus at work or at home, you can also be tested using the dried-blood spot test. For questions e-mail: NYS.COVID19.AntibodyTestingSystem@health.ny.gov

  • 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
  • The Nursing Home hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form: https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

Morning News Briefing

In Orleans County, coronavirus claims another life.
A resident of the Orchard Rehab and Nursing Center in Medina has died from COVID-19 related disease.
This brings the Orleans County death toll since the start of the pandemic to 37.
In Genesee County, just one new positive case of the virus, four new cases in Orleans County.

From the Police Blotter:
35 year old Luis Ramos-Mercado has been arrested for an incident that occurred in January of last year
Ramos-Mercado who lives on Ellicott Avenue, was charged with Attempted burglary, Criminal Possession of a weapon and Menacing.
He was released with a court appearance ticket.

19 year old Trevawn Wright of Highland Park: he’s been charged with two counts of harassment. Police say Trevawn was involved in a little fracas on Highland Park where he had allegedly punched another guy in the head and attempted to hit another guy with a jug of water.
Wright was issued a court appearance ticket.

Members of the state Legislature are expected to convene next week to discuss criminal justice reform.
One statute they’ll be taking a close look at is a provision in the state Civil Rights Law. It’s known as “50-a” and has been used by police departments to keep the public from having access to the disciplinary records of officers. Lawmakers are also planning to discuss several other proposals, including the creation of a special prosecutor’s office to help with investigations into cases where police are accused of killing unarmed people.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is re-opening today.
All visitors to the office on East Main should wear masks and observe some restrictions.
The Extension calls it the first step of returning to normalcy.

The Genesee County Treasurer’s Office is now reopened to the public. You must wear a face mask to visit the office.
The Treasurer’s Office located on the 3rd floor of County Building #1.
The hours Monday through Friday 8:30 until 5.

And the Richmond Memorial Library is now open – for limited services.
You can browse the collection, due some research and place holds on local materials.
You still cannot use the library to sit and read.

Richmond Memorial Library Opens

Effective 1:00 pm, Monday, June 1, the Richmond Memorial Library has re-opened for limited services, including:

  • browsing and circulating the library collection
  • library account services (new cards, paying fines)
  • placing holds on LOCAL materials only
  • reference services
  • faxing, photocopying
  • limited computer access
  • virtual library programs

Sorry, the library is NOT yet open for:

  • sitting
  • reading
  • gathering
  • playing
  • interlibrary loans or holds
  • in-person library programs

The library has returned to its normal hours of operation for these services: Monday through Friday, 9am to 9pm, Friday and Saturday 9 to 5.

For the safety of library staff, any library patron who is over two years of age must cover their nose and mouth with an appropriate mask or cloth face-covering in order to enter and remain inside of the library building. Library patrons who are unable to medically tolerate a face-covering may request exemption or accommodation by contacting the Library Director by telephone or email at 585-343-9550 x 7 or rconrad@nioga.org.

Please return most materials (books, movies, music, etc.) to the drive-up or walk-up book returns located outside of the library. Materials unsuited for book returns (ie. board games, Playaway devices) can be returned inside of the library. Fines will be waived on items returned before June 22. All returned items will be held in quarantine and sanitized before being shelved or circulated. Sorry, we cannot accept donated materials until further notice.

The library’s 2020-21 budget was amended to require no tax levy increase. Therefore, the library budget vote previously scheduled for May 7, 2020, was cancelled.

The library’s 2020 trustee election will be held on June 9 via absentee ballot conducted in conjunction with the Batavia City School District’s budget vote and trustee election.

COVID-19 Daily Update, June 1, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

June 1, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 189 positive cases
      • The positive case resides in Batavia.
      • The positive individual is in their 20’s.
      • The positive case was on mandatory quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 1 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 4 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 234 positive cases
      • One of the new positive individuals resides in Ridgeway, three of the new positives individuals live at Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
      • Of the new positive case one of the individuals is in their 20’s, one of the individuals is in their 60’s, one of the individuals is in their 70’s and one of the individuals is in their 80’s.
      • The new positive case was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
      • 2 of the previous positive cases has recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 19 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 are sorry to report that we have lost one more county resident due to COVID-19. The individual resided at the Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of these individuals 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 the total positive cases from those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19.

Phase 2 is now open in the Finger Lakes region! There are still limitations. We encourage business owners to go to the NY Forward website and click on Phase Two for more information. https://forward.ny.gov/phase-two-industries

Per Governor Cuomo gatherings of 10 or less are permitted with social distancing and sanitization protocols in place. The executive order is only good for 30 days or unless it is extended. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20233-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency

For questions go to NY Forward website (https://forward.ny.gov/) and the Regional Control Room (for guidance and to answer your questions: mailto:flnyf@esd.ny.gov). To file a complaint about a business, location or incident in your community you can call 1-833-789-0470 or https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask

    • Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting for Re-opening America: click here.
    • Dentists statewide can reopen starting June 1st while adhering to best practices for safety and social distancing guidelines.
    • All businesses opening in Phase 2 are required to have their Business Safety Plan in place, review the summary guidelines for their business and read and affirm the detailed guidelines. All this is to be kept on the premises. The local health department will not be reviewing these plans, however they need to be accessible for state and local authorities.

New York State on PAUSE: NYS on PAUSE https://forward.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause. 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.

  • A reminder that outdoor seating for restaurants is still prohibited according to the Governor’s Executive Order and Phase 1 and Phase 2 guidelines. Restaurants are to provide take-out or delivery for off premise consumption only until Phase 3 or until the Governor states otherwise. https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase

Swabbing and antibody testing is becoming increasingly available in the WNY region. If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your primary care provider and they will determine if testing is right for you. If the counties receive an increase in swabbing supplies and the protocol for testing is changed, we will notify the public. The Health Departments are not providing public swabbing due to lack of supplies. For more information on testing click here. There is free antibody testing available for food delivery and restaurant workers Monday, June 1st – Thursday, June 4th. Testing is walk-in testing from 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and facemasks are required at each of the testing locations. The closest testing location is Erie Community College North Campus (see included attachment.) It takes a while for antibodies to build up, so it is best to wait until at least 21 days have passed since you had a positive viral test or the symptoms of COVID-19 started. If you were already tested and the results were negative, or you have never been tested and you have been exposed to the virus at work or at home, you can also be tested using the dried-blood spot test. For questions e-mail: NYS.COVID19.AntibodyTestingSystem@health.ny.gov

  • 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
  • The Nursing Home hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form: https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes
Children

COVID-19 Symptom Check for those who are hearing impaired: Click here

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
    • Health care workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741741 to access 24/7 emotional support services

Domestic Violence

  • For New Yorkers in need of help or assistance, they can text 844-997-2121 or can go to the new confidential online site to reach a professional at www.opdv.ny.gov The new text program and confidential online service will make it easier for victims who are isolated with their abusers to get help. Both the text and online service are staffed 24/7 by the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Staff who are experts in the area of domestic violence.
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

Spreading Some Cheer Downtown

 

 

This cast of characters paraded through downtown Batavia on Monday, “just to spread some cheer.”

The family, who declined to be named,  donned their best Dino, Minion and Baby Shark outfits to remind onlookers to smile and have some fun in the face of troubled times.

They walked past the WBTA studios at Main & Center” and we couldn’t resist getting a pic.

Home Town Heroes 2020, Wall of Warriors

The St. Jerome Guild, Inc., is announcing a new initiative to honor the COVID-19 healthcare workers of the Rochester Regional Health/UMMC and the Jerome Center in Batavia, NY. The Guild’s mission is to continually support our local hospital, and especially, now, during these extraordinary times.

As a special tribute to all 1000 UMMC employees during this pandemic, who are serving on the front lines as well as all supporting personnel, the Guild would like to honor each employee with a gold embroidered star.

The Genesee Livingston Orleans Wyoming (GLOW) community is welcome to support in this initiative by donating $10 per star representing an employee who may be a family member or friend, or just as a thank you for health-care providers’ tireless dedication and courage, taking outstanding care of all patients who are suffering through these unsettling and disconcerting times. There is no limit to donors wishing to honor more than one employee! The star donations will be accepted by check made payable to: St. Jerome Guild with notation ‘star’ mailed to St. Jerome Gift Shop at 16 Bank Street, Batavia, NY 14020.

The final project will incorporate all the stars to be embedded into frames that will be on display at the North Street and the Bank Street Campuses entitled, UMMC “Home Town Heroes – Wall of Warriors 2020.”

All proceeds from this initiative will be donated to UMMC to purchase vital equipment needed.

Morning News Briefing

Dentists across New York State can start seeing patients again today.
Each office will have to follow safety standards to protect staff and patients from coronavirus.
No more magazines in the waiting room and chairs need to be six-feet apart.
Previously, many dentist offices were open only for emergency services and procedures.

On the police blotter: 28 year old Torre Walls of Alleghany Road, Darien is charged with Grand Larceny.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies say Walls got into a verbal argument with his girlfriend and stole her Ruger SR22 pistol.

Violence and arrests in Buffalo and Rochester following a weekend of protests.
13 people were arrested in Rochester on Saturday six were arrested yesterday in Buffalo.
Protestors demanding an end to what they say is police misconduct over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The only visible protest in Batavia was that of a lone man, stationed in front of the Upton Monument at Ellicott and Main and displaying a sign that read, “George Floyd is every man.”

Governor Cuomo is calling for peace following several violent protests across the state this weekend. The governor used his daily briefing yesterday to remind people that violence never works and that it dishonors the death of George Floyd. He did not order a statewide curfew for but said that additional law enforcement resources would be made available to cities like Buffalo who request them.

The number of New Yorkers who have lost their lives due to coronavirus has reached its lowest one day total since March. The State announced 56 new deaths yesterday, down from a peak of nearly 800 per day in April.
There were no COVID-19 deaths reported over the weekend in either Genesee or Orleans counties.

COVID-19 Daily Update: May 29, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE:

May 29, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 1 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 186 positive cases
      • The positive case resides in Batavia.
      • The positive individual is in their 20’s.
      • The positive case was on mandatory quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 2 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 10 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 221 positive cases
      • One of the new positive individuals resides in Albion, three of the new positives live in Ridgeway, one of the new positive lives at The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehabilitation Center and five of the new positive individuals live at Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
      • Of the new positive case one of the individuals is under 20, one of the individual is in their 20’s, two individuals are in their 50’s, two individuals are in their 60’s, three individuals are in their 70’s and one of the individuals is in their 90’s.
      • Two of the new positive cases were on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
      • 1 of the previous positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 19 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 are sorry to report that we have lost two more county residents due to COVID-19. The individuals resided at the Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of these individuals 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 the total positive cases from those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19.

Phase 2 is now open in the Finger Lakes region! There are still limitations. We encourage business owners to go to the NY Forward website and click on Phase Two for more information. https://forward.ny.gov/phase-two-industries

Per Governor Cuomo gatherings of 10 or less are permitted with social distancing and sanitization protocols in place. The executive order is only good for 30 days or unless it is extended. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20233-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency

For questions go to NY Forward website (https://forward.ny.gov/) and the Regional Control Room (for guidance and to answer your questions: mailto:flnyf@esd.ny.gov). To file a complaint about a business, location or incident in your community you can call 1-833-789-0470 or https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask

    • Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting for Re-opening America: click here.
    • Although the State has issued a statement about campgrounds, they have not provided updated guidance for camping. The local health departments are in the process of communicating with local campgrounds with updated information.
    • Hair Salons & Barbershops are able to provide limited services. They are encouraged to be tested for COVID-19 prior to opening and are required to be tested every two weeks.
    • All businesses opening in Phase 2 are required to have their Business Safety Plan in place, review the summary guidelines for their business and read and affirm the detailed guidelines. All this is to be kept on the premises. The local health department will not be reviewing these plans, however they need to be accessible for state and local authorities.

New York State on PAUSE: NYS on PAUSE https://forward.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause. 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
  • The Nursing Home hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form: https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

 

Morning News Briefing

Joshua Blessed

We now know more about the driver of a tractor trailer rig that led police on a two county chase before he was killed in hail of police bullets.
The driver has been identified as 58 year old Joshua Blessed of Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Police say he was heading to Batavia Wednesday to pick-up dairy products when he was stopped for speeding in LeRoy.
Social Media posts under Blessed’s name show that he claimed to speak directly to God and received visions from Satan.

 

 

Livingston County Sheriff Tom Dougherty said he’d never seen anything like it

Blessed fired several shots at lawmen and rammed police cars during the 90-minute chase.
Dougherty described one harrowing moment for a Genesee County deputy

Social Media accounts traced to Blessed revealed a series of troubling posts including a hatred of law enforcement and conflicts of his personal beliefs.
He was reportedly banned from Facebook twice.
Investigators are continuing to look into social media posts that might help to explain his actions.
Blessed was shot while in the cab of his truck and was dead at the scene.

The Batavia teachers union rejects a proposed change in the daily schedule for city schools.
The Batavia Teachers Association voted against an administration plan that would have altered the start and ends times of classes to save about 200-thousand dollars in transportation costs.
The proposal would have started classes at the high school and middle school a half hour earlier.
The teacher’s union president said research shows teenagers need more sleep.

Another resident of an Orleans County nursing home has died from COVID-19 related illness.
The death was reported at the Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Media.
In the daily update, officials disclosed two new COVID-19 infections in Genesee County and two in Orleans County.

A Batavia woman arrested on welfare fraud charges.
44 year old Heidi Connolly of Hutchins is facing felony charges of grand larceny for allegedly bilking the welfare system out of 36-hundred dollars she was not entitled to.

A new executive order from Governor Cuomo will allow businesses to deny entry to customers who aren’t wearing face masks. In the last few weeks, there have been confrontations between business owners and customers who refuse to wear a mask. The governor says he’s supporting business owners because they have the right to protect themselves and other people in their store.

COVID-19 Daily Update, May 28, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

May 28, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m.

o   Genesee County received 2 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 185 positive cases

§  The two positive cases reside in Batavia.

§  One of the positive individuals is less than 20 and one is in their 50’s.

§  One of the positive cases was not on mandatory quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  2 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

o   Orleans County received 2 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 211 positive cases

§  One of the new positive individuals resides in Albion and one of the new positive individuals resides at Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

§  Of the new positive case one of the individuals is in their 40’s and one of the individuals is in their 80’s.

§  None of the new positive cases were on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.

§  2 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.

§  18 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 are sorry to report that we have lost another county resident due to COVID-19.  The individual resided at the Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.  Our deepest condolences 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 the total positive cases from those facilities from where we received a postive swab for COVID-19.

 Governor Cuomo announced that gatherings of 10 or less are now permitted with social distancing and sanitization protocols in place. The executive order is only good for 30 days or unless it is extended. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20233-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency

For questions go to NY Forward website (https://forward.ny.gov/) and the Regional Control Room (for guidance and to answer your questions:  mailto:flnyf@esd.ny.gov).  To file a complaint about a business, location or incident in your community you can call 1-833-789-0470 or https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask

o   Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting for Re-opening America:  click here.

o   Although the State has issued a statement about campgrounds, they have not provided updated guidance for camping.   The local health departments are in the process of communicating with local campgrounds with updated information.

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.

·         A reminder that outdoor seating for restaurants is still prohibited according to the Governor’s Executive Order and Phase 1 and Phase 2 guidelines.  Restaurants are to provide take-out or delivery only until Phase 3 or until the Governor states otherwise.  https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase

·         As we get closer to the potential to advance to Phase 2 those businesses in that phase should be working on their plans to have them ready.  Check daily for potential guidance.  Click the link for guidance and the business safety plan template:  https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase#overview–reopening-in-phases

 ·         Re-Opening Guidance:  Links to assist businesses

o   Link to the NY Forward Reopening guide: https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/NYForwardReopeningGuide.pdf

o   Regional Control Roomflnyf@esd.ny.gov

o   Link to NY Forward website: https://forward.ny.gov/

o   Link to NY Forward “Can I re-open” Business Look-up Tool https://www.businessexpress.ny.gov/app/nyforward

o   Public/Private Beacheshttps://forward.ny.gov/statewide-guidelines

o   COVID-19 Test Finder: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you

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

·         The Nursing Home hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form:  https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

 

 

Morning News Briefing

The driver of a tractor trailer who led police on a chase from LeRoy to into Livingston County is shot to death by lawmen in Geneseo.
The driver, who has not yet been identified, was stopped for speeding last night in LeRoy. While LeRoy Police were on the truck the driver fled in his semi and the chase was on.
The driver took his rig from LeRoy, into Batavia, turning back on Route 5…then Route 19 into Pavilion.
Once on Route 63 he headed into Geneseo when he began firing at officers and crashing into police cars.
The pursuit ended near the Applebee’s on Route 20A in Geneseo, when officers fired multiple shots at the driver. He was confirmed dead at the scene.
Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron said that during the gunfire one round went through the windshield of a Genesee County patrol car, narrowly missing a deputy.

It comes as no big surprise but the unemployment rate in Genesee County has reached a staggering high.
Figures just released by the state department of labor shows Genesee County’s jobless rate for April at 14.4 percent…up from just 3.7 percent a year ago.
Orleans County has registered an unemployment rate for April of 15.8 percent…
Wyoming County, 15.3 percent.

The Genesee County Fair in Batavia has been cancelled for this year…all due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fair was to have started July 25th and run through August 1st.
Fair organizers say they are considering smaller activities this summer to support the youth agricultural community.

The Wyoming County Fair in Pike has also been cancelled this year.
That fair was to have run from August 15th to the 22nd.
There is also word this morning that the big Erie County Fair in Hamburg is cancelled for this year.

If you haven’t registered to vote in New York’s upcoming primaries, you’re running out of time to do it. In order to be able to cast your ballot June 23rd, your registration form must be postmarked no later than tomorrow.
In addition to registering by mail, you can also do it in-person or online through the county Board of Elections

COVID-19 Daily Update, May 27, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

May 27, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 2 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 183 positive cases
      • The positive cases reside in Batavia and Darien.
      • One of the positive individuals is less than 20 and one is in their 30’s.
      • One of the positive cases was not on mandatory quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 2 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 2 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 209 positive cases
      • One of the new positive individuals resides in Carlton.
      • Of the new positive case the individual is in their 70’s.
      • None of the new positive cases were on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
      • 20 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.

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

The facility breakdown is only showing the total positive cases from 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.

Governor Cuomo announced that gatherings of 10 or less are now permitted with social distancing and sanitization protocols in place. The executive order is only good for 30 days or unless it is extended. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20233-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency

For questions go to NY Forward website (https://forward.ny.gov/) and the Regional Control Room (for guidance and to answer your questions: mailto:flnyf@esd.ny.gov). To file a complaint about a business, location or incident in your community you can call 1-833-789-0470 or https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask

    • Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting for Re-opening America: click here.
    • Although the State has issued a statement about campgrounds, the State has not provided updated guidance for camping for local health departments, until it is received continue with guidance received. The county will notify campgrounds directly of any changes/updates.

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
  • The Nursing Home hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form: https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

New Hours for Yard Waste Station

Until further notice the yard waste stations operating hours are as follows:

Mondays – Fridays, 8 AM to 2 PM
Saturdays, 12 PM to 6 PM
CLOSED – Sundays and Holidays

City residents may bring yard waste material (grass, leaves and limbs) to the City Yard Waste Station as there is no curb side pickup of these materials.

The following items cannot be accepted at the station:
Tree stumps, building materials, rock, fill (soil and stone) other debris. Yard waste shall be free of trash (paper, plastic, bottles, cans…etc.), as this material cannot be processed. All containers (totes, boxes, bags…etc.) need to be taken back with the customer.

Use Law Street entrance to enter and exit the City Yard Waste Station only.

Batavia Kiwanis Donates $2K to Foodlink

Kiwanis Club of Batavia has donated $2,000 to Foodlink to help feed children and families in Genesee County. The Club has been serving the children of our community and beyond since 1923.

“Foodlink is proud to serve the residents of Genesee County and collaborate with our hunger-relief partners to help individuals and families overcome the hardships created by the COVID-19 public health crisis,” said Julia Tedesco, President & CEO of Foodlink. “The Kiwanis Club’s generous donation comes at a critical time, and helps increase access to nutritious food for hundreds of households throughout the county.”

With the help of many local volunteers, Foodlink hosted six drive-thru distributions in Genesee County in April and May; three at Northgate Church in Batavia, two at Penuel Christian Fellowship in LeRoy, and one at Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church. More than 1,500 emergency food supply boxes were distributed to individuals and families in need. Foodlink also continues to work with its network of hunger-relief agencies (food pantries, meal programs, etc.) throughout Genesee County, which includes several partnerships in Batavia.

From Bob Conrad, Kiwanis Club President, “When the shutdown first started, Kiwanis Club members immediately started reaching out to food-providing agencies regarding the need for volunteers and funding. We discovered that Foodlink was providing and coordinating the food resources for our local agencies, such as Salvation Army and Community Action Genesee-Orleans. We learned that they can provide $6 worth of food for every $1 spent. We decided this is the most effective way to support emergency food initiatives in the county.”

The funding provided will support existing emergency food efforts in Genesee County, and allow for the purchase of food, expenses associated with storage, and distribution to various partners, food box sites, and hunger-relief programs throughout the county.

According to Feeding America’s recent report, The Impact of the Coronavirus on Food Insecurity, Genesee County’s food-insecurity rate is expected to rise from 10.2 percent to 15.7 percent, which equates to more than 9,100 county residents who now live in food-insecure households due to the pandemic. Food insecurity is the USDA measurement used to determine a household’s limited or uncertain access to enough nutritionally adequate food for everyone in the household to live a healthy life.

Jonathan Tretter, Treasurer, and Robert Conrad, President of the Kiwanis Club of Batavia, present a $2000 donation to Foodlink Director of Development Julie Burke. The donation will be used to fund food charities in Genesee County.

Morning News Briefing

Two local teenagers are critically injured when the car in which they were riding pulled into the path of a tractor trailer truck.
The crash occurred along Route 5 in front of an ice cream stand in the Town of Batavia.
The driver of the car, 18 year old Daniel Sonnenfeld of Pembroke suffered what were described as serious injuries. A passenger, 18 year old Gabriel Johnston also of Pembroke was taken to the hospital by Mercy Flight.
Both are listed in critical but stable condition at Erie County Medical Center.
A third passenger in the car suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene. The driver of the big rig was not hurt.
Deputies said the car was pulling out of a parking lot into the path of the eastbound tractor trailer striking the car on the driver’s side.

The latest coronavirus numbers for Genesee and Orleans County:
One new positive case reported in Genesee County an individual in their 50s from Batavia. There were five new positive cases in Orleans County.
There were also two deaths reported, both from the Orchard Rehab and Nursing Center in Medina

The Finger Lakes region is ready to enter phase 2 of New York States reopening plan this Friday.
The 2nd phase of reopening would include professional services including barber and hair salons. In-store retail shopping, administrative support, and real estate. The region has not seen any large jumps in coronavirus cases since phase 1 started on Friday May 15th.

So how hot was it?
Unofficially, Batavia broke a record yesterday.
Weather Underground, a network of private weather observers, says the high temperature in Batavia reached 92 degrees yesterday.
The previous record was 88.

COVID-19 Daily Update: May 26, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

May 26, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 181 positive cases
      • The positive case resides in Batavia.
      • The positive case is in their 50’s.
      • The positive case was not on mandatory quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 4 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 2 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 5 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 208 positive cases
      • One of the new positive individuals resides in Ridgeway, one of the positive individuals resides in Yates, one of the positive individuals resides in Shelby and one of the positive individuals resides in Albion.
      • 1 of the new positive cases is a resident of Orchard Rehabilitation & Nursing Center
      • Of the new positive cases one individual is in their 20’s, 1 of the individuals is in their 30’s, 1 of the individuals is in their 40’s, 1 of the individuals is in their 60’s and one of the individuals is in their 80’s.
      • None of the new positive cases were on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
      • Eleven of the previous positive community cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 20 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 are truly saddened to receive word that 2 of our residents have died related to COVID-19. Both of the residents lived at Orchard Rehabilitation & Nursing Center. Our deepest condolences go to the family and friends of each of these individuals during this very difficult time.

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

The facility breakdown is only showing the total positive cases from 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.

Governor Cuomo announced that gatherings of 10 or less are now permitted with social distancing and sanitization protocols in place. The executive order is only good for 30 days. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20233-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency

For questions go to NY Forward website (https://forward.ny.gov/) and the Regional Control Room (for guidance and to answer your questions: mailto:flnyf@esd.ny.gov). To file a complaint about a business, location or incident in your community you can call 1-833-789-0470 or https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask

    • Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting for Re-opening America: click here.
    • Although the State has issued a statement about campgrounds, the State has not provided updated guidance for camping for local health departments, until it is received continue with guidance received. The county will notify campgrounds directly of any changes/updates.

Un-PAUSING does NOT mean we can start having large social events, even outside.

  • The more socialization that occurs the higher risk of transmitting the virus, especially to those who are most vulnerable. It is imperative 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
  • The Nursing Home hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form: https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

 

HEAT INDEX REACHING THE LOWER 90S THIS AFTERNOON…

A Special Weather Statement issued by the National Weather Service:

Expect another hot and humid day today, with high temperatures
reaching the upper 80s to near 90 degrees.

The very warm conditions along with high humidity will result in heat index
values topping out in the 90 to 95 degree range this afternoon.

Some cooling will occur near the immediate Great Lakes shores this
afternoon.

Take precautions if you need to be out in the heat
today by taking frequent breaks inside and drinking plenty of
water to stay hydrated.

Morning News Briefing

The number of new COVID-19 cases held to single digits over the Holiday weekend in Orleans and Genesee County.
Only one new positive case reported yesterday in Genesee County, two in Orleans.
But at the Villages of Orleans Nursing Home in Albion two more people have died from COVID-19 related illness.
That brings the death toll at the Village of Orleans to 26 since the pandemic began.

A one car crash in the Town of Byron critically injures a Livingston County man. The crash occurred on the Byron Holly Road Sunday night.
35 year old Jason Pullen of Leicester had to be flown to Strong Memorial by Mercy Flight. A passenger, 32 year old Sabrina Lovell of Clarendon suffered lesser injuries.
Deputies say Pullen, the driver, was southbound on Byron Holley Road when he crossed the center line and traveled off the east shoulder of the road striking a utility pole.

Governor Cuomo wants to compensate family members who lost relatives who worked the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
This would include firefighters, public health workers, police and EMS personnel who contracted the virus while on the job.
There is no word on how much the death benefit would be.

The state Legislature will be back in Albany this week to deal with coronavirus-related legislation. Some of the proposed bills include a rent freeze, a tax increase on the wealthy and help for small business owners and essential workers. The governor cautions legislators to keep the state’s dire financial situation in mind when it comes to passing new legislation.
New York State is facing a multi-billion-dollar budget deficit.

COVID-19 Daily Update, May 22, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

May 22, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

As we move into the Memorial Day weekend, we would like to take a moment to remember those who fought for our freedom and have given the ultimate sacrifice, their lives. We appreciate each of these individuals and their families who gave so much for this great nation. Even though there aren’t any public gatherings or parades, it doesn’t stop you from visiting cemeteries and monuments or have your own household time to remember our service men and women as long as you continue to social distance. This is also the unofficial beginning of summer and we encourage people to be creative on how they can safely enjoy the great weather without putting others at risk of contracting COVID-19. Consider planting a victory garden of flowers, fruits and vegetables, go for daily hikes while social distancing, and/or start up some new hobbies. Take time to step back and enjoy the slower pace we have found ourselves in during this pandemic. Remember to journal about how you and your family made it through these historic times. We are one day closer to making this a memory, remember this is only temporary. We can get through this together, without being so close.

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 0 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 178 positive cases
      • 3 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 2 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 23 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 194 positive cases
      • One of the new positive cases resides in Ridgeway.
      • 22 of the new positive cases are residents of Orchard Rehabilitation & Nursing Center
      • Of the new positive cases one individual is in their 20’s, 3 of the individuals are in their 50’s, 3 of the individuals are in their 60’s, 6 of the individuals are in their 70’s, 7 of the individuals are in their 80’s and 3 of the individuals are in their 90’s.
      • 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 are truly saddened to receive word that 5 of our residents have died related to COVID-19. One of the residents lived at The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center and four of the residents lived at Orchard Rehabilitation & Nursing Center. Our deepest condolences go to the family and friends of each of these individuals during this very difficult time.

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

The facility breakdown is only showing the total positive cases from 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.

Memorial Day Holiday / Social gatherings / Yard-Garage Sales: According to the Governor’s Executive Orders we are still unable to have any gatherings over 10 for any reason. For questions go to NY Forward website (https://forward.ny.gov/) and the Regional Control Room (for guidance and to answer your questions: mailto:flnyf@esd.ny.gov). To file a complaint about a business, location or incident in your community you can call 1-833-789-0470 or https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask

Un-PAUSING does NOT mean we can start having social events, even outside. The Governor’s Executive Order still bans gatherings of any kind, in any location, to no more than 10 people.

  • No yard/garage sales: Currently state guidelines are restricting these activities. The virus can be on items for several hours/days depending on the surface and can cause infection. People are touching the items to examine them, so it can put others at risk.
  • The more socialization that occurs the higher risk of transmitting the virus, especially to those who are most vulnerable. It is imperative 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.  

Morning News Briefing

Guillermo Torres Acevedo will serve seven years in federal prison for enticing a 14 year old girl to travel across state lines for sexual relations.
The incident touched off an amber alert for the child back in November of 2018.
Torres Acevedo, now 23, picked up the girl at school in Genesee County and drove her into Pennsylvania.
Following his prison term, Torres Acevedo will spend 10 years on supervised release.

The latest health department report shows only one new cases of coronavirus in Genesee County, an individual in their 40’s living in LeRoy.
There were no new cases reported late yesterday in Orleans County.

Public Health Director Paul Pettit will deliver his end of week report this afternoon.
Pettit is expected to comment on the first phase of the re-opening of our region and the status of entering the second phase.
Pettit is expected to deliver his remarks at 4 p.m. this afternoon.
WBTA will carry his message live.

Memorial Day observances will be held this year in Genesee County but the public is being asked not to attend.
City Hall cancelled Batavia’s Memorial Day parade for this year.
The annual ceremony at the War Memorial on the UMMC Jerome Center will be held, but as Veterans Service Agency Director William Joyce says this year’s observance will be different. He said the ceremony will be limited to 10 people and the general public should not attend.
You can listen to the ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m. Monday on WBTA and it will also be video streamed on a number of outlets.

Governor Cuomo says there’s been no decision yet on whether students will head back to school this fall.
The governor says schools will receive guidelines from the state next month so they can submit reopening plans in July.
Students who need to attend summer school will have to do so online.

COVID-19 Daily Update, May 21, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

May 21, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 178 positive cases
      • The positive case resides in LeRoy.
      • The individual is in their 40’s.
      • The newly positive individual was on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 1 of the previous positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 2 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 0 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 171 positive cases
      • One of the previous positive community cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 17 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.

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

The facility breakdown is only showing the total positive cases from 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.

Memorial Day Holiday / Social gatherings / Yard-Garage Sales: For questions go to NY Forward website (https://forward.ny.gov/) and the Regional Control Room (for guidance and to answer your questions: mailto:flnyf@esd.ny.gov). To file a complaint about a business, location or incident in your community you can call 1-833-789-0470 or https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask

Un-PAUSING does NOT mean we can start having social events, even outside. The Governor’s Executive Order still bans gatherings of any kind, in any location, to no more than 10 people.

  • No yard/garage sales: Currently state guidelines are restricting these activities. The virus can be on items for several hours/days depending on the surface and can cause infection. People are touching the items to examine them, so it can put others at risk.
  • The more socialization that occurs the higher risk of transmitting the virus, especially to those who are most vulnerable. It is imperative 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.  

 

Memorial Day in Genesee County

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of a number of Memorial observances.

William Joyce, Genesee County Veteran Services Agency

The Memorial Day parade was canceled by City Hall and gatherings of almost any number are not permitted.

But the Genesee County Veterans Service Agency is making sure vets from our area get the recognition they deserve – even if the public cannot attend.
Observances are planned at Genesee County Park, the Batavia VA, Upton Monument and elsewhere. The largest Memorial Day Observance is at the War Memorial on the UMMC Jerome Center.

But, as Veterans Service Agency Director William Joyce tells us, it will be different this year

The ceremony will be video streamed.

We have a list of all the observances HERE

Morning News Briefing

Money saving steps taken by Genesee County over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic seem to be paying off.
Assistant County Manager Matt Landers told the legislatures Way and Means Committee last night that the county has saved about 1.4-million dollars on its budget.
The county imposed a hiring freeze and furloughed some employees. Money has also been saved in the jail budget because not as many people are being put behind bars.
Landers is quick to point out that the projected savings do not factor in cuts in state aid or the projected loss of sales tax revenues.

Criminal charges have now been filed against both halves of a physical altercation in the Town of Alabama.
On Tuesday, the male half of the fracas was charged with attempted assault and menacing for allegedly threatening another person with a knife.
Now, deputies have charged another suspected player in the feud, 27 year old Shannon Armstead of Bloomingdale Road. Shannon has also been charged with menacing.

New COVID-19 cases in Genesee County: four of them reported late yesterday, all four from either Batavia or LeRoy.

Small religious gatherings will be able to resume in New York today.
Those gatherings will be limited to 10 people and everyone in attendance must wear a mask and follow proper social distancing protocols.
Earlier this week, state officials said full congregation gatherings inside churches or other places of worship will not be allowed until a region reaches the final phase of New York’s reopening process

Governor Cuomo continues to defend his handling of nursing homes during the pandemic. The governor said he doesn’t regret his executive order requiring nursing homes to accept patients infected with the virus. He also said he doesn’t believe that mandate contributed to the high death toll in long-term care facilities.
The most notorious example of nursing home deaths in our region is at the Villages of Orleans in Albion where 22 people have died from COVID-19.

COVID-19 Daily Update, May 20, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

May 20, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 4 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 177 positive cases
      • The positive cases reside in Batavia and LeRoy.
      • One individual is in their 30’s, one individual is in their 40’s, one individual is in their 50’s, and one individual is in their 80’s.
      • Two of the newly positive individuals were on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 2 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 2 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 2 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 171 positive cases
      • One positive case resides in Ridgeway and one positive case resides in Gaines.
      • One individual is in their 30’s and one individual is in their 40’s.
      • Neither of the newly positive individuals were on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • Four of the previous positive community cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 17 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.

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

The facility breakdown is only showing the total positive cases from 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.

Memorial Day Holiday / Social gatherings / Yard-Garage Sales: For questions go to NY Forward website (https://forward.ny.gov/) and the Regional Control Room (for guidance and to answer your questions: mailto:flnyf@esd.ny.gov). To file a complaint about a business, location or incident in your community you can call 1-833-789-0470 or https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/askhttps://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask

  • Un-PAUSING does NOT mean we can start having social events, even outside. The Governor’s The Executive Order still bans gatherings of any kind, in any location, to no more than 10 people.
  • No yard/garage sales: Currently state guidelines are restricting these activities. The virus can be on items for several hours/days depending on the surface and can cause infection. People are touching the items to examine them, so it can put others at risk.
  • 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.  

Morning News Briefing

The Batavia city schools have a budget in place for the coming school year.
It is a 51.4-million dollar spending that does not raise property taxes but calls for over a million and a half dollars’ worth of spending cuts.
The budget includes the reduction of 30 full and part-time positions, delaying equipment and supply purchases and putting off the hiring of a second school resource officer. The public will get a chance to weigh in on the budget during a public hearing on June 2nd. A vote by paper ballot will be held on June 9th.

A Town of Alabama man under arrest for allegedly pulling a knife on a guy. 44 year old Marcus Bennett of Bloomingdale Road is charged with attempted assault and menacing. Deputies said Bennett gave them a false name during his arrest, and was charged that too along with several parole violations.

Governor Cuomo says the number of new coronavirus-related deaths is falling across the state.
The highest one-day death toll was reported in April, but that number has been consistently dropping ever since.
The governor says while things are improving, if people let their guard down against the virus, those numbers could shoot up again in just a matter of days.
Locally, only one new positive case of COVID-19 was reported late yesterday in Genesee County.

Memorial Day weekend is coming up and New York State has laid out guidelines for how our country’s veterans can be honored.
Remembrance ceremonies are allowed, but only if 10 people or less are in attendance. Also, vehicle parades can take place in lieu of more traditional parades so folks can follow proper social distancing protocols.

In Genesee County, the annual Memorial Day Parade has been canceled but ceremonies will be held throughout the area – without members of the general public. This will include the annual ceremony at the Veterans Monument on the UMMC Jerome Campus. Again, no members of the general public are allowed to attend.

COVID-19 Daily Update, May 19, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

May 19, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 173 positive cases
      • The positive case resides in Batavia.
      • The individual is in their 70’s.
      • The newly positive individual was on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 2 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 2 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 169 positive cases
      • Both positive cases are residents of Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
      • One individual is in their 60’s and one individual is in their 70’s.
      • One of the previous positive community cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 17 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.

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

The facility breakdown is only showing the total positive cases from 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.  

Runner Identified in Fatal Car – Pedestrian Accident

State Police have now identified the female jogger was struck and killed on Townline Road in Bergen.
25 year old Kara G. Hall of Bergen was pronounced dead at the scene shortly before Noon yesterday.
The driver of the car, 28 year old David Yulfo was traveling east on Townline Road, Route 262, when he crossed over into the eastbound lane and onto the shoulder, striking the woman. Yulfo’s car then continued traveling off the road striking a fire hydrant and then a tree. He was taken to Strong Hospital with minor injuries.
Troopers say their investigation continues.

About seven hours later, along the same highway, another deadly accident. A car driven by driven by 25 year old Elijah Coombs of Oakfield slammed into a utility pole.
Coombs pronounced dead at the scene. Two passengers were injured, one seriously.
26 year old Jamie Bachorski of Oakfield had to be flown to Strong Memorial by Mercy Flight.

Morning News Briefing

A deadly day in the Town of Bergen. Two separate accidents claim two lives on the same highway a few hours apart.
Shortly after 7 last night a one car crash was discovered on Townline Road near Buffalo Street Extension.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies said a car driven by 25 year old Elijah Coombs of Oakfield had crashed into a utility pole. Coombs was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two passengers were injured: 26 year old Jamie Bachorski of Oakfield suffered serious injuries and was flown to Strong Hospital in Rochester.
A second passenger, 21 year old Samantha Wade of Byron was taken to the same hospital with what were described as minor injuries.
The sheriff’s office continues to investigate.

Earlier in the day, a female jogger was struck by a car and killed on Townline Road just west of South Lake Road in Bergen.
She has not yet been identified.
State Police are handling that investigation and not released further information.

COVID-19 takes another life at the Villages of Orleans Health and Rehab Center. This marks the 22nd death at the Albion nursing home since the coronavirus
Pandemic began.
Genesee County reported two new positive cases of the virus late yesterday.

Governor Cuomo says his administration has done all it can to help residents of nursing homes during the pandemic. Critics have questioned his executive order saying those facilities had to accept people who have tested positive for the virus.
That policy was later amended and no longer allows hospitals to discharge patients to nursing homes if they’ve tested positive for the disease.
Thousands of New Yorkers have died at long-term care facilities since the pandemic began.

The Oakfield Betterment Committee has announced that this year’s Labor Daze festival has been cancelled.
The committee says it will look for an alternative Labor Day celebration that is “safe and responsible.”

COVID-19 Daily Update: 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.  

 

Fatal Car – Pedestrian Accident in Bergen

 

State Police and other agencies are investigating a fatal car – pedestrian accident in Bergen .

First responders arrived on scene along Townline Road shortly before Noon today.

Bergen and Mercy EMS responded. No further information is available.

Morning News Briefing

Horse racing in New York State could be ready to resume on June 1st.
Harness racing at Batavia Downs isn’t scheduled to begin until July 22nd – which would be the start of the Downs regular season.
Western Region OTB President Henry Woytaszek said there is no projected opening date for Batavia Downs Gaming.
He noted that some parts of the gaming operation fall into Phase 3 of the “un-pause” plan while others are in phase four.
Wojtaszek said he is hopeful gaming at the Downs could be back sometime in June.

Weekend coronavirus statistics: only two new positive cases reported in Genesee County while new positive cases soared to 12 in Orleans County – nine of them at the Villages of Orleans nursing home in Albion.
There was also one additional death reported there bringing to 21 the number of residents of residents to die since the outbreak of COVID-19.

A nurse at the Villages of Orleans – who was fighting for her life after testing positive for COVID -19 is now back home and recovering.
On Sunday, Albion honored Diane Conrad with a motorcade parade.
Diane says she contracted the coronavirus while on the job, and had expressed concerns over the lack of PPE at the nursing home.
Diane had been in the ICU for 12 days and was released on Friday.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is calling for a crackdown on businesses that promote fake coronavirus cures. The New York Democrat says the Federal Trade Commission needs to put a stop to phony treatments like high-dose vitamin C injections and even music therapy.

Western New York drivers are still finding consistent prices at the gas pumps. According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular is two-19. That’s the same as it was last week. Gas Buddy-dot-com reports Batavia’s average at 2.30 a gallon…a dollar 55 on the Indian reservation in Basom.

Bills 2nd year defensive tackle Ed Oliver was arrested for DUI and weapons possession in Houston.
The 22 year old Oliver is being held in a Texas jail.
The Bills issued a statement on Sunday morning saying “we are aware of the situation and we are gathering more information.
We will have no further comment at this point”

COVID-19 Daily Update, May 15, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE:

May 15, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING

New Cases

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m.

o   Genesee County received 4 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 169 positive cases

§  One of the positive cases resides in LeRoy and three of the positive cases reside in Batavia.

§  One of the individuals is in their 20’s and three are in their 30’s.

§  Two of the newly positive individuals were not on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  3 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.

§  1 of the total active positive cases is hospitalized.

§  The Genesee County Health Department received notification that one of the patients from the Batavia VA Medical Center has been identified as an Erie County resident. Therefore, the total positive case number will be one less and has been adjusted in our data.

o   Orleans County received 8 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 154 positive cases

§  One of the positive cases resides in Yates and two of the new positive cases reside in Ridgeway, one of the new positive cases resides in Shelby, two of the new positive cases reside in Albion, and one of the new positive cases resides in Murray.

§  One of the positive cases reside at The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehabilitation Center.

§  Three of the individuals are in their 20’s, two of the individuals are in their 30’s, two of the individuals are in their 50’s and one of the individuals is in their 80’s.

§  None of the newly positive community cases were on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  One of the previous positive community cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.

§  13 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.

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

The health department was made aware that the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) did swab all residents and employees of The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabiliation Center.  Any questions regarding specific issues should be addressed to The Villages or NYSDOH.

 

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: 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.

 

·         Upcoming Graduations:  Because of the current Executive Order that bans gatherings of more than 10 people, no ceremonies are allowed in stadiums or fields.  Drive-by parades are okay as long as they are maintaining social distancing orders and not parking.  The Governor’s office is not going to review requests on a case by case basis. 

·         Re-Opening Guidance:  The State has provided a template for all businesses to help develop their written Safety Plan to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  This plan does not need to be submitted to a state-agency for approval, however it must be retained on the premises of the business and must be made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection.  Be advised the local health departments are NOT the gatekeepers in these next steps.  We are NOT reviewing/approving plans and we don’t have the ability to make decisions on who is / who isn’t a part of the first phase nor have we been provided with guidance on interpreting who is and who isn’t included.

o   For guidance on Phase 1 re-opening, go to the NY Forward website:  https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase#overview  For the Safety Plan Template, click here.

o   Both Genesee and Orleans Counties operations are to stay reduced until June 7th according to the Governor’s Executive Order and Phase 1 guidelines.

o   Each Industry has a set of Phase One Guidelines, a summary of the guidelines, detailed guidelines, an affirmation the guidelines were read and followed and access to the Business Safety Plan Template (see link above).

o   For questions regarding your specific business/organization contact the Regional Control Room at flnyf@esd.ny.gov  

o   Metrics to Guide Reopening New York:  https://forward.ny.gov/metrics-guide-reopening-new-york#individual-region-plans

o   Re-opening New York:  Phase 1:  https://forward.ny.gov/

·         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.

 

·         The Nursing Home hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form:  https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

 

Vintage Aircraft Stage Fly-Over in Batavia

Batavia missed out on the Air Force fly-over earlier this week but we will still see one tomorrow.

The aircraft will be a little slower and noisier but the intent will be the same.

The National Warplane Museum in Geneseo is ready to pay tribute to those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Operation Thanks from Above” is scheduled to fly-over the V-A Hospital in Batavia and United Memorial Medical Center at about 11:24 tomorrow morning.
You may want to add a few minutes on either side of the scheduled 11:24a.m time to be sure you don’t miss it.

The flyover will be led by Whiskey 7, a Douglas C-47 that is a part of the annual Warplane Museum’s annual airshow in Geneseo.

Morning News Briefing

On the day that Genesee County begins to re-open from the coronavirus shutdown, the disease takes another life.
The health department reported late yesterday a new death related to COVID-19. This person was only identified as an individual over the age of 65.
This brings to four the number of people to die in from the virus in Genesee County.
In Orleans County, another person has died from coronavirus at the Villages of Orleans Health and Rebab center, also a person over 65, and the 20th person to die at the nursing home in Albion since the pandemic began.
In terms of new positive cases, one was reported in Genesee County yesterday and one new case was reported in Orleans County.

After being shut down for weeks, the Finger Lakes region will be allowed to start reopening its economy today. Genesee County is included in the region.
New York State says the region has achieved all seven benchmarks needed to start phase one of a four-step reopening process.
Businesses in industries like construction and manufacturing will be allowed to get back up and running first.
Once they’re opened, businesses will need to follow strict guidelines to keep both customers and their employees safe.

Some confusion surrounding today’s partial re-opening of Genesee County related to the local DMV office.
County clerk Michael Cianfrini tells us the county’s department of Motor Vehicles is not re-opening.
The DMV office will remain closed until at least Phase-two of the “un-pause” New York order is allowed.

The Genesee County legislature is now only eight members.
District 1 legislator John Hilchey has resigned his post. Hilchey served the Towns of Oakfield and Alabama.
He said his service on the legislature was a having a negative impact on his employer
Republican Party chairmen in Oakfield and Alabama are putting out the call for a candidate to fill Hilchey’s seat.

Officials with Six Flags Darien Lake have announced details of the reservation system that’ll be in place this year in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Season pass holders will get the first chance to choose which day they want to visit the park before those reservations will be available to everyone else.
Guests will only be allowed to enter the park at the time they selected.
There’s no word yet on when the park will open.

It looks like New Yorkers are going to have to wait a bit longer to find out if the state fair will happen in Syracuse this year.
The state says any decision on the 2020 event will likely be made at the last minute.
The fair is scheduled to start in August.

Genesee County DMV Remains Closed

In light of the recent announcement that Genesee County has been included in the Governor’s Phase I plan to begin lifting restrictions in the Finger Lakes Region, I would like to clarify that unfortunately this does not apply to the Genesee County DMV. Pursuant to the Executive Orders issued by the Governor in March, every DMV in the state was closed to the public and thus far none have been cleared to reopen.

In recent days we have fielded hundreds of calls from individuals inquiring as to whether we will be reopening to the public on May 18th, so I would like to clarify and state that unfortunately the Phase I plan does not include the DMV. Therefore, until the state lifts the closure, we must remain closed to the public until further notice.

However, while we are prohibited from opening our doors to the public at this time, we remain committed to serving the public to the extent possible. Our office continues to handle a wide range of transactions submitted through the mail or deposited in one of our drop boxes. If you need to do any of the following transactions, please feel free to submit your paperwork either through the mail or preferably through one of our DMV drop boxes located on Court Street in Batavia or Main Street in Leroy:

– Registration renewals
– Transferring plates from one vehicle to another vehicle owned by the same individual
– License plate surrenders
– Driver’s license renewals, provided an electronic eye test has been submitted, or a form MV-619 Vision test is included.

If you drop off or mail any of these transactions to us, please remember to include your full name, physical address and a phone number in case we need to reach you.
Also, please rest assured that if your driver’s license or registration expired in March they are still valid and you cannot be ticketed for the expiration.

Governor Cuomo, through executive order extended all of those expiration dates “until further notice”. I, along with other County Clerks, have advocated to him and our state Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to continue extending those expirations so that when we do reopen, we can do so in a measured, controlled manner. Otherwise, a situation may be created where maintaining order and social distancing in our office would be extremely difficult with the surge of customers.

Once we are cleared to reopen the DMV to the public, we are putting measures in place to help ensure the safety of both the staff and our customers through limiting the number of customers in the office, identifying safe distancing locations for those in line, and requiring the wearing of masks to enter the building and our office. Further, we are restricting entrance to only the door on the west side of building, between County Building #1 and the Old Courthouse. The exit will be on the east side of the building on Court Street. This will minimize the risk of contact between people passing in the hallways.

We appreciate everyone’s patience through this difficult time, and I remain confident that we can get through this together until some semblance of normalcy returns. If you have any questions, please feel free to send us an email. at county.clerk@co.genesee.ny.us

COVID-19 Daily Update May 14, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE:

May 14, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING

New Cases

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m.

o   Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 166 positive cases

§  The positive case resides in Darien.

§  The positive individual is in their 30’s.

§  The newly positive individual was not on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  1 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.

§  4 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

§  Genesee County has received word of one new death notification related to COVID-19.  The individual was over 65.  Our condolences to the family and friends of this individual during this difficult time.

o   Orleans County received 4 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 146 positive cases

§  One of the positive cases resides in Ridgeway and one of the positive cases resides in Kendall.

§  Two of the positive cases reside at The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehabilitation Center.

§  One of the individuals is in their 30’s, one of the individuals is in their 60’s, and two of the individuals are in their 70’s.

§  None of the newly positive community cases were on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  Four of the previous positive community cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.

§  12 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.

§  Orleans County has received word of one new death notification related to COVID-19.  The individual was over 65 and a resident of The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center.  Our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of this individual during this difficult 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.  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.

 

Un-PAUSING does not mean business or life as usual!  Be advised 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 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: 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.

 

·         Re-Opening Guidance:  The State has provided a template for all businesses to help develop their written Safety Plan to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  This plan does not need to be submitted to a state-agency for approval, however it must be retained on the premises of the business and must be made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection.  Be advised the local health departments are NOT the gatekeepers in these next steps.  We are NOT reviewing/approving plans and we don’t have the ability to make decisions on who is / who isn’t a part of the first phase nor have we been provided with guidance on interpreting who is and who isn’t included.

o   For guidance on Phase 1 re-opening, go to the NY Forward website:  https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase#overview  For the Safety Plan Template, click here.

o   Both Genesee and Orleans Counties operations are to stay reduced until June 7th according to the Governor’s Executive Order and Phase 1 guidelines.

o   Each Industry has a set of Phase One Guidelines, a summary of the guidelines, detailed guidelines, an affirmation the guidelines were read and followed and access to the Business Safety Plan Template (see link above).

o   For questions regarding your specific business/organization contact the Regional Control Room at flnyf@esd.ny.gov  

o   Metrics to Guide Reopening New York:  https://forward.ny.gov/metrics-guide-reopening-new-york#individual-region-plans

o   Re-opening New York:  Phase 1:  https://forward.ny.gov/

·         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.

·         The Nursing Home hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form:  https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

 

 

Morning News Briefing

The Genesee County Legislature, by a close and rarely used weighted vote, has decided to halt revenue sharing with towns and villages at least for now.
Why? The county is crying poverty due to its own financial losses because of COVID-19.
Legislature Chair Rochelle Stein tried to reassure town and village leaders who joined in the electronic virtual meeting last night that they would, “not be left behind.”
The vote was 5 to 4 to stop the revenue payments and even when weighted voting was applied, the measure still passed

Four farmhands are burned out of their mobile home in Elba.
Flames quickly destroyed the trailer on the Oak Orchard Dairy yesterday afternoon. Officials labeled the cause as accidental due to a faulty connection to a clothes dryer.

For the first time since the county health department has been announcing daily COVID-19 infections…no new cases of the virus have been reported over the past 24 hours in Genesee or Orleans Counties.
In Genesee County, four active cases remain hospitalized, in Orleans County, 10 positive cases are in the hospital.

The number of coronavirus-related deaths in neighboring Erie County has reached another grim milestone.
Officials say 400 residents have now died after getting infected, while nearly 46-hundred people have tested positive for the virus.
The news is another tough blow to the Western New York region’s ongoing attempt t\o reopen its economy. The region needs to reach seven state mandated benchmarks to begin re-opening.
Genesee County, as part of the Finger Lakes region, has met all seven and will be allowed to slowly re-open beginning tomorrow.

Nursing homes across the state are raising questions about a new testing mandate announced by Governor Cuomo.
He’s calling on all employees at those facilities to be tested twice a week for coronavirus.
However, some nursing homes question they will be able to conduct such screen – and ask who will pay for it?

COVID-19 Daily Update, May 13, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE:

May 13, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING

 

New Cases

As of 2:00 p.m.  Genesee County received 0 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 165 positive cases. Two of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.  4 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

Orleans County received 0 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 142 positive cases. Two of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation. 10 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.

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 COVID19. 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.

Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome is a new health condition appearing in children between the ages of 0-21. Some doctors think the condition is related to having COVID-19, but the connection is still not clear. If you notice any of the following symptoms, call your pediatrician: a fever that won’t go away, abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomiting, rash or changes in skin color, trouble breathing, and your child seems confused or overly sleepy. While Pediatric Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome sounds frightening, the American Academy of Pediatrics reminds parents that this condition is very rare.

 

Results of Small Business Survey Released

The Genesee County Economic Development Center, Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, the Batavia Development Corporation and the Batavia Business Improvement District appreciate the response of small businesses to a recently conducted on-line survey.

With the anticipated resumption of manufacturing and construction services in the Finger Lakes Region on May 15, 2020 the business organizations are looking to collaborate in developing a plan to assist small businesses on Main Streets in city, towns and villages across Genesee County to help them ready for their re-opening.

“Governor Cuomo’s NY Forward plan provides a path for Genesee County and the Finger Lakes Region to reopen intelligently and safely,” said GCEDC President and CEO Steve Hyde. “The input of our small business community, manufacturers and local leaders shows that re-opening safely is a shared priority, and our economic development team supports that mission.”

Conducted the week of May 4th, more than 100 businesses in various sectors, including dining/hospitality, entertainment, fitness, medical services, non-profit, professional services and retail completed the on-line survey. Among the highlights:

● Challenges to Re-Opening:
Businesses see getting customers back into their doors (63% highest or next highest), access to PPE (46% highest or next highest) and developing a safe re-opening plan (41% highest or next highest) as their biggest challenges to re-opening.

● Financial Assistance:
63% of businesses applied for either the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) or Payroll Protection Program (PPP) programs. Of those that applied, 50% had received EIDL assistance, and 82% had received PPP assistance.

● Interest in Business Supported Programming:
Respondents support a coordinated Genesee County Shop Local campaign (87%) expressed interest in safety plan development and training (45%).

Along these lines, the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce will host a Zoom Webinar on Thursday, May 14th from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. featuring Paul Pettit, Public Health Director for Genesee County.

The topics to be covered during the webinar include the status of the County’s reopening; formulating a reopening plan for your business; sanitation and social distancing tips at your workplace; and, reopening guidance from the Genesee County and Orleans County Health Departments.

For more information on the webinar contact the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce at: 343-7440.

Morning News Briefing

A tractor-trailer flips on its side along West Main Street Road in the Town of Batavia after colliding with a car.
The mishap occurred just before midnight last night.
The driver of the big rig was trapped inside his heavily laden vehicle.
He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Early indications are that a mid-sized SUV collided with the semi causing the truck driver to lose control.
A heavy duty tow truck was needed to upright the vehicle.
Further information is expected later today.

Just one new case of COVID-19 reported in Genesee County over the past 24 hours. In Orleans County, there have been eight new cases of the virus while another resident dies at the Villages of Orleans.
Of the eight new cases, all have been in state regulated facilities: including
Two from the Village of Orleans, five from a state run group home for developmentally disabled and one from a Medina nursing home.

Members of the state Legislature will be back in Albany today for a public hearing on the impact of the coronavirus crisis.
Lawmakers are expected to focus on the effect the pandemic has had on the agriculture industry and small businesses.
The State Capitol building has been essentially empty for weeks after lawmakers passed the state budget.

The Arc of Genesee Orleans Transfer Station is replacing hours cut back during COVID-19.
Managers said lines at the West Main Street transfer station were getting too long.
The transfer station will now resume operations on Fridays from 8 until 2 and extend Wednesday operations until 6pm.

As voters are receiving their absentee applications in the mail for the June 23rd Primary and Special Election, the Board of Elections has some advice.
If you wish to vote absentee, fill out the form you received in the mail.
Check “temporary illness or physical disability” in box 1 … and check “Primary Election only” and “Special Election only” in box 2.
Fill out the rest of the application and mail it back in the self-addressed, prepaid envelope.
Your ballot or ballots will be mailed to you after your application has been received and processed.

COVID-19 Daily Update May 12, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

May 12, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING

New Cases

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 165 positive cases
      • The positive case resides in Batavia.
      • The positive case is in their 30’s.
      • The newly positive individual was not on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 0 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 5 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 8 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 142 positive cases
      • All of the new positive cases were in state-regulated facilities: 2 from The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center, 5 (one counted from the weekend for a total of 6) from Western NY DDSO Group Home, and 1 from Orchard Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.
      • Of the new positive cases one individual is in their 20’s, three individuals are in their 30’s, one individual is in their 50’s, one individual is in their 60’s, one individual is in their 80’s and one individual is in their 90’s.
      • Two of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 10 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 are saddened to report another death from The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center. Our deepest 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.  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.

 

  • Finger Lakes Region to Re-open New York’s first phase beginning, Friday, May 15, 2020. If you have questions about New York Forward and Business Re-opening use the following e-mail:  https://esd.ny.gov/nyforward-faqBe advised the local health departments are NOT the gatekeepers in these next steps.  We are NOT reviewing /approving plans and we don’t have the ability to make decisions on who is / who isn’t a part of the first phase nor have we been provided with guidance on interpreting who is and who isn’t included.  We have included several links to assist with planning and contact information for your reference on how to re-open for those slated to in Phase One.   
    • The first phase In order to un-PAUSE safely, we need to continue to be intentional about social distancing, properly wearing face coverings, handwashing/sanitizing and limiting time in public. Please click here for a re-opening guidance and fact sheet in response to COVID-19 developed by the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments.   For further information on the NYS Plans, click here.  For NY Forward, a guide to reopening New York and Building Back Better, click here.
    • Phased Plan to Re-open New York: https://www.governor.ny.gov/programs/new-york-forward
    • Business Safety Precautions:
      • Each business and industry must have a plan to protect employees and consumers, make the physical work space safer and implement processes that lower risk of infection in the business.

    In developing these plans, businesses will need to consider three main factors.

    • The first factor is protections for employees and customers.These include possible adjustments to workplace hours and shift design as necessary to reduce density in the workplace; enacting social distancing protocols, and restricting non-essential travel for employees.
    • The second is changes to the physical workspace, including requiring all employees and customers to wear masks if in frequent close contact with others and implementing strict cleaning and sanitation standards.
    • The last factor for businesses to consider is implementing processes that meet our changing public health obligations, like screening individuals when they enter the workplace, or reporting confirmed positives to customers. While these processes will vary from business to business, almost everyone will have to adapt, in some way or another, to our new normal.
    • 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.

 

Morning News Briefing

The Finger Lakes region has been given the green light to start reopening its economy…and the Finger Lakes region includes Batavia and Genesee County.
Governor Cuomo has announced that the area has reached all seven benchmarks required to allow some businesses to get back up and running again.
That process can begin once the governor’s “New York State on PAUSE” executive order expires on Friday.
All retail businesses will be able to perform curbside pickup and drop-off going forward.
Meanwhile, the state says it will allow low-risk professions such as landscaping, low-risk outdoor recreational activities and drive-in movie theaters to reopen.

The City of Batavia predicts a $2.5-million budget gap this year. Much of that shortfall due to a sharp decline in sales tax revenue.
The city has already imposed a hiring freeze, some part-time layoffs and cancellation of the summer youth program.
Now, City Manager Martin Moore has directed additional cuts in each department including the layoff of a crossing guard and a delay in vehicle purchases for the police department, the elimination of street light replacements and various other cuts in supplies.
No full time city employee layoffs have been announced so far.

Batavia Republican Assembly Steve Hawley is calling for Governor Cuomo’s emergency powers to come to an end. Hawley says it’s time to return to established state government operations and legislative powers.

The Batavia City Council has given the go-ahead to the Genesee County Farmers Market to begin operations on June 5th.
But not before a number of councilmen questioned whether or not food trucks should be part of the market.
Councilman John Canale, and others, cited complaints from existing downtown restaurants that the food trucks were drawing business away from them. Ultimately council dumped the issue back into the laps of the Business Improvement District which sponsors the farmers market and has a number of restaurants as members.

COVID-19 Daily Update, May 11, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE:

May 11, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 164 positive cases
      • The positive case resides in Batavia.
      • The positive case is in their 30’s.
      • The newly positive individual was not on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 2 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 5 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
      • We have removed a ‘positive / recovered’ individual that was determined to be a false-positive result. Therefore, the total positive case number will be one less and has been adjusted in our data. No further information will be shared.
    • Orleans County received 2 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 134 positive cases
      • The community positive case resides in Ridgeway.
      • There is one additional positive case who is a resident of The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center.
      • Of the new positive cases one individual is in their 50’s and one individual is in their 90’s.
      • 10 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

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. 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.

  • We are pleased to receive word of being included in the Finger Lakes Region to Re-open New York’s first phase beginning, Friday, May 15, 2020. Be advised the local health departments are NOT the gatekeepers in these next steps. We are NOT reviewing /approving plans and we don’t have the ability to make decisions on who is / who isn’t a part of the first phase nor have we been provided with guidance on interpreting who is and who isn’t included (see the highlighted phase below). We have included several links to assist with planning and contact information for your reference on how to re-open for those slated to in Phase One.
    • The first phase In order to un-PAUSE safely, we need to continue to be intentional about social distancing, properly wearing face coverings, handwashing/sanitizing and limiting time in public. Please click here for a re-opening guidance and fact sheet in response to COVID-19 developed by the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments. For further information on the NYS Plans, click here. For NY Forward, a guide to reopening New York and Building Back Better, click here.
    • Phased Plan to Re-open New York: https://www.governor.ny.gov/programs/new-york-forward
      • Priority Industries for Re-Opening:
        • Phase One: Construction; Manufacturing & wholesale supply chain; Select retail using curbside pickup only; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Hunting
        • Phase Two: Professional services; Finance & Insurance; Retail; Administrative support; Real Estate & Rental Leasing
        • Phase Three: Restaurants & Food Service; Hotels & Accommodations
        • Phase Four: Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Education
  • ROC COVID-19 Health Screener: This symptom tracker for the Greater Rochester region is a scientific study collected aggregate date 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.  

 

National Police Week Recognized Locally

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as National Police Week. Typically, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those officers that have paid the ultimate sacrifice during this week.

Village of Le Roy Police Department Left to right: Officer Adriano Medici, Detective John Condidorio, Officer Zachary Klafehn, Officer Chris Ford, Sergeant Greg Kellogg, Officer Curt Miller, Officer Steve Cappotelli, Officer Connor Denz

 

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic these events have been cancelled this year. Genesee County Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr., City of Batavia Police Chief Shawn Heubusch, Village of Le Roy Police Chief Christopher Hayward, along with the Genesee County Legislature, recognize this week in honor of all those in the law enforcement profession for the countless hours each officer dedicates to the community in which they serve.

City of Batavia Police Department Left to right: Officer Austin Hedges, Officer Felicia DeGroot, Officer Josh Girvin, Officer Nicole McGinnis, Officer Sam Freeman

 

The Genesee County Legislature will be issuing a proclamation at its Wednesday night meeting recognizing May 10 – 16, 2020, as National Police Week. The lights on the Old County Courthouse cupola will be changed to blue to acknowledge this week.

 

 

Genesee County Sheriff’s Office Left to right: Sergeant Michael J. Lute, Deputy Rachel M. Diehl, Investigator Joseph D. Loftus, Deputy Robert C. Henning, Deputy Travis M. DeMuth

 

Village of Corfu Police Department Officer Scott Johnston

Law enforcement officers are always prepared to respond and aid our residents, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

“We commend the women and men of the law enforcement community for their selfless dedication to the protection of the citizens and communities they serve. May God bless them and their families. Please take a moment and join us in paying tribute to these tremendous individuals and remember those that have given the ultimate sacrifice,” stated Sheriff Sheron, Chief Heubusch and Chief Hayward.

Morning News Briefing

The pressure is on at the Villages of Orleans Nursing and rehabilitation Center in Albion. Another resident there died over the weekend from COVID-19 related illness.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia, whose district includes Albion, says a number of agencies are now involved in the investigation of the nursing home. Among them, Hawley said, is the Orleans County District Attorney and Sheriff’s Department.
Hawley said the State Department of Health that has regulatory control over nursing homes in the state, conducted a surprise inspection in April and found the Villages of Orleans in compliance with state guidelines.
Hawley described the situation at the privately owned nursing home as, “out of control.”

Governor Cuomo has announced that hospitals cannot discharge patients to nursing homes if they’ve tested positive for the disease.
Staff members at nursing homes also need to be screened twice a week for the virus.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul says Western New York is making progress towards reopening its economy. Hochul says while the region has reached several benchmarks laid out by Governor Cuomo, progress is still needed in some areas. She says people can help out by wearing masks in public and taking part in social distancing.

Starting today, all Amtrak customers will be required to wear masks onboard trains. The company says its part of an effort to keep people safe as it increases service to meet customer demand in the Northeast. In addition to masks, travelers must also follow proper social distancing protocols while onboard, in stations and at ticket counters.

In the next few days all registered voters will be receiving an absentee application in the mail from the Genesee County Board of Elections.
This allows voters to use “temporary illness” due to the COVID-19 pandemic to apply and mail in your application with a prepaid envelope.
After the application is received, the board of elections will mail your ballot.
This application is good only for the June 23rd Primary Election.

Western New York drivers are continuing to find consistent prices at the pump. Gas Buddy-dot-com shows an average price of a gallon of regular in Batavia at $2.27.On the reservation in Basom, a gallon of regular is $1.55.

COVID-19 Daily Update May 8, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

May 8, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

Nurses’ Week – we would like to take a moment to thank our nursing teams in both counties as well as all the nurses who are working so hard to help those under their care. They daily provide care, instruction, encouragement, compassion, and strength to the patients and their families they are in contact with. We greatly appreciate all you do every day no matter if it is a routine day or in the midst of a pandemic, thank you!

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 162 positive cases
      • The positive case resides in Batavia.
      • The positive case is in their 80’s.
      • The newly positive individual was not on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 1 of the previous positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 5 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 0 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 124 positive cases
      • 2 of the previous positive community cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 7 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
      • We are reporting that an individual (under 65 years of age) who lived in The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center passed away. Due to privacy issues, we are not releasing further details about this individual. I would like to express my sincerest sympathy for these individuals’ family and friends.”

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. 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.

  • COVID-19 Serology Testing (SARS-CoV-2): Serology tests look for antibodies (proteins that fight off infections) in the blood to better understand how many COVID-19 infections have occurred. Provides a more complete estimate of how common COVID-19 is (or the incidence of infection) and is a guide to control measures, such as social distancing.
    • 44 residents of Orleans County had the Serology Test for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) and 4 returned positive. 336 residents of Genesee County had the Serology Test for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) and 12 returned positive.
    • Serology tests are not used for diagnosis. These tests are more for research to help in the development of vaccines and in understanding the scale of the pandemic.
    • The tests look for the antibodies in the blood. If antibodies are found it means there has been a previous infection. It takes 1-2 weeks after the first symptoms appear for antibodies to develop in the body. Antibodies can take 2-3 after infection to develop, so people should not get the antibody test too early or it may give false negative results. This is an aid in identifying individuals with an adaptive immune response to COVID-19, indicating recent or prior infection. There are also several different strains of coronavirus and the antibody may pick up a different coronavirus type other than the current pandemic novel strain, causing positive for coronavirus antibodies. Not everyone will develop an antibody response.
    • It is currently unknown if someone who has been infected with COVID-19 will be immune to the virus if exposed in the future.
    • Resources: https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/emergency-situations-medical-devices/faqs-testing-sars-cov-2#serology; https://www.idsociety.org/globalassets/idsa/public-health/covid-19/idsa-covid-19-antibody-testing-primer.pdf; https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/serology-surveillance/index.html
  • Mothers’ Day: As with any special holiday, it is important during COVID-19 we continue social distancing. This is not the time to be having barbecues, large family gatherings. Honor your Moms creatively by facetiming, sending them some special treats, calling on the phone, but if you don’t live in the same household honor them from a distance. Keep your Moms healthy and safe and stay 6 feet away. We don’t want to see a rise in positive cases because people didn’t heed social distancing.
  • In order to un-PAUSE safely, we need to continue to be intentional about social distancing, properly wearing face coverings, handwashing/sanitizing and limiting time in public. As seen over the last week there have been daily increases in community spread cases of COVID-19. If we see a significant increase in community acquired positive cases it may hinder our ability to move forward and re-open our counties. It is up to each of us individually to adhere to the guidelines in place, this is about respecting others and their safety understanding as we protect others we are protecting ourselves.
    • Phased Plan to Re-open New York: https://www.governor.ny.gov/programs/new-york-forward
      • Do No Harm and Strengthen Healthcare System – Based on CDC recommendations, regions must experience a 14-day decline in hospitalizations and deaths on a 3-day rolling average. Regions with few COVID cases cannot exceed 15 new total cases or 5 new deaths on a 3-day rolling average. A region must have fewer than two new COVID patients admitted per 100,000 residents per day.
      • Testing and Contact Tracing – Regions must implement a testing regimen that prioritizes symptomatic persons and individuals who came into contact with a symptomatic person, and conducts frequent tests of frontline and essential workers. Every region must have the capacity to conduct 30 diagnostic tests for every 1,000 residents per month.
      • Priority Industries for Re-Opening:
        • Phase One: Construction; Manufacturing & wholesale supply chain; Select retail using curbside pickup only
        • Phase Two: Professional services; Finance & Insurance; Retail; Administrative support; Real Estate & Rental Leasing
        • Phase Three: Restaurants & Food Service; Hotels & Accommodations
        • Phase Four: Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Education
  • ROC COVID-19 Health Screener: This symptom tracker for the Greater Rochester region is a scientific study collected aggregate date 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
  • Prepping for Re-opening Our Region: The Health Departments have developed a guide to use in developing business or organizations re-opening plans.   Please click here for a re-opening guidance and fact sheet in response to COVID-19 developed by the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments. For further information on the NYS Plans, click here.
  • Swabbing and antibody testing is becoming increasingly available in the WNY region. If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your primary care provider and they will determine if testing is right for you. If the counties receive an increase in swabbing supplies and the protocol for testing is changed, we will notify the public. The Health Departments are not providing public swabbing due to lack of supplies. For more information on testing click here.
  • There is still no cure or vaccination available for COVID-19. Be alert to scams or home remedies. Contact your primary care provider if you have any symptoms and follow his/her instructions.

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

Domestic Violence

  • For New Yorkers in need of help or assistance, they can text 844-997-2121 or can go to the new confidential online site to reach a professional at www.opdv.ny.gov The new text program and confidential online service will make it easier for victims who are isolated with their abusers to get help. Both the text and online service are staffed 24/7 by the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Staff who are experts in the area of domestic violence.

 

Absentee Ballot Applications in the Mail

In the next few days all registered voters will be receiving an absentee application in the mail from the Genesee County Board of Elections. This allows voters to use “temporary illness” due to the COVID-19 pandemic to apply and mail in your application with a pre-paid envelope.

After we receive your application, we will mail your ballot (or ballots in the case of some voters who will receive multiple ballots), out to you so that you will be able to vote safely.  This application is good only for the June 23rd Primary Election. If you have any questions please call (585) 815-7804 or email us at election@co.genesee.ny.us

GCEDC Accepts Applications for two Projects Worth $9-million

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) board of directors voted to accept applications for two projects that will generate $9 million in capital investments.

Bright Oak Solar, LLC is seeking incentives to construct a 4MW community solar at a capital investment of $6 million project.  The project would be located on Galloway Road in the town of Batavia.

J & R Fancher Property Holdings, LLC is investing $3 million to build a 32,254 square-foot, three-story facility to be constructed on 2 acres in the Buffalo East Technology Park in the town of Pembroke.  The project will add 17 market-rate, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments on the second and third floors, and an interior space comprised of four spaces for commercial tenants, as well as indoor parking and a fitness center.

“These projects continue the momentum in investments in residential housing and the renewable energy sectors,” said GCEDC Board Chair Paul Battaglia.  “In just the first few months of 2020, we have projects that will create close to 100 new residential housing units and investments of approximately $28 million in renewable energy sector that will create 26-megawatts of solar energy.”

J & R Fancher Property Holdings, LLC is requesting approximately $615,924 of property, sales and mortgage tax incentives. The project is estimated to produce $5.5 of economic impact for every $1 of proposed incentives.

Bright Oak Solar LLC is seeking approximately $978,656 in sales, mortgage and property tax exemptions.  The company will make PILOT payments over the next 15 years which are estimated to generate $122,610 in revenues to Genesee County and $257,845 in revenues to the Oakfield-Alabama Central Schools. The total increase in PILOT payments and real property taxes for the project is estimated at $394,139 over 15 years.

Since both projects are seeking incentives over $100,000, public hearings will be conducted.

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Morning News Briefing

The number of new positive cases of COVID-19 jumps by 15 in Orleans County, 10 of those new cases are residents of the Villages of Orleans.
The death count edged up by two in Orleans County, one had been a resident of the villages.
In Genesee County, the latest numbers from the health department revealed four new cases of Coronavirus…two in Batavia, one in Bethany and one in the Town of Alabama.
Genesee Orleans Public Health Director Paul Pettit is due to deliver his weekly report later this afternoon. WBTA will carry Pettit’s remarks, live, beginning at 4 this afternoon.

An executive order has been extended in New York State to give some relief to people who rent a place to live. Landlords cannot evict someone for inability to pay their rent due to the pandemic. The order remains in effect until at least August 20th. The governor’s order also protects renters from late fees and allows them to pay rent with their security deposits.

The Downtown Batavia public Market plans to re-open on June 5th.
The market is located at the corner of Bank Street and Alva Place.
Organizers say the market will adhere to enhanced public health guidelines through social distancing and spacing of vendor areas.

The start of camping season is being pushed back in New York State. Officials say state-run campgrounds will not be allowed to open until at least June 1st…. missing the popular Memorial Day weekend.

The Buffalo Bills will get plenty of time in the national spotlight during the upcoming season.
The NFL has scheduled the Bills to play in four prime-time contests. Their first nationally televised game will be hosting the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs for Thursday Night Football.
The Bills are also scheduled to play Monday Night games against the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots and a Sunday contest against the Steelers.

COVID-19 Daily Briefing May 7, 2020

SITUATIONAL UPDATE:

May 7, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 4 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 161 positive cases
      • Two of the positive cases reside in Batavia, one resides in Bethany, and one resides in Alabama.
      • Two individuals are in their 30’s, one individual is in their 40’s, and one individual is in their 50’s.
      • Three of the newly positive individuals were on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 2 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 5 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 15 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 124 positive cases
      • One of the new positive cases resides in Yates, one resides in Shelby, one resides in Albion, one resides in Gaines and one of the new positive cases resides in Kendall.
      • 10 positive cases reside at The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehabilitation Center.
      • The newly positive cases has two individuals in their 30’s, one individual in their 50’s, four individuals in their 60’s, three individuals in their 70’s, five individuals in their 80’s, and one individual in their 90’s.
      • One of the community newly positive individuals was on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 8 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
      • We are reporting that an individual (over 65 years of age and who had underlying health conditions) who lived in the community, who had tested positive for COVID-19 has passed away,” stated Paul Pettit, Director of the Genesee & Orleans County Health Departments. “We have also had an individual who lived in The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center pass away. Due to privacy issues, we are not releasing further details about either of these individuals. I would like to express my sincerest sympathy for these individuals’ family and friends.”

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. 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.

  • In order to un-PAUSE safely, we need to continue to be intentional about social distancing, properly wearing face coverings, handwashing/sanitizing and limiting time in public. As seen over the last week there have been daily increases in community spread cases of COVID-19. If we see a significant increase in community acquired positive cases it may hinder our ability to move forward and re-open our counties. It is up to each of us individually to adhere to the guidelines in place, this is about respecting others and their safety understanding as we protect others we are protecting ourselves.

Morning News Briefing

Another resident of the Villages of Orleans nursing facility in Albion dies from COVID-19. The death toll there is now 15.
Genesee County has added three new positive cases of the virus, two in Pembroke and one in Batavia. One individual is in their 20’s, the other two are in their 30’s. Five of the total active cases are hospitalized.

Governor Cuomo says most of the New Yorkers recently hospitalized due to the coronavirus were people staying at home.
Data shows many of the infected individuals were non-essential workers or people who have retired.
Governor Cuomo called the discovery shocking, saying the government has done all it can to keep people from getting sick.

Officials say the Finger Lakes region is on track to be able to start reopening its economy.
Doctor Michael Mendoza, Monroe County’s Commissioner of Health, says the Finger Lakes region will likely meet state requirements to get things back up and running again. Genesee County is part of the Finger Lakes region.

About 71-percent of Tri-state residents feel the priority should be slowing the spread of coronavirus and keeping people at home, even if it hurts the economy. New poll numbers from Quinnipiac University also indicate that respondents feel strongly there should be more testing in their home state, in order to lift stay-at-home-orders.

A new solar energy project has been proposed in the Town of Batavia.
Bright Oak Solar is planning a $6-million 4-Megawatt solar panel farm along Galloway Road. The company is asking the county’s Economic Development Center for a payment in lieu of taxes of nearly $400,000 over 15 years.
The GCEDC will also consider later today a tax incentive plan for a $3-million housing project in the Buffalo East Technology Park on Route 77 in Pembroke.

The state Board of Elections is planning to appeal a ruling by a federal judge that reinstated New York’s Democratic presidential primary. The June 23rd vote had been canceled by the board due to concerns over the coronavirus. However, the judge said that decision was unconstitutional and that officials have more than enough time to make sure New Yorkers can vote safely.

COVID-19 Daily Update, May 6, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

May 6, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 3 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 157 positive cases
      • Two of the positive cases reside in Pembroke and one resides in Batavia.
      • One individual is in their 20’s and two of the individuals are in their 30’s.
      • Two of the newly positive individuals were on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 0 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 5 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
      • We have removed a ‘positive / recovered’ individual that was determined to be a false-positive result. Therefore, the total positive case number will be one less and has been adjusted in our data. No further information will be shared.
    • Orleans County received 4 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 109 positive cases
      • Two of the new positive cases reside in Ridgeway and one of the new positive cases resides in Shelby.
      • One positive case resides at The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehabilitation Center.
      • The newly positive cases has one individual in their 40’s, two individuals in their 50’s and one individual in their 80’s and older.
      • None of the community newly positive individuals were on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 8 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
      • We have also received word of another death of an individual who lived at The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center. Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this individual at 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. 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.

  • 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.  
  • Prepping for Re-opening Our Region: The Health Departments have developed a guide to use in developing business or organizations re-opening plans.   Please click here for a re-opening guidance and fact sheet in response to COVID-19 developed by the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments. For further information on the NYS Plans, click here.
  • Swabbing and antibody testing is becoming increasingly available in the WNY region. If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your primary care provider and they will determine if testing is right for you. If the counties receive an increase in swabbing supplies and the protocol for testing is changed, we will notify the public. The Health Departments are not providing public swabbing due to lack of supplies. For more information on testing click here.
  • There is still no cure or vaccination available for COVID-19. Be alert to scams or home remedies. Contact your primary care provider if you have any symptoms and follow his/her instructions.

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
  • Domestic Violence: For New Yorkers in need of help or assistance, they can text 844-997-2121 or can go to the new confidential online site to reach a professional at www.opdv.ny.gov The new text program and confidential online service will make it easier for victims who are isolated with their abusers to get help. Both the text and online service are staffed 24/7 by the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Staff who are experts in the area of domestic violence.

 

Morning News Briefing

National Grid is issuing a warning to customers about a new telephone scam.
The utility says people have been getting calls from scammers claiming to be representatives of National Grid.
The scammers then threaten to shut off your electricity unless customers agree to make immediate payments using a prepaid debit card or money transfer.
You should know that National Grid has suspended all collection activity during the coronavirus shutdown.
The company says if you get a call you think is suspicious, hang up

A construction project worth about $3-million has been proposed for a site on Route 77 near Route 5 in Pembroke.
The project seeks about $616,000in various tax breaks from Genesee County.
What is proposed is a 3-story building consisting of 17 one and two bedroom apartments on the upper floors with commercial space and parking on the ground floor. The developer of the project is is J and R Fancher Holdings of Akron.
The building is proposed for the Buffalo East Technology Park not far from the Yancy’s Fancy factory in Pembroke.
The Genesee County Economic Development Center board considers the tax incentives at its meeting tomorrow afternoon.

The Batavia City School Board has delayed the adoption of next year’s school budget.
The board put off action on the budget for two weeks to buy some time to learn what state aid the district can expect.
In trying to close a $1.6-million budget gap, the district has eliminated 30 jobs including some teacher positions.

It looks like New York State voters will get to take part in a Democratic presidential primary after all.
A federal judge has ruled that the primary must happen June 23rd after declaring its cancellation unconstitutional.
The primary was originally scrapped due to concerns over the coronavirus, but the judge said there’s plenty of time left to figure out how to hold it safely.

Governor Cuomo says remote learning could become a permanent part of life for New York students.
Kids and teachers have been taking part in online classes since March after they were removed from schools in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.
The governor said yesterday the state is looking into how to improve remote learning in the future and has teamed up with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to come up with ideas

GCEDC to Consider Pembroke Project

News Release

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) board of directors will consider a proposed $3 million mixed-use project at the Buffalo East Technology Park in the town of Pembroke at the GCEDC’s May 7, 2020 board meeting.

Because of the COVID19 pandemic the meeting will be conducted via conference and on-line at www.gcedc.com.
The proposed $3 million project by J & R Fancher Property Holdings, LLC would include a 32,254 square-foot, three-story facility to be constructed on 2 acres in the park.

The project will add 17 market-rate, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments on the second and third floors, and an interior space comprised of four spaces for commercial tenants, as well as indoor parking and a fitness center.

This is the third project with a residential component that is seeking incentives from the GCEDC board in 2020. The addition of 17 market-rate apartments would bring the total number of new residential units to 82 in the County. The capital investment of the residential projects is $31.6 million
.
J & R Fancher Property Holdings, LLC is requesting approximately $615,924 of property, sales and mortgage tax incentives. The project is estimated to produce $5.50 of economic impact for every $1 of proposed incentives.

If the project’s application is accepted, a public hearing would be held in advance of a final resolution for project incentives.

COVID-19 Daily Update, May 5, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE:

May 5, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m.

o   Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 155 positive cases

§  The positive case resides in Darien.

§  The positive case is in their 80’s.

§  The newly positive individual was not on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  3 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.

§  5 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

 

o   Orleans County received 3 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 105 positive cases

§  The 3 positive cases reside at The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehabilitation Center.

§  The newly positive cases has one individual in their 70’s and one individual in their 80’s and one individual in their 90’s and older.

§  6 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

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.  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.

 ·         The Nursing Home hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form:  https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

 

·         Swabbing and antibody testing is becoming increasingly available in the WNY region.   If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your primary care provider and they will determine if testing is right for you.  If the counties receive an increase in swabbing supplies and the protocol for testing is changed, we will notify the public.  The Health Departments are not providing public swabbing due to lack of supplies.  For more information on testing click here.

·         There is still no cure or vaccination available for COVID-19.  Be alert to scams or home remedies.  Contact your primary care provider if you have any symptoms and follow his/her instructions.

·         Prepping for Re-opening Our Region:  As we get closer to the possibility of re-opening our region we encourage everyone to be prepared in our preparations with our goal to protect the health and safety of our residents. Conditions will be monitored to limit and lessen (mitigate) any rebounds or outbreaks by restarting a phase or returning to an earlier phase, depending on the severity, to protect the most vulnerable. Re-opening will be data driven to determine the viability of the process. If there is a sharp increase of positive swabs and antibody results we need to determine if it is related to increased testing, lack of following guidance or a combination of the two.

o   For all businesses:  Develop a plan to limit the risk of infection of employees and the public.  Monitor workforce for symptoms, do not allow symptomatic people to physically return to work until cleared by a medical provider.  If possible continue to encourage telework whenever possible.

§  The Health Departments encourage stores and businesses to set guidelines that include not allowing patrons to enter if they are not wearing a face covering or are not wearing it correctly (covering the mouth & nose).  For those who cannot wear masks for legitimate breathing issues, ask someone else to run errands for your or call ahead to see if you can have curbside delivery.  Make sure you have proper signage noting your policy and that it is visible to your patrons.

§  Close common areas where personnel are likely to congregate and interact or enforce strict social distancing protocols.

§  Ensure 6 foot buffer zones when dealing with the public and between work stations.  Prioritize online payments over cashiers when possible.

§  Provide handwashing / hand sanitizing stations for employees and the public.

§  Consider making properly worn face coverings (covering the mouth and nose) mandatory for staff and customers.  For those unable to wear masks due to legitimate breathing issues, reassign them so they don’t interact with the public or have close contact with fellow workers.

§  Review your sick leave policy and enforce it so no on exhibiting symptoms is allowed to report for duty.  If someone becomes ill at work, have disinfecting protocol in place to clean the area(s) the employee has been in.

o   For everyone:  Wearing Masks and Social Distancing is paramount to preventing flare-ups and mini-outbreaks.  Everyone needs to be compliant.  Correctly wearing cloth masks (covering the mouth and nose) is part of a multi-prong approach to stop/slow the spread of COVID-19.  We know wearing a face covering is inconvenient and uncomfortable, but it can limit transmission of respiratory germs.  The mask traps the droplets before they spread into the environment.  Remember wearing a face covering helps to protect others from your potential germs.  Since many have been asymptomatic, this will help limit the spread…”My mask protects you, and your mask protects me!’  Wearing face coverings is a way of strengthening social distancing.

o   Minimize non-essential travel and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel.

o   Continue the following:

§  Continue frequent handwashing / hand sanitizing if soap and water are not available.

§  Continue frequent sanitizing / cleaning of shared surfaces.

§  Continue Social Distancing – staying 6 feet away from others (non-household members)

§  Continue Wearing face coverings

§  Stay HOME if you are sick!!!

 

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

·         Domestic Violence:  For New Yorkers in need of help or assistance, they can text 844-997-2121 or can go to the new confidential online site to reach a professional at www.opdv.ny.gov The new text program and confidential online service will make it easier for victims who are isolated with their abusers to get help.  Both the text and online service are staffed 24/7 by the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Staff who are experts in the area of domestic violence.

 

 

Morning News Briefing

The city of Batavia has put a hiring freeze on all open positions.
It is part of a plan to offset a $2.5-million dollar shortfall in revenue.
Among the jobs that will not be filled are two firefighter positions. The summer recreation program has also been scrapped.
The annual Memorial Day Parade has been cancelled, not so much due to the expense, but the effort to maintain social distancing.
The city says it will find other ways to honor veterans with flags and flowers on their gravesites.

Just one new COVID-19 case reported in Genesee County, an individual living in the Town of Alabama. Two new cases reported in Orleans County. One of them at the Villages of Orleans Nursing home in Albion.

Governor Cuomo has announced the criteria regions across New York will need to achieve to reopen and says right now none of them have met all the required benchmarks. Those standards include several categories such as hospitalization rates, the number of available hospital beds, infection rates and coronavirus testing. Once a region is approved to reopen, it’ll happen in four phases starting with essential businesses that are considered low risk to spread the virus and ending with reopening things like entertainment venues and schools. New York has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country with over 300,000.

State Police have released the name of a Darien man who apparently drown on his own property
The body of 77 year old David Scott of Broadway Road was found by his daughter Saturday afternoon.
Troopers say Mr. Scott had gone out to set up a pump in a retention pond.

The NFL is expected release its 2020 schedule for all teams in the league on Thursday.
In addition to home and road games with their traditional AFC East rivals, the Buffalo Bills are scheduled to take on the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

City Announces Hiring Freeze

The City of Batavia will continue to keep residents informed of service and program changes as the COVID-19 Pandemic continues

The City of Batavia will freeze hiring on all open positions across the City of Batavia. The City is facing an estimated shortfall in revenue of $2.5 Million in the General Fund that will affect many aspects of the City’s operations, including the ability to hire staff and fill positions.

The City will examine potential cost savings through a variety of measures including reduced spending, deferred purchases, and program cuts. Seventy-Two percent (72%) of the general fund spending is allocated to employee costs and various benefits related to employment. Communication and conversations with department heads and union leaders will continue as the City balances the revenue loss with delivery of critical services.

“I have directed City staff to make immediate spending reductions, freeze purchasing that can be deferred, and I have implemented a hiring freeze on all open positions in the City. These measures are only the first phase of plans to reduce spending amid projected revenue shortfalls. As the year continues the City will need to be flexible and adjust the City’s operations to keep pace with revenue shortfalls,” said Dr. Martin Moore, City of Batavia Manager.

The current open positions that will not be filled include two part-time Yard Waste Attendants, a part-time Ordinance Enforcement Officer, a full-time Laborer position, two full time Fire Fighter positions, multiple part-time summer recreation positions, and a full-time Youth Services Program Assistant.

“The summer recreation program will not be able to operate this summer due to the hiring freeze and spending reductions,” said Eugene Jankowski, President of the Batavia City Council. “I know myself, and all of Council, are disappointed that this program cannot continue this summer, but understand the difficult position the COVID-19 pandemic has put upon our City. We also will not be able to hold the Memorial Day Parade this year because of social distancing guidelines, but will still honor our Veterans with flags and flowers on their grave stones.”

Other cuts to programming and service are likely to occur due to financial constraints and because of rules and regulations that must be followed to continue to keep residents safe.

The City will continue to take proactive precautions to keep City employees safe from contracting and spreading the flu and coronavirus. Currently City Hall, and all other City buildings remain closed to residents. Facilities will re-open once a comprehensive reopening plan is in-place and with guidance from New York State and the Genesee County Department of Health and Emergency Management Office.

The City will continue to clean all facilities and wipe down all “high-touch” surfaces during the day to keep staff healthy and safe. The fire department will continue to disinfect city vehicles on a regular rotation and all city employees that currently interact with the public will continue to wear masks and appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The Department of Public works will be fitting protective paneling or “sneeze guard” shields to customer facing offices in the coming weeks.

Currently, the City has multiple options to contact employees, receive building permits, and pay bills. All departments are available via phone and email to assist you. As always in case of an emergency please call 911.

Residents who need to pay a bill are encouraged to use the drobox outside of City Hall, pay through personal online banking, call with a credit card, or mail a check.

If you need a dog license, hunting/fishing license, birth, death or marriage certificate/license please contact the City Clerk’s Office. You can also obtain information about Frequently Asked Questions on the City Clerks Page, 

Questions on building permits can be directed to the Bureau of Inspection at 585-345-6345.

COVID-19 Daily Update, May 4, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE:

May 4, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 154 positive cases
      • The positive case resides in Alabama.
      • The positive individual is in their 20’s.
      • The newly positive individual was not on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 1 of the previous positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 6 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 2 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 102 positive cases
      • The positive case (community) resides in Ridgeway.
      • There was 1 new positive individual for The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehabilitation Center.
      • The new positive cases have one individual in their 40’s and one individual in their 70’s.
      • The community individual had not been on mandatory quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 5 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 5 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

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. 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.

  • Swabbing and antibody testing is becoming increasingly available in the WNY region. If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your primary care provider and they will determine if testing is right for you. If the counties receive an increase in swabbing supplies and the protocol for testing is changed, we will notify the public. The Health Departments are not providing public swabbing due to lack of supplies. For more information on testing click here.
  • There is still no cure or vaccination available for COVID-19. Be alert to scams or home remedies. Contact your primary care provider if you have any symptoms and follow his/her instructions.
  • Prepping for Re-opening Our Region: As we get closer to the possibility of re-opening our region we encourage everyone to be prepared in our preparations with our goal to protect the health and safety of our residents. Conditions will be monitored to limit and lessen (mitigate) any rebounds or outbreaks by restarting a phase or returning to an earlier phase, depending on the severity, to protect the most vulnerable. Re-opening will be data driven to determine the viability of the process. If there is a sharp increase of positive swabs and antibody results we need to determine if it is related to increased testing, lack of following guidance or a combination of the two.
    • For all businesses: Develop a plan to limit the risk of infection of employees and the public. Monitor workforce for symptoms, do not allow symptomatic people to physically return to work until cleared by a medical provider. If possible continue to encourage telework whenever possible.
      • The Health Departments encourage stores and businesses to set guidelines that include not allowing patrons to enter if they are not wearing a face covering or are not wearing it correctly (covering the mouth & nose). For those who cannot wear masks for legitimate breathing issues, ask someone else to run errands for you or call ahead to see if you can have curbside delivery. Businesses, make sure you have proper signage noting your policy and that it is visible to your patrons.
      • Close common areas where personnel are likely to congregate and interact or enforce strict social distancing protocols.
      • Ensure 6 foot buffer zones when dealing with the public and between work stations. Prioritize online payments over cashiers when possible.
      • Provide handwashing / hand sanitizing stations for employees and the public.
      • Consider making properly worn face coverings (covering the mouth and nose) mandatory for staff and customers. For those unable to wear masks due to legitimate breathing issues, reassign them so they don’t interact with the public or have close contact with fellow workers.
      • Review your sick leave policy and enforce it so no one exhibiting symptoms is allowed to report for duty. If someone becomes ill at work, have disinfecting protocol in place to clean the area(s) the employee has been in.
    • For everyone: Wearing Masks and Social Distancing is paramount to preventing flare-ups and mini-outbreaks. Everyone needs to be compliant. Correctly wearing cloth masks (covering the mouth and nose) is part of a multi-prong approach to stop/slow the spread of COVID-19. We know wearing a face covering is inconvenient and uncomfortable, but it can limit transmission of respiratory germs. The mask traps the droplets before they spread into the environment. Remember wearing a face covering helps to protect others from your potential germs. Since many have been asymptomatic, this will help limit the spread…”My mask protects you, and your mask protects me!’ Wearing face coverings is a way of strengthening social distancing.
    • Minimize non-essential travel and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel.
    • Continue the following:
      • Continue frequent handwashing / hand sanitizing if soap and water are not available.
      • Continue frequent sanitizing / cleaning of shared surfaces.
      • Continue Social Distancing – staying 6 feet away from others (non-household members)
      • Continue Wearing face coverings
      • Stay HOME if you are sick!!!

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
  • Domestic Violence: For New Yorkers in need of help or assistance, they can text 844-997-2121 or can go to the new confidential online site to reach a professional at www.opdv.ny.gov The new text program and confidential online service will make it easier for victims who are isolated with their abusers to get help. Both the text and online service are staffed 24/7 by the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Staff who are experts in the area of domestic violence.

 

Morning News Briefing

Another resident of the Village of Orleans has died from coronavirus related disease.
This latest death reported over the weekend brings to 14 the total number of people to die at that nursing home since the pandemic began.
The nursing home has a 120 bed capacity.
On Friday, both the Orleans County Legislature and State Assembly Steve Hawley called for a full and complete investigation by the State Department of Health.

Three new cases of COVID-19 reported in Genesee County over the weekend. There were two new cases of the virus reported in Orleans County, both were residents of the Villages of Orleans in Albion.

An apparent accidental drowning in the town of Darien.
Police say a 77 year old man was found Saturday afternoon in a pond on his property along Broadway Road. The man’s daughter found him partially submerged in the pond. He could not be revived. The man’s name has not been released.

New York State is teaming up with several other states to buy much-needed medical supplies.
Governor Cuomo says the goal of the partnership is to keep states from bidding against each other for things like personal protective equipment, tests and ventilators. The items will be distributed to health care facilities and first responders in case a second coronavirus wave arrives.

Although there is no Wegmans Supermarket in Genesee County, many from here travel some distance to shop there.
The supermarket chain is limiting sales of its Family Pack 80 percent ground beef and Family Pack Boneless Chicken Breast.
Wegmans says those items will be restricted to two purchases per customer because of concerns over a possible meat shortage due to coronavirus.

Western New Yorkers are continuing to pay less when they fill up at the pump.
According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas is $2.20. That’s down four cents from last week and is 14 cents cheaper than this time a month ago.
Gas Buddy.com reports the lowest price in Genesee County is at The Rez in Basom: at $1.50 per gallon.

COVID-19 Daily Briefing, May 1, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE:

May 1, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m.

o   Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 150 positive cases

§  The positive case resides in Batavia.

§  The positive case is in their 70’s.

§  The newly positive individual was not on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  3 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.

§  4 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

 

o   Orleans County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 96 positive cases

§  The positive case resides in Albion.

§  The positive case is in their 30’s.

§  The individual had been on mandatory quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  5 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

o   Orleans County has lost two more residents to COVID-19.  They were both residents at The Village of Orleans Health & Rehab facility.  Both were over 65.  We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of these individuals during this very difficult time.

·         Please take a moment of silence to remember all we have lost in our counties, our state, our nation and around the world.  These people are our parents, our grandparents, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, friends, neighbors and co-workers.  They have each been important to us and they have had an impact on all they have had contact with. 

 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.  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.

 ·         In order to show community spread of the active cases, we have broken out the facilities and all active cases (mandatory isolation, mandatory quarantine and precautionary quarantine and recovery) will only be community cases.  We will continue to include all confirmed cases, total tests administered, total negative results, ages and deaths cumulatively for both community and facilities.  We found that because we are not the agency that follows non-county regulatory facilities we couldn’t report recoveries.  We expect this will give a clearer picture of what is happening in Genesee and Orleans Counties.

o   We are having conversations with our local facilities as appropriate to provide guidance and personal protective equipment (PPE) as it is available, but we are limited in what we can do because they are state or federal facilities and not under local oversight.  If you have questions or concerns about a specific facility we encourage you to talk directly with the facility and the appropriate oversight agency.

 

·         The NYS Health Department will partner with the State’s Attorney General to investigate nursing home violations.  A hotline or online form can be submitted where residents, families, or members of the public can share complaints about nursing homes that have not provided required communications with families about COVID-19 diagnoses or fatalities, nursing home abuse, and neglect including failure to follow rules to keep residents safe.  The hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form:  https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

 

 

WCCHS to Resume Elective Surgery on Monday

In accordance with State and Regional Orders along with Department of Health Directives, Wyoming County Community Health System (WCCHS) plans to resume elective surgeries as of May 4, 2020.

According to Dr. Paul Mason, Orthopaedic Surgeon and Chief Medical Officer, “We have taken unprecedented measures to protect the safety of our patients, healthcare workers and Community as a whole.”

It should be understood that in these uncertain times and as with any surgery, each individual should consider the risks associated with that surgery related to their particular circumstances. We believe with the consideration of all sources of guidance, we have minimized the risk, allowing us to return to providing the level of high quality care that the community has enjoyed in the past and expects in the future.

Hawley Wants Probe of Albion Nursing Home

Steve Hawley

UPDATE: 4pm: The Orleans County legislature has also asked for a state investigation into the Villages of Orleans. It was also revealed two more residents of the nursing home have died in the past 24 hours from COVID-19 related illness.

State Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R-Batavia) has asked for a state investigation of an Albion nursing home that is the site of over a dozen deaths due to COVID-19 related illness.

The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center, on Route 31 in Albion, has recorded 13 coronavirus related deaths since the outbreak began, according to statistics released by the Genesse Orleans County Health Departments. Officials with the departments confirm that the Albion facility has been the only nursing home in either Genesee or Orleans county to record a COVID-19 death as of April 31, 2020.

Hawley tells WBTA this afternoon that he intends to ask for an investigation by the State Department of Health which has regulatory authority over nursing homes across the state. Hawley also said that he had filed three requests for an investigation of the Villages of Orleans since late last year, prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. Those requests were based on various suspected deficiencies unrelated to coronavirus.

A survey conducted by U.S. News & World report found that the Albion facility, “has a short-term rehabilitation rating of Below Average and a long term care rating of Below Average. It is a medium facility with 120 beds and has for-profit, partnership ownership.”

Morning News Briefing

A Batavia man, well known to police lately, is now charged with the suspected sexual abuse of a child.
18 year old Devon Wright of Highland Park has been arrested in connection with an incident last November involving a child under the age of 15.
Wright was recently arrested for his suspected role in a hit and run on Highland Park. In March, Wright was busted for the alleged burglary of a West Main Street business.

PHOTO: Devon Wright

 

Police warning of some bogus bills circulating at local businesses. They say the funny- money is in small denominations. Police say check your cash. If you suspect possible counterfeit bills, call police.

Two popular Batavia summertime events called off this year due to COVID-19.
The Batavia Business Improvement District – of BID – has announced that “Beertavia” and the Jackson Square concert series have been cancelled.
Organizers say the uncertainty over maintaining social distancing due to coronavirus led them to the decision.
BID says they hope to have both back next summer.

The latest COVID-19 update from the health department shows no new positive cases of the virus in Genesee County, the total remains at 149.
There were four new cases in Orleans County, two of them from the Villages of Orleans nursing facility in Albion.
Today’s COVID-19 briefing will be delivered later today by Public Health Director Paul Pettit. We will broadcast Pettit’s remarks live, at 4 this afternoon, over WBTA FM and AM, and online at WBTAi.com.

COVID-19 patients at Strong Hospital in Rochester are showing promising results after being treated with a new drug. The drug is an antiviral treatment called Remdesivi. Strong Hospital is part of a federal study into the drug’s effectiveness.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’ll announce today whether schools across the state will reopen this academic year. Schools have been closed since March 18th. The last extension was to run until May 15th.

COVID-19 Daily Update: April 30, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE:

April 30, 2020

STAY HOME; WASH HANDS; SOCIAL DISTANCING; WEAR A FACE COVERING!

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m.

o   Genesee County received 0 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 149 positive cases

§  3 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.

§  3 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized. 

§  1 of the total active positive cases is at a non-hospital regulated facility.

 

o   Orleans County received 4 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 95 positive cases

§  One of the individuals resides in Albion and one of the individuals lives in Gaines.

§  Two of the positive cases were from The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehab Facility.

§  One individual is in their 50’s, two individuals are in their 60’s, and one individual is in their 90’s.

§  One of the total positive cases was considered a non-county resident, but the health department was notified that positive is part of our count.   The individual was followed in the county they are currently in.  The person has since recovered. 

§  1 of the previous positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.

§  5 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

 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.  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.

 

·         The NYS Health Department will partner with the State’s Attorney General to investigate nursing home violations.  A hotline or online form can be submitted where residents, families, or members of the public can share complaints about nursing homes that have not provided required communications with families about COVID-19 diagnoses or fatalities, nursing home abuse, and neglect including failure to follow rules to keep residents safe.  The hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form:  https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

 

 

Morning News Briefing

Teachers and staff jobs eliminated in the Batavia City School District.
By a 4 to 1 vote this week, the board of education cut the positions to save about $1.5-million
Among the cuts: two district administrators, five reading teachers, five elementary teachers and 10 teachers’ aids – among others.
The plan would also alter the school days putting Batavia High School and middle school on a 7:30am to 2:15pm schedule, while John Kennedy and Jackson schools would move to a 9am to 3:15pm school days.
That plan still needs the OK of the teachers union.

A task force has been formed to l look into how to safely reopen schools in New York.
Students and faculty have been home for weeks after schools were shuttered in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.
The governor is expected to announce by tomorrow if schools will reopen this academic year.

Hospitals in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties have been given the OK to resume elective surgeries.
Those procedures are money-makers for hospitals.
The elective surgeries were halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Officials at U-R Medicine and Rochester Regional Health, which operates UMMC in Batavia, say they are ready to resume the procedures.
There has been no official statement yet as to when UMMC will resume the elective surgery.

The latest health department report for Genesee and Orleans Counties:
Just one new positive case of COVID-19 in Genesee County, a Batavia resident in their 20’s.
Four new cases in Orleans County – three of them at the Villages of Orleans nursing home in Albion – where 11 deaths have occurred.

One new case of coronavirus in Genesee County, a Batavia resident in their 20’s. One of the previous positive cases has recovered and removed from mandatory isolation. In Orleans County: four new positive cases, three of them from the Villages of Orleans nursing home in Albion.

There’s some more bad news when it comes to the spread of coronavirus in neighboring Erie County.
County Executive Mark Poloncarz says that the death toll due to the illness is now at 254.
Meanwhile, the number of hospitalizations due to the disease are at their highest level in several days.

COVID-19 Daily Update, April 29, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

April 29, 2020

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m.

o   Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 149 positive cases

§  The individual resides in Batavia.

§  The individual is under the age of 20.

§  The newly positive individual was on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  1 of the previous positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.

§  3 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized. 

§  1 of the total active positive cases is at a non-hospital regulated facility.

 

o   Orleans County received 4 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 90 positive cases

§  One of the individuals resides in Murray.

§  Three of the positive cases were from The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehab Facility.

§  One individual is in their 20’s, one individual is in their 60’s, one individual is in their 70’s, and one individual is in their 80’s.

§  One of the newly positive individuals was on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  4 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.

§  5 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

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

 ·         The NYS Health Department will partner with the State’s Attorney General to investigate nursing home violations.  A hotline or online form can be submitted where residents, families, or members of the public can share complaints about nursing homes that have not provided required communications with families about COVID-19 diagnoses or fatalities, nursing home abuse, and neglect including failure to follow rules to keep residents safe.  The hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form:  https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

 

OPERATIONAL UPDATES

·         Swabbing and antibody testing is becoming increasingly available in the WNY region.   If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your primary care provider and they will determine if testing is right for you.  If the counties receive an increase in swabbing supplies and the protocol for testing is changed, we will notify the public.  The Health Departments are not providing public swabbing due to lack of supplies.  For more information on testing click here.

·         There is still no cure or vaccination available for COVID-19.  Be alert to scams or home remedies.  Contact your primary care provider if you have any symptoms and follow his/her instructions.

 

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

·         Domestic Violence:  For New Yorkers in need of help or assistance, they can text 844-997-2121 or can go to the new confidential online site to reach a professional at www.opdv.ny.gov The new text program and confidential online service will make it easier for victims who are isolated with their abusers to get help.  Both the text and online service are staffed 24/7 by the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Staff who are experts in the area of domestic violence.

 

NEW YORK STATE RESTRICTIONS / GUIDANCE

·         Phase Two of the State’s Antibody Testing Survey:  Preliminary results show 14.9% of the population have COVID-19

·         New Yorkers who have recovered from COVID-19 are encouraged to donate blood. Here’s information on how to donate or for the American Red Cross Donation Program, click here.

·         Complaints regarding businesses are being referred to the State Department of Labor via online form https://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/laborstandards/coronavirus-complaints.shtm or phone:  1-822-789-0470.

·         New York State on PAUSE: 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.

 

Morning News Briefing

Two more residents of the Village of Orleans nursing facility in Albion have died from Coronavirus related illness. This brings the death toll in that one facility to nine since the outbreak began.
Two new positive cases of the virus were reported in Genesee County yesterday – one lives in Batavia, one in the Town of Alabama. This brings Genesee County’s total positive cases to 149 since the outbreak began.

A minor fire in the home of WBTA associate Howard Owens, owner and publisher of the Batavian.
The fire was traced to a faulty nightlight in a downstairs bathroom.
City fire responded around 2 this morning. Howard, wife Billie and pets are all fine – including Rocky, the news hound.
There was no structural problems, but considerable smoke damage.

Governor Cuomo has unveiled the required benchmarks regions will have to achieve if they want to reopen their economies.
Businesses will also reopen in phases and must have a plan to protect customers and employees.
The governor’s plan also includes several guidelines such as a 14-day decline in hospitalizations and a requirement hospitals have enough beds available should there be a second wave of coronavirus.

Students, teachers and parents will not have to wait long to find out if school will be back in session anytime soon.
Governor Cuomo says a decision on the rest of the academic year can be expected by the end of the week

It looks like there will be no New York State Fair in Syracuse this summer.
The Governor says the popular event likely won’t be held unless the coronavirus situation improves dramatically.
The governor explained that unless the entire state is back open, there’s a chance people would travel from regions that are still closed, which could put fair attendees at risk.

COVID-19 Daily Update: April 28, 2020

 

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

April 28, 2020

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 2 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 148 positive cases
      • One of the individuals resides in Batavia and one of the individuals resides in Alabama.
      • One individual is in their 30’s and one individual is in their 70’s.
      • One of the newly positive individuals was on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 1 of the previous positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 3 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
      • 1 of the total active positive cases is at a non-hospital regulated facility.
    • Orleans County received 5 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 86 positive cases
      • One of the individuals resides in Barre, one of the individuals resides in Murray and one of the individuals resides in Albion.
      • Two of the positive cases were from The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehab Facility.
      • One individual is in their 20’s, two individuals are in their 30’s, one individual is in their 50’s, and one individual is in their 90’s.
      • 2 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 6 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
      • We received word that 2 more residents from The Villages of Orleans have passed away. Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of these individuals during this difficult time.

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

  • The NYS Health Department will partner with the State’s Attorney General to investigate nursing home violations. A hotline or online form can be submitted where residents, families, or members of the public can share complaints about nursing homes that have not provided required communications with families about COVID-19 diagnoses or fatalities, nursing home abuse and neglect including failure to follow rules to keep residents safe. The hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form: https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes
OPERATIONAL UPDATES
  • Prepping for Re-opening Our Region: Although there currently isn’t any guidance on when WNY will be allowed to re-open, we are optimistic we will have guidance soon and encourage everyone to be prepared in our preparations with our goal to protect the health and safety of our residents. Conditions will be monitored to limit and lessen (mitigate) any rebounds or outbreaks by restarting a phase or returning to an earlier phase, depending on the severity to protect the most vulnerable. Re-opening will be data driven to determine the viability of the process. If there is a sharp increase of positive swabs and antibody results we need to determine if it is related to increased testing, lack of following guidance or a combination of the two.
    • For everyone: Wearing Masks and Social Distancing is paramount to preventing flare-ups and mini-outbreaks. Everyone needs to be compliant. Correctly wearing cloth masks (covering the mouth and nose) is part of a multi-prong approach to stop/slow the spread of COVID-19. We know wearing a face covering is inconvenient and uncomfortable, but it can limit transmission of respiratory germs. The mask traps the droplets before they spread into the environment. Remember wearing a face covering helps to protect others from your potential germs. ‘My mask protects you, and your mask protects me!’ Wearing masks is a way of strengthening social distancing.
      • Minimize non-essential travel and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel. Contact and follow the advice of your medical provider. Continue the following:
        • Continue frequent handwashing / hand sanitizing if soap and water are not available.
        • Continue frequent sanitizing / cleaning of shared surfaces.
        • Continue Social Distancing – staying 6’ away from others (non-household members).
        • Continue Wearing face coverings.
        • Stay HOME if you are sick!
    • For all businesses: Develop a plan to limit the risk of infection of employees and the public. Monitor workforce for symptoms, do not allow symptomatic people to physically return to work until cleared by a medical provider. If possible continue to encourage telework whenever possible.
      • The Health Department encourages stores and businesses to set guidelines that include not allowing patrons to enter if they are not wearing a face covering or wearing it correctly (covering the mouth & nose). For those who cannot wear masks for legitimate breathing issues, ask someone to run errands for you or call ahead to see if you can have door to car delivery. Make sure proper signage noting your policy is visible to patrons.
      • Close common area where personnel are likely to congregate and interact or enforce strict social distancing protocols.
      • Ensure 6 foot buffer zones when dealing with the public. Prioritize online payments over cashiers when possible.
      • Provide handwashing / hand sanitizing stations for employees and the public.
      • Consider making properly worn face coverings (covering the mouth and nose) for staff and customers. For those unable to wear masks due to legitimate breathing issues, reassign them so they don’t interact with the public or have close contact with fellow workers.
      • Review your sick leave policy and enforce it so no one exhibiting symptoms is allowed to report for duty. If someone becomes ill at work, have disinfecting protocol in place to clean the area the employee has been in.
  • There is still no cure or vaccination available for COVID-19. Be alert to scams or home remedies. Contact your primary care provider if you have any symptoms and follow his/her instructions.
  • Swabbing and antibody testing is becoming increasingly available in the WNY region. If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your primary care provider and they will determine if testing is right for you. If the counties receive an increase in swabbing supplies and the protocol for testing is changed, we will notify the public. The Health Departments are not providing public swabbing due to lack of supplies. For more information on testing click here.

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
  • Domestic Violence: For New Yorkers in need of help or assistance, they can text 844-997-2121 or can go to the new confidential online site to reach a professional at www.opdv.ny.gov The new text program and confidential online service will make it easier for victim who are isolated with their abusers to get help. Both the text and online service are staffed 24/7 by the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Staff who are experts in the area of domestic violence.

 

CGASA Stays Connected During COVID-19 Outbreak

News Release

As our nation deals with the COVID-19 pandemic by practicing social distancing and other safety measures, counselors and peer recovery advocates at Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse have expanded their use of the telephone and internet to support those in recovery.

Understanding that people recovering from substance use can be adversely affected by isolation and boredom, GCASA professionals are taking effective steps to keep in contact with those at risk despite the inability to meet on a face-to-face basis at this time.

“What is most important to know is that GCASA is still here for people – every day of the week, all day and even into the evening,” said Rosalie Mangino-Crandall, director of the recovery programs as well as project innovation and expansion. “We are still finding ways to support people and help them in recovery and doing what they need to do to get better.”

Mangino-Crandall added that just talking to a person or hearing a soothing voice of encouragement can have a profound impact.

“One of the advantages of phone support is that it concentrates that support on the person and what he or she wants to talk about,” she explained. “It really focuses the support on the recovery conversation.”

GCASA’s peer recovery advocates, or peers for short, are people who have lived through recovery (with some of them still in recovery) and have received specialized training to share their experiences with others in need.

According to Amy Kabel, a lead peer at the agency’s Recovery Station on Clinton Street Road, her team continues to connect with their clients on a regular basis.

“While things have changed a lot, what hasn’t changed is that we are checking with people about what they are doing for self-care, and making sure they are reaching out to any support system they may have – to us and their counselors – and making sure they are staying active,” Kabel said.

Kabel said those currently living at Atwater House, GCASA’s residential building on East Main Street, are able to utilize Recovery Station under specific guidelines.

“We allow them to use the facility in small groups, and we are doing social distancing – keeping everyone six feet away from each other,” she said, adding that peers and other staff there are wearing masks as a precaution. “Some come for a couple hours and some come at 10 in the morning and pretty much stay all day until we close at 8 p.m.”

Recovery Station is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday but, until state-mandated restrictions are lifted, it is available only for Atwater residents.

Peers are working from home, with extended hours, and reaching out by telephone to their clients, Kabel said.

“We are making calls and we’re getting calls on the peer support line – 585-815-1800. Since OASAS (NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports) has changed some of the rules, we can bill for telehealth, so we’re able to keep everybody involved.”

She said that a couple of her colleagues, Nick Volpe and Sheila Smith, have been picking up food at various food pantries for clients.

“They’re making calls and making sure everybody has enough food. And if clients don’t have vehicles, we can make deliveries, and drop it off at their doors.”

Sue Gagne, GCASA’s recovery center coordinator, said the Recovery WOW support group has launched new ventures designed to perpetuate its “together we are stronger” philosophy.

“We are starting up a Guided Journaling workshop on Tuesday afternoons at 3:30 and we have partnered with NAMI Rochester (a mental health organization) to provide a family support group on Friday mornings at 10,” Gagne said. “We’re doing this through Zoom meetings … and hopefully will be working the peers to put some videos up.”

Thus far, all three women agreed that the modifications are working well.

“All of the (seven) peers have full workloads as we interact with dozens of people in various stages of recovery,” Kabel said, noting that peers are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Mangino-Crandall said that navigating around the coronavirus has been tough, but it’s not insurmountable.

I think it’s a challenging time for everyone. Certainly, everybody out there is trying to deal with it in their own way and it is difficult kind of being on your own, so it’s good for folks to know and get the word out that we’re available to talk,” she said.

She also pointed out a silver lining in the midst of these unprecedented times.

“With all of us in the same situation, there are a lot of remote opportunities to connect with people, not only locally but across the state and the country, that you might not have had normally,” she said. “That’s an advantage in that it opens the recovery community up much more broadly than you would typically find.”

Morning News Briefing

As some municipalities across New York State struggle financially, the City of Batavia is in “pretty good shape.”
City Manager Dr. Martin Moore reported to city council last night that the city is meeting payroll and paying its bills.
He acknowledged the city has received $1.5-million in state aid with another $250,000 due in September.
Genesee County had to furlough 47 public employee on Monday for at least a 30-day period.

Three new cases of COVID-19 in Genesee County, the latest numbers from the health department. The three individuals live in Batavia.
Of Genesee County’s 146 total positive cases since the outbreak began, 49 have come from the Federal Detention Center in Batavia.

Governor Cuomo says some regions of New York could be allowed to reopen next month. Currently, businesses and schools are closed until mid-May under his New York State on PAUSE executive order. The governor says several factors will be considered before a region can reopen, including the number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus. He also said yesterday that New York has to be smart about getting things up and running again in order to keep the infection rate low. Ongoing antibody tests have shown just over seven percent of Western New York residents may have had the coronavirus at one point.

A new poll shows Empire State residents are giving Governor Cuomo high marks for his job performance. According to the data gathered by Siena College, 71- percent of folks approve of the work the governor is doing. Seventy-seven-percent of those surveyed also said they have a favorable view of the governor. New Yorkers also said they supported the governor’s ongoing stay-at-home order and his directive to have people wear masks in public.

The New York State Board of Elections has decided to scrap the upcoming Democratic presidential primary. A resolution was approved yesterday eliminating all Democrats from the ballot except former Vice President Joe Biden.
His last remaining challenger, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, suspended his White House bid earlier this month.
The Republican primary for the 27th Congressional District seat, once held by Chris Collins will be held June 23rd. The special election to fill Collins’ unexpired term will be held the same day.

COVID-19 Daily Update: April 27, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

Monday, April 27, 2020

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 3 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 146 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 80’s.
      • One of the newly positive individuals was on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 3 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 2 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
      • 1 of the total active positive cases is at a non-hospital regulated facility.
    • Orleans County received 2 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 81 positive cases
      • One positive case resides in Waterport, and one resides in Albion.
      • Four of the weekend positive cases were from The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehab Facility.
      • One individual is in their 60’s, one individual is in their 80’s.
      • 1 of the positive individuals was on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 8 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

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

  • Remember even though the numbers may be high at a specific location, the virus is still moving though our counties. People need to continue frequent handwashing and sanitizing shared surfaces, practicing stay safe at home, social distancing and wearing cloth masks when out in public. This is not the time for gathering at the grocery stores, take out lines or play dates. This is the time to be kind and think of the health and well-being of others.
  • The NYS Health Department will partner with the State’s Attorney General to investigate nursing home violations. A hotline or online form can be submitted where residents, families, or members of the public can share complaints about nursing homes that have not provided required communications with families about COVID-19 diagnoses or fatalities, nursing home abuse and neglect including failure to follow rules to keep residents safe. The hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form: https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

 

GVEP Sponsors Digital Time Capsule

Students throughout the GLOW region and beyond have the opportunity to record their eyewitness accounts and memories of the unprecedented Spring of 2020 for a “digital” time capsule.

Details on how to participate in this historical writing project can be found HERE.
Deadline for submissions is May 15, 2020. They can be in the form of prose or poetry, or a combination of both. Creativity is encouraged by the provided writing prompts.

The time capsule is scheduled to be opened in 2025, and a compilation of all contributions will be sent to the participating students.

The project was organized by the Enrichment Department, a program of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership.

Travel and Tourism Week in Wyoming County

On April 14, 2020, the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors joined with the Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism office in passing a resolution declaring May 3-9, 2020 as Travel and Tourism Week in Wyoming County.

To celebrate, Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism is holding a testimonial contest from May 3 – June 1. Everyone is encouraged to write a short story and/or recommendation about their favorite Wyoming County tourism attractions. Everyone knows our locals can share the best experiences and adventures.

“Our tourism businesses need us more now than ever.” said Eric Szucs, Director of Tourism & Marketing, “We want to celebrate them by sharing amazing stories about the outdoor adventures, delicious restaurants, arts & culture and the wonderful communities we have here. When we fully open for business, we want everyone to know about the outstanding tourism attractions that call Wyoming County home – and that’s why we want to give our residents a voice in sharing what they love, because they tell the best stories and can help us support our small businesses!”

Participants are encouraged to provide up to 500 words sharing their favorite Wyoming County adventures, recommendations, suggestions and what they look forward to most about living and/visiting here. Testimonials can be about an amazing dish one of our restaurants prepares, a brewery that serves delicious craft beer, a wonderful attraction that provides plenty of excitement, family-fun adventures, your favorite camping spot, and/or anything we can share with tourists nationally and internationally to tell your story of what makes Wyoming County such a wonderful place to vacation and visit.

The goal is to get thoughtful stories from real people with real experiences. It is a great advertising and promotion resource, similar to reviews on Facebook, Yelp, TripAdvisor, etc. These testimonials can be shared on social media, our tourism website and through other marketing and promotional outlets with tourists who are traveling through our community looking for hidden gems, interesting locations and unique outdoor experiences.

Three winners will be selected to receive a $50 gift card to Wyoming County Businesses included on the Chamber’s growing gift card list. Winners will be drawn on June 15, 2020.

To participate in this exciting contest:

  • Visit our website: GoWyomingCountyNY.com and complete the “Our Home, Your Adventure” contest form online, or
  • Email us your testimonial to: info@gowyomingcountyny.com

“Tourism is critical to the economic health of our county, and we are very fortunate to have almost two-hundred tourism related businesses in Wyoming County,” said Scott Gardner, President of the Chamber & Tourism office. “Under normal conditions, travelers spend approximately $50 million annually in Wyoming County which generates millions in state and local sales taxes. This is a critical industry to our overall economy which includes attractions, hospitality, and retail businesses across the county – it is worth of celebration and recognition especially now.”

National Travel and Tourism Week is an annual tradition that was established by a Congressional Resolution in 1983 and first celebrated the following year. This nationwide week of events serves to champion the power of the travel and tourism industry. Travel and tourism is one of America’s largest industries, generating $2.5 trillion in economic output, with $1.1 trillion spent directly by domestic and international travelers.

The Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism office has been working diligently during the Coronavirus crisis to providing critical support, resources and information to businesses and partners. The efforts have included dedicated web pages with updated information including:

  • Covid-19 Business & Community Resource Database
  • Webinars concerning the availability of financial resources and Federal aid
  • A listing of Restaurant & Virtual experiences available for our community
  • A regular stream of email communications with updated resources, webinars, financial resources & more.
  • Tourism Resource Library with social media & promotional resources, financial aid availability, webinars and more

The Chamber & Tourism’s mission is to serve the members and community; promote and grow area economic and tourism assets; and work collaboratively to create an environment that leads to the success and economic prosperity of Wyoming County. The key programs and services of the organization are educational seminars; leadership development; business assistance and guidance; cost-saving opportunities; advocacy; recognition, networking, exposure and promotional opportunities.

For more information or to become a member please call 585-786-0307 or visit the website at www.wycochamber.org.

Anti-Rabies Immunization Clinics Postponed

Please advise that the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments are canceling the anti-rabies immunization clinics scheduled for May 2020 to comply with the New York State on PAUSE executive order. Cats, dogs, and ferrets still need to be protected against rabies with a vaccine. Please call your local veterinary practice about how and when to vaccinate your pet.
 →  The next anti-rabies immunization clinic in Genesee County is scheduled for August 13th at the Genesee County Fairgrounds from 4 to 7 p.m.
 →  The next anti-rabies immunization clinic in Orleans County is scheduled for August 15th at the town of Shelby Highway Building from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Morning News Briefing

It has been a deadly three days at the Villages of Orleans Nursing home in Albion.
Officials report six residents of the nursing home have died from COVID-19 related illness since Friday.
There was good news on the number of individuals testing positive for the virus. In Genesee County there were no new cases on Sunday, one on Saturday.

Governor Cuomo is revealing more details on how the state will be reopened in the coming weeks. The governor said things will be done one phase at a time. Under his plan, manufacturing and construction would be allowed to resume first in low-risk environments.
Before being allowed to resume operations, all companies will have to submit a plan to the state revealing how they’ll protect the health of customers.
No businesses will reopen until at least mid-May.

A motorcycle and bicycle crash at the intersection of Wortendyke Rad and Route 5 in the Town of Batavia.
Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies say a 17-year-old Batavia girl was crossing Route 5 from Wortendyke Road while riding her bicycle.
At the same time, a motorcycle, operated by 27-year-old Joshua Fulmer of Batavia, was eastbound on Route 5 and struck the bicycle.
Both were seriously injured and taken to Erie County Medical Center by Mercy Flight. The name of the 17 year old was not released.

Effective today, United Memorial Medical Center will resume outpatient lab services at the Jerome Center. The outpatient lab had been closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Labs in the Batavia City Centre, LeRoy and Pembroke remain closed.

Another popular summer event cancelled due to COVID-10.
Officials of the two day Oatka Festival in LeRoy have cancelled this summer’s event.

The price of gasoline down again. Triple A says the average price of a gallon of regular in Western New York is $2.19 – 16-cents less than a month ago. The average price nationally is $1.77.

COVID-19 Daily Update; April 25, 2020

The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments have received 5 more COVID-19 cases. Orleans has 4 new cases from The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehab and Genesee has one. Contact tracing has been initiated for all of the positive cases.

Contact tracing has been initiated and all who have had direct contact with the individuals will be notified by Health Department staff.

“We are also saddened to report that Orleans County has lost two more individuals to COVID-19. Both individuals were residents at The Villages of Orleans with one person under the age of 65 and one person over 65,” stated Paul Pettit, Director of Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments. “Our sincere condolences go to the family and friends of these two individuals.”

There is currently no further information to release on ages and location. Mapping to include the positive cases from the weekend will be updated on Monday afternoon.

COVID-19 Daily Update, April 24, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

April 24, 2020

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m.

o   Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 142 positive cases

§  The positive case resides in Elba.

§  The positive case is in their 50’s.

§  The newly positive individual was 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.

 

o   Orleans County received 10 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 75 positive cases

§  One positive case resides in Barre, and one resides in Kendall.

§  Eight of the positive cases were from The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehab Facility

§  One individual is in their 30’s, one individual is in their 40’s, two individuals are in their 60’s and one individual is in their 70’s, three individuals are in their 80’s and two individuals are in their nineties or older.

§  1 of the newly positive individuals was on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  8 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

·         Orleans County has been made aware of 2 more deaths from The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehab, both of the individuals were over 65.  Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of these individuals, our neighbors, during this very sad time.

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

Non-county Public Regulated Facilities

·         Due to the increased number of positive cases at specific regulated facilities, the G-O Health Departments have added a new chart to show the number of positive cases of COVID-19 for non-county public regulated facilities whose regulatory oversight does not fall within the local health departments.  The numbers are part of the cumulative positive case numbers received since the first positive.  As of today, in Orleans County the number of positive cases of COVID-19 at The Villages of Orleans has surpassed the number of community cases at 52%.  These facilities are regulated by the state or federal government agencies and those who live within those facilities are overseen by those respective agencies.  The local health departments will oversee any employees or community contacts (who reside within our counties) who had close contact with those who tested positive or who have become symptomatic. 

·         This chart will be updated to reflect any public regulated facilities if and when confirmed COVID-19 cases are identified. 

·         Remember even though the numbers may be high at a specific location, the virus is still moving though our counties.  People need to continue frequent handwashing and sanitizing shared surfaces, practicing stay safe at home, social distancing and wearing cloth masks when out in public.  This is not the time for gathering at the grocery stores, take out lines or play dates.  This is the time to be kind and think of the health and well-being of others. 

·         The NYS Health Department will partner with the State’s Attorney General to investigate nursing home violations.  A hotline or online form can be submitted where residents, families, or members of the public can share complaints about nursing homes that have not provided required communications with families about COVID-19 diagnoses or fatalities, nursing home abuse and neglect including failure to follow rules to keep residents safe.  The hotline number is 833-249-8499 or click the link for the online form:  https://ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

 

OPERATIONAL UPDATES

Testing

·         Antibody testing:  Preliminary Phase 1 results of the Antibody Testing Study shows 13.9% of the population have COVID-19 antibodies.

o   3,000 random samples were taken at various locations (19 counties and 40 localities) across the state, including at grocery stores and big-box stores where people were openly going out in public.   The preliminary results are:

§  Long Island made up 14.4% of the total tests and 16.7% had the antibodies

§  New York City made up 43% of the total tests and 21.2% had the antibodies

§  Westchester / Rockland made up 9.8% of the total test and 11.7% in that region had the antibodies

§  Rest of the state accounted for 32.8% of the total tests and 3.6% had the antibodies

o   For FAQs on antibody testing, click here.  It is unlikely this will be available in our counties.

·         Wearing Masks and Social Distancing is paramount to preventing flare-ups and mini-outbreaks.  Everyone needs to be compliant.  Correctly wearing cloth masks is part of a multi-prong approach to stop/slow the spread of COVID-19.  We know wearing a face covering is inconvenient and uncomfortable, but it can limit transmission of respiratory germs.  The mask traps the droplets before they spread into the environment.  Remember wearing a face covering helps to protect others from your potential germs.  ‘My mask protects you, and your mask protects me!’

o   The Health Department encourages stores and businesses to set guidelines that include not allowing patrons to enter if they are not wearing a face covering or wearing it correctly (covering the mouth & nose).  Make sure proper signage noting your policy is visible to patrons.

o   As/When the state starts open up we all have to be diligent for quite some time to prevent the spread of this virus. 

§  Continue frequent handwashing / hand sanitizing if soap and water are not available.

§  Continue frequent sanitizing / cleaning of shared surfaces.

§  Continue Social Distancing – staying 6’ away from others.

§  Continue Wearing face coverings – wearing face coverings correctly when out in public.  The mouth and nose are to be covered and the face covering should be tucked under the chin.  Wearing masks is a way of strengthening social distancing. 

§  Stay HOME if you are sick!  Do not go shopping, Do not go to work, Do not go visiting!

·         There is still no cure or vaccination available for COVID-19.  Be alert to scams or home remedies.  Contact your primary care provider if you have any symptoms and follow his/her instructions.

·         There is still limited swabbing available in Genesee and Orleans Counties.  If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your primary care provider and they will determine if testing is right for you.  If the counties receive an increase in swabbing supplies and the protocol for testing is changed, we will notify the public.

 

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

 

 

GVEP Prepares Grab and Go Meals

News Release

Superheroes wear capes. At the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership (GVEP), superheroes wear gloves, masks and prepare almost 9,000 meals each day for students who reside in the GLOW region and beyond.

Since March 18, teams of dedicated school lunch staff have made approximately 8,800 meals each day. This includes both breakfast and lunch, which are considered portable meals, also called “Grab and Go meals,” because they are served in containers and bags.

Debbie Naples is the Director of the Regional Food Service, a GVEP program that 21 area school districts subscribe to. Since March 18 and 19, Naples has revamped how the Regional Food Service Program normally operates, preparing and serving meals from school cafeterias.

“Due to COVID-19 school closures mandated by the governor, we had to change to an emergency feeding program. We applied for and were approved by New York state for both a Summer Seamless Operation and School Food Service Summer Program,” Naples said. “In just 48 hours, we transitioned to this new program which allowed us to provide two meals at a time to students.”

York Central School Food Service staff members prepare lunches and breakfasts for pick up and delivery. Left to right: Marianne Graves, Laurie Cutcliffe, Erica Brady and Barb Prame.

As in the start-up of any new program, the logistics of making a program work can be complicated. During the first few weeks of the school closures, food service staff were preparing and serving and or delivering meals. But as the closures were extended, many districts have used the program as a way to keep in touch with students. Not only do parents get the meals, but they also pick up schoolwork, and see teachers and principals.

The manner is which meals are delivered is different in each district. Some have a drive-through, where parents drive their cars through a bus loop and stop at a station to pick up meals and other student-related materials. Some set up different locations throughout the school district where parents can pick up meals. Using district transportation vehicles, some school districts deliver meals directly to students’ homes, especially in the case where students live in remote locations or parents might not have reliable transportation.

“This has been incredible to witness. Kids are so excited to meet their teachers and principals. The school meal program has been the connection for students to see and talk with their teachers. We’ve had principals and administrators delivering meals to students,” Naples noted.

All current food service staff members are working shifts to prepare and serve or deliver meals. However, some staff have elected to not work during this time.

“We do have some older employees who are over 70 years of age. They are considered a vulnerable population according to the state and they should not be working. So this has been a challenge to schedule,”

Naples explained. “But teachers and other volunteers have come forward to give their time and that truly shows how much teachers, administrators and other district staff care about their students.”

The Grab and Go meals are simple and convenient. A breakfast might consist of a bagel or cereal or granola bars or pop tart or muffin and it is always served with a fruit and milk. Lunch usually is a sandwich (ham, turkey, bologna, peanut butter and jelly) or pizza or chicken patty sandwich and it also comes with a vegetable, a fruit and milk. Local businesses donated food and farmers gave produce.

Becky Belkota, Principal, Perry High School, and Daryl McLaughlin, Superintendent, Perry Central Schools, pack up breakfast and lunches for delivery.

“Our local businesses and communities have generously supported our food program. The goal we have for this program is simple, to provide meals to students. These are difficult times, especially for parents who are not working,” Naples said. “Parents are so grateful and thanking us for providing meals. They share with us how this program relieves their anxiety of how they are going to feed their children. When we hear these stories, we know that we have done something important, needed and so valuable.”

The school districts that subscribe to the Regional Food Service include Alexander, Avon, Batavia City, Byron-Bergen, Caledonia-Mumford, Dansville, Geneseo, Keshequa, Livonia, Mount Morris, Oakfield-Alabama, Pavilion, Pembroke, Perry, Warsaw, Wayland-Cohocton, Wyoming, York, Naples, Honeoye Falls-Lima, and Wheatland-Chili. The program has various levels that districts can subscribe to including where the management functions associated with the food service program is completed by Regional Food Service Managers.

The Regional Food Service Program is a program of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership (Partnership). The Partnership operates as a Board of Cooperative Educational Services offering shared programs and services to 22 component school districts located in Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston and Steuben counties in New York state.

Genesee County Furloughs Some Employees

Genesee County government has furlough some county employees. due to COVID-19.
County manager Jay Gsell tells WBTA today that 47 full time equivalent employees will be furloughed effective Monday.
The initial furlough is for 30 days but may be extended for up to 60 days or more.
Gsell said the furloughed employees are from both the CSEA union and some management staff.

The Genesee Orleans County Health Departments will issue its daily COVID-19 later this afternoon.
Today’s update will be delivered by Public Health Director Paul Pettit.
We will carry Pettit’s remarks live beginning at 4pm this afternoon on WBTA FM and AM, and streamed on WBTAi-dot-com.

Morning News Briefing

The coronavirus takes two more lives in Orleans County.
The health department reported late yesterday that two individuals, over the age of 65, died in The Villages of Orleans nursing home in Albion.
In the same report, the health department announced one new cases of the virus in Genesee County – a person in their 60’s from Batavia.
In our region, five people have died from COVID-19 related illness in Orleans County, three have died in Genesee County and four in Wyoming County.

There have been a growing number of coronavirus deaths in New York nursing homes, now the state will take a closer look at those facilities.
The investigation will involve the state Department of Health and Attorney General’s office.
Officials will make sure nursing homes are following regulations, including having enough protective equipment for staff and doing temperature checks of employees before their shifts begin.

The preliminary results of statewide antibody testing shows its likely millions of residents have been infected by coronavirus.
The study has shown nearly 14 percent of the thousands of people screened had antibodies associated with the illness. That indicates two-point-seven million New Yorkers could have had the disease at one point and were not diagnosed.
New York has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country

Batavia City Manager Dr. Martin Moore has extended the city’s State of Emergency for another 30 days.
The declaration keeps city offices closed to the public.
City Parks remain open with restrictions.

The Buffalo Bills will look to improve their roster tonight as the NFL Draft continues.
The Bills have the 54th overall selection after not taking part in the first round of the draft last night. That’s because they traded their first round pick to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for wide receiver Stefon Diggs.

COVID-19 Daily Update: April 23, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

April 23, 2020

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 141 positive cases
      • The positive case resides in Batavia.
      • The positive case is in their 60’s.
      • The newly positive individual was not on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 3 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 2 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 3 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 65 positive cases
      • Two positive cases reside in Albion and one resides in Clarendon.
      • Two individuals are in their 20’s, and one individual is in their 70’s.
      • 1 of the newly positive individuals was on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 6 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
      • 1 of the new positive individuals is a resident of The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehab.
  • Orleans County was notified of 2 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Both individuals were residents of The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehab and both were over the age of 65. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of these individuals during this difficult time.

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

 

Morning News Briefing

Genesee County has now lost three residents due to coronavirus.
The county health department reported late yesterday that a person under the age of 65 had succumbed to COVID-19.
In the same report the county announced 10 new cases of the virus bringing the total positive cases since the outbreak began to 140.
There were four new cases in Orleans County, all from Albion.

The City of Batavia has postponed a planned reappraisal until next year.
2,000 properties had been scheduled for re-assessment
Those appraisals determine the amount you pay in property taxes.
The postponement intended to keep city employees safe during the coronavirus outbreak.

From the bad boys report this morning:

Devon Wright

Batavia Police have put metal bracelets on 18 year old Devon Wright as a suspect in a hit and run on Highland Park earlier this month.
Investigators say Wright intentionally drove his car into a person and then fled the scene. The victim was treated at a Rochester Hospital and later released.
Wright is facing a variety of charges. Police also said he created a disturbance at the police station when he was arrested on Tuesday, damaging property in the building.

Nasir Nathan of Batavia is being sought by Batavia Police.
Nathan is wanted for his suspected role in a gang assault on highland Park last fall.

Nasir Nathan

Schools statewide have been closed for weeks in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus and no decision has been made on when students could return.
Governor Cuomo said yesterday he’s not ready to close schools down for the rest of the academic year just yet. But he admits getting schools back open before June would be difficult.

Genesee County has enhanced its website with additional information and resources.
There are a variety of links with public health information, tools for businesses and ways to donate to, or receive help, from non-profit agencies.
Follow this link: HERE

The 2020 NFL Draft begins tonight, but Buffalo Bills fans are going to have to wait a while for their team’s first selection.
Thanks to a trade with the Minnesota Vikings that brought wide-receiver Stefon Diggs to Buffalo, the Bills do not have a first-round pick.
The Bills are currently slated to choose 54th overall, which is in the second round.

CITY OF BATAVIA WILL POSTPONE ASSESSMENT

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Batavia will hold off on the 2020 re-appraisal project that was set to change over 2,000 assessed values. To keep the City residents and employee’s safe the City will not move forward with the project as the process to review and challenge an assessment requires considerable community interaction with the Assessment Office and city employees.

“When properties are reassessed owners have the right to review the changes with the assessor, attend informal reviews, and ultimately attend Grievance Day with the Board of Assessment Review (BAR). With the City’s offices closed, and our concern for citizen’s health and economic well being at the forefront of our decision making, we will not change assessed values in 2020,” said Rachael Tabelski, Assistant City Manager.

There are approximately 5,700 properties in the City of Batavia that support the City operations and make up 1/3 of the City’s total budget. The only assessment changes that will move forward this year are 58 properties that had new construction or major physical changes. Of the 58 change notices approximately 20 of these owners are utility companies.

Genesee County Government COVID-19 Information

News Release

Coronavirus Information

Genesee County is working hard to provide timely, accurate information about the ongoing Coronavirus emergency and its impact on our local community.  In an effort to expand the availability of resources to residents and the agencies of Genesee County the County’s website has been enhanced to include information on the virus, avenues of giving and receiving assistance, tools for businesses and direct links to the County’s informational series, “Genesee Connects” and more.  Visit and click on “Coronavirus Information” or directly at: This link

 

COVID-19 Daily Update: April 22, 2020, New Death Reported

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

April 22, 2020

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m.

o   Genesee County received 10 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 140 positive cases

§  Five positive cases reside in Batavia, two reside in Darien, one resides in Alabama, one resides in Pavilion, and one resides in Pembroke.

§  One individual is less than 20 years of age, two individuals are in their 30’s, six individuals are in their 40’s, and one individual is in their 50’s.

§  1 of the positive individuals was on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  2 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.

§  2 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

 

·         Genesee County has received word of one new death notification related to COVID-19.  The individual was hospitalized and under the age of 65.  Our condolences to the family and friends of this individual during this difficult time.

 

o   Orleans County received 4 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 62 positive cases

§  Four positive cases reside in Albion.

§  One individual is in their 20’s, one individual is in their 40’s, one individual is in their 60’s and one individual is in their 80’s.

§  1 of the newly positive individuals was on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.

§  4 of the previous positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.

§  5 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

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

 

 

Non-county Public Regulated Facilities

·         In an effort to provide additional information on state and federally regulated facilities in both Genesee and Orleans Counties, the health department will be adding some additional layers to our mapping tool later this week that will break out community versus (non-county regulated) public facility spread cases.  In addition, we will be adding a chart to our websites and daily briefings that will detail the number of cases and deaths in the regulated facilities in our counties.

 

 

Downs Shifts Two Acts from Summer Concert Series to Later Dates

BATAVIA – Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel has announced that out of an abundance of caution surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the first two “Rockin the Downs” concerts scheduled for this June have been rescheduled to late August.

The Vince Neil concert scheduled for Friday, June 19th, 2020 will now take place on Friday, August 21st.

The Steve Augeri concert scheduled for Friday, June 26th, 2020 will now take place on Friday, August 28th.

Please note that all tickets already sold for these concerts will be honored on the new dates.

The first concert for the “Rockin the Downs” concert series will be the regularly scheduled July 10th performance by Molly Hatchet.

“We felt it was necessary to reschedule the start of the series,” said Henry Wojtaszek, CEO/President of Batavia Downs Gaming. “We are still looking forward to seeing everyone this summer, at time when local and state officials have determined it is safe to do so.”

Tickets to all concerts are available at BataviaConcerts.com

Autism Nature Trail at Letchworth State Park Wins Contest

News Release

The Campaign to Build The Autism Nature Trail (The ANT) has won the grand prize in Cellino Plumbing & HVAC’s 2020 Truck Wrap Contest. The Trail came out on top against 250 other Western New York non-profit organizations, making it to the final two by popular public vote and then winning the contest in a final presentation made to the Cellino Board of Directors on Wednesday.

 

As the grand prize winner, The Autism Nature Trail will be featured in a specially designed wrap that will adorn one of Cellino Plumbing & HVAC’s company trucks for the full life of the vehicle. The organization will receive 5% of the revenue that comes from the truck’s profits over the next 12-months (typically between $20,000 and $25,000) and will benefit from the increased presence and awareness that will be given to the organization within the Buffalo and nearby market.

 

“Autism, developmental disabilities and inclusion are terms we’ve heard a lot in recent years,” says Loren Penman, one of the Co-Founders of The Autism Nature Trail project. “Many attractions are scrambling to become “sensory-friendly” but, what makes The ANT so unique is that we are not making a public place accommodating – we are making an accommodating place public. We thank the Cellino team for seeing and supporting that vision and helping us to make this project a reality.”

 

Leading up to the final presentation, The ANT reached out to the public to gather input on why The Autism Nature Trail is important to them and their families. Responses from supporters of the Trail poured in, ranging from the need for safe and inclusive outdoor areas, to judgement-free activities for the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) community, to accessibility needs in natural spaces.

Police Look for Suspect in Gang Assault

Nasir Nathan

News Release

We are looking for the public’s help in locating Nasir Nathan who has an outstanding warrant for his arrest in reference to a Gang Assault which occurred 10/04/2019 on Highland Park in Batavia.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Batavia Police Department at 585-345-6350, the confidential tip line at 585-345-6370 or online.

Arrest Made in Highland Park Hit and Run

Devon Wright

News Release

Batavia Police Officers arrested Devon Wright, 18, in relation to the reported car/pedestrian accident on Highland Park which occurred on 04/08/2020 at approximately 8:54 PM. Wright was located in a vehicle during a traffic stop last night where he was taken into custody. Wright allegedly resisted officers while being arrested, and damaged property while at Batavia Police Headquarters.

Wright was charged with 1 count PL 120.10-1 – Attempted Assault 1st, 1 count PL 205.30 – Resisting Arrest, 1 count PL 195.05 – Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd, 2 counts PL 145.00-1 – Criminal Mischief 4th, 1 count PL 240.45-1 – Criminal Nuisance 2nd, and 1 count PL 240.26-1 – Harassment 2nd. Wright was virtually arraigned in Batavia City Court before Judge Saleh and remanded to the Genesee County Jail on $10,000 cash, $20,000 bond, $50,000 partially secured bond. Wright is scheduled to appear back in BCC on 5-18-2020 at 13:00 hours.

Batavia Police investigation into the incident on 04/08/2020 revealed that Wright intentionally struck the victim with his car. The victim sustained some injuries during the incident but was later treated and released.

The Batavia Police Department would like to thank the public for all their tips on Wright’s whereabouts.

Morning News Briefing

Governor Cuomo is starting to lay out a path that will lead to the reopening of New York State’s economy. He says the process of getting things up and running again will be done regionally.
The governor says the state will be divided up into 10 sections that will be independently analyzed to see when things like schools and businesses can reopen. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will oversee the Western New York region.

 

Governor Cuomo is calling his White House meeting with President Trump productive. The pair were face-to-face yesterday where they mostly talked about issues related to coronavirus testing. Both Trump and the governor say they hope to significantly increase the amount of testing that can be done in New York each day.

In its latest update the Genesee County Health Department reports three new positive cases of COVID-19.
Two of those individuals live in Batavia, one in Elba. The county’s total is now 130.

The former Next Level Fitness on Main St. in Batavia, is auctioning off all of its equipment.
Hundreds of items will be auctioned, including gym equipment weights, workout machines, treadmills and mats.
The auction is online now through April 27th. Link HERE

A pop-up food pantry distribution is scheduled for this morning.
The Salvation Army and Northgate Free Methodist Church are hosting the distribution. It begins at 9 this morning at Northgate’s north campus on Bank Street Road. Only one person should be in the car for pick-up and have ID ready if picking up food for other households.

Auction of Fitness Equipment Online

Next Level Fitness, located at 59 Main St. in Batavia, is auctioning off all their equipment from the three-story facility.
Hundreds of items will be auctioned, including gym equipment such as weights, workout machines, treadmills to mats, exercise balls and more.
The auction also features general items including some furniture, shelving and multiple televisions.
Link to the internet auction HERE

COVID-19 Daily Update: April 21, 2020

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

April 21, 2020

New Cases

·         As of 2:00 p.m.

o   Genesee County received 3 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 130 positive cases

§  Two positive cases reside in Batavia and one resides in Elba.

§  One individual is in their 20’s, one individual is in their 50’s, and one individual is in their 60’s.

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

§  6 of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.

§  3 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

 

o   Orleans County received 2 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 58 positive cases

§  Two positive cases reside in Albion.

§  One individual is in their 30’s, one individual is in their 50’s.

§  2 of the previous positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation

§  4 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.

 

·         Orleans County has received word of one new death notification related to COVID-19.  The individual was over 65.  Our condolences to the family and friends of this individual during this difficult time.

 

·         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).

·         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 the ability to be swabbed.  For information about the community testing visit https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-testing or call the NYS COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 for more information.  All individuals will be screened and must have an appointment.  The local health departments do not have a supply of swabs for the community, call your primary care provider or the community hotline.

·         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

 

NEW YORK STATE RESTRICTIONS / GUIDANCE

·         The State Department of Health will begin to conduct a statewide antibody testing survey Monday, April 20th.  This is a limited randomized antibody testing, not diagnostic testing.  Locations do not include Genesee or Orleans Counties.  We will share any updates as they are made available.

·         New Yorkers who have recovered from COVID-19 are encouraged to donate blood. Here’s information on how to donate or for the American Red Cross Donation Program, click here.

·         An awareness campaign encouraging low-income New Yorkers to claim their Economic Impact Payments under the CARES Act.  Click here for more information.

·         The Governor has extended the Disaster Emergency through May 15, 2020.  https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20216-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency

·         Complaints regarding businesses are being referred to the State Department of Labor via online form https://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/laborstandards/coronavirus-complaints.shtm or phone:  1-822-789-0470.

·         New York State on PAUSE: 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.

 

Nominations Being Accepted for BCSD Foundation Scholarship

Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 BCSD Foundation, Inc. Scholarship.   This scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from Batavia High School.  The nominee has been successful in his/her educational program and has sought out skills to further his/her career.  In addition, he or she has exemplified our Batavia school culture and climate of “Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe, Be Connected and Be Ambitious.”

Any member of the local community may nominate a Batavia HS Senior who meets the above criteria.  Nomination forms are available on the Batavia City School District website.  You may complete the Google Form or the pdf document to nominate a deserving senior.  All nominations need to be received by May 11, 2020.

Morning News Briefing

Add five more positive cases of coronavirus in Genesee County that brings the total detected to 127.
Of the five new cases: two reside in Batavia, two in Elba and one lives in LeRoy. The health department reports that three individuals, previously listed as positive for the virus, have recovered and released from mandatory isolation.
Orleans County reports seven new positive case, all from Albion.

Governor Cuomo will be heading to the White House today for a meeting with President Trump. The president said during a briefing yesterday he was looking forward to the governor’s visit. The pair have clashed in recent weeks over the response to the coronavirus crisis. There’s no word yet on exactly what the two leaders are going to discuss. New York has the highest number of coronavirus cases of any state in the country. Thousands of Empire State residents have also lost their lives.

Governor Cuomo says the state is developing a plan that will allow some upstate hospitals to resume elective surgeries. He said any plan would be developed on a regional rather than county level.
The lack of elective surgeries has placed a financial burden on hospitals. Elective surgeries are a money maker for hospitals.
More details are expected to be released today.

The United Way of Genesee County has now cancelled this year’s Day of Caring.
The popular event was originally scheduled for May 13th, then postponed
to later this year has now been cancelled entirely.

This note for residents of Attica and Alexander: today’s planned water disruption will not happen.
Officials say the water main shut down has been postponed until this Friday, April 24th.

COVID-19 Daily Update: April 20, 2020

 

 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

April 20, 2020

New Cases

  • As of 2:00 p.m.
    • Genesee County received 5 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 127 positive cases
      • Two positive cases reside in Batavia, two reside in Elba, and one resides in LeRoy.
      • One individual is in their 20’s, one individual is in their 30’s, one individual is in their 40’s, one individual is in their 50’s, and one individual is in their 60’s.
      • 3 of the positive individuals were on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • 3 of the previous positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
      • 3 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 7 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 56 positive cases
      • Seven positive cases reside in Albion.
      • One individual is in their 50’s, one individual is in their 60’s, two individuals are in their 70’s, two individuals are in their 80’s, and one individual is in the 90 and above age category.
      • 1 of the previous positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation
      • 5 of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
  • Regarding the sharp increase in the Genesee County positive individuals, they are not considered community-spread as they are all detainees at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility located in Batavia. Although the detainees are not considered residents, because the facility is housed in Genesee County they are reported as Genesee County positive cases. Any workers with direct contact with those who have tested positive at the facility for COVID-19 will be followed by their county of residence.
  • 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).
  • 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 the ability to be swabbed. For information about the community testing visit https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-testing or call the NYS COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 for more information. All individuals will be screened and must have an appointment. The local health departments do not have a supply of swabs for the community, call your primary care provider or the community hotline.
  • 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

 

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Batavia brought in the New Year with fireworks last night at 9p at Batavia Downs.  The time was moved up to avoid potential hazards due to the high winds that arrived after midnight, the original time of the fireworks.  No reports of major damage today due to the high winds but be aware of tree limbs and downed power lines in your area.

A grand jury has indicted a man who was arrested over the summer at the August 10th Jason Aldean concert at Darien Lake.  Robert Maharrey was indicted for disorderly conduct, multiple counts of harassment for striking a female patron in the face, 2nd degree assault a class D violent felony for allegedly striking a sheriff’s deputy, assaulting a police officer a class C violent felony when he spit and struck another deputy assisting in the arrest.

Friday evening Livingston County Sheriffs were in the middle of the state wide stop DWI effort, when deputies pulled a vehicle over on 390 for speeding.  Upon further investigation a 27 year old Geneseo man Patrick Dunn was charged with DWI.  Dunn’s BAC was .25% and was further charged with felony DWI from a previous 2015 conviction.  Dunn is now being held on 1,5k bail or 3k bond and remanded to the custody of the sheriff.

Yesterday afternoon, Genesee County Sheriffs made a traffic stop in Oakfield on Lewiston road when a Rochester man, 20 year old Damian Schoonmaker of Smith Street was found to be in possession of marijuana in his 2000 Buick LeSabre.  He was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and is scheduled to appear in Oakfield town court 1/21

A motor vehicle accident yesterday in Elba led to a lane closure around 3:30p.  Two vehicle collided at Oak orchard and Lockport roads in Elba.  Elba fire police and 2 ambulance responded along with Elba Fire dept.

New Yorkers are seeing a number of new state laws in the New Year.  Among them, a law that requires diaper changing tables in all new public men’s and women’s restrooms.

Other changes include a requirement that health insurance companies give male patients free prostate cancer screenings and that residents be allowed to return unused prescription meds to pharmacies for free.

Many homeowners will enjoy an increase in property tax rebates, of an average of more than five-hundred dollars.

There’s the hike in the minimum wage. In our area, the minimum wage goes to eleven-dollars-and-ten-cents.



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