Midday News Brief
Written by Dan Fischer on February 12, 2021
Genesee County reports 20 new COVID cases.
These new infections were reported in Batavia, Le Roy and 11 other communities.
Two more COVID-related deaths were also reported.
Both were over the age of 65. Health officials said one person resided at the New York State Veterans’ Home and the other resided at the Batavia VA Medical Center.
There have been five COVID deaths in Genesee County over the past two days.
In just two days, even more New Yorkers are going to be eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations. That’s because the registration process for people with serious medical issues begins on Sunday. Shots will start being given as early as Monday.
Among those eligible to be vaccinated include people suffering from severe obesity, cancer and pulmonary diseases. You will need a doctor’s note.
The COVID-19 positivity rate in NYS is 3.54 percent. That’s the lowest it’s been since November 25.
The Genesee County positivity rate is down to 2.2-percent for a seven day average.
New York State is easing its quarantine rules for people who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. Those folks will no longer have to be in isolation if they’re exposed to COVID-19, but only if it’s been 90 days since their last shot and they have no symptoms of the virus.
The State Department of Environmental Conservation says New Yorkers will be able to fish at no cost this weekend. Tomorrow and Sunday are among the several free days being offered this year to boost interest in the activity. While the requirement for a fishing license is waived, all other fishing regulations will remain in effect.