Midday News Brief
Written by Dan Fischer on April 13, 2021
Genesee County reports 45 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the county total to more than 4,800 cases.
31 of the previous positive individuals have recovered and have been removed from the isolation list. Five of the current positive individuals are hospitalized. Two are residents of the Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing.
The City of Batavia has implemented a “Carry-in — Carry-out” trash policy in all city parks. All park users are requested to remove any trash generated and take it with them.
Graduation season is about to get underway, and now health and safety guidelines have been announced for those events. State health officials say both indoor and outdoor commencements are allowed this year but capacity limits are going to be in effect. And depending on the size of the ceremony, people may have to provide proof of a negative coronavirus test or show they’ve been vaccinated. Guests will also need to sit six feet apart and wear a mask at all times.
New York State is taking another step towards helping college students get vaccinated against COVID-19. It was announced yesterday that SUNY schools will be getting 21,000 doses of vaccine while 14,000 doses will be distributed to private schools. The hope is that students are able to get their shots before leaving campus for summer vacation. That would likely help reduce the infection rate among young people and prevent them from spreading the illness to their family members.
Tom Redband, head coach of Elba’s Lady Lancers has announced that he and his assistant, Marci Redband, also his wife, are stepping down from their coaching positions. They called it a difficult decision. The team is coming off its fifth straight championship season. A new head coach has not yet been named.