Morning News Briefing
Written by WBTA STAFF on March 20, 2020
More people are now under mandatory quarantine with still only one confirmed case of COVID 19 virus in Genesee County.
The latest numbers for both Genesee and Orleans counties were released by the Genesee-Orleans Health Department late yesterday afternoon.
Paul Pettit is director of the two county Health Department…
According to Petitt a number of the 15 people under mandatory quarantine in Genesee County are showing symptoms and have been tested, however the test results have not yet returned from the lab.
Orleans County now has one confirmed case of COVID 19.
The patient is a county resident who had no symptoms while at home but then traveled out of state, became ill, and has now been placed in mandatory isolation and is not allowed to return home.
More Monroe County residents are being treated for the coronavirus.
Officials say there are now 30 positive cases and the individuals range in age from people in their 20s to older folks in their 80s.
Eight of the cases have required hospitalization and one person died earlier this week.
Anyone with questions is urged to call the Monroe County Health Department’s Coronavirus Hotline at 585-753-5555.
The Village of LeRoy declares a State of Emergency.
Greg Rogers, Village of LeRoy Mayor declared a State of Emergency and issued an Emergency Order effective yesterday afternoon closing Village offices and the DPW Garage for 5 days.
The Mayor can continue the emergency order in additional 5 day increments while the Village will continue to conduct business with the public remotely via phones, computers, mail, or other means.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases is continuing to increase dramatically in New York State.
Health officials say over four-thousand people have been infected while the death toll is also rising.
Governor Cuomo continues to say New Yorkers shouldn’t panic since the growing numbers are mostly connected to more people being tested.
To try and slow the spread of the virus, he’s also requiring non-essential businesses to only have 25-percent of their employees report to work.
A High Wind Warning for area’s including Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, and Wyoming counties is going in effect from 10 a.m. this morning until 5 p.m. this afternoon.
The National Weather Service is predicting Southwest winds from 25 to 35 mph with gusts of up to 60.
Forecasters expect damaging winds will blow down some trees and power lines and may lead to scattered power outages.
They also warn that travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
Some New York State homeowners being hit hard by the coronavirus crisis are about to get a bit of relief.
Governor Cuomo says they’ll get a 90-day break from paying their mortgages.
Just who qualifies will depend on an individual’s financial situation.
Homeowners will still have to make the payments eventually, since they’ll be added to the end of their current mortgage.