Morning News Briefing
Written by WBTA STAFF on March 26, 2020
One more Genesee County resident has tested positive for coronavirus.
The individual who resides in the central part of Genesee County is reportedly under the age of 65 and remains under mandatory isolation while recovering at home.
Contact tracing has already been initiated and known contacts have been placed under mandatory quarantine to be swabbed if they are showing any symptoms of the virus.
As of yesterday afternoon, Genesee County has received 49 negative test results and Orleans, 52 negative test results for COVID-19.
Orleans County has 6 people are under precautionary quarantine, 7 people in mandatory quarantine, and 3 people are in mandatory isolation 1 of whom is hospitalized and 2 are recovering at home.
In Genesee County 18 people are under precautionary quarantine, 16 people are under mandatory quarantine, and 2 people are in mandatory isolation recovering at home.
There will be no community testing at this time according to the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments.
They say if you feel you may have COVID-19, call your primary care provider or healthcare facility ahead of time and do not go there directly before receiving guidance from your provider.
Coronavirus Cases in New York State surpass 30,000 mark
Governor Cuomo announced the new milestone of infection yesterday and the said the death toll due to the virus is rising also.
With the expectation of a surge of coronavirus cases in the coming weeks Cuomo’s continuing to ask for help from the federal government.
The governor is promising the state will send any unused medical equipment and supplies to other areas that may need them once the worst of the outbreak is over in New York.
The City of Batavia announced that applications for a $300,000 New York Main Street Grant Program that is available to all building owners within the Batavia Improvement District and Downtown Revitalization Initiative area will be extended until April 10th.
Guidelines and the applications can be found on the BDC website at http://bataviadevelopmentcorp.org/main-street-building-improvements and any questions should be directed to Andrew Maguire by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
A school resource officer with the Buffalo police department is in critical condition after testing positive for coronavirus.
According to The Buffalo News, the 65 year old is in a medically induced coma at Erie County Medical Center.
Three other members of the department have also reportedly been infected with the disease.
Officers have received hand sanitizer and gloves to lower their chances of getting sick.
They can also give out masks to protect themselves from people who may be ill.
Erie County officials say a second person has died due to the coronavirus.
The individual was a man in his 70s but his name isn’t being released.
There are now over 140 coronavirus cases in the county and due to a dwindling amount of medical supplies there are restrictions on who is eligible for testing.
Individuals who can get tested include health care workers, people living in places like nursing homes and members of law enforcement.
Wegmans is working on giving its cashiers some extra protection from germs.
The supermarket chain will be installing plexiglass shields at its stores to screen employees from customers.
Cashiers are also being told to wipe down their stations between transactions.
Those workers have been at an increased risk of getting sick as customers pack stores to buy items due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.