Morning News Briefing
Written by Dan Fischer on March 30, 2020
The grim tally of COVID-19 infections in Genesee County has increased by one.
Late on Saturday, health department officials revealed that a person under the age of 65, living in the central part of the county, has contracted the virus. This person is under mandatory isolation at home. People this person had had contact with have been notified.
This latest case brings to eight the number of COVID-19 infections in Genesee County, a number expected to keep increasing.
New York State officials are reporting nine cases in the county – no reason given for the discrepancy.
Governor Cuomo is projecting a grim outlook on the impact coronavirus will have on New York State.
The governor said he believes thousands of New Yorkers will likely die due to the illness.
The state currently has the highest number of confirmed cases in the country with over 59,000 while the death toll is also increasing.
Lawmakers are still working to hammer out a state budget ahead of the April 1st deadline. Members of the Legislature are expected to start taking a look at budget bills today. The governor says negotiations continue on several key issues including bail reform and legalizing gestational surrogacy. He also says the final budget agreement will likely include major cuts to education funding.
Here is a bit of good news, Western New York drivers are continuing to pay less at the pump.
According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas is $2.33. That’s down six cents in the last week and is 23-cents cheaper than this time a month ago.