Morning News Briefing
Written by Dan Fischer on April 7, 2020
A significant increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases in Genesee County. The health department late yesterday reported 10 new cases of the virus and most of them were traced to an employee of a local business who went to work while sick.
The business was not named.
All of the new cases were individuals under 65, all are in mandatory quarantine.
The latest count has the county’s total positive coronavirus cases at 32, and there has been one death.
Right now, no one is hospitalized with COVID-19 locally.
The City of Batavia is clamping down on groups congregating in city parks.
The city has announced that while the parks are open, the use of playground equipment, tennis courts, and basketball courts will be prohibited. City Hall says it will enforce the rules but the police department says they do not expect to issue tickets – just verbal warnings.
The rule is in response to social distancing recommendations.
Has coronavirus hit an apex in New York?
Governor Cuomo is calling the current trend hopeful but inconclusive, citing a flat daily death toll for the last two days — and drops in hospitalizations and ICU admissions. Cuomo says he now wants the navy hospital ship docked off Manhattan to care for coronavirus patients The ship “Comfort” had only been used for non-COVID-19 patients.
Cuomo announced schools and non-essential businesses will remain closed till April 29th.
School districts statewide find out more today on what the cancellation of June’s Regents exams will mean for students.
It was announced yesterday the tests are being scrapped due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has forced students out of the classroom.
High school students must pass certain exams to get a Regents diploma, but there’s no word yet on the impact canceling the upcoming tests will have on graduation requirements.
Western New York drivers are saving more of their hard-earned money when they fill up their vehicles. According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas is $2.27 That’s down 5- cents from last week and is 26 cents cheaper than this time a month ago.