Morning News Briefing

Written by on April 8, 2020

COVID-19 cases have doubled in Genesee County over the past days. The health department says that brings the county’s total number of infections to 44.
10 new cases were reported yesterday, the second day in a row that 10 new cases were added. All the new cases are individuals under 65.
All known contacts have been notified and placed in quarantine.

Health Director Paul Pettit says those homemade masks many are wearing are better than nothing but offered a reminder:

Photo: Paul Pettit, Public Health Director

Pettit also encouraged that only one person in the family run errands to the grocery store, again to minimize exposure and maintain social distance.

There is a pop-up mobile food pantry distribution today.
It is scheduled for 9AM at Northgate Free Methodist Church on Bank Street Road.
Simply drive-up and volunteers will place a box of food right into your car.
The Salvation Army is hosting the food distribution. They say they have seem a 50-percent increase in the use of food pantries across the state.

Governor Cuomo has signed an executive order allowing the state Department of Health to move unused ventilators to places they may be needed. That means the machines could be taken from upstate hospitals to be used downstate where there’s a high number of coronavirus cases. The governor’s order backed off on the original provision to use the National Guard to confiscate the devices.

State education officials have announced new graduation requirements following the cancellation of Regents exams. So long as students pass the Regents courses they were taking this year, they’ll be exempt from taking the exams. June’s exams are being scrapped due to concerns over the coronavirus.

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