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Written by on April 16, 2020

Genesee County’s Public Health director says he is still not getting the personal protective equipment he needs.
Paul Pettit says he is receiving only a percentage of the PPE’s is has ordered.
He did report some good news. Pettit says the department’s tracking shows a gradual slowing of active cases. He cited last week’s daily new cases were reaching 10 a day. That figure is down to 2 or 3.

You need to finds a mask or cloth covering for your face, by tomorrow.
Governor Cuomo has ordered all New Yorkers to wear a mask or face covering whenever you are out in public. Health experts say there’s not a lot of evidence showing masks can protect people from coronavirus, they are an effective tool in reducing the spread of germs.

The latest local coronavirus numbers: three new cases reported in Batavia.
There was one additional COVID-19 death reported yesterday.
That makes two Genesee County residents to die from the virus since the outbreak began.

There are now a total of 80 positive tests for the virus locally.
Included in that number are 11 cases from the Federal Detention Facility in Batavia.

Getting tested for the coronavirus is about to get a bit easier for those living in Monroe County.
A drive-thru testing site is expected to open tomorrow in Rochester.
It’ll be located at the Walmart on Hudson Avenue.
Anyone experiencing coronavirus symptoms will be able to set up an appointment to get screened. Tests at the site will be conducted by Quest Diagnostics, a private company.
Testing is available in Genesee County to patients who show COVID-19 symptoms. Testing with pre-screening is being done in the UMMC parking lot and by some personal physicians.

A young Byron man caught, allegedly, with his hand in the candy jar.
Deputies arrested 22 year old Mark Knickerbocker of West Main Street Road Byron with taking a box of candy from Crosby’s in Batavia.
The candy was valued at $48. He was given a court appearance ticket.


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