Morning News Briefing
Written by Dan Fischer on April 17, 2020
New York State’s so-called pause order will remain in effect until May 15th – it has been extended two more weeks.
This means non-essential businesses will remain closed and the public is urged to remain at home. The governor’s previous executive order was scheduled to expire April 29th.
Starting today, New Yorkers will be required to wear masks or cloth coverings on their face while out in public. The governor’s executive order is yet another effort to try and slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Seven new cases of coronavirus reported in Genesee County. The total number of infections since the outbreak began now stands at 87.
Three county residents are hospitalized with the virus.
The Genesee County Health Department is scheduled to issue its daily COVID-19 update this afternoon.
Public Health Director Paul Pettit will issue his report via a video meeting. WBTA will carry Pettit’s remarks live this afternoon at 4 o’clock.
A Wyoming County man has been arrested on charges of vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving following a crash earlier this week.
State Police said 20 year old Michael Conrad was speeding on Pleasant Valley Road in Wethersfield late Tuesday morning. Troopers said he lost control of his and crashed into several trees.
A passenger in Conrad’s car, 20 year old Cori Shearing of Pike, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Conrad was treated at ECMC and then locked up in Wyoming County Jail pending bail.
Both the University at Buffalo and some Western New York hospitals are seeking plasma donors. Researchers want to find out if people who have recovered from coronavirus have antibodies in their blood that could help patients who are critically ill due to the disease. Doctors say while the treatment method isn’t 100 percent proven, it could help save lives until a coronavirus vaccine is available.