Morning News Briefing
Written by Dan Fischer on April 20, 2020
The number of COVID-19 cases in Genesee County took its largest one day jump over the weekend.
The health department reported 30 new cases Saturday afternoon, but 29 of those cases came from the Federal Detention Center in Batavia. All of them were detainees.
There were no new cases added on Sunday.
The county’s total is now 122 positive cases since the outbreak began.
There have been two deaths from coronavirus in Genesee County, two in Orleans County and four in Wyoming County.
Governor Cuomo says the state’s coronavirus curve is descending, but he’s still urging New Yorkers to keep following social distancing guidelines.
The governor says things will only keep improving if people continue to do their part in preventing the spread of the illness.
This week, New York State will be looking to test thousands of people for coronavirus antibodies. Officials are trying to figure out who may have the antibodies that could be used to help others battle the deadly illness. The tests will also help determine the percentage of the population that could be immune to the virus. Results can take a day or two to come back and the state is hoping to have the data fully analyzed by the end of the week.
To help replenish the Salvation Army food pantry, Northgate Free Methodist Church will be hosting a food collection drive every Monday.
You can drop off food donations at Northgate Free Methodist Church, North Campus, on Bank Street Road Mondays between 10 and 4.
The Salvation Army reports its food pantry supply is exhausted. The Army says it is serving three to four times the number of families it served before the COVID-19 outbreak.
The next food distribution at Northgate is scheduled for this Wednesday morning. It is another drive-thru distribution. Only one person should make the pick-up and have ID ready if picking up for more than one family.
The price of gas is continuing to dip across Western New York. Triple A says the average cost for a gallon of regular gas is $2.27. That’s down
16-cents from a month ago.