Morning News Briefing
Written by Dan Fischer on April 24, 2020
The coronavirus takes two more lives in Orleans County.
The health department reported late yesterday that two individuals, over the age of 65, died in The Villages of Orleans nursing home in Albion.
In the same report, the health department announced one new cases of the virus in Genesee County – a person in their 60’s from Batavia.
In our region, five people have died from COVID-19 related illness in Orleans County, three have died in Genesee County and four in Wyoming County.
There have been a growing number of coronavirus deaths in New York nursing homes, now the state will take a closer look at those facilities.
The investigation will involve the state Department of Health and Attorney General’s office.
Officials will make sure nursing homes are following regulations, including having enough protective equipment for staff and doing temperature checks of employees before their shifts begin.
The preliminary results of statewide antibody testing shows its likely millions of residents have been infected by coronavirus.
The study has shown nearly 14 percent of the thousands of people screened had antibodies associated with the illness. That indicates two-point-seven million New Yorkers could have had the disease at one point and were not diagnosed.
New York has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country
Batavia City Manager Dr. Martin Moore has extended the city’s State of Emergency for another 30 days.
The declaration keeps city offices closed to the public.
City Parks remain open with restrictions.
The Buffalo Bills will look to improve their roster tonight as the NFL Draft continues.
The Bills have the 54th overall selection after not taking part in the first round of the draft last night. That’s because they traded their first round pick to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for wide receiver Stefon Diggs.