Morning News Briefing

Written by on October 12, 2020

The Genesee County Health Department will resume sending out COVID-19 updates tomorrow. There were no weekend updates and there won’t be any today, because of the Columbus Day. According to the Department, the last report showed one new coronavirus case in the county. The latest patient is in their 20’s and lives in Elba. Sixteen new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states. One of the positive individuals is hospitalized. Orleans County also reports one new case.

We should know tomorrow whether or not Batavia’s Assistant Manager will get a bump in pay. When the city council meets tomorrow night, they’ll vote on a resolution to authorize additional compensation for interim city manager Rachel Tabelski. Martin Moore left the Manager’s position in July. The additional pay would be retroactive from July 20 and continue until the city manager post is filled.

After two consecutive days of negative tests, a Tennessee Titans coach tested positive for the coronavirus Sunday morning. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the team released a statement saying a staff member tested positive and that their facility is temporarily closed. The Titans have currently received a total of 24 positive test results, including 13 players dating back to Sept. 24. The Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans game was moved from Sunday to Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. after an uptick in COVID-19 cases. According to ESPN, Tuesday’s game is now in jeopardy.

The public will weigh in later this month on a plan by the Batavia Town Board to override the state property tax cap. A public hearing is scheduled for October 21st at 7 p.m. The session will be held at the Batavia Town Hall on West Main Street Road. A copy of the proposed local law is on file at the Batavia Town Clerks office and is open for inspection during regular office hours.

Effective today, the bridge over Whitney Creek on Judge Road in the Town of Alabama will close so that the span can be replaced. The bridge is immediately west of Crosby Road. There will be a detour posted onsite for the duration of the project, which is expected to take approximately two to three months to complete.

Elba Central should resume to a hybrid instructional format tomorrow. In recent weeks, a number of students tested positive for COVID-19. The school superintendent said after learning of the test results September 28th, the Health Department ordered that over 20 staff members and over 100 students needed to be quarantined. Last Friday, another 10 staff members and nearly 40 more students were going to be quarantined again based on another confirmed case.

Letchworth State Park closed to new guests over the weekend after reaching capacity under COVID restrictions. It was a peak foliage weekend. The park recommends if you plan on visiting that you avoid the hours of 12 to 4 p.m., as that’s when the park is busiest. Anyone visiting a state park is asked to wear a face covering and maintain social distance.

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