WBTA Weekend News Brief

Written by on March 29, 2020

COVID-19 continues its spread across Genesee County.

UPDATE: 6:15PM Saturday, Mar 28: The Genesee County Health Dept. reported an additional case of COVID-19 bringing the total number of cases to eight. Officials said this person is under the age of 65, lives in the central part of the county and is under mandatory isolation at home.

Paul Pettit, Director of Public Health

According to the latest numbers issued by the county’s health department late on Friday afternoon there have been three new cases of the Coronavirus. This brings to total number of confirmed infections in Genesee County to seven. Public Health Director Paul Pettit said of the new cases two persons are over the age of 65 living in thne center part of the county. The other case, he said, involved a person under the age of 65.

According to Pettit none of the three new cases appear to be related and none were under any type of quarantine. Pettit believes the exposure is what officials call “community spread,” transmission of the virus hot within a household.

At United Memorial Medical Center triage tents have been set up in the parking lot to pre-screen potential patients. COVID-19 testing is being done at the facility, but hospital President Dan Ireland says there is no guarantee you will get a test just by showing up…

PHOTO: Dan Ireland, President of UMMC

In Genesee County, 17 people are under precautionary quarantine and 34 people are under mandatory quarantine.

A program reminder: on Monday afternoon WBTA will present another hour-long special: “COVID-19, a Local View.”
We will once again have a panel of experts on hand to answer your questions about the status of the virus in Genesee County and the response to it.
Our special will air this Monday afternoon at one o’clock on WBTA FM & AM, online at WBTAi-dot-com and will be video recorded for playback later in the day on The Batavian.

If you are in the mood for some positive news the popular ice cream stand Blondies Sip-N-Dip has reopened for the season.
The couple says Blondies will observe social distance. They will serve customers at the East Main St. Rd. location in Batavia via a drive up/walk up window.


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