WBTA Weekend News

Written by on April 11, 2020

A high wind warning has been posted for Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties beginning Monday morning.
The National Weather Service says the warning goes into effect at 10AM Monday through 2AM on Tuesday.
Southwest winds 30 to 45 mph with gusts up to 70 mph are expected.


Coronvirus testing lags in Genesee County.
Public Health Director Paul Pettit says that testing available on demand will be the only way to insure that the war against COVID-19 is won.
Current supplies of test swabs are too low for mass testing
Pettit announced late yesterday that there were seven new cases of coronavirus in Genesee County, bringing the total number to 70.
He said that maintaining social distancing and avoiding close gatherings is the best way to slow the spread of the disease. Pettit said he realizes the added challenges families will face in this regard during the Holiday weekend.


The Veterans Administration confirms two patients at the Batavia V-A have tested positive for the coronavirus. The V-A says it has taken measures to mitigate the risk of transmission to other patients and staff.
Four confirmed positive cases of coronavirus are reported at the Federal Detention Facility in Batavia.


The first person to die from Coronavirus in Genesee County was a Batavia native who suffered serious health issues and was the innocent victim of a police incident triggered by his neighbor.
67 year old David Zanghi Senior died from the virus on March 27th. He had suffered from kidney failure, diabetes and heart disease.
Mr. Zanghi lived on Liberty Street in Batavia. He lived in a downstairs apartment lwhen last November a domestic incident erupted upstairs.
The man living there held police at bay with a knife and a BB gun.
Zanghi’s apartment was heavily damaged by tear gas during the incident.


A note from the New York State Department of Labor.
If you are waiting for a call back from your unemployment insurance claim that call may show-up on caller ID from simply “private caller.”
The reason, most state unemployment workers are working from their homes.
The department urges you to answer those calls.
Anyone calling from the Department of Labor will verify their identity by providing the date you filed your Unemployment Insurance application and the type of claim you filed.”

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