Weekend News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on January 9, 2021
Between Monday and Friday vaccination rates went up from roughly 10 thousand a day to over 50 thousand a day in New York. This came after Governor Cuomo threatened hospital systems with fines and loss of access to the vaccine if they did not use up all their weekly allotment of vaccines. New York receives 300000 doses of vaccine a week. Governor Cuomo says that the rate of vaccination is still far too low so the state will be opening more distribution centers using pharmacies, private doctors, county health departments and ambulatory centers. This follows the federal vaccination plan.
Those who are in group 1A and 1B can begin making reservations to get the vaccine for COVID 19 on Monday. 1A is healthcare workers which are about 2.1 million people. 1B is the larger group made up people over 75, teachers, first responders, public safety workers and public transit workers.
COVID-19 Update: Genesee county has 68 new cases and 66 people recovered. 26 people are hospitalized. 3 of the new cases are at Premier Genesee, 3 are at the Batavia VA medical center and 1 is at the New York State Veterans Home. Orleans county has 32 new cases and 48 people have recovered. 14 people are hospitalized. There are 222 active cases in Genesee county and 263 in Orleans.
The New York Penn League has made it official, professional baseball is out of Batavia. Major league baseball has announced some changes to how players are developed. One of them is the elimination of Rookies. Another is no more Class A Short Season baseball. This gets rid of most club affiliations in the New York Penn League. For Major League Baseball this will mean thousands of players no longer being able to play and for Batavia, no more professional baseball.
The Genesee county master gardeners series will start on January 21st at noon with do it yourself teacup garden art by bonnie B. At this time the talks will be via zoom. The talks are free but registration is required. Check out the events page on the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County website for details.