Weekend News Brief

Written by on July 11, 2020

Genesee Orleans county health departments announced Friday that there are 2 new cases of COVID 19 in Genesee county and 1 in Orleans.  3 people have recovered in Genesee county and 3 people are on travel quarantine in Orleans.  There are a total of 5 active cases in Genesee county and 2 in Orleans county.

On Friday Governor Cuomo announced that beaches across NY State may reopen their concessions starting Sunday July 12th.   The concessions must adhere to the same restrictions as restaurants including mask wearing and social distancing

Nursing homes are now allowed to have visitors according to Dr Howard Zucker state department health commissioner.  Nursing homes that have not had a case of COVID 19 for 28 days may allow up to 10 percent of residents to have up to 2 visitors per day.  Masks and screenings will be required as residents at nursing homes and in long term care are the most vulnerable to Coronavirus.

The unofficial counts are in, at least in Genesee county.  In the 61st state senate democratic primary Kim Smith came out on top with 1083 votes and in the 27th congressional seat special election republican Chris Jacobs lead with over 6000 votes to Democrat Nate Mcmurray’s near 3800.  Tallys are not done in other counties and we can expect final results sometime Monday.

The survey being conducted in Batavia over school reopening so far shows that 2 thirds of residents want kids back in school with a regular schedule and social distancing and masks when possible.  “Most of our parents want in-person classrooms and so do we,” said Superintendent Anibal Soler Jr.  The only area that parents weren’t mostly in favor of was busing, with 66 percent of respondents saying they would drive their own children and only 28 percent saying they were comfortable with busing even with sanitizing.  The survey concludes on Monday.

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