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March 31, 2020 - 7:41pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, news, notify.

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In early March, the U.S. Surgeon General, Jerome M. Adams, told Americans to stop buying masks.

With very good reason: if the general public buys up the supply of masks, especially all of the N95 masks (the best at blocking airborne viruses from entering your respiratory system), there wouldn't be enough for the people who really need them, such as doctors and nurses.

But many health care experts have been questioning recently the rest of the surgeon general's message: That masks are ineffective at protecting you from coronavirus.

Now the Center for Disease Control is considering rescinding its recommendation against general public mask-wearing.

Before we discuss why it might be a good idea for all people in public to wear masks, let's remember the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is:

With that knowledge, should you worry about package delivery?  The experts say, "no." The risk is very low.

What about food delivery and take out? Again, the risk is very low, and COVID-19 is a respiratory illness and even if it were to enter your digestive system, it wouldn't survive to infect you.

However, it's always good to remember when dealing with other people or touching surfaces, maintain social distancing and wash or sanitize your hands immediately.

Service workers should sanitize their hands after every exchange.

Now, about masks.

It's important to know, masks by themselves won't protect you. Even the best N95 mask is imperfect protection and surgical mask, the kind that loosely covers your nose and mouth, is designed to protect others from germs you might be spreading, not to protect you. Because they don't form a tight seal around your nose and mouth, air (which can contain droplets containing the virus) flows around the edges of the mask into your respiratory system.

Here's the argument for masks:

  • You can contract coronavirus and be infectious without showing any symptoms or showing only minor symptoms.  That means you could potentially be a carrier of COVID-19 and not know it. If you go into public you can spread SARS-CoV-2 to other people and never know it.  If you're wearing a mask, you present much less of a risk to other people, people who might be much more susceptible to the disease.
  • There is much that scientists don't know about COVID-19 but there is a theory that viral load (how much virus a person breaths in before the infection takes hold) affects health outcomes. There is some speculation that wearing a mast might reduce the viral load if you are exposed to the SARS-CoV-2.  We don't know, but as one medical journal noted, the lack of evidence for effectiveness isn't proof of ineffectiveness.
  • If more people wear masks in public, it will reduce the social embarrassment or stigmatization associated with wearing masks. 
  • And as Dr. Neil Aberneth noted in our discussion today, maintaining your mental health is important during this pandemic and if wearing a mask makes you feel more comfortable and safer in public, you should wear a mask.

Do you know where mask-wearing is common? In South Korea, which, even though that country had its first official case of COVID-19 on the same day as the U.S., has had far fewer positive cases and fewer deaths. 

So, should you go out and buy face masks?  Well, even if you wanted to, good luck finding them.  Surgical masks on Amazon.com won't be available until at least May.  Besides, whatever supply of professionally made masts might be available should first go to health care professionals. That leaves, "Do It Yourself (DIY)"  Below are some videos on making your own face mask.  

If you do wear a face mask here are some important guidelines from healthline.com:

  • Wearing a mask alone will not prevent you from getting a SARS-CoV-2 infection. Careful handwashing and social (physical) distancing must also be followed.
  • Wash your hands before you put on your mask.
  • If you are wearing a mask, avoid touching it the front of it. You can transfer the virus from your hands to the mask.
  • You can also transfer the virus from the mask to your hands. Wash your hands if you touch the front of the mask.
  • Know how to put on and remove a mask by touching the elastic ear straps only.
  • Do not wear a mask if you are healthy and in self-quarantine.
  • Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing. This may help prevent spreading the virus to others.
  • If you think you may have the SARS-CoV-2 infection, wear a mask. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have any symptoms.
  • Wear a mask if you are caring for someone who may have a SARS-CoV-2 infection or COVID-19 disease. It may help prevent you from catching the infection.
  • Don’t write your name or initials on your mask as that will inactivate it.
  • Do not reuse a worn mask. It may have the virus on it.
  • Throw away used masks in a closed bin.

Related Links:

Here are a couple of videos from YouTube about making face masks at home.  There are dozens of others if you search for them.  There are a lot of options. Just remember, don't buy them (you probably can't anyway), make them.

And if you're willing and able to make them for other people, drop me a line, [email protected], with information on how people can get them, and we'll compile and publish a list.

March 31, 2020 - 4:35pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, covid-19.

The state has mandated all but essential services close down during the current state of emergency to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Click here for a list of what the state has defined as essential services.

We've compared that list to our sponsor list to build this initial list of locally owned businesses that are allowed to stay open. We may have missed a business or two. There may be locally owned businesses that have a waiver or weren't included in that initial list that is now covered. If your business is not included, please email [email protected]

We will include any locally owned business whether a sponsor or not at no charge. If your business is included here but you decided to close during this time, please let us know and we will remove the listing. Periodically, we'll move this post back to the top of the home page with updates.

This listing is FREE to all locally owned businesses in Genesee County.

Auto Service

Batavia Automotive, 50 Liberty St., Batavia. (585) 344-7171

Batavia Starter, 282 W. Main Street Road, Batavia. (585) 343-3805

Castilone Chrysler Dodge Jeep (service only, no sales), 306 W. Main St., Batavia. (585) 343-1780

Chesley's Auto and Tire Service, 562 E. Main St., Batavia. (585) 343-8691

Crazy Cheap Cars (service only, no sales), 8 Main St., Oakfield. (585) 948-8000

Dan's Tire & Auto Service Center, 48 Batavia City Centre, (585) 343-7210

Dickinson's Auto, 4028 W. Main Street Road, Batavia. (585) 343-9800

Empire Tractor, 5072 East Main Street, Batavia. (585) 343-1822

Falleti Motors (service only, no sales), 504 Ellicott St., Batavia. (585) 343-2247

Genesee Auto Body, 659 Ellicott St., Batavia, (585) 345-0432

John's Service Station, 187 Pearl St., Batavia. (585) 343-0535

Johnson Automotive, 4003 W. Main St., Batavia.(585) 343-6891

Ken Barrett Chevrolet (service only, no sales), 229 W. Main St., Batavia. (585) 300-4966

L&L Transmission, 8781 Alexander Road, Batavia. (585) 343-1735

Parmenter Tire & Auto, 4531 W. Saile Drive, Batavia. (585) 343-0544

Pellegrino Auto Sales (service only, no sales), 4060 Pearl St., Batavia. (585) 344-2658

Select Collision, 5273 Clinton Street Road, Batavia. (585) 344-4945

Sheelar Automotive Repair, 149 Pearl St., Batavia, is open for business. (585) 344-2484

Sloat Tire Shop, 5257 Clinton Street Road, Batavia. (585) 343-7730

Stan's Harley-Davidson, 4425 W. Saile Drive, Batavia. Service open; parts and clothing sales closed. (585) 343-9598

Stella Collision, 8375 E. Main St., Le Roy. (585) 768-7370

Thompson Motors (service only, no sales), 11263 Route 98, Attica. (585) 591-4310

Toyota of Batavia (service only, no sales), 3899 W. Main Street Road, Batavia. (585) 344-4141

Zirbels Automotive, 149 Hutchins St., Batavia. (585) 343-6101

Medical & Dental

Batavia Foot Care Center, 3922 W. Main Street Road, Batavia. (585) 344-1677

Batavia Chiropractic Health Center -- Dr. Michael DeAngelo, 154 Pearl Street, Batavia. (585) 343-4862

Dr. Michael A. Kubiniec, 180 Washington Ave., Batavia. (585) 343-5865. Open for emergencies. 

GCASA, (585) 343-1124

Genesee Dental, 37 Batavia City Centre, Batavia. Closed through April 3 except for emergencies. (585) 343-1113

Licata Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 1 Court Street Plaza, Batavia. (585) 343-5311

Mazurkiewicz Family Chiropractic, PC, 184 Washington Ave., Batavia. (585) 343-9316

Oatka Family Medicine, 5762 East Main St., Batavia. (585) 201-7055

Pediatric Associates of Batavia (Dr. Idrees and Dr. Shahid), 43 Batavia City Centre, Suite A. (585) 343-7117

Rochester Regional Health Urgent Care, 16 Bank St., Batavia. (585) 815-6715

Rochester Regional Health Lab, 106 Main St., Suite 47B, Batavia. (585) 247-3500

UMMC/Rochester Regional Health, 127 North St., Batavia. (585) 343-6030

Village Physical Therapy, Batavia and Le Roy locations open for PT; Le Roy gym is closed; encouraging patients to use telehealth. (585) 343-9496, (585) 768-4550

Elder Care

Johnson's Elderly Care, (585) 548-3206

St. Ann's Community, (585) 768-2740

Funeral Homes

Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, (585)343-5679

Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, (585) 948-5325

Cameron, Brady & Steuber Funeral Home, (585) 768-6800

C.B. Beach & Son Mortuary, (585) 599-4520

Gilmartin Funeral Home, (585) 343-8260

Falcone Family Funeral, (585) 768-2400

H.E. Turner & Co, (585) 343-8868

J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, (585) 343-6158

Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, (585) 343-7500

Garbage Collection & Recycling

Arc Collection, (585)  343-4203

Haul-4-Less, (585) 813-7007

Mickel’s Nickels Redemption, 80 Lake St., Le Roy. (585) 768-9610

Electric, Plumbing, Construction, Home Repair & Maintenance

Batavia Garage Door, (585) 344-4405

Bill Fox & Son Construction, (585) 356-4992

Ben's Appliance & Kitchens, (585) 343-7033

Cassidy’s Locksmithing, (585) 755-1237

Cedar Street Sales & Rental, 111 Cedar St., Batavia. Open for rentals and repairs. Retail shopping online only. (585) 343-4899

Country Line Electric, Batavia, electric equipment and supplies. (585) 343-3448

Deep Blue Pool & Spa, (585) 343-7665

Diegelman's Plumbing - 4995 Ellicott Street Road, Batavia. (585) 356-3438

Empire Tractor, 5072 E. Main St., Batavia. Repair shop open. For parts, curbside pickup or delivery via UPS/USPS. Upon request, will show new and used equipment by maintaining social distancing. Delivery of new equipment. (585) 343-1822

Erie East Windows and Doors, (585) 757-2768

Fava Brothers Lawn Care, (585) 260-8391

Genesee Country Residential Services. Home repairs and construction services. Weekdays 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (585) 345-0076.

Genesee Lumber Co., Batavia, Call ahead for pickup. Job site deliveries continue but social distancing protocols apply. Hours: 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 8 a.m. -1 p.m. on Saturdays. See updates here. (585) 343-0777

Falcone Electric, (585) 343-2018

Henry H. Cook, (585) 345-0915

Holland High Lift, 10033 East Road, East Bethany (585) 343-9961

Kevin Bezon Enterprises, (585) 746-0246

Kreative Design Kitchen & Bath (showroom is closed but open for construction projects), (585) 345-0012

Genesee Plumbing, (585) 343-3805

Humphrey's Electric & Security, (585) 721-3088

Toal's Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, commercial and residential, (585) 344-3839

McCabe Enterprises Electrical Contractor, (585) 762-9347

Napoleone Plumbing and Carpentry, (585) 409-9961

Northside Saw & Tool, 641 E. Main St., Batavia, (585) 219-4735

Precision Lawn Care, (585) 993-5296

Pro Seal & Paving, (585) 356-8689

R.A. Haitz Company, (585) 343-2400

Rickety Rich Home Repair / Construction (585) 817-7071

RJN Electrical Services, (585) 343-6700

Sallome Heating & Cooling, (585) 343-8236

Terance Cranston Construction, (585)305-4254

Tri County Glass, (585) 343-0277

Turnbull Heating & Air Conditioning, (585) 209-0305

Valu Home Center, 4152 W. Main St.. Batavia. Social distancing protocols apply. Curbside pickup available. (585) 344-1300

Viele Construction, (585) 343-2356

Waters Plumbing Heating and Electrical, (585) 762-8687

WTS Plumbing, (585) 993-1697

Yasses Construction, (585) 548-5014

Computers

Marchese Computers is open by appointment. (585) 343-2713

Millennium Computers, (585) 343-3310

Finance & Insurance

RB Adams Agency/ The Northwoods Corporation, 539 E Main St, Batavia (585) 343-0046

Allstate Insurance Agency, H. Michael Roth, 106 W. Main St., Batavia. Fax (585) 344-3542. Phone (585) 344-3514

Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, 419 W. Main St., Batavia. (716) 864-0715

Insurance Center, (585) 343-2282

Marathon Insurance, 585-343-8609

Mark Lewis - State Farm Insurance, (585) 343-4959

Mathis Agency with Nationwide Insurance, (585) 768-4810

Stephen M. Hawley & Associates -- The Insurance Center, 50 Main St., Batavia. Office closed, reduced staff; can take payments in envelope if you can't pay premiums online. M-F, 9 to 5. (585) 343-2282

Tonawanda Valley Federal Credit Union, 10 Jefferson Square, Batavia. (585) 343-5627

Tompkins Bank of Castle (various locations). (585) 344-2898

Tompkins Insurance Agencies. 1-888-261-2688

Le Roy Federal Credit Union, 7093 W. Main Road, Le Roy. (585) 768-7207

Pets & Livestock

Genesee Feeds, 3860 W. Main Street Road, Batavia. (585) 344-3231

Genesee Valley Farm & Pet Cremation, 3520 S. Main Street Road, Batavia. (585) 343-5878

Perry Veterinary Clinic, 3699 W. Main Street Road, Batavia. Companion animal clinic hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday. Call for appointment; then call clinic from parking lot once you arrive. (585) 343-4046

State Street Animal Hospital, 7950 State Street Road, Batavia. (585) 344-4974.

Additional Businesses

Golden Coin Laundry and Dry Cleaners, 582 E. Main St., (585)  344-0040

49 Express Pit Stop, 409 Bloomingdale Road, Tonawanda Seneca Nation, Basom, (716) 542-1073

Food & Beverage

(Click here for our list of locally owned restaurants and food-related businesses with service.)

March 31, 2020 - 4:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, news, notify.

COVID-19 Update from the Genesee/Orleans Health Department:

New Cases

  • As of 2 p.m. today:
    • Genesee County received 1 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 13 positive cases;
    • One under the age of 65 residing in the central part of Genesee County;
    • For Orleans: 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 6 positive cases;
    • Individual is under the age of 65 and is a resident of the central part of the county;
    • None of the new positive cases were under precautionary or mandatory quarantine when they became symptomatic and are not believed to be connected.
  • Contact tracing has been initiated for all the new cases. Known contacts have already been placed under mandatory quarantine and will be swabbed if indicated (if symptoms becomes present). If a person is identified as a contact, they will be notified by the County Health Department, quarantined and if warranted, swabbed if indicated. Limited information is provided to the public in compliance with HIPAA regulations and out of the respect of those impacted by this virus. When, and if, there is a situation where potential contact is made in a public location where contact tracing doesn’t have actual names we will send out a media announcement to help seek contacts. 

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Cumulative Data 

  • Healthcare providers are advising patients undergoing swabbing that are symptomatic (based on availability and screening for high-risk) for COVID-19 to self-isolate until test results are received and COVID-19 is ruled out. Follow your healthcare provider’s advice.
  • Currently, NYS clearance protocol for discontinuation of mandatory isolation for persons with confirmed COVID-19 is the following: it has been at least seven days since the initial positive test for COVID-19, at least three days without fever and no use of fever-reducing medication, and improvement in the signs and symptoms of the illness. Swabbing through the Health Departments is warranted as part of our quarantine / isolation protocol for those who become symptomatic. We are not providing community testing at this time.  We will be announcing further information on this as local capacity increases.

OPERATIONAL UPDATES

  • Please remain home if ill, even if a person has a negative COVID-19 result it is important to continue to limit physical contact. Flu and COVID-19 are still transmittable and people should continue to remain home and limiting contact with others. Do not be afraid of people because they may be coughing or sneezing, they may have allergies, but continue to keep your distance (at least 6’).
  • Medical Concerns: If you feel you may have COVID-19, call your primary care provider or healthcare facility ahead of time. DO NOT GO DIRECTLY THERE, CALL AHEAD TO GET GUIDANCE. Swabbing will be based on those who are in higher risk categories – elderly and immune compromised and those with underlying health issues.
    • Swab sample results are coming back slower than expected. With more testing, we expect this will continue.  Whenever anyone is swabbed for potential COVID-19, self-isolation is advised until the test result is received.
  • Respect / Social Responsibility / Fear mongering / Consequences –Health Departments are mandated to adhere to HIPAA regulations therefore we are not releasing potential identifying information of anyone who is under our care. 
    • If during contact tracing there is an issue of missing potential contacts we will provide locations. Not everyone who coughs or sneezes has a respiratory virus. People need to be respectful of the process and the guidance surrounding social distancing.  COVID-19 is now community transmissible therefore people need to take social distancing seriously. 
    • There are consequences for not adhering to the directives.  Non-compliance may prolong the spread of COVID-19 as well as increasing the spread which can overwhelm our healthcare systems and put our vulnerable populations at increased risk. 
    • Sticking to the basics: limiting exposure to the public, frequent handwashing, staying home if ill with any respiratory illness, keeping 6 feet of distance from other people and sharing creative ideas to keep in touch with family and friends are what we need. 
  • Take media breaks:  Talking about who has or hasn’t been tested, is sick or sharing rumors about anything COVID-19 is increasing anxiety in many people. Be respectful and stay home as much as possible. It is safe to go outside or for a ride, but be mindful to keep at least 6’ distance between other people. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, fear about this outbreak call the Care + Crisis Helpline at 585-283-5200, text 741741 or call the NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 884-863-9314, they have trained listeners available 24/7 to help you through this.
  • Community Spread:  Means you can get it from respiratory droplets from infected people and on any surface as long as the virus is still viable. If you touch a door handle, counter, etc. that has the virus on it, then touch a mucous membrane (nose, mouth, eyes) you can introduce the virus into your body. Identifying a store or business where people may have been doesn’t help because the virus is everywhere and can give a false sense of security that the virus isn’t somewhere else. Limiting trips to the store and designating only one person for shopping can lower the risk of spreading the virus. With the rising numbers, it is important to know the social distancing guidance will work but it takes time before we can see the results. The coming weeks are most critical in determining how many lives can be saved in our communities by staying safer at home, social distancing, and having good hand (wash often) and cough (do not cough in your hand, but in a disposable tissue or your elbow) hygiene.
  • Nature Breaks and Parks:  We are getting reports of groups not practicing social distancing. Many parks have roped off areas of their parks to discourage group play (basketball, football, soccer, using shared equipment or frequently touched surfaces such as the playground equipment). This is not a time for playgroups. Parents remind your children they are to keep their distance from non-household members to limit the spread of disease. State Parks are free with limited services available. They are encouraging New Yorkers to recreate locally, practice social distancing, and use common sense to protect themselves and others. Contact your local park for specific information on any changes to their operations in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
    • Guidance on Responsible Recreations During the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis:  http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/administration_pdf/decparkscovid19guide.pdf
    • Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation COVID-19 Updates:  https://parks.ny.gov/covid19/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
    • If parking lots are full, come back another time or go to another area of the park. Remember to be safe whenever you are hiking in parks.
    • Avoid games and activities that require close contact, frequently touched surfaces such as playground equipment
    • Maintain social distancing by keeping at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others, even when outdoors
    • It is safe to be outside in your backyard or other personal outdoor space. If riding bikes, keep your distance (6 feet) from non-household people.

FRAUD ALERT – Watch out for Scams!

  • At this time there are no FDA-approved drugs or treatments for COVID-19.
  • There are also no over-the-counter COVID-19 tests. If you get an email, phone call, offer by mail or other solicitation for these scams, hang up and ignore them.
  • This is a very important warning to reinforce for every County resident.
  • The best medical advice for you comes from your healthcare provider.

NEW YORK STATE CASES / RESTRICTIONS / GUIDANCE

  • Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today at his 11:30 a.m. press conference there are a total 75,795 confirmed positive cases in NYS.
  • 10,929 (14 percent) COVID-19 patients are hospitalized.
  • The Governor has extended NY PAUSE program (nonessential workers down to 0 percent) until April 15; this will be evaluated every two weeks
  • New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health within 60 days of losing coverage.  https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/
  • The President and CDC have ordered a travel advisory (NY, NJ & CT) – this is not a lock down, these federal actions support state actions to date.  It is OK to be outside in your yard, ride bikes, visit a state park for walks, to take rides in your vehicle, however congregating and taking the family shopping does not comply with social distancing (keeping 6 feet from others, limiting time out in public).
March 31, 2020 - 1:21pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, news, video, live stream.
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Dr. Neil Abernethy is an associate professor of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education at the University of Washington. His research is focused on public health informatics, epidemic models and epidemiology in the context of global health.

He has worked on models to predict public health impacts of vaccine resistance as well as infectious disease surveillance and spread.

We will be discussing contact tracing, how the virus is spread, what that means for social distancing and mask wearing.

March 31, 2020 - 11:47am
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, City Fire, news, video, live stream.
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We talking with Stefano Napolitano, City of Batavia fire chief.

March 30, 2020 - 11:44pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, news, covid-19, coronavirus.

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Pat Burk shared this photo tonight of his residence in Batavia where a string of lights now shine with a positive message for the community.

March 30, 2020 - 9:52pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, sports, elba.
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The Elba Lady Lancers released their quarantine workout video today -- no wonder they've won four straight sectional titles.

March 30, 2020 - 9:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in wbta, news, covid-19, coronavirus.
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This is audio from today's special hour-long Main and Center on WBTA: "COVID-19: A Local View," hosted by Dan Fischer.

Guests included:

  • Dr. Tara Gellasch, Chief Medical Officer of UMMC
  • Dr. Danielle Notebaert, Chief of Emergency Medicine at UMMC
  • Timothy Yeager, Coordinator of Genesee County Emergency Management
  • and Mari Hamilton, Public Health Educator, Genesee Orleans Health Depts.

NOTE: This was recorded before the afternoon announcement of a local death and new additional cases.

March 30, 2020 - 3:55pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, news.
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Genesee County COVID-19 briefing March 20, 2020

UPDATE: A COVID-19 patient has died, the first coronavirus case reported in Genesee County. There are now 12 positive cases in Genesee County. There have been 122 negative tests. The 12 positive cases count includes the fatality. There are 11 people recovering at home, including two people who had been previously hospitalized. None of the patients who tested positive have yet been released from mandatory isolation. There are now 36 people in Genesee County under mandatory quarantine.

Press release:

“Today, I am reporting that an individual (over 65 years of age and who had underlying health conditions) who tested positive for COVID-19 has passed away,” said Paul Pettit, director of the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments. “This is our first confirmed death related to COVID-19 in Genesee County.

"Due to privacy issues, I will be not releasing further details about this individual. I would like to express my sincerest sympathy for the individual’s family and friends.”

“I am deeply saddened to learn from Paul Pettit of the death of a resident of our county,” said Rochelle Stein, chair of the Genesee County Legislature. "Our entire community grieves this loss. My heart is with the resident’s family, and I ask the community to join me in keeping them in our thoughts and prayers.”

“We continue to encourage social distancing, especially if you have older family members or family with underlying health conditions,” Pettit said. “If you are unwell with any symptoms, please limit contact with our most vulnerable population. Keep in touch by phone, FaceTime, cards, and/or letters so your loved ones know they are being thought of.

"Ask other family or friends who are not sick or potentially exposed to check in on your loved ones and/or assist with errands.”

Written briefing:

New Cases

  • We have learned a Genesee County resident of the central area of the county has died due to complications associated with COVID-19. The individual was over 65, hospitalized and had underlying health conditions. We are respecting the privacy of the individual and their family members and will not be releasing any further information.
  • As of 2 p.m. today:
    • Genesee County received three new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 12 positive cases
    • One under the age of 65 residing in eastern Genesee County
    • One under the age of 65 residing in eastern Genesee County
    • One above the age of 65 residing in central Genesee County
    • For Orleans: One new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of five positive cases
    • Individual is over the age of 65 and is a resident of the eastern part of the county.
    • None of the new positive cases were under precautionary or mandatory quarantine when they became symptomatic and are not believed to be connected.
  • Contact tracing has been initiated for all the new cases. Known contacts have already been placed under mandatory quarantine and will be swabbed if indicated (if symptoms becomes present). If a person is identified as a contact, they will be notified by the County Health Department, quarantined and if warranted, swabbed if indicated. Limited information is provided to the public in compliance with HIPAA regulations and out of the respect of those impacted by this virus. When, and if, there is a situation where potential contact is made in a public location where contact tracing doesn’t have actual names we will send out a media announcement to help seek contacts.

Cumulative Data

  • To Date: Genesee County has received 122 negative test results and Orleans County has received 87 negative test results for COVID-19. These negative tests give us a good indicator of what’s going on in our community. As discussed before, Flu continues to be prevalent with seven in Orleans and nine in Genesee for the week ending March 21. This data continues to show a high number of respiratory illness in our counties is not COVID-19.
  • Orleans County: Five people are under precautionary quarantine; nine people are under mandatory quarantine; and five people are under mandatory isolation, two of whom are hospitalized and three are recovering at home (one out of county).
  • Genesee County: 13 people are under precautionary quarantine, 37 people are under mandatory quarantine, and 11 people are recovering under mandatory isolation at home.
  • Healthcare providers are advising patients undergoing swabbing that are symptomatic (based on availability and screening for high-risk) for COVID-19 to self-isolate until test results are received and COVID-19 is ruled out. Follow your healthcare provider’s advice.
  • Currently, NYS clearance protocol for discontinuation of mandatory isolation for persons with confirmed COVID-19 is the following: it has been at least seven days since the initial positive test for COVID-19, at least three days without fever and no use of fever-reducing medication, and improvement in the signs and symptoms of the illness. Swabbing through the Health Departments is warranted as part of our quarantine / isolation protocol for those who become symptomatic. We are not providing community testing at this time. We will be announcing further information on this as local capacity increases.

OPERATIONAL UPDATES

  • Please remain home if ill, even if a person has a negative COVID-19 result it is important to continue to limit physical contact. Flu and COVID-19 are still transmittable and people should continue to remain home and limiting contact with others. Do not be afraid of people because they may be coughing or sneezing, they may have allergies, but continue to keep your distance (at least 6 feet).
  • Medical Concerns: If you feel you may have COVID-19, call your primary care provider or healthcare facility ahead of time. DO NOT GO DIRECTLY THERE, CALL AHEAD TO GET GUIDANCE. Swabbing will be based on those who are in higher risk categories – elderly and immune compromised and those with underlying health issues.
    • Swab sample results are coming back slower than expected. With more testing, we expect this will continue. Whenever anyone is swabbed for potential COVID-19, self-isolation is advised until the test result is received.
  • Respect / Social Responsibility / Fear mongering / Consequences – Health Departments are mandated to adhere to HIPAA regulations therefore we are not releasing potential identifying information of anyone who is under our care.
    • If during contact tracing there is an issue of missing potential contacts we will provide locations. Not everyone who coughs or sneezes has a respiratory virus. People need to be respectful of the process and the guidance surrounding social distancing. COVID-19 is now community transmissible therefore people need to take social distancing seriously.
    • There are consequences for not adhering to the directives.Noncompliance may prolong the spread of COVID-19 as well as increasing the spread which can overwhelm our healthcare systems and put our vulnerable populations at increased risk.
    • Sticking to the basics: limiting exposure to the public, frequent handwashing, staying home if ill with any respiratory illness, keeping a 6-feet distance from other people and sharing creative ideas to keep in touch with family and friends are what we need.
  • Take media breaks:Talking about who has or hasn’t been tested, is sick or sharing rumors about anything COVID-19 is increasing anxiety in many people. Be respectful and stay home as much as possible. It is safe to go outside or for a ride, but be mindful to keep at least 6 feet distance between other people. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, fear about this outbreak call the Care + Crisis Helpline at 585-283-5200, text 741741 or call the NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 884-863-9314, they have trained listeners available 24/7 to help you through this.
  • Community Spread: Locations of positive cases are not indicative (telling) of where potential exposures can occur. It is not necessary to know locations as the virus is considered to be everywhere. That is why we encourage everyone to follow social distancing guidelines, frequent handwashing, practice proper cough/sneeze hygiene (not in your hands, but in a disposable tissue or your elbow) and disinfecting of frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Snowbirds are returning to our counties: Snowbird Guidance is being developed and will be posted on our websites (under Coronavirus General Public), social media and through the Genesee and Orleans County Offices for the Aging. We encourage all who are returning home from travel to self-isolate and monitor your health.
    • If you become symptomatic, call your healthcare provider for guidance.
    • Some may be concerned about exposure when going for supplies and prescription refills – many stores and pharmacies are providing special hours for seniors and people with underlying healthcare issues. There are also several stores / restaurants that provide curbside pick-up and delivery services call ahead and ask.
    • Check in with family and friends and your social networks via phone or electronic means often to limit loneliness.

FRAUD ALERT – Watch out for Scams!

  • At this time there are no FDA-approved drugs or treatments for COVID-19.
  • There are also no over-the-counter COVID-19 tests. If you get an email, phone call, offer by mail or other solicitation for these scams, hang up and ignore them.
  • This is a very important warning to reinforce for every County resident.
  • The best medical advice for you comes from your healthcare provider.

NEW YORK STATE CASES / RESTRICTIONS / GUIDANCE

  • Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today at his 11:30 a.m. press conference there are a total 66,497 confirmed positive cases in NYS.
  • 9,517 (14 percent) COVID-19 patients are hospitalized.
  • The Governor has extended NY PAUSE program (nonessential workers down to 0 percent) until April 15; this will be evaluated every two weeks
  • Statewide school closures are extended by two weeks, until April 15 and will be reassessed then. Contact your school with any school related questions.
  • All non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason are temporarily banned.
  • The President and CDC have ordered a travel advisory (NY, NJ & CT) – this is not a lock down, these federal actions support state actions to date. It is OK to be outside in your yard, ride bikes, visit a state park for walks, to take rides in your vehicle, however congregating and taking the family shopping does not comply with social distancing (keeping 6 feet from others, limiting time out in public).
March 30, 2020 - 2:48pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, news, Andrew Cuomo.

Gov. Cuomo's daily briefing for March 30, 2020.

March 30, 2020 - 2:45pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, news, coronavirus.

Press release from CDC:

Due to extensive community transmission of COVID -19 in the area, CDC urges residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from nonessential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately.

This Domestic Travel Advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries, including but not limited to trucking, public health professionals, financial services, and food supply.

These employees of critical infrastructure, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, have a special responsibility to maintain normal work schedules. The Governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will have full discretion to implement this Domestic Travel Advisory.

March 30, 2020 - 2:35pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in live stream, covid-19, news, video, coronavirus, county government.
Video Sponsor

Interview with County Manager Jay Gsell. We're talking about how coronavirus is impacting the county budget.

March 30, 2020 - 1:08pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in gas prices, news.

Press release from AAA:

Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2, down 13 cents since last week. One year ago, the price was $2.69. The New York State average is $2.34 – down 6 cents from last week. A year ago, the NYS average was $2.73.

AAA Western and Central New York (AAA WCNY) reports the following averages:

  • Batavia -- $2.42 (down 3 cents since last week)
  • Buffalo -- $2.37 (down 4 cents since last week)
  • Ithaca -- $2.41 (down 7 cents since last week)
  • Rochester -- $2.33 (down 6 cents since last week)
  • Rome -- $2.34 (down 6 cents since last week)
  • Syracuse -- $2.28 (down 6 cents since last week)
  • Watertown -- $2.33 (down6 cents since last week)

Good news: low gas prices! Bad news: consumers don’t benefit! Pump prices continue to decline around the country as oil prices have decreased significantly in response to the increasing public health, financial and economic impact of COVID-19 and the crude price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Normally at this time of year, gas demand is growing and prices are on the rise. New data from the Energy Information Administration reveals that with many Americans staying at home and practicing social distancing, gas demand continues to drop dramatically. Gas prices have not been this low since 2016 and now more than half of the states in the United States have prices below $2. Gas demand is likely to continue decreasing and push gas prices cheaper. 

From GasBuddy:

"Today, we enter the 38th straight day the national average gas price has fallen, and the first week of the national average being under $2/gal for the first time in over four years as motorists park their cars and shelter in place, leading to an unprecedented drop never before seen in U.S. gasoline demand, causing prices to sink like a rock," said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.

"With the nation continuing to be under siege from the coronavirus and millions staying parked at home, there's quite a bit more downside that's in the pipeline coming in the weeks ahead.

"We could easily see the national average fall 50 cents to a dollar per gallon, while pricey states like California will see the biggest drops to come, playing catch up to the drop that has seen 29 states average gas prices fall under $2.

"Motorists should continue to be vigilant if they need to fill their tanks -- bring hand sanitizer and potentially wipes, but also shop around as the gap between station widens to historic levels."

March 30, 2020 - 1:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Chris Jacobs, NY-27, business, agriculture.

Press release:

Trump endorsed Republican candidate for Congress Chris Jacobs (NY-27) held a virtual round table with Western New York farmers on Saturday to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on local agriculture and what can be done to help farmers keep operating.

“Big decisions need to be made as we move into our planting season," said Molly Anderson, of Torrey Farms. " The effects of COVID-19 will determine how we make those decisions and impact our capacity to perform. Luckily, President Trump is a businessman and understands the critical importance of our nation’s farms and will work with us so we can have the resources to get through this."

"The utmost concern, whether it was a dairy farmer or a crop farmer was the health and safety of their workforce," Jacobs said. "No different than any other essential business, farmers have been following the guidelines of health officials to ensure they can still perform their duties without jeopardizing the health of employees.

“Not only is agriculture the largest economic sector in our region, but our farmers are directly responsible for ensuring abundant healthy food remains on our tables. It has been my priority to stay directly in contact with those vital to this industry and learn what they need so that when I take office I can get right to work helping them through this crisis.

"I am deeply encouraged by everything Congress and President Trump has done to assist our farmers by passing the CARES Act, and I look forward to helping my future colleagues ensure the prosperity of our farmers for future generations.”

The CARES Act, which passed on Friday in the House of Representatives and was subsequently signed by President Trump, provides critical relief to farmers in America. Among that relief is $14 billion for USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation, $9.5 billion in funding for livestock operation programs, $100 million in additional rural broadband grants, and increased deductions for farmers who donate commodities.

March 30, 2020 - 12:38pm

This is a FREE listing of locally-owned restaurants and food-related businesses. (No need to be a current sponsor of The Batavian.) To be added to the list, email [email protected] or [email protected]

(We'll put this back to the top of the home page each time it's updated.)

Here are local restaurants and food-related businesses with either delivery, curbside pickup, or takeout, or limited on-site access:

Alabama Hotel, takeout, Wednesday through Saturday. (585) 948-9994

Alex's Place, Takeout and delivery, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily. Menu. (585) 344-2999

Angotti's Beverage, Curbside takeout available.10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday - Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. (585) 343-7335

Batavia's Original, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday, 4 to 10 p.m., free delivery within city limits, curbside pickups, takeout. Menu. Call: (585) 343-3303

Blondies Sip-N-Dip, ice cream and frozen yogurt, 670 E. Main Street Road, Batavia. Open for the season. For now, serving customers at the walk-up window.

Bourbon & Burger Co., Delivery Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (last orders are taken at 8 p.m.). Menu. Delivery within Batavia City limits Call: (585) 219-4242

Buttercrumbs Bakery in Corfu, Takeout, Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m. to noon. Call (585) 599-4550

Byron Hotel and Trail House, Takeout available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed Sundays. Most menu items are available for takeout. Menu. Please call ahead to give us adequate time to stagger your orders for pickup. Now (3/24) taking orders for Friday Fish Fry. Call: (585) 548-9992

Capish! Brick Oven Pizza Ristorante, 49 Main St., Le Roy, is open for takeout, curbside pickup or FREE delivery from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Closed Sundays. Here are the lunch and dinner menus. (585) 768-1000

Caryville Inn, Oakfield, Takeout/curbside Wednesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Delivery also available Wednesday-Saturday only from 4 to 9 p.m. (585) 948-9780

Center Street Smoke House, curbside pickup starting at 4 p.m. every day. Menu Page 1. Menu Page 2. Pickup is at the westside door, drive-thru Jackson Square.(585) 343-7470

Chap's Elba Diner, delivery to Elba, Batavia, Barre, Albion ("If any of our elderly customers need anything we will be there for them."), Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (585) 757-5001 or (585) 797-7505

Cinquino's Pizza, takeout and curbside pickup within Batavia city limits. Menu. (585) 343-2447

Commit to Well (from the proprietor of Eat Well Grill), healthy meal prep service. Meals are $8 each, plus tax. New menu posted every week with details available on Facebook, or for more information call Eat Well Grill at (585) 446-3033.

Cookies2Remember, a food-licensed retail bakery located inside Oliver's Candies. Taking online orders with a newly modified "ship on Mondays" schedule. The main product is photo cookie gifts, with or without engraved keepsake tins. Also offering hand-decorated cookies for Easter! To order, visit the website. Questions? Email proprietor Trisha Fietz at [email protected]

The Coffee Press,Takeout and curbside pick up all of our menu items (drinks included) Monday-Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Menu. (585) 483-3096

D & R Depot Restaurant in Le Roy, Open 11 a.m. -1 p.m., & 4 to 7 p.m. Free delivery in Le Roy, and $1/mile for locations outside of Le Roy. (No minimum). "Track-side" pickup (our play on curbside). Our full menu is available! Customers can order via our website or mobile app, or by phone (585) 768-6270.

Dave's Ice Cream, Drive-thru and window service open from 2 - 8 p.m. Visit our Facebook page for flavor updates.

Deb's Bakery, inside Harrington's Produce, 5282 Clinton Street Road (Route 33), Batavia. Specialty baked goods such as "Cookie Bouquets" and gluten-free options, cheesecakes, pies, muffins and more. Scroll down here to see bakery menu. Phone bakery directly for orders (585) 297-8595.

Dibble Family Center, dinner service pickup and delivery, daily from 4 to 7 p.m. New menus posted daily. Ror more information, click here. (585) 409-0011

Eat Well Grill, Takeout is available in addition to delivery via Door Dash, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Menu. (585) 446-3033

Eden Vegan Cafe & Bakeshop, Offering pre-order meals via the website carrotdogcafe.com. Menu. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call in your order (585) 815-4487

Eli Fish Brewing Co., Takeout and delivery, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily. Menu. (585) 343-0008

Fishtales Hideaway, Open for takeout only. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Menu.

Fullerino's Pizzeria, Takeout and delivery Sunday thru Saturday. (585) 548-2727

Harrington's Produce and Market Cafe (for Deb's Bakery see above), 5282 Clinton Street Road (Route 33), Batavia. Cafe open for takeout daily 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Produce store fully stocked with fresh produce and grocery items. Fresh breads on Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays. Call in for grocery pickup. (585) 343-0805.

Islands Hawaiian Grill, Free delivery, Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Menu. Family meal deals available. (585) 483-3113

Jerry Arena's Pizzeria, takeout and delivery, 3 to 11 p.m. daily, lunch Friday through Sunday. Cash or ATM only. (585) 344-4424

Los Compadres Mexican Taqueria, 40 Oak St., Batavia. Operating 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for pickup. Daily delivery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with free delivery offered within a 10-mile radius of the taqueria. Menu pages -- here and here. Order online via Door Dash; or phone (585) 250-4067.

Mama Chavez's Taqueria in Le Roy, Takeout orders only. Tues - Sat. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Click here for daily specials. Call in your order for pickup (585) 502-5093.

Mr. Wine & Liquor, curbside pickup and free delivery with orders of at least $15, daily, noon to 6 p.m. (585) 219 4050

My Saloon, 1928 Broadway, Darien Center, is open for takeout or curbside service (request when placing the order). Hours Sunday & Monday 2 to 8 p.m., Tuesday to Friday 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (hours are subject to change). Menu. Orders can be placed by calling (585) 547-9911.

Northside Deli, Takeout, Monday thru Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Menu. (585) 343-2888

O'Lacy's Irish Pub, TAKEOUT ONLY 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. "Old-fashioned Comfort Food." Cans, bottles and growlers of beer to go! Call ahead to order (585) 343-3270.

Oliver's Candies, 211 W. Main St. Open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Inside store shopping, curbside pickup. Ice cream parlor open. (585) 343-5888

Public Coffee Hub, food and beverages for pickup. Times and locations vary. Click here to find out where the food truck is today.

Rancho Viejo Mexican Restaurant, 12 Ellicott St., Batavia. Operating 7 days a week for takeout and delivery. See the menu here. Hours are Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Order online via Door Dash, or phone Rancho Viejo at (585) 343-3903.

Southside Deli, 300 Ellicott St. (at the corner of Liberty Street), Batavia. Takeout only 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. All deli and store items are available. Here's the menu. Call ahead for a quicker service. (585) 344-2220

Sweet Dream Maple Farm, Corfu. Order online at SweetDreamMapleFarm.com

Sweet Life Country Store, 100 S. Main St., Elba. Open Mon. 12 - 5 p.m., Tues. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Inside store shopping, curbside pickup, low-priced local delivery. Ice cream parlor open. (585) 312-1200

The Original Red Osier Landmark Restaurant in Stafford, Delivery and curbside pickup Tuesday through Sunday, 4:15 to 8 p.m. (closed Mondays). Visit the website here and click "Menu" to see all regular options; click "Specials" to see those options, including $10 dinners. All menu items are ALWAYS available for takeout. (585) 343-6972

Roman's (formerly Ken's Charcoal Pits), Delivery within the City/Town of Batavia (at our discretion), Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. 9 p.m. (last orders are taken at 8 p.m.). Menu. (585) 345-6788

T.F. Brown's, free delivery in Batavia city limits, and curbside pickup, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily. Debit/Credit for delivery required; cash payment available for curbside pickup. Order onlinetfbrowns.com or through the mobile app. (585) 343-1547

Viking Valhalla Restaurant, open for takeout Tuesday through Saturday, 3 to 7 p.m. Menu. (585) 494-9900

West Main Wine & Spirits, offering curbside pickup. 341 W. Main St., Batavia. (585) 344-2717

The Willow Bend Inn, Friday fish fries along with a limited menu for takeout/curbside service. Facebook menu and orders can be called in from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at (585) 343-9767.

The Yngodess Shop, curbside pickup, and free delivery with a $20 minimum. (1 - 6 p.m.) call for more details. Sunday 12 - 6 p.m., Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Call in your order. (585) 343-3170

Twilight Meadows Restaurant, 11071 Route 98, Alexander. Classic American diner fare. Open seven days a week for takeout: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the weekends. (585) 591-2811

March 30, 2020 - 12:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, news.

If you run or own an essential business and are hiring, email a job listing to [email protected].

Keep it short: Company name, job title, contact info, and a link, if available, where potential applicants can get more information such as job description and qualifications. We'll post all job openings for free.

Job Openings:

McCabe Enterprises Electrical Contractor
Electricians
[email protected] 

Arc of Genesee Orleans
Direct Support Professionals – Residential Program; Registered Nurse
Contact Info: (585) 343-1123, Human Resources
Link: www.arcgo.org/employment-opportunities

Chapin’s International
Openings: Shipping/Rcvg Supervisor, Quality Tech, Senior Buyer, Design Engineer, Tool Maker, Trimmer/Packers
Job descriptions are posted on indeed.com and you can also ask questions by emailing [email protected]
Resumes also can be sent to that address.

March 30, 2020 - 10:47am
posted by Howard B. Owens in City Church, live stream, video, news, covid-19, coronavirus.
Video Sponsor

We're doing a live interview with Marty Macdonald, pastor at City Church in Batavia.

March 29, 2020 - 5:54pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, news, coronavirus, notify.

The County Health Department has not yet today released the latest local figures on the COVID-19 pandemic, but the state's Health Department is reporting that Genesee County now has nine positive tests for coronavirus.

Yesterday, the county reported eight cases.

There are now 59,513 in the State of New York.

March 29, 2020 - 4:46pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in T.F. Brown's, news, extreme streetware.

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T.F. Brown's and Extreme Streetware have teamed up to create and sell "Batavia Strong" hoodies.

The sweatshirts cost $20 and include a $5 gift certificate for T.F. Brown's.

The sweatshirts are available at T.F. Brown's.

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March 29, 2020 - 4:06pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia First Presbyterian Church, religion, batavia.

Video: Sunday message from Pastor Roula Alkhouri, Batavia First Presbyterian Church.

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