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September 18, 2020 - 7:24pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Chris Jacobs, covid-19, coronavirus, news, NY-27.

Press release:

 Congressman Chris Jacobs (NY-27) is releasing the following statement after the announcement Thursday evening that an additional $14 billion would be committed to the Department of Agriculture’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Rep. Jacobs is a member of the House Committee on Agriculture.

“I applaud the President for his continued commitment to our nation’s farmers. With this additional $14 billion in coronavirus aid, farmers will be better equipped to weather the effects of the coronavirus and to continue to feed American families,” Jacobs said. “While this aid has helped the agriculture industry, more assistance is needed. Regrettably, Senate Democrats blocked legislation last week to provide more funding for farmers, and now Speaker Pelosi is refusing to replenish the Commodity Credit Corporation that funded this additional CFAP aid. Farmers have supported our nation throughout the entirety of this pandemic, now is not the time to be playing partisan games with their livelihoods. I urge Congressional leadership to resume negotiations on a new coronavirus package and to provide the critical assistance our farmers in Western New York and across the country need.”

The $14 billion will support the second version of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2). The program was created to support growers and producers of agricultural commodities. More information and a list of eligible commodities can be found here: https://www.farmers.gov/cfap

September 18, 2020 - 6:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, covid-19, coronavirus.

Press release:

New Cases – As of 2 p.m. 

  • Genesee County received two new positive cases of COVID-19.
    • The new positive cases reside in Byron and Le Roy.
    • Both of the positive individuals are less than 20 years old.
    • The individuals were not on quarantine prior to testing positive.
    • Six new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.

 

  • Orleans County received zero new positive cases of COVID-19.
    • Ten new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
September 17, 2020 - 4:25pm
posted by Press Release in news, coronavirus, covid-19.

Press release:

New Cases – As of 2 p.m. 

  • Genesee County received zero new positive cases of COVID-19.
    • Four new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.

 

  • Orleans County received zero new positive cases of COVID-19.
    • Two new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
September 16, 2020 - 4:24pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, news, schools, education, notify.

There are any number of reasons that a child might have the sniffles, or run a fever, or get a stomachache. But since all of these ailments are also potential symptoms of a COVID-19 infection, school districts are under instruction from the State Health Department to isolate children with these and other symptoms until its confirmed that child can't spread the disease at a school, said Rochester Regional Health Pediatrician Dr. Steven Schulz today in a Zoom conference call with reporters.

"Because of low community prevalence, there's a 99-percent chance that those symptoms are due to a different virus, that it's not COVID and that's a good thing and a good place that we're starting out with," Schulz said.

"But because we don't want COVID to spread in the schools and break out, we are being very stringent. Actually, it's the Department of Health that's been very stringent with regulations on what's required to eventually return to school."

If a child goes home with a potential COVID-19 symptom, that child can't return to school unless there is a negative COVID-19 test, and the child is again symptom-free, and a doctor has cleared the child to return to school.

The reason a child must be symptom-free even after a negative test for COVID-19, Schulz said, is because of the small percentage of COVID tests that return a false negative.

Schulz serves on the Finger Lakes Region School Reopening Task Force and is one of the people responsible for writing school reopening guidelines in the region. RRH, parent hospital group for UMMC in Batavia, sponsored today's press conference on what parents should know as their children return to school.

Possible COVID-19 symptoms that could lead to a child being kept out of school include runny nose, congestion, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fatigue, poor appetite.

"There's a whole host of conditions that can cause all of those things, not just COVID," Schulz said. "And so many kids do have chronic conditions, such as seasonal allergies that can have overlapping symptomatology."

For children with chronic conditions, a doctor can verify those conditions and letters written as needed to allow those children to return to school.

What the main focus is on, he said, is the development of new, or different, or worsening symptoms. 

"Every school district has implemented a screening protocol for students and parents to go through before that student set foot sets foot on campus If they screened positive for any of those," Schulz said. "Again, focusing on new and worsening symptoms, in particular, and those would be reasons for an evaluation with the health care provider.

"Obviously, the big one would be a fever. If a child has a fever, they certainly would need to have additional evaluation. So we, of course, would encourage families if there is any concern that their child might have symptoms that are consistent with COVID to contact their health care provider for the next steps."

If a child at a school does test positive, the Health Department will take over, conduct contact tracing, and determine if any other children were exposed and take proper precautions as necessary. If proper social distancing has been maintained and masks are worn properly, it may not be necessary to quarantine other children.

One thing parents can do to help the entire community, Schulz said, is to ensure they and their children receive a seasonal flu shot.

"It's especially important this year," Schulz said. "COVID and flu have a lot of overlapping symptoms and people can theoretically be infected with both. The concern with that is that we could overwhelm our health care system not just with COVID, but also with flu. Both together could overwhelm it even more.

"So the flu vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect you and others around you from getting the flu. And we are encouraging everyone to get that as early as possible this year."

September 16, 2020 - 4:24pm
posted by Press Release in covid-19, news, coronavirus.

Press release:

New Cases – As of 2 p.m. 

  • Genesee County received zero new positive cases of COVID-19.
    • Two of the previous positive individuals have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
    • Twenty new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
       
  • Orleans County received zero new positive cases of COVID-19.
  • One of the previous positive individuals has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
  • Seven new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
September 15, 2020 - 4:00pm
posted by Press Release in news, covid-19, coronavirus.

Press release:

As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15:

  • Genesee County received zero new positive cases of COVID-19.
      • One of the previous positive individuals has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
      • Seven new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.

  • Received one new positive case of COVID-19.
      • The new positive individual resides in Clarendon
      • The individual is in their 50s
      • The individual was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
      • One of the previous positive individuals has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
      • Twelve new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
September 14, 2020 - 6:08pm
posted by Press Release in covid-19, coronavirus, news.

Press release:

New Cases – As of 2 p.m. 

  • Genesee County received zero new positive cases of COVID-19.
    • One of the previous positive individuals has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
    • Four new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
       
  • Orleans County received one new positive case of COVID-19.
    • The new positive resides in Albion.
    • The individual is in their 50s.
    • The individual was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
    • Two of the previous positive individuals have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.

Seventeen new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.

September 12, 2020 - 7:19pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, video, batavia.
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A group of area residents gathered in front of City Hall carrying signs today protesting the lack of visitation with seniors in nursing homes.

September 11, 2020 - 8:26pm
posted by Press Release in news, coronavirus, covid-19.

Press release:

New Cases – As of 2 p.m. 

  • Genesee County received zero new positive cases of COVID-19.
    • Three of the previous positive individuals have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
    • Twelve new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
       
  • Orleans County received zero new positive cases of COVID-19.
    • Six new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
    • One of the positive individuals is hospitalized.
September 10, 2020 - 4:22pm
posted by Press Release in covid-19, coronavirus, news.

Press release:

New Cases – As of 2 p.m. 

  • Genesee County received zero new positive cases of COVID-19.
    • Twenty-five new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
    • Two of the positive individuals are hospitalized.
       
  • Orleans County received two new positive cases of COVID-19.
    • Both of the community positive cases reside in Gaines.
    • One of the positive individuals is in their 30s and one individual is in their 50s.
    • Both of the community positive individuals were not on quarantine prior to testing positive.
    • Five new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
    • One of the positive individuals is hospitalized.
September 10, 2020 - 12:24pm
posted by Press Release in coronavirus, news, batavia, corfu, Le Roy, masks, hand sanitizer.

Submitted photo and press release:

On Saturday, Sept. 12, members of the City of Batavia Fire Department, volunteer Corfu Rescue Hook and Ladder Company #1, and the Le Roy Fire Department will be participating in a mask and hand-sanitizer distribution for residents of Genesee County in response to New York State Department of Health Guidelines.

The FREE distribution of washable, cloth masks and hand sanitizer will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. at:

  • City of Batavia Fire Station – 18 Evans St., Batavia
  • Corfu Fire Station – 116 E. Main St., Corfu
  • Le Roy Fire Station – 4 Clay St., Le Roy

Genesee County Office of Emergency Management reminds everyone to WEAR A MASK. Protect your community. Stop the spread of coronavirus. Be respectful.

September 9, 2020 - 4:58pm
posted by Press Release in news, coronavirus, covid-19, batavia.

Press release:

New Cases – As of 2 p.m. 

  • Genesee County received two new positive case of COVID-19.
    • The new positive cases reside in Batavia.
    • One of the positive individuals is in their 50s and one individual is in their 90s.
    • One of the individuals was not on quarantine prior to testing positive.
    • Three of the previous positive individuals have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
    • Two new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states. 
    • One of the positive individuals is hospitalized.
       
  • Orleans County received one new positive case of COVID-19.
    • One of the community positive cases resides in Gaines.
    • One of the positive individuals is in their 60s.
    • The community positive individual was not on quarantine prior to testing positive.
    • Eight new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.

One of the positive individuals is hospitalized.

September 9, 2020 - 10:53am
posted by Press Release in Batavia Downs, news, batavia, covid-19, coronavirus.

Press release:

Officials at Batavia Downs Gaming today announced that in accordance with the state’s guidelines for reopening, Batavia Downs Gaming will once again be open beginning at 8 a.m. today, Sept. 9th. 

Upon arrival, all guests of Batavia Downs will undergo temperature checks and must have on a face covering. Clear markings on the floor will indicate where patrons may go in order to maintain safe social distancing.

Select Restaurants and Bars will be open and patrons may enjoy food and drink inside those restaurants.

Batavia Downs will be increasing the rigor of cleaning and sanitizing procedures throughout the facility. They will also be increasing the number of shifts and hours of their environmental service team to maintain the desired level of cleanliness upon reopening. There will be more than 120 hand-sanitizing stations located on the gaming floor, event spaces and in all the restaurants.

Batavia Downs asks that guests looking to visit wash or sanitize their hands frequently and always after visiting the restroom. They should wipe down frequently used personal items such as their phone and glasses. If someone is feeling ill or has felt ill recently, they ask that you remain home until you are feeling better.

“We are so looking forward to welcoming back our guests,” said Henry Wojtaszek, president and CEO of Batavia Downs. “Our staff is working diligently on providing a safe, secure entertainment environment for everyone to return to and enjoy.”

September 8, 2020 - 4:13pm
posted by Press Release in covid-19, coronavirus, news.

Press release:

New Cases – As of 2 p.m. 

  • Genesee County received four new positive case of COVID-19.
    • The new positive cases reside in Batavia, Byron, Elba, and Pembroke.
    • One of the positive individuals is less than 20, two individuals are in their 40s, and one individual is in their 50s.
    • Three of the individuals were not on quarantine prior to testing positive.
    • Two of the previous positive individuals have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation
    • Twenty-five new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states. 
    • One of the positive individuals is hospitalized.
       
  • Orleans County received 10 new positive cases of COVID-19.
    • Three of the community positive cases are located in Albion, Clarendon and Kendal.
    • Seven of the positive individuals are located at the Albion Correctional Facility.
    • One of the positive individuals is less than 20, two individual are in their 20s, three individuals are in their 30s, one individual is in their 40s, and three individuals are in their 50s.
    • The community positive individuals were not on quarantine prior to testing positive.
    • Nineteen new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
September 4, 2020 - 5:43pm
posted by Press Release in covid-19, coronavirus, news, batavia.

Press release:

Due to the Labor Day holiday, both the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7.

There will be no map, website or media updates over the weekend or on Monday.

Updates will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Stay safe, stay distanced and wear your masks to continue to slow the spread. Thank you for your understanding.

New Cases – As of 2 p.m. 

  • Genesee County received one new positive case of COVID-19.
    • The new positive case resides in Batavia.
    • The positive individual is in their 40s.
    • The individual was not on quarantine prior to testing positive.
    • Twelve new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states. 
       
  • Orleans County received two new positive cases of COVID-19.
    • The two positive individuals are located at the Albion Correctional Facility.
    • One of the positive individuals is in their 30s and one is in their 50s. 
    • Four new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
September 4, 2020 - 5:15pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, GC 4-H, Tractor Safety Program, coronavirus.

Submitted photo and press release:

On Tuesday, Sept. 1, the Genesee County 4-H Program announced that 13 local youths completed their National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Certification on Saturday, Aug. 22nd.

The NSTMOP Tractor Safety Certification allows youth age 14 and 15 years of age to legally operate farm equipment for hire.

The program includes training on farm safety, tractor safety, tractor operation and other related topics. After completing the training course, youth are required to pass a written knowledge test and driving test to receive the certification.

Completion of this year’s program was delayed due to public gathering restrictions prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. The program was able to safely resume in August to allow participants to complete their certification.

The Genesee County 4-H Tractor Safety Program is made possible by the generosity of 4-H Volunteer Instructors and several local tractor and machinery dealerships. The program is typically held January through March.

For information about the 2021 Tractor Safety Program or about joining the Genesee County 4-H Program, please contact the 4-H Office at [email protected] or (585) 343-3040, ext. 131.

Enrollment forms are also available online here.

Editor's Note: We tried but were unsuccessful in getting the names of those who were certified.

September 3, 2020 - 5:05pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, covid-19, coronavirus.

Press release:

New Cases – As of 2 p.m. 

  • Genesee County received one new positive case of COVID-19.
    • The new positive case resides in Batavia.
    • The positive individual is in their 20s.
    • The individual was not on quarantine prior to testing positive.
    • Fourteen new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states. 
       
  • Orleans County received zero new positive cases of COVID-19.
    • Two new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
September 2, 2020 - 4:34pm
posted by Press Release in news, covid-19, coronavirus.

Press release:

New Cases – As of 2 p.m. 

  • Genesee County received zero new positive cases of COVID-19.
    • Six new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
       
  • Orleans County received zero new positive case of COVID-19.
    • One of the previous positive individuals has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
    • Four new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
September 1, 2020 - 4:54pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, covid-19, coronavirus.

Press release:

New Cases – As of 2 p.m. 

  • Genesee County received two new positive cases of COVID-19.
    • The new positive cases reside in Batavia and Byron.
    • Both of the positive individuals are in their 50s.
    • The individuals were not on quarantine prior to testing positive.
    • Eight new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states 
       
  • Orleans County received zero new positive case of COVID-19 maintaining.
    • One of the previous positive individuals has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation
    • Thirteen new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
August 31, 2020 - 4:26pm
posted by Press Release in news, covid-19, coronavirus.

Press release:

New Cases – As of 2 p.m. 

  • Genesee County received three new positive cases of COVID-19.
    • The new positive cases reside in Batavia and Bergen.
    • One of the positive individuals is in their 30s, one is in their 50s, and one is in their 60s.
    • The individuals were not on quarantine prior to testing positive.
    • Two of the previous positive individuals have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
    • Forty-two new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states. 
       
  • Orleans County received zero new positive case of COVID-19.
    • One of the previous positive individuals has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
    • Fifteen new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
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