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July 16, 2021 - 1:57pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, livestream, video.
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COVID-19 Update for Genesee County with Public Health Director Paul Pettit.

We will be discussing:

  • The current numbers and trends for local infections;
  • The delta variant;
  • Prospects for a return of mask requirements and other restrictions to slow the spread;
  • The local status of vaccinations;
  • The Surgeon General's statement on vaccine misinformation.
June 23, 2021 - 4:02pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in St. Anthony's, City Church, batavia, covid-19, coronavirus.

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Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, City Church, at its St. Anthony facility, has continued to offer free food to anybody who drives through on the distribution today. There was another distribution this morning with a line of cars stretched down Liberty Street and dozens of volunteers helping with the distribution.

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June 11, 2021 - 5:09pm
posted by Press Release in covid-19, coronavirus, news, notify.

Press release:

Genesee County reporting seven new positive cases of COVID-19.

  • The individuals are in their 20s, 40s, 60s and 70s. 
  • One of the current positive individuals is hospitalized.
  • Seven of the previous positive individuals have completed their 10-day isolation and have been removed from mandatory isolation.

Orleans County reporting two new positive cases of COVID-19.  

  • The individuals are in their 40s and 70s.
  • Zero of the current positive individuals are hospitalized.
  • Two of the previous positive individuals have completed their 10-day isolation and have been removed from mandatory isolation.

Today's COVID-19 update from the Health Department including the following notice:

Today is our last scheduled biweekly press briefing for the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments due to the lower new COVID cases for both counties.

Although we will not be doing the biweekly media push, please note we will continue to report our numbers via our website at a minimum of twice per week (GOHealthNY.org), on our social media platforms, and via the Genesee-Orleans-Wyoming COVID-19 Case and Vaccination Tracker (which updates Monday through Friday, except holidays).

For regular updates related to GO Health COVID-19 Data, please visit our GO Health website at www.GOHealthNY.org and choose Emerging Issues. There you will find: the data chart as on our regular briefing; links to the Genesee-Orleans-Wyoming COVID Tracking Map; NY Forward for state updates; The Finger Lakes Vaccine Hub for updated data on GO Health vaccination; as well as links for vaccination and testing clinics.

Also keep an eye on our social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (GOHealthNY is our user name for all three) as we will regularly post updates.

June 8, 2021 - 4:06pm
posted by Press Release in news, covid-19, coronavirus.

Press release:

Data Update – Covering June 4-8

Genesee County reporting three new positive cases of COVID-19.

  • The individuals are in their 0-19s and 20s.
  • Three of the current positive individuals are hospitalized.
  • Three of the previous positive individuals have completed their 10-day isolation and have been removed from mandatory isolation.

 

Orleans County reporting one new positive cases of COVID-19.

  • The individual is in their 0-19s.
  • Zero of the current positive individuals is hospitalized.
  • Eleven of the previous positive individuals have completed their 10-day isolation and have been removed from mandatory isolation.
June 8, 2021 - 3:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in st. james, batavia, Field of Thanks, video, covid-19, coronavirus.
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Dozens of flags in a "Field of Thanks," honoring those who served our community during the pandemic as well as military veterans, has been installed in front of the St. James Episcopal Church in Batavia.

On Sunday, there was an opening ceremony for the field of flags, which will be on display and open to self-guided tours until June 13 at 5 p.m., when there will be a closing ceremony.

Each flag is accompanied by a plaque depicting the story of an essential worker, law enforcement officer, other first responders, and armed forces members.

Visitors during those hours will also be able to stop by a staffed information table where a map will help them find familiar names of locals from World War I through the present. 

Net proceeds will be divided between two nonprofits: WNY Heroes and Meals on Wheels.

June 7, 2021 - 4:39pm

Press release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley is being joined by his colleagues in the Assembly and Senate Minority Conferences in demanding the termination of the state disaster emergency declared by Executive Order 202 before the end of the 2020-2021 legislative session, which is scheduled to finish this Thursday.

As of June 2, New York State’s seven-day average coronavirus positivity rate was the lowest in the nation at 0.64 percent, and hospitalizations dropped to under 1,000 for the first time since October 2020. Within Hawley’s district numbers are similarly low, with a seven-day positivity rate of 1 percent in the Finger Lakes Region.

“In the wake of the decision by our state Department of Health and the CDC to largely let life get back to normal, we should follow the data and restore state government back to normal with all of the checks guaranteed by our constitution,” Hawley said.

“Declarations of emergency should be decisions based on public health, not political expediency, and if the governor and the Majority also believe this, they should immediately terminate this state of emergency. If this legislative session ends with this declaration still in place, it will only be to secure the governor’s power, not for anybody’s well-being.”

June 4, 2021 - 4:54pm
posted by Press Release in news, coronavirus, covid-19.

Press release:

Data Update – Covering June 1-4:

Genesee County reporting 11 new positive cases of COVID-19.

  • The individuals are in their 0-19s, 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s.
  • Three of the current positive individuals are hospitalized.
  • Fifteen of the previous positive individuals have completed their 10-day isolation and have been removed from mandatory isolation.

 

Orleans County reporting seven new positive cases of COVID-19.

  • The individuals are in their 0-19s, 20s, 30s, 50s, 60s and 70s.
  • Zero of the current positive individuals is hospitalized.
  • Twenty-eight of the previous positive individuals have completed their 10-day isolation and have been removed from mandatory isolation.
  • The ages and number of those removed from isolation have been reconciled.
June 1, 2021 - 5:18pm
posted by Press Release in news, covid-19, coronavirus.

Press release:

Data Update – Covering May 28 through June 1:

Genesee County reporting three new positive cases of COVID-19.

  • The individuals are in their 20s, 30s and 40s.
  • Four of the current positive individuals are hospitalized.
  • Eighteen of the previous positive individuals have completed their 10-day isolation and have been removed from mandatory isolation.
  • We are saddened to report the loss of one community resident. The individual was under 65. We do not provide any further information to protect the privacy of the individuals and their families. Our deepest condolences to the families and friends during this very difficult time.

Orleans County reporting two new positive cases of COVID-19.

  • One of the current positive individuals is hospitalized.
  • Due to technology issues, we are unable to report ages and the number of people removed from mandatory isolation. This information will be updated in the June 4th briefing.
May 28, 2021 - 4:51pm

Press release:

GO Health Departments will be on the road with Pop-up Clinics. The Pfizer vaccine is approved to vaccinate anyone 12 years old and older against coronavirus. All clinics are now available for walk-in and registration.  

“The Pop-up Clinics are a great way for our residents to conveniently get vaccinated," said Paul Pettit, Public Health director for GO Health. "The clinics have been running very smoothly and residents seem happy that they don’t have to travel very far to get their vaccination.”

Pfizer, J & J and Moderna clinics offer walk-in opportunities; however, we encourage you to register via the links below and choose the vaccine that best works for you to guarantee your dose, better space your appointment time, and make your check-in process easier. 

For those who do not have internet they can call the GO Health Vaccine Registration Help Lines:  

  • Genesee:  (585) 815-7168
  • Orleans:  (585) 589-3170

These lines are ONLY to make vaccine appointments, are not able to answer COVID-related questions, and are not associated with either Health Department.  

“This is a great opportunity for more people to get vaccinated and will help us enjoy activities this summer with fewer restrictions,” Pettit said. “There continue to be plenty of options to get any of the three vaccines offered.”

If you are a business/church/organization that is interested in hosting a vaccination clinic at your location, please fill out the survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GOHealthPopUpVaccineClinicOne of our staff members will be in contact with you.

For those who are seeking testing, both health departments provide limited free rapid testing for those without symptoms at the respective Health Departments.

For Genesee County, a free rapid test drive-through clinic is scheduled for Thursday, June 3rd from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. at County Building #2, 3837 W. Main St. Road, Batavia. To register for testing for the Genesee Test Clinic: http://bit.ly/GeneseeTests.

For Orleans County, a free rapid test clinic is scheduled for Wednesday, June 2nd from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at the Orleans County Health Department at 14016 Route 31 West, Albion. To register for the Orleans Test Clinic: https://bit.ly/OCHDRapidTest.

Tuesday, June 1 

1-5 p.m.

Six Flags Darien Lake / Human Resources -- 1501 Sumner Road, Corfu

J&J: Walk-ins & Appointment

http://bit.ly/JanssenDarienLake

Wednesday, June 2

1-4:30 p.m.

Genesee County Health Department -- 3837 W. Main Street Road, Batavia

Moderna: Walk-ins & Appointment

http://bit.ly/Moderna1Genesee

J&J: Walk-ins & Appointment

http://bit.ly/JanssenGenesee

Thursday, June 3

4-6 p.m.

Orleans County YMCA -- 306 Pearl St., Medina

Pfizer: Walk-ins and Appointment

http://bit.ly/OrleansYMCAPfizer

J&J: Walk-ins 

Saturday, June 5 

12-1 p.m.

Genesee County Health Department, 3837 W. Main Street Road, Batavia

Pfizer: Walk-ins and Appointment

http://bit.ly/Pfizer1Genesee

May 28, 2021 - 4:29pm
posted by Press Release in covid-19, news, coronavirus.

Press release:

Please be advised that both the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments will be closed on Monday, May 31st for Memorial Day. We remember and honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. 

Data Update – Covering May 25 through May 28

Genesee County reporting 18 new positive cases of COVID-19.

  • The individuals are in their 0-19s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s.
  • Ten of the current positive individuals are hospitalized.
  • Twenty-eight of the previous positive individuals have completed their 10-day isolation and have been removed from mandatory isolation.

 

Orleans County reporting nine new positive cases of COVID-19.

  • Correction -- We have retracted one positive reported on May 27 who does not live in Orleans County.
  • The individuals are in their 0-19s, 20s, 30s, 40s and 60s.
  • Two of the current positive individuals is hospitalized.
  • Sixteen of the previous positive individuals have completed their 10-day isolation and have been removed from mandatory isolation.
May 25, 2021 - 4:35pm
posted by Press Release in covid-19, coronavirus, news.

Press release:

Data Update – Covering May 21-25 

  • Genesee County is reporting 14 new positive cases of COVID-19. 
    • The individuals are in their 0-19s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s.
    • Eight of the current positive individuals are hospitalized.
    • Twenty-four of the previous positive individuals have completed their 10-day isolation and have been removed from mandatory isolation.

  • Orleans County is reporting 18 new positive cases of COVID-19.  
    • The individuals are in their 0-19s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. 
    • One of the current positive individuals is hospitalized.
    • Sixteen of the previous positive individuals have completed their 10-day isolation and have been removed from mandatory isolation.
May 21, 2021 - 4:29pm
posted by Press Release in news, covid-19, coronavirus.

Press release:

Data Update – Covering May 18-21

  • Genesee County is reporting 22 new positive cases of COVID-19. 
    • The individuals are in their 0-19s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 80s. 
    • Nine of the current positive individuals are hospitalized.
    • Twenty-five of the previous positive individuals have completed their 10-day isolation and have been removed from mandatory isolation.

Orleans County is reporting 13 new positive cases of COVID-19.  

  • The individuals are in their 0-19s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s.
  • One of the current positive individuals is hospitalized.
  • Seventeen of the previous positive individuals have completed their 10-day isolation and have been removed from mandatory isolation.
May 20, 2021 - 5:55pm
posted by Press Release in covid-19, coronavirus, news, Ed Rath, 61st senate district.

Statement from Sen. Ed Rath:

“Another day, another executive order. The latest being children aged 2 and up must wear masks at daycare facilities. This is outrageous. From the very start of the pandemic, we saw the State create arbitrary rules and guidelines without listening to the science. 

“For the past year and a half, younger children in daycare settings were not required to wear masks, as the CDC and NYS loosen these requirements, now suddenly this younger age group is forced into mask-wearing. 

“If the Governor does not act to resolve this, the Legislature must.”

May 20, 2021 - 4:06pm
posted by Press Release in Chris Jacobs, NY-27, covid-19, coronavirus, news, U.S. Canadian border.

Press release:

Congressman Chris Jacobs (NY-27) released the following statement in response to the Canadian announcement the U.S. – Canadian Border would remain closed until June 21st.

“This indefinite closure of the U.S. – Canada border is unacceptable. To continue to do this for over a year without a plan for heartbroken families and anxious homeowners represents a failure of leadership. Vaccines are rolling out; the United States especially has done the work to tame the pandemic and reopen our nation.

"There is no excuse to willfully continue this uncertainty that has plagued citizens living on both sides of the border. We know how to reopen safely and have proven we are able to do so – the President, the Prime Minister, and respective federal officials need to develop and implement a metric-based, binational plan to reopen the U.S. – Canada Border as soon as possible.”

May 18, 2021 - 4:23pm
posted by Press Release in covid-19, coronavirus, news.

Press release:

​​Data Update – Covering May 14 -- May 18

  • Genesee County reporting 36 new positive cases of COVID-19. 
    • The individuals are in their 0-19s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. 
    • Nine of the current positive individuals are hospitalized.
    • Twenty-six of the previous positive individuals have completed their 10-day isolation and have been removed from mandatory isolation.

Orleans County reporting 20 new positive cases of COVID-19.  

  • The individuals are in their 0-19s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s.
  • One of the current positive individuals is hospitalized.
  • Thirty-eight of the previous positive individuals have completed their 10-day isolation and have been removed from mandatory isolation.

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Masking

As of May 19, New York State will be following the CDC guidance which has determined it is safe for the majority of those who are fully vaccinated (two weeks after final vaccination) to not have to wear masks in most cases indoors and outside.

Those who are not fully vaccinated, choose not to be vaccinated and/or are immunocompromised, work or attend Pre-K to 12 schools, public transit, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, nursing homes and healthcare settings will continue to follow the State’s existing COVID-19 health guidelines regarding masking until more New Yorkers are fully vaccinated.

The Department of Health strongly recommends masks in indoor settings where vaccination status of individuals is unknown. Mask requirements by businesses must adhere to all applicable federal and state laws and regulations.

This recommendation will apply across commercial settings, including retail, food services, offices, gyms and fitness centers, amusement and family entertainment, hair salons, barber shops and other personal care services, among other settings.

Vaccine Update

Anyone 12 and older is now eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Currently only the Pfizer vaccine is allowed for those who are 12-17 years old.

All vaccination clinics are for both first and second doses for Moderna and Pfizer brands on a "First Come, First Served" basis. Some clinics have walk-in (generally Moderna and Johnson & Johnson) and some are by appointment only (generally Pfizer).

Please note making an appointment for any of the clinics will help save you time and make sure there is vaccine available for you.

For GO Health Department-run clinics use this link for updated clinics:  https://bit.ly/GOHealthVaccination

For general clinic locations, including pharmacies use the www.vaccines.gov link.

May 18, 2021 - 1:54pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, live stream, video.
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Genesee County COVID-19 Briefing May 18, 2021

May 14, 2021 - 4:17pm
posted by Press Release in news, coronavirus, covid-19.

Press release:

Data Update – Covering May 11 to May 14:

  • Genesee County reporting 26 new positive cases of COVID-19. 
    • The individuals are in their 0-19s, 20s, and 50s. 
    • Seven of the current positive individuals are hospitalized.
    • Thirty-four of the previous positive individuals have completed their 10 day isolation and have been removed from mandatory isolation.

Orleans County reporting 16 new positive cases of COVID-19.  

  • The individuals are in their 0-19s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 80s.
  • Zero of the current positive individuals are hospitalized.
  • Thirty of the previous positive individuals have completed their 10 day isolation and have been removed from mandatory isolation.
May 11, 2021 - 4:25pm
posted by Press Release in covid-19, news, coronavirus, notify.

Press release:

New data format: We will be reporting the total number of positive cases, ages, number of active cases / mandatory isolation and on Fridays we will include the NYS Fatality Data.

We will no longer be reporting by region, facility data, negative and recovered numbers.

Hospitalizations and ages of new positive individuals will be reported in the narrative. 

The total age breakdown and potential community exposure risks will continue to be posted on our websites. The data reporting chart will also include the Finger Lakes COVID Vaccination Hub updates on vaccination in both total number and percentage.

Genesee County is reporting 32 new positive cases of COVID-19 since Friday

  • The individuals are in their 0-19s, 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s. 
  • Five of the current positive individuals are hospitalized.

Orleans County is reporting 37 new positive cases of COVID-19 since Friday.  

  • The individuals are in their 0-19s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s.
  • Zero of the current positive individuals are hospitalized.
May 7, 2021 - 4:44pm

UPDATED 10:28 a.m.: We were just now alerted by the health department that the hyperlinks they provided were incorrect for two Moderna vaccine clinics in Medina -- the one today and Thursday. They have been corrected in this post.

Press release:

Next week Genesee Orleans County Health Departments will be on the road with Pop-up Clinics. Clinics with Johnson & Johnson Janssen (J & J) and Moderna will be available for walk-in and registration. Pfizer clinics are by registration only.

“As we transition away from the larger mass vaccination clinic approach, we will be hosting mobile clinics that will be held in various locations throughout our communities along with smaller-scaled clinics at both of the health departments moving forward,” said Paul Pettit, Public Health director for GO Health.  “Working with community partners in both counties is a great way to reach out to those who want to be vaccinated against COVID.”

J & J and Moderna clinics offer walk-in opportunities; however, we encourage you to register via the vaccination webpage and choose the vaccine that best works for you. You can also click on the direct links in the grid below.

For those who do not have internet they can call the GO Health Vaccine Registration Help Lines:  

  • Genesee:  (585) 815-7168
  • Orleans:  (585) 589-3170

These lines are ONLY to make vaccine appointments, are not able to answer COVID-related questions, and are not associated with either Health Department.  

“With everyone looking forward to the summer and the looser restrictions we encourage everyone to get vaccinated now,” Pettit said. “There are plenty of options to get any of the three vaccines offered. For your health and the health of others, we encourage everyone who is able to be vaccinated to get vaccinated now.”

If you are interested in making an appointment to get your COVID-19 vaccination, now is the time to do it locally!  

If you are a business/church/organization that is interested in hosting a vaccination clinic at your location, please fill out this surveyOne of our staff members will be in contact with you.

For those who are seeking testing, both health departments provide limited free rapid testing for those without symptoms at the respective Health Departments.

For Genesee County, a rapid test drive-through clinic is scheduled for May 13th 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. at County Building #2, 3837 W. Main Street Road, Batavia.

For Orleans County, a rapid test clinic is scheduled for May 12th 10 - 10:30 a.m. at the Orleans County Health Department at 14016 Route 31 West, Albion.

To register for rapid testing go to the GO Health testing page and choose your preferred clinic location. 

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********  POP-UP CLINICS FOR COVID-19 VACCINATIONS  ********

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Monday - May 10 - Rideway Fire Hall, 11392 Ridge Road, Medina

  • 9 - 11:30 a.m.
  • 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Moderna: Walk-ins & By Appointment -- http://bit.ly/ModernaRidgeway

J&J: Walk-ins

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Tuesday - May 11 -- Six Flags Darien Lake, Human Resources building, 1501 Sumner Road, Corfu

  • 1 - 5 p.m.

J&J: Walk-ins & By Appointment -- http://bit.ly/DarienLakeJanssen

Pfizer: Appointment Only -- http://bit.ly/DarienLakePfizer

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Wednesday May 12 -- Genesee Community College Athletic Arena, 1 College Road, Batavia

  • 9 - 11 a.m.

Moderna: Walk-ins & By Appointment -- http://bit.ly/ModernaGCC

J&J: Walk-ins

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Thursday - May 13 -- Ridgeway Fire Hall, 11392 Ridge Road, Medina

  • 1 - 4 p.m.

Moderna: Walk-ins & By Appointment -- http://bit.ly/ModernaRidgeway

J&J: Walk-ins

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Friday - May 14 -- Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel, 8315 Park Road, Batavia

  • 3 - 7 p.m.

J&J: Walk-ins & By Appointment -- http://bit.ly/VaccineBataviaDowns

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Saturday - May 15 -- Genesee Community College Athletic Arena, 1 College Road, Batavia

  • 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Pfizer: Appointment Only -- http://bit.ly/PfizerGCC

J&J: Walk-ins

May 7, 2021 - 4:25pm
posted by Press Release in news, covid-19, coronavirus.

Press release:

Genesee County reporting 14 new positive cases of COVID-19. 

  • The new positive cases reside in the:
    • West Region (Alabama, Darien, Pembroke)
    • Central Region (Alexander, Batavia, Bethany, Elba, Oakfield) 
    • East Region (Bergen, Byron, Le Roy, Pavilion, Stafford) 
  • The individuals are in their 0-19s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s. 
  • Ten of the previous positive individuals have recovered and have been removed from the isolation list.  
  • Five of the current positive individuals are hospitalized.

Orleans County reporting eight new positive cases of COVID-19.  

  • The new positive cases reside in the:
    • West Region (Yates, Ridgeway, Shelby)
    • Central Region (Carlton, Gaines, Albion, Barre)
  • The individuals are in their 0-19s, 20s and 40s.
  • Twelve of the previous positive individuals have recovered and have been removed from the isolation list.
  • Two of the current positive individuals are hospitalized.

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Changes at GO Health You Should Know About

Kaitline Pettine is Genesee County’s new Public Health Educator and Public Information Officer. She joined the GO Health team on April 2nd and has been training and learning her role.  

Along with the increased relaxation of the COVID-19 restrictions, GO Health will only be reporting two days a week on Tuesdays and Fridays starting next week.

Tuesday’s briefing will include data from Friday afternoon through Tuesday morning. Friday’s briefing (starting May 14) will include data from Tuesday afternoon through Friday morning.

Our next press briefing will be out by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11th.

We are also changing the data we will report to include the most relevant data. This will include: 

  • Total positive cases by county (we will no longer be breaking done into zones as COVID is everywhere);
  • Total active cases (those who are in mandatory isolation);
  • Ages of new positive individuals will be in the narrative only (the chart will be on our websites);
  • Total number of 1 dose vaccinations and percentage of the population per county from the Finger Lakes COVID-19 Vaccine Hub (data updated weekly) (https://flvaccinehub.com/regional-data);
  • Total number of completed vaccine series and percentage of the population per county from the Finger Lakes COVID-19 Vaccine Hub (data updated weekly) (https://flvaccinehub.com/regional-data);
  • Total fatalities will be reported only on Fridays from the NYS data tracker.

The age breakdown and community exposure graphs (only when there is a potential exposure) will be on our websites. The mapping link will continue to be updated, but on a biweekly basis to coordinate with the briefings. The briefs will continue to include any updates as well as the community links.

As always we will send updates, press releases and hold live Zoom press briefings as situations warrant. 

We still need to continue the key elements of breaking the COVID-19 cycle by properly wearing face coverings/masks when in close contact with the public, staying socially distanced at least 6 feet, limiting time in larger gatherings with non-household members and frequently wash/sanitize our hands and commonly shared items.

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