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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 - 2:17pm
posted by Press Release in Gov. Andrew Cuomo, news, covid-19, schools, masks.

Press release:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today, June 7, announced that school districts can choose to lift the requirement that their students must wear masks outdoors. Guidance on mask use indoors remains in place.

This change aligns New York State's guidance on schools with CDC guidance on summer camps, where even unvaccinated students are not currently required to wear masks outdoors.

"The numbers show that the risk of transmission by children is extremely low, especially in this state, which has an extremely low positivity rate," Governor Cuomo said. "We spoke with the CDC, and since they're not going to change their guidance for several weeks in New York State, we're going to modify the CDC guidance and allow schools to choose no mask outside for children.

"We'll leave that up to the local school district and we spoke to the CDC, which has no objection. It's very important that people understand the logic between these decisions and that they're rational and based on the science and the data. We have a disconnect right now between the school guidance and the camp guidance, and it's important to rectify it because if people don't think the rules are logical, then they're not going to want to follow the rules."

On May 24, Governor Cuomo announced that based on the current COVID-19 trajectory, all New York State schools will reopen for full in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year beginning in September.

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Also today, Governor Cuomo announced that when New York State reaches 70 percent vaccinated, he will remove COVID restrictions and guidance (except for certain settings such as healthcare, congregate settings, schools and mass transit). 

June 5, 2021 - 12:04pm
posted by Press Release in covid-19, immunization, pop-up clinics, news, rapid test clinic.

Press release:

Next week’s Pop-up Clinics are now all available for walk-in and registration.

“We are happy to be able to continue providing the Pop-up Clinics to our Genesee and Orleans County residents,” said Paul Pettit, Public Health director for GO Health. “As a reminder the Pfizer vaccine is for anyone 12 years old and older.

"Moderna and Pfizer are two doses and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Janssen vaccine is a one-and-done vaccine. People are considered to be fully vaccinated after two weeks following their last dose of the two-series vaccines and two weeks after the J&J vaccine.”

Pfizer, J&J and Moderna clinics offer walk-in opportunities; however, we encourage you to register via links belowand choose the vaccine that best works for you to guarantee your dose and make your appointment quick and easy. Walk-ins are available on a first come, first serve basis. You can also click on the direct links 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-19-related questions, and are not associated with either Health Department.

“As more people to get vaccinated we are seeing people enjoy activities 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. One 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 June 10th 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. at County Building #2, 3837 W. Main Street Road, Batavia. For Orleans County, a rapid test clinic is scheduled for June 10th 10 - 10:30 a.m. at the Orleans County Health Department at 14016 Route 31 West, Albion.

To register for testing for the Genesee Test Clinic, click here. To register for the Orleans Test Clinic, click here.

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  • Tuesday, June 8 / 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Yates Community Library, 15 N. Main St., Lyndonville

J&J: Walk-ins & Appointment

http://bit.ly/YatesJanssen

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  • Tuesday, June 8 / 2 - 3:30 p.m.

State Street Park, 385 E. Center St. / Corner of State and East Center streets, Medina

J&J: Walk-ins & Appointment

http://bit.ly/MedinaJanssen

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  • Wednesday, June 9 / 1:30 - 3:30 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

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  • Thursday, June 10 / 1 - 4:45 p.m.

Orleans County Health Department, 14016 State Route 31, Suite 101

Pfizer: Walk-ins and Appointment

http://bit.ly/Pfizer1Orleans

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    • Friday, June 11 / 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Alabama Fire Department, 2230 Judge Road, Oakfield

    Pfizer: Walk-ins and Appointment

    http://bit.ly/AlabamaPfizer

    J&J: Walk-ins

    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 2, 2021 - 3:58pm
    posted by Press Release in news, gc sheriff's office, jail visitation, covid-19.

    Press release:

    Sheriff William A. Sheron Jr. announced this afternoon that he is reinstating in-person inmate visitation at the Genesee County Jail effective Saturday, June 12 beginning at 12 p.m.

    The Genesee County Jail will be adhering to the following guidelines to prevent the risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to employees, inmates and families:

    • Only inmates not on a COVID-19-related quarantine or isolation will be able to receive visitors;
    • Visitors are required to bring their own mask and must wear the mask during the entire visitation;
    • Visitors will be screened upon entering the facility (temperature check, series of questions, etc.);
    • The maximum amount of visitors per inmate is (2) two;
    • The maximum number of inmates receiving visitors at one time is (2) two;
    • All visitors must provide acceptable picture identification.

    The visitation schedule is as follows:

    Monday – Thursday / 12 - 7 p.m.

    Friday / NO VISITS

    Saturday / 12 - 7 p.m.

    Sunday / 12 - 2 p.m. and 4 - 7 p.m.

    Visits are on a first-come, first-served basis every hour during the times listed above.

    Appointments are highly recommended and can be made in advance by calling the Genesee County Jail at 343-0838. Additions to a visit must be made 24 hours prior to the time of the scheduled visit.

    All visitors must sign in separately and fully list all information requested on the visitor sign in form. Visitors under 18 years of age must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian with acceptable photo ID.

    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.
    June 1, 2021 - 8:00am

    Press release:

    With COVID-19 vaccines becoming more prevalent and a return to public activities, many Americans are looking forward to resuming their lives and returning to normal. This June, during Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, the Alzheimer’s Association Western New York Chapter is encouraging residents to make brain health an important part of their return to normal. 

    “The past year has been extremely challenging for most Americans,” said WNY Chapter Executive Director Jill Horner. “Chronic stress, like that experienced during the pandemic, can impact memory, mood and anxiety. As local residents begin to return to normal, we encourage them to make brain health a priority.”

    The WNY Chapter offers these five suggestions to promote brain health and to help residents restore their mental well-being: 

    1.     Recommit to Brain-healthy Basics 

    Evidence suggests that healthy behaviors took a back seat for many Americans during the pandemic. Gym memberships were put on hiatus, social engagement became more challenging and many Americans swapped out healthful eating for their favorite comfort foods, take-out meals and frequent snacking while working remotely. One study published recently found participants gained nearly 1.5 pounds per month over the past year, on average.

    The Alzheimer’s Association — through its U.S. POINTER Study— is examining the role lifestyle interventions, including diet, may play in protecting cognitive function. Right now, many experts agree that people can improve their brain health and reduce the risk of cognitive decline by adopting healthy lifestyle habits, preferably in combination, including: 

    • Exercise regularly— Regular cardiovascular exercise helps increase blood flow to the body and brain, and there is strong evidence that regular physical activity is linked to better memory and thinking. 
    • Maintain a heart-healthy diet— Stick to a meal schedule full of fruits and vegetables to ensure a well-balanced diet. Some evidence suggests a healthful diet is linked to cognitive performance. The Mediterranean and DASH* diets are linked to better cognitive functioning, and help reduce risk of heart disease as well.
    • Get proper sleep— Maintaining a regular, uninterrupted sleep pattern benefits physical and psychological health, and helps clear waste from the brain. Adults should get at least seven hours of sleep each night and try to keep a routine bedtime. 
    • Stay socially and mentally active— Meaningful social engagement may support cognitive health, so stay connected with friends and family. Engage your mind by doing activities that stump you, like completing a jigsaw puzzle or playing strategy games. Or challenge yourself further by learning a new language or musical instrument.

    2.     Return to Normal at Your Own Pace

    Many Americans are eager for a return to normal life following the pandemic, but others are anxious. In fact, one recent survey found that nearly half of adults (49 percent) report feeling uncomfortable about returning to in-person interactions when the pandemic ends.

    For those feeling anxious, the Alzheimer’s Association suggests taking small steps. It may also be important to set boundaries and communicate your preferences to others in your social circles. 

    3.     Help Others 

    There is evidence to suggest that helping others during the pandemic may not only make you feel better, but it may be good for you as well. Research shows that helping others in a crisis can be an effective way to alleviate stress and anxiety.

    One study published during the pandemic found that adults over age 50 who volunteer for about two hours per week have a substantially reduced risk of dying, higher levels of physical activity and an improved sense of well-being.

    To help others and yourself during June and throughout the year, volunteer in your community, run errands or deliver meals to a home-bound senior or donate to a favorite cause, such as supporting participants in the Alzheimer’s Association’s The Longest Day event on June 20. 

    4.     Unplug and Disconnect

    Technology has dominated our daily lives during the pandemic like never before. While technology has kept us connected through COVID-19, it has also created fatigue for many Americans.

    Experts warn that excessive stimulation coming from our phones, computers, social media sources and news reports can add to our already heightened anxiety levels. To avoid technology overload, experts advise setting limits on your screen time, avoid carrying your phone everywhere, and disconnecting from digital devices at bedtime. 

    5.     Control Your Stress Before it Controls You

    In small doses, stress teaches the brain how to respond in healthy ways to the unexpected, inconvenient or unpleasant realities of daily life. Prolonged or repeated stress, however, can wear down and damage the brain, leading to serious health problems including depression, anxiety disorders, memory loss and increased risk for dementia.

    Reports indicate that Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers are especially vulnerable to physical and emotional stress. The Alzheimer’s Association offers tips to help manage caregiver stress.

    Meditation, exercise, listening to music or returning to a favorite activity you have missed during the pandemic are just some ways to manage stress. Do what works best for you.

    “The COVID-19 pandemic has been an overwhelming time for all of us,” Horner said. “It’s important for people to know there are steps we can take to lessen the stress and anxiety we might be feeling. It can be easy to take brain health for granted, but now more than ever, it’s a good idea to make it a priority.”

    Currently, the Alzheimer’s Association and representatives from more than 40 countries are working together to study the short- and long-term consequences of COVID-19 on the brain and nervous system in people at different ages, and from different genetic backgrounds.

    About Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

    Created by the Alzheimer’s Association in 2014, Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month is dedicated to encouraging a global conversation about the brain and Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. To learn more about the Alzheimer’s Association, available resources and how you can get involved to support the cause, visit alz.org.

    About the Alzheimer’s Association

    The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia®. Visitalz.orgor call 1-800-272-3900.

    *DASH -- acronym for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension -- an eating plan to lower or control high blood pressure. It emphasizes foods that are lower in sodium as well as foods that are rich in potassium, magnesium and calcium — nutrients that help lower blood pressure.

    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 26, 2021 - 11:55am
    posted by Press Release in Sen. Ed Rath, covid-19, news, mask mandate for children.

    Press release:

    "On May 24th New York State reversed the decision to require children ages 2 to 5 to wear masks in daycare and summer camp settings. As an outspoken opponent to this change, I am very happy that this decision was made. 

    "At a time when COVID-19 cases are dropping and mask wearing is being eased, it did not make sense to require this new age group to wear masks. Especially since for the past 14 months, this age group was not required to wear masks in these settings and did not appear to be major contributors to COVID spread.

    "Thank you to all the parents and childcare experts who spoke out on this issue. It is critical that we advocate for our children."

    May 26, 2021 - 11:06am
    posted by Press Release in news, GO Health, covid-19, joint website launch.

    Press release:

    In collaboration with Newbird, Buffalo and funding from The Kresge Foundation, Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments (GO Health) are pleased to announce the launch of the new joint GO Health website.

    “As chief health strategists for Genesee and Orleans Counties, GO Health has been building our cross-jurisdictional relationship to become consistent in our messaging and reflect our joint working relationship through our social media platforms and now through the branding of the GO Health logo and our new website,” said Paul Pettit, Public Health director for GO Health.

    “This effort has been in the works for almost a year and a half in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe having a joint website will not only save time and resources, but be easier for our residents to access our forms, data and timely updates.”

    There are two ways to access the new website:  www.GOHealthNY.org or by going to the respective county websites and choosing Public Health.

    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 25, 2021 - 4:09pm

    Press release:

    Assemblyman Steve Hawley, a member of the Assembly Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, is sounding off about a directive from Governor Andrew Cuomo through the Office of Government Services.

    It would split half-staff flag dedications on Memorial Day weekend between essential workers who passed away during the COVID-19 pandemic and fallen veterans, as flags would be lowered to half-staff Sunday for essential workers, and Monday for veterans

    A veteran himself, Hawley feels that while those who passed during the COVID-19 should be honored and remembered, it is incredibly disrespectful to service members who have passed and their families to diminish their remembrance in this way. 

    “Honoring one group of people should never come at the cost of diminishing the honor of another, especially when we’re talking about people that fought and died so that we can live free and peaceful lives,” Hawley said.

    “This directive, by the governor, was issued in incredibly poor taste, and is an insult to all of the New Yorkers who made the ultimate sacrifice for the liberty of our countrymen and people throughout the globe.

    "To say this slighting of our nation’s fallen heroes is a disgrace would be an understatement, and I implore the governor to see that this directive is reversed immediately.”

    May 24, 2021 - 5:13pm
    posted by Press Release in news, covid-19, children masking wearing guidelines.

    Press release:

    ​Assemblyman Steve Hawley has written a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker slamming new guidelines published by the administration’s Department of Health that mandates the wearing of masks, for periods of up to several hours, for children as young as 2 in childcare and summer camp facilities.

    Some local health officials have stated that childcare centers or summer camps that are found to be in violation of this guidance could pay up to $1,500 per day per child in fines.

    “To think that these guidelines are needed this year following our historic vaccination effort, when they weren’t needed last year before anybody had immunity, is just absurd. Almost as absurd as the idea a 2-year old will calmly keep a mask on their face for hours at a time,” Hawley said.

    “This mandate is not needed to protect public health, and only serves to jeopardize the operations of summer camps and childcare centers alike. I hope to see it swiftly rescinded.”

    Here's the Letter

    Dear Governor Cuomo and Commissioner Zucker:

    I am perplexed as to why a new restriction has been put in place for childcare, day camp, and overnight camp programs, as it pertains to children wearing masks who are over the age of two. This guidance was not deemed necessary last year when children were able to go without masks, and it is puzzling that it isseen as needed now with all of the progress that has been made toward vaccinating our state’s populationagainst COVID-19.

    It has been proven that children are less susceptible to COVID-19 and are much less likely to experience severe symptoms or hospitalizations. In addition, daycares and camps are settings where children intermingle and not major areas of transmission. Pediatricians will tell you that the spread of COVID-19 among young children is not the main reason we have new cases. As parents and other adults are vaccinated, these children are at less risk now than ever.

    I am sure you’re aware, childcare facilities have been working tirelessly to implement common-sense practices like health screenings, proper hygiene, and other regimens to ensure the children in their care are safe. Local health departments have been and continue to work with these childcare facilities to support their dedication in maintaining the wellbeing of children and staff. With that said, just about anyone with children will tell you expecting toddlers to wear masks for hours without taking them off defies basic common sense.

    In closing, I urge you to reconsider these mask requirements in the childcare, day camp, and overnight camp programs. You must agree that 8-10 hours a day is unreasonable to expect young children to continuously wear a mask.

    Sincerely,

    Assemblyman Steve Hawley

    May 22, 2021 - 6:53am
    posted by Press Release in news, covid-19, pop-up clinics.

    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. All clinics are now available for walk-in and registration.  

    “We have been very successful with the Pop-up Clinics,” said Paul Pettit, Public Health director for GO Health. “We are finding many people are happy to be getting their vaccination closer to where they work and play.

    "The scheduling is a great opportunity for more people to get vaccinated. Being fully vaccinated, two weeks after the second dose for Moderna and Pfizer and two weeks after the single dose of Johnson & Johnson will help us enjoy the spring and summer activities with less restrictions.”

    Pfizer, J & J and Moderna clinics offer walk-in opportunities; however, we encourage you to register via links below and choose the vaccine that best works for you to guarantee your dose and make your appointment quick and easy. Walk-ins are available on a first come, first serve basis. You can also click on the direct links 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 continues to be 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 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/GOHealthPopUpVaccineClinic. One 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 27th 1:15-3:15 p.m. at County Building #2, 3837 W. Main Street Road, Batavia.

    For Orleans County, a rapid test clinic is scheduled for May 26th 10 - 10:30 a.m. at the Orleans County Health Department at 14016 Route 31 West, Albion.

    To register for testing for the Genesee Test Clinic: http://bit.ly/GeneseeTests. To register for the Orleans Test Clinic: https://bit.ly/OCHDRapidTest.

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    • Tuesday, May 25   /  10 a.m. - 12 p.m.   /   Ridgeway Fire Hall -- 11392 Ridge Road, Medina

    Moderna: Walk-ins & Appointment

    http://bit.ly/ModernaRidgeway

    J&J: Walk-ins & Appointment

    http://bit.ly/GOHealthJJVaccine

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    • Wednesday, May 26   /    1:30 - 3 p.m.  /   GCC Athletic Arena -- 1 College Road, Batavia

    Pfizer: Walk-ins & Appointment

    http://bit.ly/PfizerGCC

    J&J: Walk-ins & Appointment

    http://bit.ly/JanssenGCC

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    • Thursday, May 27  /  11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  /   Holley American Legion -- 5 Wright St., Holley (Entrance on Parkway Street)

    Moderna: Walk-ins & Appointment

    http://bit.ly/HolleyModerna

    J&J: Walk-ins

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    • Thursday, May 27  /   2 - 3:30 p.m.  /   Kendall Fire Department -- 1879 Kendall Road, Kendall

    Moderna: Walk-ins & Appointment

    http://bit.ly/KendallModerna

    J&J: Walk-ins

    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.”

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