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June 1, 2020 - 3:39pm
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Interview with Macy Paradise, about the upcoming BBQ for Equality

May 29, 2020 - 4:01pm
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Public Health COVID-19 briefing for May 29, 2020.

Press release:

  • As of 2 p.m.
    • Genesee County received one new positive cases of COVID-19, for a total of 186 positive cases.
      • The positive case resides in Batavia.
      • The positive individual is in their 20s.
      • The positive case was on mandatory quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • Two of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 10 new positive case of COVID-19, for a total of 221 positive cases.
      • One of the new positive individuals resides in Albion, three of the new positives live in Ridgeway, one of the new positive lives at The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehabilitation Center and five of the new positive individuals live at Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
      • Of the new positive case one of the individuals is under 20, one of the individual is in their 20s, two individuals are in their 50s, two individuals are in their 60s, three individuals are in their 70s and one of the individuals is in their 90s.
      • Two of the new positive cases were on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
      • One of the previous positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
      • Nineteen of the total active positive cases are hospitalized. Please note those in the hospital may be from the community or a state-regulated facility. We do not separate them out to protect their privacy.
      • We are sorry to report that we have lost two more county residents due to COVID-19. The individuals resided at the Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of these individuals during this very sad time.

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Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases.

May 23, 2020 - 10:40am
posted by Howard B. Owens in live stream, video, Genesee County Democratic Committee, news.
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Interview with Michael Plitt, chairman of the Democratic Party in Genesee County.

May 22, 2020 - 3:46pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, news, video, live stream.
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Press release:

As we move into the Memorial Day weekend, we would like to take a moment to remember those who fought for our freedom and have given the ultimate sacrifice, their lives. We appreciate each of these individuals and their families who gave so much for this great nation.

Even though there aren’t any public gatherings or parades, it doesn’t stop you from visiting cemeteries and monuments or have your own household time to remember our service men and women as long as you continue to social distance.

This is also the unofficial beginning of summer and we encourage people to be creative on how they can safely enjoy the great weather without putting others at risk of contracting COVID-19. Consider planting a victory garden of flowers, fruits and vegetables, go for daily hikes while social distancing, and/or start up some new hobbies.

Take time to step back and enjoy the slower pace we have found ourselves in during this pandemic. Remember to journal about how you and your family made it through these historic times. We are one day closer to making this a memory, remember this is only temporary.

We can get through this together, without being so close.

New Cases

  • As of 2 p.m.
    • Genesee County received zero new positive case of COVID-19, for a total of 178 positive cases.
      • Three of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • Two of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 23 new positive cases of COVID-19, for a total of 194 positive cases.
      • One of the new positive cases resides in Ridgeway.
      • Twenty-two of the new positive cases are residents of Orchard Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.
      • Of the new positive cases one individual is in their 20s; three of the individuals are in their 50s; three of the individuals are in their 60s; six of the individuals are in their 70s; seven of the individuals are in their 80s; and three of the individuals are in their 90s.
      • Two of the previous positive community cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • Fifteen of the total active positive cases are hospitalized. Please note those in the hospital may be from the community or a state-regulated facility. We do not separate them out to protect their privacy.
      • We are truly saddened to receive word that five of our residents have died related to COVID-19. One of the residents lived at The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center and four of the residents lived at Orchard Rehabilitation & Nursing Center. Our deepest condolences go to the family and friends of each of these individuals during this very difficult time.

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Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans Counties' online map of confirmed cases.

May 21, 2020 - 1:18pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in masks, covid-19, coronavirus, news, UMMC, video, live stream.
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Interview with UMMC infection preventionist Tricia Woodward about wearing masks.

May 19, 2020 - 7:26pm
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Interview with Jason Smith, Batavia Concert Band.

May 16, 2020 - 7:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in dylan desmit, news, video, live stream, music, arts, entertainment.
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Dylan DeSmit performs for you at 8 p.m. (or thereabouts).

May 12, 2020 - 1:55pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in coronavirus, news, covid-19, live stream, animals, pets, Calling All Dogs.
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Interview with Tori Ganino, dog trainer, owner of Calling All Dogs in Batavia.

May 8, 2020 - 1:53pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in David Bellavia, news, live stream, video, coronavirus, covid-19, NY-27.
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Interview with David Bellavia, Medal of Honor Recipient, and a one-time candidate for NY-27. We're going to talk about the NY-27 race and the situation with the novel coronavirus. We're scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

April 28, 2020 - 3:02pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in video, live stream, coronavirus, news, covid-19.
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Interview with Melissa Fleischut, president & CEO of the New York State Restaurant Association.

April 28, 2020 - 1:51pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Craig Yunker, agriculture, news, live stream, video, coronavirus, covid-19.
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Interview with Craig Yunker, CEO of CY Farms. We're going to talk about the impact of coronavirus issues on agriculture. We're scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

April 24, 2020 - 4:01pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, news, live stream, video.
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Written briefing:

  • As of 2 p.m.
    • Genesee County received one new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 142 positive cases.
      • The positive case resides in Elba.
      • The positive case is in their 50s.
      • The newly positive individual was not on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • Five of the previous positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
      • One of the total active positive cases is hospitalized.
    • Orleans County received 10 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 75 positive cases.
      • One positive case resides in Barre, and one resides in Kendall.
      • Eight of the positive cases were from The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehab Facility.
      • One individual is in their 30s, one individual is in their 40s, two individuals are in their 60s and one individual is in their 70s, three individuals are in their 80s and two individuals are in their 90s or older.
      • One of the newly positive individuals was on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic.
      • Eight of the total active positive cases are hospitalized.
  • Orleans County has been made aware of two more deaths from The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehab, both of the individuals were over 65. Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of these individuals, our neighbors, during this very sad time.
April 20, 2020 - 11:19am
posted by Howard B. Owens in eugene jankowski, video, news, live stream, covid-19, coronavirus.
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Interview with Batavia City Council President Eugene Jankowski

April 17, 2020 - 2:46pm
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Interview with Bonnie Birkmeyer, Western Region executive director, Hillside Family of Agencies.

April 17, 2020 - 1:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in video, live stream, Salvation Army, news, covid-19, coronavirus.
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Interview with Todd Rapp, local coordinator of Emergency Disaster Services for The Salvation Army.

April 15, 2020 - 6:49pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in GO ART!, news, arts, entertainment, video, live stream, covid-19, coronavirus.
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Join GO ART! for the organization's first Virtual Birthday Party at 7 p.m.

The party includes gallery tours, live performances by Jackie Siegel McLean, Theresa & Mark Kehl, Madison Hoerbelt, and the Canning Family, the Genean (Genesee-Orleans) Arts and Culture Awards, and winner announcements for its Quarantine Contest and Juried Show, “Art of the Rural.”

April 11, 2020 - 8:42pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in live stream, videp. news, covid-19, coronavirus.
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We're trying something new tonight. Rather than a live stream interview, we invited Tim Hens to join in a conversation about current events. You know Hens as the county highway superintendent but that isn't what we'll be talking about tonight.

Your feedback on this format is welcome. You can type comments during the live stream on YouTube by clicking here.

April 10, 2020 - 3:40pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, news, live stream, video.
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Briefing:

New Cases

  • As of 2 p.m. today:
    • Genesee County received 7 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 70 positive cases.
      • Six of the individuals reside in the central part of the County and one individual resides in the western part of the County.
      • Two individuals are in their 20s, one individual is in their 30s, one individual is in the 60s, and three individuals are in their 70s.
      • Three of the new positive cases were under precautionary or mandatory quarantine when they became symptomatic.
  • Orleans County: 0 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 24.
    • One of our positive individuals has recovered and is out of isolation.
  • Mapping Update: Today we are adding the ages and the general area of where individuals who tested positive reside in the same format as our positive cases. You will now be able to see the cumulative age breakdown of the confirmed cases on the map as well as the breakdown by choosing the individual county from the upper right drop down box.
  • Due to the current limited swabbing kits, there continue to be guidelines in place for primary care providers to order COVID-19 swabbing. This is based upon screening for high risk categories. Contact your primary care provider first to discuss symptoms and ability to be swabbed.
  • Contact tracing has been initiated for all new cases. Known contacts have already been placed under mandatory quarantine and will be swabbed if indicated (if symptoms become present). 
    • For clarification, the local health departments do not lead the contact tracing for positive results to individuals located in facilities regulated by another agency (e.g. federal or state) however we partner with those agencies and provide assistance as needed. We do receive the positive numbers of any resident who lives in our counties (including these facilities) and are included in our totals. Any community contacts (employees) are followed by the local health department where they reside.
  • 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 of close contacts, we will send out a media announcement to help seek contacts.

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Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases.
 

OPERATIONAL UPDATES

Passover / Holy Week / Easter Holiday

  • We understand this is generally a time of family gatherings, however the NYS on PAUSE guidance is still in effect and all gatherings of individuals of any size for any reasons are canceled or postponed until at least April 29. (Executive Order 202.10) Remember that any nonessential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are also canceled or postponed at this time. Many houses of worship have been live streaming their services which allows them to share their message and touch base with their congregations. As challenging as this is to do, especially over the holidays, it is vital everyone stays home. Consider celebrating with a phone call, or a social app so you can see one another and remember the life you may be saving by staying home could be one of your loved ones. This is temporary.
  • Because COVID-19 is circulating locally, we can’t stress enough how important social distancing is and that EVERYONE needs to take this seriously and stay home! It is your social and civic responsibility to protect yourselves and others.
  • GO Health Minute: This is an opportunity for our staff, community leaders and others to provide some factual information, some tips on staying calm or how to virtually connect with family and friends and guidance. Each segment is short and to the point and follows the guidelines of the Genesee Orleans County Health Departments’ mission to work collaboratively ensuring conditions that promote optimal health for individuals and the communities we serve. Please take a ‘minute’ to view one of our ‘Minutes’ on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube platforms and our websites.

The Use of Cloth Face Coverings

  • The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. Recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing or proper handwashing.
  • The cloth face cover should:
    • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
    • be secured with ties or ear loops
    • include multiple layers of fabric
    • allow for breathing without restriction
    • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
  • The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Mental Health

  • Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and having to socially distance yourself from someone you love can be difficult. Below are resources that can help you connect to a professional that can help you through these challenging times:
    • Care + Crisis Helpline is available 24/7 at 585-283-5200 or text "Talk" to 741741;
    • New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling;
    • Head Space: A mindfulness app called Headspace is offering some meditations to listen to for free to ease minds in such a stressful time. The app is free to download and includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help with the varying emotions you may be feeling. The app does include in-app purchases.
April 10, 2020 - 11:26am
posted by Howard B. Owens in coronavirus, covid-19, news, video, live stream, Harvester Makerspace.
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We're talking to James Dillon, co-founder of the Harvester Makerspace, in Batavia about his process to make face shields, an essential part of personal protective equipment (PPE).

April 9, 2020 - 2:55pm
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Interview with Tim Yaeger, Emergency Management coordinator.

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