Cases and deaths jump in Orleans

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ALBION — The number of COVID-19 cases and deaths took a significant jump Friday in Orleans County, as it saw the area’s single biggest increase since April 19.

A total of 23 new positive cases and five deaths were reported in the county. That included 22 new cases and four deaths at Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Home in Medina.

The numbers brought Orleans County’s total reported coronavirus cases to 194, which is now the highest of any county in the GLOW region. The other death was reported at The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation, while the remaining new case involved a person in Ridgeway.

The county’s sudden jump was in stark contrast to Genesee, Wyoming and Livingston counties, which reported no new cases.

An age breakdown of Orleans County’s new cases includes one person in their 20s; three people in their 50s; three in their 60s; six in their 70s, seven in their 80s, three are in their 90s.

Of the total positive cases, 15 are in the hospital.

The county has reported 1,429 negative cases. It currently has 17 in the community under mandatory isolation; 70 in the community under mandatory quarantine; 28 total deaths; and 59 community recoveries.

Non-county public regulated facilities account for about 61 percent of Orleans County’s positive cases.

The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation has had 87 positive cases, accounting for 45 percent of the county’s total cases, and 23 deaths. Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center has reported 25 positive cases, accounting for 13 percent cases, along with four deaths.

Western NY DDSO has had six positive cases.

Genesee County remained steady at 178 positive cases. Only two of the total positive cases are in the hospital.

The Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia has had 49 positive cases, but on Friday reached out to The Daily News to say there are currently no positive cases there. A request for further information on how the cases were handled went unanswered as of press time.

The Batavia VA Medical Center had two positive cases. Neither facility in Genesee County accounts for any deaths.

To date, Genesee County has had 2,569 total negative cases. Its numbers also currently include 11 in the community under mandatory isolation; 42 in the community under mandatory quarantine; four total deaths; and 112 community recoveries.

Paul Pettit, director for Genesee and Orleans Health Departments, said the counties have been participating in swabbing all residents and staff, even before the governor’s executive order. However, with more testing becoming available, the numbers are increasing as a result of that testing.

“It’s a good thing we’re finding these cases,” he said. “Prior we didn’t catch all these things.”

With the region heading into Memorial Day weekend, Genesee County Chairwoman Shelly Stein reminded residents that while Phase 1 businesses have re-opened, Phase 2 is in their hands and depends on their actions.

“Take time to protect yourself and family,” she said. “Planned family gatherings are subject to NY PAUSE restrictions, which is no more than 10 people. Do this for others who are more vulnerable, if not for yourself and other family members.”

Pettit said businesses in the other phases are required to have an opening plan, and should start having those conversations. With the opening of phases driven by data, the difference between phases now may be a minimum of two weeks.

He said plans should focus on social distancing, washing and reducing capacity.

Recoveries jumped Friday in Wyoming County while it marked its fourth consecutive day without any new COVID-19 cases reported.

The county remained stable at 76 cases, while the number of recoveries increased to 68. Three active cases were reported.

Wyoming County’s current statistics include:

n A total of 26 cases have been confirmed in the northwest quadrant that includes Attica, Bennington, Orangeville and Sheldon. Two have been attributed to Attica Correctional Facility and 25 have recovered.

n Twenty-two cases have been confirmed in the northeast quadrant that includes Warsaw, Perry, Middlebury and Covington. Sixteen of those have recovered and five have died.

n Fifteen cases have been confirmed in the southeast quadrant that includes Castile, Gainesville, Genesee Falls and Pike. All 15 have recovered.

n Thirteen cases have been confirmed in the southwest quadrant that includes Arcade, Eagle, Java and Wethersfield. Twelve have recovered.

The total of negative tests was 1,383. Other statistics on Friday included three people in mandatory isolation; 12 in mandatory quarantine; none in precautionary quarantine.

The age breakdown included 17 people in their 20s; 15 people in their 40s; 13 people in their 60s; 10 people in their 50s; seven people each in their 30s and 70s; three people in their 80s; two people less than 20 years old; and two people in their 90s.

Chairman Jerry Davis of the county’s Board of Supervisors noted that the state’s contact tracing program is now underway.

“If you get a call from “NYS Contact Tracing” at (518) 387-9993, please answer the phone,” he said. “Answering the phone will keep your loved ones and community safe.”

No new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported Friday in Livingston County.

The total number of positive cases remained at 112, including nine which were active. A total of 96 people have recovered.

The county has had a total of 2,628 negative tests.

“As we look forward to the long Memorial Day weekend, we encourage all Livingston County residents to stay safe and use precautions,” said County Administrator Ian M. Coyle in a news release. “Please continue to social distance, wear masks, and practice proper handwashing to further reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

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