Genesee-Orleans Public Health Director Paul Pettit gives update on COVID-19 cases

A statement from the Public Health Director:

 “Today, we received notification of two additional Genesee County residents and 1 Orleans County resident that have tested positive for COVID-19”, Paul Pettit, Public Health Director for Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments confirmed Thursday afternoon.  The counties now have 4 people positive for COVID-19 in Genesee and 4 in Orleans County.  Each county has 61 negative COVID-19 test results.

 “The first individual is over the age of 65 and resides in the central part of Genesee County. The second individual is under the age of 65 and resides in the central part of Genesee County. In Orleans County, the individual lives in the central part of the county and is under 65 years of age.  The two new Genesee County individuals are currently in the hospital under mandatory isolation and the Orleans resident is in mandatory isolation at home in an adjacent county. 

“As with previous positive results, the public health nurses and epidemiology team are working tirelessly to conduct contact tracing. This means that public health employees are communicating with the positive cases to identify close contacts they may have had while symptomatic. Close contact is still defined as being within 6 feet of the positive case. “As of this time, individuals who have had close contact with the positive cases have been notified by the County Health Department and have been placed under mandatory quarantine” continued Pettit.

 “As a reminder, we are asking our community members to practice social distancing and stay home whenever possible to control the spread of this virus.” Both County Health Departments will provide daily updates on the  County’s dedicated COVID-19 webpages, Genesee and for Orleans. If you have a fever, cough and/or trouble breathing, please call your health care provider for an assessment of your symptoms. For general questions in regard to COVID-19, please contact the NYS COVID-19 Hotline at: 1-888-364-3065.”