Orleans County Health Department Doing Contact Tracing at Local Business — Gives Updated Numbers on COVID-19 Outbreak

The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments are working with a local employer to determine if there was close contact between their employees and a person who tested positive for COVID-19.

Contact tracing with all identified as having potential contact is in progress and people are being swabbed if needed. To protect the privacy of the individual, no further information will be shared related to this incident.

For Orleans County, there are 6 new positive cases for a total of 15 positive cases. Orleans has 162 negative test results, 11 are under mandatory isolations (positive cases), 16 under mandatory quarantine, 2 under precautionary quarantine and 4 are recovered.

“It is your civic and social responsibility to stay home to protect yourselves and others,” stated Paul Pettit, Director of the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments.  “When you are sick, stay home from work. A significant increase in the number of mandatory quarantines being reported today is due to a symptomatic person going to work at a local business.”

Lastly, Petitt said, “Also, if you are part of gatherings and even one person tests positive everyone in close contact to the positive will be placed on mandatory quarantine. We’re all in this together, we need to make sacrifices in the short term to get us through this challenging time.”

The CDC has also recommended that anyone out in public especially in areas with high incidence of COVID-19 to wear a cloth face cover. These can be homemade for community members. For information on how to make your own face covering use the link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html