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Officials from Wayne County Public Health and the Rochester Regional Health System have confirmed a cluster of COVID-19 cases at a nursing home in Newark.

County officials say that the total number of COVID-19 cases connected to the DeMay Living Center as of Monday is 61, with 47 of those cases involving residents and 14 cases affecting staff members. Four of the 47 nursing home residents needed hospitalization. 

After an investigation, Wayne County Public Health believes that the cases spread from one or more nursing home staffers to the residents.

The Wayne County Sheriff says he’s been told by his county’s health department that one of his deputies has tested positive for COVID-19.

Sheriff Barry Virts said on Saturday that he has furloughed with pay seven deputies for healthy safety precautions. They will be monitored by the health department.

Macedon Police Chief John Colella has also furloughed three police officers that had contact with the deputy that tested positive for the virus.

Wayne County Public Health is confirming it has received notification that two additional county residents have tested positive for COVID-19. That brings the total number of cases of the virus in that county up to three.

Health officials say at this time, all three confirmed cases are being treated in area hospitals and continue to be monitored by Wayne County Public Health.

Officials also released some demographic information about the three confirmed cased involving COVID-19. They are:

1 Female in her 80s

1 Male in his 70s

1 Male in his 60s

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed that all local government workforces be reduced by 50 percent at any one time in an effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus.

With that, local leaders are figuring out how to continue serving residents with far fewer people in their offices.

Wayne County Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Kenneth Miller, has declared a State of Emergency for Wayne County to the COVID-19 virus.

Although there are no confirmed cases within Wayne County to date, officials say the situation is rapidly evolving, and the threat of this virus is imminent to the citizens and visitors of Wayne County.

This State of Emergency will remain in effect for thirty (30) days or until rescinded by a subsequent order.

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On July 16, an Orleans County family found themselves the target of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation. 

“I would have never thought this would happen to one of my close family… it’s just unbelievable,” Cody Gomez said.

“My uncle was going to work and he got pulled over by the ICE patrols and he got detained. Gone to Batavia,” Gomez added.

ICE Officers arrested Antonino Hernandez-Bautista and brought him to a federal detention center in Batavia.

Palmyra Man Dies In House Fire

Nov 15, 2015

A man who lived in the Wayne County village of Palmyra died in a fire at his home early Sunday.

Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts reports that Craig L. Brown, 65 was found inside his home at 511 Canal Street.

The Sheriff reports firefighters and police were called to the scene at about 4:15 am.

Virts says the fire appears to have started in the living room and is believe to be accidental, however, the investigation continues.

Four area fire departments were called to the scene: Palmyra, Port Gibson, South Macedon and Marion.