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Nov 21, 2020 |

The second driver involved in a two-vehicle crash in Bergen has succumbed to his injuries. According to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, 82yo Gary Beehler of Hamlin suffered serious physical injuries after being struck in a head-on collision Thursday afternoon. Beehler was transported by Mercy Flight to Strong Hospital where he later died. Investigators say 74yo Caroline Bianchi of Bergen was traveling on Rt. 19 near Creamery road when for some unknown reason, she traveled over the center of the roadway into the opposite lane, striking Beehler’s minivan. Bianchi was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation into this accident is ongoing.

The Genesee County Health Department has issued a Health Alert. The department has received 7 positive COVID-19 tests from individuals who attended funeral service arrangements on the following dates and locations: November 11th at Gilmartin Funeral Home in Batavia between the hours of 3 to 7:30 pm; November 12th at Resurrection Roman Catholic Church in Batavia) between 9:00 to 10:30 am; November 12th at Saint Joseph’s Mausoleum in Batavia between 10:30 to 11:30 am; November 12th at Polish Falcons of America in Batavia between noon and 6 pm. Contact tracing is in progress; however unidentified individuals may have unknowingly been in contact with the positive cases. The Health Department advises all individuals who were at the locations listed to monitor their symptoms for 14 days. If symptoms of COVID-19 develop, contact your primary care provider to seek testing immediately and self-isolate until you receive your test results.

Statewide, coronavirus numbers looked better Friday than they have all week. With nearly 5,500 new cases, the infection rate sits at 2.66%. More than 2,300 people are hospitalized and 32 people died from the virus Thursday. In the Finger Lakes Region, the positivity rate is at 3.5%. The Western New York region continues to have the highest COVID-19 positive rate in the state at 4.8%. Governor Cuomo says New York is doing better than other states, but he is concerned about Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season.

The Wyoming County Community Health System has updated hospital patient visits. With increasing cases of COVID-19 in Wyoming and surrounding counties, the health system will be revising current visitation guidelines. Families are encouraged to consider communication through phone and video chat as their primary means of communication. The Patient and Family Services department can help set up the video call. If an in-person visit is desired, precautions are in place to protect against the potential risk for acquiring and/or the spread of infectious disease. Those with questions about these changes may contact the Wyoming County Community Health System at (585) 786-2233. The updated visitation guidelines can be found at Country News.

The Wyoming County Health Department will be offering FREE COVID-19 rapid tests. It will be held on Tuesday, November 24th from 9 – noon at the health department located at 5362 Mungers Mill Road in Silver Springs. You must make an appointment to be tested. Appointments can be made by calling the Wyoming County Response Line at 786-8911 weekdays from 8:30am-3:30pm. No walk-ups will be tested. The site is drive through only. All individuals should remain in their cars.

Deer hunting season with guns kicks off today. Hunters should be safety cautious. Here are some safety tips for those in the woods and fields to remember:  Treat every firearm as if it is loaded. Keep your finger away from the trigger and outside the trigger guard until you are ready to fire. Keep the safety on until you are ready to fire. Always point the muzzle in a safe direction. Be certain of your target, and what is beyond it, before firing. Wear a safety harness when hunting from an elevated platform. Always wear plenty of hunter orange. And, remember to respect the property of those where you are hunting.

As the deer hunting season is now underway across the state, New Yorkers are reminded to stay alert for deer while driving. Reports show November is especially dangerous for drivers because it is the height of deer mating season. AAA reports more than 1.5 million deer-vehicle collisions happen each year. The car club warns drivers to be cautious while driving between 5 and 8 both in the morning and night.

Many hunters are out harvesting deer now that the regular hunting season is underway. After filling up their own freezers, hunters are encouraged to also donate to the Venison Donation Coalition program. Programs like this help reduce the state’s growing deer population and help feed less fortunate families. Those interested in donating may check out the coalition website at for a nearby participating meat processor.

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