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Person who attended Batavia 'March for Justice' tests positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 2:42 PM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 14:42:23-04

BATAVIA, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Genesee County Health Department says a county resident who attended the "March for Justice" in Batavia June 7 has tested positive for COVID-19.

The health department says the individual did not know they were positive for COVID-19 prior to attending but exhibited symptoms associated to COVID-19 at the event.

The individual reportedly wore a mask the entire time they were there from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Three close contacts have been placed under mandatory quarantine in Genesee County, two additional close contacts reside outside of the county.

“Although the warmer weather is here, COVID-19 is still very much in our communities” stated Paul Pettit, Public Health Director of Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments. “We must continue to take actions to decrease the spread of the virus by wearing masks, practicing social distancing, washing hands regularly for 20 seconds with soap and water, and avoiding large crowds such as social events and parties.”

The health department says although the exposure risk is low, those who attended the march should monitor their symptoms for 14 days from the event which is June 21. If symptoms develop they say contact your primary care doctor or find a testing site near you.

Last week New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urged anyone who has attended a protest recently to get tested for COVID-19.