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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Covid-19 Takes Advantage of Moderate Vaccination Rate:
Hochul monitors ‘troubling’ upstate hospitals’ declining capacities as state prepares for arrival of omicron variant
Upstate hospitals have suffered a greater reduction in available beds than downstate health facilities as health experts in Albany continue to test for the omicron COVID variant not discovered in New York as of Monday, Gov. Kathleen C. Hochul said.

About 700 doctors, scientists and researchers at the Health Department’s Wadsworth Center Laboratory in Albany continue to test random COVID-19 samples for omicron in preparation for a strain more virulent than others and because it has indicated that people who have already contracted COVID are more susceptible to it.

“We’re monitoring it globally,” Hochul said Monday during a COVID-19 briefing in her Manhattan office — the governor’s first public pandemic-related update since the World Health Organization named the threatening variant Friday.

Officials had not discovered a confirmed case of the omicron variant in the state Monday.

Dr. Kirsten St. George, director of neurology at the Wadsworth Center Laboratory with the state Health Department, on Monday said officials are continuously checking the international public genomic sequence database of COVID-19 cases and strains in case of detection of the newest variant.

“Just a few minutes ago, and still nothing in New York,” she said Monday afternoon during the briefing via webcast.

State COVID-19 specimens are randomly selected and tested for the new variant with assistance from four state laboratories.

New York City health officials Monday issued a strengthened recommendation that New Yorkers mask up indoors — but stopped short of mandating the precaution — as scientists continue to work around the clock to better understand omicron, a new strain of the novel coronavirus identified in South Africa within the last 10 days.

“We talked about this variant — we know it’s coming,” Hochul said. “But here’s the good news: We’re not defenseless.”

“... We cannot control a variant that arises from South Africa,” she added. “But we’re not talking about shutdowns. We’re not talking about reinstituting the harsh measures that were needed at a time when we did not have any defenses, we had no vaccination and tests were in short supply. We are in such a different world.”

COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations continue to trend upward more severely in upstate regions and communities compared to the more densely populated downstate New York City metropolitan counties.

The state’s COVID-19 positivity rate increased to 5.31% Monday, and 4.12% over a seven-day average — up from a daily rate of 4.8% and seven-day average of 3.4% about 10 days ago.

Central New York has the state’s lowest number of available hospital beds at 8% capacity, with a low 9% available in the Finger Lakes, 10% in the Capital Region, 11% in Western New York, 15% in the north country, 17% in the Southern Tier and 31% in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

New York City and Long Island report 28% and 27% of available hospital beds open to patients, respectively, Hochul said.

The governor signed an executive order Friday declaring a disaster emergency in the state to allow Health Department officials to curb nonessential or non-urgent medical procedures for hospitals or health care systems with limited capacity, or fewer than 10% staffed beds.

“Beginning Dec. 3, elective surgeries at the short-staffed hospitals will cease,” the governor said. “We’ll reassess that again Jan. 15. ... We’re not going to just have a hard-and-fast rule that doesn’t show some injection of reality into it.”

Essential procedures, including cancer treatment or prevention screenings and colonoscopies, heart surgeries and treatment for traumatic injuries will be unaffected.

Hospitalizations increased 73 virus patients overnight to 2,829 New Yorkers on Monday, with 41 deaths related to COVID complications, according to the governor’s office. Downstate hospitals have lost about 4% of their bed capacity to virus patients since August, compared to more than a 10% reduction in upstate medical facilities.

“I’m not trying to create an upstate-downstate divide in our state, I don’t believe in that, but just looking at the numbers ... they’re very, very troubling,” Hochul said. “What I’m trying to present is, this is not a statewide phenomenon.”

Upstate areas with lower vaccination rates have the higher increasing COVID hospitalization rates, compared to downstate areas such as New York City.

Hospitals facing staffing shortages exacerbated by overworked staff, sick personnel and the health workers terminated or placed on leave after the state’s COVID-19 mandate for patient-facing health care workers and employees in congregate adult-care facilities went into effect earlier this fall.

“We have lost some workers (from the vaccine mandate) — that is regrettable,” Hochul said. “We encourage them to get vaccinated and come back to the health care family. I can’t change a policy because of some individuals who made that personal decision.”

Hochul plans to send in state National Guard members with emergency medical or health backgrounds to supplement staffing in the state’s neediest hospitals. The state Health Department and other agencies will set up and run a pop-up COVID vaccination and booster site in any county at local officials’ request, the governor said.

Counties across New York, such as Erie in Western New York and Ulster in the Mid-Hudson Valley, have declared their own local states of emergency, reinstating public mask mandates because of the spiking number of new coronavirus infections and hospitalizations across the state, nation and countries around the globe.

“I support (Erie’s) mask mandate, and I encourage other counties to do the same,” Hochul said.

Hochul is not moving to implement a statewide mask requirement, as was in effect by former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo from April 2020 through June 25, 2021, or to mandate other COVID safety protocols for all New Yorkers, but continues to hint future statewide mandates are possible if coronavirus infections continue their upward trend.

“We’ve always encouraged mask use and I’m asking businesses to encourage the same among their patrons as well as their employees as well,” the governor said.

Infections are expected to increase over the upcoming holiday season and winter months. Health officials continue to warn of surging COVID hospitalizations in the wake of Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday.

“If there is going to be a surge in hospitalizations, which (we) would be naive to think there won’t be, and that would occur about 10 days from now — so, that’s what we’re watching for as well,” Hochul said.

At least 90.3% of New Yorkers ages 18 and older have received at least one COVID vaccine dose as of Monday. The governor encouraged all New Yorkers ages 5 and older to get vaccinated, or a booster dose for all those at least 18 years old who were fully vaccinated at least six months ago.

To find a COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot location, visit ny.gov/vaccine.
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Walter D. “Pete” Mairs, 81, died peacefully on July 23, 2021. Born in Avon, N.Y., on Sept. 3, 1939, Pete was a longtime resident of Geneva, N.Y., and these past many years in Buffalo, N.Y., as well as his beloved Silver Lake. Pete is survived by his wife, Linda Bergstrom Mairs, a loving and true companion; children, Mimi C. Mairs, Jonathan B. Mairs; sisters, June Huff, Helen Dole; brother, Thomas Mairs; stepchildren, Daniel Brinkworth, Jennie Ramsey; sister-in-law, Anne Bergstrom, eight beautiful grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. A service and celebration of life is planned for the fall when all can share the joy of Pete’s life together. Arrangements by Stephenson – Dougherty Funeral Home, Avon, N.Y.

Editor's Note: It was a privilege knowing and working with Pete Mairs during his presidency of the Silver Lake Institute. He was a kind and gentle man, but also firm in his leadership. I served as Treasurer and Chaplain of SLI during those years and I could always depend on Pete's presence in the worship service. He was a man of faith and a gem of a human being. May he rest in God's care.


Gerald C. Sahrle, 80, of Perry, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born on Oct. 10, 1941, in Wayland, N.Y., to the late Charles A. and Helen I. (Blowers) Sahrle. Gerry was a line foreman for 32 1/2 years for NYSE&G, working out of the Perry and Hamburg locations, and was a Town of Perry Councilman. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Constellation Lodge -404 in Perry. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and woodworker. He is survived by his wife, Valary A. (Conley) Sahrle; 1 son, Gerald (Pamela) Sahrle II of Silver Springs; 2 sisters, Millie Edmond of Greece, Bonnie Fink of Winston-Salem, N.C., 3 brothers, Ronald (Linda) Sahrle of Dansville, Robert (Susan) Sahrle of Springwater, Kenneth Sahrle of Dansville; 5 grandchildren, Bradley Musscarella, Stone and Winston Sahrle, Conley and Cooper Gayton; along with many nieces, nephews and friends. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Sahrle, who passed away in 2012. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Gerry will be laid to rest in West Perry Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Perry Center Fire Department, P.O. Box 204, Perry, NY 14530. For more information, please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence, visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street, Perry, NY 14530.

Editor's Note: Gerald and Valarie could always be seen in the family pew with Pamela, Stone and Winston at Perry First United Methodist Church and continue to be loved. Gerry will be sorely missed. Both were supporters of the Arts at the Silver Lake Institute and Valarie was active in painting and participating in the Annual Show in August. Valarie's presence was always valued and appreciated.


"Kathy P." passed November 8, 2021, of Hamburg and Boston, NY. Beloved daughter of Joseph and Barbara Michalak; loving sister of Daniel Michalak; devoted wife of the late Jeffrey Praczkajlo; cherished mother of Jennifer (Shawn) Jump; loving babcia of Lily Jump; also survived by many beloved family members and friends who became her family. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Editor's Note: "Kathy P." as she was better known to us at Silver Lake was an annual summer visitor for most of the last number of years at the invitation of Silver Laker Julia Hoffner. She stayed at the Hoffner Cottage, and became known as both the fun visitor with the vivacious smile to the neighbors at the intersection of Haven Ave. and the Ames Walkway. Kathy P. and Julie could be seen walking and talking between the cottage and the Hoffner boathouse where they could be close to the water. She was also occasionally seen at the Saturday morning breakfasts at Stoody Hall. Her stay was anywhere between 4 days and a week where she had the opportunity to develop a love for Silver Lake. She was not yet eligible for retirement when late last week she developed "a cold" and had to remain home from her job. She did not update her condition over the weekend so the local police made a wellness visit and found her deceased on Monday. She was one of those many people who found Silver Lake and friendship for brief respites where she also found new strength and energy to return to work. She is being particularly mourned by those in the Haven/Ames neighborhood. She will be memorialized next summer at the annual Celebration of Life Memorial Service at Epworth Hall.


Brenda Joan Paddock, 82, of Perry, born April 15, 1939, now resides in heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Brenda met Jesus as her Savior in 1965. She met him in person on Nov. 14, 2021. She had a beautiful homecoming with music, singing and praying, leading her into Glory. Her last words were “I am well, I am well.”

Brenda’s greatest loves were her family and friends. Brenda had five children with her husband Roger: Don and Daelene Paddock of Florida, Jody and Tim Von Sanden of Pavilion, Bradley and Jeanie Paddock of Warsaw, Jennifer and Paul Guy of Massachusetts, and Nathan and Jill Paddock of Perry.

Brenda dearly loved her grandchildren: Jessica Morillo, Nikki and Clint O’Brien, Luke Paddock, Paul Paddock, Ian and Brooklyn Paddock, Joe and Louana Paddock, Burke and Megan Paddock, Aaron Paddock, Ellen Paddock, Andrew Paddock, Rachael Paddock, Abigail Paddock, Erik and Cassandra Von Sanden, Jacquelyn and Michael Jones, Tim Von Sanden, Brandon and Brandee Paddock, Jamey and Laura Paddock, Peter and Kara Guy, Candy and Jay Waitkevich, Marlo and Ryan Bolger and Jenna and Rory Peterson.

Brenda was blessed and loved her great grandchildren: Chloe, Olivia and Nicholas Von Sanden, Joshua and Jaxon Morillo, Jameson and Cassandra O’Brien, Atlas Paddock, Noah and Ezra Jones, Colton, Brantley and Charlotte Guy, Cameron Waitkevich, Amelia Bolger and Brennen Leonard.

Brenda is also survived by her brother and sister in laws; Frank and Emma Paddock, Viva and Jim Phillips-Richardson and Kurt and Lynn Paddock.

Brenda first started working as a secretary at Perry Central School. She then assisted her husband building Paddock’s Breeding Service. Roger and Brenda together built and ran the Sandsabarn teenage nightclub. Brenda was owner and operator of Serendipity Travel. Brenda’s pleasures included playing organ and piano. She played at a number of area churches along with performing for her loved ones. UPDATED -- Brenda also played with conviction at both indoor and outdoor services at the Silver Lake Institute where her grandson, Luke, sang at Epworth Hall on several occasions and was appreciated by all who heard his inspiring voice.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents Noble and Freda Buckland, her husband Roger and son Bradley.

A Committal service at West Perry Cemetery will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, November 17 at 11 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life at LaGrange Baptist Church at 4 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made in Brenda’s honor to the LaGrange Baptist Church 7092 LaGrange Rd. Perry, NY 14530 or to the First Congregational Church P.O. Box 156 Perry, NY 14530. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St., Perry, N.Y. 14530. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com.

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