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671 new COVID cases, 3 more deaths reported in Monroe County on Friday

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ROCHESTER, NY — Here is the latest information on the coronavirus pandemic in Monroe County and the Rochester area. You can read Thursday's update here.

671 new cases, 3 deaths reported in Monroe County Friday

There were 671 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the Monroe County Department of Health reported Friday. The seven-day rolling average is 574 cases per day. The seven-day positivity rate sits at 7.17% in Monroe County.

Deaths

There were three new deaths reported. The total is 350 to date. 

Hospitalized

The number of people hospitalized in the Finger Lakes region rose to 480 Friday. also a new high. That is 10 more patients than the day before. Of those hospitalized, 101 are in intensive care.

On Thursday, that number stood at 470, which was a new high during the pandemic. 

Released from isolation

There have been 13,542 released from isolation – confirmed cases to date.

Dashboard

For more details including a breakdown of cases by age and gender, visit Monroe County's COVID-19 Dashboard at Dashboard.MonroeCounty.gov

654 new cases, 19 deaths reported in Monroe County Thursday

Monroe County's Public Health Department announced 654 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, up from 625 on Wednesday and the highest single-day total since the pandemic started.

It marked the sixth straight day when the new-case total exceeded 500. Before Saturday, the highest daily mark was 373 on Nov. 19. The surge of new cases pushed the seven-day rolling average positivity rate to 6.61%, remaining one of the highest rates in the state.

Dr. Michael Mendoza, Monroe County's public health commissioner, said he believed we were seeing the beginning of the Thanksgiving surge, cases related to large gatherings during the holiday.  

He told reporters Thursday that he expected the number of new cases to rise by 100 to 150 each day. 

Mendoza addresses COVID outbreak in Monroe County Jail 

Monroe County Public Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza responded Friday to a growing COVID outbreak in the jail, issuing the following statement:

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, Monroe County and its Department of Public Health have been working closely with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office to protect the health and safety of inmates and staff at the Monroe County Jail. Due to extensive precautions, the Jail has been able to prevent infection for many months. However, COVID-19 has demonstrated it will take advantage of even a slight opportunity to spread. It was only a matter of time before the virus entered the facility, and that time has arrived. We are in regular communication with the MCSO as it works to contain the virus and appreciate the Office’s diligence and transparency. We hope that all public employees in Monroe County recognize the importance of mask wearing and social distancing, both in and out of the workplace, as we strive to beat this pandemic.”

The Sheriff's Office reported Friday that 33 inmates had tested positive with one hospitalized in stable condition; 173 are in "proactive quarantine." That compares to 27 positive the day before with two hospitalized. The positive rate among inmates is 4.6%, officials said. The rolling seven-day countywide average is 6.6%.

Additionally, 24 jail deputies have tested positive and are among 62 deputies under self-quarantine at home, a sheriff's spokeswoman said. None are hospitalized.

Rochester announces new COVID testing sites

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren announced Wednesday that the city would provide free, rapid COVID tests at four sites during the month of December for residents who are asymptomatic.

Residents experiencing symptoms should contact their healthcare provider or call the Monroe County COVID Hotline at 753-5555.

Preregistration is highly encouraged. City residents can register online at: www.monroecounty.gov/healthcalls/register or by calling 311. Those who do not preregister can be accommodated until site capacities are full.

Residents are encouraged to arrive in personal vehicles for drive-up testing, however walk-ups will be accommodated. Testing sites, times and dates are as follows:

Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Residents will be notified within 20 minutes if test results come back positive. If the test is negative, residents will be notified within 72 hours.

This article originally appeared on Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: 671 new COVID cases, 3 more deaths reported in Monroe County on Friday

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