121 cases of COVID-19 in Monroe County, 3 deaths, 25 hospitalized, 534 in mandatory quarantine


GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – FEBRUARY 19: Clinical support technician Douglas Condie extracts viruses from swab samples so that the genetic structure of a virus can be analysed and identified in the coronavirus testing laboratory at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, on February 19, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jane Barlow – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — There are now 121 cases of COVID-19 in Monroe County, officials announced Wednesday morning.

At this time, there have been three COVID-19-related deaths in Monroe County. Of the 121 cases, 25 have required hospital treatment, and 15 of those patients are receiving treatment in an Intensive Care Unit.

Officials say there are 534 Monroe County residents under mandatory quarantine.

Of the 121 cases, two people have resolved and been released from isolation. Department of health officials say deaths, and those who have resolved, will still be counted in the total case count.

To date there have been 1,703 tests received by the health department.

New in Wednesday afternoon’s update, a map showing where the cases are located:

“We should all assume that we have been exposed to COVID-19, even if we do not have recognizable symptoms, and could be spreading the virus to people who are vulnerable to more severe symptoms,” Department of Health officials said in Wednesday afternoon’s press release.

In an interview Tuesday, Monroe County Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza said folks in the community should expect the preventative measures in place to slow the spread of the virus for at least six more weeks.

“I do think it’s safe at this point to plan on at least six weeks from when we call this thing done to start reopening things. So the last thing anybody wants is to beat this, whatever that looks like, only to find we have a surge again if we reopen and go back to life as usual,” said Dr. Mendoza.

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At the state level, there are 5,146 new COVID-19 cases in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to 30,811.

Of the 30,811 cases, 3,805 have required hospital treatment — about 12%. Of those patients, 888 have required treatment in an Intensive Care Unit — about 3% of all positive cases.

To date, 103,479 people have been tested in New York, with 12,137 tests from the last official county Tuesday.

“As of yesterday about 38% of all testing nationwide has been performed by the state of New York,” Gov. Cuomo said.

New York remains No. 1 in the nation by a wide margin in confirmed cases with 30,811, accounting for more than 52% of all confirmed cases in the country. No. 2 is New Jersey with 3,675 cases, No. 3 is California with 2,644, and No. 4 is Washington state with 2,404 cases. No other state, has more than 2,000.

A Johns Hopkins University professor and her graduate student have created an interactive map to capture all confirmed COVID-19 cases, fatalities and recoveries.

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Tips from the Monroe County Department of Public Health:

What does social distancing mean?

Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19.

Can I visit my relatives or friends?

Do not visit loved ones in person. Use the phone or other electronic devices. Deliver food or other essential items to the doorstep.

How can I keep safe when I need to go out to secure essential items like food?

  • Make as few trips as possible.
  • Avoid excessive shopping time. 
  • Make a list in advance. 
  • Consider using delivery services or the self-checkout lane. 
  • Wipe down the shopping cart, touch screens and touch pads before and after use.

What if we are outside?

Avoid close contact with people, even when outside. Keep a distance of at least 6 feet to help slow the spread of COVID-19. 

  • Avoid games and activities that require close contact.
  • Avoid frequently touched surfaces and objects. This includes playground equipment like slides and swings. 
  • Do not share equipment such as bicycles, helmets, balls or frisbees. 
  • Do not gather in groups.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue and discard the tissue in a closed container. 

When you return indoors, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.

Check back with News 8 WROC as we will continue to update this developing story.

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