New local cases of COVID-19, 11 total now in Monroe County

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — During a Monday press conference, Monroe County Executive Adam Bello announced an additional confirmed case of COVID-19 locally.

That brings Monroe County’s total to 11 at this time. Bello said the Monroe County Department of Public Health is expected to give an additional public update later Monday.

Click here for more on Monday’s press conference with County Executive Bello.

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ROCHESTER N.Y. (WROC) — There are now eight new locals cases of COVID-19, Monroe County Commissioner of Public Health Dr. Michael Mendoza announced Sunday.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Monroe County to 10.

Three of these new cases are now in the hospital; one at Rochester General Hospital, one at Unity Hospital, and one at Highland Hospital. The other five people are in isolation at their homes.

One of the eight new cases is an employee of Greece Athena High School. Health officials also say, four of these new cases have a clear connection to the Greece Arcadia Middle School employee, who tested positive for covid-19 Friday.

In a statement released Sunday, officials have said they have begun the contact tracing process on all eight individuals to find out who they could have come in contact with.

In connection with these new cases, the Unique Child Daycare Center on Meigs street in Rochester has been ordered to closed for 48 hours, after officials discovered one of the people who tested positive for covid-19 has as a child who attends that daycare.

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Also, one City of Rochester firefighter that responded to an EMS call for one of the new confirmed cases was potentially exposed to coronavirus, and as a precaution is self-quarantining. The firefighter is currently asymptomatic.

A press release Sunday night detailed the health department’s ongoing investigations:

Amid the outbreak, Monroe County Executive Adam Bello announced Sunday that all 22 public schools in Monroe County will be closed starting Monday, March 16, until further notice.

Bello said staff might be asked to report depending on any individual needs depending on the school district.

Earlier Sunday, in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s daily address to the media, he announced that a third person has died due to the coronavirus. It was a 79-year-old woman who had major underlying health conditions, and coronavirus contributed to her death. He did not mention where the woman was from.

Cuomo also announced Sunday that the statewide total of confirmed cases is 729, No. 1 in the nation in such, and more than 100 than Washington state, which is No. nationwide with 607.

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

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