ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — There are currently no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Monroe County, but officials said Wednesday that there is one individual under testing at the Rochester General Hospital.
The individual is under isolation and results should be in within 48 hours.
Monroe County Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza held a press conference at Spencerport High School Wednesday to give the update.
This comes after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced there is now 11 confirmed cases of the virus in New York state.
If the individual at RGH tests positive for the coronavirus, it will be the first confirmed case in upstate New York.
Robert Mayo, MD, chief medical officer of Rochester Regional Health, released this statement.
“At this time, there are no confirmed cases at Rochester Regional Health. This morning, out of an abundance of caution, we implemented isolation protocols on one patient who presented at the Rochester General Hospital Emergency Department with an unexplained illness. We reported to the Health Department and followed their screening protocol. The results are still in progress.”
Full press conference:
At this time, there are no local cases of the coronavirus. The confirmed cases in New York state are:
- 1 — NYC woman
- 2 — New Rochelle attorney
- 3 — Wife of New Rochelle attorney
- 4 — Son of New Rochelle attorney
- 5 — Daughter of New Rochelle attorney
- 6 — Neighbor who drove New Rochelle attorney to hospital
- 7 — Friend of New Rochelle attorney
- 8-11 — wife, two sons and 1 daughter of friend of New Rochelle man
Of the 11 confirmed cases, one is being treated at a hospital and the others are under voluntary quarantines inside their homes.
Also Wednesday, Dr. Thomas Putnam, Superintendent for Penfield Central School District and the President of the Monroe County Superintendents Association held a press conference to discuss the steps local schools are taking to ensure safety should a local outbreak occur.
Additionally, Cuomo is recalling SUNY and CUNY students studying abroad in five affected countries.
SUNY and CUNY students in China, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Iran, are to be returned on a charter plane, will land at New York Stewart International Airport in the Hudson Valley, and will be quarantined as a precaution for 14 days in dorm rooms, the governor said Wednesday.
Cuomo says there are about 300 students and faculty in those five countries. SUNY Geneseo officials say they have 10 students currently abroad in Italy and Japan.
Additionally, campus-sponsored travel outside the U.S. to impacted countries for both SUNY and CUNY is canceled for the spring semester.