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COVID-19 deaths jump by four in Monroe County

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Monroe County public health department reported four more deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total to 14.

The county also confirmed 46 new cases of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Three are in people under 20 years old, and three are in people who are at least 80.

Monroe County now has 436 confirmed coronavirus cases. More than 700 people were in mandatory quarantine or isolation.

More than 100 people had recovered from COVID-19 after being placed in isolation in the county.

Gov. Cuomo signed an executive order Friday mandating that upstate hospitals share their spare ventilators with downstate hospitals that are rapidly running out of the machines. Twenty-eight people were being treated for COVID-19 in an ICU in Monroe County Friday, figures from the local health department showed.

Limited testing capacity continues to result in an undercount of the total number of coronavirus cases locally. The county health department said it is testing only people who are hospitalized for treatment and people who are health care providers.

Still, the department has urged people to stay home and avoid public places even if they feel healthy.

"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," the department said.

Brett was the health reporter and a producer at WXXI News. He has a master’s degree from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.
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