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Monroe County latest COVID-19 numbers: 68 additional cases reported on Saturday

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / Science Source / NPR
Viral particles are colorized purple in this color-enhanced transmission electron micrograph from a COVID-19 patient in the United States.

Monroe County is reporting 68 new coronavirus cases according to the numbers released by the Department of Public Health on Saturday.

The 7-day rolling average of new cases is 72 per day. There were no new deaths; the total is 307 to date.

On Friday, the county said it had tallied 136 new positive cases, which was the highest number since the pandemic began in March.

Also on Saturday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo released daily statistics which showed that the COVID-19 infection rate for the Finger Lakes region, which includes Monroe and eight other counties, was 1.9%. The 7-day average is also 1.9% and the 14-day average infection rate is 1.7%.

On Saturday, Cuomo also announced a change in the way New York will deal with people traveling from most other states. Rather than an automatic 14-day quarantine, those coming into New York state from non-contiguous states will have to test for COVID-19 before and after arrival in the state.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.