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COVID-19 cases in Monroe County rise by 132 in numbers released on Sunday

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The latest COVID-19 numbers from Monroe County showed another jump in coronavirus cases.

On Sunday, the Department of Public Health reported 132 new confirmed cases. The 7-day rolling average of new cases is 81 new cases per day. There were no new deaths, keeping the total at 307.

When the number of cases reported on Friday increased by 136, Commissioner of Public Health Dr. Michael Mendoza said that health officials were finding more small and large gatherings where attendees are not observing essential precautions including social distancing and mask wearing. He said that the health department believes that is now leading to transmission within workplaces.

On Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that he is particularly concerned about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday leading to another spike in cases as people gather for dinner and other get-togethers.

“I understand this has been a long time and I understand COVID fatigue and I understand, 'well, I’m just going to be with my family,' " Mendoza said. "I think you’re going to see the number increase even more after Thanksgiving.”

Cuomo urged a doubling-down on precautionary steps around the holiday, especially as flu season usually sees an uptick in cases toward December.

The COVID-19 infection rate in the Finger Lakes, which includes Monroe and eight other counties, stands at 2.3% in the latest figures released by the state. The 7-day rolling average is 2.0% and the 14-day rolling average is 1.8%.

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.