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Monroe County reports 217 new COVID-19 cases; hospitalization trend higher

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

While Monroe County officials push residents to take advantage of an increasing number of available vaccine appointments, case numbers remain high.

The county's test positivity rate was down as low as 1.5% earlier this year, but the seven-day rolling average spiked to 3.4% on Saturday before dropping back to 3.2% on Sunday.

On Sunday, the county health department reported 217 new cases of COVID-19.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases reported on Sunday is 248 new cases per day. There were no new deaths.

The numbers that are trending in the worst direction are hospitalizations. On Sunday, the Finger Lakes region reported nearly 200 COVID patients in area hospitals with more than 60 in ICU, the highest number since last fall's surge of cases.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced that the statewide COVID-19 positivity rate dropped to 2.35%, the lowest since Nov. 7.  The seven-day average statewide positivity rate was 2.92%.

The percentage of New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose is 41.4%. In the Finger Lakes region that number is 43%. In Monroe County, the number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose is 45.3%.

Here is the age breakdown of the latest COVID-19 cases in Monroe County:

Credit Monroe County Dept. of Public Health

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