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Monroe County COVID-19 numbers are down, 136 new cases reported on Monday

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Positive cases of COVID-19 in Monroe County are down from last week, but the area is still listed as having a high transmission rate, according to the county’s Public Health Department.

County officials reported 136 new cases of the virus on Monday, with a total of 1,330 new cases reported over the past week. However, that’s a roughly 10% decrease from last week’s numbers. 

The average positivity rate is also down, from 4.4 % last week to 4.0% for the past seven days.

The county reported nine new deaths, which occured between October 10-18.  That brings the total to 1,435 people lost to the coronavirus pandemic to date.

The number of people hospitalized in the Finger Lakes Region is 247. 

Racquel Stephen is a health and environment reporter. She holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Rochester and a master's degree in broadcasting and digital journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.