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COVID-19 claims 5 more lives in Monroe County

May 28, 2020

The Monroe County Department of Public Health reported Thursday that five people had died of COVID-19, bringing the disease's death toll in the county to 216.

The number of people in hospitals for COVID-19 treatment in the county ticked up by one, to 191. That number has been trending upward since May 10, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office began requiring hospitals to receive a negative test for COVID-19 patients before discharging them to nursing homes.

Of those hospitalized, 19 were on a ventilator in an intensive care unit. Although the number of people hospitalized has been reaching new heights for each of the last five days, the number of people in ICUs in the county is only half of the peak the health department recorded in April.

The county reported 32 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday. They covered a broad spectrum of ages. Three of the newly confirmed cases were in people between 10 and 19 years old. Two were in women in their 100s.