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Monroe County records 2 more COVID-19 deaths; hospitalizations drop

May 29, 2020

The Monroe County Department of Public Health reported Friday that two more people had died of COVID-19 in the county, bringing the total death toll to 218.

As the county moved into the second phase of reopening, the number of people in hospitals for the disease dipped for the first time in six days, dropping from a high of 191 on Thursday to 187 on Friday.

Administrators at the county's two hospital systems said this week that hospitalizations could level off at a new plateau soon.

The number of people hospitalized in Monroe County had been hovering around 100 before an order from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office earlier this month required longer hospital stays for many nursing home residents with COVID-19.

The county said there were 34 newly confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday. That brought the total number of known cases in the county to 2808.

Of the new cases, one was in a girl younger than 10, and four were in people in their 90s.