coronavirus demographics

Monroe County Department of Public Health

Data from the Monroe County public health department shows racial and ethnic minorities dying from COVID-19 at higher rates than white residents of the county.

African Americans appear particularly vulnerable in the county’s data, dying at almost triple the rate of white people, according to figures released on Friday.

African Americans and Latinx residents are also overrepresented in the county’s COVID-19 diagnoses and hospitalizations.

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As demonstrators gathered in downtown Rochester last week in protests against police brutality spurred by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Dr. Linda Clark started to get nervous.

Clark, the president of the Black Physician’s Network of Greater Rochester, said she was concerned that the protests would bring members of Monroe County’s black community -- already at high risk of dying from COVID-19 -- into closer contact with more people, spreading the disease even further.

Then, she thought of the long-term implications of the demonstrations.

Monroe County Department of Public Health and Center for Community Health and Prevention

African Americans in Monroe County have higher rates of COVID-19 diagnoses, hospitalizations, and deaths than any other racial or ethnic group, according to figures published Friday by the county health department and the Center for Community Health and Prevention at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

White people in the county experienced the lowest rates of the disease, the numbers showed.

Common Ground Health, a Rochester nonprofit organization, began screening people for COVID-19 symptoms at free clinics around the city on Saturday.

The organization stressed that the screenings are not coronavirus tests. Rather, they’re meant to detect early signs of COVID-19 in populations where the disease is taking the greatest toll.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Monroe County public health department said Friday that four more people have died of COVID-19 in the county, bringing the total death toll to 143.

The health department also confirmed 32 new cases of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. After months of inadequate capacity to test for the virus locally, county public health commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza said this week that the number of available tests has begun to outpace demand.

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Administrators at two Rochester health providers said Tuesday that they are opening clinics in areas of the city where many people of color live.

Jordan Health and Trillium Health said the clinics are designed to give people of color easier access to testing and treatment for COVID-19.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The University of Rochester has contributed research to a national effort to track the spread and health impacts of the novel coronavirus.

The group’s preliminary research, published this month in a report by the federal Centers for Disease Control includes data from 14 states, including New York.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Rocky Mountain Laboratories

One-eighth of all the COVID-19 deaths in Monroe County were residents at a single nursing home: St. John’s Home in Rochester, according to data published Friday by the New York state health department.

As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 grew at St. John’s, the home expanded testing for the novel coronavirus, finding it in several residents who had no symptoms of the disease.

At least eight people have died of COVID-19 at the home, according to the state’s data.


The day after the Monroe County public health department reported a 24-hour period with no COVID-19 deaths, the death toll climbed by six in one day.

Fifty-six people have now died from the disease in Monroe County, the health department said Tuesday.

The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment held steady at 97 for the third straight day, according to the county’s data.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Monroe County public health department reported six more deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total death toll to 46.

Half of the dead are people between 80 and 99 years old, the health department said.

Two people have died between the ages of 40 and 59, and the remaining 21 people who died were between 60 and 79 years old.

The 32 new infections of novel coronavirus confirmed Friday were in people ranging from their 30s to their 90s.