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A boy under the age of 10 was among the six newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported by the Monroe County health department Thursday afternoon.

A man in his 90s was also among the people diagnosed with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

The county also reported another death from the disease.

“Regretfully, we have received notification that a fourth death related to COVID-19 occurred today in Monroe County," public health commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza said in a statement.

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The Monroe County public health department announced 17 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 Sunday morning.

In a Sunday afternoon update, the health department confirmed five additional cases, for a local total of 68.

Last Sunday morning, there were two confirmed cases in the county.

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When Rebecca Goldfeder first came down with a sore throat Sunday evening, she figured she didn’t have to worry about COVID-19 unless she developed a cough.

By the next morning, she had a cough. And the sore throat was worse. 

Goldfeder, 50, called her doctor’s office. “Don’t come anywhere near here,” she recalled the doctor saying.

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Monroe County no longer has enough testing capacity to keep up with the demand for diagnosing COVID-19, public health commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza said at a press conference on Wednesday.

“In the last two days, we’ve had a large spike in demand,” Mendoza said, adding that the health department would need to prioritize the processing of some people’s specimens but could not yet give details about how those decisions will be made.

The Monroe County health department announced that a patient at Rochester General Hospital has died from COVID-19.

The is the first known local death caused by the coronavirus.

Veronica Chiesi Brown, a spokesperson for Rochester Regional Health, said the patient was an employee at Rochester General Hospital. The company described him as a 54-year-old man with "multiple, serious underlying conditions" including hypertension, liver disease and tobacco use.


Rochester Regional Health opened a drive-up coronavirus testing site at the urgent care facility on its general hospital campus on Monday.

"It's a pretty efficient way of providing care -- a little bit unique, obviously, but these times are really requiring innovation," said Dr. Bridgette Wiefling, Rochester Regional’s senior vice president of primary care.

The health care company was also taking samples for testing at five other sites without drive-up service in Rochester, Henrietta and Greece.

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Rochester Regional Health can now perform testing for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the company said Saturday.

In an emailed statement, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Mayo described the testing capability as “limited” and available only to people whose “clinical circumstances” warrant it.

A spokesperson for the company said its capacity is 50 to 100 tests per day.