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Monroe County officials say that over the weekend, they learned that a contract staff  member at the Monroe County Children’s Detention Center in Rush tested positive for COVID-19 and is now in isolation.

Monroe County Commissioner of Public Health Dr. Michael Mendoza says that it is important to note that the staff member was not symptomatic during their last shift at the detention center, having developed symptoms more than a day after working their last shift. 

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The Monroe County health department announced three deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the county's death toll from the disease to 17.

The county confirmed 45 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, as well, which brought the total number of known cases to 481.

The new cases include nine people in their 20s or younger and six people in their 80s or older.

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Even as the numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths from COVID-19 tick upward in Monroe County, the county’s public health commissioner said Friday that he does not expect the peak of the epidemic to hit locally until next month.

The best estimates, Dr. Michael Mendoza said in an interview with WXXI News, put the peak in mid-May.

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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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As the number of COVID-19 cases grows in western New York and the Finger Lakes, the supply of protective gear for medical workers is dwindling.

In particular, N95 masks, which health care workers use to protect themselves against the virus in close clinical settings, are running low.

Doctors and administrators at local health care systems have been quick to temper concerns, saying there is not an immediate crisis, but they are worried about running out of important equipment before supplies can be replenished.

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Monroe County Commissioner of Public Health Dr. Mike Mendoza has announced that Rochester Regional Health and UR Medicine hospitals have agreed not to allow in-person visitation until further notice, in Monroe County and across the region.

Last week, he said that area nursing homes and independent living facilities were required by federal guidelines to stop accepting visitors because elderly patients face the highest risk of becoming seriously ill or dying from exposure to novel coronavirus.

Office of Monroe County Executive Adam Bello

Officials from Monroe County, the city of Rochester and the City School District are releasing more details about how they will help children and families cope with the impact of COVID-19.

Specifically, one of the biggest concerns has been what to do about all the low-income kids who depend on the city school district for nutrition, since all Monroe County schools and a number of  schools in other counties will be closed as of Monday.

Office of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo early Saturday evening confirmed 13 additional cases of novel coronavirus in New York State since his last update from earlier in the day, bringing the statewide total to 89 confirmed cases. The 13 new cases identified since the Governor's last update are located in Westchester County.

Of the 89 total individuals in New York State who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

Westchester: 70

New York City: 11

Nassau: 4

Rockland: 2

Saratoga: 2  

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Rocky Mountain Laboratories

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow in New York, there are still only two places in the state that can test for the coronavirus that causes it.

One is in New York City, focused on testing suspected cases that crop up inside the city limits.

The other is in Albany, and it handles suspected cases from everywhere else in the state.

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UPDATE: On Saturday, Rochester Regional Health officials said samples from the patient who was being tested came up negative for the novel coronavirus. Rochester Regional Health Chief Medical Officer Robert Mayo released this statement: