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The number of new positive cases of COVID-19 in Monroe County jumped sharply in the latest daily numbers released on Wednesday.

The Monroe County Department of Public Health says there were 86 new cases, which is well above recent numbers, even when the county reported a spike of 54 new cases earlier this month.


St. John Fisher College says it will transition to all-remote instruction for the rest of the fall semester. The college made the announcement Tuesday afternoon after a spike in COVID-19 cases on campus over recent days.

On Monday, the college reported 52 positive cases. St John Fisher said that of the total number of students in dorms across the campus who tested positive for COVID-19, two-thirds of that number live in Dorsey Hall.

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On Saturday, Monroe County reported another 59 positive cases of COVID-19 from the previous day’s reporting.

Dr. Michael Mendoza, Commissioner of the Monroe County Department of Public Health, issued this statement:

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Monroe County has the lowest COVID-19 infection rate for communities with over 500,000 people in the United States according to a New York Times report cited by county leaders. They touted the report in the first of a series of regular coronavirus briefings that will be held on Thursdays.

Monroe County Commissioner of Public Health, Dr. Michael Mendoza, noted that the number of confirmed cases has gone up, including the numbers released on Thursday, which showed 52 new cases of the virus. Mendoza said that’s because the county is doing more testing.


Monroe County is reporting an increase in COVID-19 cases.

The numbers released Friday afternoon from the Monroe County Department of Health show an 54 new positive cases of coronavirus, about double the number of new cases that has been reported daily.

RIT officials say they are taking proactive steps to deal with a slight uptick in positive cases of COVID-19.

RIT has a four color-level alert system to track coronavirus cases on campus. It is continuously updated on its website.

On Friday, RIT officials said that they have decided to move the alert level up from green to yellow, saying that the prevalence of the virus remains low but indicators show potential for an increase in transmission. 

Fatal overdoses in Monroe County involving heroin, fentanyl and related substances were down in 2019 compared to the previous two years.

That’s according to an annual report released by the Monroe County Office of the Medical Examiner on Friday.

The report indicates that 181 people died last year because of overdosing on those drugs. That compared to 195 deaths from overdose in 2018 and 220 deaths in 2017.

Officials say that overdoses accounted for 20% of all deaths investigated in Monroe County in 2019, which was comparable to previous years.

Local health officials are trying to get the word out about the need for people to get their flu shots.

Monroe County Commissioner of Public Health, Dr. Michael Mendoza said on Thursday that it’s especially critical this year, since the community is dealing with the twin challenges of COVID-19, and the regular flu season.

Mendoza is hoping even more people get the flu vaccine than usual.

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Monroe County’s Commissioner of Public Health has some words of caution for churchgoers. Dr. Michael Mendoza is putting out the advisory because of a growing number of coronavirus cases that seem to be connected to churches.

Mendoza said he understands that religious worship has a profoundly important role in the lives of many people, and especially during the pandemic, that worship can be a great source of support and comfort.

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The Monroe County Department of Public Health is urging anyone who has visited the Slavic Pentecostal Church at 4925 West Ridge Road in Spencerport at any time since August 23 should contact the department.

This is after the health department reported earlier this week that several cases of COVID-19 were connected to that church. On Friday, officials said that now, about 20 individuals from different households who attended the church since August 23, or had contact with someone who did, have tested positive for the virus.