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As the death toll from COVID-19 climbs in Monroe County -- three people have died since Monday, but officials say the rate is likely to accelerate as the disease spreads -- local doctors have begun to understand more about how to treat patients who develop severe symptoms.

Golisano Children's Hospital staff

As hospitals work to make room for an anticipated wave of COVID-19 patients in the coming weeks, some parts of their operations have become eerily empty.

In the pediatric emergency department at Golisano Children’s Hospital, there’s still a dull hum of machinery under the intermittent beeps of monitors. But Dr. Elizabeth Murray says it’s a far cry from the usual cacophony.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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.

Monroe County Department of Public Health

Two people who were diagnosed with COVID-19 and isolated to prevent the spread of the disease have gotten better and been released from isolation, the Monroe County Health Department said Wednesday morning.

Monroe County Executive's Office

A brief infusion of donations to the United Way will not allow it to sustain the operations of local nonprofit organizations for very long, the group’s president and CEO said Tuesday.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A third person has died of COVID-19 in Monroe County, the county health department said Tuesday morning.

The patient was being treated at Strong Memorial Hospital.

"Please keep the individual’s loved ones in your thoughts and prayers today, as well as the healthcare professionals who are on the frontlines," county health commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza said in a statement.

This was the second day in a row that the county reported a death from COVID-19.

The county also confirmed 14 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the local total to 95 known cases.

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The University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology have each reported their first two cases of COVID-19 in students and staff.

The University of Rochester said in a web post on Sunday that one staff member and one student had reported positive results of COVID-19 tests.

“Neither the employee nor the student remains on campus,” the university said.

On Monday, the Rochester Institute of Technology said two students had tested positive.

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Six new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Monroe County since Thursday night, the public health department said on Friday.

That brings the total number of known cases to 36.

Because of a shortage of supplies, testing facilities in the county are only analyzing samples for the highest-priority patients, public health commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza said on Thursday.

Of the six new cases, three are people younger than 40 years old.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday that he is ordering all workers in nonessential businesses to stay home and banning gatherings statewide.

"Only essential businesses can have workers commuting to the job or on the job," Cuomo said of an executive order he will sign Friday.

The new rules will go into effect on Sunday, Cuomo said.

Essential businesses include medical providers, food suppliers and transit services.

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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.