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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment in Monroe County ticked up by one, to 76, according to data from the county public health department on Tuesday.

Of those hospitalized, nine were on ventilators in intensive care units, the department said. That number was unchanged since Monday.

Both total hospitalizations and ICU censuses of COVID-19 patients are now a fraction of their peaks earlier in the epidemic.

The health department reported one new death from COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the county's total to 271.

Gagandeep Kaur, Giuseppe Lungarella and Irfan Rahman / Journal of Inflammation

Research at the University of Rochester Medical Center has found evidence of why COVID-19 is worse for people who smoke and vape than for the rest of the population.

Irfan Rahman, who runs a lab at URMC that studies the effects of tobacco products on the lungs, said people who smoke and vape often have elevated levels of receptors for an enzyme called ACE2.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Monroe County public health department reported one new death from COVID-19 on Monday, the day after a weekend in which the county recorded no deaths from the disease.

The county's death toll from COVID-19 is now 270.

The health department said it received positive test results for the virus that causes COVID-19 from 29 people on Monday, ranging in age from 20 or younger to 90 or older.

University of Rochester Medical Center

Hospitals in Monroe County reopened for visitors on Thursday for the first time since they adopted zero-visitation policies in March to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Both Rochester Regional Health and the University of Rochester Medical Center said hundreds of people arrived at their hospitals hoping to visit patients. At Rochester General Hospital, almost 200 people showed up in just the first hour of visitation, a spokesperson said.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Monroe County public health department said Tuesday that fewer than 100 people were in hospitals for COVID-19 treatment in the county. That marks the first time in more than a month that the number, now at 88, has fallen below triple digits.

Three more people in the county died of COVID-19, the health department said, bringing the total death toll to 264.

As the spread of COVID-19 slows in Monroe County, hospitals that had implemented “zero-visitation” policies in March are now loosening those restrictions.

The two hospital systems in the county, Rochester Regional Health and the University of Rochester Medical Center, both said they are not opening visitation policies up to the same relaxed standards as before the novel coronavirus arrived, but they are now allowing some visitors for some patients.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Monroe County Department of Public Health said Monday that two more people have died of COVID-19 in Monroe County, bringing the death toll to 261.

The county reported only six positive tests for the novel coronavirus that causes the disease on Monday -- the first time that number has been in the single-digits since March.

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 continued to decline. The health department said Monday that 106 people in the county were in hospitals for treatment of the disease.

Brett Dahlberg / WXXI News

Growing knowledge about COVID-19 has changed the way doctors in Monroe County treat patients with the disease.

At the beginning of the outbreak locally, doctors at Rochester Regional Health and the University of Rochester Medical Center found that some patients who seemed like they would weather the illness instead deteriorated very quickly.

David J. Phillip / AP

A study at the University of Rochester Medical Center into the effectiveness of a potential COVID-19 treatment has ended without enrolling a single participant.

Dragonfly Tavern

After their restaurant was named in two notices this week from the Monroe County public health department alerting customers to potential COVID-19 exposures, the owners of the Dragonfly Tavern called Friday for more communication with health officials.

The owners, Aaron Gibalski and Brant Riggs, said in an emailed statement that they “have diligently followed all recommended guidelines for reopening during Phase Two” of New York state’s phased reopening process.

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