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University of Rochester Medical Center / Rochester Regional Health

Four people in the Rochester area became the first in the country to receive an experimental novel coronavirus vaccine this week.

The vaccine, developed by the pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech, is now in the final phase of the federal approval process after limited trials showed no major risks. Local researchers are now recruiting hundreds of participants to test the vaccine’s effectiveness.

Fairport Central School District

The Fairport Central School District said it will be “infeasible” to return to regular in-person classes this fall, and the district is now weighing options for virtual learning.

Superintendent Brett Provenzano said the district’s schools lack the space necessary to meet New York state’s physical distancing requirements to decrease the chances of novel coronavirus transmission.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

In the span of three days last month, Walgreens pharmacies in Monroe County misreported the results of eight novel coronavirus tests to a state database, muddying the county’s contact tracing efforts.

Walgreens submitted positive coronavirus test results for four people who tested negative, and negative results for four people who tested positive, according to accounts from the drugstore chain and the county and state health departments.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Monroe County public health department said Wednesday that a person in the county has died of COVID-19, bringing the county's death toll to 278 and marking its first death from the disease since July 8.

The number of people hospitalized and in intensive care units for COVID-19 treatment in the county both ticked up slightly in the county's latest numbers. On Wednesday, the county said 65 people were in hospitals, six of them on ventilators in intensive care units.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

About a quarter of the COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Monroe County recently are imported, according to the county public health department.

Local epidemiologists said that’s much higher than the proportion a couple of months ago, when community spread was responsible for the vast majority of known cases in the county.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 and the number of those on ventilators both dropped by one on Friday, according to figures from the Monroe County public health department.

The county said there were 64 people in hospitals for COVID-19 treatment, four of whom were on ventilators in intensive care units.

No deaths from the disease have been reported in the county since Wednesday, the health department's numbers showed. The county's death toll held steady at 277.

Brett Dahlberg / WXXI News

A Rochester health care provider has begun visiting the city’s public housing sites to test people for the novel coronavirus.

Trillium Health’s mobile testing unit was at the Lake Tower apartment complex on Thursday, and Johnnie Toliver was first in line. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Monroe County public health department said Wednesday that one more person has died of COVID-19 in the county, bringing the death toll to 277.

The number of people in hospitals for COVID-19 treatment in the county fell by four, to 65, the health department said. Of those hospitalized, five are on ventilators in intensive care units -- a drop of one from Tuesday and the lowest number recorded since March 23.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Monroe County public health department said Tuesday that three more people have died of COVID-19, bringing the county's death toll to 276.

The newly reported deaths come after four days of no fatalities from the disease, according to the county's figures.

The number of people in hospitals for COVID-19 treatment in the county fell by five, to 69, the health department said. Of those hospitalized, six are on ventilators in intensive care units -- a drop of one from Monday and the lowest number recorded since March 23.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In the latest data from the Monroe County public health department, the number of people in hospitals for COVID-19 treatment and those in intensive care units both dropped on Wednesday.

The health department said 71 people were hospitalized in the county -- the lowest number since early April -- and seven were on ventilators.

The county received positive test results for 32 people on Monday. Of those, half were people under 30 years old.

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