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Monroe County Department of Public Health

Data from the Monroe County public health department shows racial and ethnic minorities dying from COVID-19 at higher rates than white residents of the county.

African Americans appear particularly vulnerable in the county’s data, dying at almost triple the rate of white people, according to figures released on Friday.

African Americans and Latinx residents are also overrepresented in the county’s COVID-19 diagnoses and hospitalizations.

City of Rochester

The city of Rochester is reopening spray parks that had been closed because of COVID-19.

Starting Saturday, eight spray parks will be open daily from noon to 6 p.m., the city said. Two more parks are under construction.

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When the Monroe County public health department issued a public notice earlier this week that people were potentially exposed to the novel coronavirus at a tavern in Rochester, the department said the announcement was not intended as a punishment.

Despite New York state’s reopening rules that require face coverings for customers and employees and distance between diners, the county health department said contact tracing revealed that “face coverings were not widely worn and there was little social distancing” at the tavern.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The number of people in hospitals for COVID-19 treatment in Monroe County dropped for a fourth straight day on Thursday, according to figures from the county public health department.

There were 117 people hospitalized on Thursday, the health department said. That number is now at its lowest point since May 14 after peaking at 195 on May 31.

The health department received 21 positive test results for the novel coronavirus on Thursday for people ranging from under 30 to 70 or older.

Monroe County

Two Rochester establishments were likely sites of novel coronavirus transmission last week, the Monroe County public health department said Thursday.

A person with COVID-19 visited the Dragonfly Tavern and Rochester Beer and Park the night of Friday, June 12, the department said.

Anyone who was at the Dragonfly Tavern at 725 Park Avenue between 7:00 and 8:30 p.m., or Rochester Beer and Park at 375 Averill Avenue between 9:00 and 10:30 p.m. last Friday should call their doctor or the county health department, health officials said.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The number of people in hospitals for COVID-19 treatment in Monroe County dropped Wednesday to the lowest level in a month, according to figures from the county public health department.

The county said 123 people were hospitalized on Wednesday. A month ago, 124 people were in hospitals. The number peaked at 195 on May 31.

The county has about 2,000 hospital beds total, including specialized beds for situations like maternity care, psychiatric patients and young children.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

When researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center began looking for volunteers earlier this month for a local trial of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19, they hoped to enroll about 200 people.

That hasn’t happened.

“The slow enrollment data seems to indicate that it’s going to take forever to enroll the trial,” said Dr. Michael Keefer, who’s leading the research team.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Monroe County Public Health Department said Tuesday that two more people have died of COVID-19 in the county. That brings the county's death toll from the disease to 252.

The pace of deaths has been slowing in recent weeks, with several days where the county reported no one dead from COVID-19.

Even as the Finger Lakes region begins to reopen, the health department said, case numbers have been staying lower than they were a month ago.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Monroe County Department of Public Health reported eight new cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday -- a stark contrast to the middle of May, when the county reported close to 100 new cases on some days.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Data from the Monroe County public health department on Friday showed the county went a second straight day with no reported deaths from COVID-19.

It’s the first time since March that the county has gone two days without a reported death from the disease -- although the day that the county receives a report of a death is often different than the day the death actually occurred.

At the same time, the number of people in hospitals for COVID-19 treatment in the county has been dropping, and is now at its lowest point since May 20.

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