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The Monroe County Department of Public Health said Thursday evening that it had received no reports of deaths caused by COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. That marks the third time in a week that the department recorded a day without a death from the disease.

The number of people in hospitals for COVID-19 treatment in the county fell to its lowest point in three weeks. The health department said Thursday that 151 people were hospitalized with the disease, 16 of them on ventilators in intensive care units.

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Playgrounds in Monroe County and the City of Rochester will reopen Friday after Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would allow local officials to decide if they’re ready to take that step.

Parks had been closed for weeks to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Rochester Regional Health

Researchers in Rochester have begun a trial of a potential vaccine against the novel coronavirus.

Phase one of the three-phase trial is testing the vaccine on about 40 people, said Dr. Edward Walsh, the infectious disease physician who's leading the trial.

One of those test subjects is Becky Timmons, who got her first dose of the vaccine at Rochester General Hospital on Thursday.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Monroe County Department of Public Health said Wednesday that it has received reports of eight deaths from COVID-19, bringing the county's total to 247.

The number of people in hospitals for treatment of the disease in the county fell by 13 since Tuesday -- the largest single-day drop since the novel coronavirus was first reported in the county in March.

Of those hospitalized, the number of people on ventilators in intensive care units ticked down by one on Wednesday, to 16.

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Aaron McCullough brought his 3-year-old daughter, Ariana, to the Humboldt R-Center on Atlantic Avenue Wednesday hoping for some relief from the heat.

The playground is one of seven spray parks in Rochester that offer cooling water to area residents whenever temperatures exceed 85 degrees.

Except during a pandemic.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Monroe County Department of Public Health said Tuesday afternoon that it had received no new reports of COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours. It's the second time in a week that the county went a day without a new death from the disease.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Monroe County Department of Public Health said Monday that three more people have died of COVID-19, bringing the county's death toll to 239.

The number of people in hospitals for treatment of the disease has begun to rise again, too, after nearly a week of declines. The health department said 169 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Monday, up from 164 on Saturday.

Of those hospitalized, 17 were on ventilators in intensive care units, the county said -- up one from Saturday, but still well below the peak of 39 recorded in early April.

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As demonstrators gathered in downtown Rochester last week in protests against police brutality spurred by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Dr. Linda Clark started to get nervous.

Clark, the president of the Black Physician’s Network of Greater Rochester, said she was concerned that the protests would bring members of Monroe County’s black community -- already at high risk of dying from COVID-19 -- into closer contact with more people, spreading the disease even further.

Then, she thought of the long-term implications of the demonstrations.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Five more people have died of COVID-19 in Monroe County, the Department of Public Health said on Saturday. Those deaths brought the county's total toll from the disease to 235.

The number of people in hospitals for COVID-19 treatment in the county fell for a sixth straight day, according to the health department's figures. The department said 164 people were hospitalized with the disease on Saturday, down from a peak of 195 on Sunday.

Of those in the hospital, 16 were on ventilators in intensive care units, the county said.

Monroe County Department of Public Health and Center for Community Health and Prevention

African Americans in Monroe County have higher rates of COVID-19 diagnoses, hospitalizations, and deaths than any other racial or ethnic group, according to figures published Friday by the county health department and the Center for Community Health and Prevention at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

White people in the county experienced the lowest rates of the disease, the numbers showed.

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