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The Monroe County Department of Public Health reported Thursday that two more people have died of COVID-19, bringing the county's death toll from the disease to 230.

More than 3,000 people have now tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the county, the health department said. The 33 new cases reported on Thursday included one person under 20 years old and three women in their 90s.

The gradual reopening of the Rochester-Finger Lakes region necessitates a balancing act for the region’s oldest residents, say doctors who specialize in geriatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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

The county's peak of hospitalizations came on Sunday, when 195 people with COVID-19 were in hospitals. By Wednesday, that number had fallen to 183, the county said.

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The vandalism that followed last weekend’s peaceful protests forced several pharmacies around Rochester to close, even as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to send new patients to hospitals in the city.

On Wednesday afternoon, Patricia Simpson found her usual pharmacy, the Portland Avenue Rite Aid, was one of them.

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center have joined a pair of national trials to test the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine in treating COVID-19.

The medication, approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for malaria, has had a controversial role in the coronavirus pandemic.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Monroe County Department of Public Health said Tuesday that three more people have died of COVID-19 in the county, bringing the total death toll from the disease to 227.

The number of people in hospitals for COVID-19 treatment fell for the second-straight day after the county recorded its highest figure yet on Sunday. The health department said 187 people were hospitalized on Tuesday, down from 195 on Sunday.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Monroe County Department of Public Health reported no new COVID-19 deaths on Saturday -- the second time this week that the county has seen a 24-hour span without a reported death from the disease.

Still, overall growth in the county's death toll -- still at 218 -- has not ceased. This week, the county also reported its largest single-day death total.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Monroe County Department of Public Health reported Friday that two more people had died of COVID-19 in the county, bringing the total death toll to 218.

As the county moved into the second phase of reopening, the number of people in hospitals for the disease dipped for the first time in six days, dropping from a high of 191 on Thursday to 187 on Friday.

New York Governor's Office

With the Finger Lakes region entering phase two of reopening on Friday, hair salons and barbershops in Monroe County can start serving customers again -- although New York state’s reopening rules enumerate a long list of restrictions.

The businesses cannot offer any “non-haircutting-related personal care services or activities, including but not limited to: beard trimming, nose hair trimming, facials, manicures/pedicures, makeup application, threading, tweezing, or waxing,” the state says.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Monroe County Department of Public Health reported Thursday that five people had died of COVID-19, bringing the disease's death toll in the county to 216.

The number of people in hospitals for COVID-19 treatment in the county ticked up by one, to 191. That number has been trending upward since May 10, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office began requiring hospitals to receive a negative test for COVID-19 patients before discharging them to nursing homes.

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