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The Monroe County public health department reported 13 new COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday -- but the department stressed the deaths did not all occur in one day.

Death reporting often lags over weekends, resulted in small dips in the numbers of deaths the county reports on Saturdays and Sundays, and small peaks on Mondays and Tuesdays (and, after holiday weekends, Wednesdays).

A chart from the county health department shows that, when the deaths are grouped by the dates they actually occurred, rather than when they were reported to the county, the peaks and troughs even out.

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Ted O’Brien, a former New York state senator and current assistant state attorney general for the Rochester region, went home on Wednesday after spending nine weeks fighting COVID-19 in two different hospitals.

O’Brien, who entered Rochester General Hospital on March 24, endured three weeks on a ventilator in a medically induced coma.

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  William Barish was in Strong Memorial Hospital for COVID-19 treatment for about four weeks. Doctors placed him under anesthesia, intubated him and put him on a ventilator.

In the intensive care unit, Barish’s condition slowly improved. He moved to the regular hospital floor, and then, in late April, he was discharged.

Barish, 71, has been continuing his recovery outside the hospital for almost a month.

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The Monroe County public health department reported Tuesday that 186 people were in hospitals for COVID-19 treatment in the county -- up five since Monday.

The trend has been 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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Two types of testing for the virus that causes COVID-19 are increasingly accessible in the Rochester area.

One is the test that looks for the virus, allowing doctors to diagnose whether a person is currently infected. The other searches for antibodies, which indicate whether a person was already exposed and fought the virus off.

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Both hospital systems in the Rochester area say they now have more supply than demand for their coronavirus lab tests. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said supply was outpacing demand across New York state, and last week the state health department expanded its guidance for who should be tested.

Andy Ophardt, who manages a primary care clinic in Brighton, said he used to field frequent questions from patients asking about how to get tested for the virus. He had to call testing sites to confirm that people his office referred met an exacting set of criteria.

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

There were 157 people in hospitals for the disease on Thursday, the health department said. The number of those people in intensive care units ticked up by one, to 17.

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The number of people in hospitals for COVID-19 treatment in Monroe County rose to a new high for a fourth straight day, according to figures released Wednesday by the county public health department. But the number of people in intensive care units fell, the data showed.

Fewer COVID-19 patients were in ICUs Wednesday than any day since March 25.

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Monroe County and the Finger Lakes region are mostly on track to continue reopening the economy, County Public Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza said Tuesday. But, he also noted some reservations about rising numbers of hospitalized people and signs that distancing practices are not universal.

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The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 in Monroe County climbed to a new high Monday in data from the county public health department.

The numbers have been climbing for the last nine days -- with the exception of Saturday, when they held steady -- even as the Rochester-Finger Lakes region begins to reopen parts of the economy.

The latest figures showed 136 people in a hospital for COVID-19 in the county.

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