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New York state’s efforts to contain the novel coronavirus and reopen the economy rely heavily on contact tracers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said late last month that the state would need “an army” of people to find anyone who was close to a patient with a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus.

In Monroe County, more than 600 people have signed up to volunteer as contact tracers, said the man leading their training, public health department emergency preparedness specialist Aaron Cignarale.

Common Ground Health, a Rochester nonprofit organization, began screening people for COVID-19 symptoms at free clinics around the city on Saturday.

The organization stressed that the screenings are not coronavirus tests. Rather, they’re meant to detect early signs of COVID-19 in populations where the disease is taking the greatest toll.

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The Monroe County public health department reported Saturday that four more people died of COVID-19 in the county, bringing the total death toll to 171.

The number of people in hospitals for COVID-19 treatment held steady at 119 after increasing for six straight days.

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The Monroe County public health department said Friday that 119 people were in hospitals for COVID-19 treatment in the county. That’s the highest number yet recorded, and it breaks the record set one day earlier, when 109 people were hospitalized, according to the health department’s figures.

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As Monroe County and the rest of the Finger Lakes region began to reopen Friday, hospital leaders and government officials said they were keeping a close eye on the statistics that could foretell a surge of COVID-19 cases.

Monroe County public health commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza said the region met all the benchmarks set by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to begin reopening certain parts of the economy.

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The Monroe County public health department said Thursday that 109 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment. That surpasses the county’s previous high of 108, set on April 26, and caps five straight days of increases in the number of people hospitalized with the disease.

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More than half of the residents at the Elm Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Canandaigua tested positive for the novel coronavirus over the last 24 hours, the Ontario County public health department said Thursday.

“It’s like wildfire in a place like that,” said Ontario County public health director Mary Beer. “It's a very, very contagious virus. People need to be aware, whether they're in a nursing home or not.”

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The Monroe County public health department said Friday that four more people have died of COVID-19 in the county, bringing the total death toll to 143.

The health department also confirmed 32 new cases of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. After months of inadequate capacity to test for the virus locally, county public health commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza said this week that the number of available tests has begun to outpace demand.

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The number of people being treated for COVID-19 in intensive care units in Monroe County ticked down again on Thursday, according to figures from the county public health department.

That number has been dropping for most of the last four weeks, potentially signaling a slowing in the spread of the novel coronavirus in the county, even as an expanded testing capacity detects more cases.

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The number of people being treated for COVID-19 in an intensive care unit in Monroe County is at its lowest point since March, according to the latest figures from the county public health department.

ICUs treat the most severe cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, often by placing patients on ventilators.

But even as the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment in the county has hovered around 100 for the last several weeks, the number of people in local ICUs has slowly but steadily declined.

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