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We've compiled all the latest stories about the coronavirus pandemic here so you can find them easily.

We've also compiled a list of informational resources that can guide you to more coronavirus information.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Monroe County on Tuesday reported 308 new cases of COVID-19. There were no new deaths.

The 7-day rolling average of new cases is 431 new cases per day. The 7-day rolling average positivity rate for Monroe County is 6.4%.

The positivity rate for the Finger Lakes region is now at 6.62%. That is sixth highest in the state, behind the Mohawk Valley, Long Island, North Country, Capital Region, and the Mid-Hudson region.

778 people in the Finger Lakes Region are hospitalized, 172 of them are in ICU.

Governor Cuomo's office

  

In his budget address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said the state’s fiscal future is dependent on how much aid it receives from Washington under the new administration of President-elect Joe Biden and the Democratic led Congress. Cuomo is seeking $15 billion to plug two years of state budget gaps, and he’s threatening to sue if he doesn’t get it.

What can employers do if workers refuse to get vaccinated for COVID-19? What can employees do if they don't want a vaccine, but are being told they must get one? Where are the lines drawn? Who is protected by the law?

These workplace debates about vaccines are already popping up. Our guests are attorneys who try to help us navigate these questions:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Monroe County is reporting 300 new cases of COVID-19. There were no new deaths in the numbers released on Monday.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 460 new cases per day. The seven-day rolling average positivity rate for Monroe County is 6.6%.

The COVID-19 positivity rate for the Finger Lakes is 6.87%, which is the sixth highest in the state.

There are 774 people in the Finger Lakes Region hospitalized; 148 of them are in ICU.

The percentage of total hospital beds available in the Finger Lakes region on a seven-day rolling average is 33%.

Governor Cuomo's office

Governor Andrew Cuomo is due to release his state budget plan this week, as the state confronts the largest budget deficit the governor has faced in his decade in office, much of it due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The state was already facing a $6 billion  structural deficit when the fiscal year began last April, and Cuomo had been managing some of the shortfall by practicing some bookkeeping tricks, including delaying Medicaid payments due to health care providers for a few days at the end of the past two fiscal years so that they fell into the next fiscal year.

Monroe County officials say they are expecting an allocation of 1,500 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine this week,  enough to fulfill previously scheduled appointments of essential workers.  Those vaccinations will take place at clinics at the County Fleet Center and the Rochester Riverside Convention Center through Wednesday.

The Convention Center became a vaccination location  this week.

Any worker who has an existing appointment at the Fleet Center for later this week will be contacted by the Monroe County Health Department with updated information about their appointment.

Governor Cuomo's office

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is warning of a  dangerous second wave of the COVID-19 virus, as new, more contagious  strains have begun to infiltrate the U.S.. And, as New York State struggles with its vaccination roll out, Cuomo says he’s asking on of the major manufacturers if the state can buy vaccines directly.  


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The latest numbers on COVID-19 for Monroe County released on Sunday show 393 new cases of the virus. There were no new deaths.

The 7-day rolling average of new cases is 483 new cases per day.

The 7-day rolling average positivity rate for Monroe County is 6.7%.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The latest data from Monroe County released Saturday shows 423 new cases of COVID-19.

There were 36 new deaths. One person died 12/21/2020, and the remaining occurred between 1/5/21 through 1/12/21. The total is 802 deaths to date.

The 7-day rolling average of new cases is 508 new cases per day.  The 7-day rolling average positivity rate for Monroe County is 7.0%.

In the Finger Lakes region, the COVID positivity rate stands at 7.32%. That is now 5th highest in the state, behind the Mohawk Valley, Long Island, the Capital Region and the Mid-Hudson region.

Adam Fenster / URMC

The University of Rochester Medical Center opened a downtown COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Friday. It’s located at Manhattan Square Family Medicine on East Broad Street. 

John Clark is Regional Administrative Director with URMC’s Center for Primary Care. He said they started off with a small number of vaccinations on Friday, but they expect to ramp that up in the weeks ahead.

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