Wednesday, July 1, Coronavirus Cases - The Monroe County Health Department is reporting 486 active confirmed coronavirus cases and 271 total coronavirus deaths in Monroe County.
As many southern U.S. states are experiencing large daily increases in COVID-19 cases, phase 4 has begun for Rochester and the Finger Lakes Region. Phase 4 allows for businesses to reopen in the industries of art, education, recreation, and entertainment. However, malls, gyms, casinos, movie theaters, and amusement parks are not reopening to begin phase 4, according to Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Bob Duffy. Museums and aquariums are opening with proper safety protocols in place.
Currently, every region in New York State is in phase 3 except for New York City.
"Phase 4 presents the greatest risk because the amount of variation of facilities that are on the slate to reopen in Phase 4 is more than variable than in Phase 1 through 3," said Dr. Michael Mendoza, Monroe County public health commissioner. "So doing so in a measured, coordinated way will allow the health department to follow the data very close and make course corrections as needed because the last thing we want to do is set ourselves all the way back."
Indoor restaurants in all regions have opened with safety precautions, as well as nail salons, tattoo parlors and spas. Outdoor seating is allowed with outdoor tables spaced six feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated.
All Rochester Regional Health hospital facilities are implementing new visitor restrictions, including visitor screening requirements, following state and local Department of Health recommendations.
Rochester General Hospital is testing an experimental coronavirus vaccine in collaboration with the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Rochester General Hospital is one of only four sites in the country chosen to test the potential vaccine.
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All Rochester Regional Health locations are taking diligent precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Rochester Regional Health constantly works to ensure we are thoroughly prepared for outbreaks like that of COVID-19," said Robert Mayo, MD, chief medical officer for Rochester Regional Health.
Rochester Regional Health is the first to use in-house testing for COVID-19 in Rochester, NY, and is providing drive-thru testing at Rochester General Hospital.
We have expanded the capabilities of our telehealth tool, Care Now, to offer virtual visits to diagnose and manage patients with COVID-19.
"We have enacted additional protocols to go along with our already robust standard procedures to protect our employees, patients and community. As the situation develops, we remain in tight collaboration with the county and state health departments and remain ready and adaptive as COVID-19 reaches our region.”