Tuesday, September 29, Coronavirus Cases - There are 264 active confirmed coronavirus cases and 297 total coronavirus deaths in Monroe County, according to the Monroe County Health Department.
As the U.S. death toll exceeds 200,000, travelers arriving to New York State from designated states are being met with restrictions, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s updated Executive Order. This week, Gov. Cuomo added Colorado and removed Virginia and Arizona to the list of restricted states and territories. The order requires travelers from the listed states and territories to quarantine for 14 days upon entering New York. 34 states and territories are on the list since the most recent update on September 29.
The full list from the New York State travel advisory is below:
The quarantine applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average. Essential workers are excluded, as well as anyone returning to New York from a designated state in which the visit was for less than 24 hours.
Travelers from restricted states are required to complete and submit a health form if landing at New York airports and by other means. Failure to submit the form could result in a $2,000 fine.
The COVID-19 infection rate in New York State has consistently been below 1% for the month of September—a record low since the pandemic began.
"I once again want to thank all New Yorkers for their extraordinary efforts. The spirit of community, the spirit of unity and the efforts they're making have literally saved thousands of lives," Gov. Cuomo said. "So the health that you're protecting is not just yours and your family's, but that of all New Yorkers."
Rochester Regional Health Immediate Care locations accept walk-in evaluations and will test based on the testing criteria. Learn more about who can get tested, where you can get tested, and how much a test costs, in our new COVID-19 testing guide.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently released guidance for reopening schools in New York State. The guidance allows for regions in phase 4 to reopen if the infection rate remains below 5 percent using a 14-day average. Schools will close if the regional infection rate rises above 9 percent, using a 7-day average. A summary of the full guiding principles created by the New York State Department of Health and can be read here.
Casinos across New York State have been given the green light to reopen under limited capacity of 25% occupancy limit.
All restaurants and bars in New York State can only serve alcohol to people who are ordering and eating food, according to a state-wide requirement announced by Gov. Cuomo. All service at bar tops must only be for seated patrons who are socially distanced by six feet or separated by physical barriers, and customers are prohibited from ordering directly from the bar.
To comply with the requirement, the New York State Liquor Authority say that bars and restaurants must sell sandwiches, soups or other foods, whether fresh, processed, precooked or frozen, to customers in order to sell them alcohol. Other foods can be salads, wings, or hotdogs. However, a bag of chips, bowl of nuts, or candy are not enough to satisfy the requirement.
The next two phases of the coronavirus vaccine trial have begun at Rochester General Hospital (RGH) after the successful completion of phase 1. RGH is one of four sites nationwide participating in the study, alongside the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC).
Phase 4 is in effect for the greater Rochester area and the Finger Lakes Region. Phase 4 allows businesses to reopen in the industries of art, education, recreation, and entertainment. Malls have also reopened, however, not all stores in malls are reopening immediately. Casinos, movie theaters, and amusement parks remain closed. Museums and aquariums are open with proper safety protocols in place.
"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. Indoor and outdoor seating is allowed with 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.
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