More than 300 new COVID-19 cases reported in Monroe County
Rochester, New York — On Tuesday, Monroe County Executive Adam Bello and Public Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza issued a joint statement regarding the recent increase in new local COVID-19 cases.
According to the county officials, 352 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Tuesday, including 261 at-home tests — the highest-single day total since early February.
Last week the county officials announced the highly contagious omicron BA.2 variant is now present locally and Monroe is seeing a rising number of COVID-19 cases.
Regional COVID hospitalizations have remained steady, despite this recent rise. However, COVID hospitalizations have been a lagging indicator following a surge of new cases throughout the pandemic.
Bello and Dr. Mendoza are urging high-risk individuals to wear masks in public spaces with the cases again on the rise in Monroe County, saying Tuesday in part:
“We are working closely with the hospital systems to monitor the situation. We strongly advise individuals who are at high risk of severe illness from COVID to wear a KN95 or N95 mask when in public spaces, and encourage any individuals who would like an added layer of protection to do so as well.”