ROCHESTER, NY — This is the latest information about the coronavirus pandemic in Rochester and Monroe County on Wednesday, May 6, as reported by the Democrat and Chronicle and USA TODAY Network staff. Here’s the Tuesday update.
Latest COVID-19 numbers from Monroe County
There were 3 new deaths since Monday, May 4, bringing the total to 131.
There are 40 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the 4 p.m. update on Monday, May 4.
These new individuals include:
- 1 Male under 10 years of age
- 4 Females between 10 and 19 years of age
- 4 Females in their 20s
- 2 Males in their 20s
- 4 Females in their 40s
- 1 Male in his 40s
- 2 Females in their 50s
- 2 Males in their 50s
- 2 Females in their 60s
- 1 Male in his 60s
- 3 Females in their 70s
- 3 Males in their 70s
- 3 Females in their 80s
- 3 Males in their 80s
- 3 Females in their 90s
- 2 Females in their 100s
Of the 1,596 confirmed cases, 98 people are hospitalized. 17 of the 98 patients are in the ICU on a ventilator.
*Hospital data does not include out-of-county residents hospitalized within Monroe County
Recovered from Isolation
There have been 804 from isolation — confirmed cases to date.
There have been 1,013 total recovered from isolation to date. This number reflects confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and known presumed positive COVID-19 cases.
Other numbers released by Monroe County as of May 4:
- Test results received: 16,007
- Negative results received: 14,441
- Hospitalized: 98
- Patients in ICU: 17
- Recovered confirmed cases: 804
- Patients who have recovered from isolation: 1,013
- Patients in isolation: 317
- Patients in mandatory quarantine: 611
The three-day average of daily total test taken in Monroe County is currently at 548 tests per day (polymerise chain reaction and antibody testing).
There have been 16,007 total PCR tests received to date in Monroe County.
West Irondequoit fields to close
West Irondequoit Central School District will close all of its athletic fields, facilities and playgrounds with the exception of the track/grass field on the main campus, Superintendent Dr. Aaron Johnson said Wednesday in a news release.
The closing, effective Thursday, includes Irondequoit High School Stadium’s turf field. The track/grass field will remain open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. pending safe use and adherence to social distancing, he said.
“Last weekend’s sunny weather attracted a high density of people to the turf,” Johnson said. The district had expected that and scheduled additional security to follow statewide guidelines on limiting group gatherings.
“Despite our efforts, some residents and visitors congregated in large groups to organize competition sports,” Johnson said. “These actions are not permissible and jeopardizes both the individuals’ health and that of our community.”
Will NY have summer camps? Here’s the latest on whether they will open
Maybe summer camps could have smaller group sizes or screen each child and staff each morning to ensure they are not potentially sick with coronavirus.
Or maybe sleepaway camps could open if they stay on the grounds and don’t take trips or travel into the nearby town during the week.
Those are some of the ideas camps across New York and the nation are considering as they work with state and federal officials to determine whether they could safely open this summer amid the coronavirus pandemic that has shuttered schools and businesses across the U.S.
In New York, camp leaders are awaiting more guidance from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Department of Health on whether camps in at least some parts of the state could open in late June or into July and August.
It’s still too soon to say.
Orleans County nursing home part of New York network with 365 COVID-19 deaths
An Orleans County nursing home has been so besieged by the novel coronavirus — all of the reported county deaths to date have occurred there — that a state lawmaker wants the Health Department and Attorney General’s Office to investigate.
That nursing home — The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center in Albion — is one of 23 nursing homes owned by an interlocking group of companies, according to a regulatory filing in September with the state health planning council, which oversees ownership and finances of licensed health-care facilities in the state.
Those 23 nursing homes account for 365 confirmed or presumptive COVID-19 deaths, according to a list made public Tuesday by the state Department of Health. That’s about 7.5% of all the nursing-home deaths in the state.
Staff members say they’ve been directed to throw away testing swabs, there’s a shortage of PPE and there was a fistfight between staff.
Katie Bourke, who worked as a certified nursing assistant at The Villages at Orleans until resigning several weeks ago, said the facility suffered staff shortages and management issues after it was sold to private owners by Orleans County in 2015.
“Aides are being assigned to almost 30 residents by themselves because we lack aides so bad. Residents were crying and saying how they just wanted to die. They were begging me not to leave so that they would get proper care and not be left alone or get their call light turned off on them and ignored,” she said.
NY’s Democratic presidential primary on June 23 reinstated
The Democratic presidential primary in New York is back on.
A federal judge in Manhattan ruled late Tuesday that New York must hold the primary on June 23, contending that canceling it would be unconstitutional and take away the ability of the candidates to receive delegates for the party’s convention in August.
Removing the candidates from the ballot and “canceling the presidential primary denied them the chance to run, and denied voters the right to cast ballots for their candidate and their political beliefs,” U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres ruled.
The lawsuit was brought on behalf of former presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang, who argued in a lawsuit April 28 that it was illegal for New York to cancel the primary.