| Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
ROCHESTER, NY — Here are the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic in Monroe County, and updates on vaccine availability and appointments.
There were no new deaths were reported over the weekend or on Monday. The total death toll stands at 893.
Nursing Home Deaths
The current state toll of deaths in Monroe County nursing homes based on Jan. 23 data is 368. The Democrat and Chronicle reports this is an undercount, based on additional deaths reported by facilities. The death rate is at least 392.
7-Day Rolling Average Positivity Rate
The 7-day rolling average positivity rate for Monroe County is 4.9%, down from 5.3%
New Cases and 7-Day Rolling Average of New Cases
There are 193 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the last update. The 7-day rolling average of new cases is 318 new cases per day.
701 people in the Finger Lakes Region are hospitalized, 138 of them are in ICU.
The percentage of total hospital beds available in the Finger Lakes region on a 7-day rolling average is 33%.
New York reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 93,134 new cases. That’s down 12.9% from the previous week’s toll of 106,969 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
New York ranked No. 5 among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week the United States added 1,190,227 reported cases of coronavirus, a decrease of 22% from the week before. Across the country, one state had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Cases fell in 53 of New York’s 62 counties, with the best declines in Suffolk, Nassau and Monroe counties.
Individuals 65 or older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination, but it could take weeks for those who are eligible to receive the vaccine. Check back regularly for instructions on how to schedule a vaccination appointment.
The former Dome Arena in Henrietta, which opened last week as one of New York’s COVID-19 vaccine mass distribution sites, does not currently have any vaccine appointments available.
To make an appointment check back regularly with the state website at https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/.
Also, due to vaccine availability, Monroe County is not opening new vaccination appointments at this time. Check back regularly for updates at: www.monroecounty.gov/health-covid19-vaccine
Wegmans is also eligible to vaccinate people 65 and older. However, all appointments are currently reserved. For more information and to check back on available appointments, go to Wegmans.com/Pharmacy or call 1-800-207-6099.
The COVID-19 vaccine rollout in New York has been plagued by supply shortages, miscommunication and unpredictable deliveries as state and federal officials struggle to streamline the dire push to end the coronavirus pandemic, health care leaders said.
Hospitals desperately seeking details about when to expect more vaccine deliveries. A vaccination scheduling process effectively stalled at some sites due to the lack of information from government officials. Confusion among some vaccination sites about reporting immunization data to the state.
Those are some of the accounts emerging from the frontlines of the historic effort to get as many COVID-19 vaccine shots into arms as possible, according to a hospital trade group and a federally qualified health center official.
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