ROCHESTER, NY — This is the latest information about the coronavirus pandemic in Rochester and Monroe County on Monday, May 11, as reported by the Democrat and Chronicle and USA TODAY Network staff. Read Sunday’s updates here.

Latest COVID-19 numbers from Monroe County


There were 4 new deaths since Sunday, May 10, bringing the total to 152.

Active cases

There are currently 669 active cases in Monroe County.


A total of 864 people were tested on May 10, with 29 testing positive.

23,418 people have been tested, 1,850 have tested positive, a positive result of 7.9%.

New Cases                                                                              

There are 29 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the 4 p.m. update on Sunday, May 10. Almost half of the new cases are women aged 40 years and younger.

–          2 Females between 10 and 19 years of age

–          2 Females in their 20s

–          2 Females in their 30s

–          2 Males in their 30s

–          4 Females in their 40s

–          3 Males in their 40s

–          2 Females in their 50s

–          7 Females in their 60s

–          2 Females in their 80s

–          1 Male in his 80s

–          2 Females in their 90s


Of the 1,818 confirmed cases, 91 people are hospitalized, 19 of whom are in the ICU on a ventilator. There are 181 ICU beds in Monroe County, but the number of non-COVID-19 patients on ICU is not available.

*Hospital data does not include out-of-county residents hospitalized within Monroe County

Recovered from Isolation

There have been 1,232 total recovered from isolation to date. This number reflects confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and known presumed positive COVID-19 cases.

More Statistics from the Monroe County dashboard here.

Back to work: Cuomo says Rochester area to reopen some businesses starting Friday

The Rochester-Finger Lakes region can begin reopening select businesses Friday, with other business and social activities following in the coming weeks.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday the nine-county region had met state goals and was prepared to begin a gradual move toward normalcy. He made his remarks during his daily briefing, which was held at a Rochester Regional Health auditorium in Irondequoit.

“This is the next step in this big historic journey,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo also said that the Mohawk Valley and Southern Tier regions can also enter the phase one of reopening.

Much of the state’s business, institutional and recreational activities were shut down pursuant to a March 20 executive order that sought to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases by limiting interaction at work and other group settings. 

Monroe County is giving away free face masks Wed. May 13. How to get yours

Masks will be available at locations in each suburban town and village between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 13. The first distribution was held Saturday.

In Rochester, Mayor Lovely Warren said masks will be mailed to every household mailing address in the city, at a cost of $168,754. Nearly 96,000 homes will receive five masks each for a total distribution of nearly 480,000 masks.

Trillium Health offers walk-in COVID-19 testing M-F at Monroe Ave. clinic

Walk-in testing for COVID-19 is now available at Trillium Health at 259 Monroe Ave. 

The health service made the announcement Monday. Appointments are still preferred and can be made by calling their COVID-19 hotline on 585-545-7292. The clinic is encouraging testing among the following groups.

  • Community members who have symptoms of COVID-19 or who have had close contact with a person with symptoms of COVID-19
  • Healthcare workers
  • Essential workers
  • People who are at least 16 years old

NY officials find 85 suspected cases of coronavirus-linked pediatric disease

Officials said they now have found 85 suspected cases of a COVID-related pediatric inflammatory syndrome in New York state. Three children have died, and two other deaths are being investigated, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Most of the cases are in toddlers and elementary school-age children. All of the patients were found to be carrying the virus or to have antibodies showing they were exposed in the past, Cuomo said.

At least one case was tentatively diagnosed here, that being a Rochester-area child who was in the intensive-care unit at UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital late last week. An update on that child’s status wasn’t immediately available on Sunday.

The syndrome can affect numerous organs and seems to cause symptoms that differ from the respiratory problems or other conditions often associated with COVID-19.

“I would tell parents if your child has nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, coloration changes or chest pains, you should call your doctor,” Zucker said. “The most important thing parents should do is err on the side of caution.”

— Steve Orr

City to resume bulk refuse collection May 18

The city will reopen its bulk refuse collection service May 18, after putting collection ion hold during the coronavirus outbreak, according to an announcement on the mayor’s official Facebook page. Residents who have an emergency need for bulk refuse removal before then can dial 311.

Cuomo says nursing home employees will be tested twice weekly

Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid out new rules Sunday related to the state’s nursing homes.

At his daily briefing, the governor said that all nursing-home employees must now be tested twice a week for the coronavirus, adding the new rule was made possible by the expansion of testing capacity statewide.

Cuomo also said the state will now bar hospitals from discharging patients to nursing homes if they test positive for the virus before leaving.

The new measures are meant to address what likely are the two main sources of nursing-home infections — nurses, aides and other staff members who unknowingly bring the virus into work, and hospital patients carrying the virus who are sent back to nursing homes after medical procedures.

Though Cuomo sought to downplay New York’s nursing-home death toll Sunday by pointing out that other states have a worse track record in some regards, the numbers here remain staggering: 5,018 confirmed or presumed COVID-19 deaths in the state’s nursing homes through Friday, and 328 deaths in other adult-care facilities.

— Steve Orr

Concert venues in NY and NJ face an uncertain summer

Of all the summer staples impacted by the coronavirus crisis this year, concerts and other shows are likely to take the biggest hit, with concert venues and promoters already losing millions of dollars. 

Amphitheaters and arenas throughout New York and New Jersey have the capacity for crowds well into the tens of thousands, and the venues typically rely on major artists bringing a pulsing throng of concertgoers through the doors every weekend.

Now, they’re seen as possible epicenters for future coronavirus hotspots, and they, along with Broadway theaters and movie theaters, will be some of the last spaces to open, according to New York’s four-phase reopening plan. 


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