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ROCHESTER, NY?¡ª?Monroe County remained in New York's yellow zone?Friday as the number of COVID-19 cases in the county hit another record high and four deaths were recorded.

In developments Thursday:

You can read Thursday's update here.

Here are the state's latest daily COVID-19 numbers from Thursday, as reported by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office Friday:

  • 205,466?tests reported (Up from 195,239 the prior day.)
  • 5,468?tests were positive (Up from 5,310?the prior day.)?
  • 2.66%?test positivity rate (Down from 2.72% the prior day.)
  • 2,348?current hospitalizations (Increase of 72?from the prior day.)
  • 32?confirmed deaths

More: Six tips for Thanksgiving dinner: How to celebrate the holidays safely during the pandemic

New COVID cases in Monroe County

Monroe County on Friday announced 294 new daily cases. It announced 373?new confirmed cases Thursday, that was a record.

Deaths

There were 0?new deaths announced Friday. The total remains?313?to date.

Seven-Day Rolling Average Positivity Rate

The seven-day rolling average positivity rate for Monroe County is 4.04% and will be updated Saturday.

Hospitalizations

There were 225 people hospitalized and 44 of them were in ICU on ventilators Thursday. The next update will be Monday.

Here are the 294?new cases broken down by age and gender:?

  • 7 Females under 10
  • 11 Males under 10
  • 21 Females 10-19
  • 21 Males 10-19
  • 33 Females in their 20s
  • 26 Males in their?20s
  • 23 Females in their 30s
  • 26 Males in their?30s
  • 21 Females in their 40s
  • 15 Males in their?40s
  • 29 Females in their 50s
  • 20 Males in their?50s
  • 8 Females in their 60s
  • 8 Males in their?60s
  • 5 Females in their 70s
  • 6 Males in their?70s
  • 2 Females in their 80s
  • 5 Males in their?80s
  • 3 Females in their?90s
  • 2 Males in their?90s
  • 2 Females, no age given

Released from isolation

There have been 9,196?released from isolation ¨C confirmed cases to date.

City curtails hours, staffing in preparation for COVID rise

Mayor Lovely Warren announced reduced hours at City Hall, branch libraries and?other city facilities to begin Monday.

The temporary measure is to allow for deep cleaning with COVID cases on the rise. City Hall will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A complete list of new building hours is available by clicking here. In-office staffing will be cut to 25% to allow for greater social distancing.

Self-service drop boxes are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for permit applications and non-cash payments. Use of online services is recommended.

Warren joined in a chorus of local officials urging people to limit Thanksgiving gatherings to their immediate family and household: "In hopes that we will have many Thanksgivings in the future with the people that we love," she said.

The mayor, who lost an uncle to COVID, revealed that another close family member has contracted the virus and is hospitalized on a ventilator. She urged people to develop a "preparedness plan" ¡ª figuring out, should you get sick, where will you quarantine??In which room? How will other loved ones stay safe in the home??Which bathroom will you use??Do you have proper disinfectant? Who will watch the kids??How will you get meals??Where are your insurance cards? And, if living alone, who is your emergency contact??

With talk of a vaccine becoming available, possibly by years end, Warren was asked if she would take it. Warren made headlines earlier this year when she spoke out against states mandating?the HPV vaccine for children. HPV is spread through intimate contact and some infections can cause cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control.?

Warren said at the time that she was not anti-vaccines. As for a coronavirus vaccine, she said:?"I would take it if I was in the risk pool population that needed it first."

"I think that we need to be very cautious that the people that need it first get it," the mayor continued. "If I am one of those people that are deemed an essential person then I would get it, because I think it is very important that we lead by example."

But she added that she would not be clamoring to cut in line:?"I can wait."

Hours at the Central?Library of Rochester are?also limited to 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Arnett, Lincoln, Maplewood?and Winton branches will be open?from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and?Friday, and from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday. All of these branches are open for browsing, borrowing materials, copying, faxing?and notary services. Computers will not be available at the central library and are available at reduced capacity at the other four branches.

The Charlotte, Douglass, Lyell, Monroe, Sully?and Wheatley branches will offer curbside pickup from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and?Friday, and from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday.

SUNY testing out students heading home from campus

SUNY is currently in the process of ¡°testing out¡± about 140,000 students on its 64 campuses. SUNY?mandated in October that every student using on-campus facilities would have to test negative within 10 days of leaving campus for Thanksgiving break.

¡°Let's just test everyone on the way out,¡± Malatras said. ¡°It makes sure that we're not silently bringing this virus home, and our students don't want to bring the virus home¡­.They see what's going on in the rest of the country.¡±

That mandate, Malatras said, was a natural extension of the testing surveillance policy the SUNY system has used to keep its campuses open through the fall semester.?

More than 485,000 tests have been performed on SUNY campuses this semester, he said, more than some small states. The positivity rate on?those tests has been?about 0.5%.?

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