COVID in the COUNTY

Official Case Counts Down Again, Deaths Remain About the Same

New Monroe County Covid cases have decreased recently but are still very high. The number of hospitalized Covid patients here has also fallen, but deaths have remained at about the same level. The test positivity rate in Monroe County is very high, suggesting that cases are being significantly undercounted.

New reported cases by day
DAILY AVG. ON FEB. 24: 22       14-DAY CHANGE:–69%
Hospitalized
ON FEB 24: 32
14-DAY CHANGE–36%
Deaths
LAST TWO WEEKS: 13
Test positivity
14-DAY AVG.14%
Vaccinations
Fully vaccinated: 59%
Partially: 61%
Age 65+: 82%

Unvaccinated Residents Remain at Serious Risk

The situation in the county remains very dangerous for the unvaccinated. According to the CDC, given the high transmission in the county, for the unvaccinated indoor activities are “extremely dangerous” right now. If you’re not fully vaccinated, the CDC warns that you should avoid indoor dining, bars, gyms, movie theaters, and nonessential shopping, as well as having friends over to your home, and indoor personal care services like haircuts and manicures. Given the severity of the outbreak in Monroe County, spending time inside with people from other households puts you at risk for getting the coronavirus or spreading it to others.

Whenever possible, you should choose delivery or curbside pickup instead of shopping in person. If shopping in person is the only option, limit yourself to buying only essential supplies, shop during less crowded hours, and keep your visits as short as possible.

Weddings, funerals, concerts, sporting events, and other gatherings that bring multiple households together are places where Covid can spread easily. At this level of risk, even outdoor events are not safe for the unvaccinated, so consider postponing. Religious services are safest when conducted outdoors and without singing.

Vaccinated Residents Have More Options

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving either the second dose of a two-dose vaccine series like those by Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of a single-dose vaccine. If you are fully vaccinated, your risk of infection is lower and your risk of severe disease is much lower than if you are unvaccinated.,The C.D.C. also recommends additional booster vaccine doses for all adults.

Avoid large indoor events with more than fifty people, especially if some participants may be unvaccinated. Consider choosing outdoor activities instead, such as outdoor dining, outdoor team sports or meeting friends outside.

​It’s better to socialize inside the home with only one or two other vaccinated households. Consider wearing a mask if there is a chance some attendees may be unvaccinated or if people in your own household are in a high-risk category.

You can lower your risk during grocery shopping or other public indoor activities by choosing places where people wear masks. If others are not wearing masks, consider choosing a close-fitting mask with good filtration, or wearing two close-fitting cloth masks.

Traveling domestically is safer after you are fully vaccinated. However, you should not travel if you feel sick, test positive, were exposed to someone with Covid-19, or if you are waiting for the results of a Covid test.

You may want to check the level of transmission at departure and arrival destinations before traveling. Keep in mind that receiving medical care, even for unrelated conditions, may become difficult if hospitals at your travel destination are overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients.

You don’t need to get tested or quarantine after traveling domestically unless you develop Covid-19 symptoms.

International travel may be riskier than domestic travel. Check the C.D.C.’s country-specific Covid-19 risk and international travel requirements before traveling to a different country.