SEE LIVE: Bello, Dr. Mendoza updates Monroe County residents on COVID-19 pandemic
SEE LIVE: Bello, Dr.  Mendoza updates Monroe County residents on COVID-19 pandemic

SEE LIVE: Bello, Dr. Mendoza updates Monroe County residents on COVID-19 pandemic

Editor’s note: This press conference will be livestreamed on this page at 13.00 EST.

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) – Monroe County Executive Adam Bello and Public Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza is scheduled to host a coronavirus briefing Monday afternoon to update residents on the county’s ongoing efforts against the pandemic.

On Sunday, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that the nationwide mask mandate for schools will be lifted on Wednesday. The governor cited declining COVID-19 cases and new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlining a new set of measurements that allow more Americans to take a break from masks.

According to the governor, the new rules apply to children aged 2 and older in childcare facilities. However, counties and cities may decide to retain their own masking mandates. County officials expressed support for this change in a joint statement Sunday:

“Governor Kathy Hochul announced she’s lifting the mask mandate for schools from Wednesday, March 2. This is an appropriate and welcome decision based on data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which shows most of New York State and Monroe County. Is no longer considered to have a high COVID transmission rate.

The abolition of the mask requirement allows school districts to choose the mask and let parents decide whether their children should still wear the mask. This is a smart and careful option. We urge parents who feel the need to continue masking their children to do so – and that those who choose not to mask respect everyone’s personal decision.

Last week, Monroe County distributed 250,000 high-quality masks to adults and children to school districts throughout the county. The county will continue to distribute fast home test kits for free to the public and will announce an updated distribution plan tomorrow.

The latest wave of mask mandate lifting has raised questions about vaccinations and how demands on one will shape nations back to normalcy.

During the county’s previous briefing on coronavirus, Dr. Mendoza needed the world to take the next step towards an endemic, but stressed the importance of doing it right.

“Many of us are tired of COVID. Many individuals are hospitalized, others suffer from prolonged COVID, let’s not forget who these people are, many are the people closest to us. Let’s enter the next phase with respect. and courtesy, ”said Dr. Mendoza.

According to state health officials, the total number of positive cases from Sunday in New York was 1,671, a decrease of 98% in cases since the January 7 peak.

Each region’s 7-day average of cases per 100,000 inhabitants are as follows:

TERRITORY Thursday, February 24, 2022 Friday, February 25, 2022 Saturday, February 26, 2022
Capital Region 16.08 14.89 14.09
Central New York 22.53 21.37 20.01
Finger Lakes 10.75 9.77 9.14
Long island 9.27 8.89 8.55
Central Hudson 10.46 9.47 8.95
Mohawk Valley 18.90 17.93 16.43
New York City 9.88 9.55 9.01
Nordland 25.64 23.73 22.09
Southern layers 21.26 20.96 19.07
Western New York 12.79 12.06 10.73
All over the country 11.90 11.28 10.57

Each region’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

TERRITORY Thursday, February 24, 2022 Friday, February 25, 2022 Saturday, February 26, 2022
Capital Region 3.35% 3.27% 3.34%
Central New York 5.11% 5.14% 5.05%
Finger Lakes 3.05% 3.07% 3.05%
Long island 1.93% 1.93% 1.95%
Central Hudson 1.79% 1.73% 1.71%
Mohawk Valley 3.65% 3.47% 3.36%
New York City 1.17% 1.23% 1.30%
Nordland 5.46% 5.50% 5.48%
Southern layers 2.99% 3.03% 3.19%
Western New York 3.44% 3.46% 3.31%
All over the country 1.86% 1.89% 1.94%

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