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LATEST: Monroe County announces 5th death related to COVID-19

As of 4 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2020


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Message from Public Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza: My deepest condolences to the family and friends of a patient whose death was reported today. This is the fifth death related to COVID-19 in Monroe County.

Confirmed Cases

There are 202 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Monroe County.

New Cases                                                                              

There are 12 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the 10 a.m. update. These new individuals include:

  • 3 Females in their 20s

  • 3 Females in their 30s

  • 1 Male in his 30s

  • 3 Females in their 40s

  • 2 Females in their 50s

COVID-19 Testing in Monroe County

  • 2,478 test results have been received to date

  • 202 positive results, 2,276 negative results

This information includes all testing by physicians, healthcare facilities, and licensed clinical laboratories in Monroe County and will be updated every day at 4 p.m

Hospitalized patients

Of the 202 confirmed cases, 32 people are hospitalized, 22 of the 32 patients are in ICU.

Deaths related to COVID-19

  • 5 patients

Resolved Cases

Of the 202 confirmed cases, 23 people resolved and have been released from isolation, 9 new since Friday, March 27.

Mandatory Quarantine

The Health Department has placed 442 people into mandatory quarantine and isolation.

Additional Details

Monroe County continues to ask residents to stay home and practice social distancing. We should all assume that we have been exposed to COVID-19, even if we do not have recognizable symptoms, and could be spreading the virus to people who are vulnerable to more severe symptoms.

What does social distancing mean?

Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19.

Can I visit my relatives or friends?

Do not visit loved ones in person. Use the phone or other electronic devices. Deliver food or other essential items to the doorstep.

How can I keep safe when I need to go out to secure essential items like food?

  • Make as few trips as possible.

  • Avoid excessive shopping time. 

  • Make a list in advance. 

  • Consider using delivery services or the self-checkout lane. 

  • Wipe down the shopping cart, touch screens and touch pads before and after use.

What if we are outside?

Avoid close contact with people, even when outside. Keep a distance of at least 6 feet to help slow the spread of COVID-19. 

  • Avoid games and activities that require close contact.

  • Avoid frequently touched surfaces and objects. This includes playground equipment like slides and swings. 

  • Do not share equipment such as bicycles, helmets, balls or frisbees. 

  • Do not gather in groups.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 

  • Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue and discard the tissue in a closed container. 

When you return indoors, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.

Everyone has a role to play as we work to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

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