ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Officials from the Monroe County Department of Public Health reported 2,924 new COVID-19 cases Thursday.

Officials say there were 1,662 new laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported, and there were 1,262 new positive at-home tests reported.

“Wearing a mask, washing your hands, getting your vaccine, your second dose, your booster – we are not defenseless and these are things you can do to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy,” Governor Hochul said.

County officials report COVID-19 deaths weekly on Mondays. To date, 1,606 Monroe County residents have died from COVID-19.

The county is now averaging 2,216 new cases per day over the past seven days. Monroe County also reported Wednesday a seven-day rolling average positivity rate of 19.8%.

Officials say 553 people in the Finger Lakes region are hospitalized with the virus, including 122 in an ICU.

Gov. Hochul said, “As we make our way through

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