The Monroe County Health Department reported 550 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. It’s the highest single-day total reported in the county since January 14th, according to state data. The report prompted a joint statement from County Executive Adam Bello and Dr. Michael Mendoza, the county’s Commissioner of Public Health, urging more residents to get vaccinated or to get booster shots if they have not already. “As much as we would all like to see an end to this pandemic, today’s new caseload is a clear indication that COVID-19 is still very much a part of our lives,” the pair said in their statement. “As we know, an increasing caseload will translate into increasing hospitalizations in the coming weeks if we cannot get the virus under control. Fortunately, we know how to do that.”
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