Monroe County executive declares state of emergency due to "rapid increase" in COVID-19 hospitalizations

Posted at 4:12 PM, Nov 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-30 16:12:52-05

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WKBW) — Monroe County Executive Adam Bello has declared a state of emergency for the county as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise.

On Tuesday, Monroe County, which includes Rochester, reported 511 new cases of COVID-19. In the entire Finger Lakes region, of which Monroe County is a part, has 443 people hospitalized for COVID-19. 108 of those patients are being treated in ICUs.

County Executive Bello said on Tuesday that he is not yet calling for a mask mandate for the whole county. Instead, the state of emergency declaration includes the following:

  • Mask mandate for all county-operated facilities, including staff and public
  • Work from home policy reinstated for county employees
  • Local municipalities and public and private sector businesses are encouraged to institute mask requirements for employees who are in close contact with others, and to allow employees to work from home.
  • Expanded rapid testing in Rochester, Greece and Pittsford

These policies and recommendations take effect in Monroe County at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday.