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- An illustration of the coronavirus, COVID-19.
During a news conference Tuesday, Mendoza said there are two known cases so far. The California variant of COVID-19 was found in people who tested positive for COVID-19 in December, January and February. It is too premature to determine whether these or other variants are prevalent in the region.
- PHOTO BY MAX SCHULTE
- Monroe County Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza.
Unlike in some places where these variants have been found, there has not been an increase in positivity or hospitalization rates in the Finger Lakes so far. In Greater Rochester, the COVID-19 positivity has been headed downward over the last few months. Mendoza said it’s steady around one percent.
Mendoza attributes the drop of COVID-19 rates to continued masking, social distancing and hygiene practices. He also encourages vaccinations when possible.
James Brown is a reporter for WXXI News, a media partner of CITY.