County officials address rise in COVID-19 cases in younger people

County Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza County Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza

Created: April 01, 2021 04:37 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — While county officials say the vaccine is working, they still have some concerns around a new trend of rising cases in younger people.

They did say there are fewer deaths and a drop in cases 60 and older.

Monroe County Executive Adam Bello and County Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza say as of Thursday there are 205 new COVID-19 cases.

They say now it's a race between the vaccine and the variants.

Mendoza says the cases within ages zero to 59 are two and a half times greater in March than last October. Forty-two percent of new cases are in ages zero to 30 and a quarter of all new cases are in people between the ages of 18 and 29.

Mendoza says we've seen cases surge before like it did last fall, but that was before the vaccines. Mendoza believes the new surge is coming from COVID fatigue and a new more contagious variant.

"Experts from across the country predicted that the UK B117 strain would be a predominant strain in the U.S. by March, our numbers locally would appear to be consistent with that prediction although we're not testing routinely for this variant, although those who have been vaccinated are seeing the benefit, we don't have herd immunity," Mendoza said.

County executives added that our area will have four new clinics coming in the next week to target specific ZIP codes in the city of Rochester. Those sites will receive 1,100 extra doses. Right now the county gets 4,000 vaccines a week.

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