Updated: July 02, 2020 06:12 PM
Created: July 02, 2020 05:31 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — For the past few weeks now Monroe County has been keeping a close watch on the number of new COVID-19 cases. The cases are among adults aged between 20 and 40.
News10NBC talked to Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza about his concerns about social distancing as the community starts to open up.
The County Health Department is regularly seeing double-digits as it comes to new COVID-19 cases. Mendoza says this is not surprising.
"As restaurants, as bars open, I think you know we're seeing more people interact. One thing I will say is that you know even though we look to find commonalities across these, you know interactions across these cases, it really does seem to be the gatherings," Mendoza said.
Mendoza says the increase in new cases is troubling especially when they can be prevented. He says all people have to do is keep following social distancing guidelines. The reopening of businesses can't really take all the blame.
"Make no mistake the restaurants, the bars, the venues all have to take their appropriate precautions as well, but we look through the data, look to see how people have been contracting this infection, it really is person to person interactions as best as we can tell," Mendoza said.
When it comes to compliance Gov. Andrew Cuomo has left it up to local governments to enforce social distancing. News10NBC asked Mendoza if the county has enough resources to do this effectively.
"I think the restaurant community has proven time and time again that they can do the right thing, because on the 363 days out of the year they are, and on the other two days when you know we're they, they are too. so I think it’s the precedent, I think you know we can have some confidence in," Mendoza said.
He continued saying local enforcement involves contacting Monroe County residents who are still under quarantine on a daily basis.
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