A COVID-19 patient in Monroe County has died. 

The death, which occurred at Rochester General Hospital, is the first case of a patient dying after testing positive for the disease in the county.

The death was reported Tuesday by Rochester Regional Health — Rochester General’s health system — as well as several local news outlets. 

“Public Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza said that complicated factors contributed to the death,” an update from Rochester Regional Health said. That update also said that three new COVID-19 cases in Monroe County were confirmed Tuesday morning. There are now 14 confirmed cases in the county. 

According to a report from WXXI, the county’s health department said 79 people are in mandatory quarantine in Monroe County.

The development comes a day after Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren declared a state of emergency in Rochester. Monroe County Executive Adam Bello declared a state of emergency on March 14.

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