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Woman recovers fully before COVID-19 test results comeback

Woman recovers fully before COVID-19 test results comeback
Testing for the coronavirus, or COVID-19 has proven tricky. In some cases, it’s proven to be an impossibility. A Rochester woman who had COVID-like symptoms fully-recovered from her illness before even knowing if she had the virus. “They told me it would take three to five days. It’s four times that now,” Lori Harrison told 13WHAM-TV during a Skype interview.... more

Loans available for small businesses who had to lay off employees, prevent future losses

Loans available for small businesses who had to lay off employees, prevent future losses
Following President Trump’s signing of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin announced that the SBA and Treasury Department have initiated a robust mobilization effort of banks and other lending institutions to provide small businesses with working capital to cover important costs and prevent layoffs. The CARES Act establishes a... more

WNY coalition of Senators call for small business fund, halt to takeout container ban

WNY coalition of Senators call for small business fund, halt to takeout container ban
The Western New York Senate Delegation called for the establishment of a $890 million Small Business Emergency Assistance Fund for the State of New York. Additionally, the delegation called for the tabling of any budget proposals to ban the use of serviceware, including takeout containers. This proposed ban is especially concerning due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the reliance many... more

TRACKING COVID-19: More confirmed cases throughout the Finger Lakes (full coverage)

TRACKING COVID-19: Cuomo says shutdown could last months, addresses New Yorkers Monday AM (full coverage)
Follow along with updates from officials - local, state, and federal - as the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19 response continues around the region. Our 'Latest News' section will be updated around the clock. We'll be documenting school closures, public health announcements, and more. We will have resources available for those looking for information from the Centers for Disease Control at... more

Officials: Ontario County resident who tested positive for COVID-19 works for City of Rochester

Officials: Ontario County resident who tested positive for COVID-19 works for City of Rochester
Officials say the second employee of the City of Rochester who tested positive for COVID-19 is an Ontario County resident. The resident helped distribute grab-and-go meals on March 25th. The following day, the employee felt ill and didn’t go to work. Dr. Michael Mendoza, head of the Monroe County Health Department expressed the importance of following guidelines. “It is important... more

Masking policies will take hold at Rochester Regional, UR Medicine hospitals

Masking policies will take hold at Rochester Regional, UR Medicine hospitals
On Tuesday, universal masking policies will go into effect at hospitals operated by the two largest conglomerates in the region. UR Medicine and Rochester Regional Health announced that they will enact new policies that will require all staff, visitors, and providers to wear masks in public clinical areas. “This is the latest of several actions the health systems have taken... more

Legislators say counties could be on brink of bankruptcy after pandemic if Albany doesn’t shift

Three state legislators who represent the Southern Tier and part of the Finger Lakes are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to accept billions in funding from the federal government to help with COVID-19 response across New York State. State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning), and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I) made the joint-announcement on Monday asking the... more

HOURS OF OPERATION: Here’s who is open, closed & statements from local businesses (continuously updated)

HOURS OF OPERATION: Here’s who is open, closed & statements from local businesses (continuously updated)
Editor’s Note: If you’re looking for full-coverage of the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19 click here. This database will be the place where we post all business hours or service changes. Have something you’d like to see here? Send it to news@fingerlakes1.com.  318 Asian Buffet in Seneca Falls: 318 Asian Buffet on Route 318 in Waterloo inside the Finger Lakes Tea... more

Courts throughout Finger Lakes, Central New York go virtual due to COVID-19

Judge Doran announces virtual courts for counties through the 7th District
More changes are coming to local courts amid the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19 pandemic. Judge Craig Doran, 7th Judicial District Administrative Judge, made the announcement that effective immediately virtual court operations will commence. He says video conferencing will be utilized for all courts within Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates Counties for essential proceedings. “Under the guidance... more

Jim Gaffigan releases Garbage Plate episode of ‘Jim Eats World’ on YouTube (video)

Jim Gaffigan releases Garbage Plate episode of ‘Jim Eats World’ on YouTube (video)
In January, comedian Jim Gaffigan performed at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. During his visit he made quite a splash on social media when he posted about where he could find the best “garbage plate”. After being directed to Nick Tahou’s he talked about the experience on stage at the Blue Cross and shares his first garbage plate experience... more

DEBRIEF: Answering your questions about Coronavirus coverage across Upstate New York (podcast)

DEBRIEF: Answering your questions about Coronavirus coverage across Upstate New York (podcast)
This week on The Debrief Podcast, a breakdown of the most-asked questions we received in the newsroom since the Novel Coronavirus outbreak began in New York. Josh Durso and Ted Baker discuss, and look forward to a potentially permanently changed region. more

FEEDING THE FINGER LAKES: List of pantries, churches providing service during crisis

FOOD PANTRIES: Hours of operation for those feeding the needy in the Finger Lakes
Food pantries are crucial, especially in rural communities. The need is even greater — as most businesses, agencies, and organizations operate on limited hours due to the Novel Coronavirus pandemic. more

Kinney Drugs raises wages for employees, installs shields in stores

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Kinney Drugs is the latest to add acrylic shields to protect those working at its stores amid the Novel Coronavirus pandemic. The shields will be installed at all of the chain’s pharmacy counters and front of the store checkout counters to protect workers and customers from the spread of COVID-19. The stores have been deemed essential under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s... more

‘GIVE STUDENTS REFUNDS’: Colleges blasted for remote learning, refund policies

While college students are stuck at home because of the coronavirus, some are organizing online to support pass-fail learning in response to this disruption, even across upstate New York. Colleges both public and private have been mobilizing on the online petition platform Change.org in an effort to make their voices heard by school administrators.  more

Checks for at least $1,200 coming for large portion of population: Here are the guidelines

Checks for at least $1,200 coming for large portion of population: Here are the guidelines
Who gets a stimulus check? That is the question that circulated after it was announced that a massive $2 trillion package had been agreed to in the Senate. First, any person making less than $75,000 per year will receive a $1,200 check. Those who make between $75,000 and $99,000 will receive a slightly lesser amount of money. Second, couples who... more

Solar projects put on hold amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Ten industrial-scale solar energy farms proposed for the Finger Lakes region are stuck in regulatory limbo as the coronavirus crisis complicates an already clogged state permitting process. If approved, the Finger Lakes projects would produce more than 1800 megawatts of power, theoretically enough to supply 150,000 homes. However, because solar installations in upstate New York generate power only part of... more

Wegmans, Tops workers get plexiglass protection at registers

Wegmans workers get plexiglass protection at registers
Workers at Wegmans and Tops Friendly Market’s are getting a little more protection. Shoppers at a few local stores have started seeing plexiglass shields, which sit between shoppers and workers. Wegmans says they are being installed at all front end registers and pharmacies in the area. Tops says the shields will be installed by the middle of next week at... more

LETTER: Municipal services are critical in these unprecedented times

LETTER: Municipal services are critical in these unprecedented times
These are most certainly unprecedented times. As engineers, architects and planners who provide support for critical municipal services, such as water and wastewater systems, MRB Group has always been a team of designers and planners. We’re not typically daunted by logistical challenges. But thanks to the novel coronavirus, most every business has been put to the worst kind of test... more
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