Category: Rochester Area

Millions of antibody tests could be produced if Rochester lab gets approval

Millions of antibody tests could be produced if Rochester lab gets approval

The Total Antibody Test was developed in Rochester at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics. Dr. Chockalingham Palaniappan, Ortho’s chief innovation officer, told 13WHAM on Monday that the company could potentially have millions ready in a matter of weeks. “If you have the right raw ... MORE
COVID-19 could wipe out 5-16% of counties budgets in the Finger Lakes

COVID-19 could wipe out 5-16% of county budgets in the Finger Lakes

Last week when the Canandaigua City Council met — they discussed what could potentially happen if some grim municipal budget forecasting came true. Those concerns had already been highlighted in a report by the New York State Association of Counties. That reality ... MORE
Small business owners along Lake Ontario worry about flood risk

Small business owners along Lake Ontario worry about flood risk

As if small business owners and employees didn’t have enough to worry about amid a global health crisis and pandemic — some are looking at nearby waters with concern. One of those concerns is that of high water levels along Lake Ontario ... MORE
Landscaper, car wash operators wrestle with ‘essential’ classification amid NYS shut down

Landscaper, car wash operators wrestle with ‘essential’ classification amid NYS shut down

What’s essential? What’s not? What businesses can stay open? What ones should stay shut down? Even though New York has provided guidance there’s still a lot of uncertainty about the guidelines. While most have shut down, the state allowed several to file ... MORE
Wegmans will provide masks to workers at all stores after backlash

Wegmans will provide masks to workers at all stores after backlash

Wegmans says it was fortunate to receive enough masks to provide all employees with protection while working. The message came in a press release on Wednesday, after intense media scrutiny in the Rochester-area. “We thank our people who continue to show up ... MORE
Officials see Lake Ontario forecast are hopeful that this year won’t be as bad as 2019

Officials see Lake Ontario forecast are hopeful that this year won’t be as bad as 2019

Maybe there is some good news on the horizon for lakeshore owners in Wayne, Monroe, and Cayuga counties, which have been hard hit by annual flooding. Lake Ontario was approximately 18.5 inches above the long-term average for this time of year, according ... MORE
Law enforcement contends with social distancing, NY on PAUSE violators in Finger Lakes

Law enforcement contends with social distancing, NY on PAUSE violators in Finger Lakes

Who is actually enforcing social distancing protocols? In particular, those directed under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order signed earlier this month. While law enforcement has received sporadic reports of those violating social distancing protocols, they aren’t actually the ones left to respond ... MORE
RATING THE DISTANCE: Counties graded on social distancing efforts across the Finger Lakes

RATING THE DISTANCE: Counties graded on social distancing efforts across the Finger Lakes

Social distancing, or physical distancing, is a set of non-pharmaceutical interventions or measures taken to prevent the spread of a contagious disease by maintaining a physical distance between people and reducing the number of people who can gather in close proximity. Before ... MORE
Former Congressman Chris Collins gets prison term delayed

Former Congressman Chris Collins gets prison term delayed

Former Congressman Chris Collins will get a pass thanks to the Novel Coronavirus. His sentence is not expected to start until June 23rd following a request for a delay due to COVID-19. Health concerns put him at a high risk for complication, ... MORE
Tops Markets bringing back plastic bags temporarily

Tops Markets bringing back plastic bags temporarily

Plastic bags are making a temporary comeback. Tops Friendly Markets confirmed its allowing customers to use single-use plastic bags amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The company said it won’t enforce the ban until May 15th. The main concern is sanitation connected to reusable ... 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, ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... MORE
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Judge Doran announces virtual courts for counties through the 7th District

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

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

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 ... MORE