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Sorting out what is ‘essential’

Many law firms are being inundated by questions from firms striving to comply with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s order to close all non-essential businesses in an effort to slow down the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’ve been on the phone and ...

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URMC testing antiviral drug to treat COVID-19 patients

The University of Rochester Medical Center announced today its participation in a clinical trial sponsored by the National Institute of Health to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of antiviral drug remdesivir for adult patients hospitalized with COVID-19. Ann Falsey M.D. ...

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VPG launches wellness tracker app for Monroe County

VPG Medical Inc., a local developer for home-based health monitoring and personalized wellness markets, announced today that it has created a free wellness tracker for Monroe County residents to use during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company was formed in 2018 ...

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M3Dimensions shifts from 3D modeling to face shields

In normal times, M3Dimensions would be bettering the surgical process for veterinarians and providing veterinary students with 3D models to enhance learning. But during this global coronavirus pandemic, the Rochester-based medical device company is instead creating lightweight, protective face shields ...

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Senators, congressman urge GM to produce ventilators in Rochester

Elected officials are urging General Motors Corp. to begin producing ventilators at the company’s Rochester facility. U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Congressman Joseph Morelle on Tuesday sent word to GM Chairman and CEO Marry Barra to ...

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F.F. Thompson Hospital unveils new intensive care unit

F.F. Thompson Hospital, located in Canandaigua, has moved its intensive care unit to a new, state-of-the-art 12-bed facility. Previously, the hospital’s ICU was in a seven-bed unit. The new Sands-Constellation Intensive Care Unit opened ahead of schedule. UR Medicine Thompson ...

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WellNow Urgent Care broadens telehealth services

WellNow Urgent Care has expanded its telemedicine platform, WellNow Virtual Medical, so Rochester patients can access virtual, around-the-clock consultations from a provider located in New York during the COVID-19 pandemic. WellNow Urgent Care operates more than 40 locations across New ...

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Five Star Bank waiving some fees amid health crisis

Five Star Bank announced on Monday that it is taking a number of steps to ease the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on customers, including eliminating some fees and penalties.  “We have put several measures in place so we ...

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Cancellations prompt downtown Holiday Inn to temporarily close

An abundance of room and event cancellations has prompted the Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown to shutter operations until May 1. General Manager Paul Kremp said in a news release that there had already been thousands of dollars in room and ...

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Monroe County, city of Rochester extend property tax deadline

Taxpayers in Monroe County and the city of Rochester now have an extra month to pay property taxes. County Executive Adam Bello has signed an executive order, extending the due date for the third installment of town and county real ...

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Cuomo orders 100% of ‘non-essential’ workforce to stay home

Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered all workers for “non-essential” businesses to stay home and threatened civil fines or mandatory closure to those employers who don’t comply. The edict goes in effect at 8 p.m. Sunday. He also said all public gatherings ...

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