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City shifts building permits, homeowner grant processes to online

Building-related permits and business permits can still be obtained, but the city of Rochester’s Neighborhood and Business Development Department has implemented new customer service procedures to comply with social distancing mandates. Most forms must be submitted by mail or in the ...

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County Clerk’s Office announces new closures, service suspensions

Monroe County Clerk Jamie Romeo announced several changes to operations at the Downtown Filing Office located in the County Office Building to help fight the spread of COVID-19. Starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, the following changes will take place until ...

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Cuomo orders restaurants, bars, casinos to close

With the state closing of restaurants and bars Monday, as well as casinos, theaters and gyms, COVID-19-related restrictions grew more onerous for New Yorkers.  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday announced a pact with adjoining states Connecticut and New Jersey ...

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Eviction proceedings on hold due to COVID-19 (access required)

Eviction proceedings have been halted across New York State, part of an order by the chief administrative judge meant to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Judge Lawrence K. Marks on Sunday issued a memo saying all non-essential functions of ...

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Hospitals revise policies in light of virus spread

Monroe County’s two major health systems, University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and Rochester Regional Health (RRH), have taken steps to prepare for the expected rise of COVID-19. URMC announced that physician offices as well as surgery centers will directly contact ...

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Saelig introduces camera for non-contact temperature screening

Saelig Co. Inc., a Perinton firm that distributes products for test and measurement and control, has introduced a thermal camera for non-contact temperature screening. The Fotric 226B Infrared Thermal Imager is an infrared camera that uses PC software for non-contact measurement ...

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Three more colleges, a school and GEVA announce coronavirus closings and changes

  Nazareth College, St. John Fisher College and Roberts Wesleyan have joined the growing number of higher education institutions that are urging students to remain or go home and continue their courses online. A local private school also suspended in-person ...

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County health department: Increase precautions but carry on with life

Monroe County’s first confirmed case of the coronavirus has ramped up precautionary measures by the health department, but it is not a reason to go into hibernation, officials said at a Thursday morning news conference. Confirmation for COVID-19 in an ...

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County leaders discuss how Rochester can cope with pandemic

Although coronavirus, or COVID-19, had not yet made an appearance in Rochester as of Wednesday, it’s simply a matter of time before it does. And business and community leaders need to be prepared, officials say. “The most important message I ...

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SUNY, University of Rochester students urged to go home as precaution for coronavirus

State University of New York colleges and the University of Rochester will close down most in-person classes and teach the rest of the semester online in an effort to reduce the possibility of spreading the COVID-19 virus, it was announced ...

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OyaGen reports progress in fight against virus

OyaGen Inc., a local biotechnology company, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ Integrated Research Facility at Fort Detrick, Md., have found compound OYA1 to be antiviral for the coronavirus. SARS-CoV-2 is the leading agent for COVID-19, or coronavirus, ...

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More students from abroad coming to Brockport for quarantine

A second wave of SUNY students studying abroad in countries most affected by the coronavirus arrived overnight at the College at Brockport, this time from foreign-study programs in Japan and Korea. In an update to the Brockport community late Monday ...

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Coronavirus concerns prompt postponement of RPO at Kodak Hall events

Concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) have prompted the Eastman School of Music and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra to postpone all concerts at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre through April 15. The University of Rochester plans to restrict campus events, including the ...

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