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Airport among facilities seeing pandemic-related cutbacks

While Americans come to terms with government-imposed seclusion, industries everywhere are beginning to feel the pinch, with the travel and tourism sector experiencing an almost immediate and total shutdown. “Rochester will be impacted,” said Andrew Moore, director of the Greater ...

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FrontRunner Network Systems to close

FrontRunner Network Systems Corp., an East Rochester subsidiary of Williams Telecommunications Corp., has announced that the company will cease all operations effective March 31. Williams Communications is based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. “This closure has been brought (on) as the ...

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Finger Lakes wineries feeling the impact of coronavirus

When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the closure of restaurants, bars, gyms and movie theaters earlier this week, he also effectively closed the tasting rooms of more than 500 wineries statewide. Preventive efforts like this aimed at lessening the severity ...

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Rochester community bands together during pandemic

The Rochester community is known for giving back and this week there is more proof of that. As of Tuesday, when the United Way of Greater Rochester Inc. and the Rochester Area Community Foundation began coordinating support for those in ...

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RIT cancels graduation ceremonies due to pandemic

Rochester Institute of Technology has canceled graduation ceremonies scheduled for May 8 and 9 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  RIT, the largest college in the area, appears to be the first Rochester-area college to cancel graduation. It draws thousands of ...

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Syracuse mall closes; Rochester malls and more to close by Thursday evening

With many retail businesses in flux due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Destiny USA, a major Syracuse mall, has announced it will close business at 5 p.m. Wednesday.  As of Wednesday afternoon, Rochester area malls owned by Wilmorite were still operating ...

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County exploring alternate coronavirus-care facilities, just in case

Monroe County Executive Adam Bello on Wednesday implored all non-essential businesses to “send your employees home” as social distancing practices continue to ramp up in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus. “We need to protect the most ...

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RCare ready to equip temporary hospitals with nurse call kits

Should dormitories or hotels be needed to care for coronavirus patients in the event hospitals are overburdened, a Webster-based manufacturer of nurse-call and emergency response systems can help equip the temporary facilities. RCare has released its Rapid Deployment Nurse Call Kit, ...

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Utilities take steps related to coronavirus; consumer groups call for more

Avangrid utility companies RG&E and NYSEG have announced several steps to help protect consumers and their employees during the COVID-19 outbreak, such as suspending both inside meter readings and power shutoffs.  But Rochester-area consumer groups are saying more is needed.  ...

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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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