Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

For the third straight day, the Monroe County Department of Public Health reported no new deaths related to COVID-19.

But while total fatalities remain at 273, another 28 new cases were recorded on Sunday. And in line with the recent trend, it is young people who are increasingly being infected.


Longtime local film critic Jack Garner has died. The Democrat & Chronicle, where Garner worked for decades, says he died Sunday at the age of 75.

Garner’s wife, Bonnie, was quoted in the D&C saying they would have celebrated their 50th anniversary next month and they were planning to take international trips after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier this year, Garner was elected an Honorary Trustee of WXXI and The Little Theatre (which is operated by WXXI).

Spectrum News

Rochester Police are investigating damage done to a statue of Frederick Douglass in Maplewood Park. It happened over the weekend, and police say that the statue was torn off its base, and left about 50 feet from its pedestal. The statue had been placed over the fence to Genesee River gorge and was leaning against the fence.

Police say in addition to the damage at the bottom of the statue, one of the fingers on the left hand of the statue was damaged. Aside from that damage, there was no graffiti on the statue or in the surrounding park. The statue has been removed for repairs.

32 new coronavirus cases in Monroe County

Jul 4, 2020
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Monroe County is reporting another 32 cases of the new coronavirus since the last update Friday evening.

Those numbers are similar to what the county has been reporting all week long, and many of the newest confirmed cases in recent weeks have been people in their 20s.

No new deaths were reported for the second day in a row, and that total remains at 273.

The county reports that of the  3,744 confirmed cases, 77 people remained hospitalized and 8 patients are in intensive care on a ventilator.

Testing data was not made available by the county.

Young people offer up solutions to racism

Jul 4, 2020

This weekend, a local organization dedicated to building strong children and ending systems of exploitation and oppression, announced the winners of a blog contest in which young people were asked to come up with remedies to racism.

The Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, which is made up of direct descendants of Frederick Douglass and fellow abolitionist Booker T. Washington, ran the contest and hosted a webinar with the winners on Saturday.


RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — About 150 preachers, rabbis and imams are promising to invoke Black abolitionist Frederick Douglass on July 4th as they call for the U.S. to tackle racism and poverty.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The latest numbers on COVID-19 for Monroe County (as of Friday evening) show 38 new confirmed cases. Half of those are individuals in their 20s and 30s.

There were no new deaths over the last day. 76 people are hospitalized, with 8 of them in the ICU on a ventilator.

There have been 3,253 total individuals who have recovered from isolation to date. That number reflects confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and known presumed positive COVID-19 cases.

Local leaders with the Black Lives Matter movement gathered near the Webster home of Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley Friday to call for major changes in how her office does business.

The activists accuse Doorley of overseeing an office that has been responsible for mass criminalization and mass incarceration, and they said it has disproportionately affected Black and brown people.

One of the activists, Stanley Martin, was critical of alternatives-to-incarceration programs that Doorley has endorsed.

Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand made a stop in Rochester Friday, joining local Congressman Joe Morelle in front of the Federal Building on State Street to talk about the need for direct aid to local governments to help deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two Democratic lawmakers are pushing for the Republican-controlled Senate to follow up on a bill passed by the House which calls for an additional $3 trillion  in aid.

Gillibrand said the pandemic has sharply reduced sales tax and other revenues to local governments.

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