For the first time in several days, there were no new deaths in Monroe County from COVID-19 in the numbers that were released on Monday. The total number of deaths remains at 194. The last time there were no new deaths from the virus was May 12.

But the number of hospitalizations continues to rise, there were 181 people hospitalized. That increasing number in recent days is believed to be related to new protocols which keep nursing home residents in the hospital until they test negative for the virus.


Local officials took part in a ceremony on Monday for a War on Terror Memorial to be built in Rochester.

In his remarks before the groundbreaking, Monroe County Executive Adam Bello said the structure, which is being built near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Highland Park, will honor the lives of those who have died in overseas conflicts since 1990. 

“This is an important and emotional day for the countless people who worked tirelessly to make this day possible,” said Bello.

Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Local governments in New York will now be required to provide death benefits to public workers on the front line of the COVID-19 crisis, said Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who also urged the federal government Monday to provide hazard pay to those individuals.

Those benefits will be paid for by local pension funds in the case of local government workers, and the state pension fund for employees of the state government, Cuomo said.

At 11:30 a.m., watch the latest coronavirus update from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for May 25, 2020.


First hour: Top Of Mind Memorial Day Special

Second hour: A Sudden Loss - Memorial Day Tribute to Those Lost to COVID-19 

David Andreatta/CITY Newspaper


If two months of pandemic-induced quarantine have seemed to stretch on forever, prepare yourself for the longest summer in years. Literally.

A cyclical quirk in the calendar this year welcomes Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, on May 25, the earliest the holiday could arrive, and delivers Labor Day, the marker of the season’s conclusion, as late as possible, on Sept. 7.

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Leaders of some evangelical churches in the Finger Lakes got together on Sunday to talk about  the reopening of their churches during the coronavirus pandemic.

Pastors from churches in Ontario, Seneca and Wayne Counties gathered in Canandaigua for a news conference organized by Reid Robbins.

He is the Principal of East Palmyra Christian School, and he said that with all the discussion recently about religious gatherings, they wanted to talk about the relationship between politicians, pastors and the people.


Monroe County officials and representatives of the veterans community will break ground Monday on the War on Terror Memorial at Highland Park.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic this will be a virtual ceremony, and it will be broadcast live starting at 11am on local TV stations and also streamed on the Facebook page of Monroe County Executive Adam Bello.

Twenty-one new cases of COVID-19 since Saturday afternoon were confirmed Sunday by the Monroe County Department of Public Health. And three more deaths related to the virus bring the county’s total to 194.

The most striking number from Sunday’s count: Seven women in their 20s were diagnosed. And 15 of the cases on the day are women, six are men.

Remembering David Hochstein

May 24, 2020
Courtesy of The Hochstein School

 The Hochstein School is named for musician David Hochstein, whose legacy continues to live on more than a century after his death.

This musically inclined young man from Rochester was on his way to a successful international career, thanks to a chance encounter that changed his life.