City of Rochester

United Way of Greater Rochester

More than 2,000 people were tested for the coronavirus in Monroe County this past week, and city officials want to keep up the momentum.

The United Way of Greater Rochester is looking for volunteers to assist with testing at four Rochester high schools.

The free, rapid tests are happening through the end of the month at East, Wilson, Franklin and Jefferson high schools.

Lisle Coleman is a program associate for the United Way, and she said volunteers have been essential in helping to double the number of people tested.

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City of Rochester COVID testing sites will take place indoors this week due to the forecasted cold temperatures, starting Monday at Franklin High School.

Residents arriving for COVID-19  tests will be asked to park, and wait in their cars until they are notified to enter the building. Those with appointments will be given priority. Please allow for longer wait times.

Anyone with mobility issues or in need of other accommodations should notify the greeter on site.

Residents arriving on site are asked to bring their ID and a pen to fill out registration forms.


Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is launching a COVID-19 preparedness plan.

The plan is available on the city’s website, and is designed to help families prepare in the event someone in their household were to become ill with coronavirus.

In addition to the website, 10,000 printed copies of the plan are being made available at the asymptomatic testing sites in the city, cmeal distribution sites at city R-Centers, city schools, and some local businesses.

John Magnus Champlin

Like clockwork, tens of thousands of crows, also known as a murder, come together this time of year for their own safety. They’re noticeable in downtown Rochester.

Genesee Valley Audubon Society President June Summers said it's a way to protect themselves from predators, like owls. She said the crows are often distant relatives.

“Crows come together in a winter roost, in numbers because it's safer,” said Summers. “In the spring and the summer they disperse and go out and nest, and take up territories in the rest of the county.”

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The City of Rochester and Monroe County are teaming up to offer free, rapid COVID-19 tests to asymptomatic individuals at four sites, starting at East High School on Saturday.

Dr. Cephas Archie, Rochester's chief equity officer, said the testing will be modeled after the state’s program at Monroe Community College, and will offer drive-up and walk-in testing.

He said when it comes to coronavirus testing, the city knows it’s facing some hurdles that neighboring towns may not.

Visual Studies Workshop

A project at the Visual Studies Workshop dedicated to archiving Rochester’s Black Lives Matter Movement is the first to receive partial funding from the Rochester Area Community Foundation’s Art Prevail Fund. The purpose of the grant is to promote racial equity in the arts, and to document local history using various art forms.


People looking to support minority owned businesses this holiday season can find a list of black-owned businesses on BOBrochester.com. The website, which stands for Black owned business Rochester, is a public directory of local businesses in the Rochester area.


Mayor Lovely Warren has announced some changes to city operations as a result of Monday’s directive from the state that portions of the city will be upgraded to a COVID-19 Orange Zone, effective Wednesday, Nov. 25.

R-Center Learning Labs will close on Wednesday, Nov. 25 and nine R-Centers will convert to Meal Distribution Sites beginning Monday, Nov. 30, serving grab-and-go meals. Meals will include breakfast, lunch and dinner and are available for single trips.

The following Meal Distribution Sites will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday:


By a unanimous vote, the Rochester City Council has approved Conor Dwyer Reynolds as the first executive director of the Police Accountability Board. 

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When Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were declared the president-elect and vice president-elect on Saturday, the local activist organization Free the People Roc organized a celebration at the Liberty Pole in downtown Rochester.

Dozens came out to enjoy food, music and a dance party.  But there was a strong message shared by many of the people who showed up; they were pleased there will be a change in the White House.