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Rochester City officials continue to work to get more people signed up for vaccinations at a site that is opening up Wed., March 3, on St. Paul Street, in the parking lot of the former Kodak Hawkeye plant.

For the last week, vaccination sign-ups have only been open to eligible residents in specific zip codes; the idea is to help target communities of color and others who have been hit disproportionately by COVID-19.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday that just over 1.5 million New Yorkers are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a second dose.

Cuomo said that the state is “working hard to keep up that momentum and get shots in arms of the entire eligible population, with special attention to Black, Hispanic and poor communities that have been among the hardest hit by COVID.”

He said the state has already seen a 70% increase in vaccine supply from the federal government and hopes that number will continue to increase.

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Gov. Andrew  Cuomo says New York will partner with local health departments to include vaccination sites for the 65+ population across New York state.

These sites will be in partnership with local health departments and, where needed, will provide assistance to New Yorkers with transportation to and from the vaccination facilities and special support for paperwork regarding their vaccination.

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You could hear the bells, bouncing off the brick buildings and the frozen Genesee River. Students from the University of Rochester Carillon Society rang them from high atop the University of Rochester’s Rush Rhees Library. Twelve rings a minute, 500 in total, to honor the half-million Americans who died of COVID-19 so far.

Sophomores Valerie Battista and Kayla Gunderson and senior Claire Janezic played them. 

Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield is reporting a sharp decline in net income last year, as the health insurance company grappled with the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. But the organization’s leaders say it continues to be financially stable.

Excellus, which is headquartered in Rochester and has operations across upstate New York saw earnings of $97.2 million in 2020, which is 43% less than the $170.8 million in net income in 2019.

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A key downtown Rochester hotel that closed because of the pandemic has reopened.

The Hyatt Regency temporarily closed in the fall, partly due to lack of conventions which was impacted by the pandemic.

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As of Wednesday, Rochester residents in historically underserved areas can register for a vaccine at a FEMA site.

The FEMA site, at the Former Kodak Hawkeye Parking Lot on St. Paul Street, opens for vaccinations next Wednesday. It’s one of four locations across the state intended to reach people in areas with low vaccination rates.

Deborah Stamps with Rochester Regional Health says it’s especially important that Black and Hispanic residents sign up. 

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Monroe County is reporting 144 new cases of COVID-19, but the seven-day rolling average positivity rate is at 2.0%.  That is the lowest positivity rate since Nov. 1.

There were no new deaths in the data released on Wednesday. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 139 new cases per day.

The Finger Lakes regional infection rate for the virus is 2.22%.

There are 225 people in the Finger Lakes Region hospitalized; 68 of them are in ICU.

The percentage of total hospital beds available in the Finger Lakes region on a seven-day rolling average is 41%.

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Thirty detainees have tested positive for the coronavirus at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia, the center’s second COVID-19 outbreak since the pandemic began.

The Monroe County Department of Public Health has received its Week 10 vaccine allocation, which was delayed last week.

Monday, the Health Department opened up a vaccine scheduling link specifically for Phase 1b essential workers who are eligible in Monroe County.

Appointments will be made available later in the week at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

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