Monroe County officials are now recommending that all residents wear face masks in all public indoor facilities in light of the news released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday. The CDC says the county now has ‘substantial’ transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

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The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has moved Monroe County from “moderate” to “substantial” community transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

At the “substantial” level, the CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people wear masks in public indoor settings, based on emerging evidence about the Delta variant of the virus.

The CDC recommends all unvaccinated persons wear masks in public indoor settings. There is no word yet if Monroe County will change its recommendations on mask wearing.

St. John Fisher College

St. John Fisher has become the latest local college to require a COVID-19 vaccine for all students and staff for the upcoming academic year.

President Gerard Rooney posted a note online saying that all members of the campus community who will be on campus for the upcoming academic year must be fully vaccinated by August 1.

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As more of the population becomes vaccinated against COVID-19 and variants emerge, the question of whether or not booster shots will be needed continues to surface.

The University of Rochester Medical Center is participating in a new nationwide clinical trial that will examine whether or not a booster shot is needed. The trial will also see if the body will create a more robust immune response if original vaccines are mixed with a booster from a different manufacturer .


State and local officials helped break ground at Finger Lakes Community College Tuesday for a $7.2 million project to expand and renovate the nursing school at that Canandaigua campus.

The expansion will increase enrollment in FLCC’s registered nursing program by 60% and it will also allow that college to add a licensed practical nursing program.

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras  was at the groundbreaking and said that there is a desperate need for more healthcare professionals in the state, something that became really clear during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday that the COVID-19 positivity rate in every region of New York State has dropped below 1% for the first time since August 2020.

The Finger Lakes still has the highest positivity rate  of any region in the state at .98%, and will host one of the state's 11 pop-up clinics targeting areas with low vaccination rates.

The clinic will be held at Greater Harvest Baptist Church on 12 Driving Park Avenue in Rochester. It opens on Friday, June 11.

Late last week, New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker released a letter he wrote to the CDC about masking guidance for the state. In that letter, he said the state will try to align its guidance for school and summer camps, meaning children and staff who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors.

The changes were set to begin today. But now, state officials say no plans will be adjusted until the CDC has an opportunity to respond to the letter. Meanwhile, some local districts are making their own changes.

This hour, we hear from local superintendents about masking guidance, and we talk to them about their plans for the fall. Our guests:

  • Kathleen Graupman, superintendent of Greece Central School District, and president of the Monroe County Council of School Superintendents
  • Bo Wright, superintendent of Rush-Henrietta Central School District, and vice president of the Monroe County Council of School Superintendents 
  • Gene Mancuso, superintendent of Honoeye Falls-Lima Central School District

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It looks like New York state is not ready to change its guidance on masking yet for grades K-12.

On Friday, NYS Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker released a letter he sent to the CDC, saying that the state would try and align its school and summer camp mask guidance, and that would mean that both indoors and outdoors, students, campers and staff who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New York state’s 7-day average COVID-19 positivity rate has hit a new record low. That’s according to data released Saturday by Governor Andrew Cuomo which shows that infection rate at .54%. That represents 61 straight days of decline.

The 7-day average positivity rate for the Finger Lakes has also been declining, but at 1.08% it is still the highest of any region in the state.

On Saturday, the Monroe County Department of Public Health reported 53 new cases of COVID-19.

In terms of vaccinations, the percentage of New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose is 54.4%.

New York state is getting ready to relax mask rules in schools.

News about the planned changes coming Monday were contained in a letter from State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker to the head of the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

Zucker says the state is striving for consistency between settings that have similar risk levels and populations.