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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has announced that her mother, Elrita “Rita” McClary Warren has passed away due to complications from congestive heart failure and a COVID-19 infection that she acquired while she was hospitalized. She died in Rochester.

The elder Ms. Warren contracted COVID-19 while being treated in the hospital for her heart condition. She was 71 and a native of Kingstree, South Carolina.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The latest numbers on COVID-19 for Monroe County show another 315 cases as of Wednesday. 

There were 2 new deaths, and the total is 317 deaths to date.

The 7-day rolling average of new cases is 333 new cases per day.

319 people are hospitalized in the Finger Lakes region and 61 of them are in the ICU.

The COVID-19 infection rate for the state-designated orange zone in Monroe County  has a 7-day rolling average of 4.72%.

The rolling average for the yellow zone in the county is 3.72%.


Nearly 320 people with COVID-19 are currently hospitalized and around 60 are in intensive care units in the Finger Lakes region.

Some hospitals are getting overwhelmed, and that’s affecting patients without the disease as well.

Dr. Ryan Hoefen is a cardiologist at Rochester Regional Health. This week, he’s been making rounds on patients in the ICU at Unity Hospital. He said that Rochester General Hospital and Unity are nearing capacity, and some patients are on beds in hallways at Unity.

Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in Rochester on Wednesday to give his COVID-19 briefing from the Baber A.M.E Church on Meigs Street -- and give away some turkeys afterward.

His visit was met by protesters who are frustrated with the state’s microcluster restrictions.

During his remarks, Cuomo again expressed concerns about the rising number of coronavirus cases statewide and across the country, and he said the state does expect to see an increase in infection rates after Thanksgiving, especially with so many people traveling or gathering in large groups.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Monroe County continues to see elevated levels of new COVID-19 cases.

In the latest daily numbers released on Tuesday, there were 340 new confirmed cases. There were no new deaths. The total number of deaths to date is 315.

The 7-day rolling average of new cases is 320 cases per day. The 7-day rolling average positivity rate for Monroe County is 3.55%.


A local turkey farmer and Alfred University have combined forces to make Thanksgiving a little brighter for staff at that Southern Tier college.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many of us in different ways, and for Travis Mattison, who owns Ridgecrest Turkey Farm in Brockport, it has put a deep dent in what would normally be one of the busiest times of the year.


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:

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Bar and restaurant owners across Rochester saw the new COVID-19 lockdowns coming.

Starting Wednesday, dining at restaurants in orange zones can only happen outdoors, with a maximum of four people per table. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday designated a swatch of Monroe County -- including parts of Brighton, Irondequoit, Gates and a large part of the city of Rochester -- as orange zones as COVID-19 infections increase. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The latest daily numbers on COVID-19 in Monroe County show another jump in the local statistics.

The Department of Public Health says that as of Monday, there were 366 new positive cases. There were also 2 new deaths, with the total number of deaths 315 to date.

The 7-day rolling average of new cases is 298 per day. The 7-day rolling average positivity rate for the county is 3.49%.

Monroe County

The Monroe County Department of Public Health says people who visited the Moose Lodge on Chili Riga Center Road in Riga recently may have been exposed to COVID-19.

A patron who was at the lodge over a week ago has since tested positive for the virus.

Health authorities say anyone who was at that location on Saturday, November 14 from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m, or Sunday, November 15  from 2:30pm to 5:30pm should immediately self-quarantine and get tested for COVID-19.