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bedbathandbeyond.com

Bed Bath & Beyond is going to be closing its store in Pittsford Plaza. The company confirmed on Friday the first 63 stores of the 200 or so that it announced in July would close over the next two years.

The story was first reported by USA Today.

daveandbusters.com

Nearly 300 people who had worked at the Dave and Buster’s restaurant and entertainment complex located at Marketplace Mall were told recently that their temporary layoffs will become permanent by December.

That information was contained in a required New York State Labor Department notice, along with similar notices for Dave and Buster’s locations in other parts of the state such as Albany and Syracuse.

The Texas-based chain opened up the Henrietta location in 2016. But the restaurants, like so many other businesses, were hit by the closures caused by COVID-19 in March.

After two weeks of rising cases of COVID-19 on campus, SUNY Oswego will pause in-person classes and switch to remote instruction for 14 days, the college announced Friday. 

President Deborah Stanley, in a letter to the campus community, said the college is making the move to remote instruction proactively, as the number of cases of COVID-19 on campus continues to rise. 

Monroe County

Monroe County’s Commissioner of Public Health has some words of caution for churchgoers. Dr. Michael Mendoza is putting out the advisory because of a growing number of coronavirus cases that seem to be connected to churches.

Mendoza said he understands that religious worship has a profoundly important role in the lives of many people, and especially during the pandemic, that worship can be a great source of support and comfort.

New York State Department of Health

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York will begin allowing visitors to see loved ones at nursing homes that have been coronavirus-free for 14 days, down from 28 days under previous rules, the health commissioner said Wednesday.

The policy goes into effect Thursday, Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said. State health officials will monitor to ensure more visits don't increase COVID-19 cases, he said.

"We understand how trying it has been for New Yorkers to not see their loved ones and the challenges they've had to endure during this unprecedented pandemic,'' Zucker said.

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester is laying off much of its staff due to the impact of COVID-19.

A notice posted through the New York State Labor Department says that the JCC will lay off 296 of the 343 people who were furloughed last March, when their facility and many others had to shut down gyms and other fitness facilities due to the coronavirus.

The 296 staffers have been permanently laid off as of Monday.

The JCC released this statement:

The Livingston County Department of Health and SUNY Geneseo are reporting a small cluster of positive COVID-19 cases among the SUNY Geneseo student population.

According to Jennifer Rodriguez, Livingston County Public Health Director, four female SUNY Geneseo students in their 20s who reside off-campus in the same Geneseo household have tested positive for the virus. These individuals are now in the quarantine process, isolating in their residence.

brockport.edu

SUNY Brockport says that as of Saturday morning it suspended its wrestling program pending the outcome of investigations stemming from potential COVID-19 policy violations. Two wrestling physical education classes have also been canceled for the Fall semester.

College officials say that on Friday, they first learned that one of its student-athletes had contact with an individual who had tested positive for COVID-19.

rhnet.org

Officials in the Rush-Henrietta School District say that two elementary school students have been diagnosed with COVID-19. A letter to parents says that one of these students attends Crane Elementary School, while the other is a student at Vollmer Elementary School. 

District Superintendent Lawrence Bo Wright sent a letter to district families and employees Friday evening saying that the news about the two cases "may be unsettling to some, but it is not unexpected."

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  As many as 2 million unemployed New Yorkers will start receiving their share of an extra $300-a-week assistance boost next week from a temporary federal fund that's running out of money.

The state is contacting another 435,000 individuals who are eligible for the boost once they submit additional documentation, according to a state Department of Labor press release Thursday.

State labor officials say eligible New Yorkers will start receiving payments for the weeks ending Aug. 2, 9, and 16.

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