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Monroe County Executive Adam Bello, who began his term in office 18 months ago, delivered his first State of the County address Monday.

It was a look back at a tumultuous year and also a look ahead to what comes next.

Bello gave his speech at Seabreeze Amusement Park,  meant to symbolize how that park and many other venues were shut down last year due to COVID-19 but are now reopening as the county gets out from under the impact of the pandemic with the help of vaccines.

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Monroe County Executive Adam Bello has announced that the historic Dentzel Menagerie Carousel at Ontario Beach Park in Charlotte will open for the 2021 Season on Saturday, May 29.

To mark the opening of the 2021 season, free carousel rides will be offered, regardless of age, over the holiday weekend, from Saturday through Memorial Day.

This year will be the carousel’s 115th season at the Park, where it first opened in 1905. The Dentzel Menagerie Carousel did not open for the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Responding to mounting complaints from small arts organizations that they have been shut out of public funding for the arts, Monroe County Executive Adam Bello on Monday unveiled a $2 million grant program for the groups.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New York state’s COVID-19 7-day average positivity rate is now at .92%.

That is the lowest it’s been since September 23, and Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday that it represents 48 straight days of decline.

The 7-day average positivity rate for the Finger Lakes region stands at 2.38%. That remains the highest rate of any region in the state.

In Monroe County, data released on Sunday shows 102 new cases of COVID-19. The 7-day rolling average of new cases is 133 new cases per day.

Monroe County officials say that a fight that broke out at the Monroe County Children’s Detention Center on Saturday between two adolescents eventually involved several other youths and resulted in injuries to two of the adolescents and four Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies.

The incident began Saturday at around 11:43 a.m. between two adolescents. Officials say one of them is being detained there on a murder charge, the other on a weapon's charge. County officials say a youth detention worker unsuccessfully tried to de-escalate the situation and jail deputies then tried to help.

Monroe County and the YMCA of Greater Rochester have partnered up to provide additional COVID-19 vaccination clinics throughout the county.

County Executive Adam Bello made the announcement at this week’s COVID-19 briefing.

He said partnering with the YMCA is part of the county’s ongoing efforts to make the vaccine more accessible to the public.

“We're continuously working and really grateful for all our community partners for working with us to bring more and more pop-up vaccine locations into neighborhoods where people live,” Bello said.

Monroe County officials are calling the U.S. Food and Drug Administration decision to allow the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as 12 “a significant step” that will further protect public health.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Monroe County reported 158 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. There were no new deaths.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 198 new cases per day.

There are 215 individuals hospitalized in the Finger Lakes region, 48 are in ICU.

The seven-day rolling average positivity rate for Monroe County stands at 3%.

The COVID-19 7-day average positivity rate for the Finger Lakes region is at 2.83%, the highest of any region in the state.

ATVs and dirt bikes are all over the streets of Rochester, and sometimes the drivers are ignoring traffic laws and safety guidelines. Local government is preparing to crack down harder on such activity. But the riders say they have nowhere to go, and they just want a safe outlet for their passion.

So what’s the most sensible way to approach this issue? Our guests:

  • Rachel Barnhart, Monroe County Legislator
  • Jose Peo, Rochester City Council Member
  • Demond Meeks, New York State Assemblymember
  • Lorenzo Jones, ATV rider
  • Raheim Drisdom, ATV rider

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Monroe County on Saturday reported 218 new cases of COVID-19. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 216 new cases per day. There were no new deaths.

The COVID-19 positivity rate for Monroe County will be updated on Sunday.

The statewide seven-day average COVID-19 positivity rate in the numbers reported on Saturday was 1.89%.

In the Finger Lakes region, the seven-day average positivity rate was 2.91%. That was the second highest positivity rate in the state. Western New York (the Buffalo area) had the highest positivity rate at 3.44%.

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