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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Monroe County public health department said Wednesday that one more person has died of COVID-19 in the county, bringing the death toll to 277.

The number of people in hospitals for COVID-19 treatment in the county fell by four, to 65, the health department said. Of those hospitalized, five are on ventilators in intensive care units -- a drop of one from Tuesday and the lowest number recorded since March 23.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stood with operators of small businesses and Geva Theatre Wednesday calling for more help for those businesses in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Schumer, a New York Democrat, said that Congress has already passed a five-week, short-term extension for the original Paycheck Protection Program. Now, he is proposing legislation that would extend the loan program to the end of the year and provide the option for a second loan for eligible small businesses, the so-called, Prioritized Paycheck Protection Program Act or P4.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that shopping malls will be allowed to open in New York beginning Friday if they meet certain conditions.

At the same time, citing ongoing concerns about the coronavirus, he said any remaining county fairs still planned for this summer are canceled, and he hasn't yet made a decision on any school openings in the fall.

Camps across our area have taken creative steps to bring programming to kids and families this summer. From day camps, to virtual experiences, to “camp-in-a-box,” we talk about opportunities during this pandemic summer.

Our guests:

Companies like Instacart and DoorDash have seen their values jump by billions of dollars during the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been controversy. This spring, workers demanded safer conditions, and now some restaurants and bars are saying these services undercut their revenue.

We talk to local workers in what has been one of the fastest-growing industries in the country. Our guests:

  • Sarah Polito, personal shopper
  • Mike Kite, Grubhub driver
  • Gavin Tremblay, Grubhub driver

eastviewmall.com

Wilmorite, the company that owns the major shopping malls in Rochester, said that after comments by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday, it is ready to reopen Eastview, The Mall at Greece Ridge, and The Marketplace Mall on Friday.

Cuomo said that the malls can reopen on Friday, provided certain HVAC filtration measures are in place. So malls will be allowed to open in regions that are in the 4th phase of reopening, which includes the Finger Lakes-Rochester area.

Dan Clark/WMHT

New York will decide if schools will reopen this fall in the first week of August, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday, and tasked districts across the state with coming up with plans in the event that they’re allowed to resume in-person learning.

Cuomo also responded to comments from President Donald Trump, who has publicly pressured governors to reopen schools this fall despite a rise in coronavirus cases nationwide.

A new survey from the Rochester City School District asks students, parents and staff their concerns and questions about reopening schools. 

“The survey was released to help better understand the concerns and/or questions individuals have regarding the reopening of schools this fall,” a statement from the district said.

The feedback is expected to be used along with guidance from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and national, state and local health officials. 

The U.S. has reported more than 3 million coronavirus cases as of Wednesday morning, with all but a handful of states struggling to control outbreaks of COVID-19. One million of those cases have been confirmed over the past month — part of a wave of infection that began after many states started to reopen their economies in May.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Monroe County public health department said Tuesday that three more people have died of COVID-19, bringing the county's death toll to 276.

The newly reported deaths come after four days of no fatalities from the disease, according to the county's figures.

The number of people in hospitals for COVID-19 treatment in the county fell by five, to 69, the health department said. Of those hospitalized, six are on ventilators in intensive care units -- a drop of one from Monday and the lowest number recorded since March 23.

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