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Governor Andrew Cuomo said the infection rate for COVID-19 is under 1%. In a statement released Saturday, he said the 74,857 test results reported to New York state Friday, 703, or 0.93%, were positive.

Cuomo said five people died from COVID-19 on Friday and the number of hospitalizations, intubations, and people in ICUs are all low statewide.

"While our numbers remain low and steady, this is not the time to get complacent,” wrote Cuomo. “We must focus on protecting our hard-won progress now. Remember, wear your mask, socially distance and above all, stay New York Tough."

The Monroe County public health department said Friday that it believes a COVID-19 exposure is connected to a restaurant in Henrietta.

The department advised anyone who was at the Tokyo Japanese Restaurant, on Hylan Drive near the Marketplace Mall, between 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, to monitor themselves for symptoms of the disease.

Despite a lot of hype leading into the summer, we haven't seen many streets closed down to car traffic during the pandemic. Many businesses have been allowed to expand their outdoor seating, but there hasn't been a transformation of outdoor spaces like some advocates wanted. Was it a missed opportunity? Or was that unrealistic all along?

We discuss it with our guests:

This fall, Greece Central School District will operate under a hybrid model. Under the plan, most students will be in schools two days a week and then do remote learning for three days, but students also have the option to learn at home 100 percent of the time.

Superintendent Kathleen Graupman says the model was selected after the district heard from thousands of parents and students. She joins us this hour to discuss Greece's plan. Our guest:

  • Kathleen Graupman, superintendent of Greece Central School District, and head of the Monroe County Association of Superintendents

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Eastman Kodak has appointed a special committee of independent members of its Board of Directors to look into recent activity surrounding a $765 million federal loan.

That loan is intended to help Kodak develop a pharmaceutical division to produce ingredients used for generic drugs, to make the U.S. less dependent on foreign sources for those medications.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday formally gave schools the green light to reopen, saying the coronavirus infection rate was low enough in New York for students to return to class in the coming weeks.

But students and staff will have a very different experience at schools this year, with new precautions in place to prevent the disease from spreading.

"By our infection rates, all school districts can open everywhere in the state,” Cuomo said. “Every region is below the threshold we established."

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The vast majority of people who are diagnosed with COVID-19 have survived the disease, but a growing body of evidence is finding that survival does not guarantee a smooth recovery.

“It’s not just dying that you need to be concerned about,” said Dr. Jeffrey Bruckel, a cardiologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center who has treated COVID-19 patients.

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When she was an undergraduate college student, Lesli Myers-Small said she considered going to medical school.

But the superintendent of the Rochester City School District never imagined she would have to understand so much about health and medicine in her career in education.

"It's been challenging," Myers-Small said about preparing for a new school year in the midst of a global health pandemic that is filled with uncertainties.

There's a lot of debate about whether it's safe for teachers to be back in classrooms this fall. But they aren't the only ones who could potentially be at risk in this pandemic.

We talk to local cleaning staff members, food service workers, security officers, and bus drivers about their concerns. Our guests:

  • Dan DiClemente, president of BENTE/AFSCME Local 2419
  • Wilbert Navedo, bus driver for the RCSD
  • Joe Jackson, lead school safety officer at Edison Career ad Technology High School
  • Victor Wilson, custodian at Franklin
  • Bonnie Ferrari, cook manager for food services at the RCSD
  • Jessica Rinebold, lead secretary for the RCSD

There are a number of factors that could lead to a possible eviction crisis. The pandemic has put many people out of work, and now additional federal support for unemployment has run out. Advocates say something has to be done very soon or the crisis will hit Western New York.

Our guests discuss it: