Coronavirus News

We've compiled all the latest stories about the coronavirus pandemic here so you can find them easily.

We've also compiled a list of informational resources that can guide you to more coronavirus information.


The coronavirus pandemic has shut down just about the entire sports world. But it turns out there is one popular game that can be played -- with a few restrictions in place.

Yes, you can tee it up at certain golf courses around the Rochester area starting this week.

Empire State Development has determined that golf courses can operate under current coronavirus restrictions.

Updated at 5:50 p.m. ET

President Trump has signed a historic $2 trillion economic recovery package into law Friday afternoon, shortly after the House of Representatives approved the bill.

In an Oval Office ceremony Friday, the president thanked Republicans and Democrats "for coming together, setting aside their differences and putting America first" to pass the legislation. Trump was joined by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy. No Democrats were present at the signing.

Yes, bikes are ‘essential,’ state says

Mar 27, 2020
Jeremy Moule/CITY Newspaper

A row of Trek bike boxes sit two-deep on the floor in front of the counter at Full Moon Vista, a bicycle repair shop on University Avenue in Rochester.

They aren’t overflow inventory from a big shipment. They’re intended to be a barricade to give bike mechanics space from customers, one of the many precautions the shop is taking during the coronavirus epidemic.

Updated 9:31 p.m. ET Thursday

The U.S. now has more coronavirus cases than any other country in the world, surpassing China's total and highlighting how rapidly the virus can move through a population.

The U.S. logged more than 83,000 cases as of 8 p.m. ET Thursday, while China reported more than 81,00 infections, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Golisano Children's Hospital staff

As hospitals work to make room for an anticipated wave of COVID-19 patients in the coming weeks, some parts of their operations have become eerily empty.

In the pediatric emergency department at Golisano Children’s Hospital, there’s still a dull hum of machinery under the intermittent beeps of monitors. But Dr. Elizabeth Murray says it’s a far cry from the usual cacophony.


Muddle together two lemon wedges, a few shards of mint and a half-ounce of simple syrup. Add crushed ice, followed by two ounces of Flower City gin. Mix. Top off the glass with more crushed ice and a mint garnish.

And please tip your bartender.

That’s Stephanie Rebensky’s Southside Old Fashion. The recipe is posted on smokeoutcovid19.com, a website where bartenders and related industry people can show off their work even as the coronavirus pandemic dries up their workplaces.

Both Monroe County and the City of Rochester have programs they’ve announced this week to help small businesses.

Monroe County Executive Adam Bello has announced the creation of an Emergency Small Business Assistance loan program to help businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program, which was approved Wednesday by the Monroe County Industrial Development Corporation, offers interest-free loans of up to $10,000 for working capital to qualifying businesses with 50 or fewer full-time workers.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WXXI health reporter Brett Dahlberg joins Connections to provide an update on the state of COVID-19 in Monroe County.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, facing a state budget deadline in less than a week, is out with a new proposal to try to cope as the state faces a multibillion-dollar budget gap and much uncertainty, with the economy shut down due to coronavirus.