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.

One of the few activities that remains entirely appropriate during the pandemic is time outdoors, and for many people, that includes planting / gardening / growing. As the weather slowly warms, our guests explore all the things we can do to grow our own food; improve our landscape; and more.

But first, WXXI health reporter Brett Dahlberg joins us for an update on the state of COVID-19.

Our guests:

  • Brett Dahlberg, WXXI health reporter
  • Petra Page-Mann, co-founder of Fruition Seeds
  • Nathaniel Mich, urban farming and edible education specialist at Foodlink
  • Pamela Reese Smith, community garden coordinator for the City of Rochester

RTS riders ditch the bus — and that's OK

Mar 25, 2020
Max Schulte / WXXI News

The morning rush-hour bus from Webster to downtown Rochester was running mostly empty the other day, and that was just fine by Tracy Wyatt, one of the handful of passengers.

“You see people on the bus coughing without covering their mouths,” said Wyatt, who waited for an afternoon bus home at the Transit Center that afternoon wearing a makeshift mask she fashioned out of a scarf. “It’s a little frightening.”

While WXXI News is keeping you up-to-date on the coronavirus situation here in Rochester and around the globe, we've compiled this list of resources for you with coronavirus/COVID-19 information. 


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Two people who were diagnosed with COVID-19 and isolated to prevent the spread of the disease have gotten better and been released from isolation, the Monroe County Health Department said Wednesday morning.

Updated at 11:47 p.m. ET

The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved a $2 trillion relief package Wednesday night designed to alleviate some of the worst effects of the swift economic downturn currently underway as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ahead of the 96-0 vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told lawmakers, "Our nation obviously is going through a kind of crisis that is totally unprecedented in living memory."

Updated at 2:20 a.m. ET

The Trump administration and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced early Wednesday that the White House and Senate had reached a deal for an unprecedented $2 trillion spending package aimed at propping up individuals, businesses and the nation's health care system amid the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic.

White House legislative affairs director Eric Ueland made the announcement at about 1 a.m. ET.

"Ladies and gentlemen, we are done. We have a deal," Ueland said.

Monroe County Executive's Office

A brief infusion of donations to the United Way will not allow it to sustain the operations of local nonprofit organizations for very long, the group’s president and CEO said Tuesday.

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Routine visits to the dentist are another casualty of the coronavirus pandemic for the foreseeable future.

Dental offices and clinics are still open, but they are restricting patient visits to emergency cases only. 

Dr. David Levy, medical director at Eastman Dental Center, said that includes "stopping bleeding, uncontrollable bleeding, alleviate very severe pain, and most particularly infection, and could even include treatment for trauma, injuries to the mouth and to teeth."

Monroe County Executive Adam Bello gives an update on the county's coronavirus efforts for March 24, 2020, starting at 4:30 p.m.

Updated at 7:35 p.m. ET

In his Tuesday afternoon briefing with the coronavirus task force, President Trump couched earlier comments about the need to reopen the U.S. economy within weeks, emphasizing that the decision would ultimately be data driven and made in consultation with public health experts.

The president said he still wants Americans working again by Easter Sunday, something he first said during a virtual town hall with Fox News earlier in the day. But he was much more circumspect over whether that would be possible from a medical standpoint.