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.

We talk with local servers about their experiences with restaurants reopening. Many establishments opened for outdoor seating in Phase 2, and now, in Phase 3, customers are also back to dining indoors.

What are the safety guidelines for customers and for staff? Are people following those rules? Our guests share their experiences and observations:

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are imposing mandatory quarantines for travelers from several states with high rates of the coronavirus, including Florida and Texas, effective midnight Wednesday.  

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was joined Wednesday via remote feeds by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont. 

“We’re announcing today a joint travel advisory. People coming in from states that have a high infection rate must quarantine for 14 days,” Cuomo said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office

People traveling to New York, New Jersey or Connecticut from states with high infection rates of the coronavirus, like Florida and Texas, will be required to quarantine themselves for 14 days, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.

The three states, Cuomo said, are attempting to avoid a situation where people traveling from those states bring a new wave of COVID-19 to the region.

The Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, which has been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, will open to zoo members on June 26 and the public on June 28.

That’s according to Monroe County Executive Adam Bello, who said the reopening is being done in accordance with guidelines provided by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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On a warm spring morning, Allison Roberts walked with bare feet to the art box she installed in front of her South Wedge home.

It looks like a little library, with glass panels on the door and a handle in the shape of a red bird.

"I finally had to put a little note up because people kept putting books it in. No! Only art supplies!” she said with a laugh.                          

Inside are colorful ribbons, paper, and other things people can use to create something.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Monroe County public health department said Tuesday that fewer than 100 people were in hospitals for COVID-19 treatment in the county. That marks the first time in more than a month that the number, now at 88, has fallen below triple digits.

Three more people in the county died of COVID-19, the health department said, bringing the total death toll to 264.

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce/Zoom

The Finger Lakes region is on target to enter Phase 4 of the reopening process on Friday. That’s what Bob Duffy, the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce president and CEO,  who also is an adviser on the region to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said on Tuesday.

Duffy had been on a call with Cuomo administration officials earlier in the day, and he said the data looks good for entering the next phase on Friday.

However, Duffy said some businesses will not reopen right away when this region enters Phase 4.

As the spread of COVID-19 slows in Monroe County, hospitals that had implemented “zero-visitation” policies in March are now loosening those restrictions.

The two hospital systems in the county, Rochester Regional Health and the University of Rochester Medical Center, both said they are not opening visitation policies up to the same relaxed standards as before the novel coronavirus arrived, but they are now allowing some visitors for some patients.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo is contemplating a quarantine order on travelers to New York from other states with high rates of the coronavirus, including Florida.

The governor, in several cable news interviews over the past couple of days, has talked about the possibility of imposing a 14-day quarantine for those who travel from the 20-plus states where the rate of the virus is on the rise. He spoke about it Tuesday morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Amy Rivera is a paraprofessional. For the past two years, she worked one-on-one with special education students in the Rochester City School District.

"I loved it," she said. "I have two kids of my own, and I have a child with special needs, so I know how to deal with kids like this."

But Rivera's position with the staffing company that employed her ended in mid-March when schools across Monroe County were closed to try to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

"It's been hard," she admitted.