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Bello, Dr. Mendoza: Monroe County at a ‘turning point’ against COVID-19

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Monroe County Executive Adam Bello and Public Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza updated residents on the pandemic and its impact locally during a coronavirus briefing Thursday. According to the county executive, the delta variant surge is still underway, with rising case numbers reported week over week.
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Fact Check: Excelsior vaccination pass expiration date

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)— "My Excelsior Vaccination Pass expired!" We're hearing that from more and more of you as proof of vaccination is once again being required at more and more places, but has it really expired?. The short answer is probably not. The confusion comes from some of the first...

Increase in COVID cases among children in Monroe County

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) - Monroe County leaders are urging parents to check their children for COVID symptoms before sending them to school or social activities. Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza says cases among children have been making up a larger percentage of positive cases. He says some students are arriving at school with what their families believe are allergies, but actually may be a sign of another illness.

FLACRA to host 4th Annual chicken barbecue in honor of National Recovery Month Sept. 24

FLACRA is hosting their 4th Annual Chicken Barbeque event in honor of National Recovery Month. National Recovery Month is recognized in September of each year and began in 1989. This national observance is dedicated to increasing the awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders and to celebrate the individuals and families impacted by recovery. We strongly believe that every person affected has a reason to celebrate their stories and accomplishments and can help others who may be in need of treatment.

Local nurse reflects on healthcare worker shortage ahead of vaccine mandate

Rochester, N.Y. - Monroe County leaders are responding to the ongoing shortage of healthcare workers and say they are in talks with local hospitals regarding New York's upcoming vaccine mandate. County Executive Adam Bello says leaders from URMC and Rochester Regional Health will be making a joint announcement with county...

Rochester groups entice unvaccinated people with $100 to get the shot

In an attempt to persuade thousands of unvaccinated people in the Rochester area to get inoculated against COVID-19, health officials and philanthropic leaders are offering their largest incentive to date — $100 gift cards. Now through the end of the month, people who receive their first dose of the vaccine...

COVID-19: Rochester, NY Metro Area Among the Safest in America

The U.S. reported over 1,325,000 new cases of coronavirus over the seven days ending September 14, bringing the total count to more than 40.8 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 655,000 COVID-19-related deaths — the highest death toll of any country. New cases continue to rise at a steady rate. In […]

Ontario Orchards Hosts 20th Fall Jamboree

STERLING – For the first time since 2019, Ontario Orchards will host its typically annual Fall Jamboree this weekend, September 18 and 19. Like many events in 2020, the Fall Jamboree was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic despite its outdoor nature. Even this year’s event, which will be the 20th jamboree, has been modified due to COVID-19, as the orchard must space out the activities a bit more than normal.

Friends of Strong collecting cards to cheer hospital staff

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Health care staff across the country have been run ragged throughout the pandemic. Strong Memorial Hospital says their staff is exhausted both physically and emotionally. They are asking for the community’s help to give staff members a little pick me up. Anyone can send a card...

Data released shows the COVID-19 vaccination rate is increasing in Rochester

Data collected from community outreach initiatives and pop-up clinics are showing a positive impact on the Rochester population and their COVID-19 vaccine rates. More than 50% of the eligible population in every Rochester city ZIP code has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, community leaders announced. The Rochester ZIP code data is reported on the Finger Lakes COVID-19 Hub web site, after several months of increased efforts to ensure equitable vaccine distribution by a number of community agencies, the City of Rochester and Monroe County. Community leaders say this is a critical milestone, given the high communicability rate of the COVID-19 variants.

Experts call sepsis a medical emergency, leading cause of death in US hospitals

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — September is Sepsis Awareness Month and experts say, in short, sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to an infection. If left untreated, sepsis can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, or death. Al Cardillo with the Home Care Association of New York State, says it should be treated as a medical emergency; sadly awareness is lacking.

COVID-19 booster shots could be around the corner: Here’s what to expect

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The push for COVID-19 booster shots is intensifying as COVID-19 has now claimed the lives of 1 in every 500 Americans. An FDA advisory panel is meeting Friday to debate if there’s enough proof that a booster dose of Pfizer’s vaccine is safe and effective for the general public. This comes a week before President Biden said the additional shots would roll out for the general public.