Black pastors are viewing this Easter as a crucial opportunity to rejuvenate in-person worship attendance, which has dwindled significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many churches had to transition to online services, a shift that was challenging for pastors like Rev. William H. Lamar IV of the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. […]

Starting today, Monroe County is offering rapid COVID-19 home test kits to the public. You can collect these kits at no cost from libraries throughout the county at the following locations: All branches in Rochester Brighton Chili Clarkson East Rochester Fairport Gates Hamlin Henrietta Irondequoit Mendon Ogden Parma Penfield Pittsford Riga Rush Both branches in […]

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September 15, 2023

Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the latest COVID vaccines for the fall are en route to New York State and could be available as early as today. This vaccine is not a booster, but an entirely new formulation, indicating that previous vaccinations and boosters will not offer protection against these new variants. There has been […]

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul cautions that prior COVID-19 vaccinations may not offer protection during the recent outbreak. During a COVID-19 briefing yesterday, the governor urged New Yorkers to receive the updated vaccine doses. “I know everyone wants to be done with COVID, but COVID is not done with us.Get the vaccine. Tell everybody, […]

For the fourth consecutive year, the Park Ave Summer Art Festival will not be returning to its customary format. Despite the resurgence of other events, the festival remains noticeably absent. When asked about returning, the Park Avenue Merchants Association did not respond, but they do have a call out for a 2024 Park Ave Festival […]

The World Health Organization says  COVID-19 is no longer a global health emergency. President Joe Biden signed a bill a few months ago ending the covid-19 pandemic restrictions and guidelines on May 11th. The death rate from the pandemic dropped drastically over the last year.

Two New York mothers are suing their children’s public school district, Riverhead Central School District located on Long Island, for causing “emotional distress” by enforcing mask-wearing despite the overturning of a state mandate. The mask mandate policy went into effect in August 2021, and has been accused of being “cruel” and “unusual” due to alleged […]

The Covid-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers has been lifted. However, Governor Kathy Hochul is indicating that the overturning will not allow any unvaccinated individuals to return to their roles. The mandate, which asked hospitals and nursing homes throughout the state to develop individual policies enforcing vaccinations, was implemented by then-Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2021. […]

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November 22, 2022

Please be careful during this time of year! According to recent data, a third person in Monroe County has died from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Health leaders are reminding everyone about the triple threat posed by RSV, the flu, and COVID-19 this holiday season. All three people who have died from RSV in Monroe County […]

The New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said the state lost at least $11 billion due to unemployment fraud during the first year of the COVID19 pandemic. According to the audit, the DOL failed to replace a “long-troubled” system that has been outdated since 2010. This made it easier for criminals to steal money.  Auditors […]

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