Evening News Briefing
Written by Tom Tharp on April 1, 2020
Officials are switching a position that they took early on in the COVID-19 outbreak saying that people should wear face masks to avoid droplets getting airborne and causing more infections. Officials are still warning against buying up all the masks that are commonly used by healthcare professionals as they need them to do their jobs. Although masks may not completely prevent the virus they may help with slowing down transmission. The change in policy comes as doctors and researchers learn more about the COVID 19 virus.
Four teens have been arrested in Rochester for assaulting a woman as she was leaving the Hilton Family dollar. The teens allegedly attacked the woman because she was wearing a respirator mask. According to the victim the teens accused her of spreading the coronavirus before punching her in the face and stealing her wallet and keys. 18 year old Rocco Gingello, 19 year old Alexis Gingello and 19 year old Taya O’Connor all of gates were charged with second degree robbery and 19 year old Nicholas of Greece was charged with second degree robbery, fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon and other driving related charges.
Several school districts including the Pembroke central school district are planning drive by parades. The Pemproke Teacher’s Association is sponsoring a thinking of you drive by parade this Friday. Planners are asking participants to gather at the High School Parking lot at 12:30 Friday afternoon to get organized.
They ask everyone to decorate their cars, write messages on your back windows with washable markers (they will have some) – all while maintaining the required six foot social distance
Check with your school district to see if they are planning something similar.
Officials are telling people to be on the lookout for scams that have to do with the Novel coronavirus. Scams can take the form of offers of treatments or cures for COVID 19, offers of over the counter tests, and fake stimulus checks or IRS calls that ask you to give personal information or money in order to claim the money. There are no fda approved treatments or cures and you should never give out personal information or money to a caller. Hang up and ignore these calls.
Farmers, Contractors, and Truckers will be participating in the corona convoy across Genesee County on Sunday April 5th. Starting in Stafford and crossing Genesee county this convoy of hope will raise awareness and money for the Crossroads house in Batavia.
The law street yard waste station has announced that it will be open with temporary hours on April 6th for city residents to dispose of their yard waste. The new hours are Monday through Friday from 8am to 2 pm.