Midday News Brief
Written by Dan Fischer on April 5, 2021
New data shows Western New York has one of the highest COVID-19 infection rates in the state.
During the past week, over four-percent of residents have tested positive, which is above the state average of three-point-six-percent.
Genesee County is showing a 7-day average infection rate of an even 3-percent.
Starting tomorrow, all New Yorkers over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations.
Since such a large number of people will be able to get vaccinated, appointments could fill up fast and officials are urging everyone to be patient.
So far, one-in-three New York residents have received at least one vaccination while one-in-five are fully vaccinated.
It’s a very big day for businesses such as casinos, movie theaters, gyms and bowling alleys statewide.
That’s because they no longer have to follow an 11 p.m. curfew the state put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
But, catered events like weddings and parties must end by midnight. Restaurants and bars still have to follow rules they’ve been dealing with for months, but a decision on when those establishments could be allowed to remain open longer is expected in a few weeks.
A Rochester man faces multiple felony counts after he was pulled over on Clinton Street Road in Stafford.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested 33-year-old Kerwin Vega early yesterday. He was charged with DWI with an 11-year-old passenger, driving without a license, DWI with a previous conviction in the past ten years and endangering the welfare of a child,
Vega will answer the charges in Town of Bergen court next week.
New York begins the new week without benefit of a state budget. The spending plan was due last Thursday and negotiations reportedly are ongoing. Thursday is a key day for many. Without a budget adopted today, 39,000 state employees who work in health care and correctional facilities and other state institutions might not get their paychecks on time.