WATCH: Coronavirus town hall with County Executive Bello, Dr. Mendoza on News 8


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Monroe County Executive Adam Bello joined Monroe County Public Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza for a coronavirus town hall on News 8.

Two weeks ago, the pair of county leaders kicked off a new weekly series of briefings with media to give ongoing updates on the community’s coronavirus response efforts.

Two weeks ago they announced that Monroe County had the lowest virus positivity rate in the country, among communities with more than 500,000 people, but last week they agreed, the numbers are going up.

MORE | Bello, Dr. Mendoza on COVID-19 in Monroe County: ‘The numbers are increasing’

Do you have coronavirus questions for Bello or Dr. Mendoza? Send us your questions to, through Facebook, or through Twitter.

Your coronavirus questions

Mike Fitzsimmons: I have three questions …

  1. Other than the overlap with flu season, what are other risk factors that seem to make fall/winter so much more dangerous for COVID-19 transmission?
  2. What has the county done to prepare ahead of time for fall/winter and a possible spike? 
  3. If there is another more widespread outbreak in Monroe County, who locally has the power to lock things down again if the governor does not take action to do it?

Katie R. — Can you please clarify the rationale behind allowing hospital doctors and nurses that test positive for COVID, but do not exhibit symptoms, to go to work? I feel this sends a mixed message to our community. We have been told to stay home if we are sick; however, if a doctor or nurse knows they are sick, they are being told to go to work.

Tom L. — The United States has only done 138 million tests, that’s less than half the vaccines we would need once one is approved? How are vaccines even going to be distributed?

Nathan W. — The way things are going up, do you think we’ll have to shut down again?

Lynda N. — Is it possible to designate one family member that can be regularly tested that can be an essential person for residents of group homes and nursing homes? This person would be able to visit?

Janice B. — What can we do about COVID fatigue? It seems people are burned out.

Chris H. — My concern are food service places who have employees test positive and those establishments that fear public press. How do we incentivize compliance and truthful reporting?

Kathy J. — For Dr Mendoza: We generally have a large family Thanksgiving gathering with approximately 25 people. How many people is considered relatively “safe?” This is gut wrenchingly hard …

Amanda D. What lessons have we learned from local contact tracing? Where/how are people picking up the virus?

Jody W. What has to happen for bingo halls to reopen?

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