ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Monroe County Executive Adam Bello joined Rep. Joe Morelle and officials from the United Way of Greater Rochester, as well as officials from the Rochester Area Community Foundation for a press conference Monday.
During the press conference, Bello announced there is one additional confirmed case locally of COVID-19, bringing Monroe County’s total to 11 at this time.
Regarding rumors circulating on social media, Bello says there is no deaths locally at this time related to COVID-19.
“There have been no reports of an individual that has died in our community related to COVID-19,” Bello said.
The announcement, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, was primarily about the county’s effort to realign community resources. Bello announced “a streamlined approach” to providing residents with necessary resources during the COVID-19 outbreak.
That streamlined approach included three new measures:
- United Way introducing an online volunteer portal for concerned citizens to help
- Activation of “Community Crisis Fund” to allow rapid deployment of resources to help non-profits impacted by the virus outbreak
- Human service support hub, local hotline for info & updates to non-profits and community based organizations. Those interested in joining can do so by requesting via email at: CovidResponse@uwrochester.org.
“We are looking to help non-profit organizations manage through the crisis and beyond,” said Jennifer Leonard, President and CEO of Rochester Area Community Foundation. “They are having to close their offerings in some cases and step them up in others.”
“In this time of great uncertainty and great need, our community is doing what it does best – coming together and working together to ensure the needs of families across our community are being met,” said Bello. “I am proud to lead a community with this much compassion and willingness to help and with incredible organizations such as the United Way and the Rochester Area Foundation, who are stepping up in the face of this new challenge.”
A Victor resident was announced Monday morning as the first confirmed case in Ontario County. Statewide, New York has 950 confirmed cases, No. 1 in the nation in such, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.
Regarding concerns of patient surges at local hospitals, Bello said his team is exploring ways to address the issue now rather than later.
“We are looking at ways to expand capabilities, but like I said, we have a responsibility as a community, we can help manage that,” Bello said.
Regarding the state’s response as a whole, Rep. Morelle praised Gov. Cuomo’s work, despite President Donald Trump’s criticism of the governor earlier Monday on Twitter, which has since been deleted.
“I don’t know of a state executive that’s done more that Cuomo,” Rep. Morelle said. “In a crisis, you want Andrew Cuomo to be in charge of your state. He’s aggressive, he’s thorough, he’s making decisions when others want to walk away from decision making.”
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