Local Coronavirus Information & News
How to Get Help in Monroe County & Beyond
How to Help in Monroe County and Beyond
Coronavirus Information
Information About Kids/Teens and Coronavirus
Rochester-Area Cancellations and Closings
School and Home-Schooling Information
Mental Health Information
Misc. Information and Links
Tips for Working from Home
What Else to Do While You’re Home…
Current Stats

Let’s all stay home as much as possible, wash our hands frequently, and call to check in on friends, family members, and neighbors! 


For the number of cases in Monroe County, NYS, the U.S., and the world, scroll to the bottom of this document. For Rochester closings/cancellations, click here.

  • Monroe County Coronavirus hotline: (585) 753-5555 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) 
  • UR Medicine COVID-19 support line: 1-888-928-0011
  • Rochester Regional Health telehealth triage line: (585) 922-2213
  • NYS’s COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline: 1-844-863-9314
  • Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) [URMC resource page]
  • Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) [Rochester Regional Health page]
  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) [NYS Dept. of Health resource page]
  • [3/27] “Hospital system leaders reveal ‘surge capacity’ plan” (add more than 2,000 beds, etc.) [WXXI]
  • [3/26] “URMC joins clinical trial for COVID-19 treatment, figures to play pivotal role in research” [D&C]
  • [3/25] “Testing in Monroe County is limited to health care workers who show symptoms and people who are hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment.” [WXXI]
  • [3/25] “Delay in coronavirus test results leaves hundreds of Rochester patients in limbo” [D&C]
  • [3/19] Fact Sheet: UR Medicine Testing for COVID-19 [URMC]
  • [3/25] “The $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus: What NYers will get” [D&C]
  • Visitor restrictions at URMC and RRH
  • [updated 3/27] RCSD Superintendent’s Updates [RCSD]
  • [3/28] “Cuomo Postpones Primary Election to June 23” [NYT]
  • [3/25] “Here are six places selling groceries with minimal contact” [D&C]
  • Twitter: Governor Cuomo, Monroe County Health Department, Dr. Mike Mendoza, UR Medicine, Democrat & Chronicle, WXXI News
  • Local grassroots/social media efforts


a. Food, child care, etc., for individuals and families 

  • DHS Coronavirus Page
  • City of Rochester resources: school-provided meals and more
  • General Community Resources Guide(searchable PDF)
  • Area Food Pantries [2-1-1]
  • Need help with food or child care? [D&C]
  • School districts providing free meals [D&C]
  • RCSD Support Hotline, Family Help Desk, Free Meals [RCSD
  • Department of Health info about food assistance.
  • “Calculate how much you’ll get from the $1,200 (or more) coronavirus checks” [Washington Post]
  • NYS’s COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline: 1-844-863-9314 
  • Willow Domestic Violence Center: 24-Hour Hotline (585) 222-SAFE (7233); 24-Hour Text Line (585) 348-SAFE (7233)
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233, thehotline.org, or text LOVEIS to 22522.
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester
  • [3/26] “These Rochester restaurants are offering breaks to military, medical and rescue workers” [D&C]
  • [3/24] New hotline to report hate crimes against Asian Americans: civil.rights@ag.ny.gov, 1-800-771-7755 [WHEC 10]
  • [3/21] Think your employer isn’t following the rules? Here’s how to report them. [D&C]
  • [3/20] Rochester suspends fees at city garages and parking meters [WXXI]

b. Financial help for individuals and families (tax relief, mortgage relief, services, etc.) 

  • Apply for unemployment: NYS is waiving the 7-day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people out of work due to coronavirus closures or quarantines. [NYS]
  • Unemployed in NY? A survival kit for benefits, bills, evictions, mortgages, utilities, debts, help” [Syracuse.com]
  • Coronavirus Tax Relief [IRS]
  • [3/20] U.S. tax filing deadline moved to 7/15 [CNN]
  • [3/15] Eviction proceedings and pending eviction orders are suspended statewide until further notice. [The Legal Aid Society]
  • [3/18] HUD suspends all foreclosure and evictions for the next 60 days [HUD]
  • [3/17] New York attorney general suspends state student, medical debt [ABC News]
  • [3/19] New York Will Waive Mortgage Payments for 90 Days Based On Financial Hardship [NPR]
  • [3/19] U.S. Orders Up To A Yearlong Break On Mortgage Payments [NPR]
  • [3/21] Monroe County and City of Rochester property taxpayers get extra time (now due 4/30) [WXXI]
  • [3/25] “Secretary DeVos Directs FSA to Stop Wage Garnishment, Collections Actions for Student Loan Borrowers” [ed.gov]
  • [3/21] The city’s 4th-quarter property tax, water, and refuse payments are now due 4/31 [City of Rochester]
  • “Internet Providers Won’t Cut Off Users Over Unpaid Bills for 60 Days” [NYT]
  • [3/19] Temporary waiving of bus fares [press release]
  • 3/15] Spectrum is offering free Wi-Fi to students [D&C]
  • [3/13] Free Spectrum internet offered for some households for two months [WXXI] (more info from Spectrum)
  • [3/13] Comcast Announces Comprehensive Response to Help Keep Americans Connected to the Internet [Comcast]
  • “Until further notice, all Xfinity WiFi Public Hotspots are now open to everyone on the ‘xfinitywifi’ SSID. Public hotspots can be found in small/medium businesses and outdoors in commercial areas.” [map: Xfinity]
  • [3/12] 30 Days Free Self-Storage for College Students [U-Haul]

c. For small businesses, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs

d. Job openings and job-hunting resources

  • Companies that may be hiring (not all may be hiring locally): Wegmans, CVS, Walgreens, Pizza Hut, Walmart, Dollar Tree, 7-Eleven, Amazon, Domino’s, Instacart, online learning companies, shipping businesses. (Note that Instacart workers may go on strike soon.)
  • RochesterWorks! job listings
  • Reach RochesterWorks! staff via (585) 258-3500 and rochesterworks.org.
  • RochesterWorks! on Twitter
  • RochesterWorks! Facebook group: Rochester New York Job Seekers
  • FlexJobs posts remote jobs ($14.95/month membership)
  • [3/24] “17 companies that are hiring during the coronavirus crisis” [Fortune]
  • [3/24] “Target raising worker pay, hiring thousands for Shipt delivery service” [The Business Journals]


  • Volunteer United (United Way): Help organizations in our region working with communities who are impacted by COVID-19.
  • [3/24] “United Way head says organization needs money, volunteers” [WXXI]
  • How You Can Help UR Medicine Hospitals [URMC]
  • Rochester Regional Health needs help [PDF from RRH]
  • [3/23] “How to Get Face Masks to Doctors and Hospitals in Need” [The Cut]
  • It’s Safe To Donate Blood During The Coronavirus Pandemic. Hospitals Wish You Would” [NPR] (Find a local Red Cross blood drive.) 
  • “Your kids can help by sending cards to nursing homes, others in isolation” [TODAY] (NOTE: Ask the staff before doing this! Some facilities may not want to deal with large quantities of mail and may prefer emailed photos of notes/drawings.)
  • Caring for Our Seniors: Facebook Live (Zoom recording)
  • What Is Mutual Aid, and How Can It Help With Coronavirus? [VICE]
  • “How to support people who may be isolated during the pandemic” [podcast episode, WXXI]
  • Help Your Community Combat Coronavirus (While Still Social Distancing)” [NYT]
  • Register for the Medical Reserve Corps [Monroe County]
  • “How to Support Local Businesses When Social Distancing” [Rochester Regional Health]
  • “Five ways you can support your favorite businesses during coronavirus” [Yelp]
  • “How to support the silver screens that have gone dark” [CITY Newspaper]
  • Rochester takeout & curbside options [WHAM 1180] [Visit Rochester] [CITY Newspaper]
  • Farmers market vendors contact info [Brighton Farmers Market]



  • [updated 3/20] “What Parents Need to Know About Coronavirus” [NYT]
  • Coronavirus in Babies and Children [Johns Hopkins Medicine]
  • [3/23] “Can kids catch coronavirus? What we know about Covid-19 and children” [The Guardian]
  • [3/19] “What Coronavirus Means for Pregnancy, and Other Things New and Expecting Mothers Should Know” [ProPublica]
  • [3/20] “Can Coronavirus Affect Pregnancy or Newborns? Here’s What the Experts Say” [TIME]
  • [3/27] A Kids’ Guide to Coronavirus (podcast) [NYT]
  • Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus [NPR]
  • How to talk to children about the coronavirus [Harvard Health Blog]
  • Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource [NASP]
  • How to Talk to Kids and Teens About the Coronavirus [Psychology Today]
  • “The Kids Aren’t All Right: COVID-19 doesn’t appear to be a major concern for children’s health, but the youngest among us will still bear the larger burdens of trauma and economic fallout.” [The Atlantic]


  • (national) [3/29] “Trump extends federal social distancing guidelines to April 30” [CNN]
  • [3/29] “Cuomo extends stay at home order through April 15” [WXXI]
  • [3/20] The “New York State on PAUSE” executive order states that all non-essential businesses statewide must close in-office personnel functions effective at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, 3/22, and temporarily bans all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason. [NYS website] (list of essential services)
  • [3/27] All city playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment, athletic fields, basketball courts, and tennis courts, are closed. [D&C]
  • Visitor restrictions at URMC and RRH
  • [3/27] RTS delays route changes and more frequent service [WXXI]
  • [3/16] Local Social Security offices closed; phone service available [SSA emergency page] [SSA press release]
  • [3/21] All DMV offices and auto bureaus statewide are closed, and road tests and salvage vehicle appointments are suspended. Expiration dates for driver licenses, non-driver IDs, and registrations will be extended. [WXXI]
  • [3/20] Emergency operations in place at the County Clerk’s Office [Monroe County Clerk’s Office][3/20] Emergency Toll Procedures on the Thruway [NYS Thruway Authority]
  • [3/20] The Lilac Festival is cancelled for May. [WXXI] (how to get refunds)
  • Rochester City Hall is closed to the public [D&C]
  • YMCA of Greater Rochester is closed [YMCA]
  • [3/17] Rochester Public Market will stay open for now [Facebook post]
  • New York State Parks COVID-19 Update
  • MCLS libraries are closed. (Site has info about due dates, etc.) [MCLS]
  • [3/21] Wegmans info on hours, department closings [Wegmans]
  • [3/23] “Despite hiccups, Tops Markets has no plans to police its senior shopping hours” [D&C]
  • Closed: Memorial Art Gallery, The Strong, RMSC, Eastman Museum, Seneca Park Zoo, Little Theatre, Cinema Theater
  • Eastview, Marketplace, Mall at Greece Ridge are closed [Wilmorite]
  • Lollypop Farm’s main shelter and satellite adoption centers are closed to visitors. Spay/neuter appointments and dog training classes are suspended. Available online or by phone: animal cruelty investigations, emergency pet food requests, Lost and Found, Behavior Helpline. [Lollypop Farm].


a. General info

  • [3/27] NYS schools closed until at least 4/15 [D&C]
  • [3/27] “Dade: RCSD prepares for long-term distance learning and less state funding” [WXXI]
  • [3/14] 180-Day School Year Requirement Waived [Syracuse.com]
  • Information for AP Students Affected by Coronavirus [College Board]
  • “What Could Happen if the Coronavirus Closed Schools for Days, Weeks, or Even Months” [The Atlantic]
  • “How to Home School During Coronavirus” [NYT]
  • Tips for Home-Schooling During Coronavirus [NPR – audio and article]
  • Home-Schooling Tweens and Teens During Coronavirus Closings [NYT]
  • “How ‘regular school’ parents can homeschool their kids” [CNN]
  • Sample Schedules For Kids Home From School During Coronavirus Outbreak [HuffPo]
  • Sample “aspirational” schedule [KiwiCo]
  • What to do with your kids when schools are canceled (advice from a home-schooler) [Vox]

b. Online learning resources

c. Facebook Live, livestreaming, livecams, etc.

  • Strong Museum: daily story times on its Facebook page at 10:30 a.m., and special storytime segments from the Butterfly Garden. The Strong Museum Mobile Guide app offers audio tours and photo filters.
  • RMSC will have live science demos, instructions for science experiments at home, videos of RMSC, daily fun facts, highlights from museum collections. (Sign up for their enews to get updates.)
  • Brighton Memorial Library: Story time M, W, F at 11:00 a.m. on Facebook Live (Facebook post)
  • Crayola Create & Learn at Home (check back for Facebook Live info)
  • Explore.org: “the world’s largest live nature cam network”
  • Livestream Activities Calendar (Google doc)
  • List of author read-alouds (Google doc)
  • Authors doing story time online: search #OperationStoryTime on Facebook, Instagram & YouTube [(Cool) Progeny]
  • Meet Broadway performers, designers, authors, career advisors, composers and more. [Camp Broadway]
  • Mo Willems’ LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle, and explore new ways of writing. New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and remain online to be streamed afterwards. [Kennedy Center]
  • Draw Every Day with Jarrett J. Krosoczka [YouTube]
  • Animals/Zoos/Aquariums

d. Special education resources


  • COVID-19: Manage Anxiety & Stress [CDC]
  • “Expert Offers Practical Advice to Manage Your Coronavirus Anxiety” [UVA]
  • “How Do I Get Therapy During a Pandemic?” [The Cut]
  • “Feeling Overwhelmed During the Coronavirus Crisis? Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Online Therapy” [Parade]
  • “These therapy apps can help you manage your mental health” [Fast Company]
  • “Why it’s hard to control your coronavirus anxiety” [STAT]
  • 5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About the Coronavirus” [NYT]
  • Keeping Your Distance to Stay Safe [American Psychological Association]
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255


  • CDC’s travel information / Information for Travelers [U.S. Dept. of State]
  • “Spit On, Yelled At, Attacked: Chinese-Americans Fear for Their Safety” [NYT]
  • [3/24] New hotline to report hate crimes against Asian Americans: civil.rights@ag.ny.gov, 1-800-771-7755 [WHEC 10]
  • [3/18] “Shutdowns have unintended climate benefits: cleaner air, clearer water” [NBC News]
  • “The many faces of health workers around the globe fighting coronavirus” [CNN]
  • “Teen Creates Website That Will Make Any Song a Wash Your Hands Jingle” [TIME]
  • “Disinfecting wipes are being flushed down toilets and causing major pipe problems” [CNN]
  • [3/25] You can buy Fauci doughnuts at Donuts Delite! 🙂 (They are delicious.) [WHEC 10]


  • “Leading and working through a pandemic” [Harvard Business Review articles]
  • “5 big tech companies making remote-work tools free during the coronavirus outbreak” [Business Insider]
  • “8 Tips To Make Working From Home Work For You” [NPR]
  • “5 Tips To Balance Remote Working While Your Family Is Also At Home” [Forbes]
  • “Work from Home with Young Children Tips” [Jamie Krenn, PhD]
  • “Working from home with kids feels unsustainable. Here’s how to ease the burden.” [Vox]
  • “How to Keep the Spirit of Teamwork Alive While You’re Working From Home During Coronavirus” [Wirecutter]
  • “Working from home makes you vulnerable to hackers. Here’s how to stay safe” [CNET]


a. General

  • See “School and Home-Schooling Information” above for online educational opportunities for kids, including Facebook Live/live streams/webcams. Some are great for adults, too!
  • “How to Host a Virtual Happy Hour and Why It Will Improve Your Mood” [Inc.]
  • “How to gather with friends while social distancing” [Vox]
  • “Entertainment for a Quarantine” — lists a ton of online resources, including streaming services, workout videos, etc. (free or free trials). (Google doc)
  • 100 useful things you can do to kill boredom if you’re quarantined at home [i-D]
  • 55 Things People Aged 55+ Can Do When They’re Practicing Social Distancing [Forbes]
  • How to Get Involved with Virtual Volunteering [Idealist]
  • 8 Great Board Games Available as Apps [Nerdist]
  • 360-degree virtual tours of U.S. National Parks [Tech Crunch]
  • Disney Parks Are Closing, But Online Ride-Throughs Remain Open [Jezebel]

b. Entertainment

  • Netflix Party is a new way to watch Netflix with your friends online. Netflix Party synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favorite Netflix shows.”
  • “Amazon launches Prime Video Cinema hub to corral new theater releases” [CNET]
  • “Free musicals and plays you can now stream” (updated daily) [Filmed on Stage]
  • Streaming services with free trials [Slick Deals]
  • Vulture’s guide to the TV shows and movies available for streaming on Netflix, Amazon, HBO, and Hulu [Vulture]
  • “All the virtual concerts, plays, museums and other culture you can enjoy from home” [CNN]
  • The Best Comedy Podcasts to Binge During Coronavirus Quarantine [Vulture]
  • Tiny Desk concerts archive [NPR]
  • Video games to play [The Verge]
  • “’Pokemon Go’ just made it easier to play at home during coronavirus pandemic” [Mashable]
  • [3/25] “Plague Inc. rolling out new mode where you fight to contain the outbreak” [Ars Technica]
  • 15 Broadway Plays and Musicals You Can Watch From Home [Playbill]
  • “Broadway Stars Are Streaming Nightly Performances You Can Watch From Your Living Room” [Secret NYC]
  • The Berlin Philharmonic’s “Digital Concert Hall” is free if you create a free account online by 3/31. You’ll have access to all concerts and films on the site. [Berlin Philharmonic]
  • “Live Virtual Concerts To Watch During The Coronavirus Shutdown” [NPR]
  • “Watch These Livestreamed Concerts During Your Social Distancing” [Vulture]
  • “Entertainment for a Quarantine” — includes streaming services (free or free trials). (Google doc)

c. Books & Online Learning

  • Rochester Brainery online classes
  • Writers & Books online classes (and book orders)
  • Free eBooks: Project Gutenberg
  • New app lets you download books from the NYPL for free (more than 300,000 available!) [Time Out]
  • Borrow ebooks and audiobooks from the library with the app Libby
  • Here Are Over 100 Comics You Can Read for Free Right Now [Nerdist]
  • Free college courses online
    • 1,500 Free Online Courses from Top Universities [Open Culture] (ctrl + F is your friend here!)
    • Here are 450 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free [freeCodeCamp]
    • Access 2,500+ Online Courses from 140 Top Institutions [edX]
  • Cambridge University Press is making higher education textbooks in HTML format free online until the end of May.
  • Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski is giving cooking lessons on Instagram
  • Gucci Osteria’s Massimo Bottura is offering free virtual cooking classes on Instagram [Time Out]
  • Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi is offering free daily baking classes on Instagram [Kitchn]

d. Fitness & Health

  • Rochester Parkour livestreamed workouts (free)
  • Studio 22 Fitness virtual training (a local gym)
  • “Entertainment for a Quarantine” — includes online workout programs (free or free trials) (Google doc)
  • 28-Day Squat, Plank & Lunge Plan [MyFitnessPal]
  • “These fitness companies are offering free online workouts during coronavirus quarantine” [CNBC]
  • “These fitness studios are live-streaming workout classes for free during the coronavirus outbreak” [CBS News]
  • “Free Boxing Workouts to Jab Out Your Stress and Build Strength at Home” [PopSugar]
  • The 10 best online home workouts [The Guardian]
  • 9 of the best online fitness apps and digital coaches [Mashable]
  • “Health and wellness apps are offering free services to help those coping with coronavirus” [USA Today]
  • “3 Reasons to Meditate in the Battle Against Coronavirus” [Psychology Today] e. Outdoor Activities

f. Arts & Crafts & Museums

  • Local Museums’ Virtual Tours [City Newspaper]
  • Google Arts & Culture
  • #MuseumFromHome
  • “How to get your art and design fix from your couch” [Fast Company]
  • Download Free Coloring Books from 113 Museums [Open Culture]
  • Write! Make Art! Create!
    • Airigami’s #antisocialartshow: “Create a piece of artwork, whether music/visual/creative writing/food/gardening/performance, etc., in the comfort of your own home and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #antisocialartshow.”
    • #The100DayProject is a free art project that takes place online. The idea is simple: choose a project, do it every day for 100 days, and share your process on Instagram with the hashtag #The100DayProject. Starts 4/7.
    • 6x6x2020: Artworks must be six inches square. Participation is free. All artworks will be exhibited and for sale to the public for $20 each to benefit RoCo. Must be postmarked by 4/10.
    • Rochester Fringe Festival has extended its deadline. Apply by 5/15.
    • Submissions are open for the 9th edition of ImageOutWrite, the literary journal of ImageOut, Rochester’s LGBT Film Festival. Submission deadline: 6/15. [Instagram]

g. Kids & Families

  • Amazon Prime Video is offering free full access to original kids’ series and specials, along with some PBS kids’ TV shows, and movies through IMDb TV. [Variety]
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga (2 weeks free) / YouTube
  • 5 Ways to Stay Active with the Whole Family [Fleet Feet]
  • “5 Reasons You Should Start A Family Book Club Right Now” [Harper Collins]
  • “What If Coronavirus Means Your Kids Are Stuck at Home?” [The Cut]
  • “13 things to keep kids entertained if quarantined for coronavirus” [USA Today]
  • “Disney Parks Are Closing, But Online Ride-Throughs Remain Open” [Jezebel]
  • Free Activities for Kids (100+ Easy Ideas!) [Yummy Toddler Food]
  • “Sesame Workshop Launches Resource Site for Stuck-at-Home Kids (and Bored Adults)” [Vulture]
  • “This Principal’s List of Things to Do During COVID Closures Is Going Viral” [We Are Teachers]
  • “Berkner Breaks,” most weekdays at 10:00 a.m. on The Laurie Berkner Band’s Facebook page


  • [3/29] Monroe County COVID-19 cases [D&C]
    • 223 confirmed cases.
    • 33 people are hospitalized, 22 of those are in the ICU
    • 6 people have died
    • 367 people are in mandatory quarantine and isolation
  • [3/29] U.S. numbers: 135,856 cases, 2,391 deaths [CNN] (Bear in mind that U.S. testing has been severely inadequate and actual numbers are likely much higher.)
  • [3/29] Worldwide numbers: 638,146 cases, 30,105 deaths [WHO]
  • See Which Countries are Flattening Their COVID-19 Curve [Visual Capitalist]
  • Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – Statistics and Research [Our World in Data]
  • Tracking Every Coronavirus Case in the U.S.: Full Map [NYT]