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Randy Gorbman

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's Director of News and Public Affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online. 

Randy has over 30 years of broadcast news experience, and was recently news director at WHAM-AM in Rochester. Randy has also been news director, writer, announcer, and producer at radio stations in several cities in New York and Connecticut, as well as working as an editor at the NBC Radio Network. He served as past president of the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters' Association, and is currently a member of its Board of Directors.

Randy has also taught journalism to local students, serving as adjunct instructor at SUNY Geneseo and Monroe Community College.

Randy received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and his Master's degree in Liberal Arts from SUNY Empire State College.

Wegmans will be supplying face masks to its employees in line with federal guidelines designed to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

A message posted to the Wegmans website by President & CEO Colleen Wegman says that the company has been following the guidance of the CDC, and most recently, that federal agency is advising that using masks may prevent the spread of the virus.

The City of Canandaigua is making a change in  the operation of some recreational facilities because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Sunday, City Manager John Goodwin issued a statement saying that  due to a lack of social distancing taking place within City of Canandaigua Parks, all basketball courts, tennis courts, and pickleball courts are now closed.

During his daily briefing on the coronavirus on Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned that the state is quickly running out of ventilators.

"At the current burn rate, we have enough ventilators for six days."

He also said the state will pay a premium to manufacturers -- and cover the cost of converting their factories, too -- to produce gowns and other badly needed protective gear.

Tops Friendly Markets will again be offering customers single-use plastic bags.

This change happens after New York state delayed enforcement of the ban on the plastic bags until May 15. That delay is also related to a legal challenge against the plastic bag legislation.

Tops officials say they are temporarily not enforcing the ban in order to help with sanitation concerns surrounding reusable bags and COVID-19.

Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter says that 51 people have been released from the county jail, at the direction of the New York State Division of Parole.

Baxter says that none of them had flu-like symptoms and there are no COVID-19 cases in the jail.

New York will be moving its presidential primary due to the coronavirus pandemic. Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday that the April 28 primary will move to June 23, when a number of other federal, state and local elections are being held.

He said it just makes sense when officials are trying to limit the spread of the virus.

“I don’t think it’s wise to be bringing a lot of people to one location to vote. A lot of people touching one door knob, a lot of people touching one pen, whatever you call the new device on the ballots,” Cuomo told reporters.

Both Wegmans and Tops have added some additional safety measures at their stores, or are in the process of doing that now.

Wegmans and Tops are both putting plexiglass shields on at front end registers and pharmacy counters because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wegmans says its shields were first tested at the Chili store and have now been rolled out the other 100  locations.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo sounded his most dire warning yet about the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday, saying the infection rate in New York is accelerating and the state could be as close as two weeks away from a crisis that sees 40,000 people in intensive care.

Such a surge would overwhelm hospitals, which now have just 3,000 intensive care unit beds statewide.

The rate of new infections, Cuomo said, is doubling about every three days. While officials once thought the peak in New York would come in early May, they now say it could come in two to three weeks.

  

An iconic Rochester company will help in the effort to get protective face masks in the hands of some local medical professionals who are trying to gather more equipment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hickey Freeman Tailored Clothing (HFTC), a clothing manufacturer that has been around for more than 120 years in Rochester, has announced that it will begin production of face masks for the medical staff at Rochester General Hospital.

In response to area school closings due to the coronavirus, WXXI-TV will begin broadcasting a “Learn At Home” schedule in support of families, educators, and students.

This new schedule, posted at WXXI.org/tv/schedules, will air from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays beginning Monday, March 23rd.  WXXI Kids 24/7 channel will remain the same with PBS KIDS favorites for the youngest viewers.

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