Here are the latest updates on the Phase Two reopening of Rochester and the Finger Lakes and the coronavirus pandemic as reported by reporters, editors and producers from the USA Today network.

Dentists are allowed to open Monday and the state issued interim guidance

The state issued some interim guidance for dental practices across the state adter Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that surgeries could open as part of the Phase 2 reopening

The guidelines include mandatory screening of patients and staff to determine whether they have recently tested positive for Covid-19, limiting the number of people in the waiting room, the number of staff on site and protocols for the use of PPE.

“We have gone through hell and back — we are on the other side and it’s a lesson for all of us, and we need to stay vigilant as we reopen different parts of the state so that we don’t backslide. I am also authorizing dentists to resume their practices statewide starting tomorrow as long as they follow health and safety guidelines that the state is laying out and that we have been discussing with them,” Cuomo said.

New York license, registration and inspection still valid if it expired after March 1

Pandemic related moratoriums on license, registration and vehicle inspection deadlines continue for New York motorists even as some nominal Department or Motor Vehicles operations begin.

Commercial driver’s license road tests can be scheduled at all regions in at least phase 1 of reopening, which includes everywhere but New York City for now.

Road tests for Class D drivers licenses are not available at this time.

State run offices in Albany, Onondaga, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, Westchester and the five boroughs of New York City will begin to process vehicle registrations and other transactions by mail Monday, July 1.

Beginning June 4, the department will accept transactions through secure drop-boxes located at each state office in those locations.

DMV offices, however, remain closed for in-person visits.

The DMV commissioner said as regions advance to phase 3 later this month, limited in-person transactions will be allowed on a reservation-only basis.

Hispanic households hit hard by coronavirus symptoms, nationwide survey finds

Across the nation, Hispanic households said yes to symptoms of COVID-19 – the lung disease caused by the virus – nearly a third more often than others, a USA TODAY analysis found.

In Monroe County, 4.4% of Hispanic households surveyed reported experiencing the most serious symptom combinations flagged by the CDC — dry cough and difficulty breathing, or fever and loss of taste or smell — compared to 3.4% of non-Hispanic households.

Phase 2 reopening: These areas of New York will go to next step this week

ALBANY – Western New York and the Capital Region are expected to join the rest of upstate this week in entering Phase 2 of its reopening after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered most businesses in late March.

Western New York, which encompasses the counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara, is on track Tuesday to meet the metrics on the virus’ spread to enter Phase 2, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

On Wednesday, the Capital Region should be allowed to go to Phase 2, he said. The Capital Region includes Albany, Columbia, Greene, Saratoga, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Warren, Washington counties.

Phase 2 of the four-phase reopening that started May 15 allows professional services to resume in-person operations, as well as finance and insurance, administrative support services, real estate transactions and retail.

Retail stores can reopen with a series of safety measures, but malls cannot until Phase 4.

Latest coronavirus case numbers for Monroe County

Deaths

There was one new deaths since Saturday, May 30, bringing the total to 219.

New Cases

There are 25 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 since Saturday, May 30.

These new individuals include:

  • 1 Female between 10 and 19 years of age
  • 1 Male between 10 and 19 years of age
  • 2 Females in their 20s
  • 1 Male in his 20s
  • 4 Females in their 30s
  • 1 Male in his 30s
  • 1 Female in her 40s
  • 6 Females in their 50s
  • 1 Male in his 50s
  • 2 Females in their 60s
  • 1 Male in his 60s
  • 2 Males in their 80s
  • 2 Females in their 90s

Hospitalizations

Of the 2,877 confirmed cases, 195 people are hospitalized; 19 of the 195 patients are in the ICU on a ventilator.

Active cases

There are currently 952 active cases in Monroe County.

Additional information is available at the Monroe County dashboard.

Testing data from New York state

2,828 people were tested in Monroe County on May 30, with 33 of them testing positive, according to the state.

The total number of people tested is 53,454 and currently the percentage of people testing positive is 5.5% according to state data.

Additional data is available at the state health dashboard on testing rates and fatalities.

What businesses remain closed?

  • Malls; specifically, any indoor common portions of retail shopping malls with 100,000 or more square feet of retail space available for lease; however, any stores located within shopping malls, which have their own external entrances open to the public, separate from the general mall entrance (e.g. strip malls), may open;
  • Dine-in and on-premise restaurant or bar service, excluding take-out or delivery for off-premise consumption;
  • Large gathering/event venues, including but not limited to establishments that host concerts, conferences, or other in-person performances or presentations in front of an in-person audience;
  • Gyms, fitness centers, and exercise classes, except for remote or streaming services;
  • Video lottery and casino gaming facilities;
  • Movie theaters, except drive-ins; and
  • Places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, including but not limited to, locations with amusement rides, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, aquariums, zoos, arcades, fairs, children’s play centers, funplexes, theme parks, bowling alleys, family and children’s attractions.

Contact Matthew Leonard mmleonard@gannett.com or follow him on Twitter @mleonardmedia.

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