Were you among the thousands of residents who came out last Saturday to pick up free surgical masks from Monroe County and the Town of Penfield? The turnout was fantastic! The lines were steady and the snow was blowing, but the smiles were warm as we handed out roughly 25,000 surgical masks to Penfield residents in just four hours. The give-away went smoothly thanks to our well-organized volunteers and patient customers. Our distribution team was moving so fast we managed to keep warm despite the wintry weather. The Town received many thanks and notes of appreciation that I would like to pass along to our friends at the county and Town Councilman Bob Ockenden, who coordinated the event. On behalf of the Town of Penfield, a special thank you to everyone who volunteered their time Saturday to make this event successful.
If you missed this distribution and your family needs masks, we are hosting a second give-away on Wednesday, May 13 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Proof of residency will not be checked. Family members of vulnerable Penfield residents may pick up masks for their loved ones; what’s most important is that we get masks to residents who need them. If you have any questions about this mask give-away contact the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.
Today, Governor Cuomo made his daily remarks from Rochester. He once again explained the criteria necessary for a phased un-pausing of New York region by region. Monroe County is included in the Finger Lakes region, and we are poised to meet reopening guidelines IF we “stay smart” and continue our good work to flatten the curve. This means committing to social/physical distancing, community masking by all, and meeting all the metrics in place for testing, tracing, infection rate, hospital capacity and appropriate healthcare resources. Local governments in Monroe County are coordinating to lift our region up together. Ultimately, individual choices and collective behaviors will determine our readiness to reopen and move forward. This week’s messaging from the state and county will be focused on who is ready to begin a phased reopening. This will be a fluid process and we will take our lead from state and county officials.
At the Town, our DPW is back full force this week and will work in new ways that meet social distancing and hygiene protocols. Residential brush drop-off will resume Monday, May 18, 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM to collect limbs and brush ONLY—as always, NO leaves, grass clippings, or other inappropriate debris will be accepted.
Other Town employees will continue to work remotely this week with limited office access where possible. Our personnel, safety, and facilities team is making plans for new work practices in all Town facilities. When we open to the public there will be new procedures in place. I will share that information with you before we open our doors. As a reminder, Monroe County has canceled all mobile DMVs for the year, so that service will not return to the town hall in 2020.
Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.
Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,
Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain