Dr. Mendoza to school superintendents: 'We need to wait and see'

Dr. Mendoza to school superintendents: 'We need to wait and see' Photo: Monroe County Department of Health.

Berkeley Brean
Updated: March 25, 2020 06:49 PM
Created: March 25, 2020 06:43 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Just before 4 o’clock Wednesday, Monroe County Public Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza had a conference call with all the school superintendents in Monroe County.

They want to know when they can re-open schools.


We are in week two of the school shutdown.

Every parent out there would love to know when their children can get back to school.

Dr. Mendoza says the decision is up to Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifts his order to close.

Dr. Mendoza says the job is to give them his best advice based on science. 

And this is what he thinks right now. 

Dr. Mendoza: “I would say if we open too soon we run the risk of undoing all the progress that we've made to date.”

Brean: “How do you know what too soon is?”

Dr. Mendoza: “That's the challenge. and that's why we're in contact with all of my colleagues across the state, all of the other commissioners who are going through this at this time and we're looking at what we're seeing in our communities and communicating about what we're knowing, but there's still a lot that we're learning and that is the challenge of being in a situation like this.”

Many of you have been asking for a map that shows where the positive cases are located in Monroe County.

On Wednesday evening, the county released one, but it comes with a word of caution from Dr. Mendoza.

The map shows every town in the county has at least one positive case.

Click here to see the map full size.

The line along the lakeshore from Greece to Webster shows a high concentration of cases.

As you look at this and find your neighborhood here, Dr. Mendoza says He doesn’t want this to give you a false sense of security, like the Grey areas in Mendon, Henrietta, Chili and Wheatland are safe.

Watch the video above for the full interview with Dr. Mendoza.

We’re in week two of our social shutdown. I asked doctor Mendoza how we’re doing. 

Dr. Mendoza: “The jury is still out. We know the incubation period of this virus is 14 days. And so I wouldn’t expect to see any outcome from something 10 days ago until four days from now. So we are looking at this as a rolling window if you will, and my concern is that we take our foot off the gas and we lose progress. So this has to be a concerted consistent sustained effort if we’re going to expect any benefit from this.”

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