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Rochester Regional Health-United Memorial Medical Center said it will close some care offices early today due to the winter storm and icy roads expected in much of the area it serves.

“Please note the United Memorial Medical Center hospital and Emergency Department are, and will remain, open for all emergencies,” UMMC said in a press release. “Given regional travel advisories, and for the safety of patients and staff, some outpatient offices will be closing at noon and calling their patients directly to reschedule appointments.

Primary care offices and specialty care offices (cardiology, surgery, women’s care, pain center, wound center, Lipson Cancer Institute and orthopedics) are closing at noon. Some morning visits for these offices are virtual and appointments are being rescheduled. Phone lines remain open.

Other offices closing at noon include UMMC imaging at Jerome Center, physical therapy, UMMC lab at Jerome Center (also closed Saturday), outpatient pharmacy, Healthy Living Center.

All essential staff members are required to report to work.

Patients and families who have any questions should first reach out to their primary care or specialty care offices. For other questions, call 585-343-6030 for more information.

Orleans Community Health (OCH) is preparing for service disruptions as others are, said Scott Robinson, director of marketing, communications, and outreach for OCH.

Robinson said he wanted to get a message to dialysis patients this morning.

“All patients in Medina should call (585) 798-3757 and Batavia (585) 344-7097 after 5 a.m. on Friday (today) for instructions for treatment. Both locations will be open on Friday, but as of now it is highly likely that both will close on Saturday,” he said.


Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel said it is closed today starting at 11:30 a.m. due to the storm. The hotel will remain open for those that are already staying or who have reservations tonight.

“We urge everyone to please be safe and obey all travel advisories. A decision on whether Batavia Downs will reopen on Saturday will be posted on our social media pages and website in the morning,” Batavia Downs said.


Wyoming County Acting Sheriff David Linder at 10 a.m. today issued a travel advisory for the entire county.

“Blowing and drifting snow coupled with poor visibility, has made travel difficult,” Linder said. “Residents are urged to limit travel to commuting to and from work, as well as bare necessities.”


Elba Central School District is closed today due to the storm. No extracurricular and athletic events will take place today. The district will reopen Jan. 3.


Batavia First Presbyterian Church, 300 E. Main St., has canceled Eve of Christmas Eve services for today due to the storm.


The Batavia Wal-Mart is closing at 2 p.m. today.


Travel advisories remain in effect for Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties. No unnecessary travel is recommended.

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