Testing has shown some homes in Elmira Heights to have indoor air concentrations as high as 37 micrograms per cubic meter, over seventeen times the EPA’s maximum for homes.
Testing has shown some homes in Elmira Heights to have indoor air concentrations as high as 37 micrograms per cubic meter, over seventeen times the EPA’s maximum for homes.
Among prison staff, 5188 have tested positive since last March and eight have died of COVID.
Cuomo said his administration is doing a “full review” of its mask policies, now that the CDC has altered its recommendations.
“The key difference between a job at McDonald’s and a job at a nursing home should be a career, that you’re beginning a career. We believe we need to build that infrastructure.”
New York is using those funds to target 117 zip codes from around the state with lower-than-average vaccination rates, though nearly 80% of those neighborhoods are in New York City or on Long Island.
“Especially with that surge of the overdose numbers, it’s not going away, so why not just try it?”
“Parents can rest assured that sending their child to camp will not mean sending them away from expert mental health care should they need it.”
“We’re holding them accountable and delivering more than $1 billion more into New York communities ravaged by opioids for treatment, recovery, and prevention efforts.”
Alberto José Cardelle will replace Dr. Barbara Jean Morris, who stepped down in October 2020 after SUNY Oneonta became a hotspot for COVID-19 cases.
Children younger than 12 will be allowed to enter Canada with their parents or guardians if they follow public health guidelines.
“The market certainly is much tighter than it has been in the past. There’s no doubt about it.”
“It’s great speaking with a customer, someone who lives on the Northside, who reports that they’re no longer dependent on certain medication because of access.”
Forecasters predict Pennsylvania will rake in nearly 15 percent more this year than last. That would be the largest increase of any state.
SUNY is pushing vaccine awareness campaigns and encouraging students and faculty to use vaccine clinics on campus.
“Our numbers in person dwindled down to zero because we weren’t even in the building. But the reach that we made tripled.”
The AP finds that other states, including Pennsylvania, report death numbers that mirror the CDC numbers, and count all cases where COVID is either the cause of death or a contributing factor.
Pennsylvania would be among top beneficiaries of cleaner air
Black people in the Finger Lakes region face stark health disparities as a result of racism and the way it manifests, a problem magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our impression is that probably, you can find five percent, maybe even up to ten percent in areas, it definitely seems to be increasing.”
New York state aims to have 70% of electricity used, coming from renewable resources by 2030.
About $4.3 billion will be distributed to nearly every state in the nation to help fund prevention, treatment and recovery programs; New York will get $200 million.
New York is among the states agreeing to end the fight to halt a controversial Purdue Pharma bankruptcy plan. The deal shelters members of the Sackler family from opioid lawsuits.
Unconventional wells produced 7.1 trillion cubic feet of gas last year, even as national and regional natural gas prices dipped in response to the pandemic.
“Review some of the soft-on-crime pieces of legislation that have been passed in the last few years. I think the combination of all of those policies is having a big effect on this increase in violent crime.”
On Monday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that fully vaccinated Canadians returning to the country from the U.S. would no longer need to quarantine.
The state’s Department of Health is working to hire a new company under an even pricier contract to take over its contact tracing program. The previous company was fired for a massive data breach.
“Gun Violence is not only taking a human toll. It’s taking an economic toll. So we have no choice but to address it. It’s the right thing to do.”
With more ticks carrying disease than ever, here’s what you need to know about which ticks to watch out for and what to do if you get bitten.
Lead poisoning prevention experts are calling on the state to fund remediation and testing.
“It’s important that these companies pay up, it’s also important that the money go to where it was intended.”
Broome County’s declaration will expire at 3:30 p.m., after 457 days in effect.
“This legislation provides important updates to our state’s medical marijuana program to ensure that patients have improved access to medication.”
Wall Street executives are pushing vaccinated workers to return to work, and that’s good news for vendors and other small businesses in New York that depend on workers from finance.
The comments, drafted by the Tompkins County Office of Planning and Sustainability staff, ask the DEC to provide more specifics about implementation.
The 7-day average COVID-19 positivity rate for the Finger Lakes region is now down to .40%.
A bill before Gov. Andrew Cuomo would create a lockbox for anticipated opioid drug manufacturer settlement funds.
An amendment to the Senate bill designed to prevent “vaccine passports” would prohibit the secretary from ordering mask wearing and other public health measures.
They seek a detailed list of data about the deaths of New Yorkers from COVID-19, including those tracked by the date, county and ZIP code, as well as confirmed cases of coronavirus by age group, race, and ethnicity.
“The emergency is over. It will not be renewed.”
“In my view, the county taxpayers shouldn’t foot a bill for a crisis that we didn’t create.”
Members of the Assembly held an hours-long meeting, speaking with stakeholders in the healthcare industry on what can be done to save the lives of people dealing with addiction and mental illness.
“It was a cycle that individuals were kind of in the hamster wheel on, and some of them are just getting back to comfortable being in the stores now.”
The infection rate for the Finger Lakes region is .54%. That is the second highest rate in the state, behind the North Country, but the positivity rate for all regions of the state is well below 1%.
Elmira commemorated the 20th anniversary of the first Juneteenth event in the city at Ernie Davis park.
Experts warn that separation anxiety is a real possibility for pets who got used to having their people around all the time. There is a type of training that helps, but it requires time and patience.
“The pandemic made it clear that traffic is an important source of pollutants for the air that we breathe. But the fact that we have this data will allow us to understand those interactions better.”
Not everyone can immediately go back to normal. Unvaccinated New Yorkers still need to wear masks in public and practice safe social distancing.
New York is still in the process of reopening from the months-long mandatory lock downs, and Governor Cuomo says there are still dangerous variants of the virus that are spreading in other parts of the world.
In May, the governor announced the fair would be open at 50% capacity, but with record low infection rates and an almost 70% vaccination rate, Cuomo said it’s time to open the gates all the way.
Rates in some low-income urban and rural areas are as low as 38.8%. The governor says local governments need to focus on those areas and give it “one more push.”
“New York’s COVID-19 numbers continue to hit record lows and New Yorkers are ready to return to normal.”
Acting State Human Services Secretary Meg Snead said parents ultimately have to make their own decisions about what’s safe.
The limited ticket event will honor Class of 2020 inductees Derek Jeter, Larry Walker, Marvin Miller and Ted Simmons after the coronavirus pandemic scrapped last year’s ceremony for the first time since 1960.
“We need school districts and superintendents to marry civil disobedience with common sense. And that is no masks for the rest of the year.”
The expansion will increase enrollment in FLCC’s registered nursing program by 60% and it will also allow that college to add a licensed practical nursing program.
Young people and those with no COVID-19 symptoms are among those at risk.
The announcement began a weekend of confusion and anxiety for school leaders, teachers and parents who said they would have to once again reconfigure classrooms and alter other protocols.
“We hit 70%, we will be back to life as normal, or as normalized as you can be post-COVID.”
A top sticking point for the New York Health Act, which would create a universal, single-payer health care system in New York, is opposition from public sector labor leaders.
It looks like New York State is not ready to change its guidance on masking yet for grades K-12.
“There’s still a segment of the population who are apprehensive, who are on the fence, and that’s why this event is going to be critical.”
For some people, grief is complicated by attitudes about the virus among family and friends.
Around the end of March last year, CHOW served 140 households a week. At the end of May this year, 10 to 15 households received deliveries.
After June 28, only unvaccinated people will need to wear masks on Penn State’s campus.
“The local law has to be adopted on or before Dec. 31, 2021. That’s coming up really quickly. It’s like a one or done shot. If you adopt it on Jan. 1, it has no effect.”
“You’ll notice that the advertising is different there. There’s more shelf space dedicated to menthol products. There’s more advertising.”
“It is not just sufficient to say that abortion is a right that everybody has access to. We have to also make it accessible.”
“Crisis is a very relative term, right,” she said. “What is a crisis to one person may not be a crisis to another.”
Some consumer groups are calling on the federal government to take a closer look at what they are calling alarming levels of lead and arsenic in some vinegar products.
Younger people were cleared for the COVID-19 vaccine later than older people, and they are getting vaccinated at much lower rates.
There’s a silver lining to all those empty storefronts in New York City: Some business owners are snagging prime Manhattan locations ahead of the Great Reopening.
The largest U.S. school district will reopen this fall with no option for virtual classes. Chancellor Meisha Porter says 70,000 employees have already been vaccinated, “and we need our children back.”
The coronavirus pandemic has robbed many people of sleep. A specific behavior therapy that has a record of success may help those who are suffering from insomnia.
“Trying to get ten toddlers to keep a mask on is a feat that’s impossible. It’s very, very difficult. We can barely get them to keep their shoes on, let alone a mask on their face.”
“Our goal should be focused on getting the vaccine to those who want it, but not punish those who have made a personal choice.”
78% of New Yorkers want the option, implemented during the pandemic, to be made permanent in New York.
Meanwhile, Republicans in the state legislature say they want lawmakers to rescind a new mask mandate imposed by Cuomo on young children at day care centers.
“Ticks are part of our landscape now, and they’re part of our lives, so if we like to be outside and enjoy all of what the outdoors has to offer, we need to be prepared to protect ourselves.”
Governor Cuomo also announced that more than 1 million Excelsior Passes have been issued since New York began the program in March.
Providers’ groups say many long term care homes are on the brink of closure.
“We saw drugmakers raising already exorbitant prices on hundreds of drugs while families faced unprecedented health challenges and financial insecurity.”
“I was running COVID response for this state, so I didn’t want to get COVID, and precautions were taken.”
Gillibrand, a member of Congress’s Special Committee on Aging, said making long-term care more accessible and affordable is among her top priorities.
“My resting heart rate used to be in the upper 50s, low 60s. Just last night, I’m sitting around doing nothing, it’s 115.”
The top prize is $5 million dollars, but the Governor says there are also lesser prizes, with a one in nine chance of winning.
The ballot questions were widely seen as a referendum on the Wolf administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins are easing capacity limits in the Assembly and Senate chambers, but masks will still be required during session.
Several other schools across New York are also requiring immunizations.
“I think there is an obvious desire to get back to normal, and get their youth and lives back that they so dearly miss.”
Of the initial payment for his new book, nearly half was taken out in expenses and taxes, and the rest was donated to the United Way of New York and placed in a trust for his three daughters.
“Obviously people not coming for prevention or care doesn’t help the situation, but I wouldn’t say the pandemic is fully to blame for the increase.”
The governor says it’s still OK to continue to wear a mask, if you feel more comfortable doing so.
Since March 2020, the border has been closed to all “non-essential” traffic, and the shutdown has been extended on a monthly basis since then. Currently, the closure remains in effect through Friday, May 21.
Connecticut and Pennsylvania promptly lifted their outdoor mask mandates. New Jersey, and Massachusetts, like New York, are waiting a little longer.
The law would require doctors to let parents set their children’s immunization schedules.
The Governor also announced that beaches and pools will operate with 6′ social distancing, with the goal to reopen them to 100% capacity by July 4.
“Even if a younger person tends to be less affected by COVID, they can transmit COVID just as easily as anyone. So, we have to change the mindset.”
“It’s the communities and the connectedness that we have within those communities. It’s the jobs that we have access to. It’s the type of income we have.”
Binghamton is “still moving forward” with the audit.
“That’s a personal decision, but it’s my job as a teacher to provide you with the information so you can look up the specifics, or we can look them up together.”
“You go to a SUNY school, State University of New York, City University of New York, you must have a vaccine to come back in September. If you must have a vaccine, get it now, if you have to get it anyway.”
If 100% of a firm’s traders are fully vaccinated, they can start sending more to the stock exchange floor. They can eat lunch in their booths again. Masks will be optional in some parts of the floor.
“We really feel that our population of loved ones is just being completely disregarded.”
Lack of funds kept counties from using “assisted outpatient treatment” services in the past.
The draft plan focuses on a broad array of areas that largely focus on limiting the amount of phosphorus running into the lakes
“Many of these disasters, while often short-lived, have long and complex recovery periods lasting weeks, months, and in some cases, years or decades.”
“I’m surprised they’re not sending vans to weigh stations or rest areas and putting up signs to say, ‘Truck drivers, stop here and get your one-shot vaccine. One-shot and go.’”
“It is not a cost saving mechanism to put your employees and customers at risk of death.”
“You get the ten people, we’ll come with the vaccines.”
Fans who are unvaccinated will have to sit in a separate, socially distanced section with a maximum capacity of 33%.
The Jays, unable to play in Toronto’s Rogers Centre and unsuccessful in attempts to use another major league ballpark, played a majority of their home games in Sahlen Field last summer.
“Finally, we could have a strong law and tools we need to advocate for our patients.”
“I think this is an idea that is deeply bipartisan. 88% of Americans support it, so I hope we can get some bipartisan legislation passed. If not, if we do reform the filibuster, this could be included.”
The legislation would apply to both residential and commercial tenants who file a hardship declaration form with their landlord.
Union members called on House Health Committee Chair Kathy Rapp to consider their proposal.
The governor said everything can’t be reopened all at once — it’s not like flipping a “light switch,” he said — and some restrictions will remain for now.
“As we set our sights on the fall semester and reopening our campuses, we hope to be able to lift many more COVID-related restrictions in the weeks and months to come.”
“This does not kneecap the governor such that the governor isn’t able to operate as an executive.”
“It shouldn’t take lawsuits and court hearings for our struggling restaurants to be heard.”
The state says it will not renew its contract with the agency after the incident.
The governor says New York City and the rest of the state could open up sooner than July.
The relief fund sets aside $2.1 billion for those who lost work during the pandemic, but, due to immigration status, were ineligible for unemployment benefits or federal stimulus checks.
Restaurant industry groups hailed the end of what they called a “burdensome mandate” that further harmed businesses financially devastated by the pandemic.
“We’ve seen people who haven’t been able to work for an extended period of time.”
“You don’t have to call; you don’t have to make an appointment.”
Organizations meet new needs of people they have already built trust with.
“It is time to begin removing certain restrictions and regulations that are no longer necessary, so we can safely reopen and rebuild our state’s economy,”
The governor was also asked about allegations of sexual misconduct and the state losing a congressional seat
“The pandemic has laid bare the risks to vulnerable nursing home residents that are inherent in a low staffing business model.”
“I’ll go inside the bathroom, just for a quick second, and I’ll cry. But then I’m like, you know what, let me get myself together, everything’s going to be OK.”
“We have three proven vaccines at our disposal. I urge every New Yorker to take whichever one is available to them first.
“We need to identify, what’s the right message to reach those folks?”
Environmental experts urge people to cut the ear loops off their masks before throwing them in the trash. Sea turtles, birds, and other marine wildlife can become entangled in the loops.
The bill requires that the state health and labor departments design minimum standards for health and safety during outbreaks of airborne viruses and all infectious disease outbreaks.
All states were to have opened vaccine appointments to all adults this week, if they hadn’t already.
“This early in the process of vaccine administration, to have difficulty filling appointments is concerning.”
“Over and over, we’ve heard that we’re supposed to be following the facts and science. But as weeks turn into months, and months have now turned into over a year, we watched this administration change the rules without regard to either.”
“School is not just a place where they learn academics. It’s how they learn to get along with other kids their same age — how to navigate and negotiate all that.”
While some of his Republican colleagues have said otherwise, the speaker is touting mask-wearing and vaccinations as “important to reducing the spread of the virus.”
In recent days, the state’s COVID-19 indicators have shifted downward, with a decline in the statewide positivity rate compared to numbers seen in March.
The Finger Lakes VA system administered nearly 1,000 J&J vaccines. That included pop-up clinics in Rochester for veterans at risk of homelessness.
“Now, people realize more than ever that dying could come at any time, and we must be prepared for it.”
Some farm workers are hesitant to get the vaccine because they are wary of interacting with the government.
Horne had been dismissed after a November 2006 incident in which she has maintained she tried to stop a fellow officer from choking a man during an arrest.
Restaurants, financially devastated by months-long indoor dining bans to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, say the rule helped some of them turn enough profit to keep from closing.
“At same time, we caution New Yorkers. Don’t get cocky. The disease is still very much with us.”
The assistance covers things like transportation, transfer of remains, a casket or urn, clergy or officiant services, ceremony arrangement, burial plot or cremation, and headstone markers.
“You have to respect what’s happening with COVID, and make sure not only the students are safe but the family and friends that would come on to campus.”
Risk of dying from the virus is 2,000 times greater than the risk of vaccine complications
“We don’t have the availability of doses like the state does that we can swap what we had today with a different type of vaccine.”
“We do have enough Pfizer and we do have enough Moderna to keep our schedule.”
Chef Amanda Cohen, owner of Dirt Candy in New York City, says the coronavirus relief package’s $28.6 billion for independent and small-chain restaurants means many in the industry can stay afloat.
“Let’s stamp this beast to death while we can.”
In the Finger Lakes region, 97% of vaccine doses received have been administered, according to the state.
“The nursing home allowed her to die. I had no idea my mother was being neglected. They lie to you. You call on the phone every day, you’re FaceTiming and they’re telling you she’s fine, she’s great.”
The new fund is designed to offer relief to undocumented immigrants who, during the pandemic, didn’t have access to unemployment and other benefits, like federal stimulus checks.
“Why house us with somebody we can constantly contract it [from] every time a new intake person comes in.”
Buffalo’s ballpark underwent several capital projects and adjustments – paid for by the Jays organization – to help it meet Major League Baseball facility standards.
“Now, do I go take a COVID test every time I get symptomatic with my allergies? What do I do?”
Cuomo did not deny the allegations, saying that people who visited him during the early days of the pandemic received testing.
The council plans to reconvene Monday, April 12 at 6 p.m. to resume consideration of agreement.
Students with medical and religious exemptions will be accommodated.
The 1B group, estimated at just under one million people, includes postal workers, manufacturing laborers, and others considered essential workers who risk contracting the virus at their job.
Wednesday’s meeting will be conducted over Zoom and will begin at 6 p.m..
The Broome County Sheriff said half of the jail’s staff has refused to get one.
“We want to get past this and the only way to get past this is to get folks, you know, vaccinated.”
Looser restrictions are complicated by a rise in cases fueled in part by more infectious variants.
“If what the governor is alleged to have done is true, it’s a clear violation of public officers laws.”
“We are all human and we have to help each other, understand each other, and try to make sense of life.”
“I think people fear what they don’t understand,” says Levine, assistant secretary for health and the first openly transgender person to serve in a Senate-confirmed position.
“Why is it state-sentenced inmates are being punished by not getting the same treatment as every other state inmate all because we’re housed in county jails?”
“Freedom from torture is the most basic of human rights, and yet every year tens of thousands of New Yorkers are subjected to it in the form of solitary confinement.”
The commonwealth has been vaccinating 83,000 people every day for the last several weeks, according to Department of Health data.
“As we continue to expand eligibility, New York will double down on making the vaccine accessible for every community to ensure equity.”
“It really, truly, is a Norman Rockwell experience.”
The law, approved nearly a year ago, essentially made it harder to sue those providers.
A recent study found New York’s over 120 billionaires increased their wealth by $88 billion dollars during the pandemic.
The New York Attorney General’s Office is conducting its own, simultaneous investigation into the sexual harassment claim leveled against Cuomo in recent weeks.