“I think I made very clear on my first day in office that I’ll be looking to build a new team. There will be other changes forthcoming.”
“I think I made very clear on my first day in office that I’ll be looking to build a new team. There will be other changes forthcoming.”
The pandemic caused an unprecedented number of temporary and permanent job losses, with over 4.7 million New Yorkers collecting benefits.
There have been calls for Howard Zucker’s removal over decisions he made during the COVID-19 pandemic, like decisions related to nursing homes.
60 percent of parents also revealed they’d prefer having remote learning as an available option, full or part time.
“If you’re watching the national news, the scariest announcements coming out every morning are the number of children contracting Covid.”
“There’s clearly something going on in households where people still feel they can get by.”
Data suggests during that time, only a six percent chance existed that a person who was vaccinated fell ill with COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.
“We believe this step will result in a flurry of attempts to circumvent the well-reasoned vaccination requirement.”
“Nobody wanted to have unilateral government, whether that be from the executive or from the legislature. What people voted for…was cooperative government.”
“The biggest challenge for our hospitals is not…the beds. Just like last year, it’s staffing. Staffing is now what we need.”
They can cause a lot of different problems. One of the things we see with that is significant damage to the liver, a lot of times.”
“Now, the landlord gets to have a hearing. I think that goes a long way, and the landlord has a say in court now.”
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“He super-glued his seat belt shut and drove his car into the Mohawk River….I lost my son because he missed a 20-dollar Medicaid payment.”
The new COVID-19 death toll numbers of about 55,400 people is in line with the death certificate data provided to the CDC.
“You can transmit to other people. The odds are you’re going to do fine if you’re vaccinated and infected, but the person you infect may not do fine.”
“When mom gets the vaccine, she develops antibodies that do cross the placenta and provide a degree of protection to the newborn.”
“We literally created a vaccine within a year, and that’s like unheard of. The fact that it’s new, played a role in me not wanting to get the vaccine.”
“It’s clear that everyone wants to keep kids in the classroom and keep extra curricular activities going.”
As of July 23, 2021, 1,242 new business certificates were filed with the Onondaga County Clerk this year. That’s over two times as many as this time last year.
Syracuse will require masks regardless of vaccination status and require proof of vaccination for all employees or regular testing.
Nine states, including New York, have implemented new mandates aimed at curbing the spread of the more contagious variant indoors.
“It was a shock at first, then it went from shock to being flat, to a little anger, but now I’m at, ‘Let’s just get this over with.’”
To better understand the concerns of Black, Hispanic and rural residents, the group conducted a series of interviews and focus groups.
While Canada has taken a major step in reopening its border, the U.S. has not yet offered the same welcome to Canadian travelers.
Nearly 64% of Pennsylvania adults are fully vaccinated, a small increase compared to July
“There is an urgent need for timely advice and supervision flowing from the State Department of Health to local and school officials.”
The fair reserves its right to pivot, if increasing numbers force new regulations to avoid spread of the coronavirus.
Municipalities face a choice: take the funds, and agree to drop their lawsuits, or fight the drug companies in court.
“I wore a mask for year, it’s not the biggest deal in the world. I could get this delta variant, and I could spread the delta variant. So, better safe than sorry, I’m going to wear a mask.”
“They want to have safety in their workforce, they want to provide a safe environment for their customers, but they also want to be adequately staffed.”
“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.”
“The market certainly is much tighter than it has been in the past. There’s no doubt about it.”
SUNY is pushing vaccine awareness campaigns and encouraging students and faculty to use vaccine clinics on campus.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.”
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%.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – When Corey Fram looks out of his window at work he sees both the American and Canadian flags flying high. “It’s on my property in the United States, but we carry two flags here, a lot of places and that means something to us,” said Fram, the director of the Thousand Islands International Tourism Council. The US-Canadian border remains closed until June 21, when it will be readdressed. Fram said the lack of communication between the two countries throughout the pandemic has really hurt border towns within the Thousand Islands. “There just seems to be no international discussion between the United States on what easing these border restrictions are going to look like,” he said.
After June 28, only unvaccinated people will need to wear masks on Penn State’s campus.
“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.”
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.”
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.”
“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.
Lack of funds kept counties from using “assisted outpatient treatment” services in the past.
“Many of these disasters, while often short-lived, have long and complex recovery periods lasting weeks, months, and in some cases, years or decades.”
“It is not a cost saving mechanism to put your employees and customers at risk of death.”
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.
“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.
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.”
“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 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.
“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.”
“Now, people realize more than ever that dying could come at any time, and we must be prepared for it.”
“At same time, we caution New Yorkers. Don’t get cocky. The disease is still very much with us.”
“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 do have enough Pfizer and we do have enough Moderna to keep our schedule.”
In the Finger Lakes region, 97% of vaccine doses received have been administered, according to the state.
“Now, do I go take a COVID test every time I get symptomatic with my allergies? What do I do?”
“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.
Cuomo’s office is encouraging faith-based institutions to partner with medical providers to launch local vaccination clinics.
She said the proposed $3.6 billion would dramatically increase currently allocated funds for wraparound services. And she believes those are more sorely needed because of the pandemic.
“We know the vaccine is the weapon that defeats this invisible enemy and we are getting more shots in arms than ever before.”
New York now allows the resumption of weddings. But wedding planners have a list of COVID-19 safety measures to follow.
“I think what has really sparked the imagination and the spirit is really seeing the possibility and the power of being a healthcare professional.”
Hundreds of migrant workers have already started coming to the region for seasonal farm jobs. As they work in fields, barns and greenhouses, there is a chance of spreading the coronavirus.
The newest relief package includes$350 billion dollars in aid to states to fund home and community-based services.
New York has, so far, administered 6.2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, with about 10% of the state now fully vaccinated.
While no longer required, the New York State Department of Health still recommends quarantine after domestic travel as an added precaution.
For four months last year, Dr. Angela Chen only saw her child through a window. A year into the global pandemic, the view is a different, but it’s impossible to forget the memories of last spring.
University of Pittsburgh researchers slated to conduct 3-year study.
The data have shown that restaurants can operate safely and in accordance with strict health protocols at 75% capacity. New York City restaurant capacity will remain at 35% capacity.
“Over time, we can get what we think is a pretty good trend estimate for what’s going on.”
State officials insisted Thursday that the edits were made because of concerns about accuracy, not to protect Cuomo’s reputation.
The action comes as Cuomo is embroiled in scandals over his nursing home policies during the coronavirus and allegations that he sexually harassed former staffers.
State officials say there’s a need to ensure equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution.
Movie theaters in New York City are reopening after nearly a year. And the decisions has consequences for the entire globaly output of Hollywood.
While COVID-19 has greatly affected the economy, it was already in flux before the pandemic hit.
Under this latest plan, educators and staff will not be moved into Phase 1a, which would make them eligible for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
Black Americans with addiction face “pervasive and continuing systemic racism” and often struggle to gain access to treatments that prevent fatal overdoses.
Over three million people have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in New York, according to the state, which is now administering more than 100,000 shots per day.
Restaurant and bar owners have pressured state lawmakers for months to give their struggling businesses more help.
“It will help protect our most vulnerable clients who rely on the staff and volunteers to provide them with nutritious food and critical services.”
“It takes a lot of courage, a lot of guts, oftentimes therapy, and counseling and support around the individual to come forward.”
Currently, about 30 percent of Pennsylvania’s K-12 schools, which serve half the total student population, are learning entirely remotely.
“It’s through those outreach calls and those tele-dental visits that we are finding a lot of kids that are having acute issues because they’ve gone without regular preventative care for so long.”
The policy at group homes has been to require those facilities to admit residents discharged from the hospital regardless of their COVID-19 status.
“We had time to prepare for this and that’s why everybody’s frustrated. It didn’t have to be this chaotic and it didn’t have to be this unorganized.”
Legislation making it easier to visit nursing homes is expected to get an Assembly vote next week as part of a package of reforms targeting the industry.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his staff were in damage control mode Thursday as they faced two scandals
Some adolescents with eating disorders require an extended stay in a residential treatment program where they and their families learn how to manage their daily meals and lives.
“We are completely transforming the system. We are making sure that the right person gets called when it comes to a mental health crisis.”
Caregivers react to a update of state restrictions that will allow visitations in long-term care facilities.
Cuomo’s job approval ratings, which were high in the summer and fall of 2020, have now dropped back to pre-pandemic levels, with 49% saying that he’s doing a good job in office.
“We had an increase in cleaning product exposures, and the difference was it wasn’t the little child getting into it at home, it was the adults at home perhaps misusing or overusing cleaning products.”
“The tragic situation in our nursing homes remains a heartbreaking reminder of the toll this pandemic has taken and has made it clear that real reforms are needed.”
Experts are urging women to separate their routine annual mammogram and any scheduled COVID-19 vaccination by several weeks.
“For generations, our teachers, guidance counselors, nurses, students, and school staff have been sent into buildings where they can get brain damage because of chipped paint, or cancer because of asbestos.”
“If you change the six-foot rule and it was only three feet with distancing, or four feet, we could bring back more in-person learning, because of the physical space.”
The legislature gave Cuomo the powers nearly a year ago, in early March of 2020. But now, many say, it’s time to end them.
Arcades and other indoor family entertainment centers can open with 25% capacity starting March 26.
“This is a very big and aggressive effort to address vaccine hesitancy in the Black community.”
“I, too, have lost more friends due to post-traumatic stress than I have lost friends who have died overseas in combat.”
New York Attorney General Letitia James said Amazon refused to obey coronavirus guidelines that would protect its warehouse employees from infection.
True allergic reactions to vaccinations are extremely rare, but two New York women did experience this after receiving their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Allergists were able to safely administer their second vaccine doses by following a special procedure.
In a rare concession, Cuomo said the state was wrong to stonewall lawmakers and members of the media on that data, saying it created a void for disinformation and “conspiracy theories.”
“With the holiday surge now in our rear-view mirror, we must keep taking steps to further re-open the economy safely and responsibly.”
Other clinical service at the East Campus will remain open—including Surgicare, Imaging and Cayuga Hematology Oncology Associates (CHOA).
“If you look at the data, the whole issue of vaccine, equity… the vaccine isn’t at this point, really, getting to the most vulnerable in an equitable fashion.”
“Everyone should take it when it’s their turn, because that’s how we get everyone back to work and see our families and friends safely together.”
“If there’s things need to be codified in law, mandated in law that actually secure people’s safety and well being, that’s what we want to do.”
The numbers confirm a report by State Attorney General Tish James, who said the state undercounted nursing home hospital deaths by 50%.
They include cancer, heart conditions, COPD, chronic kidney disease, Type 1 and 2 diabetes, moderate to severe asthma, and people with intellectual and development disabilities, organ transplant recipients, and people who are morbidly obese.
“We used to have 10-17 people in a class and now we still struggle to get 6-8 people in each class.”
The attorney general’s report, released on January 28, found that the health department was undercounting the number of nursing home residents who died by 50%.
“This is the future that you’re seeing, in how packages are going to be delivered both business to business and have packages going from businesses to consumers.”
The latest government figures show a net loss of 140,000 jobs in December. What may be surprising is that all those jobs were held by women, especially women of color.
“We have to recognize the very long history of injustice and misuse that really sets the context for why community members feel the way that they do.”
The steepest decline in sales tax collections happened during the peak of the pandemic, when sales tax collections dropped by about 27% statewide.