Category: Health

Two more COVID deaths reported in Yates County bringing total to 7

Two more COVID deaths reported in Yates County bringing total to 7

Public health officials outlined two new deaths of COVID-19 in Yates County. One person was in their 70s, while the other was in their 100s. Both individuals had underlying health conditions, according to public health officials. There have now been seven total ... MORE
Health, News, Yates County
Questions loom about summer camps in New York

Questions loom about summer camps in New York

Summer camp during a pandemic seems like a challenge. If nothing else, the long list of regulations and updates that Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State have laid out seem to be a roadblock for those running camps. However, there has ... MORE
Health, New York State, News
Mental health's close connection with problem gambling

Mental health’s close connection with problem gambling

– Special by Jenna Hotaling May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  Mental health refers to our cognitive, emotional, and behavioral wellness.  How we think and feel can attribute to the behaviors we display.  Many individuals struggle with their mental health on a ... MORE
Health, New York State, News
Beaches in Ontario County will stay closed over Memorial Day weekend

Beaches in Ontario County will stay closed over Memorial Day weekend

Leaders in Ontario County announced on Wednesday that all beaches will remain closed over the Memorial Day Weekend. This includes Ontario County’s Deep Run Beach and Ontario Beach, as well as Kershaw Park Beach in the City of Canandaigua, Onanda Park and ... MORE
Health, News, Ontario County
Restaurant industry asks for outdoor seating in next phase of reopening in NYS

Restaurant industry asks for outdoor seating in next phase of reopening in NYS

Restaurant owners across the state are asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to allow outdoor dining, as part of the next phase of reopening. At the moment, Cuomo hasn’t indicated whether this could be a possibility. “We found that consumer confidence is stronger to ... MORE
YMCA locations, private gyms all preparing for increased safety measures when allowed to reopen

YMCA locations, private gyms all preparing for increased safety measures when allowed to reopen

Local YMCA’s and private gyms are working out the way they could reopen – sooner than later – in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo said they would need a plan. While they are working to come up with those plans – many ... MORE
Total of five people now dead from COVID-19 in Yates County

Total of five people now dead from COVID-19 in Yates County

Officials in Yates County confirmed on Tuesday that a fifth person had died from COVID-19. Public Health noted that the person was in their 70s with underlying medical conditions. Two new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed over the first two days of ... MORE
Health, News, Yates County
Public health expert: Don’t oversimplify hospitalization data as good, bad in Finger Lakes

Public health expert: Don’t oversimplify hospitalization data as good, bad in Finger Lakes

The number of hospitalizations is up, but what does that mean? Response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been swift and calculated, at least from state and local lawmakers perspective. Now though, as testing increases – so has the number of individuals in ... MORE
Turning Stone, Yellow Brick Road casinos slated to reopen on June 10th

Turning Stone, Yellow Brick Road casinos slated to reopen on June 10th

The Oneida Indian Nation, who operates three casinos in the region – including the Yellow Brick Road and Turning Stone – say they will reopen next month. It is slated to start on June 10th. This comes as there is no clear ... MORE
Cuomo: Small ceremonies will be allowed this holiday weekend

Cuomo: Small ceremonies will be allowed this holiday weekend

Small ceremonies will be allowed over the holiday weekend, Governor Andrew Cuomo signaled on Tuesday. Local governments will be given the final decision on whether to allow those small ceremonies, which will need to be limited to 10 people or less. Cuomo ... MORE
Officials concerned that social distancing could be ignored due to nice weather

Officials concerned that social distancing could be ignored due to nice weather

As the weather gets warmer – will residents continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines? That has been the big question for weeks. Dr. Emil Lesho at Rochester Regional Hospital is a little concerned. She says the number of people who are ... MORE
Health, New York State, News
More funding likely necessary to help fight mental health crisis that stems from pandemic

More funding likely necessary to help fight mental health crisis that stems from pandemic

As the state stares down a deficit like it hasn’t ever seen before, it will also have to wrestle with rising costs associated with mental health services. Some advocates and lawmakers are calling for more than $38 billion spending, and are asking ... MORE
Pharmacies cannot sell tobacco products in NYS effective this week

Pharmacies cannot sell tobacco products in NYS effective this week

Effective Monday, New York State will not allow pharmacies to sell tobacco. “It really solidifies our public health message,” said Annalisa Rogers, Director of the Smoking and Health Action Coalition. She spoke with RochesterFirst.com about the change. “Stores that sell products designed ... MORE
Businesses see challenge in getting employees to return amid pandemic

Businesses see challenge in getting employees to return amid pandemic

Businesses are eager to reopen, but are employees as eager to go back? That’s been the question posed to officials over the last several weeks and it’s a big challenge business owners will have to overcome. Miriam Dushane is a Managing Partner ... MORE
New York launches website to find COVID-19 tests nearby

New York launches website to find COVID-19 tests nearby

New York State has launched a website dedicated to finding nearby COVID-19 testing sites. It encourages those with symptoms to go get tested. Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement during his briefing on Sunday. Increased testing capacity in New York was one ... MORE
Local, state officials investigating Canandaigua nursing home after 24 cases reported

Local, state officials investigating Canandaigua nursing home after 26 cases reported

An investigation is underway at a nursing home in Canandaigua after two dozen residents were diagnosed with the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19. Two employees also tested positive for the virus. One of those two individuals lives in Wayne County. The facility at ... MORE
Cuomo extends certain elements of NY on PAUSE through May 28th as FLX, CNY reopen

Cuomo extends certain elements of NY on PAUSE through May 28th as FLX, CNY reopen

Governor Andrew Cuomo has extended parts of NY on PAUSE through May 28th. While the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, and Central New York were both cleared to begin reopening – it only includes ‘Phase 1’ businesses, which effectively includes manufacturing and construction ... MORE
Officials report more fatal overdoses in Cayuga County

Officials report more fatal overdoses in Cayuga County

This week members of the Auburn Police Department and Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office initiated investigations into two apparent overdose deaths within the County. Officials say in the last month, area law enforcement agencies have responded to what appear to be seven fatalities ... MORE
Cayuga County, Health, News