Category: Syracuse Area

TRACKING COVID-19: Cuomo says shutdown could last months, addresses New Yorkers Monday AM (full coverage)

TRACKING COVID-19: Most counties see increase in total number of cases on Saturday

Follow along with updates from officials - local, state, and federal - as the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19 response continues around the region. Our 'Latest News' section will be updated around the clock. We'll be documenting school closures, public health announcements, and ... MORE
Law enforcement contends with social distancing, NY on PAUSE violators in Finger Lakes

Law enforcement contends with social distancing, NY on PAUSE violators in Finger Lakes

Who is actually enforcing social distancing protocols? In particular, those directed under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order signed earlier this month. While law enforcement has received sporadic reports of those violating social distancing protocols, they aren’t actually the ones left to respond ... MORE
HOURS OF OPERATION: Here’s who is open, closed & statements from local businesses (continuously updated)

HOURS OF OPERATION: Here’s who is open, closed & statements from local businesses (continuously updated)

Editor’s Note: If you’re looking for full-coverage of the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19 click here. This database will be the place where we post all business hours or service changes. Have something you’d like to see here? Send it to news@fingerlakes1.com.  318 ... MORE
RATING THE DISTANCE: Counties graded on social distancing efforts across the Finger Lakes

RATING THE DISTANCE: Counties graded on social distancing efforts across the Finger Lakes

Social distancing, or physical distancing, is a set of non-pharmaceutical interventions or measures taken to prevent the spread of a contagious disease by maintaining a physical distance between people and reducing the number of people who can gather in close proximity. Before ... MORE
Tops Markets bringing back plastic bags temporarily

Tops Markets bringing back plastic bags temporarily

Plastic bags are making a temporary comeback. Tops Friendly Markets confirmed its allowing customers to use single-use plastic bags amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The company said it won’t enforce the ban until May 15th. The main concern is sanitation connected to reusable ... MORE
WNY coalition of Senators call for small business fund, halt to takeout container ban

WNY coalition of Senators call for small business fund, halt to takeout container ban

The Western New York Senate Delegation called for the establishment of a $890 million Small Business Emergency Assistance Fund for the State of New York. Additionally, the delegation called for the tabling of any budget proposals to ban the use of serviceware, ... MORE
Loans available for small businesses who had to lay off employees, prevent future losses

Loans available for small businesses who had to lay off employees, prevent future losses

Following President Trump’s signing of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin announced that the SBA and Treasury Department have initiated a robust mobilization effort of banks and other lending institutions to ... MORE
Judge Doran announces virtual courts for counties through the 7th District

Courts throughout Finger Lakes, Central New York go virtual due to COVID-19

More changes are coming to local courts amid the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19 pandemic. Judge Craig Doran, 7th Judicial District Administrative Judge, made the announcement that effective immediately virtual court operations will commence. He says video conferencing will be utilized for all ... MORE
Legislators say counties could be on brink of bankruptcy after pandemic if Albany doesn't shift

Legislators say counties could be on brink of bankruptcy after pandemic if Albany doesn’t shift

Three state legislators who represent the Southern Tier and part of the Finger Lakes are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to accept billions in funding from the federal government to help with COVID-19 response across New York State. State Senator Tom O’Mara ... MORE
'GIVE STUDENTS REFUNDS': Colleges blasted for remote learning, refund policies

‘GIVE STUDENTS REFUNDS’: Colleges blasted for remote learning, refund policies

While college students are stuck at home because of the coronavirus, some are organizing online to support pass-fail learning in response to this disruption, even across upstate New York. Colleges both public and private have been mobilizing on the online petition platform ... MORE
FOOD PANTRIES: Hours of operation for those feeding the needy in the Finger Lakes

FEEDING THE FINGER LAKES: List of pantries, churches providing service during crisis

Food pantries are crucial, especially in rural communities. The need is even greater — as most businesses, agencies, and organizations operate on limited hours due to the Novel Coronavirus pandemic ... MORE
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Kinney Drugs raises wages for employees, installs shields in stores

Kinney Drugs is the latest to add acrylic shields to protect those working at its stores amid the Novel Coronavirus pandemic. The shields will be installed at all of the chain’s pharmacy counters and front of the store checkout counters to protect ... MORE
Checks for at least $1,200 coming for large portion of population: Here are the guidelines

Checks for at least $1,200 coming for large portion of population: Here are the guidelines

Who gets a stimulus check? That is the question that circulated after it was announced that a massive $2 trillion package had been agreed to in the Senate. First, any person making less than $75,000 per year will receive a $1,200 check ... MORE
MELISSA KILLELEAGH: Former NFL running back talks ‘Dream Project’ (podcast)

MELISSA KILLELEAGH: Former NFL running back talks ‘Dream Project’ (podcast)

Who says social isolation can’t have benefits? Leroy Collins, Author, Speaker, and former NFL running back was featured this week on The Melissa Killeleagh Show discussing The Dream Project. Collins and Killeleagh discuss how people can use this time to dig deep ... MORE
Starbucks is giving free coffee to front-line workers, first responders amid COVID-19 pandemic

Starbucks is giving free coffee to front-line workers, first responders amid COVID-19 pandemic

Starbucks is giving back. The company announced this week that it would be giving free coffee to front-line first responders to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, customers who identify as a first responder or front-line worker supporting the healthcare system will receive a ... MORE