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

TRACKING COVID-19: More confirmed cases as rural counties struggle to stay ahead of pandemic

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
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
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Windmill delayed: Unclear when Finger Lakes favorite will be able to open this year

Windmill delayed: Unclear when Finger Lakes favorite will be able to open this year

The Windmill Farm and Craft Market, one of the Finger Lakes’ premier tourist destinations, has pushed back its opening date for the 2020 season to Memorial Day weekend. “We are anticipating the first day of the market will be May 23,” said ... MORE
Life, Yates County
Yates County will participate in ‘Take 5 for New York’ campaign

Yates County will participate in ‘Take 5 for New York’ campaign

Take 5 for New York is a new county-wide campaign that is being launched to encourage Yates County residents to take five minutes out of each day to call a friend, loved one, or acquaintance who may be alone and feeling isolated during this period of ... MORE
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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
Volunteers in Yates County make more than 1,700 masks

Volunteers in Yates County make more than 1,700 masks

Volunteers in Yates County are doing their part to help the community. A group of women who are part of a sewing ministry at Bluff Point Methodist Church have shifted from making clothing for children – to making masks, according to The ... MORE
Congressman Reed reminds residents that form could be necessary to receive $1,200 relief

Congressman Reed reminds residents that form could be necessary to receive $1,200 relief

While officials outlined the way at which residents would get a check for $1,200 or $2,400 over the next several weeks – Congressman Tom Reed (R-23) reminded residents that it will require a little extra paperwork for some. Those who have not ... 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
Penn Yan man charged with assault after punching woman during domestic incident

Penn Yan man charged with assault after punching woman during domestic incident

The Penn Yan Police Department reports the arrest of a 37-year-old Stark Avenue resident on felony charges following a violent domestic incident in the village on Monday. Brian Thompkins, 37, of Penn Yan was charged with aggravated family offense, third-degree assault, two ... 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
Officials say Yates has first confirmed COVID-19 case

Officials say Yates has first confirmed COVID-19 case

Officials in Yates County say they have their first confirmed case of the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19. Yates County Public Health announced on Sunday that a patient in their 30s is in mandatory isolation at home. They are being monitored by health ... 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