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TRACKING COVID-19: Schools stay closed, stimulus package signed, and changes at jails (full coverage)

TRACKING COVID-19: Cuomo says shutdown could last months, addresses New Yorkers Monday AM (full coverage)
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. We will have resources available for those looking for information from the Centers for Disease Control at... 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 Asian Buffet in Seneca Falls: 318 Asian Buffet on Route 318 in Waterloo inside the Finger Lakes Tea... more

Commissioners around NYS call for April 28 election to be postponed until June

The New York State Elections Commissioner Association is calling for immediate action by Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State Legislature to protect the electoral process during the COVID-19 pandemic.  “Elections Boards throughout the state are risking personnel safety and health to prepare for impending elections on April 28, 2020,” commissioners said in a press release on Tuesday. “We are facing... more

FLH thanks community for outpouring of support, looks for additional help securing essential items

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The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has anticipated a surge during a time of national shortage of certain supplies. FLH is reaching out to community partners to request support during this COVID-19 pandemic. more

Seneca Nursing & Rehab employee confirmed to have COVID-19; Health Dept. says not a Seneca County resident

Seneca Nursing & Rehab employee confirmed to have COVID-19; Health Dept. says not a Seneca County resident
The Seneca County Health Department was notified on Monday that an employee of Seneca Nursing and Rehabilitation Center located in Waterloo has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee is not a Seneca County resident and is currently in isolation and being monitored by their local health department. According to Vickie Swinehart, Director of Seneca County Health Department, Staff and residents... more

National Guard, FEMA called in to New York, other hard hit states as COVID-19 fight continues

National Guard, FEMA called in to New York, other hard hit states as COVID-19 fight continues
Help is on the way for states hit hardest by the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, according to President Donald Trump. In a press briefing late-Sunday, the President outlined updated response efforts to the coronavirus, which has resulted in nearly 15,000 deaths across the globe. more

Former inmate at Auburn prison tests positive for COVID-19

Former inmate at Auburn prison tests positive for COVID-19
Some staff at the Auburn Correctional Facility will be going into quarantine, after a positive test for COVID-19 on a former inmate. Cayuga County Health Department officials tell The Auburn Citizen that the inmate was transferred from Auburn Correctional Facility to another site on Tuesday. Members of the employees’ households have also be encouraged to practice social distancing in an... more

UPDATED: Two more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wayne County

Wayne County has first confirmed COVID-19 case at DeMay Living Center
After reporting its first case last week — two more positive COVID-19, or Coronavirus cases have been identified in Wayne County. Wayne County Public Health says it will be releasing gender and age information of those who test positive for COVID-19. So far, a female in her 80s, and two males — one in his 60s, another in his 70s... more

LETTER: Ferrara asks for community to adhere to state’s stay at home order

LETTER: Ferrara asks for community to adhere to state’s stay at home order
On behalf of the Seneca Falls Town Board and all of the Town's employees, we hope and pray that all of our town residents are safe and staying healthy! Please follow Governor Cuomo's "Stay Home Order" unless you are considered an essential worker by your employer. Practice 'social distancing' whenever you are with other people. Continue to wash your hands... more

BonaDent takes on major role in local COVID-19 fight

BonaDent takes on major role in local COVID-19 fight
– By Josh Durso One of Seneca County’s largest employers is teaming up with Senator Pam Helming to help hospitals across the region — and state — as the response to the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds in real-time. BonaDent, a local company that has operated for 75 years, spanning three generations — has taken its mission of serving the community —... more

Walmart to hire 150K new workers, hand out bonuses to employees early

Walmart to hire 150K new workers, hand out bonuses to employees early
Walmart has plans to give cash bonuses to hourly employees and to hire an additional 150,000 new ones by the end of May. “Our associates are our heroes,” the company said on Facebook. “To say thank you, we’re providing nearly $550 million through special bonuses and advanced quarterly bonus payouts to hourly store, club, and supply chain associates.” The bonus... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Mark Palmieri talks impact of COVID-19 on small businesses in Geneva (podcast)

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It is truly rare for an entire economy to stop. Except that is essentially what we’ve seen in response to the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19. The pandemic that started in China, spread to other European countries like Italy with devastating result — is now putting an intense burden on the U.S. healthcare system. Hospitals are stressed, supplies are running low,... more

Officials give update in Seneca County: No confirmed COVID-19 cases yet

Officials in Seneca County say they are working around the clock to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 inside the community. In an update on Thursday, Public Health Director Vickie Swinehart said 20 people are under quarantine. “The Health Department is grateful for the support received from Seneca County Leadership and from our community partners. We are thankful for our residents,... more

Officials confirm three total cases of COVID-19 in Ontario County

Officials confirm three total cases of COVID-19 in Ontario County
On Thursday, Ontario County Public Health confirmed a total of three cases of the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19. The first case was travel acquired. The second and third cases were community acquired. One positive COVID-19 case is a student at the Canandaigua Middle School. Canandaigua School officials are aware. The student and family are currently under quarantine and being monitored... more

Barbershops, tattoo parlors, and nail salons mandated to close amid COVID-19 outbreak

Barbershops, tattoo parlors, and nail salons mandated to close amid COVID-19 outbreak
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced new density reduction restrictions to help slow the spread of COVID-19 - part of their uniform, multi-state approach to combating the virus. more

HWS announces it will close all residence halls except for students with ‘special circumstances’

HWS announces it will close all residence halls except for students with ‘special circumstances’
Hobart and William Smith Colleges have announced the closure of all residence halls on-campus except for students with “special circumstances” in response to the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak that is plaguing New York state. In a statement issued by Vice President of Campus Life Robert Flowers aired the news with the campus community, sharing that enrolled students will receive a... more

DiNapoli: Counties will be hit hard by Coronavirus, could cost state $4 to $7 billion

DiNapoli: Counties will be hit hard by Coronavirus, could cost state $4 to $7 billion
New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the economic downturn caused by the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19 will cost between $4 and $7 billion. Those are revenues that will be in the fiscal year that starts in April. New York State Association of Counties Deputy Director Mark LaVigne says he’s concerned about compounding economic distress that will impact taxpayers, services,... more
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