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Woman recovers fully before COVID-19 test results comeback

Woman recovers fully before COVID-19 test results comeback
Testing for the coronavirus, or COVID-19 has proven tricky. In some cases, it’s proven to be an impossibility. A Rochester woman who had COVID-like symptoms fully-recovered from her illness before even knowing if she had the virus. “They told me it would take three to five days. It’s four times that now,” Lori Harrison told 13WHAM-TV during a Skype interview.... more

Some teachers forced to continue in-person education; left weighing loss of wages or personal safety

Some teachers forced to continue in-person education; left weighing loss of wages or personal safety
It’s safe to say that right now, it’s a difficult time to be a teacher. It’s hard work year-round, but in particular, teachers are tasked with doing something they’ve never done before. To make matters worse, they’re doing it under circumstances that the system hasn’t really ever experienced in the past. In mid-March, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced full-closure of schools... more

Officials give update on COVID-19 response in Cayuga County (video)

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On Tuesday, officials from Cayuga County gathered to hold a press conference — giving an update to residents and the media on response to COVID-19, or the Coronavirus in Cayuga. Aileen McNabb-Coleman, Chair of Cayuga County Legislature; Kathleen Cuddy, Director of Cayuga County Public Health; and Amy Russett, Director of Cayuga County Emergency Management addressed the public during the update,... more

TRACKING COVID-19: More confirmed cases throughout the Finger Lakes (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

Officials: Ontario County resident who tested positive for COVID-19 works for City of Rochester

Officials: Ontario County resident who tested positive for COVID-19 works for City of Rochester
Officials say the second employee of the City of Rochester who tested positive for COVID-19 is an Ontario County resident. The resident helped distribute grab-and-go meals on March 25th. The following day, the employee felt ill and didn’t go to work. Dr. Michael Mendoza, head of the Monroe County Health Department expressed the importance of following guidelines. “It is important... more

Masking policies will take hold at Rochester Regional, UR Medicine hospitals

Masking policies will take hold at Rochester Regional, UR Medicine hospitals
On Tuesday, universal masking policies will go into effect at hospitals operated by the two largest conglomerates in the region. UR Medicine and Rochester Regional Health announced that they will enact new policies that will require all staff, visitors, and providers to wear masks in public clinical areas. “This is the latest of several actions the health systems have taken... more

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 (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning), and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I) made the joint-announcement on Monday asking the... more

Seneca County has first confirmed case of COVID-19

The Seneca County Health Department says it has its first confirmed case of the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19. A Seneca County resident tested positive for the virus. The person was being isolated and monitored by health officials, according to a press release. Health Department staff is currently identifying close contacts of the confirmed case and any exposure risks. Close contacts... more

WATCH: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 & 1919 in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

WATCH: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 & 1919 in the Finger Lakes (podcast)
Prior to the current Coronavirus pandemic, the last time the world battled with a global health threat at this scale was the Spanish Flu outbreak in 1918-19. In September of this past year, Seneca County Historian Walter Gable took a look at the impact of the Spanish Flu on the communities in the Finger Lakes during an episode of Our... more

Sen. Jim Seward, wife test positive for COVID-19

Sen. Jim Seward, wife test positive for COVID-19
New York State Senator Jim Seward and his wife have tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19. He’s receiving treatment at Albany Medical Center. At this point, it appears as though he will make a full-recovery. The 17 term Senator announced earlier this year that he wouldn’t seek re-election in November. He represents Cayuga County. He’s also undergoing treatment... more

Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office employee tests positive for COVID-19

Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office employee tests positive for COVID-19
An employee of the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office has tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19. Sheriff Brian Schenck announced Monday morning that the employee became ill with flu-like symptoms – and after testing – it was determined to be the coronavirus. Upon learning of the positive test result the Cayuga County Health Department was notified and did assist... 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 officials. The County is now going through the process of identifying those who had close contact with the... more

Cuomo gets high marks for handling of COVID pandemic in Siena Poll

Cuomo gets high marks for handling of COVID pandemic in Siena Poll
A new Siena College poll shows that Governor Andrew Cuomo is doing a favorable job among voters across the state. New Yorkers are also giving high remarks to local health departments, Dr. Anthony Fauci, local government leaders, and the CDC. “In the midst of this global pandemic, New Yorkers approve of Governor Cuomo’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic with near... more

Two dozen officers furloughed, emergency staffing underway after positive COVID test at Wayne Co. Jail

Sheriff: 24 officers furloughed, emergency staffing at Wayne County jail after positive COVID-19 test
Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts reports the first confirmed case of the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19 on his staff. He said a corrections officer tested positive for COVID-19 and that precautions were being taken. “I have furloughed with pay 24 correction officers and declared emergency staffing scheduling,” Sheriff Virts said in a tweet confirming the news. He says no other... more

DEBRIEF: Answering your questions about Coronavirus coverage across Upstate New York (podcast)

DEBRIEF: Answering your questions about Coronavirus coverage across Upstate New York (podcast)
This week on The Debrief Podcast, a breakdown of the most-asked questions we received in the newsroom since the Novel Coronavirus outbreak began in New York. Josh Durso and Ted Baker discuss, and look forward to a potentially permanently changed region. more

Ontario County adds to total COVID cases as officials document new patients

Ontario County adds to total COVID cases as officials document new patients
Public health officials say there are now 21 confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19 in Ontario County. The department says one of the cases is a student of the Canandaigua Middle School. Both the student and family are under quarantine — and are being monitored. The teen is recovering — according to officials. Meanwhile, four people are hospitalized... more

Schuyler joins Seneca, Yates in asking non-residents to stay away during COVID-19 pandemic

Schuyler joins Seneca, Yates in asking non-residents to stay away during COVID-19 pandemic
As part of the effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Schuyler County officials are asking potential visitors to the county to follow state and federal instructions and stay home until our nation defeats the pandemic. They joined Seneca and Yates counties, who made similar requests to snow birds and other part-time residents. more
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