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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 provide small businesses with working capital to cover important costs and prevent layoffs. The CARES Act establishes a... 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, including takeout containers. This proposed ban is especially concerning due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the reliance many... 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

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

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

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

Judge Doran announces virtual courts for counties through the 7th District
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 courts within Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates Counties for essential proceedings. “Under the guidance... 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

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

FOOD PANTRIES: Hours of operation for those feeding the needy in the Finger Lakes
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

Kinney Drugs raises wages for employees, installs shields in stores

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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 workers and customers from the spread of COVID-19. The stores have been deemed essential under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s... more

‘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 Change.org in an effort to make their voices heard by school administrators.  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. Those who make between $75,000 and $99,000 will receive a slightly lesser amount of money. Second, couples who... more

Solar projects put on hold amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Ten industrial-scale solar energy farms proposed for the Finger Lakes region are stuck in regulatory limbo as the coronavirus crisis complicates an already clogged state permitting process. If approved, the Finger Lakes projects would produce more than 1800 megawatts of power, theoretically enough to supply 150,000 homes. However, because solar installations in upstate New York generate power only part of... more

Wegmans, Tops workers get plexiglass protection at registers

Wegmans workers get plexiglass protection at registers
Workers at Wegmans and Tops Friendly Market’s are getting a little more protection. Shoppers at a few local stores have started seeing plexiglass shields, which sit between shoppers and workers. Wegmans says they are being installed at all front end registers and pharmacies in the area. Tops says the shields will be installed by the middle of next week at... more

Instacart plans massive hiring spree, looking for 300K shoppers

Instacart plans massive hiring spree, looking for 300K shoppers
Just because the grocery stores have been busier than normal, or have been experiencing shortages on certain items – doesn’t mean everyone is willing to do their grocery shopping. The grocery shopping service “Instacart” has been slammed by demand. And now, the company says they are going to be adding around 300,000 shoppers. “It feels like everyone is panicking. And... 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 and bring our dreams to life. Check out on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify or Apple Podcasts. more

Rural hospitals throughout the Finger Lakes plan for expansion as COVID-19 pandemic spreads

Rural hospitals throughout the Finger Lakes plan for expansion as COVID-19 pandemic spreads
Some of the smallest hospitals in the region are ready for whatever comes next as the Novel Coronavirus continues to spread throughout New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo pointed to this state as being a hotspot, in the pandemic, which has left hundreds-of-thousands infected across the globe. He also asked hospitals to increase capacity. “We are preparing ourselves for that surge... 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 tall brewed coffee — hot or iced — at no charge. It includes police officers, firefighters, paramedics, doctors,... more

WellNow introduces new triaging process for those with COVID symptoms

WellNow introduces new triaging process for those with COVID symptoms
WellNow Urgent Care — one of the country’s fastest-growing urgent providers — has launched a new in-vehicle triage process in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective immediately, patients will be asked to complete an in-vehicle check-in process before entering a WellNow Urgent Care facility. This new procedure is a precautionary measure to help reduce the spread of the virus. “WellNow... more
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