TRACKING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC LOCALLY

When the first cases of COVID-19 were identified in the Finger Lakes and the economy was shut down, few people realized the toll the pandemic would take. Throughout it we have focused on delivering the most up-to-date information available from local health departments, regional control rooms, and Albany.

Moving forward we will update this page with the latest COVID-19 data and headlines. Looking for something specific? If it's been published - it will be here. Simply save or bookmark www.fingerlakes1.com/coronavirus to catch the latest at any time.

We have developed two sections, which will live permanently on this page. First is our 'COVID-19 Tracker', which is being updated daily. Please note that not all health departments are on the same release schedule for COVID data, nor are they all releasing the same data. We will publish as much information as is publicly available here. Below the table you will find our latest headline section, which includes the latest stories related to the pandemic.

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LATEST LOCAL COVID-19 NEWS & UPDATES

Hobart and William Smith Colleges Plans for Safe Return of Students Amid Covid-19

Students return to HWS campus with enhanced COVID-19 testing requirements

After facing an outbreak on campus during the fall semester Hobart and William Smith Colleges will return to class on Monday. Plans have been implemented to ensure a safe return MORE
Around 75% of New Yorkers say they have or will get COVID-19 vaccine

Around 75% of New Yorkers say they have or will get COVID-19 vaccine

Three-quarters of New Yorkers say they have either been vaccinated, or plan to get the COVID-19 vaccine. That’s the takeaway from a new poll released by Siena College. The biggest MORE
Local entrepreneur reflects on local development of Rheonix COVID test

Local entrepreneur reflects on local development of Rheonix COVID test

Entrepreneur Greg Galvin was the 2014 Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year. He’s the founder of the company Rheonix, which is an Ithaca-based biotech company. His COVID-19 test is the one MORE
Seneca Falls churches will ring bells 400 times to remember 400,000 dead from COVID-19

Seneca Falls churches will ring bells 400 times to remember 400,000 dead from COVID-19

A trio of local churches in this Seneca County community will ring their bells 400 times to remember the 400,000 lives lost in the U.S. to COVID-19. Trinity Episcopal Church, MORE
Sen. Helming sends letter to Cuomo requesting high school sports resume

Sen. Helming sends letter to Cuomo requesting high school sports resume

Sen. Pam Helming (R-54) has joined the chorus of voices across the state calling for high school sports to resume. She says that countless students, parents, coaches, and concerned family MORE
Some struggle with vaccine appointments in Yates County

Some struggle with vaccine appointments in Yates County

Over the last two weeks we’ve been highlighting stories of frustration and disappointment as seniors and others attempt to get vaccinated. While the state contends with overall supply issues – MORE
Sen. Manion wants to see high school sports restarted immediately

Sen. Manion wants to see high school sports restarted immediately

Senator John Manion, who represents the 53rd District has joined the growing list of lawmakers who want to see high school sports resume. The newly-elected representative of a district in MORE

IRS says tax credit available for those who didn’t get stimulus checks

The IRS has provided a resource on their website for those who did not receive the COVID Impact payments that went out to Americans that make less than $75,000. If MORE
Lawmakers call for vaccine hearing to determine issues with rollout in New York

Lawmakers call for vaccine hearing to determine issues with rollout in New York

Lawmakers are calling for a public hearing to address concerns about distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Assemblyman Colin Schmitt and Assemblyman Kevin Byrne requested that the hearing be held by MORE
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SUNY Cortland will serve as vaccination hub for part of region

SUNY Cortland has partnered with Cortland County and Guthrie Cortland Medical Center to host a large-scale COVID-19 vaccination center to serve eligible populations in the region. The center, located in SUNY Cortland’s Park Center Alumni Ice Arena, MORE
WATCH: Gov. Cuomo holds Monday press briefing on COVID-19 response (video)

WATCH: Gov. Cuomo holds Monday press briefing on COVID-19 response (video)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo held his Monday press briefing, which included news that New York State would seek to purchase the COVID-19 vaccine directly from Pfizer. MORE
Cuomo asks Pfizer if New York State can purchase vaccine directly from them

Cuomo asks Pfizer if New York State can purchase vaccine directly from them

Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to see if New York State can purchase the Pfizer vaccine directly from the company. It’s a bold move that hasn’t been tried before in other MORE