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

New report says Cuomo’s nursing home mandate remained in effect weeks longer than necessary

New report says Cuomo’s nursing home mandate remained in effect weeks longer than necessary

A new 242-page report is taking a closer look at the mandates instituted and defended by the Cuomo Administration around nursing homes and COVID-19. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is facing MORE
New York State lifts COVID restrictions as vaccinations reach 70%

New York State lifts COVID restrictions as vaccinations reach 70%

The restrictions have been lifted. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that COVID-19 restrictions would be lifted immediately as the state hit 70% eligible New Yorkers vaccinated. The State’s health MORE
Privacy advocates say better safeguards needed with vaccine data

Privacy advocates say better safeguards needed with vaccine data

Advocates for civil liberties say that New York needs to tighten the safeguards around data, because it’s a major stumbling block for vaccinating people against COVID-19. They contend that vulnerable MORE

Bill headed to Cuomo’s desk to crackdown on fake COVID vaccine cards

A bill has gone to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk making it a crime to make fake vaccination cards. State lawmakers in both chambers passed a bill making it illegal to MORE
Venues like CMAC will require children to get the COVID vaccine, if eligible, to attend events and concerts

Venues like CMAC will require children to get the COVID vaccine, if eligible, to attend events and concerts

How will young people be treated as venues roll out rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated patrons this summer? That has been a major question- and it appears as though the MORE
Novavax develops Covid vaccine

Novavax develops Covid vaccine

Novavax, a company that has been working on developing vaccines for over thirty years, has been working on a Covid vaccine partly funded by the U.S. government. Novavax has not MORE
Cayuga County health officials urge residents to keep wearing masks indoors

Cayuga County health officials urge residents to keep wearing masks indoors

The Cayuga County Health Department is breaking with New York State- urging local residents to wear masks when in public, indoor settings. While the state has eased its mask mandate- MORE
Steuben teen wins SUNY scholarship after getting vaccinated

Steuben teen wins SUNY scholarship after getting vaccinated

There’s been another local winner in the state’s sweepstakes for those teens who get vaccinated. Isabella Wolcott is the second local winner of a full scholarship to any SUNY school. MORE
Nursing home workers can skip COVID tests if they’ve been vaccinated

Nursing home workers can skip COVID tests if they’ve been vaccinated

There’s a new incentive for nursing home workers to get vaccinated. Days after it was reported that the state is having trouble vaccinating workers at some of the hardest hit MORE
Masks will be required for summer school: Some parents, guardians concerned as temps rise

Masks will be required for summer school: Some parents, guardians concerned as temps rise

Summer school is happening this summer. As reported earlier this week- some districts like the Sodus Central School District are mandating it, as ‘holding students back’ appears not an option. MORE
Can you get a refund if you buy a concert ticket, but aren’t vaccinated?

Can you get a refund if you buy a concert ticket, but aren’t vaccinated?

What happens if you buy a ticket for a show or concert this summer- and realize you cannot attend because there’s a vaccination requirement? Well, officials with companies like Live MORE
Applications now being accepted for 0M COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program

Applications now being accepted for $800M COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program

There was a major announcement for small business owners across New York State this week. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that applications are now open for the $800 million COVID-19 Pandemic MORE