TRACKING COVID-19: Cuomo says shutdown could last months, addresses New Yorkers Monday AM (full coverage)

TRACKING COVID-19: Most counties see increase in total number of cases on Saturday

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
Law enforcement contends with social distancing, NY on PAUSE violators in Finger Lakes

Law enforcement contends with social distancing, NY on PAUSE violators in Finger Lakes

Who is actually enforcing social distancing protocols? In particular, those directed under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order signed earlier this month. While law enforcement has received sporadic reports of those violating social distancing protocols, they aren’t actually the ones left to respond ... MORE
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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 ... MORE
INSIDE THE FLX: Jeff Ludwig talks Seward House in Auburn (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Jeff Ludwig talks Seward House in Auburn (podcast)

The Seward House in Auburn, New York is an historic landmark. It’s a space that serves a major role in local history, as well as American history. The Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19 has made running a museum and local landmark a challenge, ... MORE
Lawmakers blast executive order to pull ventilators, PPE from Upstate hospitals NYC area

Lawmakers blast executive order to pull ventilators, PPE from Upstate hospitals NYC area

Upstate New York lawmakers ripped Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order to bring ventilators and other personal protective equipment to the downstate area. That executive order was signed on Friday. “Ventilators and PPE are the last lines of defense in a fight that ... MORE
Route 31 temporarily closed in Cayuga County due to downed wires

Route 31 reopened after closure on Friday

State Route 31 was reopened after a closure during the afternoon hours on Friday. The report of wires down prompted the road to be closed between Jackson Street and Towpath Road in Brutus. No additional information was immediately available. Download the FingerLakes1.com ... MORE
RATING THE DISTANCE: Counties graded on social distancing efforts across the Finger Lakes

RATING THE DISTANCE: Counties graded on social distancing efforts across the Finger Lakes

Social distancing, or physical distancing, is a set of non-pharmaceutical interventions or measures taken to prevent the spread of a contagious disease by maintaining a physical distance between people and reducing the number of people who can gather in close proximity. Before ... MORE
Auburn street temporarily closed as authorities negotiate with suicidal person

Auburn street temporarily closed as authorities negotiate with suicidal person

A city street was shut down on Thursday as police investigated an incident. The Auburn Citizen reports that State Street was closed between Pulaski and York as authorities negotiated with a suicidal person. The person is unarmed, but police said they were ... MORE
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Tops Markets bringing back plastic bags temporarily

Tops Markets bringing back plastic bags temporarily

Plastic bags are making a temporary comeback. Tops Friendly Markets confirmed its allowing customers to use single-use plastic bags amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The company said it won’t enforce the ban until May 15th. The main concern is sanitation connected to reusable ... MORE
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Shortage of testing supplies leaves rural counties feeling left uncertain (video)

In each of his daily briefings, Governor Andrew Cuomo has touted the effort undertaken by New York State to expand testing. In fact, that effort by the state as he pointed out earlier this week has outpaced some countries – depending on ... 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, ... MORE
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 ... MORE
Judge Doran announces virtual courts for counties through the 7th District

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

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 ... 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 ... MORE
Legislators say counties could be on brink of bankruptcy after pandemic if Albany doesn't shift

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 ... MORE