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

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CDC gives final approval for COVID-19 vaccines in children under 5

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending COVID-19 vaccines for children and toddlers. The final group without available COVID-19 shots now has one, as infants and those under MORE
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Tompkins County drops mask advisory: Community spread not as bad now

The Tompkins County Health Department has suspended its COVID-19 mask advisory. Tompkins is now listed at ‘medium’ community spread level, which is a decline from its categorization in April. At MORE
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Cayuga legislature chair says he’s glad mask mandate has been lifted

Officials in Cayuga County say they will join others lifting the mask mandate that’s been in place since mid-December. On Wednesday, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the mask mandate would MORE
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Republicans blast Hochul administration for continuing COVID-19 regs as other states roll them back

During Tuesday’s Joint Legislative Budget Hearing and in a letter to Gov. Hochul, Assembly Republicans blasted the administration for continuing to force mask mandates onto New Yorkers as COVID rates MORE
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Parents, administrators, and state leaders split on in-school masking: Late-February eyed as time for mandate to end

There has been a lot of focus on the state’s mask mandate for indoor public spaces. Most of that attention has been on businesses and schools. While one of those MORE
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Update to New York mask mandate coming Wednesday, but expected to remain in schools

Governor Kathy Hochul says an update to the proof-of-vaccination or mask mandate is coming to New York on Wednesday. Exact details have not yet been leaked, but according to statements MORE
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Hochul says New Yorkers are doing the right thing: COVID positivity rate declines further

The COVID-19 positivity rate continued to decline on Sunday, as Governor Kathy Hochul gave a status update on the state’s battle against the Omicron variant. “New Yorkers are doing the MORE
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Appellate Judge Robert Miller issues stay on New York mask mandate: Face coverings still required indoors

New York still has a mask mandate. Appellate Court Judge Robert Miller issued a stay of a lower court ruling, which struck down the state’s mask mandate. In short, it MORE
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Supreme Court: Hochul did not have authority to enact mask mandate in businesses or schools

A New York State Supreme Court Judge in Nassau County says Governor Kathy Hochul did not have the authority to enact a statewide mask mandate. The judge ruled the mask MORE
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COVID-19 cases still high in the Finger Lakes, even as hospitalizations fall across New York

On Sunday, Governor Kathy Hochul doubled-down on New Yorkers efforts to beat back the coronavirus pandemic. As cases continue to decline following Omicron’s holiday surge, Hochul said it’s no time MORE
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Schumer in Rochester Friday to tell hospitals he’ll push for more staffing help

Senator Chuck Schumer was in Rochester Friday, telling officials at the University of Rochester Medical Center he’ll push for more staffing help for hospitals. WXXI reports Schumer told them the MORE
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Cayuga County Health Department leaves contact tracing up to school districts now

The Cayuga County Health Department says it will no longer handle contact tracing for COVID-19 cases in schools. The Citizen reports the move came about after a meeting between county MORE