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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There’s a new COVID variant and experts are concerned: what we know about variant A.23.1

The newest COVID-19 variant is called A.23.1 and it’s been located in Africa, but experts are worried it’s a preview for what’s to come in variants. What is it? The MORE
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Cayuga County COVID-19 surge has similar numbers compared to the last surge

The Cayuga County Health Department has released data showing that Wednesday there were 72 new cases of COVID-19. The last time they were this high was Jan. 21 at 82 MORE
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Unemployment benefits could increase by $300 per week: Democrats push for major enhancement into 2022

Unemployment benefits could be increasing by $300 per week again if lawmakers in Congress have their way. The progressive wing of the Democratic Party is pushing members of Congress, including MORE
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New York’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate has not been blocked, despite temporary court order

Last week a federal judge in Upstate New York ruled that part of New York State’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers had been blocked. In August, the state Department MORE
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Economy is moving wrong direction as COVID’s Delta Variant hurts manufacturing, production

September was supposed to be a powerful month in the U.S. story of economic recovery. However, that hope began falling apart when the August jobs report was released — showing MORE
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Hochul says New York will move forward with vaccine mandate for healthcare workers

Governor Kathy Hochul said Wednesday that New York will move forward with its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers. Health systems across the state said they would need to shutter MORE
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Farmington urgent care shutting down due to significant staffing issues

Farmington Urgent Care is shutting down. The temporary closure of the UR Medicine Thompson Health location is due to significant staffing challenges. The urgent care center will close Sunday, September MORE
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UR Medicine may pause elective surgeries for two weeks as vaccine mandate creates staffing crisis

UR Medicine says it’s considering a pause on elective surgeries due to significant staffing shortages. A spokesperson for the healthcare system, which serves a large chunk of the Finger Lakes MORE
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Cayuga County has most COVID hospitalizations since February 1

Cayuga County hit its highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations on Tuesday. The County reported 22 residents hospitalized with COVID-19. The hospitalizations are not all at Auburn Community Hospital. The youngest MORE
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New vaccination policy for Buffalo Bills home games; Full vaccination to be required for entry

There is a new vaccination policy for Buffalo Bills home games at Highmark Stadium effective immediately. The change was announced on Tuesday afternoon by Pegula Sports and Entertainment. Bills fans MORE
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Federal judge temporarily blocks part of New York’s healthcare worker vaccine mandate

Healthcare workers in New York seeking an exemption to the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate caught a break on Tuesday. A federal judge issued a temporary block of the vaccine mandate MORE
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When will the IRS send a fourth stimulus check? Will it be worth $600, $1,200 or $2,000?

Is a fourth stimulus check coming soon? States are offering a fourth round of direct aid payments as the coronavirus pandemic is fueled by the unvaccinated and Delta Variant. The MORE