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.
TRACKING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC LOCALLY
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
The University of Rochester Medical Center is pausing new elective surgeries for two weeks. The news comes as the prominent medical system announced that 99% of professional staff was vaccinated MORE
New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker has resigned. Zucker will remain on-board until a successor is identified, according to Governor Kathy Hochul. However, the change signals a move MORE
This week Johnson & Johnson announced that a booster dose of its one-shot coronavirus vaccine provides more 95% protection against COVID-19. The company said a second dose — given two MORE
The Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 is safe and effective in children ages 5 to 11. The company announced Monday that it will seek authorization from the Food and Drug Administration MORE
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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