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New York study finds COVID-19 vaccines, prior infection reduce chances of serious illness or hospitalization

State and federal health officials released a study this week, taking a closer look at the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, who has been hardest hit by COVID-19? The short answer is not surprising: Those who were vaccinated or had COVID-19 had a substantially ... MORE
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COVID-19 at home tests: How to claim four free test kits per month? Why are renters struggling?

Americans can obtain several free COVID-19 at home tests if they fill out a simple form with the United States Postal Service. The website went live on Tuesday, COVIDTests.gov, and allows people to sign-up to have rapid antigen tests delivered to legitimate ... MORE
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Ontario County joins others pushing back against COVID-19 booster shot mandate for healthcare workers

Ontario County has joined nearly a dozen other counties across New York requesting Governor Kathy Hochul reconsider the newly-minted COVID-19 booster shot mandate for healthcare workers. They say, along with existing mandate-driven healthcare worker shortages, that this will exacerbate the problem- making ... MORE
COVID-19: Omicron variant appears less severe overall

COVID-19: Omicron variant appears less severe overall

The Coronavirus variant, Omicron, is reportedly a less severe strain of COVID-19 for everyone, including the unvaccinated. A new study found that Omicron has less severe COVID-19 symptoms for the unvaccinated. The study was done by the Western Cape and South African ... MORE
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Americans will need annual COVID-19 booster shots, but will it end the pandemic?

Americans will likely need an annual COVID-19 booster shot. According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, who serves as chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases says annual COVID-19 booster shots could be ... MORE
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Walgreens charged customers sales tax on COVID-19 tests illegally: Now says they can’t issue refunds

Should at-home COVID-19 tests be taxable? Technically, the short answer is ‘no’. But some shoppers have found that at certain stores, like Walgreens, sales tax has been applied to past transactions. The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance say that ... MORE
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COVID-19 testing now offered on Sunday at NY State Fairgrounds

Upstate Medical University will offer COVID-19 testing at the State Fairgrounds on Sunday for the next three weeks. Syracuse.com reports the move is in response to the increased demand for testing. The testing site at the fairgrounds infirmary will be open January ... MORE
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Ontario County says it’s moving to self-service for COVID isolation, quarantine after state decision: Calls current period ‘time of transition’

Public health officials in Ontario County are making new moves as part of evolving guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as New York State. On Tuesday, hours after Governor Kathy Hochul announced that contact tracing would be ... MORE
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Contact tracing over in New York: Counties have option to continue, or focus on COVID testing, vaccination

New York is moving to self-reporting for contact tracing. Governor Kathy Hochul announced Tuesday that the state is launching websites this week for residents to add their own information about close contacts. “We’re moving to more self-management and less active outreach,” Acting ... MORE
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Ontario County hosting COVID-19 Pfizer and Moderna booster clinic Tuesday at highway office

Ontario County is hosting a COVID-19 booster clinic Tuesday. It’s at the county Highway office on County Road 48 in Canandaigua from 4-7PM. The Pfizer booster will be offered for those 18 and older and the Moderna booster for those 12 and ... MORE
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COVID-19 at-home test kits will be covered by health insurance: Every person can get 8 free COVID tests per month

Beginning this weekend at-home COVID-19 tests will be covered by health insurance. The news came on Monday as the Biden Administration faced mounting criticism over the ineffective rollout of COVID-19 tests since the start of the pandemic. To be clear, issues around ... MORE
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Congressman John Katko tests positive for COVID-19, is vaccinated and boosted

Congressman John Katko has tested positive for COVID-19. The 24th District Republican said in a statement Monday he is vaccinated and has received a booster shot. He says he is experiencing only mild symptoms. Katko says he will cast his votes by ... MORE
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Oneida County announces no more contact tracing, too many COVID-19 cases to keep up

The Oneida County Health Department says it will no longer provide contact tracing for those who test positive for COVID-19. CNY Central quotes County Executive Anthony Picente as saying “The surging omicron variant has led to a staggering number of daily positive ... MORE
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Rochester Regional Health announces new visitor guidelines to take effect Tuesday

Rochester Regional Health has announced new visitation guidelines that will take effect Tuesday. The change is being made due to the transmissibility of the Omicron variant and the increased number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the area. Visitors must wear masks and must ... MORE
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Yates County Jail suspends inmate visitation to slow spread of COVID-19, visits will go virtual

Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike has announced the temporary suspension of visitation at the Yates County Jail, to contain the potential spread of COVID-19. Jail visitation has been stopped previously during the pandemic, once in March, 2020 and once in December, 2020 ... MORE