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Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua forced to divert patients twice last week due to COVID crowding

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Despite messaging from officials with University of Rochester Medical Center that patient services are not being impacted by the recently enforced COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers, some patient services were impacted. However, the cause ... more
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Some employees in New York will get a COVID-19 related bonus

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Some employees in the state of New York are entitled to a bonus directly related to COVID-19. New York City employees that got the vaccine are able to get $100 through New York City's vaccination ... more
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COVID cases on the rise in Finger Lakes: Vaccine rates stuck with 20-40% still unvaccinated

Finger Lakes region: 60% of those eligible have received COVID-19 booster shot
Throughout the Finger Lakes region there has been a well-documented spike in COVID-19 cases. Last week Ontario and Wayne counties reported some of their highest numbers to date in the pandemic. In nearby Cayuga County, ... more
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Religious exemptions for health care workers no longer accepted for COVID-19 vaccines beginning Monday

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If health care workers choose not to get at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Monday, they are risking becoming unemployed. The New York State Department of Health is requiring proof of the ... more
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Florida passes laws against COVID-19 mandates

Finger Lakes region: 60% of those eligible have received COVID-19 booster shot
Laws have been passed in Florida that disallow COVID-19 mandates, and once the governor signs them they can be implemented. The laws were passed during a special sessions in Tallahassee Florida. President Joe Biden's vaccine ... more
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OSHA suspends mandate enforcement

On Wednesday it was announced that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration would be suspending the vaccine mandate put into place by the Biden administration. The decision was made after the U.S. Court of Appeals ... more
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New York State officials do everything they can to help stop spread of COVID-19 as holidays approach

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As the holidays grow near, hospitalizations in many Upstate New York regions are at a higher rate than they were one year ago. Last year, holiday gatherings caused a wave of hospitalizations in January. Now, ... more
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COVID-19: Experts warn of new variant spreading across the globe

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Top economic experts for Europe warn there may be a new variant spreading right now. Cases are continuing to rise and experts ask that Europeans remain mindful of the data. Paolo Gentiloni, the E.U.’s commissioner ... more
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Unvaccinated healthcare workers who used religious exemption have until Monday to get COVID vaccine

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Health systems across the region will have to get employees vaccinated immediately, or face consequences of the state's vaccine mandate. After weeks of uncertainty around the September mandate requiring all healthcare workers at large healthcare ... more
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New Yorker’s urged to get booster shot if they feel at risk for infection

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Governor Kathy Hochul has announced that anyone worried about risk of infection should simply get the COVID-19 booster shot. Officials suggest anyone over age 65, anyone with a job that puts them at greater risk, ... more
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What are the COVID-19 vaccine side effects for children?

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The CDC has granted their approval for the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5-11, so parents are beginning to prepare. The FDA has shared the list of the most common side ... more
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New COVID-19 vaccine Valneva works differently than the other vaccines; prevents the novel coronavirus

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A new vaccine is working to attack the novel coronavirus, not just the antibodies that attack the spike protein. The vaccine was created by a French French pharmaceutical company called Valneva. The vaccine is designed ... more
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Expert says the end of the pandemic is closer that people think

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Is the pandemic almost over with? One expert says the pandemic phase of the Coronavirus is near. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former FDA commissioner, said the U.S. is almost out of the woods when it comes ... more
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New York lost 37,000 healthcare workers out of 1 million due to COVID vaccine mandate

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How many healthcare workers quit or left after the state's vaccine mandate went into effect this fall? The measure, which went into effect on September 7, with a temporary delay for those who claimed a ... more
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Everyone in Colorado can get a booster shot no matter who they are due to the rapid spread of COVID-19.

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The spread of COVID-19 has been so rapid in Colorado that every vaccinated adult is now eligible for the booster shot. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is taking guidance from the CDC ... more
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Unvaccinated people 20 times more likely to die of COVID-19

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A new study shows that if you're unvaccinated you are 20 times more likely to die of COVID-19. The study was released from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Electronic lab reports, death certificates, ... more
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President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for companies with over 100 employees is halted in federal court

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On Saturday the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an emergency stay for Occupational Safety and Health Administration requiring that workers be vaccinated by Jan. 4 or receive weekly tests and wear masks. The ... more
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What type of person is the least likely to contract COVID-19?

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There are so many mixed messages out there regarding risk factors, immunity, and any other information about COVID-19, so who really is the best protected against the virus? Many people want to know which immunity ... more
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Why is this state seeing 50,000 breakthrough cases of COVID-19?

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When it comes to breakthrough cases, Arizona has seen some of the highest numbers among their vaccinated population. There have been 49,962 confirmed cases in fully vaccinated individuals, and 376 have died. Reasons for their ... more
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