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ALBANY — Upstate lawmakers and parents have filed two lawsuits to end the statewide mask mandate for millions of students in New York schools.

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(TNS) – The number of U.S. COVID-19 deaths has surpassed the toll of the 1918 influenza pandemic, a milestone many experts say was avoidable after the arrival of vaccines.

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Pfizer Inc. and partner BioNTech SE said their COVID-19 vaccine was safe and produced strong antibody responses in children ages 5 to 11 in a large-scale trial, findings that could pave the way to begin vaccinating grade-school kids within months.

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There are more than 250 active cases of COVID-19 in the four-county GLOW region as of this week, according to data from public health departments in Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

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ALBANY — Gov. Kathy Hochul announced expanded mask requirements to thwart the COVID-19 virus in advance of the anticipated spike in cases throughout fall and winter.

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(TNS) – A new COVID-19 variant called B.1621 or mu by the World Health Organization is being monitored by scientists. While this variant is making news, it is not the dominant strain in the U.S. or elsewhere, says Dr. John O’Horo, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases physician.

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NEW YORK — The state launched a new digital marketing campaign Wednesday to maximize the number of 12- to 17-year-olds vaccinated against COVID-19 as officials fight to ward off new variants of the fatal upper respiratory illness.

Since being discovered in Colombia in January, the mu variant of COVID-19 has spread to nearly four dozen countries and has made its presence known in Hawaii and Alaska. It has so far been found in 49 states with Nebraska being the only state to not have a mu variant case detected.

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Daily coronavirus cases are four times higher than they were following Labor Day weekend of last year with the number of daily deaths twice as high as they were this time in 2020, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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ALBANY — Senate and Assembly Republicans blasted their Democratic colleagues for deciding to extend the state’s eviction moratorium before Wednesday’s extraordinary session commenced for extending the eviction moratorium.

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ALABAMA — With the U.S. Supreme Court having struck down President Joe Biden’s eviction moratorium, Sen. Charles Schumer was asked Wednesday during a visit to the Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park (STAMP) site in the town of Alabama what the federal government is doing to ad…

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BUFFALO — State health officials are working to establish COVID-19 testing requirements for unvaccinated teachers, expanding vaccine requirements for health staff and other policies, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Tuesday, but added mandates will continue to be assessed with input from localities.

PLATTSBURGH (TNS) — Though the delta variant is leading to an increase in COVID cases statewide, counties do not want to see a return to state centralization of the coronavirus response, New York State Association of Counties Executive Director Stephen Acquario says.

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DANSVILLE – UR Medicine | Noyes Health began visitors restrictions this week at Noyes Memorial Hospital, 111 Clara Barton St., in the wake of rising numbers of cases of COVID-19 in the greater Rochester region.

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ALBANY — Gov. Kathy Hochul is collaborating with lawmakers to encourage them to broaden her executive decision-making and spending powers as the pandemic continues to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for all teachers and statewide school personnel.

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This afternoon, Gov. Kathy Hochul will deliver a virtual address to the people of New York State. The event will begin at approximately 3:00 p.m.

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At 10:00 AM, Governor Kathy Hochul is scheduled to host a ceremonial swearing in ceremony at the State Capitol.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given full approval to the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, whose shots are now the first to move beyond emergency status since the pandemic began.

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ALBANY — All New York health care workers, including hospital and long-term care facility staff, must be vaccinated against COVID-19 within the next six weeks, state officials announced Monday.

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STATEN ISLAND (TNS) — The New York State Education Department has released reopening guidance to aid school districts in their preparations for the new academic year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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(TNS) – U.S. regulators cleared giving a third COVID-19 vaccine dose to people with weakened immune systems in an effort to improve protection for those with impaired responses to standard shots.

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(TNS) – U.S. health officials stepped up calls for pregnant women to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as new evidence showed no increased risk of miscarriage from the shots.

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BATAVIA/ALBION — In the last seven days, the Orleans County went from a transmission of no more than 10 cases per 100,000 people as of last Wednesday to 59.48 cases per 100,000 as of Monday in the eyes of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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FORT DRUM — In a message to the force Monday, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III, announced plans to mandate vaccines for the entire active duty force as cases of the novel coronavirus continue to drastically increase.