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COVID-19 Coverage

4.4M Americans Roll Up Sleeves For Omicron-Targeted Boosters

U.S. health officials say 4.4 million Americans have rolled up their sleeves for the updated COVID-19 booster shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted the count Thursday as public health experts bemoaned President Joe Biden's recent remark that "the pandemic is over." The ...

Health Officials Discuss Concerns About Polio, Monkeypox

MAYVILLE – Vaccine hesitancy remains an issue locally as well as nationally. And it’s not just the COVID-19 vaccine either. During the recent Chautauqua County Board of Health meeting, board members discussed about the need of vaccine for things like polio and monkeypox. In Rockland ...

New York Drops Mask Requirement On Public Transportation

NEW YORK (AP) — New York state is dropping its mask requirement on public transportation thanks in part to the availability of new booster shots targeting the most common strain of COVID-19, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday. Masks will be encouraged but not required on buses and trains ...

State Guidance On COVID To Impact Schools Differently

New York’s late adoption of federal Center for Disease Control guidelines for schools will affect area schools differently. CDC officials announced on Aug. 10 the end of many pandemic-related restrictions, including the recommendation schools do routine daily testing, although that practice ...

Extension Of State’s COVID Emergency Ignites Backlash

ALBANY — Gov. Kathy Hochul’s latest extension of her emergency powers to manage the pandemic is facing questions and criticisms at a time when federal health officials say they have ended their recommendations that people quarantine if they have been exposed to COVID-19. “We shouldn’t ...

JPS Awaits Potential COVID Guidelines From State

Jamestown Public Schools officials are awaiting potential COVID-19 guidelines from the state Education Department after the nation’s top public health agency recently dropped its quarantine and distancing recommendations. Dr. Kevin Whitaker said he hopes state guidance follows that of the ...