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The COVID-19 vaccine moves from cold storage at the Department of Health to coolers and is transported to the TU Center for mass vaccination clinics.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Hospital representatives on both sides of Lake Champlain are addressing vaccine hesitancy and any new concerns that are emerging as children aged 12 to 15 become eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Vials of COVID-19 vaccine
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

    Coronavirus infections are rising in Springfield, Massachusetts even as vaccines become more widely available.

A green awning with a sheriff's badge logo is in front of a beige building under a blue sky
Josh Landes / WAMC

As the COVID-19 vaccination rollout continues across Massachusetts, the Berkshire House of Correction in Lanesborough is taking part. Nationwide, congregate settings like county jails have struggled to control coronavirus spread. WAMC spoke with facility Assistant Superintendent Daniel Sheridan about the effort – among staff and inmates alike.

The Massachusetts State House
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Democratic Western Massachusetts State Senator Adam Hinds chaired the first hearing for a new committee on re-imagining Massachusetts after the COVID-19 pandemic Tuesday.

Vermont Forward Graphic
State of Vermont

Governor Phil Scott outlined Tuesday what he is calling the Vermont Forward Plan: a roadmap to opening the state by July 4th.

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus with Stephanie Peng, Jennifer Song and Emily Wang
Courtesy of the Office of Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus

A few high school students in Orange County decided to give back to their community by performing at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

U.S. Canada flags graphic
Flanker/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

The New England-Canada Business Council held a virtual discussion this week with stakeholders in Vermont and Canada about the impact of the USMCA trade agreement on Vermont, cross-border trade, the pandemic and renewable energy.

A stone building with a colonnade.
Josh Landes / WAMC

Public health professionals continue to track a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC / cdc.gov)

Sullivan County’s health official is urging residents to continue to take precautions against COVID-19 — such as mask wearing and social distancing — whether they are vaccinated or not. This comes after a surge in local cases.

Two white women stand on either side of an older white man who is addressing an unseen audience in front of a pair of windows.
Josh Landes / WAMC

Emails obtained by WAMC News through a Freedom Of Information Act Request show tensions between Pittsfield, Massachusetts political leaders as they sought to address the needs of the city’s unhoused population in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Courtesy of Marist College

Marist College in Poughkeepsie has extended its campus pause due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. College officials also have added new restrictions.

Colleen Laico, from Kingston, NY, a medical professional at the ER at Kingston Hospital, receives her COVID-19 vaccination at MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, December 18, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

New York state is lowering the age to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine to 50 starting Tuesday.

COVID-19 Diagram
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The COVID-19 P.1 variant – also called the Brazilian variant – has been detected for the first time in a New York resident.

Elizabeth Sobol
provided

At the Saratoga Performing Arts Center last year they had more than 200 events on their campus – including a total of 10,000 visitors, 50 people at a time, from July to December. During that time, their operations and facilities team worked according to very strict COVID protocols and created a blueprint for events that kept their guests and staff safe and healthy.

As they move into the 2021 season, their number one priority is creating a safe environment for everyone – audience members, staff and performers. So, they do not yet know when they will be allowed to open – nor, more importantly, at what capacity. There are many questions. And for answers – we welcome Elizabeth Sobol - President and CEO of Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Governor Phil Scott reported on the latest vaccine distribution plan from the White House today and previewed plans to relax guidelines as more Vermonters receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro delivers his 2021 State of the County address, virtually, March 16
Courtesy of the Office of Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro is presenting his state of the county address Tuesday. The recorded virtual presentation focuses on the county’s COVID-19 response in the past year. Molinaro plans to expand housing options and enhance the parks system, among other initiatives. WAMC”s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Molinaro ahead of his online address.

CVPH Medical Center
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A fully vaccinated resident of the Skilled Nursing Facility at the Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh has tested positive for COVID-19.

Shawna Scoville and Will Gallagher
Provided by Shawna Scoville

Starting March 15, New York state will expand its capacity limits at weddings to 150 people, with COVID-19 testing required. Pandemic gathering restrictions have roiled many couples, families, and venues for the past year. WAMC’s Jesse King has more on what the stalled wedding industry thinks of the change. 

Ulster County Exec Says Schools Will Soon Reopen

Mar 11, 2021
BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Charles Khoury (left) and Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan, March 11, 2021
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan/screenshot by WAMC, Allison Dunne

The nine school districts in Ulster County are preparing to reopen in person full-time. The Ulster County executive delivered the news during his COVID-19 update Thursday afternoon, alongside a district superintendent.

Rep. Paul Tonko speaks Thursday over Zoom
Zoom/screen capture by WAMC

A group of bipartisan lawmakers in the House and Senate have introduced legislation that would support research to investigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health. 

Rebecca Soffer and Amy Cunningham
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The toll taken on survivors of those who have lost those close to them of the Coronavirus is tremendous. A new study calculates that nine family members are affected by every person who dies of the coronavirus. With about 525-thousand Americans having succumbed to the virus, that means nearly 4.7 million are grieving.

The numbers are staggering, and they are growing. It’s hard to imagine how this doesn’t dominate us for some time. Indeed, the grief pandemic will outlast the coronavirus pandemic.

To discuss this, we welcome Rebecca Soffer co-founder and CEO of the website Modern Loss - a place to share the unspeakably taboo, unbelievably hilarious, and unexpectedly beautiful terrain of navigating your life after a death.

We also welcome Amy Cunningham of Fitting Tribute Funeral Services. Cunningham is a licensed funeral director and celebrant in Brooklyn who collaborates with New York City families to help them create the best funerals and farewells possible.

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara speaks with members of SLIC on Wednesday via Zoom
Zoom/Image capture by WAMC

With eviction moratoriums continuing for almost a year, lawmakers in Albany are trying to find ways to assist landlords struggling from a loss of rent during the pandemic. 

Poster for Westchester COVID Commemoration, March 3, 2021
Courtesy of Westchester County government

Westchester County Executive George Latimer is hosting a COVID-19 commemoration Wednesday, marking one year since the county’s first confirmed case. It will be livestreamed on Facebook.

A COVID-19 vaccination site at the University at Albany
Jesse King / WAMC

It was on March 1, 2020 that New York state confirmed the first case of a novel coronavirus that would eventually change everyday life across the United States and the world. So how will history treat this COVID-19 era? Since early 2020, Madison County Historian Matt Urtz has been compiling a timeline of key events and personal stories in hopes of chipping away at that monumental task.

Kingston Creates Resource Web Page For Businesses

Feb 27, 2021
Ram's Valley ribbon cutting
Courtesy of the City of Kingston

After year-long COVID-19 challenges, Kingston, New York is offering more support for local businesses.

Saratoga County officials speak Wednesday on Facebook Live
Image capture by WAMC

Officials in Saratoga County provided updates Wednesday on a number of efforts related to assisting residents during the pandemic.

Washington Avenue Armory in Albany, NY
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Another COVID-19 mass vaccination site is opening up in Albany. Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday the Washington Avenue Armory will receive doses from the federal government and be partially staffed by the New York National Guard.

Photo of Vermont Statehouse in winter
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont’s governor and members of his administration gave their latest COVID-19 briefing today. It came as the state dealt with a deluge of calls as it opened appointments for the next eligible group in its age-based vaccination rollout.

Governor Andrew Cuomo broke days of silence over escalating accusations that he and his top aides deliberately withheld for months key COVID-19 death numbers of nursing home residents who succumbed to the virus. He apologized to families of residents who died in the homes during the pandemic for the anxiety that the withholding of those numbers created.

Burlington street sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The U.K. variant of COVID has been confirmed in Vermont for the first time. On Thursday, officials in the state’s largest city reported they detected evidence of the variant in wastewater.

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