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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
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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
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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
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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.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa
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New York political leaders on both sides of the aisle are calling for actions, including a criminal investigation of Governor Andrew Cuomo and his top aides, and an end to the Democrat’s emergency powers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The outcry follows a New York Post report that the governor’s chief of staff said during a private meeting that the administration deliberately withheld key data on COVID-19 nursing home deaths.

At the beginning of the pandemic, Burlington, Vermont officials distributed free masks to residents to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Now, the city plans to give out more.

Rep. Richard Neal
WAMC

With Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote, Democrats in the U.S. Senate early Friday took action to move forward a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. State and federal officials provided updates on the bill on Friday.

Hand sanitizer
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says five companies in the state have received a combined nearly $2 million in incentives to help produce COVID-19-related supplies. In this latest round, one company is in the Hudson Valley.

The Food Pantries For The Capital District continue to face staggering challenges and increases in need as the Coronavirus pandemic rages on.

Executive Director, Natasha Pernicka, joins us.

COVID-19 Diagram
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Orange County Health Department in New York warns of potential COVID-19 exposure at a DMV.

A University of Pittsburgh geriatric medical expert is giving a virtual talk for Berkshire Community College today. She says the elderly face outsized inequities in the American healthcare system.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan delivered her 2021 State of the City address virtually.
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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan delivered her State of the City address Monday evening.

New York Attorney General Tish James
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A report by New York’s Attorney General finds that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration may have undercounted by as much as 50 percent the number of the state’s nursing home residents who died at the height of  the COVID-19 pandemic in New York last spring. The news has led the Republican leader of the State Senate to call for the resignation of the state health commissioner. 

Mohawk Ambulance's new mobile vaccination trailer
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Mohawk Ambulance may soon be bringing a coronavirus vaccine to a location near you. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard got a look at the company’s new mobile vaccine distribution trailer Wednesday afternoon.

Medical Reserve Corps of Dutchess County member Roz DiNardo administers a COVID-19 vaccination to one of 60 local residents, January 25, 2021
Courtesy of Dutchess County government

In New York, Dutchess County health workers on Monday vaccinated residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities at a pop-up site.

Snow Will Not Delay Sullivan County Vaccinations

Jan 26, 2021
Moderna vaccine
Courtesy of Rockland County government

Despite the snowy forecast, Sullivan County will continue its COVID-19 vaccination clinics Tuesday and Wednesday at its Public Health Services building in Liberty.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 25, 2020.
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The hospitalization rate in New York due to COVID-19 has steadily dropped in recent weeks, according to state data, with two consecutive days of significant declines Wednesday and Thursday.

NYS Assemblyman Kevin Byrne
Courtesy of the Office of NYS Assemblyman Kevin Byrne

Two New York state assemblymen have written to President Biden, asking for his help in accessing data on nursing home deaths during the pandemic. They say previous attempts to obtain this information, both from federal and state agencies, were ignored.

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
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With her party now holding a slim majority, New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling for a lifeline for community health centers in the next COVID-19 relief package. Speaking with reporters Thursday afternoon, the Democrat also gave her predictions for working with Republicans in the new session.

The Pittsfield city seal
The City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Public health officials in Pittsfield, Massachusetts say that while the city remains in the state’s high-risk designation for COVID-19 transmission, new data shows a dip in cases. 

COVID-19 Diagram
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Frustration over New York’s coronavirus vaccine rollout continues to dominate discussion at the municipal level. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on Tuesday night’s city council meeting in Saratoga Springs…

Marist, Vassar Detail Spring Semester Plans

Jan 19, 2021
Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Courtesy of Marist College

Since the New Year, some of our region’s private colleges have been unveiling their spring semester plans during COVID-19.

Dutchess County Caps Third-Party Food Delivery Fees

Jan 15, 2021
Dutchess County Caps Third-Party Delivery Fees
Courtesy of Dutchess County government

The Dutchess County executive has signed an executive order capping third-party food delivery fees.

Montgomery County launched a vaccine hotline on Thursday
Montgomery County

Montgomery County has set up a hotline to address non-stop calls from county residents seeking answers about New York state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout. 

The Saratoga Springs City Center
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With limited COVID-19 mass vaccination sites around the state, Saratoga County leaders say they are developing a plan to locate one in the City of Saratoga Springs.

CVPH Medical Center
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing hospitals across the state to step up their rate of COVID-19 vaccinations.  The medical center in Plattsburgh reports that most of the allotment that the North Country has received has been used.

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