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New York COVID-19

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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. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 9, 2021 in Syracuse.
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New York will lower COVID-19 vaccine eligibility from age 65 to 60 this week, and soon loosen restrictions on vaccination sites that local officials have criticized, under a plan Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking as the USNS Comfort arrives in New York City March 30, 2020.
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Monday marked the one-year anniversary of the first confirmed coronavirus case in New York. Since then, more than 38,000 New Yorkers have died of the virus so far and more than 1.5 million were infected.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 25, 2020.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his staff were in damage control mode Thursday as they faced two scandals; the governor’s handling of nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic and allegations that the Democrat sexually harassed a former staffer. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at his briefing May 5, 2020.
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For a time in 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo was considered one of the heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic for his steady and focused daily briefings when many considered national leadership to be lacking. But recently, the Democrat has suffered a reversal of fortune, as a scandal over the suppression of the number of nursing home deaths dominates news coverage of his administration. Now a new poll finds the majority of New Yorkers think the governor did something wrong.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a briefing July 1, 2020.
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The New York State Senate is poised to strip Governor Andrew Cuomo of some emergency pandemic powers and create an oversight commission to review the decisions the governor makes. There’s growing support for the moves as the Democrat has said that he was wrong to withhold for months the true number of deaths from COVID-19 at the state’s nursing homes. There are also reports of two federal probes into the state’s handling of nursing homes during the pandemic.

People wait to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the University at Albany
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and officials from President Joe Biden’s administration say they will open mass COVID-19 vaccination sites in medically underserved areas, beginning in Queens and Brooklyn, and later upstate.

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About one in every 10 New Yorkers has now received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and the federal government is expected to boost the state’s supply of the injection over the next three weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.

A COVID-19 vaccination site at the University at Albany
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Governor Andrew Cuomo is expanding the list of New Yorkers who will be eligible to receive vaccinations.  He says on February 15 people with co-morbidities, as defined by the CDC, will be able to sign up for appointments. The governor also says that African-Americans and Latinos are getting vaccinated at a lower rate than whites or Asians, and he wants to correct that.

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New York state Senate Republicans are calling on the state’s health commissioner to release more data on COVID-19 nursing home deaths.

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The winter storm caused COVID-19 vaccination sites in New York to close downstate, but others upstate remained open Monday. Governor Andrew Cuomo, in a briefing, blamed the federal government for ongoing glitches in the state’s vaccine rollout.

A screenshot of the New York Attorney General's report on nursing homes
A screenshot of the New York Attorney General's report on nursing homes

New York Attorney General Letitia James released a report Thursday finding that the state health department may have undercounted COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes by as much as 50 percent.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo, saying the COVID-19 transmission rate in New York has started to decline, is lifting some restrictions in nearly all orange and yellow micro cluster zones that were aimed at controlling the spread of the virus. The Democrat is also developing a plan to allow limited indoor dining in New York City.

People wait to get the COVID-19 vaccine outside the Times Union Center in Albany
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As Albany County plans to hold an essential worker COVID-19 vaccination clinic, County Executive Dan McCoy is urging residents to “stop being selfish” and wait their turn for the vaccine, instead of trying to cheat the screening system. Speaking Wednesday, the Democrat said 117,000 people in the Capital District have gotten their first dose.

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Several New York state Senators and Assembly members say they were surprised to learn that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration does not provide internet access to people living in state-run group homes and other congregant settings, and they want that fixed immediately. 

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is warning of a dangerous second wave of the COVID-19 virus, as new, more contagious strains have begun to infiltrate the U.S. And as New York State struggles with its vaccination rollout, Cuomo says he’s asking one of the major vaccine manufacturers if the state can buy doses directly.

People wait to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the University at Albany
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Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday addressed major problems plaguing the state’s COVID-19 vaccine sign-up website, saying there are more New Yorkers eligible to be vaccinated than there are shots.

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
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Governor Andrew Cuomo, bowing to pressure from local governments, is agreeing to expand New York’s COVID-19 vaccination sites for frontline health care workers. 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking in Albany Dec. 2, 2020.
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County leaders in New York say their health departments have been developing vaccination plans for years, and can help smooth the rocky rollout of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination program, but they need more cooperation from Governor Andrew Cuomo and his administration. 

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Republican members of the New York state legislature want to rein in some of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s emergency powers that the Democrat has held through the COVID-19 pandemic, saying it’s time for more than just one branch of government to make all of the decisions.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday the U.K. strain of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Saratoga County, in a symptomatic man in his 60s who is now recovering. Cuomo says the man hasn’t traveled, suggesting community spread of the strain. Cuomo, who says the man was associated with N. Fox Jewelers on Broadway in Saratoga Springs, is urging anyone who shopped there between December 18 and December 24 to get a COVID test and contact the state Department of Health.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking as the USNS Comfort arrives in New York City March 30, 2020.
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While many New Yorkers will be happy to put 2020 behind them, there’s no denying it was a year like no other. At the Capitol, the Legislature took a back seat as Governor Andrew Cuomo gained power and popularity among residents who eagerly tuned in for his coronavirus briefings.

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New York state lawmakers held a special December session Monday to enact new protections for tenants unable to make rent payments due to pandemic-related job losses and other financial challenges. On Monday night, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he had signed the legislation. 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking in Albany Dec. 2, 2020.
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New York state’s positive test rate for the coronavirus has jumped to 8.3%, according to the latest numbers released by Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday. The news comes as the state continues its vaccine rollout, and the governor is withholding scheduled pay raises for statewide elected officials.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says some New York hospitals have started testing COVID-19 positive patients for the presence of a mutated form of the virus discovered in the United Kingdom, leading to a shutdown in that country.  

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking June 5, 2020.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo is dialing back statements that New York could be headed for a second pandemic shutdown, saying if people control their behavior, it could be avoided. Meanwhile, the Democrat says he’s advancing funds to cash-strapped state contractors that are providing essential services. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at his briefing May 5, 2020.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo is warning that New York is headed for another lockdown if the rising rate of the coronavirus does not slow.

A chart shows in which type of facilities contact tracers have tracked spread of COVID-19.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo has unveiled details of what he calls the “winter plan” for limiting the spread of COVID-19 in New York. He says it’s aimed at avoiding further economic shutdowns, but he says it’s up to New Yorkers to voluntarily limit in-home gatherings in the coming weeks. The governor also says indoor dining in New York City will be banned, starting Monday. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo's office has made estimates on how many initial COVID-19 vaccines will be distributed across New York.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo offered more details of New York’s COVID-19 vaccination program, saying he expects a state panel to approve the first round of shots by this Friday.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s on board with a proposal from Democrats in Congress to offer partial relief for states whose economies have been harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but he says it would only be a stopgap measure.

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