Coronavirus

  Reports: NY officials altered count of nursing home deaths

The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times report that the true number of people who had died in nursing homes in New York was altered by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aides in a state Health Department report in July.

  US job growth likely rose in February in rebound from slump

  Fauci presents his personal virus model to Smithsonian

  Heart problems may be rare in pro athletes after COVID-19

  ‘Falling through cracks’: Vaccine bypasses some older adults

  North country doctor: J & J vaccine effective

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State to loosen some virus restrictions on gatherings

  Boy, 12, creates website to help elderly New Yorkers book vaccine appointments

  States rapidly expanding vaccine access as supplies surge

  Stores to require masks in states without mask mandates

  Abortion concerns prompt archdiocese warning on vaccine

  Debate simmers over spreading out shots for two-dose vaccines

  Report: Virus cases in nursing homes drop 82%

Officials say vaccination efforts in nursing homes and long-care facilitates are responsible for the decline.

  Texas becomes biggest US state to lift COVID-19 mask mandate

The Republican governor has faced sharp criticism from his party over the mandate, which was imposed eight months ago, and other COVID-19 restrictions. It was only ever lightly enforced, even during the worst outbreaks of the pandemic.

  ‘Vaccine, vaccine’: Dolly sings ‘Jolene’ rewrite before shot

Dolly Parton has written hundreds of songs over her decades-long career and it turns out her tune “Jolene” is the just right one for getting her COVID-19 vaccine.

  Biden vows enough vaccine for all US adults by end of May

The announcement comes as the White House looks to speed the production of the single-dose J&J vaccine and accelerate the nation’s plans to reach “herd immunity” in the U.S. and begin restoring normalcy after the pandemic.

  Texas and other states ease COVID-19 rules despite warnings

  Florida nurse returns home after being paralyzed from rare COVID-19-related infection

Vaccination clinic for people 65 and older now open to all eligible

  Biden to prioritize vaccinating school teachers

  CDC to release guidance for people vaccinated against COVID

  3rd vaccine rolls out, new boosters being developed

  COVID-19 pandemic fuels attacks on health workers globally

A new report by the Geneva-based Insecurity Insight and the University of California, Berkeley’s Human Rights Center identified more than 1,100 threats or acts of violence against health care workers and facilities last year.

  ‘It’s truly a miracle’: Man, 25, with COVID-19 survives near-death 3 times

Doctors say the young man's case should serve as a warning. He had no pre-existing health concerns but suffered serious complications from COVID-19.

  Twitter cracks down on COVID vaccine misinformation

It will start using a “strike system” to remove accounts that repeatedly violate its rule.

  States easing virus restrictions despite experts’ warnings

Nearly 20% of the nation’s adults — or over 50 million people — have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 10% have been fully inoculated.

  Watch for vaccination sign-up scams

Federal regulators warn more consumers will soon hear from crooks calling about vaccines while impersonating an insurance company or health department.

  Why you should consider the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose shot was given the green light over the weekend, but some health experts worry Americans may turn up their noses at this latest vaccine.

  Nearly 4M doses of J&J virus vaccine on way to states

The White House is encouraging Americans to take the first dose available to them, regardless of manufacturer.

  Elderly couple who found love during COVID-19 get vaccinated before wedding

In the midst of a tough winter, the love between two 94-year-olds in New York blossomed, and they recently became engaged.

43 new COVID-19 cases in region Sunday

Here are the region's COVID-19 stats for Sunday, February 28th.

  Pharmacist drives through snow to deliver COVID-19 vaccine to disabled woman, family

For five weeks, the mother of a disabled woman in Pennsylvania searched for a vaccine appointment, reaching out to state and local leaders with no luck.

  J&J’s 1-dose shot cleared, giving US 3rd COVID-19 vaccine

The U.S. is getting a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19, as the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two.

  Mo. girl finds parents dead in bed reportedly from COVID-19

St. Louis County police say the 11-year-old made the discovery on Thursday.

  Plunging demand for COVID-19 tests may leave US exposed

U.S. testing hit a peak on Jan. 15. Since then, the average number of daily tests has fallen more than 28%.

  Lewis County clinic sees hundreds vaccinated

Public health officials had a goal of 300 people - that would use up their supply of Moderna vaccine doses, a stockpile sent from the state, including allotments from last week delayed due to weather.

  US advisers endorse single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from J&J

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to quickly follow the recommendation and make J&J’s shot the third vaccine authorized for emergency use in the U.S.

Friday’s numbers: St. Lawrence County reports two more deaths; 74 new cases in north country

St. Lawrence County reported the deaths Friday, along with new cases of COVID 19.

New coronavirus variant in New York spurs caution & concern

Scientists have identified a mutated version of the coronavirus spreading in New York.

US loosens Pfizer vaccine shipping regulations

U.S. regulators are allowing Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to be shipped and stored at less-frigid temperatures, which should ease distribution and administration of one of the two vaccines authorized for emergency use in the country.

  Amid COVID-19 pandemic, flu has disappeared in the US

Flu has virtually disappeared from the U.S., with reports coming in at far lower levels than anything seen in decades.

  Understanding post-COVID syndrome

A new study suggests even in mild cases, some folks may feel symptoms months later. The condition is known as post-COVID syndrome.

  Biden marks 50M vaccine doses in first 5 weeks in office

On Thursday, Biden marked the administration of the 50 millionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine since his swearing-in.

  CDC launches website to help find nearby COVID-19 vaccine providers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a new search tool for COVID-19 vaccines.

  Military begins delivering vaccines in Texas, New York

The U.S. military on Wednesday began delivering shots at coronavirus vaccination centers in Texas and New York and announced that service members will start staffing four centers in Florida and one in Philadelphia next week.

Country music star Trisha Yearwood tests positive for COVID-19

Country music superstar Trisha Yearwood has tested positive for COVID-19 following a positive test by a member of her and husband Garth Brooks’ team, according to a representative for the duo.

  FDA says single-dose shot from J&J prevents severe COVID

The report Wednesday confirmed that overall the vaccine is about 66% effective at preventing moderate to severe COVID-19.

  States pass their own virus aid, not waiting on Washington

Maryland and California recently approved help for small businesses, the poor, the jobless and those needing child care.

  Combined flu, COVID-19 vaccine possible in future, UK virologist says

Wendy Barclay, the head of the infectious disease department at Imperial College London, told UK lawmakers Wednesday that a combination vaccine is the most likely scenario in the coming years.

  States rush to catch up on delayed vaccines, expand access

Limited supply of the two approved COVID-19 vaccines has hampered the pace of vaccinations -- and that was before extreme winter weather delayed the delivery of about 6 million doses this past week.

  Fewer Americans concerned about getting COVID, but fear still high

A new Axios-Ipsos poll indicates 69% of Americans are worried about the possibility of becoming ill.

  Drug executives: Big jump in vaccine supply is coming soon

By the end of March, Pfizer and Moderna expect to have provided the U.S. government with a total of 220 million vaccine doses, up from the roughly 75 million shipped so far.

Mexican president says Mexico doing better than US on virus

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Tuesday that his country is doing better than the United States in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, even though Mexico’s per capita death rate is probably higher and the country has vaccinated less than one percent of its population.

‘They went together’: Couple married 44 years die from COVID-19 just days apart

The couple's family is encouraging others to get vaccinated in hopes they can avoid pain and suffering at the hands of COVID-19.

  US tops 500,000 virus deaths, matching the toll of 3 wars

After a year that has darkened doorways across the U.S., the pandemic has surpassed a milestone that once seemed unimaginable.

School testing can be delayed but not canceled, feds say

Federal law requires states to test students each year in subjects including math and reading as a way to gauge schools’ progress and to identify learning disparities among different groups of students.

  Congress preps for first votes on $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill

The bill would provide hundreds of billions of dollars for state and local governments, shuttered schools, COVID-19 vaccines and testing and struggling airlines, restaurants and other businesses.

  Shops, haircuts return in April as UK lifts lockdown slowly

Hopes for a return to normality rest largely on Britain’s fast-moving inoculation program that has given more than 17.5 million people, a third of the country’s adult population, the first of two doses of vaccine.

  UK data: COVID-19 vaccines sharply cut hospitalizations

Preliminary results from a study in Scotland found that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine reduced hospital admissions by up to 85% four weeks after the first dose, while the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot cut admissions by up to 94%.

Woman, 73, studying nursing to visit husband in care facility during COVID-19

The pandemic has only caused confusion for her husband of 26 years, who has Parkinson’s and dementia.

  A shot for brighter days at JCC, more than 1,000 receive their 2nd dose

In just two days, more than 1 thousand people received their second shot.

  US coronavirus death toll approaches milestone of 500,000

The U.S. stands at the brink of 500,000 deaths from the coronavirus.

50 new COVID-19 cases in tri-county region

Here are the region's COVID-19 stats for Sunday, February 21, 2021.

COVID-19 South African variant identified in NYS

The first case of the COVID-19 South African variant has been identified in New York State.

Beyond 100M: Biden team aiming for bigger vaccine numbers

The United States is on the verge of a supply breakthrough as manufacturing ramps up and with the expectation of a third vaccine becoming available in the coming weeks.

Mont. boy, 13, suffers COVID-19 symptoms, including heart problems, for months

The 13-year-old contracted COVID-19 in November. He hasn’t been to school since and continues to experience symptoms, many severe, from the illness.

‘They want their babysitters back’: Entire California school board resigns after hot mic comments

Trustees were awaiting the start of the meeting when they began discussing parents’ letters and social media posts about reopening schools.

99 new cases, 1 death in the region Saturday

Here are the region's COVID-19 stats for Saturday, February 20, 2021.

Cuomo: Statewide positivity rate continues to decline

Governor Cuomo announced Saturday that the statewide positivity rate is making real progress.

Airlines plan to ask passengers for contact-tracing details

The U.S. airline industry is pledging to expand the practice of asking passengers on flights to the United States for information that public health officials could use for contact tracing during the pandemic.

Winter weather temporarily delays shipment of 6 million vaccine doses, White House says

The shipment of six million vaccine doses has been temporarily delayed.

  Walgreens to get 300,000 more vaccine doses each week

Starting next week, the pharmacy says it will receive more than 480,000 doses per week.

  Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine can be stored longer in regular freezer

Right now, the vaccine is approved to only be stored at normal refrigeration temperatures for up to five days and can only last up to six months in an ultra-cold freezer.

  Police: 2 women dressed as older ladies to try to get second COVID-19 vaccine in Fla.

Officials at the site called police after the women’s birth dates on their ID cards did not match what they used to register.

  Experts warn against COVID-19 variants as states reopen

As states lift mask rules and ease restrictions on restaurants and other businesses because of falling case numbers, public health officials say authorities are overlooking potentially more dangerous COVID-19 variants that are quietly spreading through the U.S.

  US jobless claims jump to 861,000 as layoffs stay high

Layoffs remain high with an economy still under pressure from the virus.

  US life expectancy drops a year in pandemic, most since WWII

Minorities suffered the biggest impact, with Black Americans losing nearly three years and Hispanics, nearly two years, according to preliminary estimates Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Calif. woman issued license with photo of her wearing face mask

Although the woman's license is technically valid, she will still be asked to return for a no fee duplicate photo without her mask.

  Thousands of service members saying no to COVID-19 vaccine

The significant number of forces declining the vaccine is worrisome because troops often live, work and fight closely together in environments where social distancing and wearing masks are difficult.

  Crippling weather hampers vaccine deliveries, distribution

The U.S. is vaccinating an average of 1.7 million Americans per day against COVID-19, up from under 1 million a month ago.