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NEW YORK (AP) — As coronavirus cases kept rising in the national epicenter of New York, President Donald Trump said Saturday he is considering a quarantine affecting residents of the state and neighboring New Jersey and Connecticut. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday he wasn’t sure what the president meant but didn’t “like the sound of it.” 


According to 911 data, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said there have been a total of 50 calls related to social distancing complaints. At their Friday news briefing, Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said the city had to take down the rims of basketball hoops at city parks because young people were playing basketball. 

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NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump and elected leaders in New York are clashing again over the depth of the state’s coronavirus crisis. Meanwhile, the outbreak is taking its toll on the state’s civil servants, with the virus claiming the lives of bus and train workers and a civilian employee of the New York Police Department.

There are more than 6,000 hospitalized COVID-19 patients in New York, with almost 1,600 in intensive care. New York has logged a nation-high of 519 deaths, and has more than 44,000 confirmed cases.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, facing a state budget deadline in less than a week, is out with a new proposal to try to cope as the state faces a multibillion-dollar budget gap and much uncertainty, with the economy shut down due to coronavirus.

Legal Services of Central New York

Due to the spread of the coronavirus, New York state's court system is "on pause," not taking any new case filings except for emergency matters. A nonprofit that offers legal services to low-income residents in central New York is also reorganizing its efforts to serve its clients' most pressing needs.

Now working remotely, the staff of 40 attorneys at Legal Services of Central New York is helping people get access to resources such as food stamps, healthcare, and housing.

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The Rescue Mission of central New York, which provides shelter and meals to the homeless, has had to lay off 285 employees from its thrifty shopper stores and other departments, as all nonessential workers have to stay home and businesses have had to close. Dan Sieburg, CEO of the Rescue Mission, said its stores account for 60 percent of its annual revenue. 

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There has been another big uptick in the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Onondaga County. County Executive Ryan McMahon announced Thursday there are now 111 cases, up from 81 the day before. 16 people are hospitalized, four are in critical condition. 

McMahon attributed the uptick in positive cases to a large number of test results that came back in the last 24 hours. 

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York once again saw a spike in the number of deaths and hospitalizations related to the coronavirus, a bleak trend for the epicenter of the U.S.’s outbreak of the fast-spreading virus. there are now more than 37,000 confirmed cases.

The increase in cases, deaths and hospitalizations comes as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo detailed how the outbreak will have dramatic economic effects on the state.

Here’s a look at developments in the coronavirus outbreak Thursday.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’s been working closely with President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and top White House aide, Jared Kushner, to get New York ventilators as the number of coronavirus cases continues to escalate. 

Cuomo said procuring enough ventilators is “the single greatest challenge” and he said Kushner, who is also a New Yorker, has been “extraordinarily helpful” in assisting with the search. 

Farnham Family Services

It’s becoming clear that some of our most vulnerable populations are some of the most affected during the coronavirus outbreak. In the case of Farnham Family Services, Oswego County’s largest provider of outpatient treatment for substance use disorder, even a day without services can have detrimental effects.

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There's been a big uptick in the number of positive cases of the coronavirus in Onondaga County in the last day, rising from 60 to 81. County Executive Ryan McMahon said Wednesday that’s out of a total of about 1550 tests, and some of the backlogged results from last week coming in. What concerns him is there is still a high number of young people testing positive, with 20 cases involving individuals in their 20s.

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State lawmakers have just one week until the state budget is due, and despite the coronavirus outbreak, they say they intend to meet the deadline and will use precautions to avoid meeting in large groups.

They face a daunting task of putting together a spending plan while a multibillion-dollar deficit grows each day. 

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said on March 17 that the state’s $6 billion deficit could grow by $4 billion to $7 billion. Now, even those numbers appear outdated.

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ILION, N.Y. (AP) — Remington Arms has offered to donate manufacturing space for hospital supplies in New York.

CEO of the gun manufacturer, Ken D’Arcy, wrote a letter Monday, March 23, to Governor Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump offering “approximately one million square feet of unused and available manufacturing space” at the Ilion plant, the Ithaca Journal reported.

Cuomo issued an executive order for all nonessential workers to remain home, and the company announced Friday it would shut down in compliance until April 30.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Hospitalizations from COVID-19 were rising faster than expected in New York as residents and leaders prepared for a peak in cases that is expected to still be weeks away. Temporary hospitals, and even a morgue in Manhattan, are being setup.

Here’s a look at developments in the coronavirus outbreak in New York on Wednesday.


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For the first time, the Syracuse Common Council held its study session online with video conferencing. The council’s legislative priorities may have to wait as the city deals with the fallout from the coronavirus. 

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It's been more than a week since schools closed in most of the state in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus. A local pediatric psychologist recommends families keep an eye on children’s mental health during a very trying time.

Parents and caregivers are trying to fill the empty hours for kids now that there’s no school, no playdates, no athletics, no going to the mall. Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital pediatric psychologist Anne Reagan advises families to monitor a child’s mental health attitude in what can be a very scary time.

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Onondaga County has reported its first death due to the coronavirus. Health Commissioner Doctor Indu Gupta said the individual was an elderly, hospitalized patient and there was no risk of exposure to the public. This comes just eight days after the county had its first case. The number of people with the coronavirus in Onondaga County rose again to 60 on Tuesday. Eight people are in the hospital and three are in critical condition. 

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NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo sounded his most dire warning yet about the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday, saying the infection rate in New York is accelerating and the state could be as close as two weeks away from a crisis that sees 40,000 people in intensive care.

Such a surge would overwhelm hospitals, which now have just 3,000 intensive care unit beds statewide.

The rate of new infections, Cuomo said, is doubling about every three days. While officials once thought the peak in New York would come in early May, they now say it could come in two to three weeks.

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Oswego County P-TECH is a program focused on technical, professional and academic skills. In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, P-TECH students, teachers and administrators have found their worlds turned upside down.

For some background: Students must be accepted into the P-TECH program, as eighth graders, after an application and interview process. At its core, the program is a partnership between county school districts, Onondaga Community College and industry partners.

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On Monday, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said it is a good trend that there were three straight days of declines in coronavirus testing at a triage test site in Syracuse.

“Our hope is that people who are symptomatic with respiratory illness are getting testing and we’re getting to the point where we’ve started to get ahead of all those cases in our community,” McMahon said. 

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As more and more people are forced to stay home and in close quarters because of the coronavirus, officials at Vera House in Syracuse are worried about an uptick in domestic violence.

Vera House Executive Director Randi Bregman said she wouldn't be surprised.

"I believe there will be more abuse in the homes," said Bregman. "And I believe people who are hurt will be in more challenging situations and may take more risks depending on how they are trapped in their homes like this."

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Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who was sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault, has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, according to a story first published in the Niagara Gazette. Weinstein is in the Wende Correctional Facility in western New York.

The news comes as advocates for prisoner rights are asking the state for a plan to protect inmates from getting the virus. 

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NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers started their first full day of severe restrictions Monday that are intended to curb the spread of the virus after the number of cases in the state continues to surge amid an uptick in testing.

All of the state’s “nonessential” businesses were ordered closed by 8 p.m. Sunday under an order that also banned nonessential gatherings of individuals. New Yorkers may still go outside their homes to pick up groceries or exercise, but must stay 6 feet away from anyone who isn’t a member of their household.

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Teachers are coming up with creative ways to keep in touch with students in this era of distant online learning. One central New York teacher is using technology to go beyond the classroom basics.

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As the number of positive cases of COVID-19 continue to rise across New York state, they also continue to rise in Onondaga County. As of Sunday afternoon, the county had 45 confirmed cases.

County Executive Ryan McMahon said we can expect that number to continue to rise as more people are tested for the coronavirus.

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New York’s governor said Sunday that he was exasperated that people are still ignoring his social distancing orders, saying he spent part of the previous day watching people clustering in groups and acting like it was just another nice spring day.

“There is a density level in New York City that is wholly inappropriate. You would think there is nothing going on. In parts of New York City, it was just a bright, sunny Saturday,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

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Onondaga County Ryan McMahon announced a spike in positive cases of the coronavirus Saturday, with 21 additional positive results since yesterday. There are now a total of 34 positive cases in the county. 

McMahon said more than 700 test results came back yesterday, 21 of them were positive. He said hundreds of tests are expected to come back in the next few days. 

Of the 34 positive cases:

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’ll spend Saturday visiting potential sites to set up temporary hospitals and negotiating with clothing manufacturers and ventilator sellers to try to set up temporary hospitals and gather medical supplies in time for the expected increase in patients sick with the coronavirus who may need hospitalization. Cuomo also said he plans to visit parks in New York City to determine if reports of younger people congregating too closely together are true.

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Onondaga County officials say the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county is now at 13 after six new cases were reported overnight. One of those who tested positive worked at America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses located at 3401 Erie Boulevard East in DeWitt. County health officials say anyone who visited the store during the following days and times may have been exposed: 

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In response to the temporary shutdown measures taken by U.S. automakers, Novelis, the aluminum manufacturing plant in Oswego County, is closing part of its production line effective today. The shutdown is scheduled to last only until the end of the month, at which time company officials plan to reevaluate the situation. Employees will be paid in the two-week interim according to Leila Giancone, head of communications for the Oswego plant.