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SYRACUSE — The state is less than a tenth of a percent from reversing its COVID-19 and pandemic-era restrictions, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday, before announcing additional incentives to increase the vaccination rate in hundreds of communities.

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NEW YORK — Following several days of confusion, state officials clarified COVID-19 rules Monday about when public school students must continue to wear facial coverings as the coronavirus pandemic winds down.

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(TNS) – Ronald Lindquist, 87, has been active all his life. So, he wasn’t prepared for what happened when he stopped going out during the coronavirus pandemic and spent most of his time, inactive, at home.

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NEW YORK — New Yorkers ages 12 to 17 who get vaccinated against COVID-19 in the coming weeks will be entered to win a four-year free ride to any public college or university as an incentive to inoculate the age group, officials announced Wednesday.

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story contained an incorrect location for Livingston County's May 26 clinic due to an error on the state vaccine scheduling website. Livingston County is working to correct that information. Corrected information has been updated in this story.

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COVID-19 data from Livingston and Wyoming counties continues to improve as recoveries outpaced new cases for a third consecutive day and the number of active cases of the virus declined, according to data from the respective health departments.

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WASHINGTON (TNS) — Coronavirus vaccine coverage is substantially higher in urban areas across the country than in rural communities, where hesitancy remains a “major barrier” for public health officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found in a new study published Tuesday.

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New York will adopt the recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines starting Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a press briefing Monday.

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WASHINGTON (TNS) – The United States should be entering a new chapter in the coronavirus pandemic – but there are several potential “curveballs” ahead that could reverse progress, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an interview on Friday.

NEW YORK — All students who attend state universities must be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to attend classes in person this fall, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.

(TNS) – Pfizer Inc. and its partner BioNTech SE have asked U.S. regulators for full approval of their COVID-19 vaccine, a milestone in their effort to make the shot a sustainable revenue source that goes well beyond its current standing as an emergency product.