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ALBANY — State Education Department leaders struggled to communicate with, or get a response, from former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his top aides throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as they waited on safety guidelines for New York schools, they told legislators during a hearing Tuesday.

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Noyes Health, citing rising COVID-19 numbers, is instituting new visitors restrictions beginning Friday that will limit the number and frequency of visitors in areas of the hospital, urgent care and the Geneseo surgical location.

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WARSAW – Wyoming County has declared a state of emergency due to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases, which has placed “significant strains” on the Wyoming County Community Health System.

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NEW YORK — Upstate hospitals have suffered a greater reduction in available beds than downstate health facilities as health experts in Albany continue to test for the omicron COVID variant not discovered in New York as of Monday, Gov. Kathleen C. Hochul said.

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A day after declaring a state of emergency for New York, Gov. Kathleen C. Hochul is ordering nursing homes and adult-care facilities to make boosters available to all residents after hospitalizations across the state jumped 20% in the past week.

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ALBANY — The state Health Department can limit non-essential, elective hospital procedures under New York’s new state of emergency that returned Friday as new COVID-19 infections reach transmission levels from the early days of the pandemic and global health officials identified a new highly…

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BATAVIA — Genesee and Orleans counties officials said Tuesday they will not create any new mask or vaccine mandates, while calling on the state to do more to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, particularly among school-age children.

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(TNS) – Thanksgiving is traditionally a day of family and friends gathering for food and celebration. It’s also one of the busiest travel seasons as people fly and drive to see their loved ones.

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(TNS) – Families may be able to gather more safely now that the Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5 to 11 years old. Mayo Clinic and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immuniza…

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BATAVIA — With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. Appointments for pediatric doses of the vaccine are becoming available across the region over the next few days.

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The state’s school mask mandate will end after the majority of New York children get vaccinated against COVID-19, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Thursday.

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WASHINGTON — Facing criticism that mandates for coronavirus vaccinations could force the Defense Department to fire thousands of civilians, contractors and troops, the Biden administration is signaling that vaccine resisters may get more time to comply.

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Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE’s COVID-19 vaccine was cleared by U.S. regulators for children ages 5 to 11, a long-awaited pandemic milestone that opens a new phase of the immunization campaign.

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GENESEO – A Geneseo man is suing the New York State Health Commissioner over some of the agency’s public health regulations that he claims violate his Constitutional rights.

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The benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine for young children made by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE exceed its risks, according to a panel of U.S. experts, putting a shot for the youngest school-age children on track for a likely clearance.

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(TNS) – Moderna Inc. said that its COVID-19 vaccine showed a strong immune response in younger children in a late-stage clinical trial, paving the way for submission to regulators for clearance in those ages 6 through 11.

Jack-o’-lanterns are lit on front porches, neighborhood streets are blanketed in colorful leaves, mulled apple cider is simmering on the stove, and children are putting the finishing touches on costumes and trick-or-treating routes. It’s Halloween season once again, but with COVID-19 still a…

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(TNS) – The staff of the Food and Drug Administration said the benefits of Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE’s COVID-19 vaccine for young children likely outweigh its risks, ahead of a meeting this week where experts will weigh whether the shot should be cleared for use.

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(TNS) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared a broad path for millions more Americans to receive COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, as the nation looks to bolster its defenses and prevent another virus surge.

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The U.S. will open its borders to vaccinated foreigners on Nov. 8, a White House official said, granting access to millions of people who have been shut out of the country while closing it off to anyone who hasn’t had their shots.