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NEW YORK — The state launched a new digital marketing campaign Wednesday to maximize the number of 12- to 17-year-olds vaccinated against COVID-19 as officials fight to ward off new variants of the fatal upper respiratory illness.

Since being discovered in Colombia in January, the mu variant of COVID-19 has spread to nearly four dozen countries and has made its presence known in Hawaii and Alaska. It has so far been found in 49 states with Nebraska being the only state to not have a mu variant case detected.

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Daily coronavirus cases are four times higher than they were following Labor Day weekend of last year with the number of daily deaths twice as high as they were this time in 2020, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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BUFFALO — State health officials are working to establish COVID-19 testing requirements for unvaccinated teachers, expanding vaccine requirements for health staff and other policies, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Tuesday, but added mandates will continue to be assessed with input from localities.

PLATTSBURGH (TNS) — Though the delta variant is leading to an increase in COVID cases statewide, counties do not want to see a return to state centralization of the coronavirus response, New York State Association of Counties Executive Director Stephen Acquario says.

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ALBANY — Gov. Kathy Hochul is collaborating with lawmakers to encourage them to broaden her executive decision-making and spending powers as the pandemic continues to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for all teachers and statewide school personnel.

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This afternoon, Gov. Kathy Hochul will deliver a virtual address to the people of New York State. The event will begin at approximately 3:00 p.m.

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At 10:00 AM, Governor Kathy Hochul is scheduled to host a ceremonial swearing in ceremony at the State Capitol.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given full approval to the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, whose shots are now the first to move beyond emergency status since the pandemic began.

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ALBANY — All New York health care workers, including hospital and long-term care facility staff, must be vaccinated against COVID-19 within the next six weeks, state officials announced Monday.

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STATEN ISLAND (TNS) — The New York State Education Department has released reopening guidance to aid school districts in their preparations for the new academic year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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(TNS) – U.S. regulators cleared giving a third COVID-19 vaccine dose to people with weakened immune systems in an effort to improve protection for those with impaired responses to standard shots.

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(TNS) – U.S. health officials stepped up calls for pregnant women to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as new evidence showed no increased risk of miscarriage from the shots.

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In the last seven days, Orleans County went from a transmission of no more than 10 cases per 100,000 people as of last Wednesday to 59.48 cases per 100,000 as of Monday in the eyes of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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FORT DRUM — In a message to the force Monday, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III, announced plans to mandate vaccines for the entire active duty force as cases of the novel coronavirus continue to drastically increase.

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Public health officials are closely monitoring COVID-19 transmission rates and continue to encourage people to be vaccinated as rising transmission rates in Monroe and Erie counties have pushed those counties into led those counties to renew recommendations for wearing face masks regardless …

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NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo pressed local businesses and the private sector to only accept customers fully vaccinated against COVID-19, he announced Monday morning.

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New York may expand its legal authority to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine in public school districts after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday that school administrators should prepare to take aggressive action as virus cases rise with the emergence of the delta variant.

ALBANY — All state employees and health care workers in state-run hospitals who directly treat patients will be mandated to get a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the summer, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.

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WASHINGTON (TNS) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Tuesday that some people vaccinated against COVID-19 resume wearing face masks indoors as new data indicates fully vaccinated individuals can spread the dangerous delta variant.

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(TNS) – Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of viruses are expected to occur. Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been documented, including a highly transmittable form of COVID-19 known as the delta variant.

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(TNS) – Some people may be hesitant to be vaccinated for COVID-19 because they think COVID-19 vaccines were developed too quickly. But today’s successes are the result of many years of coronavirus research.

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The seven-day rolling average of positive cases in the four GLOW region counties remain below the average for the entire Finger Lakes region and New York State, but did pass 1 percent in Wyoming County on Thursday.