Renowned artist and photographer Carrie Mae Weems is heading up an awareness campaign to focus on the disproportionate impact COVID  19 is having on Black, Brown and Native American Communities.  Thursday, Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh issued a proclamation honoring her and the project.

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New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker issued a report Monday on the likely cause of deaths from COVID-19 in New York’s nursing homes that he says shows the virus came in through infected staff, not through hospital readmissions. The study comes as Governor Andrew Cuomo cancelled the state fair and said he could not guarantee that schools will reopen in the fall.

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Over 40,000 immigrants live in the Syracuse-metro area. They speak a variety of languages, work as essential employees, and often don’t have the same access to information and resources that other populations do. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these factors make them vulnerable.

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New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will impose  mandatory quarantines for travelers from several states, with high rates of the coronavirus, including Florida and Texas,  effective midnight tonight.

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The Onondaga County Legislature unanimously approved a measure that will speed development of a warehouse project in Dewitt.  The project is believed to be a support center to aid with deliveries from the huge warehouse facility being built in Clay. 

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Onondaga County and the rest of Central New York expect to be able to enter Phase Four by the end of the week. This allows entertainment, recreation, and arts businesses to reopen with certain guidance.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo ends over three months of continuous daily coronavirus briefings Friday. The briefings became a cultural phenomenon and made the governor nationally famous, as New Yorkers and many across  America, staying home to try to stop the spread of the virus, tuned in to what became a daily ritual.

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The Chairs of the state legislative health committees are proposing a bill that would  help protect the privacy of New Yorkers who give personal information to coronavirus contact tracers. They say without the protections, the contact tracing system, aimed at curbing the virus and avoiding future shut downs, won’t work.

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How should the reopening of the economy affect New York’s nursing homes?  There are concerns that care for residents has suffered during the COVID pandemic shutdown.

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Phase Three of New York’s economic restart officially began Friday across Central New York. Restaurants are retraining staff and reorganizing their spaces to comply with state requirements. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said the County is in a good position as it enters this next phase, but the public must continue to adhere to health and safety precautions.