Onondaga County is working to set up a central rapid testing site for school students and staff showing symptoms of COVID-19.  The move comes after two students tested positive at two Syracuse-area elementary schools.  County Executive Ryan McMahon says the cases don’t come as a surprise, and they’re putting the infrastructure in place to handle them.

  Schools around Central New York are grappling with decisions about how to bring students and teachers back to classrooms safely – if at all.  Some new research out of Syracuse University could give them effective guidelines, if they’re willing to follow through.  Doctor Eric Schiff is interim Director of the Center of Excellence for Environmental and Energy Systems


Gym Owners Prepared as Governor Allows Reopening

Aug 25, 2020
Chris Bolt / WAER News

The owner of 2 local fitness clubs says people are coming through the doors and getting reacquainted with safety protocols after being closed for about five months. Governor Andrew Cuomo's order allowed gyms and fitness centers to begin reopening Monday, and local officials have been allowed to further delay reopening until September 2nd.

CNY Housing Market Report Shows Increasing Prices, Diminished Offerings

Aug 25, 2020
Scott Willis / WAER News

Central New York’s housing market is starting to bounce back after the pandemic slowed down real estate transactions for most of the spring.  The lack of inventory combined with historically low interest rates have fueled buyer competition and price gains.

SU Student Return Brings Hope for Local Restaurants

Aug 25, 2020
James Corrigan / WAER News

The fall semester at Syracuse University got underway Monday with thousands of students coming to the city to learn in-person.  The local restaurant community is happy to have students back, but cautious about the COVID-19 threat they might bring.

Syracuse Survey Shows Increase in Financial Instability due to COVID-19

Aug 21, 2020
Courtesy David Wilson

A survey of more than 200 Syracuse residents during the COVID-19 shutdown confirmed that the pandemic exacerbated an already dire situation for the city’s most vulnerable residents.  Greater Syracuse H.O.P.E., an anti-poverty nonprofit, ran the survey in June.

Scott Willis / WAER News

Syracuse University freshman are starting their college careers in much the same way they ended high school not long ago…in a very strange way due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Students have begun moving in to on-campus dorms with a mix of excitement and caution.


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she continues to fight for priorities that help families in the next coronavirus relief bill that’s hung up in Congress.  She wants to expand food assistance benefits, stabilize child care providers, and extend the nationwide moratorium on evictions, among other measures. 


Onondaga County and school districts are working on ways to keep the COVID-19 infection rate low while also getting as many children back into school buildings as possible this fall. 

NY Farm Bureau Reports on Economic Fallout

Jul 23, 2020
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The COVID-19 economic fallout has not spared the farming industry.  The New York Farm Bureau estimates 65% of farms have taken a financial hit due to the global pandemic.  It’s not because the demand for all farm products has slowed.