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Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon highlighted the large number of people who are using Onondaga County’s healthcare infrastructure during the COVID-19 pandemic. He said cases in Onondaga County rose to 322 Friday but local hospitals are serving around 800 COVID-19 related cases. 


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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand sought to reassure seniors Friday that she’s doing all she can to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on New York’s hospitals and residents. 

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WAER is catching up with service businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic to see how they’re coping with the challenging times.  In part two, we’re looking at businesses on the SU Hill that are taking a significant hit without thousands of college students around.

All Central New Yorkers are trying to cope with the risk and restrictions posed by COVID-19 and how to stay healthy.  But the area’s newer refugees might have a harder time understanding or even getting the right information. 



Three people have now died from COVID-19 in Onondaga County, two in the past 24 hours. At his Thursday briefing, County Executive Ryan McMahon said one was a woman in her sixties with significant underlying health issues.

Many of our routines are changed because of the restrictions caused by the Coronavirus … and those changes can threaten our health.  We've previously told you about replacing yoga and other fitness classes virtually to help with anxiety. 


Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh joined Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon at his briefing Wednesday in an effort to encourage 2020 Census participation. Walsh said one way anyone can help in the midst of the outbreak is by filling out their census, and helping the community get a complete count.

Keeping our bodies and minds healthy can be a challenge when many of us are concerned over the Coronavirus and the impacts it’s having on our lives.  In our last segment, we told you about how parks can help.  Today, we look at something some of us are missing that can be replaced by something that can keep us healthy.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says legalizing recreational marijuana is not going to be part of the state budget this year. Cuomo made his comments as the budget deadline approached with no agreement on how to close a $15 billion budget gap, caused by the fall out from the corona virus.


The Syracuse City School District is among those trying to find ways to stay engaged with as many students as possible while the community rides out the COVID-19 pandemic at home.  Superintendent Jaime Alicea says they’ve been mailing materials home and putting lessons online