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A low count of COVID-19 cases in Onondaga County and a climbing vaccination rate is affording Central New Yorkers to enjoy minor league baseball following an entire year off.   The Syracuse Mets to perform vaccination screening checks and still have public health restrictions required to operate with the easing of State COVID-19 restrictions. / 2021 Mapbox Open Street map

The easing of masking requirements across the state and locally on Wednesday still means businesses may or may not require fully vaccinated customers to wear masks due to the risk of COVID-19.  The President of Centerstate CEO in Syracuse says everyone is looking forward to experiencing normalcy but, he’s asking the public to cooperate. 

Research Report "Get Shot Done" Finds Most SU Students Want COVID Vaccines

May 18, 2021
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A comprehensive research report conducted by student-run public relations and advertising firms at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School has found the vast majority of students were in favor of getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

New York Stops Distribution of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine After Health Risks

Apr 13, 2021
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Use of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine is on pause in New York State. The FDA and CDC Tuesday morning recommended suspending usage of the vaccine after 6 women developed severe blood clots following inoculation. Appointments for the shot were cancelled at the state’s vaccination clinics, like the one at the New York State Fairgrounds.

Syracuse University To Provide Vaccines To Students Starting Wednesday

Apr 6, 2021
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Starting Wednesday, Syracuse University will begin vaccinating students, faculty, and staff who haven’t yet been inoculated against COVID-19.  The university has received an initial allotment of 1,600 doses of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine from the state and Onondaga County.

AAA says More CNY Residents Traveling for Spring Break and Easter Holiday

Mar 31, 2021

Despite CDC guidelines discouraging travel due to COVID-19, AAA says more Central New York families are definitely getting away for the Easter Holiday and Spring Break. In recent days more than 1.4 million across the state went through security checks at airports. AAA Spokesperson Elizabeth Carey says warmer temperatures are leading people to southern destinations.

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stopped in Syracuse Tuesday as part of a victory lap of sorts to celebrate much-awaited federal relief for residents, businesses, and municipalities. The House is expected to take a final vote Wednesday on the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan.

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Securing a COVID-19 vaccine appointment has been a challenge for many older people, but they might get some extra help.  Some seniors are not technologically savvy or don’t have internet access to schedule the competitive appointment.

Homelessness is Declining in CNY despite COVID-19

Nov 18, 2020
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Homelessness is declining in Central New York despite the COVID-19 pandemic. According to an annual report put together by the Housing and Homelessness Coalition of Central New York, there has been a five year decrease in total homeless numbers and first-time homelessness.

Owner of Laci’s Tapas Bar Looks to Next Venture After Sparking Hawley-Green Growth

Nov 17, 2020
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Laci’s Tapas Bar in Syracuse has been a staple of the city’s Hawley-Green neighborhood for over a decade. After ten years, the restaurant is set to close December 19th.