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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.


  This school year means different routines for Central New York children, whether they’re learning from home, the classroom, or both.  This has health experts offering suggestions on how to keep kids healthy.  Peggy Thomas is president of the Syracuse Chapter of the American Heart Association and Director of Nursing at Upstate Community Hospital.  She says social distancing and limits on gatherings mean less physical activity.

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More than 250 teachers in the Syracuse City School District have signed up for a four week course aimed at helping them provide effective remote learning for their students.  Syracuse University, the Allyn Foundation and a company called Blackboard are providing financial or in-kind support. 

Teachers Ask Gov. Cuomo to Mandate Masks in Schools

Sep 2, 2020
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Schools in New York are busy finalizing plans to partially reopen in a few weeks, and many colleges and universities have already begun classes. But those who work at the schools, including teachers and professors, say guidelines for when to wear masks need to be more comprehensive,  to help prevent spread of the coronavirus.  


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. 

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The New York State Board of Regents issued preliminary guidelines for schools to reopen, as Governor Andrew Cuomo says the final decision on reopening will be data driven, and based on the rate of infection in September, and at any time during the upcoming school year.

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The CNY Diaper Bank is among the many non-profits trying to meet skyrocketing demand during the COVID-19 crisis.   The organization purchases diapers by the truckload to distribute to families in need.

We know by now that children are the most common “silent carriers” of the novel coronavirus…they might have the virus, but not show any symptoms.  WAER News checks in with a Syracuse pediatrician about the challenges facing doctors and parents during this pandemic.