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The number of cases of COVID 19 in Onondaga County jumped 35% as of Wednesday’s local update.  County leaders continue to emphasize staying isolated, while saying those told to stay in quarantine could face criminal charges should they ignore the order. 

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Syracuse University announced Tuesday it will cancel all classes on campus after this Friday over concerns of the coronavirus and the Covid-19 disease it can cause.  The decision would remain in effect at least until March 30th.

New York Government and Health officials are trying to quell any fears people have now that there is a confirmed case of Corona Virus in the state.  The state continues to issue advice and updates on COVID-19 in New York. 

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The NAACP of Syracuse and Onondaga County shared their focal points for 2020 that include voting, health and education improvements, and justice in the community.  Chapter President Linda Brown-Robinson hopes to bring the community together to improve the economy of the city of Syracuse.  

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The dangers E-cigarettes pose to young people are not fully known.  But deaths and hospital visits due to vaping are raising concerns among parents and health experts, even as e-cigarette usage grows among younger and younger children.  Now a health program at Cornell University has new way to open the eyes of youth to the potential dangers.

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New York enjoyed some good news recently around health and smoking. But other statistics show both health and economic problems coming from a different trend. 

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The flu looks like it’s getting a jump start on the normal infection season here in Central New York.  Pharmacist Shannon Miller is Director of Patient Outcomes for Kinney Drugs.  She says reported cases in the state jumped 77% in the last week. 

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More than 600 people wearing red gathered Thursday at the Oncenter to celebrate the strength of women in the fight against heart disease as a part of the 16th annual Syracuse Go Red for Women Luncheon.

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Nearly a dozen corner stores in Syracuse are now participating in a program aimed at offering healthier food choices, especially to children.  A new report showed that more than 14 percent of children in New York have obesity, placing the state 25th in the country.  

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How comfortable would you be seeing your doctor through a mobile phone or tablet?  Tele-medicine holds promise from bringing some types of medical care to rural areas, while also reducing costs for non-emergency physical and mental health needs.  Technology and acceptance are advancing, though the use of telehealth is still small.