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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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Onondaga County is vaccinating residents against COVID-19 at a rate that has local leaders asking for the state to increase eligibility. County Executive Ryan McMahon said many of those included in Phases 1A and 1B are no longer having trouble booking a vaccine appointment, and many categories are reaching capacity. 

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Onondaga County updated school district guidance Thursday that allows districts to decrease the amount of distance between student’s desks. The change is an attempt to get more children back into schools.


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Onondaga County will get a big bump in vaccine supply this week. The state will give the county over 6,000 doses, which is about three times more than its typical weekly allotment.

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Onondaga County’s health department is still deciding whether or not to issue guidance decreasing the recommended distance between students’ desks from 6 feet. The county’s positivity rate dipped below one percent Thursday, and asymptomatic testing in schools returned zero positive tests.

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Over 20% of adults in Onondaga County have received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. County Executive Ryan McMahon said it’s the highest rate of vaccinated residents among the big counties in New York. Despite the county’s effectiveness of getting shots into arms, some communities are lagging behind others.

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Onondaga County received an increased allotment of COVID-19 vaccine this week. County Executive Ryan McMahon said they got 1900 doses, compared to last week’s 1200, but appoitments were completely booked in less than 10 minutes. People with compromised immune systems became eligible this week, and 700 of the county’s doses this week are reserved for this group.

McMahon said they also continue outreach to teachers, law enforcement, and those with developmental disabilities. He believes they are close to getting a shot to everyone who wants one in those groups.

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Immuno-compromised New Yorkers will become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine next week. For Onondaga County and counties across the state, that means their little supply will have even greater demand. County Executive Ryan McMahon agrees immunocompromised people should be able to get a vaccine given how severely they've been affected by the virus.

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Central New York Congressmember John Katko said vaccine distribution at the federal level needs to move faster to meet demand. Katko met with representatives from FEMA, Health and Human Services, and the Department of Defense about accelerating the process.

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Onondaga County’s minority communities are receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at lower rates than their white neighbors according to new data released by County Executive Ryan McMahon Thursday. Two pop-up clinics were held this week at Toomey Abbott Towers and Dr. Weeks Elementary School.