During a weekend of mostly peaceful protests over the death of George Floyd across Onondaga County, local leaders also kept their eye on the COVID-19 pandemic. County Executive Ryan McMahon said though it’s not ideal during the pandemic, social distancing enforcement was not the priority at the protests. 

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Following late night confusion, Central New York is able to start Phase Two of reopening. Reports began Thursday evening that Governor Andrew Cuomo would not be allowing any part of the state to begin Phase Two until a data review by international experts, causing frustration among local leaders and residents.

Many parts of society have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and education has not been spared. Schools faced closures, then ascrambled to find ways to teach remotely. This followed by uncertainty about letting students back into classrooms.

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Central New York officially got the green light from the State Thursday to start Phase One reopening. Businesses, both who are just starting to operate and those who have been operating, will need to certify that they have reviewed the guidance and create a safety plan.


City of Syracuse

Mayor Ben Walsh wanted to reassure Syracuse residents about a range of city services, while discussing some financial  realities that are having some negative impacts, during a briefing Friday. 

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Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh joined Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon at the daily COVID-19 briefing to discuss some of the findings from the Economic Resilience Task Force. The Task Force is focused on how Syracuse and Onondaga County will slowly resume economic activity following weeks of shut down.



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  A shortage of personal protective equipment is happening across the county during the COVID-19 pandemic. Though Central New York has been able to largely keep hospitals from getting overwhelmed, they still don’t have enough masks.

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Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh stopped by the Onondaga County daily COVID-19 briefing Tuesday. Walsh discussed social distancing policies in the city and how police are handling those who are have not been complying.


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.

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By 2050, we’ll have to feed 9 billion people globally, but our current food system is already experiencing strains. And in order to feed the world, agricultural innovation will be necessary over the next few decades.