Liverpool Central School District was among the districts that resumed in-person learning for their students five days a week starting Monday for the first time since the pandemic began. Superintendent Mark Potter says prior to this week, the district was operating on a hybrid basis, having different groups of students come in for two days a week while others joined classes virtually.  

He says the recent CDC and county change in guidelines of social distancing from six feet to three feet encouraged the district to make the shift.

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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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In New York State, like in most of the nation, the COVID-19 vaccination roll out is behind schedule, and Governor Andrew Cuomo is threatening to withhold new  doses from hospitals that do not speed things up.

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Central New York Pediatricians are requesting assistance from major insurers to provide them with necessary Medicare funding as they address a steep fall in office visits due to COVID-19.  Doctor Steven Blatt is the Medical Director of Upsate Pediatric and Adolescent Center.

Time is starting to run out for Central New York parents who haven’t vaccinated their children if they’re attending school next week.  A new state law requires ALL students to be vaccinated, or to have their first dose of vaccines during the first 14 days of school.  Religious exemptions are no longer allowed, but students can get a medical exemption if they're immunocompromised or allergic to vaccine components. 

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The CDC reports that cases of measles nationwide has grown to over 700, and is the worst outbreak in decades. New York’s Rockland County has over 200 of those cases, and New York State legislators are calling for immediate passage of a bill to mandate vaccinations, unless a person has a medical exemption.


A SUNY Upstate pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases says vaccinating children should not be optional in light of the measles outbreak in Brooklyn.  New York City has declared a health emergency after at least 280 people became ill, mostly in ultra-orthodox Jewish communities.  Dr. Jana Shaw at Golisano Children’s Hospital says not vaccinating is not worth the risk.

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A new report finds that New York State could be better prepared to respond to weather or public health emergencies.  Trust for America’s Health CEO John Auerbach says the state has seen a wide range of emergencies over the last decade or two.