WAER Coronavirus Coverage

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Hundreds of Onondaga Community College students finally received their diplomas Sunday  in a commencement ceremony. But they did so in an unorthodox fashion due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



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Opening schools will come with risks, but Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon feels that the community is in the position to handle the coronavirus. The county’s infection rate has been below 1% for over a week now, and has dropped to around half a percent in the last few days.


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. 

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COVID-19 has changed, sometimes cancelled, some of kids favorite summer activities in Syracuse.The city’s Parks and Recreation Department had to adapt  with new health precautions in place and fiscal strain due to the pandemic. Now, they’re trying to keep some summer activities going in new ways.


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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Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon is disappointed in many of the county’s school district reopening plans. At a briefing Friday, McMahon said his office had asked schools to at least bring elementary school students back 5 days a week.

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A recent New York State School Boards Association survey shows that only 44 percent of districts feel they can re-open without additional funding amid the threat of COVID-19.  Three main questions were randomly sent to more than 700 school board members.   

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Upstate Medical University here in Syracuse is already getting hundreds of requests to be part of a study to find an effective coronavirus vaccine.  They started initial sign-ups Wednesday and they will continue in the weeks to come.


Syracuse University football players, coached and fans saw the season schedule get upended Wednesday by an announcement from the Atlantic Coast Conference to play a mostly conference-only schedule.  Each team in the conference will play 10 games against conference opponents, plus one other against a non-conference team. 

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A number of Central New York’s school districts are fine-tuning details for their fall semester.  However, the efforts to balance education with health and safety still leave uncertainty.