COVID-19

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The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo expects it will eventually have to suspend the sharing of a common cup during Holy Communion due to the new coronavirus outbreak.

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With college campuses and sporting events elsewhere making changes to curb the spread of COVID-19, Buffalo's mayor says one of the city's most popular draws remains on schedule.

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There will be a public information meeting in Brockport Tuesday night to help answer questions residents may have about the coronavirus, as well as some SUNY study-abroad students who have been housed at a dorm on the Brockport Campus.

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The head of the state’s Port Authority has tested positive for coronavirus, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s health officials are releasing a plan for possible school closures if a child is found to have the illness. Meanwhile, the state is manufacturing its own hand sanitizer to deal with the shortage of the disinfectant product.

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In a world where renowned scientists are racing to decode coronavirus, average citizens have a lot of questions. Many showed up Monday night to the Fruit Belt's Moot Community Center to ask those questions.


Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

There are now 142 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in New York, more than any other state in the nation.

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Staying isolated in your bedroom. Using a bathroom that’s only used by you. Texting your temperature to health officials.

 

That’s life for the approximately 116 Erie County residents under 14-day voluntary quarantine due to the new coronavirus. Those quarantined don’t necessarily have the virus — no one in Erie County has tested positive thus far — but they are being monitored due to recent travel history or because they’ve been in contact with someone who does have the virus, as per U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

 


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As the novel coronavirus reached a global milestone, topping 100,000 cases across more than 100 countries over the weekend, Italy has imposed extraordinary restrictions on about a quarter of its population and limited public activities throughout the entire country.

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Eighteen SUNY students returning from study abroad in Italy will call the College at Brockport home for the next two weeks. SUNY officials took immediate measures to return the students to New York, whose programs were in countries at the center of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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Around the world, some large public gatherings are being cancelled due to COVID-19. In Buffalo, events like the Old First Ward’s 42nd annual Shamrock Run are operating normally, with a few precautions.

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Western New York organizations like Kaleida Health are preparing for COVID- 19 by treating it as a virus that will eventually make its way to the region.

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While the two Erie County families who recently traveled to Italy have tested negative for the new coronavirus, county officials warn the local fight against the outbreak, and the testing of more county residents, is far from over.

 


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While health officials continue to monitor reports of new cases of the coronavirus causing COVID-19 illness, amateur sports officials are sticking to their plans to host state tournaments this month, some of which begin this weekend in Western New York.

Canada's Prime Minister has created a new coronavirus committee to oversee the nation's response. PM Justin Trudeau said the cabinet-level committee will look at economic disruptions and health impacts of the new threat.

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The University at Buffalo announced Wednesday that it is bringing nine students home who are currently studying abroad in countries affected by the novel coronavirus.

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Kids, this comic is for you.

It's based on a radio story that NPR education reporter Cory Turner did. He asked some experts what kids might want to know about the new coronavirus discovered in China.

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Despite no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in Western New York, Erie County officials are preparing for the worst.


Public health officials in Ontario have confirmed a new presumptive positive case of coronavirus in Toronto. The patient is a woman in her twenties who is now recovering in isolation at home.


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