Reopening

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It's crucial that parents and teachers feel comfortable for schools in New York to open successfully this fall, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday.

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New York broke a COVID-19 testing record on Friday by conducting 82,737 tests, the highest number ever conducted in a single day in the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’ll decide this week on whether schools can partially or fully reopen in September. Meanwhile, many school districts have been busy figuring out safe ways to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, and some have already made some preliminary decisions.

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New York, fearing the financial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, has decided to pull an item from this year’s ballot that would have asked voters to decide if the state should borrow $3 billion to fund a series of environmental projects related to climate change.

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Buffalo Teachers Federation President Philip Rumore is calling for the removal of the city school administrators in charge of the district's "reopening committee."

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While the numbers aren't huge, new COVID-19 cases in Ontario's Niagara Region are showing one trend: the cases are turning up in young people.

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School board members in New York are concerned they might not be able to successfully fully or partially reopen schools without an infusion of cash from the state or federal governments.

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School districts across New York are supposed to send Albany their plans for starting school in the time of COVID-19 by Friday, but Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore says that is way too soon.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has written a letter to New York’s congressional delegation, urging them not to settle for a federal stimulus package that does not include aid to states hard hit by the coronavirus. The plea comes as talks between House Democrats and Senate Republicans in Washington are down to the wire.

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A charity concert, headlined by The Chainsmokers, is prompting New York authorities to investigate after video showed an audience crowding closely in spite of the state's coronavirus rules.

Office of the Governor

People traveling to New York from more than two-thirds of the country will now have to quarantine for at least two weeks upon entering the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday, after infection rates in three more states exceeded New York’s threshold.

A total of 34 states are now on New York’s quarantine list, meaning their infection rates are high enough that residents could pose a risk to New Yorkers upon entering the state.

Catholic Health

Catholic Health has announced it has passed a milestone in its care of coronavirus patients in Western New York.

Western New York Independent Living

Independent Living Centers across Western New York are opening up more activities in the agency's centers to meet the gradual opening of the wider society.

Office of the Governor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo reacted angrily Monday to news that a new plan to be released by Republicans in the U.S. Senate will not include aid to states and local governments hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

In August, the New York State legislature will hold hearings on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s policy on nursing homes during the COVID-19 crisis, including a controversial March 25 directive that required the homes to readmit residents who were in the hospital with coronavirus. WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt spoke with Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins as part of an interview with public radio and television. Stewart-Cousins said she is keeping an open mind.


Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills are giving season ticket holders the option to have their money refunded or defer any payments made toward the 2021 season.

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With Washington debating what may be the final COVID-19 stimulus bill, child care advocates in New York are making a major push for $50 billion so parents can go back to work.

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The Buffalo History Museum has announced plans to reopen to the public on Saturday, Aug. 1.

Niagara University

Every college and university in the United States has to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and the issues it brings to each campus and classroom. Niagara University not only is dealing with the issues in Lewiston, but on its campus in Vaughan, near Toronto, where the border closure affects planning.

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center

Residents of the Schoellkopf Health Center in Niagara Falls are being allowed to have visitors. Visiting has been barred since mid-March because of COVID-19. 

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is imposing new rules on bars and restaurants across the state and limiting the sale of alcohol in some cases, as a way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has confirmed that Canada and the United States have agreed to extend their mutual ban on non-essential travel between the two countries until Aug. 20.

New York State Public High School Athletic Association

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association's COVID-19 Task Force has issued several new procedures regarding fall high school sports.

The Nichols Family

Tyler Nichols is ready to start his sophomore year of high school. He's looking forward to it, especially because it would mean he can be around kids his own age for the first time in several months.

Hamburg Schools

New York State has decided to reopen schools this fall and will issue full guidance Wednesday. School districts now have until the end of the month to submit their plans outlining how students and staff will be allowed back in the classroom.

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford has announced that most of his province will move to the next stage of reopening at the end of the week. Toronto and a few other areas will have to wait.

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Monday that there’s bipartisan support for a new federal stimulus plan that includes relief for schools and colleges.

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When travelers arrive at airports across New York State Tuesday, they will be greeted with State Health Department forms -- if they have come from the array of 19 states where the COVID-19 cases are high, like Florida and Arizona.

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Go. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that New York public schools will be able to reopen this fall.

Office of the Governor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the rate of the COVID-19 virus continues to be low in New York, with 11 deaths on June 30, but he said he worries that compliance with safety rules is slipping.

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