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SUNY chancellor discusses child care, vaccination push

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JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — At Jamestown Community College on Monday, SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras announced $625,000 in new funding for child care in the SUNY system.

The goal is to take pressure off parents who are going to state colleges or work at one as faculty or staff.

“One of the major problems that we are facing with child care centers is having a number of staff to fill those jobs in order to make it happen,” Malatras said.

SUNY will provide $500,000 to offer paid internships to early childhood development students who will staff the 46 child care centers associated with SUNY.

They’ll also work with schools that don’t currently have child care to make it available near campus, which includes JCC. They’ll also offer scholarships and work to make sure all of the centers within the system are accredited to provide the best possible care.

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These ZIP Codes, Counties in New York Have Highest COVID Rates

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Health officials are worried about 22 counties and 117 zip codes across the Hudson Valley and New York State where COVID rates are high and vaccination is low.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is concerned COVID is spreading across New York State but adds his staff has pinpointed 117 ZIP codes across New York where COVID is spreading more rapidly.

In these 117 ZIP codes, new positives per capita are above the statewide average and the vaccination rate is below the statewide average, according to Cuomo.

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COVID-19 vaccine clinic set for Tuesday at Case Middle School

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WATERTOWN — The North Country Family Health Center will hold a COVID-19 vaccination clinic Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Case Middle School gymnasium, 1237 Washington St.

The health center will be offering both the two-dose Pfizer vaccine and one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

While appointments are preferred, walk-ins also will be welcome. Guests are asked to enter the gymnasium through the entrance labeled 13.

The clinic is open to anyone 12 or older receiving a dose of Pfizer and anyone 18 or older can get either vaccine. There is no out-of-pocket cost for the vaccinations.

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COVID cases surge 51% in NY and rose in most counties last week. Check our map.

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ALBANY – New York’s COVID-19 positivity rate continues to rise as the virus’ spread stubbornly persists across the state and the nation, jumping from a mere 0.4% a month ago to 2.2% on Sunday.

It’s meant that COVID cases in New York, still relatively small compared to last winter, are heading in the wrong direction as health officials raise growing concerns that coronavirus is far from being eradicated.

In New York, new COVID cases leaped 51% in the week ending Sunday, rising to 9,352 cases.

In fact, New York had nearly 2,000 new COVID cases on Sunday for the first time since mid-May, state records show, in part as the Delta variant continues to grow.

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Yates County reports no new COVID-19 cases; New York cases surge 65.9%

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New coronavirus cases leaped in New York in the week ending Sunday, rising 65.9% as 3,970 cases were reported. The previous week had 2,393 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

New York ranked 33rd among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States increased 47.5% from the week before, with 136,187 cases reported. With 5.84% of the country’s population, New York had 2.92% of the country’s cases in the last week. Across the country, 43 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Many places did not report cases and deaths around the Fourth of July, which would shift those cases into the following week and make week-to-week comparisons inaccurate.

Yates County reported zero cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported zero cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 1,180 cases and 26 deaths.

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Gov. Cuomo: State to partner with local counties for in-home vaccinations

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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2021, file photo, a Russian medical worker, right, administers a shot of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to a patient in a vaccination center in Moscow, Russia. Authorities in four Russian regions this week made COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for those working in certain sectors of the economy in a bid to boost Russia’s slow immunization rates as coronavirus infections continue to soar. Moscow was the first to announce the measure on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 and the surrounding Moscow region, the Siberian region of Kemerovo and the far eastern Sakhalin promptly followed suit. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)

Tuesday, Gov. Cuomo announced a plan for those unable to travel to vaccination sites to receive their vaccine from the comfort of their own home.

New York State, in partnership with counties, established local points of contact to expand access to vaccines through an in-home vaccination program for those who are homebound due to physical limitations, cognitive impairment, other chronic conditions, a lack of transportation, and/or visual impairments, and who do not have access to supports that may help them physically go to an existing vaccination provider.

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Two minutes to save a life; free Fentanyl test strips are available in Watertown

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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) – Two minutes is all it could take to save the life of someone using hard drugs.

Fentanyl test strips are available to the community for free and can be picked up at the offices of ACR Health and the Alliance for Better Communities, both in Watertown.

A strip will come with directions on how to use it, but the idea is to dip the test stick in a solution of water and the drug’s residue for 15 seconds.

After about two minutes, the results will appear and the directions will show how to read those results.

Recovering addict Cathy Chipp says finding fentanyl in drugs can be life saving.

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