NY Mask Requirement in Schools to Continue Until At Least Early March
ALBANY, NY (WENY) -- Governor Kathy Hochul says face masks will continue to be required in schools for the near future. The governor said students will be sent home with test kits before midwinter break toward the end of February. Students will receive an
Schuyler County to distribute N-95 masks, testing kits to residents
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WENY) -- Schuyler County announced fire and emergency management staff will distribute free COVID-19 home testing kits and N-95 masks to residents throughout the week. According to WENY-TV's media partner The Star Gazette, distribution
NYS extends mask mandate to Feb. 10
ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) -- New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Friday the State will extend its indoor mask mandate for businesses through Feb. 10. Hochul made the announcement during a Long Island press briefing on winter storm emergency preparations, accor
NY couple charged with using fake COVID-19 vaccine cards at Buffalo Bills Game
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WENY) -- A New York couple is facing charges after allegedly using fake COVID-19 vaccine cards to enter a Buffalo Bills Game. During the third quarter of the Jan. 15 game, Amber and Michael Naab were questioned by authorities about the vali
Open letter opposing Cornell University's vaccine mandate receives more than 900 signatures
An open letter to Cornell University opposing the school's vaccine mandate received over 700 signatures. According to The Ithaca Voice, the letter addresses University President Martha Pollack and the Cornell Board of Trustees. On behalf of 783 students,
Hochul launches new #VaxForKids program
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a new #VaxForKids campaign to increase vaccination rates among children ages five and older. During Tuesday's COVID-19 briefing, the governor said the new program will urge pediatricians, parents and guardians to help children
NYS no longer requiring contact tracing; Steuben County updates policy
(WENY)-- In a major change, New York state says that contact tracing will no longer be required. The Steuben County Health Department has already started this process. Governor Kathy Hochul made the announcement today with Acting Department of Health Comm
American truck drivers required to show proof of vaccination crossing the Canadian border
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WENY) -- TRUCK DRIVERS HEADING ACROSS THE CANADIAN BORDER WILL NOW BE REQUIRED TO SHOW PROOF OF COVID VACCINATION. ACCORDING TO OUR ABC AFFILIATE IN BUFFALO WKBW, Canada's Public Health Agency said any foreign national truck driver who does
Homeless shelter guests increase over 50 percent at Catholic Charities of Chemung and Schuyler Counties
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- The pandemic increased the number of people that Catholic Charities of Chemung and Schuyler Counties serve at their homeless shelters by over 52 percent. From 2016 to March 2020, Catholic Charities averaged 59 guests at its shelters
Child hospitalization rates hit record highs as Omicron variant becomes prevalent
By Travis Caldwell and Mallika Kallingal, CNN (CNN) -- Covid-19 hospitalization rates among children are soaring in the United States, with an average of 4.3 children under 5 per 100,000 hospitalized with an infection as of the week ending January 1, up f
If you caught Covid-19 over the holidays, here's what you need to know
By Jen Christensen, CNN (CNN) -- If you caught Covid-19 over the holidays -- and with the highly contagious Omicron variant in circulation, record numbers of people did -- you may be wondering what your next steps should be. Here's what the experts say yo
Southern Tier county continues struggle with mask mandate even as N.Y. announces more funding and resources
BATH, N.Y. (WENY) -- New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Monday that $65 million in funding and other additional resources are available for counties struggling to enforce the mask mandate that the governor enacted last week. For Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler, that is not enough. "It's so tough," said Wheeler. "The thing that I get frustrated with is a mandate that is not enforceable, that [New York State] could have easily enforced if they w...
COVID-19 looms as holiday travelers arrive in Twin Tiers
BIG FLATS, N.Y. (WENY) -- With Christmas less than a week away, all Ithaca Tompkins International Airport's flights are at 100 percent capacity. Elmira Corning Regional Airport's planes are over 90 percent full. Elmira Airport is almost operating at pre-pandemic levels. However, DELTA Airlines is only sending half of its traditional amount of planes to Elmira Corning Regional Airport as part of its own company scale-back due to the pandemic.
Guthrie doctor discusses increased risk of severe COVID-19 for smokers
"We're seeing definitely individuals that if they smoke and have a chronic disease -- it's most likely not that they're gong to be able to leave the hospital alive -- it's that serious a problem." Local doctors say they're seeing an increase of people who had quit to pick the habit back up again.
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals coronavirus treatment cuts the risk of death significantly, according to researchers.
ELMIRA, NY (WENY) -- The Elmira/Corning NAACP will host a virtual community forum this week, focused on the COVID-19 vaccine. The forum will feature a panel of medical experts, including doctors with Guthrie and a scientist specializing in molecular biology and immunology.
Tioga County New York will be holding its first COVID-19 vaccination clinic.
Hornell High School is moving to full remote instruction following ongoing positive COVID-19 cases at the high school.
WENY's political analyst Dr. Jim Twombly discusses the latest on Capitol Hill as lawmakers race against the clock to pass more COVID-19 relief and avoid a government shutdown.
In a statement, Elcor also said it is continuing to follow all guidelines, and the local and state departments of health has been notified.
WENY -- With the recent spike in COVID-19 cases locally, hospitals have turned busy once again. We spoke with a local doctor with Guthrie Health to see if there are any concerns moving forward about running out of hospital beds. They said hospitals are stressed at this time, but that it is highly unlikely that local hospitals will run out of beds.