Pandemic unemployment benefits fraud may top $45 billion, federal watchdog says

Pandemic unemployment benefits fraud may top $45 billion, federal watchdog says

By Tami Luhby and Katie Lobosco, CNN

September 23rd, 3:25 PM EDT
4.4M Americans roll up sleeves for omicron-targeted boosters

4.4M Americans roll up sleeves for omicron-targeted boosters

More than 4 million Americans have rolled up their sleeves for the new omicron-specific booster shots.

September 22nd, 8:44 PM EDT
NY Mask Requirement in Schools to Continue Until At Least Early March

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

February 9th, 11:58 AM EST by Renata Stiehl
Schuyler County to distribute N-95 masks, testing kits to residents

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

February 8th, 7:45 AM EST by Katerina Belales
NYS extends mask mandate to Feb. 10

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

February 1st, 1:15 AM EST by Katerina Belales
NY couple charged with using fake COVID-19 vaccine cards at Buffalo Bills Game

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

January 28th, 8:03 AM EST by Katerina Belales
Open letter opposing Cornell University's vaccine mandate receives more than 900 signatures

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,

January 19th, 7:55 AM EST by Katerina Belales
Hochul launches new #VaxForKids program

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

January 12th, 8:00 AM EST by Katerina Belales
NYS no longer requiring contact tracing; Steuben County updates policy

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

January 11th, 4:14 PM EST by Connor Thompson
American truck drivers required to show proof of vaccination crossing the Canadian border

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

January 11th, 7:35 AM EST
Homeless shelter guests increase over 50 percent at Catholic Charities of Chemung and Schuyler Counties

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

January 10th, 4:28 PM EST by Kurt Martone
Spencer-Van Etten SD returns to in-person Tuesday

Spencer-Van Etten SD returns to in-person Tuesday

The Spencer-Van Etten School District will return to in-person learning Tuesday, January 11th, after going virtual due to rising COVID cases.

January 10th, 4:04 PM EST by Renata Stiehl
Child hospitalization rates hit record highs as Omicron variant becomes prevalent

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

January 8th, 10:11 AM EST
If you caught Covid-19 over the holidays, here's what you need to know

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

January 8th, 10:00 AM EST
Schuyler County Public Health announces new COVID vaccine clinics

Schuyler County Public Health announces new COVID vaccine clinics

Schuyler County Public Health announced its final COVID vaccine clinic of the year and a handful of both adult and pediatric clinics in January.

December 27th, 3:55 PM EST
Southern Tier county continues struggle with mask mandate even as N.Y. announces more funding and resources

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...

December 21st, 1:19 PM EST by Kurt Martone
COVID-19 looms as holiday travelers arrive in Twin Tiers

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.

December 20th, 5:55 PM EST by Kurt Martone
Chemung Co. officials address NY's mask mandate returning

Chemung Co. officials address NY's mask mandate returning

On Friday, Chemung County Public Health Director Pete Buzzetti highlighted recent hospital data, stating the ICU has averaged three beds a day over the past week. 

December 13th, 5:34 PM EST
Tioga Co, PA Says November 2021 Worst Since Beginning of Pandemic

Tioga Co, PA Says November 2021 Worst Since Beginning of Pandemic

WELLSBORO, PA (WENY) -- Tioga County, Pennsylvania is giving a snapshot of how COVID-19 affected the county in November. 

November 30th, 11:42 PM EST by Renata Stiehl
Steuben County to Hold Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on December 1st

Steuben County to Hold Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on December 1st

BATH, NY (WENY) -- The Steuben County Public Health Department is hosting a pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinic on December 1st. 

November 26th, 5:10 PM EST by Renata Stiehl
Race To Get People Vaccinated In P.A. Amid Slow Roll-out
Race To Get People Vaccinated In P.A. Amid Slow Roll-out

Pennsylvania is still in Phase 1A and local officials are struggling to meet demand as tens of thousands of people are still waiting to be vaccinated. A Bradford County official explains why vaccine roll-out has been slow.

'There is no desire to eat'; patients struggle as COVID symptoms meet eating disorders
'There is no desire to eat'; patients struggle as COVID symptoms meet eating disorders

In the pandemic shut down over the last year, it's easy to feel a loss of control: a stressor for millions and one commonly linked to sating disorders. That's why the Upstate NY Eating Disorder service wasn't surprised when they started seeing an influx in patients this year. But one trend they didn't expect was the more physical toll of the COVID-19 virus itself on patient diet. For some survivors, a fairly common side effect of losing a sense of taste and smell and stic...

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals coronavirus treatment cuts the risk of death and hospitalizations by 70%
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals coronavirus treatment cuts the risk of death and hospitalizations by 70%

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals coronavirus treatment cuts the risk of death significantly, according to researchers. 

Moderna to test vaccine on the youth
Moderna to test vaccine on the youth

Moderna started testing out its COVID-19 vaccine on the youth.

Elmira-Corning NAACP to Host Virtual Vaccine Community Forum
Elmira-Corning NAACP to Host Virtual Vaccine Community Forum

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 N.Y. hosting first COVID vaccination clinic
Tioga County N.Y. hosting first COVID vaccination clinic

Tioga County New York will be holding its first COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

Hornell High School moves to full remote amid rising positive COVID cases
Hornell High School moves to full remote amid rising positive COVID cases

Hornell High School is moving to full remote instruction following ongoing positive COVID-19 cases at the high school.

Politics in Two: COVID-19 relief and a looming federal budget deadline
Politics in Two: COVID-19 relief and a looming federal budget deadline

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.