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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that five states—Arizona, Minnesota, Nevada, Rhode Island, and Wyoming—have been added to New York State's COVID-19 travel advisory. No areas have been removed.

The advisory requires individuals who have traveled to New York from areas with significant community spread to quarantine for 14 days. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or an area with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York will begin allowing visitors to see loved ones at nursing homes that have been coronavirus-free for 14 days, down from 28 days under previous rules, the health commissioner said Wednesday.

The policy goes into effect Thursday, Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said. State health officials will monitor to ensure more visits don't increase COVID-19 cases, he said.

"We understand how trying it has been for New Yorkers to not see their loved ones and the challenges they've had to endure during this unprecedented pandemic,'' Zucker said.

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During a news conference on Tuesday in New York City, Governor Andrew Cuomo talked briefly about the case involving Daniel Prude. He’s the 41 year old man who died a week after being held in police custody in Rochester last March. The case came to light last week when police bodycam video was released.

State Attorney General Letitia James said on Saturday that she would empanel a grand jury to help with the state’s investigation.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News)  New York state marked a milestone of progress in fighting coronavirus infections on Monday, with a full month of fewer than 1% of virus tests coming back positive.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the 30-day stretch of good news while urging people to remain cautious during Labor Day weekend get-togethers. He attributed the state's progress to its statewide mask mandate and an approach to reopening that's been slower than in many other states.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday that the latest numbers on the coronavirus show that the state has gone 29 straight days with an infection rate remaining below one percent.

He said that overall, the numbers continue to be good news, but he also said that, “We cannot go backwards. As we celebrate this Labor Day Weekend, we must all continue to wear our masks, socially distance, wash our hands and stay New York Tough."

The infection rate for Friday for the Finger Lakes region which includes Monroe County was .6%.

Casinos in New York will be allowed to reopen next Wednesday, Sept. 9, as long as they have a sufficient air filtration system and limit the number of people allowed in the facility at one time, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.

Table games won’t be allowed unless casinos can figure out how to create barriers between players, and masks will be required at all times, he said.

“Casinos can open Sept. 9 on the condition that they have the enhanced air filtration system in place before they open,” Cuomo said.

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Against the advice of counsel, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said Thursday that she is suspending seven police officers involved in the death of 41-year-old Daniel Prude.

Earlier Thursday, City Council wrote a letter to Warren calling for the officers to be placed on administrative leave. The officers are suspended with pay, and Warren said she understood that the police union may sue the city over the move.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that President Donald Trump has been the “worst president in history” from the point of New York City, and that the “best thing he did for New York City was leave.”

And that was followed with a message of dismissal from Cuomo for the president, who transferred his primary residence to Florida last year: “Good riddance.”

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The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and intubations have dropped to new lows. That’s according to figures released by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Saturday who said that hospitalizations dropped to 458, the lowest number since March 16, and intubations dropped to 48, also the lowest number since mid-March.

The state’s infection rate for the coronavirus has been less than 1 percent for 22 straight days. But Cuomo cautioned the pandemic is far from over.

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The New York State Thruway’s move to all cashless tolls has taken another step forward.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that the final of 70 steel gantries being built as part of this system has been installed. It’s located on the Thruway at Exit 42 in Geneva.

There’s a total of 21 gantries along the main part of the thruway and another 34 at entrance and exit ramps.

The crews are now installing sensors and cameras at those overhead gantries that read EZ-Pass tags and take license plate images; the system is expected to be operational by the end of this year.