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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday that the COVID-19 positivity rate in every region of New York State has dropped below 1% for the first time since August 2020.

The Finger Lakes still has the highest positivity rate  of any region in the state at .98%, and will host one of the state's 11 pop-up clinics targeting areas with low vaccination rates.

The clinic will be held at Greater Harvest Baptist Church on 12 Driving Park Avenue in Rochester. It opens on Friday, June 11.


A Penfield teen is one of the winners of a new COVID-19 vaccination incentive from the state.

Chase French will get full reimbursement on tuition and room and board at a state university.

The 17-year-old's mom told him to watch Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement on Wednesday about the first 10 winners in the state raffle, the "Get A Shot to Make Your Future" incentive.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a change in the duration for those Excelsior COVID-19 vaccination passes that many people who have received the vaccine have downloaded onto their smartphones.

Cuomo said on Saturday that, “All Excelsior COVID-19 Vaccination Passes retrieved beginning today will be valid for 365 days, up from 180 days. Those who already have a Vaccination Pass may retrieve a new Pass whenever they choose to in order to take advantage of this extension.”

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Many COVID-19 pandemic restrictions will end on Wednesday in New York, including capacity restrictions for some sporting events, indoor gatherings, and offices. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who set the date for the reopening earlier this month, is not yet ready to abide by new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that say fully vaccinated people no longer have to wear masks in most settings.

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It’s been over two months since New York Attorney General Tish James began investigating multiple allegations of sexual harassment against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The governor, who at first expressed confidence in James’ ability to be objective, has increasingly questioned her motives.

When the allegations -- which include incidents of unwanted kisses, hugging, and in one instance, groping under an aide’s blouse -- first became known, the governor was contrite. He denied any wrongdoing, but he said in early March that he did not mean for any of his actions to harm anyone.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that all State and City University of New York students will have to get a COVID-19 vaccination if they want to enroll in the fall semester.

The governor also announced other incentives to get more New Yorkers vaccinated as the rate of those getting their shots continues to decline.

Cuomo said the SUNY and CUNY boards will vote to enact the requirement at their next meetings.

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NEW YORK (AP)  Investigators looking into sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo interviewed county officials about his "vaccine czar" calling them to assess their support for the embattled governor.

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Monroe County reported 158 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. There were no new deaths.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 198 new cases per day.

There are 215 individuals hospitalized in the Finger Lakes region, 48 are in ICU.

The seven-day rolling average positivity rate for Monroe County stands at 3%.

The COVID-19 7-day average positivity rate for the Finger Lakes region is at 2.83%, the highest of any region in the state.

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Changes announced for large-scale outdoor venues, like baseball stadiums, is putting a smile on the face of the Rochester Red Wings General Manager and others associated with the team.

Dan Mason said that things just got a lot easier for fans to attend games at Frontier Field and the Red Wings couldn’t be happier.

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New York state’s COVID-19 positivity rate dropped to 1.49% on Saturday, dropping below 1.5% for the first time since Oct. 28. 

The statewide seven-day average positivity rate was at 1.84%

The seven-day average positivity rate in the Finger Lakes Region reported on Sunday stood at 2.81%. That was the second highest level in the state. Western New York (Buffalo-area) had a seven-day average positivity rate of 3.38%.

The percentage of New Yorkers who have had at least one vaccine dose is 46.5%