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We've compiled all the latest stories about the coronavirus pandemic here so you can find them easily.

We've also compiled a list of informational resources that can guide you to more coronavirus information.

New York State Department of Health

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.

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester is laying off much of its staff due to the impact of COVID-19.

A notice posted through the New York State Labor Department says that the JCC will lay off 296 of the 343 people who were furloughed last March, when their facility and many others had to shut down gyms and other fitness facilities due to the coronavirus.

The 296 staffers have been permanently laid off as of Monday.

The JCC released this statement:

Monday was the first day back at school for many of New York’s kindergarten through 12th-grade students, though some students will learn remotely.

Health officials say they will monitor whether the in-person classes cause any outbreaks of COVID-19. 

The New York State Health Department has set up a dashboard for parents who want to see whether anyone in their child’s school district has tested positive for the coronavirus. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the new site a few days ago. 

“If there’s a problem, we will see the problem,” the governor said on Sept. 10.

The Livingston County Department of Health and SUNY Geneseo are reporting a small cluster of positive COVID-19 cases among the SUNY Geneseo student population.

According to Jennifer Rodriguez, Livingston County Public Health Director, four female SUNY Geneseo students in their 20s who reside off-campus in the same Geneseo household have tested positive for the virus. These individuals are now in the quarantine process, isolating in their residence.

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SUNY Brockport says that as of Saturday morning it suspended its wrestling program pending the outcome of investigations stemming from potential COVID-19 policy violations. Two wrestling physical education classes have also been canceled for the Fall semester.

College officials say that on Friday, they first learned that one of its student-athletes had contact with an individual who had tested positive for COVID-19.

Provided by David Pomplas

Historian David Pomplas’ fascination with the 1918 pandemic was fueled by letters passed down through his family from his great-grandmother, Katherine Brookins Hinman from the village of Dansville in Livingston County.

In one letter, Hinman’s husband -- who had lost his mother and brother to the 1918 influenza -- wrote that he was leaving Dansville because “pretty soon everybody's going to be dead.”

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Officials in the Rush-Henrietta School District say that two elementary school students have been diagnosed with COVID-19. A letter to parents says that one of these students attends Crane Elementary School, while the other is a student at Vollmer Elementary School. 

District Superintendent Lawrence Bo Wright sent a letter to district families and employees Friday evening saying that the news about the two cases "may be unsettling to some, but it is not unexpected."

With physical distancing guidelines leading to more separation and in some cases, isolation, in communities, the pandemic is disrupting some support networks for people struggling with addiction. NPR reported last month that drug overdoses are spiking during the pandemic -- increasing about 18 percent. Fatal overdoses have also increased. Meanwhile, the ways in which addiction medicine is provided is changing, specifically, via telemedicine.

September is National Recovery Month, and ROCovery Fitness is raising awareness and celebrating recovering during its annual 5K and X-Challenge this weekend. We talk with ROCovery founders and members about how their work has changed during the pandemic. Our guests:

  • Yana Khashper, co-founder of ROCovery Fitness
  • Sean Smith, co-founder of ROCovery Fitness
  • Hugo, member of ROCovery Fitness
  • Cate, member of ROCovery Fitness
  • Dr. Holly Ann Russell, M.D., founder and director of the Addiction Medicine program at Highland Family Medicine

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  As many as 2 million unemployed New Yorkers will start receiving their share of an extra $300-a-week assistance boost next week from a temporary federal fund that's running out of money.

The state is contacting another 435,000 individuals who are eligible for the boost once they submit additional documentation, according to a state Department of Labor press release Thursday.

State labor officials say eligible New Yorkers will start receiving payments for the weeks ending Aug. 2, 9, and 16.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office

New York state is considering the possibility of making the flu vaccine mandatory for students attending school this year for in-person learning, state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said Thursday, as public health officials urge the public to get vaccinated for the disease.

As the state enters this year’s flu season, public health officials have encouraged vaccinations to cut down on the number of flu tests that will have to be conducted.

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