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Coronavirus

Judge leaves New York indoor mask mandate in place, for now

A New York appeals judge left the state's indoor mask mandate in place Tuesday while Gov. Kathy Hochul's administration appeals a lower court's decision to overturn it. Judge Robert Miller granted the state's request for a stay of a Long Island judge's ruling Monday that the governor and ...

State judge overturns NY mask mandate

MINEOLA (AP) — A New York judge ruled Monday that the state's mask mandate can't be enforced, after it was reinstituted by Gov. Kathy Hochul over concerns about a winter surge of coronavirus cases. State Supreme Court Judge Thomas Rademaker said in his decision that the state Department of ...

Four more die of COVID as case numbers rise

In the past week there have been four new deaths from COVID-19 in Franklin and Essex counties. The Essex County Health Department reported two deaths on Tuesday. The state Department of Health reported two new COVID-19 fatalities in Franklin County over the weekend. Neither department ...

Two more in Essex Co. die of COVID-19

The Essex County Health Department reported two COVID-19 related deaths on Friday. ECHD said the two people who died were 55 and 60 years old. Neither were vaccinated and both were hospitalized with severe illness before dying. In total, 58 Essex County residents have died from COVID-19 ...

Website for free virus tests is coming. How will it work?

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Under criticism after weeks of shortages, President Joe Biden’s administration is working to make COVID-19 rapid test kits more available and accessible to Americans by boosting supply and lowering costs. A new federal website to request free test kits launches Wednesday, ...

Biden to double free COVID tests, add masks to fight omicron

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the government will double to 1 billion the rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests to be distributed free to Americans, along with “high-quality masks,” as he highlighted his efforts to “surge” resources to help the country weather the ...