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Coronavirus

Eligible school-age children urged to get COVID-19 vaccine

PLATTSBURGH — Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Tuesday that 120 new #VaxtoSchool pop-up COVID vaccination sites will take place over the next 12 weeks. Hochul’s office announced the #VaxtoSchool campaign, aimed at increasing vaccination rates among school-aged New Yorkers, earlier this ...

Biden bets on rapid COVID tests, but they can be hard to find

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is betting on millions more rapid, at-home tests to help curb the latest deadly wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is overloading hospitals and threatening to shutter classrooms around the country. But the tests have already disappeared from pharmacy ...

COVID has now killed as many Americans as the 1918-19 flu

COVID-19 has now killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic did — approximately 675,000. The U.S. population a century ago was just one-third of what it is today, meaning the flu cut a much bigger, more lethal swath through the country. But the COVID-19 crisis is by ...

Franklin County reports 47 COVID cases in children

Forty-seven children in Franklin County tested positive for COVID-19 last week. The statistic was reported by Franklin County Public Health last week, and again on Monday, when an elementary school in the northern end of the county — St. Regis Mohawk School — shifted to remote ...

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine works in kids ages 5 to 11

Pfizer said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon — a key step toward beginning vaccinations for youngsters. The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech already is available for anyone 12 ...

NY governor vows to fight lawsuit over vaccine mandate

ALBANY — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul vowed this week to fight a lawsuit launched by a group of Christian health care practitioners who argue that New York’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for many health care workers is unconstitutional because it lacks a religious exemption. A federal judge ...