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Coronavirus

Cuomo: Schools can reopen

By CAROLYN THOMPSON The Associated Press New York parents and educators got some long-awaited answers to their back-to-school questions Monday, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo saying schools will be allowed to open in areas where the coronavirus is under control and education officials outlining a ...

Trump donors among early recipients of coronavirus loans

By BRIAN SLODYSKO and ANGELIKI KASTANIS The Associated Press WASHINGTON — As much as $273 million in federal coronavirus aid was awarded to more than 100 companies that are owned or operated by major donors to President Donald Trump’s election efforts, according to an Associated ...

Keymark closes down amid virus outbreak

FONDA — Keymark Corporation, the facility that makes aluminum, has closed down after dozens of its employees tested positive for COVID-19. Keymark recently shut down temporarily after about 77 of its employees tested positive with COVID-19, and out of those 77 employees, eight are ...

The Re-opening

The inability to attend church each week has been one of the most affecting consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to social distancing guidelines, it’s been nearly impossible for congregations around the country to gather in ways they were accustomed to prior to the COVID-19 ...

Death Cafes help ease grief, loss in the time of coronavirus

By LEANNE ITALIE and EMILY LESHNER The Associated Press NEW YORK — Panic attacks, trouble breathing, relapses that have sent her to bed for 14 hours at a time: At 35, Marissa Oliver has been forced to deal with the specter of death on COVID-19’s terms, yet conversations about her ...

Cornell says in-person learning is best for the public’s health

By MARY ESCH Associated Press As colleges around the country grapple with how to reopen in the fall, Cornell University’s president on Tuesday announced that it will welcome students back to campus — an option she said is best not only for their education, but also public health. The ...

NYC delays resumption of indoor dining at restaurants

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that he was delaying the planned resumption of indoor dining at restaurants in the city out of fear it would cause a spike in coronavirus infections. The mayor, a Democrat, said he was concerned that if the city welcomed ...

GOP, with exception of Trump, now push mask-wearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — In Republican circles — with the notable exception of the man who leads the party — the debate about masks is over: It’s time to put one on. As a surge of infections hammers the South and West, GOP officials are pushing back against the notion that masks are about ...

New York votes after primary season like no other

By MARINA VILLENEUVE The Associated Press ALBANY — A primary election season like no other will reach its conclusion today, as New Yorkers pick their candidates for congress, president and other offices following campaigns in which candidates largely had to connect with voters online ...

Virus numbers surge globally as many nations ease lockdowns

By NICK PERRY The Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The number of global coronavirus cases continued to surge today in many large countries that have been lifting lockdowns, including the U.S., even as new infections stabilized or dropped in parts of Western Europe. India has ...

The Re-opening

As states continue the process of reopening after being shut down as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, gyms have become a source of healing for many who were unable to work out while quarantining. “Part of the draw to come to the gym is the social interaction,” Val Holmes, owner of ...

Trump suggests U.S. slow virus testing to avoid bad statistics

By KEVIN FREKING The Associated Press TULSA, Okla. — President Donald Trump said Saturday he’s asked his administration to slow down coronavirus testing because robust testing turns up too many cases of COVID-19. Trump told supporters at his campaign rally that the U.S. has tested ...

WHO reports largest single-day increase in virus cases

By JOSEPH WILSON and JAMEY KEATEN The Associated Press GENEVA — The World Health Organization on Sunday reported the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases by its count, at more than 183,000 new cases in the latest 24 hours. The UN health agency said Brazil led the way ...

2nd wave of virus cases? Experts say we’re still in the 1st

By MIKE STOBBE The Associated Press What’s all this talk about a “second wave” of U.S. coronavirus cases? In The Wall Street Journal last week, Vice President Mike Pence wrote in a piece headlined “There Isn’t a Coronavirus ‘Second Wave’” that the nation is winning the ...

Financial effects of COVID-19 felt

JOHNSTOWN — COVID-19 is starting to make its way felt through the financial outlook of local governments. The city may be facing a 20 percent cut in state aid, according to City Treasurer Michael Gifford. In his monthly report to the Common Council made public Monday night at City Hall, ...

Some businesses benefited from pandemic

It’s Vinnie Lavorgna’s third year running his Premier Power Cleaning and Landscaping business in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. He hadn’t expected a pandemic or the 75 percent increase in business he’d received in the last few months because of it.  “It’s a lot because we’re a ...

PPP loan extension good news

STRASBURG, Va. — Recent changes to a federal forgivable loan program intended to help small businesses weather the COVID-19 pandemic have been welcomed by some owners but may have come too late for others. Passed by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives last week and signed into law ...

Young adults moving home

Gabriella Lanzi was working with the Peace Corps in Morocco. McKayle Carter was on a Fulbright Scholarship teaching English in Germany.  When the COVID-19 outbreak struck, the young adults had a new adventure awaiting them: moving back in with their parents.  Carter, 23, considered the ...

Re-opening: Rebounding from COVID-19

Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series on the reopening of local businesses from the state stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. MOHAWK VALLEY — While some businesses in many ways have been able to resume business as usual in the last week, operations at ...

Restaurants adjust to the new normal

As the nation continues to stabilize following the COVID-19 outbreak, many state leaders are allowing doors to re-open for a return to how life was before the pandemic began. One key element to achieving that normality for some is the re-opening of restaurants across the country. While states ...