COVID-19 latest —  Infections up slightly in Suffolk County but surge in Holbrook, Positives soar past 400 in Sachem Schools, Cuomo loosens vaccine restrictions

HOLBROOK, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — Here’s your COVID-19 latest for Wednesday morning, Jan. 13, from OnSachem News: Infections rose slightly in Suffolk County, but surged sharply in Holbrook // Positive cases surpassed the 400-mark in Sachem Schools as another 26 students, teachers and staff came down with the virus // Governor Andrew Cuomo touted plans to spark the resurgence of New York's businesses // And the state has again loosened eligibility requirements for the vaccine.

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HOLBROOK, NY — The COVID-19 virus infected over 1,600 people on Monday in Suffolk County, a slight uptick from a day earlier. Meanwhile, there was another rapid one-day surge of new positives locally in several Sachem neighborhoods, with the biggest increase in Holbrook, followed by Farmingville and Nesconset. Read more from OnSachem News.

FARMINGVILLE, NY — COVID-19 positives soared well past the 400-mark in Sachem Schools as another 26 cases came in over the past three days. The greatest numbers of new infections were listed for Sachem High School East in Farmingville, Sachem High School North in Lake Ronkonkoma, and Sagamore Middle School in Holtsville. Read more from OnSachem News.

ALBANY, NY — In the second installment of his "State of the State" address on Tuesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo began detailing his plan for opening up the state’s business sectors that have struggled in the wake of the coronavirus. Read more from OnSachem News.

NEW YORK — Thanks to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) making another policy change, New York is opening the COVID-19 vaccine to a wider pool of people even as the supply pipeline remains unchanged. On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state will allow all senior citizens as well as immunocompromised individuals to register for a vaccination appointment. Read more from OnSachem News.

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Jan 11, 2021

NEW YORK — New York state on Monday broadened the array of people eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations under its Phase 1B. Those now eligible include public-facing grocery store workers, school staff aside from teachers, in-person college instructors, child care workers, and individuals living and working in homeless shelters. Read more from OnSachem News.

Jan 11, 2021

ALBANY, NY — With tens of thousands of his fellow New Yorkers dead from the still-spreading COVID-19 virus, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday used his 11th "State of the State" address to call for a new “spirit of optimism” and diligence to fight the pandemic as the state prepares to move to a post-COVID society. Read more from OnSachem News.

Jan 11, 2021

NEW YORK — Vaccine hesitancy among some healthcare workers is a new challenge for distributing the COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine as cases continue to increase throughout the U.S. Read more from OnSachem News.

Jan 9, 2021

NEW YORK — New York residents are moving out, earning the Empire State the number-two spot for outbound migration, according to a new study. COVID-19 is among the reasons cited for seeking a new state to call home. Read more from OnSachem News.

Jan 8, 2021

NEW YORK — A quarter of businesses in New York closed due to a government mandate amid the COVID-19 pandemic, “substantially higher” than other states across the country, according to a new survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Read more from OnSachem News.

Jan 8, 2021

NEW YORK — The slower than projected coronavirus vaccine rollout will take three years for the U.S. to reach herd immunity if we stay at this rate, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more from OnSachem News.

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