Midday News Brief

Written by on May 6, 2021

Governor Cuomo is pointing the finger at Western New York residents for the region having the highest COVID-19 positivity rate in New York State. The governor said yesterday that the actions of people in the area are keeping the number of cases high.
Right now, the positivity-rate in Western New York is three-point-one percent, which is more than double the statewide rate.
The Finger Lakes Region, which include Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties, has the second-highest positivity rate at two-point-eight-percent.

Kayaking anyone? Starting tomorrow the Dewitt Recreation Area along Cedar Street will home to 10 new Kayaks and a specially designed boat launch to make it easier and safer to get in and out of the vessels.
A ribbon cutting is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 11 at Dewitt Park.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is calling for a plan to be put in place that would let the border between the United States and Canada reopen. It’s been shut down for over a year in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Schumer says the closure is having a negative impact on New York’s economy and makes it nearly impossible for people in both countries to see their friends and family. Americans can travel to Canada by air but are asked to quarantine for two weeks after arriving.

Large outdoor stadiums and performing arts venues across New York will soon be allowed to have larger crowds. Starting May 19th, venues can separate vaccinated and un-vaccinated people with vaccinated sections allowed to be filled to 100-percent capacity. Un-vaccinated areas are limited to roughly 33-percent capacity with social distancing protocols still in place. Everyone will have to wear a mask regardless of what section they’re in.

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