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Written by on February 1, 2021

New York’s State’s 7-day average COVID-19 positivity rate has declined for 23 straight days.Gov. Cuomo calls it a “significant trend.” In the Finger Lakes Region, there were 542 patients hospitalized with COVID. There were also 397 ICU beds occupied with virus-related complications. The positive rate in the region has dropped from 4.27% to 3.92%.

Despite the devastating toll of COVID-19, heart disease remains the #1 cause of death in the U.S and worldwide, and the leading cause of death among women. 1 in 3 women die of heart disease. One is too many. National Wear Red Day is this Friday and the American Heart Association is urging everyone to wear red to raise awareness about the devastating effects of heart disease in women. Heart disease and stroke can affect a woman at any age. In fact, nearly 45% of women age 20 and older are living with some form of heart disease, however, new data suggests Gen Z and Millennial women are less likely to be aware that heart disease is their greatest health threat. Wear Red Day takes place during American Heart Month, which is all of February.

The country’s last undecided congressional could be concluded today. New York Supreme Court Justice Scott DelConte could issue a ruling on the winner later today. Republican challenger Claudia Tenney has had a narrow lead over Democratic incumber Anthony Brindisi. The district runs from Binghamton to north of Utica.

Multiple corporate donors to Rep. Chris Jacobs have suspended contributions to the Western New York congressman following his objection to the 2020 Electoral College results. Jacobs received a total of $63,800 in donations from nine corporate PACs in the 2020 campaign cycle, campaign finance documents show.  Jacobs was one of 147 Republican lawmakers who raised objections to the certification of electoral votes; he was one of four lawmakers from New York to do so.


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