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Latimer Declares COVID State of Emergency

This story has been updated as of 7:00p.m. Tuesday, December 7 By Barrett Seaman— Since their springtime lows, the metrics by which the state and the county measure the seriousness of the COVID pandemic locally have been creeping up steadily. Infection rates t... More »

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Vaccines for Kids: Plenty of Doses, Plenty of Sites

By Barrett Seaman— The push is on to get as many 5-to-11-year-olds as possible vaccinated for COVID-19. So far, the only approved vaccine is the Pfizer-BioNTech, given to youngsters at about a third the dose it has been to adults, but approval for Moderna and ... More »

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They’re Here! COVID Vaccines for 5-Through-11–Year-Olds

By Barrett Seaman — Normally, the parking lot behind the medical office building on Ashford Avenue in Dobbs Ferry would be empty on a Sunday. Not last Sunday, Nov. 7, however. Cars moved in and out throughout the day as a team of three doctors shuttled medical... More »

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Two Weeks, Zero Westchester COVID Deaths — And Other Good News

By Barrett Seaman— It would be foolish not to be cautious in our optimism, given the setbacks and surges that have repeatedly dashed hope that the end of the COVID-19 pandemic is at hand. But it’s hard to ignore the flattening of the delta variant-powered infe... More »

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BUMMER!

By Barrett Seaman- Homecoming weekend is a big deal, and Irvington High School students were geared up for a big one, with a Homecoming Parade to be followed by a Saturday night under the lights football game against Poughkeepsie. The Bulldogs (1-1) were looki... More »

Regeneron's co-founder, President and Chief Scientific Officer George Yancopoulos
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REGENERON’S CO-FOUNDER SEES A LONG COVID SIEGE AHEAD

By Barrett Seaman— George Yancopoulos, co-founder, along with Dr. Leonard Schleifer, of Tarrytown-based Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, has every reason to be optimistic about the future of his company. As announced this summer, Regeneron is poised to invest $1.8 b... More »

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State Department of Education Issues Back-to-School COVID Guidance

By Barrett Seaman— School administrators looking for more granular guidance on how to re-open schools next month finally heard back from the New York State Department of Education (NYSED) on Thursday. There appeared to be no surprises in the 21-page report, re... More »

Westchester County Executive George Latimer shares the good and the bad COVID news
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Despite Vaccine, The Tide Has Shifted, And Masks Are Back

By Barrett Seaman— With news from White Plains that 80% of Westchester residents have had at least one dose of COVID vaccine, with the statewide percentage now over 75, you’d think the war against the coronavirus was in its final throes. But no. The infection ... More »

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Westchester Among Counties CDC Now Says Should Mask Up

By Barrett Seaman— Despite its high (nearly 80%) vaccination rate, Westchester County is among a dozen counties in New York State where the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends masking up indoors, even for those who are fully vaccinated. ... More »

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COVID Update: The Virus Is Gaining On Us Again

By Barrett Seaman— Those who pay attention to the dashboards and daily reports from Governor Cuomo have seen it creeping up. After more than a month of seemingly irreversible declines in the statewide COVID infection rates—to the point where less than half a p... More »

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Pride Ceremony Honors Greenburgh COVID Angels

On Wednesday evening the Greenburgh Town Board honored two Covid Angel leaders who are affiliated with the LGBTQ+ community.  Mary “MK” Blazek and Laken Masterson were recognized for their efforts helping 4,000 Greenburgh residents get vaccinated. MK was the a... More »

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Hooray For The Herd!

It did not take long for Governor Andrew Cuomo to launch the celebration. On Tuesday, the state passed the magical, mythical mark of achieving 70% vaccination for the citizens of the state, and Cuomo declared that restrictions  on retail, food services, office... More »

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Westchester and NY State Reach A COVID Milestone In Mid-June

By Barrett Seaman— We can all feel it and see it around us, but it is still gratifying to read the numbers that confirm it. On Monday, Governor Cuomo announced that the statewide vaccination rate is 69.9%. In Westchester, County Executive George Latimer announ... More »

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COVID Update: Get A Shot, Get A Freebie

By Barrett Seaman– Those who managed to get their COVID vaccinations earlier in the year have the peace of mind that they are protected from a deadly virus. But there is a downside: they are now missing out on a whole bunch of giveaways designed to entice peop... More »

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COVID-19 Update: Then And Now (It’s Better Now)

By Barrett Seaman— Just three months ago, The Hudson Independent reported that, “All but two or three of the state’s designated vaccination sites continue to register ‘no appointments available,’ and those that are available are hundreds of miles from Westches... More »

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COVID Update: How Best To Reach The Reluctant

By Barrett Seaman– Piece by piece, the bandages are starting to come off. This week, the CDC announced that fully vaccinated people can go maskless in public (except in crowds). That’s about a third of adults in Westchester. Governor Cuomo said that offices ca... More »

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