New York Expands Virus Testing To All State Residents

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: CDCALBANY — New York State is expanding its testing for the COVID-19 virus to all 19 million state residents.Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement during a Wednesday press conference in which he said there have already been 4 million tests administered statewide.“You want to manage the COVID Virus, test, trace, masks, social distancing, that’s the formula, hard to do,” Cuomo said.”We now have 750 testing cites across New York State. We are now opening testing to all New Yorkers. We have that much capacity. Go get tested. It doesn’t cost you anything, it doesn’t hurt. take a test and it’s now open to everyone”He said the numbers indicate New York is “doing great.” Tuesday’s results show 879 people hospitalized with the virus, the fourth straight day under 900, he said. There were 11 reported deaths, “just about as low as it has ever been.” He said 56,000 tests were performed Tuesday, with a positive rate of 1.1 percent.“The key to what we are doing is the testing. We just finished four million tests in New York. We only have 19 million people in New York,” New York is doing more tests per capita than any nation on the globe.”Cuomo said the initial approach to the virus was not political or emotional and based on the facts as they were known at the time.“What we have done from day one, we have been smart about what we’ve done with COVID. we didn’t get political, we didn’t get emotional,” he said. “Y have to anticipate the issue coming down the pike and you have to get ahead of it. You have to get ahead of the virus so what we now do is anticipate what could happen.”Sixteen states are now on the state’s quarantine list, a doubling in only a week, Cuomo explained.“Chances are, whatever we do, people from those 16 states are going to make their way here and that’s how we got infected to begin with (from travelers from Europe),” Cuomo explained. “Our infection rate is low, we know.”He said infection rates in Europe are now in decline and that the European Union now has America on a quarantine list, which he called ironic.last_img read more

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Jamestown Man Allegedly Brandishes Weapon During Weekend Fight

first_imgStock Image.JAMESTOWN — A City of Jamestown man was arrested after he allegedly assaulted someone and attempted to brandish a handgun during a fight on Saturday.Jamestown Police say Kurry Cordosi, 26, was charged with third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal mischief and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.Police responded to 68 Chambers St., at 4:23 p.m., Saturday, for a report of a man with a weapon.Police said Cordosi punched a victim and continued to fight with him, allegedly brandishing a 9 mm handgun, which a bystander took from him. Cordosi was remanded to the city jail pending arraignment in the case. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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North Country Hospital raises $160,000 to fight cancer

first_imgNorth Country Hospital,As an oncologist at the Oncology and Hematology Clinic at North Country Hospital in Newport, Les Lockridge MD knows all too well the impact cancer has on patients, their families, and the community. So when about 600 people took part in this year’s Relay for Life in Newport on June 25 and 26 his heart was warmed by the region’s dedication to battling cancer.The event, which included 60 teams, raised almost $160,000, beating out last year’s $143,000.Les Lockridge M.D. and Evelyn Page, a cancer survivor, were two of the several hundred people who attended this year’s relay for life.‘Anytime you have the community rally to fight cancer that is a good thing,’ Dr Lockridge said. ‘A portion of the money goes toward cancer research and remainder goes towards helping patients cover expenses not covered by health insurance.‘At Relay we celebrate the lives of survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back so that one day no one hears the words, “You have Cancer”. The Fight Back Ceremony itself is designed to keep people thinking about the ways they can fight back the other 364 days a year,’ explained Dr. Lockridge. ‘Wearing sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, and getting pre-screening treatments like mammograms, colonoscopies, and pap tests are all ways we can be pro-active in our fight against cancer.’For a number of years North Country Hospital’s Oncology and Hematology Clinic has sponsored the Fight Back Ceremony at the relay. This is appropriate since the clinic has been helping patients fight cancer for over 20 years.While nobody wants to get the news they have cancer, Dr. Lockridge said a growing number of people are surviving it.”The future is undeniably bright for cancer care,’ he said.  ‘We’ve made so much progress in the way of non-chemo/non-toxic therapeutics and supportive care (anti-nausea drugs, blood growth factors, etc.) that the face of oncology has changed dramatically from even ten years ago. Treatment is much gentler, our understanding of side effects is greater now, and oncology is still the fastest developing field in medicine. As far as outcomes, cancer is more curable and much more manageable.  Myeloma, for instance, is now more like diabetes in terms of being something you live with rather than die from.’last_img read more

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