NEW YORK STATE'S CORONAVIRUS positivity rate dropped Wednesday to its lowest level since Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday. The state’s positivity rate was 5.12% on Monday and 4.02% on Tuesday before dropping to Wednesday’s 3.54%. The state’s seven-day average positivity was slightly higher at 4.16%. However, it’s the lowest seven-day positivity since Dec. 1, according to Cuomo.
VITAGLIANO REMOVED FROM WCCHS BOARD -- A longtime member of the Wyoming County Community Health System Board of Managers was removed from his position on Tuesday. The county’s Board of Supervisors — which controls Board of Managers appointments — voted 834-580 to rescind Frank Vitagliano’s membership. The vote was weighted based on town populations.
WYOMING COUNTY TO RECEIVE EMERGENCY UPGRADES -- A total of $5.9 million in state funding will help boost emergency communications in Wyoming County. The funding from the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services will be used to build radio towers and strengthen commun-ications, state and county officials said.
CUBA CHEESE COULD BE LEAVING CUBA -- The Wellsville Daily Reporter reports that Great Lakes Cheese, the Cuba Cheese parent company, is eyeing a major expansion of its footprint in Allegany County. The move would mean exiting the town of Cuba. The new plant would be located near I-86 and include 200 full-time positions, on top of the 229 currently employed at the manufacturing facility. A detailed story can be found by clicking
JOHNSON & JOHNSON CEO SAYS COVID-19 JAB COULD BE ANNUAL -- The debate over how long currently approved vaccines will offer protection against the novel coronavirus is ongoing, but at least one industry giant reportedly believes that for the next several years it may be an annual shot, similar to the flu jab.