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Police respond to Upstate Hospital for Stabbing Investigation

On Wednesday, February 24th, 2021, at around 7:05 P.M., Officers responded to Upstate Hospital for a stabbing investigation. Upon arrival, Officers met with a 47-year-old male who was stabbed in the back. The victim is expected to survive. The incident location is still under investigation. The investigation is active and ongoing; anyone with information is asked to call the Syracuse Police Department at (315) 442-5222.


Statement from Senator John W. Mannion regarding Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) Ending The 20 Percent Funding Withhold

Geddes – Senator John W. Mannion (D-Geddes) today released the following statement on OPWDD ending its 20 percent funding withhold:

This is the outcome I have been working towards every day since taking office. As the Chairman of the Disabilities Committee, I will continue to speak out to protect and fund services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

For caregivers and providers across New York there was no difference between a withhold and a funding cut. The bottom line was they were receiving 20 percent less from the state to provide vital services – on behalf of the state – for the most vulnerable among us during a global pandemic.

I am grateful for the strong working relationship that has been established with OPWDD staff. I know the regular and open dialogue contributed to this victory. I commend the governor for restoring this desperately needed funding.

Additional information and the OPWDD announcement here


Statement by Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh on Drug Trafficking Arrests and Indictment:

“The arrests and federal drug indictment announced today mean Syracuse is a safer place. I commend the members of the Syracuse Police Department’s Special Investigations Division Narcotics and Gang Violence Task Force Sections for their outstanding work.

I also thank the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the New York State Police, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security-ICE, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, the City of Auburn Police Department, and the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.”

 


Governor Cuomo Announces Lowest Single-Day COVID-19 Positivity Rate Since November 21 (Onondaga County Positivity Rate is 1.08%)

Statewide Positivity Rate is 2.85%  Onondaga County Positivity Rate is 1.08%, only 37 New cases in Onondaga County 

5,876 Patient Hospitalizations Statewide

1,154 Patients in the ICU; 800 Intubated

99 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the COVID-19 positivity rate was 2.85 percent yesterday, the lowest since November 21.

“New Yorkers have shown courage and fortitude in the face of this unprecedented pandemic, and it’s thanks to them that we’re seeing a decline in hospitalizations and in the COVID positivity rate,” Governor Cuomo said. “The vaccine is the light at the end of the tunnel and we’re continuing to aggressively expand our statewide network of distribution sites, but we need more supply to thoroughly vaccinate the population and begin our transition to a post-pandemic world. That means that until we have enough supply, New Yorkers should continue practicing the safe behaviors that have made such a difference fighting in this virus so far—wash your hands, wear a mask, practice social distancing and stay safe.”

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported – 216,813
  • Total Positive – 6,189
  • Percent Positive – 2.85%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 3.36%
  • Patient Hospitalization – 5,876 (-101)
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week – -698
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 678
  • Hospital Counties – 55
  • Number ICU – 1,154 (-22)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 800 (+1)
  • Total Discharges – 143,659 (+588)
  • Deaths – 99
  • Total Deaths – 38,135

The regional hospital bed capacity and occupancy numbers, including the number of hospitalizations as a percent of the region’s population, is as follows:

Region
COVID Patients Currently in Hospital in Region
COVID Patients as Percent of Region Population
Percent of Hospital Beds Available Within 7 Days Under Surge Plan
Capital Region
167
0.02%
35%
Central New York
83
0.01%
33%
Finger Lakes
225
0.02%
41%
Long Island
1,005
0.04%
35%
Mid-Hudson
611
0.03%
44%
Mohawk Valley
105
0.02%
37%
New York City
3,252
0.04%
31%
North Country
74
0.02%
57%
Southern Tier
130
0.02%
47%
Western New York
224
0.02%
38%
Statewide
5,876
0.03%
36%

The regional ICU bed capacity and occupancy numbers are as follows:

Region
Total ICU Beds in Region
Total Occupied ICU Beds in Region
Percent of ICU Beds Available in Region (7-day Avg)
Capital Region
246
193 
24%
Central New York
262
184 
34%
Finger Lakes
397
260 
37%
Long Island
867
686 
22%
Mid-Hudson
677
402 
41%
Mohawk Valley
127
83 
31%
New York City
2,593
2,029 
22%
North Country
62
36 
45%
Southern Tier
126
72 
43%
Western New York
545
333 
38%
Statewide
5,902
4,278 
28%

Each region’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

Region
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Capital Region
1.99%
1.99%
2.02%
Central New York
1.24%
1.20%
1.08%
Finger Lakes
2.33%
2.28%
2.22%
Long Island
4.35%
4.30%
4.10%
Mid-Hudson
4.22%
4.23%
4.18%
Mohawk Valley
2.03%
1.96%
1.92%
New York City
4.48%
4.49%
4.35%
North Country
3.72%
3.84%
3.39%
Southern Tier
0.79%
0.69%
0.71%
Western New York
2.47%
2.44%
2.31%
Statewide
3.52%
3.46%
3.36%

Each New York City borough’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

Borough
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Bronx
5.77%
5.78%
5.62%
Brooklyn
4.39%
4.37%
4.72%
Manhattan
2.79%
2.74%
2.80%
Queens
4.94%
4.93%
4.85%
Staten Island
4.37%
4.43%
4.62%

Of the 1,597,774 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
20,526
40
Allegany
2,856
6
Broome
14,412
96
Cattaraugus
4,324
12
Cayuga
5,312
9
Chautauqua
7,213
12
Chemung
6,397
5
Chenango
2,390
5
Clinton
3,468
16
Columbia
3,347
12
Cortland
3,102
4
Delaware
1,469
6
Dutchess
21,862
93
Erie
64,066
203
Essex
1,317
3
Franklin
1,996
10
Fulton
3,245
11
Genesee
4,335
15
Greene
2,598
9
Hamilton
277
0
Herkimer
4,531
10
Jefferson
4,681
14
Lewis
2,026
6
Livingston
3,478
14
Madison
3,792
9
Monroe
51,913
111
Montgomery
3,121
11
Nassau
145,290
519
Niagara
15,100
41
NYC
694,438
3,363
Oneida
19,519
38
Onondaga
32,054
37
Ontario
5,699
18
Orange
36,102
177
Orleans
2,422
13
Oswego
5,935
17
Otsego
2,267
8
Putnam
8,204
50
Rensselaer
8,860
21
Rockland
37,948
115
Saratoga
11,723
36
Schenectady
10,685
24
Schoharie
1,176
1
Schuyler
852
1
Seneca
1,564
3
St. Lawrence
5,336
49
Steuben
5,452
9
Suffolk
159,571
425
Sullivan
4,662
16
Tioga
2,771
5
Tompkins
3,414
6
Ulster
9,854
42
Warren
2,795
4
Washington
2,279
8
Wayne
4,409
11
Westchester
105,550
382
Wyoming
2,778
8
Yates
1,011
0

Yesterday, 99 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 38,135. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County
New Deaths
Albany
2
Bronx
13
Broome
1
Chemung
1
Chenango
1
Erie
3
Greene
1
Herkimer
1
Kings
22
Manhattan
9
Monroe
1
Montgomery
2
Nassau
11
Oneida
2
Orange
1
Queens
11
Richmond
1
Rockland
1
Suffolk
6
Washington
1
Westchester
8

 


County Executive McMahon Announces Approximately 100 More Vaccine Appointments Available for Thursday, February 25th Individuals in eligible categories can sign-up beginning at 4PM

Syracuse, N.Y. – Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon announced that approximately one hundred more vaccine appointments will be made available beginning at 4PM for eligible individuals. The appointments will be for the clinic on Thursday, February 25th, 2021 at the OnCenter.

Eligible individuals can register at https://covid19.ongov.net/vaccine/1st-dose-screening-form/

To find out if you are eligible, individuals can visit: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/Public/prescreener

 

 


Onondaga County Office for Aging – Call for NOMINATIONS Due 2/26 – Older Americans Month 2021

May is Older Americans Month. This year’s theme is “Communities of Strength.” Our Onondaga County seniors have built strength and resilience over their lives and especially during this past year. This May we celebrate them, and those that serve them, with special emphasis on the power of building a strong community through engagement and connection.

Now, more than ever, we need to recognize, and celebrate, excellence! Onondaga County Office for Aging is encouraging you to nominate three outstanding Onondaga County community members for:

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Senior Citizen of the Year, Serving Seniors Honoree of the Year and the Flanders Memorial Caregiver of the Year.

The Senior Citizen of the Year will participate in the New York State Virtual Event (to be scheduled.) All award winners will be recognized at a future Celebration Luncheon for Onondaga County Seniors. In May 2021, Older Americans Month, each recipient will be each be presented with a Certificate of Achievement and will be recognized publicly by local media and by the Onondaga County Executive, J. Ryan McMahon, II.

Attached, please find the fill-able (download, fill, save and email along with a photo of the nominee) Nomination Form (due by February 26, 2021.) Or you can call 315-435-2362 Ext. 4942 for other submission options.

Please feel free to share the nomination form. It can also be found on our website at:
2021 Older Americans Month Call for Nominations Fillable.pdf

 


This Week’s TMR: The Evolution of the United Way of CNY

Syracuse, N.Y. – Nancy Kern Eaton, president of the United Way of Central New York, will discuss the agency’s long history in the community and how it’s adapting to the changing times during a Zoom public forum from 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday hosted by Syracuse University’s Thursday Morning Roundtable.

Eaton, who succeeded Frank Lazarski as president in July 2017, has spent her entire career working for local not-for-profits, including Housing Visions Unlimited, Home HeadQuarters, Syracuse Weed and Seed Community Partnership, Syracuse Area Salvation Army, and Arise Child & Family Services. Before becoming president, Eaton had served as a volunteer with the United Way of Central New York since 1999, supporting resource development and community impact initiatives.

Now in its 55th year, Thursday Morning Roundtable features speakers who discuss current topics in Central New York and beyond. Following the forum, residents can use the chat function to ask questions and Emily Winiecki, community engagement coordinator for Syracuse University’s Office of Community Engagement, will moderate the Q&A session.

Nancy Kern Eaton, president of the United Way of Central New York, hosted by Syracuse University’s Thursday Morning Roundtable.

8-9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25.

To watch and participate in the forum through a Zoom webinar, please register in advance at:https://syracuseuniversity.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMqdeCqqDwtGtaC3HGgq6S5tWEjR6Sfdi_8 (After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the forum).

Past TMR Recordings: To watch past TMR Zoom public forums, visit the Syracuse University Office of Community Engagement channel at https://video.syr.edu/channel/Office+of+Community+Engagement/184051671

Next Week’s TMR: Symphoria Executive Director Pam Murchison and Music Director Lawrence Loh.

Thursday Morning Roundtable (TMR) is sponsored by Syracuse University’s Office of Community Engagement. TMR brings together a mix of citizens representing business, nonprofit, educational, and government organizations to examine community issues. Since its inception in 1965, more than 1,600 programs have been delivered to TMR audiences. Listen to past TMR presentations through WCNY.


Iroquois Healthcare Association Workforce Investment Organization to host its first-ever Caring Gene® Career Fair


Central New York Virtual Event Scheduled for Monday, March 9 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

The Caring Industry Virtual Recruitment and Training Expo is designed to connect caring industry organizations to qualified candidates 

Albany, NY – February 23, 2021 – The Iroquois Healthcare Association Workforce Investment Organization (IHA WIO) will host a Caring Gene® Career Fair next week for Central New York. The Virtual Recruitment and Training Expo will connect caring industry organizations to qualified candidates who have the Caring Gene – the innate desire to care for others.

The virtual fair is a unique opportunity to enter one of the fastest growing fields in the country. Whether candidates are out of work, experiencing financial hardships from 2020 or looking for a new career, these jobs require no previous work experience. Candidates can start a new and promising career as a personal care assistant, home health aide, certified nurse aide, or enlist in a support staff position.  

The virtual event will give candidates the opportunity to video chat with employers and apply for hundreds of job and training opportunities available right now in the long-term care industry across New York state. There are clinical and non-clinical job openings, plus training to become certified to work in long term care. In some cases, candidates will need to prequalify for appropriate training and certifications (where required).

To register, visit, www.caringgene.org/careerfair.

Since 2018, IHA WIO has provided training and recruitment services to New York’s nursing homes, assisted living facilities and home care agencies through funds made available by the New York State Department of Health.


Free public streaming performance Bank of America Children’s Tour: Danny, King of the Basement

Meet Danny and explore his amazing imaginary world. Free public streaming performance. February 26-28

Danny, King of the Basement tells the story of 10-year-old Danny “Delco” Carter. Danny is the “king of moving.” In two years, he and his mother, who is dealing with unemployment, have moved more times than most kids lose teeth. But far from being overcome by his homelessness, Danny appears to be thriving. When Danny moves into a basement apartment on upscale Clinton Street, the kids he meets have more material things, but they seem to have bigger problems than just being hungry.

This heartwarming story about a boy who creates an imaginary world to deal with the instability and hardship of his daily life is a powerful, yet playful, show that truthfully explores issues related to child poverty and homelessness and ultimately demonstrates how the power of friendship can change lives.

Recommended for children in grades 2 through 5.

Register here to receive a link to view the performance for FREE anytime between Feb. 26 through 28.

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Content including housing insecurity, parental separation, and financial difficulties inspire great family discussion, but may be challenging concepts for children under seven. The provided study guide can help parents facilitate conversations about the show with children.

Syracuse Stage Education programs are supported by Bank of America, Tompkins Financial, Wegmans, New York State Council on the Arts, J.M. McDonald Foundation, and Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation.

CREDITS: Written by David S. Craig | Directed by Ricky Pak | Costume and Scenic Design by Carmen Martinez


Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter: Virtual Program Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia (2/25 and 3/1)

Currently, 410,000 New Yorkers are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and more than 1 million family and friends are providing care.

Serving the cities of Binghamton, Ithaca, Syracuse, Utica and Watertown and their surrounding counties, the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter is here to help. They provide education and support to all those facing Alzheimer’s and other dementias throughout our community, including those living with the disease, caregivers, health care professionals and families. They’re also committed to advocating for the needs and rights of those facing Alzheimer’s disease and all other dementia, and advancing critical research toward methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure.

Urbancny.com will post information regarding Alzheimer’s and Dementia with the hope of providing information to the community. There are many ways the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter can help people with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their caregivers and families. There are two upcoming information sessions that may be of assistance.  For more information go to alz.org

Understanding
Alzheimer’s and Dementia
An education program presented by the Alzheimer’s Association

This program covers the basics of Alzheimer’s and dementia, explores their relationship, examines what happens in a brain affected by Alzheimer’s, details the risk factors for and three general stages of the disease, identifies FDA-approved treatments available for symptom management, looks ahead to what’s on the horizon for Alzheimer’s research, and offers helpful Alzheimer’s Association resources. The program is one hour long. Intended for: Anyone interested in learning more about dementia.

The two education programs are scheduled, afternoon and evening:

Thursday, February 25th 5:00pm-6:00pm
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Monday, March 1st 10:00am-11:00am
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