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Stroke survivors and people with heart disease are at high risk for complications if they contract COVID-19, doctors from the American Heart Association said Thursday.

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ALBANY — Changes in tobacco and vaping policies were included in the 2021 budget passed by the state April 3.

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Tribune News ServiceLiquor stores were deemed an essential service in the coronavirus pandemic. Local bar and restaurant owners are now turning to take-out and delivery of alcoholic beverages to keep their businesses in operation, with some help from rule changes.

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Courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the number of COVID-19 deaths in New York “breathtaking” during a pandemic briefing in the state Capitol on Thursday. The state saw the highest number of single-day fatalities for the third day in a row Wednesday at 799 fataliti…

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Courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the number of COVID-19 deaths in New York “breathtaking” during a pandemic briefing in the state Capitol on Thursday. The state saw the highest number of single-day fatalities for the third day in a row Wednesday at 799 fataliti…

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Courtesy of Tribune News ServiceFlavored vaping products have been banned in New York state effective May 18, under the 2021 state budget.

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Local health officials are deciding how best to deploy a shipment of COVID-19 testing kits from the state after weeks of limited public testing.

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Law enforcement, emergency personnel and firefighters are among the essential workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic as they work with limited protective gear to ensuring public safety in a time of crisis.

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Social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on both the economy and the national psyche, but for some, this week may prove to be the most challenging of all.

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ALBANY — The University at Albany will lead boosted testing for COVID-19 in minority communities across the state as New York had its greatest number of virus-related deaths in a 24-hour period for the second day in a row, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.

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Kate Lisa/Johnson Newspaper CorporationDr. Clifford Bensen, chief medical officer administration with Columbia Memorial Health, speaks during a media briefing on March 13, 2020.

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File photoIn this December 2018 file photo, fire departments and ambulance companies are on the scene of a major structure fire on Washington Avenue in the village of Coxsackie. The spread of the coronavirus in the Twin County area has forced ambulance squads, police and fire companies to mo…

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Patrick Connolly/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News ServiceChristians and Jews will celebrate major religious holidays this week while still maintaining social distance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has suspended his campaign. (Scott Olson/Getty Images/TNS)

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STUYVESANT — Seven fire companies fought nine brush fires Tuesday in Stuyvesant and Stockport, according to Stuyvesant Fire Chief Steven Montie.

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Grieving the death of a loved one is difficult at any time, but mourning during a lethal pandemic, with strict restrictions on gatherings, adds another layer of distress, grief experts said.

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ALBANY — The state’s test to screen for the presence of coronavirus antibodies is waiting for federal approval as New York had its largest single-day increase in virus-related deaths, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.

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Small businesses can apply for federal funding to support their payroll through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.

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Bill Williams/Columbia-Greene Media Firefighters on the scene of Stuyvesant brush fires

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Bill Williams/Columbia-Greene Media Nine brush fire kept firefighters busy in Stuyvesant

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Courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker speaks about New York’s recently developed antibody test, which tests a person for coronavirus COVID-19 immunity, at a virus briefing in the state Capitol on Tuesday.

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Contributed photo In this May 2019 file photo, U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, lower left, meets with small business owners in Greene County.

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Columbia County health officials issued an overdose spike alert on Monday in response to an increase in non-fatal overdoses over the weekend.

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Bill Williams/Columbia-Greene Media/FilePine Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Philmont has reported an outbreak of COVID-19 among residents.

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Courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s officeAndrew Cuomo speaks in the Red Room in the state Capitol in Albany on Sunday to give an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in New York.

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Courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s officeGov. Andrew Cuomo, center, speaks about the state’s temporary hospital facilities as essential to relieve New York’s stressed health care system because of COVID-19.

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COPAKE — A Copake man was charged with drug possession after a one-car accident Friday, Lt. Wayne Lopez of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said.

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Police examine the vehicle involved in a Copake accident Friday. Bill Williams/Columbia-Greene Media

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The driver was charged with drug possession after an accident in Copake on Friday. Bill Williams/Columbia-Greene Media