Statewide COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Underway

first_imgPexels Stock Image.ALBANY – Local health departments have started receiving COVID-19 vaccines for healthcare workers across New York State.Governor Andrew Cuomo said statewide 3,762 sites have been identified for vaccine distribution, but currently, only 636 sites have been activated.He says as of Tuesday, 900,000 vaccines have been distributed for 2.1 million healthcare workers.Hospitals that do not distribute their doses by the end of the week could get fined. “They are distributing vaccines to the healthcare workers along with the hospitals. So healthcare workers can either go to the hospitals… or they can go to 600 sites that are across the state,” said the Governor.Meanwhile, some local health departments across the state say more communication and partnership with localities is key to building out the infrastructure to get things done quicker.An aide to the Governor said the state is working on a public dashboard for vaccine data.He also said the goal is to have all nursing home residents receive their first dose of the vaccine within the next two weeks. 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

Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s last-minute loss to Notre Dame, 51-49, in the Carrier Dome

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 6, 2018 at 5:23 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR After leading for almost the entire game, Syracuse (12-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) fell to Notre Dame (13-3 3-0) on Saturday afternoon inside the Carrier Dome, 51-49, on a last-second tip-in by Fighting Irish guard Rex Pflueger. Notre Dame was without its two best players, point guard Matt Farrell and center Bonzie Colson, but Syracuse was unable to secure the home win as the team’s rebounding woes continued and it was unable to make up for that struggle with a season-best day from behind the arc.Late heroics dashedTyus Battle seemed poised to be the hero. Everyone cleared out for Syracuse’s star guard after he had hit a 3 to tie the game at 49 with less than 30 seconds remaining. He had hit that shot, he had secured the steal to put the Orange in this position. Then, he pulled up from the top of the key and was stripped by one Notre Dame defender as T.J. Gibbs beelined for the opposite end.The ball found Gibbs, but the Orange altered his shot and it went wide left, the opposite side of where two Syracuse defenders had crashed to try and prevent the lay-in. Gibbs’ shot bounced directly into the hands of Pflueger. Notre Dame’s junior guard hit the lay-in and sent the Orange home disappointed. Notre Dame led, in total, for just more than three minutes.Syracuse’s rebounding struggle continuesAdvertisementThis is placeholder textElijah Burns’ offensive rebound and put-back toward the end of the second half exposed Syracuse’s biggest struggle on Saturday afternoon. The Notre Dame junior forward and Troy, New York, native leapt over two Syracuse big men for the offensive rebound and put it back to close the gap, again, to one. That hanging around led to the final heroics from Pflueger.The Irish crushed Syracuse on the boards to start the game, and midway through the first half it had nearly as many offensive rebounds (nine) as the Orange had total rebounds (11). Syracuse’s struggles had carried over from its previous game, when Wake Forest became the first team this season to best the Orange on the glass (38 to 29). SU has statistically been one of the nation’s best offensive-rebounding teams this season, and it’s a team built on length, athleticism and defense, including shutting down possessions early with its work on the glass. That makes this a troubling development at the beginning of conference play, particularly because Notre Dame controlled the glass at points without Colson, its best player and rebounder.From downtownWhen Oshae Brissett released a 3-pointer from the top of the key midway through the second half, it was more a necessity than Brissett choosing to shoot. The shot clock was about to expire and Brissett had popped after setting a pick for Battle, who took two dribbles to his left, saw his man too close to shoot and then found the freshman forward. Brissett, a 26-percent shooter from beyond the arc, drilled the shot while illustrating Syracuse’s performance as a team from 3 on Saturday afternoon.The Orange is one of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the country, hitting only about 30 percent of its shots. But against the Irish, Syracuse had its best game of the season beyond the arc, hitting 44 percent, helping counter its sudden weakness on the glass and, for a time, hold off a pesky Notre Dame squad that Syracuse never seemed able to separate itself from.Syracuse junior point guard Frank Howard complemented Brissett’s production by continuing the hottest-shooting streak of his career. Excluding a near-full-court heave to end the Wake Forest game, Howard is now seven for his last nine 3-point attempts up top, making 38.2 percent from beyond the arc on the season. Commentslast_img read more