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Interview: Leslie Danks Burke, State Senate democratic challenger [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | November 9, 2020

On the day after election day, WRFI General Manager Felix Teitelbaum interviewed State Senate Democratic challenger for the 58th District, Leslie Danks Burke. Burke was the most popular candidate in Tompkins County, but ultimately lost to Republican incumbent Tom O’Mara, who won the 2020 election. Listen to the full interview below, and hear local news…

Coronavirus Update, November 6, 2020

By Peter Champelli | November 6, 2020

Looking at the local COVID-19 caseload, the latest numbers, released today from the Tompkins County Health Department, indicate that there are 6 additional positive cases, and 3 recoveries. According to the County Health Department, that leaves _50__ active cases of COVID-19 in Tompkins. In Schuyler County, there are 7 new cases of COVID-19 reported as…

Coronavirus Update, November 5, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | November 5, 2020

Kendal at Ithaca retirement community announces that it will reopen to visitors as early as next week following nearly 3 weeks of closure due to residents and staff testing positive for COVID-19. The Ithaca Voice reports that during the three-week shutdown, Kendal administrators published daily updates on positive tests and steps being taken to reduce…

Coronavirus Update, November 4, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | November 4, 2020

The Tompkins County Health Department recently received a $40,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation, according to the Ithaca Times. The money was given as part of a rapid response effort to support local health departments during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Health Department said that they are using the money to fund a mobile COVID-19 testing…

Coronavirus Update, November 3, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | November 3, 2020

Looking at the local COVID-19 caseload, the latest numbers, released today by the Tompkins County health department, indicate that there is 1 additional positive case, and 10 new recoveries. According to the County Health Department, that leaves 47 active cases of COVID-19 in Tompkins. In Schuyler County, there are 6 new cases of COVID-19 and…

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