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Health Headlines for August 31, 2020

New York plans to test respiratory deaths for flu and Covid-19

Spectrum News

State officials plan to release regulations for how deaths due to a respiratory illness will be tested for both COVID-19 and influenza.

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State’s rapid Covid tests show 3.4% infection rate in WNY

The Buffalo News

Rapid testing by New York State at eight sites in Western New York found a Covid-19 infection rate of 3.4%, which Governor Cuomo called a “very high number.”

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SUNY Oneonta closed, UAlbany suspends students as colleges confront parties and coronavirus

Times Union

The SUNY chancellor says a medical team is descending on Oneonta campus, community after more than 100 students and staff members test positive.

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How will CNY fare when flu season crashes into coronavirus pandemic? It’s up to us

Infectious disease experts say the convergence of two respiratory diseases could strain hospital capacity and lead to further delays in getting Covid-19 test results.

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WHO survey finds virus disrupts health services

Associated Press

A new survey found that 90% of countries that responded reported fallout from Covid-19 on the provision of other health care services like immunization, family planning services, and cancer and cardiovascular disease diagnosis and treatment.

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U.S. records smallest daily increase in Coronavirus cases in a week

The Wall Street Journal

The pandemic is showing signs of easing in hard-hit states California and Florida.

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