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Some Erie County employees to begin working from home
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 09:40 am
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz on Monday announced the county's on-site workforce will be limited to 50% through March 31 in response to a call from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to impose such limits as a way to further protect the health and safety of the public and government workers during the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Village of Lewiston encourages residents to be smart, stay home
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 09:05 am
"We just want everybody to be smart, and stay healthy, and stay safe," she told a room where the three audience members were seated at a distance from one another, as part of the Centers for Disease Control coronavirus guidelines.
Even a hurricane, or two, can't stop regrowth in parts of the coral forest
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 07:00 am
Soft corals at three sites in the U.S. Virgin Islands were able to recover from the destructive effects of nearly back-to-back Category 5 storms in 2017, but the story of these apparently hardy communities of colorful marine life is part of a larger, rapidly shifting narrative surrounding the future of coral reefs, according to a new study led by a University at Buffalo marine ecologist.
Expert: Six essential media literacy skills for COVID-19 and other crises
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 07:00 am
The general public is receiving information about COVID-19 at a blistering pace and from many different news sources. Factor in amplification from social media - which is how many people receive the news - and it can be difficult to discern what news stories are accurate.
Cuomo signs executive order closing schools statewide for two weeks
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 07:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo today signed an executive order directing all schools in New York to close by Wednesday, March 18, for two weeks ending April 1.
Niagara County Sheriff's Office to 'remain vigilant'
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 07:35 pm
Acting Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti would like to address the decision made by New York state to reduce local government employees by 50% until further notice. Filicetti said all emergency personnel will remain available, which includes our road patrol, communications and corrections.
Niagara Falls Memorial updates revised visitation policy
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 07:20 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center today updated its revised visitation policy to better protect its patients, staff and visitors in the wake of the worldwide coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.
Cuomo issues executive order allowing state to increase hospital capacity
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 04:55 pm
During a novel coronavirus briefing Monday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo issued an executive order allowing the state to increase hospital capacity to prepare the state's health care system to handle the potential influx of patients suffering from COVID-19.
Community Missions issues program updates related to COVID-19 pandemic
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 04:45 pm
Community Missions of the Niagara Frontier President and CEO Robyn L. Krueger issued the following statements on Monday:
Catholic Health implements restrictions for patients, visitors and staff
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 04:35 pm
With the presence of coronavirus in Western New York, Catholic Health is taking the following steps to protect the health and safety of its patients, visitors and staff, effective March 18:
Town of Wheatfield responds to coronavirus: declares state of emergency
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 04:30 pm
Town of Wheatfield Supervisor Don MacSwan announced that, in response to numerous directives taken by New York state to address the coronavirus outbreak, the town is updating a number of its service operations and policies for residents.
Niagara County reducing staff
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 04:20 pm
Earlier today, Gov. Cuomo issued several mandates in the continuing effort to control the spread of COVID-19. One such mandate requires local governments to reduce the number of people reporting to government offices for work by 50% in an effort to promote social distance.
Village of Lewiston scaling back
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 04:00 pm
Yesterday, Niagara County Legislator Becky Wydysh declared a state of emergency for Niagara County as the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across New York state. The Village of Lewiston, in consultation with Niagara County, continues to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of our employees, residents and the public.
Seneca Resorts & Casinos temporarily closes in continued response to COVID-19
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 02:55 pm
Per the Seneca Nation president directive released today, all Seneca Resorts & Casinos will temporarily close as of 8 p.m. this evening. This will include the entire resort and casino properties, including bars and restaurants.
Town of Grand Island COVID-19 proclamation issued
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 02:25 pm
Monday morning, Town of Grand Island Supervisor John Whitney issued a proclamation to address the COVID-19 threat and declared a local state of emergency within the Town of Grand Island.
North Tonawanda issues coronavirus update, guidelines
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 02:00 pm
Following in line with the Niagara County State of Emergency declaration, I am directing that all North Tonawanda City Hall activities after 4:30 p.m. each day be canceled until further notice. This is effective starting today.
Erie County provides COVID-19 update
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 02:00 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz and Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein provided an update on COVID-19 in Erie County at a press conference on Monday.
Numerous River Region activities postponed or cancelled; WNY listings
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 12:50 pm
As the coronavirus has taken hold, all schools, bars and restaurants, and many business and community organizations throughout New York state have been forced to take drastic measures with extended closings.
Niagara Falls City School District message to community
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 12:25 pm
The first priority of the Niagara Falls City School District is the health and safety of our students and our families. As part of our continued response to the Covid-19 virus outbreak, schools will be closed for an indefinite period beginning tomorrow Monday, March 16, 2020.
DEC updates 'DECinfo Locator' with water-related data & new user-friendly enhancements
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 12:15 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced "DECinfo Locator," the agency's interactive data application, now includes downloadable annual water withdrawal reports and functionality updates to improve user experience.
Lewiston Public Library closed
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 12:00 pm
The Lewiston Public Library will be closed indefinitely.
Assembly, Senate postponed
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 11:55 am
Cuomo, Murphy and & Lamont limit crowd capacity for recreational & social gatherings to 50 people
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 11:50 am
Amid what they called "a lack of federal direction and nationwide standards," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Monday announced a regional approach to combating the novel coronavirus - COVID-19 - throughout the tri-state area.
Heart, Love & Soul enacts crisis response
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 11:00 am
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to help keep guests and staff safe, Heart, Love & Soul will continue operating under crisis-response guidelines.
Cuomo: Restaurants to be takeout/delivery only; gyms, movie theaters to close
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 11:00 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced via Twitter, "NY, CT and NJ are taking joint regional action to reduce the spread of #COVID19: Effective 8PM TONIGHT:
Grand Island Central School District closed until April 20
Sun, Mar 15th 2020 11:00 pm
In accordance with the Erie County Executive recommendation that people avoid large gatherings of more than 50 people, and in light of the declaration of multiple States of Emergency, all Erie County school districts will be closed until April 20, 2020.
Ljiljanich addresses Niagara-Wheatfield families
Sun, Mar 15th 2020 10:55 pm
Niagara Wheatfield Central School District Superintendent Daniel G. Ljiljanich provided the following message Sunday night via the NW website:
Lewiston-Porter superintendent's message to community
Sun, Mar 15th 2020 10:50 pm
Lewiston-Porter Superintendent of Schools Paul Casseri provided this message via the Lew-Port website Sunday night:
Salvation Army taking steps to limit coronavirus exposure
Sun, Mar 15th 2020 06:20 pm
"Salvation Army shelters have been following guidance from county and state health officials to ensure current shelter residents stay healthy while putting procedures in place to get the appropriate care for anyone showing symptoms of the virus. Shelter managers and staff are reviewing procedures for such a situation and are making sure spaces are cleaned and sanitized."
Erie County: Countywide elected officials urge restraint, common sense to curtail shoppers' panic buying
Sun, Mar 15th 2020 05:35 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz has joined elected officials from across Erie County in a unified call for residents to refrain from panic buying, as well as continue supporting local businesses and restaurants, as fears of the spread of coronavirus grow.
Coronavirus: New York State Legislature update
Sun, Mar 15th 2020 05:25 pm
Speaker Carl Heastie issued this statement on Sunday:
Erie County: Additional information on potential exposure from positive COVID-19 case in Clarence
Sun, Mar 15th 2020 05:20 pm
Following the positive test results of three individuals in Erie County for COVID-19 late Saturday, epidemiologists with the Erie County Department of Health ("ECDOH") began an intensive investigation into tracing the movements and potential close contacts of each individual following their return to Erie County from out of the area.
COVID-19: Niagara County proactively declares state of emergency, announces school closures
Sun, Mar 15th 2020 04:20 pm
Though Niagara County is still free of confirmed COVID-19 cases, a state of emergency was declared Sunday - and all school districts will be closed Monday.
Update on COVID-19 cases in Erie County; Poloncarz declares state of emergency
Sun, Mar 15th 2020 12:50 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein and Commissioner of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Daniel Neaverth Jr. announced three individuals in Erie County tested positive for COVID-19, a disease caused by a novel coronavirus. The cases were confirmed through testing at the Erie County Public Health Lab late Saturday afternoon and are the first confirmed cases in Erie County.
Aquarium of Niagara to close for two weeks in response to COVID-19
Sun, Mar 15th 2020 12:35 pm
The Aquarium of Niagara will close to the public at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, and remain closed through 9 a.m. March 28, in response to COVID-19. All scheduled events and programs within that timeframe are cancelled.
Seneca Resorts & Casinos implements additional health & safety precautions in continued response to COVID-19
Sun, Mar 15th 2020 12:20 pm
Per the Seneca Nation president and council directive released yesterday, Seneca Resorts & Casinos has implemented additional precautions in an effort to provide social distancing across its resort and casino properties in a continued response to COVID-19 concerns.
Coronavirus found in Erie County, 2 Assembly members
Sat, Mar 14th 2020 09:30 pm
On Saturday evening, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz posted the following on his Facebook page: "I have been advised by the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) that of today's tests, 3 samples from Erie County residents tested positive for the #Coronavirus/#COVIDー19. Our Department of Health is currently contacting close contacts of the three persons.
Youngstown celebrates St. Patrick's Day
Sat, Mar 14th 2020 04:55 pm
Despite the coronavirus causing numerous cancellations throughout the area, the ninth annual O'Riordan St. Patrick's Day Parade took place Saturday on Youngstown's Main Street - much to the delight of the dozens of residents who attended.
PSE to take care of employees during sports stoppage
Sat, Mar 14th 2020 04:50 pm
Pegula Sports and Entertainment owner/CEO Kim Pegula issued the following statement on Saturday:
'Jeopardy Beer and Pizza Night' fundraiser for HAL POSTPONED
Sat, Mar 14th 2020 07:00 am
It's Lewiston's epic battle of wits - part II.
 

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