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Higgins calls for equal access to affordable oral chemotherapy prescription drugs amidst COVID-19 outbreak
Tue, May 5th 2020 11:15 am
Congressman Brian Higgins is pushing for the next COVID-19 emergency package to include language giving cancer patients equal access to oral chemotherapy medications that can be taken at home. Oral chemo parity, requiring similar health insurance coverage for oral chemo drugs as that provided for injectable or intravenous chemo, is a measure Higgins has been fighting for and said is especially relevant amid today's public health emergency.
New York State Builders Association urges Gov. Cuomo to restart residential construction now
Tue, May 5th 2020 11:15 am
Gov. Cuomo has indicated the importance of a regional approach to restarting New York economy. Unfortunately for New Yorkers, market-rate residential construction is currently considered an essential industry in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Delaware, but not here in New York.
When ventilators aren't enough: UB physician helped write global guidelines on specialized life support equipment for COVID-19
Tue, May 5th 2020 11:15 am
Ventilators may be among the best-known types of lifesaving medical equipment that the sickest COVID-19 patients need. But for a small number within that critically ill population, even ventilators are not enough. Those patients, about 10% of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units, will require life-support machines that temporarily function as their heart and lungs.
UB-led team developing 3-D-printed, reusable N95-like respirators
Tue, May 5th 2020 11:10 am
A University at Buffalo-led research team is developing plans to 3-D-print safe, effective and reusable N95-like respirators. The team, which includes local manufacturers and 3-D-printing enthusiasts, has submitted its work to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency approval.
Hospitality: AHLA releases industrywide hotel cleaning standards through 'Safe Stay' initiative
Tue, May 5th 2020 11:10 am
The American Hotel & Lodging Association has introduced "Safe Stay," an industrywide, enhanced standard of health and safety protocols designed to prepare America's hotels to safely welcome back guests and employees as the economy reopens. "Safe Stay" represents the top priority for the industry, the health and safety of guests and employees.
Ortt, colleagues launch 'Reset, Reopen' economic rollout
Tue, May 5th 2020 11:05 am
On Monday, New York State Sen. Rob Ortt joined his Republican colleagues, State Senate Deputy Minority Leader Joseph A. Griffo, Sen. Rich Funke, Sen. Tom O'Mara, Sen. George M. Borrello, Sen. Pat Gallivan, Sen. Daphne Jordan, Sen. Pam Helming and Sen. Fred Akshar, to roll out an economic "Reset, Reopen" plan for Upstate and Western New York to coincide with the virus's regression.
Following push, Congressman Higgins announces new retail coronavirus testing sites coming to Niagara Falls & Buffalo
Tue, May 5th 2020 10:50 am
Late Monday, Rite Aid confirmed plans to accommodate drive-thru testing at its locations at 1030 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls; and 2474 Bailey Ave., Buffalo.
Back up and running: A solid process reintroduces elective surgeries at Mount St. Mary's Hospital
Tue, May 5th 2020 10:50 am
Following Gov. Andrew Cuomo's announcement on April 21 lifting the restrictions for Niagara County's hospitals to perform elective surgeries, Mount St. Mary's Hospital designed a careful process to reopen its surgery department to elective procedures, recognizing it was more than just "flipping a switch."
Village of Lewiston suspends July 4 fireworks
Tue, May 5th 2020 10:00 am
There will be no Fourth of July fireworks in Lewiston this summer.
NYS Department of Labor announces program to help inform unemployed New Yorkers that federal law requires them to certify every week to continue receiving benefits
Mon, May 4th 2020 07:30 pm
The New York State Department of Labor on Monday announced a new program to inform New Yorkers who have applied for unemployment that federal law requires them to submit a certification every week to receive their benefits, and educate New Yorkers about how to complete that certification.
Cuomo implores New Yorkers to wear a mask
Mon, May 4th 2020 07:30 pm
On Sunday afternoon, Gov. Andrew Cuomo cautioned New Yorkers about abandoning safety practices put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Cuomo outlines additional guidelines for when regions can reopen; NCCC testing site update
Mon, May 4th 2020 04:30 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday outlined additional guidelines for when regions can reopen. The state will monitor four core factors:
Coronavirus counties update for May 4
Mon, May 4th 2020 01:55 pm
Chronicling COVID-19: Buffalo History Museum to collect community stories regarding pandemic
Mon, May 4th 2020 11:10 am
The Buffalo History Museum has launched a new initiative to collect the stories of the community amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. All stories will be preserved in the museum's archives and become part of its collection. A press release said, "The community's contributions ensure evidence of this time for future research, reference, projects, exhibits, and programs."
Great Lakes Dental Technologies contributes face shields to McGuire Group
Mon, May 4th 2020 11:05 am
Great Lakes Dental Technologies is using new manufacturing technology to produce face shields, personal protective equipment essential to front-line health-care workers. Shields were recently donated to the McGuire Group, which operates multiple skilled nursing facilities throughout Western New York.
National gas prices up by a penny - first increase in 10 weeks
Mon, May 4th 2020 11:00 am
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $1.78, up 1 cent since last week. One year ago, the price was $2.90. The New York average is $2.16 - down 2 cents from last week. A year ago, the state average was $2.97.
National Travel and Tourism Week 2020 celebrates 'Spirit of Travel'
Mon, May 4th 2020 11:00 am
National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), which runs May 3-9, is the annual celebration of the contributions and accomplishments of the U.S. travel industry. This year, it will spotlight resilience and hope in the face of the coronavirus pandemic with the theme "Spirit of Travel."
UB awarded more than $10 million to study superbugs, HIV, obesity & COPD
Mon, May 4th 2020 10:55 am
Researchers in the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will lead four grants totaling more than $10 million to examine the effects of drug toxicity on cognitive disorders in older adults with HIV, develop urgent therapies to life-threatening infections, explore the disease of obesity, and craft new treatments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
UBMD Psychiatry provides emotional support to frontline health care workers
Mon, May 4th 2020 10:50 am
Overworked health care providers around the world are experiencing unprecedented levels of emotional and physical burnout and fear for their personal safety and the well-being of their loved ones as they care for patients with the novel coronavirus.
Kaleida Health: It's safe to go to emergency room
Sun, May 3rd 2020 02:10 pm
According to a recent Morning Consult-American College of Emergency Physicians poll released last week, 29% of the more than 2,200 adults surveyed said they had avoided seeking immediate medical care over concerns about contracting coronavirus.
Joint statement by Administrator Jovita Carranza & Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on 'success of the Paycheck Protection Program'
Sun, May 3rd 2020 02:10 pm
U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement on what they called the success of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):
Coronavirus county update for May 3: Niagara now past 500 positive cases
Sun, May 3rd 2020 02:10 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update Sunday on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County: "We regretfully report one new death of a Niagara County resident, an 85-year-old female with underlying health conditions. We send our deepest sympathies to her family and friends."
City of North Tonawanda update
Sat, May 2nd 2020 03:30 pm
If you listen to state and county leaders' information, you must be mindful of when we will begin to reopen. Presently, we are still under the governor's "PAUSE" order. As the number of cases in Niagara County continue to rise with 488 and 60 cases being in N.T., we have not reached the peak of infection or are even plateauing. In order to reopen, we need the rate of infection to decrease.
AG James issues guidance reminding consumers and funeral homes about consumer rights
Sat, May 2nd 2020 03:25 pm
Attorney General Letitia James on Saturday issued guidelines to protect New Yorkers using funeral homes, and reminded funeral homes her office will take action against any entity that violates consumer rights. James also lauded action by the New York State Cemetery Board, for which the attorney general advocated, that will address severe cremation delays in the downstate region and make it easier for funeral homes to transfer deceased to upstate crematories with more capacity.
Catholic Health offers safeguards for maternity patients during coronavirus pandemic
Sat, May 2nd 2020 10:50 am
With the coronavirus changing everything from how we work and go to school to a simple trip to the grocery store, OB/GYN specialists from Catholic Health held a virtual press conference to send an important message to pregnant women throughout Western New York about one thing that has not changed - its hospitals are still the safest places to have a baby.
Village, school board elections postponed
Sat, May 2nd 2020 10:40 am
On Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order postponed village and school board elections. The former will now take place Sept. 15, while the latter was pushed to June 9.
DeGlopper Memorial to honor those killed in action
Sat, May 2nd 2020 07:00 am
When Mary Cooke was supervisor of Grand Island, she attended a meeting of the DeGlopper Memorial expansion committee in the Pvt. Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 for one reason: to ensure the proposed statue of the town's World War II hero would not be another "Scary Lucy."
Sanitizer donation made to Grand Island Police Department
Sat, May 2nd 2020 07:00 am
The family-owned and operated Hartman's Distilling Co. on Chicago Street in Buffalo, which normally focuses on the production of bourbon, rye, vodka, gin and craft cocktails, has shifted much of its production to bottles of hand sanitizers because of the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, it is donating one bottle of hand sanitizer for each one it sells.
Catholic Health receives area's top grades in Leapfrog safety report
Fri, May 1st 2020 07:45 pm
At a time when quality and safety are paramount in health care, Catholic Health once again received Western New York's highest cumulative score in the Leapfrog Group's Spring 2020 Hospital Safety Grade Report. In the national report released this week, Kenmore Mercy Hospital and Mount St. Mary's Hospital earned consecutive "A" safety grades, while Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Sisters of Charity Hospital and its St. Joseph Campus each earned a "B" grade, improving their overall scores from last year's fall report.
Department of Labor offers update: $4.6 billion-plus in unemployment benefits distributed to New Yorkers since beginning of COVID-19 pandemic
Fri, May 1st 2020 06:55 pm
The New York State Department of Labor on Friday announced it had distributed over $4.6 billion in unemployment benefits since the coronavirus pandemic began impacting businesses in early March. In total, the DOL has processed over 1.6 million completed applications for unemployment benefits since March 9, including for both traditional unemployment insurance and the new COVID-19 pandemic unemployment assistance program.
Lewiston-Porter remains ever-hopeful, despite statewide school closure
Fri, May 1st 2020 04:45 pm
Parents, students, faculty and staff are receiving regular communication from Superintendent Paul Casseri, as well as our administrators. Paul's updates are also posted directly to our district homepage, along with vital information regarding kindergarten registration, meal pick-up and child care, upcoming board meetings and other important announcements. We encourage the community to stay current by regularly reading Paul's updates, which are available by following Lew-Port on Facebook and Twitter.
'Compassion in Action' continues at Community Missions
Fri, May 1st 2020 04:30 pm
As the calendar flips over to a new month, we find ourselves continuing to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the days and nights have not been easy for anyone, there have been wonderful acts of compassion that have helped brighten our spirits along the way.
Old Fort Niagara: 'Faces of the Fort' interactive video programs provide fun, distance learning for free
Fri, May 1st 2020 04:15 pm
Old Fort Niagara will host a series of free, distance learning videos that share important stories from Fort Niagara's early history on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the month of May.
Artpark reschedules Joe Russo's Almost Dead
Fri, May 1st 2020 04:00 pm
We remain in regular contact with all artists scheduled to perform this season and await further direction from their representatives on the status of their tours. We can confirm that the following concerts: The Head And The Heart (May 27), AWOLNATION with Andrew McMahon (May 31), and Bright Eyes (June 14) have been cancelled. Joe Russo's Almost Dead has been rescheduled to August 20, 2021. Details on these events have been communicated to ticket holders. If you have tickets to any of these shows and have not yet received an email, please contact us at [email protected]
Elected leaders call for federally designated retail coronavirus testing sites in City of Niagara Falls
Fri, May 1st 2020 01:15 pm
Federal, county and city leaders representing Niagara Falls are calling on the Assistant Secretary for Health, Admiral Brett Giroir, who has been designated the coronavirus national testing czar, to coordinate testing sites in the City of Niagara Falls.
Cuomo: K-12, colleges will be closed for rest of academic year & continue distance learning programs
Fri, May 1st 2020 12:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced new York's 4.2 million students will not return to campus before the end of the academic year.
ECMC again earns highest patient safety rating in national survey
Fri, May 1st 2020 12:05 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corporation announced The Leapfrog Group, an independent, national not-for-profit organization founded more than a decade ago by the nation's leading employers and private health care experts, has again rated ECMC's overall patient safety score at "A."
Coronavirus: Niagara, Erie counties update for May 1
Fri, May 1st 2020 12:00 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County: "We regretfully report one new death of a Niagara County resident, a 92-year-old female with underlying health conditions. We send our deepest sympathies to her family and friends."
Lori Caso is cleaning out the freezer & fridge
Fri, May 1st 2020 11:30 am
During our quarantine, many of you may be experiencing this: cleaning out your freezer or using up something in your refrigerator before it spoils. In the last week, my challenges included using up my milk before the next delivery from Hoover's Dairy, some sketchy carrots and a loaf of freezer-burned bread.
New York state announces $6 million in cooling assistance for vulnerable New Yorkers
Fri, May 1st 2020 11:25 am
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance announced $6 million is now available to help low-income New Yorkers who suffer from serious health issues exacerbated by heat to stay cool during the upcoming summer months. Cooling assistance through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) provides an air conditioner to eligible households with a family member who suffers from a medical condition that can be aggravated by extreme heat.
 

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