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Niagara Falls Memorial suspends elective surgeries; amends visitation policies
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 04:55 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has temporarily suspended all elective surgery procedures effective at the close of business Friday. The action aims to make more inpatient beds available in anticipation of an increase in the number of patients with COVID-19 who are expected to present to the medical center.
National Grid increases staffing to counter high winds
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 03:25 pm
National Grid on Thursday announced it's increasing staffing and closely monitoring Friday's weather forecast, which calls for high winds, with gusts of up to 60 mph, across portions of upstate New York.
Cuomo: 100% of 'nonessential' workforce to stay home; here's the list of 'essentials'
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 03:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted the following: "I will sign an Executive Order mandating that 100% of workforce must stay home, excluding essential services. This order excludes pharmacies, grocery stores, and others."
Kaleida Health: Residents should stay home; seeks donations of masks
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 03:15 pm
Thousands of their doctors, nurses, ancillary and support staffs are working tirelessly to care for patients. Their efforts are nothing short of heroic. As they know better than anyone, flattening the curve is crucial to managing hospital surge.
Empire State Development defines 'essential' business
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 03:10 pm
ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES OR ENTITIES, including any for profit or non-profit, regardless of the nature of the service, the function they perform, or its corporate or entity structure, are not subject to the in-person restriction. (Essential Businesses must continue to comply with the guidance and directives for maintaining a clean and safe work environment issued by the Department of Health).
Fish fry tradition continues at Tin Pan Alley
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 02:45 pm
The Lenten fish fry has become increasingly popular in the past decade, as more and more eateries have added haddock or cod to their menus. While some are still learning how to perfect that beer batter or the keys to quality coleslaw, Lewiston's Tin Pan Alley has long since mastered the fish fry. In fact, its dish has been a spring staple in the River Region for a quarter-century.
CISA releases guidance on 'essential' critical infrastructure workers during COVID-19
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 01:30 pm
On Thursday, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released guidance to help state and local jurisdictions and the private sector identify and manage their essential workforce while responding to COVID-19.
Niagara County: Help available in finding day care for essential workers
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 11:55 am
The Niagara County Department of Social Services today announced it has been working to identify open child care slots for public and private sector employees who are deemed essential and are having child care issues.
Higgins reports on new northern border restrictions
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 11:50 am
Congressman Brian Higgins reported Friday on new restrictions at the border between the United States and Canada, which will be put into place by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security effective 11:59 p.m. today, in a binational response to limit the COVID-19 outbreak.
Deposits for Food suspended
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 11:30 am
Higgins announces Treasury decision to delay tax filing deadline amidst COVID-19 pandemic
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 11:30 am
Congressman Brian Higgins on Friday announced U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reported the IRS tax filing deadline for this year is being moved to July 15, 2020.
A message to Niagara County businesses
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 09:35 am
We want to assure you that we take the health and well-being of our community, clients, and associates very seriously. Like you, we're closely monitoring the quickly developing effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Notary public, salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors to close
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 07:55 am
Per Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive order on Thursday:
Kaleida Health updates on COVID-19
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 07:50 am
Kaleida Health released the following updates and reminders Thursday regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic:
Niagara County offers update on COVID-19 cases
Thu, Mar 19th 2020 05:15 pm
Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton on Thursday afternoon released the following statement regarding the three positive COVID-19 test results the Niagara County Department of Health received from the New York State Health Department. These three individuals live in western Niagara County, which includes Niagara Falls and the towns of Niagara, Lewiston and Porter.
Higgins announces SBA approval of disaster loan assistance for New York
Thu, Mar 19th 2020 04:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved New York's request for a disaster declaration based on economic injury caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Higgins and other members of the New York federal delegation sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging approval of the disaster designation.
Erie County Department of Health COVID-19 update for Thursday, March 19
Thu, Mar 19th 2020 04:25 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is releasing results of its disease investigations on the individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 in Erie County. There are currently 29 lab confirmed cases in Erie County residents. Additional tests are being run by the Public Health Lab and results will be released when available.
Cuomo signs executive order mandating businesses that require in-office personnel to decrease in-office workforce by 75%
Thu, Mar 19th 2020 04:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday signed an executive order mandating businesses that rely on in-office personnel to decrease their in-office workforce by 75%. This follows his directive Wednesday that all businesses implement work-from-home policies.
PSC expands access to data needed to meet state's clean energy goals
Thu, Mar 19th 2020 01:45 pm
The New York State Public Service Commission initiated a proceeding to address the strategic use of energy-related data, and to develop the policies necessary to appropriately balance privacy and system security concerns with a rapidly changing marketplace. Ready access to customer energy usage and system data is a central theme of the state's "Reforming the Energy Vision" (REV) strategy to animate markets and to promote innovation and customer choice.
3rd Assembly member tests positive
Thu, Mar 19th 2020 01:35 pm
HUD provides immediate relief for homeowners amid nationwide coronavirus response
Thu, Mar 19th 2020 01:35 pm
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, in consultation with the Trump administration and the coronavirus task force, authorized the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to implement an immediate foreclosure and eviction moratorium for single-family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages for the next 60 days.
Erie County: Staying positive and overcoming anxiety during coronavirus
Thu, Mar 19th 2020 01:15 pm
There are a number of tips and practices to follow to maintain a positive outlook and avoid fear or panic during the COVID-19 pandemic. Anxiety is a normal human response to stressful situations, but knowing how to manage stress during this time is critical.
KeyBank announces additional steps to support clients and help protect teammates & communities from coronavirus
Thu, Mar 19th 2020 01:10 pm
KeyBank today announced additional steps it will take across its network to support clients and help protect our teammates and communities from the spread of coronavirus. Starting March 19, all KeyBank branches will move to serving clients by drive-thru or in its lobbies by appointment only. This move will allow KeyBank to continue to offer full-service to its clients while also instituting appropriate social-distancing guidelines as recommended by local, state and federal health authorities.
Retail shopping malls, amusement parks & bowling alleys to close by 8 p.m.
Thu, Mar 19th 2020 11:50 am
Follows directive Monday limiting crowd capacity for recreational & social gatherings to 50 people, temporary closure of movie theaters, gyms and casinos as well as on-premise service at restaurants & bars
National Grid implements additional actions to protect customers, employees during pandemic
Thu, Mar 19th 2020 08:30 am
National Grid has implemented additional steps to protect customers and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic while continuing to ensure the safe, reliable delivery of electricity and natural gas across its Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island service areas. The company's employees will continue to focus on delivering essential customer services, while temporarily suspending nonessential work that requires access to customers' homes or businesses.
Wydysh: Woman who tested positive for COVID-19 'did not have any community contact'; 3 new cases confirmed
Thu, Mar 19th 2020 08:25 am
"Our communicable disease investigation team immediately began their investigation and now, after one full day of work, they believe they have an accurate picture of the affected individual's community contact."
River Region continues to adjust to COVID-19 virus
Thu, Mar 19th 2020 08:15 am
With news of the coronavirus dominating the headlines, announcements of states of emergency, cancellations, postponements and business adjustments have been continuing nonstop. The following were announced this past week.
Erie County Department of Health COVID-19 update for March 18
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 08:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is releasing results of its disease investigations on the individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 in the tests run by the Erie County Public Health Lab on Tuesday, March 17. An additional run of tests is currently being processed and results will be announced tomorrow.
Kaleida Health updates on COVID-19
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 07:55 pm
Kaleida Health today released the following updates and reminders regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic:
Cuomo signs bill to guarantee paid leave for New Yorkers under mandatory or precautionary quarantine due to COVID-19
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 07:55 pm
"I just signed into law legislation to provide immediate relief to working New Yorkers whose lives are being turned upside down by COVID-19," Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday. "No one should have to make the impossible choice between losing their job or providing for their family and going to work, especially during this pandemic. We seek to build upon this effort with guaranteed sick leave for all in this year's budget."
Niagara Falls Memorial suspends patient visitation
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 07:50 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center today suspended all patient visitation. This action is consistent with guidance received from the state Department of Health for protecting and maintaining the health and safety of hospital patients and staff. The state guidelines also aim to prevent the introduction of the novel coronavirus into New York state hospitals.
Niagara County deals with first COVID-19 case amidst testing shortage, health director confirms
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 05:30 pm
On Wednesday morning, Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton and Niagara County Legislature Chairperson Becky Wydysh confirmed Niagara County's first positive test for COVID-19. During his time, Stapleton voiced his frustrations about the severe lack of testing kits available in the region.
UB community member tests positive for COVID-19
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 03:20 pm
A member of the University at Buffalo community has tested positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19, the university learned today from the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH).
Cuomo announces deployment of 1,000-bed hospital ship USNS Comfort; issues executive order directing nonessential businesses to implement work from home policies
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 03:15 pm
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the USNS Comfort will be deployed to New York harbor and is expected to arrive in April. The 1,000-bed hospital ship has 12 fully equipped operating rooms and will significantly increase New York's hospital surge capacity. The governor is meeting with leadership of the Army Corp of Engineers to discuss ways to increase hospital capacity in New York.
Higgins seeks clarity on northern border restrictions
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 02:50 pm
With news of a binational plan for strict restrictions at the border between the United States and Canada, Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, is asking U.S. Customs and Border Protection to provide clear details on the procedures for necessary border crossings and other information related to staffing levels and protections.
Town of Niagara issues statement on COVID-19
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 02:30 pm
Town of Niagara Supervisor Lee Wallace posted the following Monday on the municipal website:
CountryMax to remain open
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 02:15 pm
CountryMax issued the following COVID-19 MESSAGE:
NYSUT to DeVos: Waive grades 3-8 ELA, math testing mandates amid coronavirus pandemic
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 01:50 pm
New York State United Teachers is calling on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to waive state testing mandates for children in grades 3-8 for the rest of this school year and the duration of the coronavirus pandemic, as New York schools are shut down to help stem the spread of the virus.
Update on services at Erie County Clerks Office
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 11:45 am
It's been a very busy time for the management staff in the Erie County Clerk's Office and our auto bureaus to combat the spread of COVID-19. Nothing has been more serious to this office than ensuring the continuity of operations while preserving the health, safety and welfare of the public and our staff. In light of yesterday's first revealed community transmission, we are stepping up efforts to limit spread of COVID-19 in Erie County.
 

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