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Zoladz Construction donated 9,000 meals to 12 hospitals
Wed, May 6th 2020 05:00 pm
Zoladz Construction Co. Inc. of Alden donated almost 9,000 meals over the past two weeks to Kaleida Health, Catholic Health and Roswell Park Cancer Institute to support their front-line health care workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Catholic Health to resume elective surgery; Kaleida working toward that capability
Wed, May 6th 2020 01:10 pm
Catholic Health has received approval from the New York State Department of Health to resume elective surgery in Erie County.
Higgins announces plans to introduce US Infectious Disease Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Act
Tue, May 5th 2020 05:10 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, on Tuesday announced plans to introduce the U.S. Infectious Disease Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Act. The bill would create an independent agency within the Department of Health and Human Services - the National Medical Command (NMC) - charged with preparing for, monitoring, and responding to pandemics. He said it would provide significantly increased federal funding for research into treatments and vaccines against infectious diseases.
Niagara County, CSEA reach agreement on temporary layoffs
Tue, May 5th 2020 05:05 pm
"As we stated last week when we announced our 'ReConfigure Niagara' initiative, Niagara County, just like families and businesses across our community, would have to make tough budget decisions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also knew the sooner we were able to make such decisions, the better we would be in the long run."
Buffalo waterfront announces cancellation of 'Canalside Live' for summer 2020
Tue, May 5th 2020 05:05 pm
Be Our Guest Ltd, along with the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp., on Tuesday announced the summer concert series, known as "Canalside Live," has been cancelled due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Higgins: Over $3.856 million to protect residents in low-income housing
Fri, May 1st 2020 11:25 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced federal funding to safeguard residents in low-income housing during the public health crisis. The CARES Act, approved in the House of Representatives on March 27, included supplemental public housing operating funds to support measures to respond to the coronavirus pandemic in public housing.
UB data show COVID-19 hospitalizations in Erie County have reached an extended plateau
Fri, May 1st 2020 01:55 am
Early this week, there was a spike in Erie County's COVID-19 hospitalizations. The number of people hospitalized with the virus in the county reached 258, the highest it has been.
WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund awards additional $1 million to support nonprofits addressing immediate needs
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 11:05 am
The Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund, coordinated by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Health Foundation for Western & Central New York, The John R. Oishei Foundation and the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, has awarded $1 million to an additional 35 nonprofit organizations, bringing the total grant amount from the fund to $5.5 million, supporting a total of 109 nonprofit organizations.
Kaleida Health labs expand testing hours for east side site
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 11:00 am
Kaleida Health has expanded hours for its COVID-19 testing site on the East Side of Buffalo.
'Good Neighbors Against COVID-19': Win dinner with Thurman & Patti Thomas in online raffle fundraiser for Child Care Resource Network
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 11:00 am
The Giving Project has launched a fundraising campaign called, "Good Neighbors Against COVID-19," which will benefit the Child Care Resource Network. CCRN is an essential resource for the Western New York community during the pandemic as it is connecting essential workers such as doctors, nurses and grocery store workers with child care services. The organization teamed up with Thurman and Patti Thomas to put together a special raffle prize: Dinner with them at Mullberry Italian Ristorante.
Higgins announces federal grants available to support local fire department response to COVID-19
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 09:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins encouraged local professional and volunteer fire departments to apply for new federal fire grants made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act approved by Congress on March 27.
Watch: Cuomo outlines additional guidelines for phased plan to reopen New York
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 11:30 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday outlined additional guidelines for the phased plan to reopen New York on a regional basis. Each region of the state - Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mid-Hudson Valley, Mohawk Valley, New York City, North Country, Long Island, Southern Tier and Western New York - must follow these guidelines as part of the reopening plan.
NFMMC primary care sites offering video visits
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 02:20 pm
Patients at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's six primary care sites can now go online to quickly and conveniently meet with their care providers.
Faced with unprecedented 50% cut in state reimbursement, counties urge Congress to provide direct aid in stimulus 4
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 10:00 am
Following an announcement from the New York State Division of Budget that budget shortfalls resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic could result in cuts of up to 50% in aid to local governments, the New York State Association of Counties called on President Trump, U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, the New York congressional delegation and leaders McConnell, Pelosi, Schumer and McCarthy to provide direct support to counties as congressional leaders begin negotiations for a fourth stimulus package.
ECMC celebrates COVID-19 discharges with 'Here Comes the Sun'
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 06:25 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp. on Monday announced the 50th COVID-19 patient has been discharged and the institution celebrated the positive milestone by playing The Beatles' much-loved song, "Here Comes the Sun."
WNY Lions partner with WNY restaurants, purchasing 850 meals for frontline medical staff at 9 medical facilities
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 05:05 pm
It was announced Monday that 850 purchased meals for medical staff would be delivered to nine local medical facilities over the next two weeks. The first of 17 deliveries arrived at ECMC this morning. The scheduled deliveries will continue through May 8 at various other facilities.
NY Farm Bureau statement on Gov. Cuomo's 'Nourish NY' announcement
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 02:20 pm
New York Farm Bureau President David Fisher on Monday said, "Gov. Cuomo provided some much-needed good news today for the state's farmers and our partners looking to feed fellow New Yorkers in need. Our organization has been advocating for food purchase programs at the state and national levels to address the surging demand for food assistance as well as to help alleviate oversupply issues that are burdening our farms because of the loss of markets in the food service industry.
This map shows where people can access food in Buffalo during COVID-19
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 12:30 pm
University at Buffalo researchers have created a map of food resources in Buffalo to help people locate and access food during the coronavirus pandemic.
Kaleida: Hospitals still safest place to receive health care
Sun, Apr 26th 2020 06:30 pm
Across the country, emergency departments previously bursting at the seams and hospitals that were operating at capacity have seen a significant reduction in patient volumes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cuomo announces expansion of diagnostic testing criteria to include all first responders, health care workers, essential employees
Sun, Apr 26th 2020 11:55 am
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Saturday announced the state is expanding diagnostic testing criteria to include more frontline New York workers - a direct result of rapidly increasing diagnostic testing capacity. The expanded criteria will now allow all first responders, health care workers and essential employees to be tested for COVID-19 even if they aren't symptomatic. The state will continue to expand testing criteria as testing capacity increases.
$484 billion Emergency Interim Coronavirus Relief Package becomes law
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 09:30 pm
On Friday, the $480 billion Emergency Interim Coronavirus Relief Package was signed into law, with a focus on further assisting small businesses, while also providing much-needed aid to hospitals and ramping up testing capacity across the country.
WNY Arts Emergency Relief Fund: Application materials live
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 02:50 pm
Arts Services Initiative of Western New York announced the application materials for the WNY Arts Emergency Relief Fund, a granting program for struggling artists and arts and cultural organizations, are now available. The application will open Friday, May 1.
AG James calls on mortgage servicers to provide substantial COVID-19 relief for homeowners
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 02:45 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James sent letters to 35 of New York's major mortgage servicers, calling on them to provide immediate and long-term relief to all New York homeowners struggling to pay mortgages amidst the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The letters emphasize the responsibility of mortgage servicers to do more to ensure that COVID-19 does not cause unnecessary foreclosures or increase homelessness in New York.
New York Farm Bureau asks governor to further address farmworker needs during COVID-19 pandemic
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 02:45 pm
Farmworker safety is important year-round, but the needs are paramount at this time as farms work to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. New York Farm Bureau has written a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo asking for additional state assistance to address the needs of the agricultural community. This would include inter-agency coordination related to testing, medical treatment and emergency housing for farmworkers, who are essential to agricultural production.
NYS Health Facilities Association, AG talk about nursing home safety
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:50 am
Stephen Hanse, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living, issued the following statement in response to rising number of COVID-19 outbreaks and fatalities in New York's nursing homes and assisted living communities:
Kearns announces 'emergency curbside' registrations, license plate transfers at Erie County Auto Bureau
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:30 am
Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns announced Erie County residents performing frontline and essential work can make an online request to register their vehicles or transfer license plates through the County Clerk's website to make sure they have transportation to work.
Niagara County has face coverings available for essential businesses
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 01:40 pm
As essential businesses across Niagara County seek to comply with executive orders requiring face coverings for employees, legislators David Godfrey and Jesse Gooch on Thursday announced the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services has obtained a supply of cloth face coverings that are being made available to essential businesses at no cost.
Western New York community leaders pledging personal financial support in response to COVID-19 crisis
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 12:25 pm
More than 20 local community leaders have joined forces to launch the Community Leaders Response Fund, pledging their personal financial support in response to the COVID-19 crisis Western New York is facing together. The community leader support effort is being led by Michael W. Cropp, M.D., president and CEO of Independent Health.
Coronavirus spike sends Niagara County past 300 positive cases
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 12:00 pm
"We regret to report the passing of a 65-year-old male with underlying health conditions. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends."
Kaleida Health labs expand testing again
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 12:00 pm
Kaleida Health on Thursday announced it has once again expanded its laboratory testing capability for COVID-19, adding a third clinic, this time on the east side of Buffalo, which has seen significant growth in the number of positive coronavirus cases.
ECMC to fund community testing with DSRIP Program funds
Wed, Apr 22nd 2020 02:15 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp. on Wednesday announced a community-based, inner-city health care initiative designed to support Buffalo's vulnerable, at-risk residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

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