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Erie County, Pegula Sports & Entertainment partner to open COVID-19 vaccination clinic at KeyBank Center
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 09:30 am
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Thursday announced the county's partnership with Pegula Sports & Entertainment and the Buffalo Sabres to open a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo.
Niagara County Department of Health removes quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated persons in alignment with updated guidance
Thu, Mar 4th 2021 06:00 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health issued an update Thursday regarding quarantine requirements, to reflect the updated U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and New York state guidance.
Event, arts & entertainment venues can reopen at 33% capacity beginning April 2
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 06:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced that, beginning April 2, event, arts and entertainment venues can reopen at 33% capacity, up to 100 people indoors and up to 200 people outdoors. If all attendees present proof of negative test prior to entry, capacity can increase up to 150 people indoors and up to 500 people outdoors.
Cuomo announces opening of state-FEMA mass-vaccination sites in Albany, Buffalo, Rochester & Yonkers
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 02:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the opening of the New York state-FEMA mass-vaccination sites in Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Yonkers. These sites are part of New York's ongoing efforts to fight vaccine hesitancy and bring the vaccine to communities underserved by traditional health care institutions.
Biden: US on track to vaccinate all adults by end of May
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 01:55 pm
President Joe Biden offered the following remarks Tuesday on efforts to vaccinate the American public against the coronavirus:
Vaccine: Niagara County POD staying in Lockport, as largest shipment is expected
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 12:35 pm
Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton on Wednesday announced Niagara County is expecting to receive 6,500 first doses of COVID-19 vaccination next week - by far the most the county has ever received for a single week. The county is expecting 5,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines and 1,500 Moderna that must be dispensed in that week. These doses would nearly double the total amount of vaccine doses Niagara County has received to date.
Ahead of St. Patrick's Day, Erie County Department of Health issues statement on parades & large public events
Tue, Mar 2nd 2021 04:10 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is informing Erie County residents of the restrictions on parades and similar large public events. Based on "New York Forward" guidance, any in-person event must be limited to the nonessential social gathering limit that is in effect for the region, which for Erie County is currently 50 people.
COVID-19: New York State Legislature set to repeal Gov. Cuomo's emergency powers
Tue, Mar 2nd 2021 04:05 pm
Democrats New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Tuesday announced the New York State Legislature will pass legislation repealing the temporary emergency powers that were granted to Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation will allow current directives pertaining to preserving the public health to continue.
$25 million in additional funding for Nourish NY to deliver New York-produced agricultural products to families in need
Tue, Mar 2nd 2021 02:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced an additional $25 million has been directed to New York's network of food banks and emergency food providers to support the Nourish New York program through July 2021.
NCDOH removes close contact quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated individuals, confirms successful rate of full vaccination series
Tue, Mar 2nd 2021 08:45 am
The Niagara County Department of Health announced that, in alignment with the updated U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, quarantine will no longer be required for fully vaccinated people following a close contact exposure. More specifically, asymptomatic, fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to quarantine within 90 days after the second shot.
NYS vaccine task force unanimously recommends Johnson & Johnson's vaccine
Mon, Mar 1st 2021 03:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the New York State Clinical Advisory Task Force unanimously recommended use of Janssen Pharmaceuticals/Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine in New York, following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committee's recommendation for emergency use authorization.
NYSAC, NYSCEA statements on 1-year anniversary of first COVID-19 positive case in New York
Mon, Mar 1st 2021 01:35 pm
On Monday, Hon. Marcus Molinaro, president of the New York State County Executives' Association and Dutchess County executive, stated, "We pause today to remember all those who lost their lives to the novel coronavirus. This has been a long, painful, and challenging year for their families, friends and loved ones, and we mourn with all of them."
On 1-year anniversary of COVID-19, NYS passes 4.5 million vaccine doses administered
Mon, Mar 1st 2021 01:15 pm
On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, "It's been exactly one year since we first identified COVID in New York, and while we've made incredible progress towards defeating it, testing and vaccinating more and more New Yorkers, we need to stay vigilant."
Higgins announces House approval of American Rescue Plan; Jacobs critical of package
Sat, Feb 27th 2021 09:40 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, on Friday announced the House of Representatives approved the American Rescue Plan, an approximately $1.9 trillion package providing COVID-19 relief to American families, businesses and communities.
Erie County DOH outlines facility requirements for non-professional, non-collegiate sports events; offers update on vaccinations, quarantines
Sat, Feb 27th 2021 09:40 am
The ECDOH said that, based on information provided by the New York State Department of Health, 14.3% of Erie County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Moreover, 9.2% percent have received the two-dose series.
NFMMC vaccine program returns to Doris Jones Community Center
Fri, Feb 26th 2021 04:45 pm
Willie Payne of Niagara Falls receives his second dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from a Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center pharmacist Friday at the Doris W. Jones Family Resource Center. The second-dose event was part of Memorial's continuing campaign to make the vaccine more accessible to qualifying residents by holding "pop-up" clinics in city neighborhoods.
NYS to expand vaccination network to include sites designed to serve 65-plus
Fri, Feb 26th 2021 04:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the state will partner with local health departments to include vaccination sites for the 65-plus population across New York. These sites will be in partnership with local health departments and, where needed, will provide assistance to New Yorkers with transportation to and from the vaccination facilities and special support for paperwork regarding their vaccination.
COVID-19: WNY drops below 2%
Fri, Feb 26th 2021 02:25 pm
For the first time since before the holiday season, Western New York's percentage of new coronavirus cases is below 2%. The governor's office reported the region at 1.93% for Thursday.
Memorial Medical Center schedules free COVID-19 testing at Word of Life Ministries
Fri, Feb 26th 2021 01:25 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will conduct free testing for COVID-19 from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, March 4, at Word of Life Ministries, 1941 Hyde Park Blvd. Testing will be supported by City of Niagara Falls Community Development Block Grant funds.
Memorial Medical Center expands vaccine effort to Wheatfield
Fri, Feb 26th 2021 10:00 am
Alice Lange, left, was all smiles upon receiving her initial dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from a Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center pharmacist during a clinic held Thursday at Elderwood Residences at Wheatfield. Lange expressed her excitement to share with her daughter, who is a registered nurse, the news of her vaccination.
Former Secretary to the Governor Cohen offers nursing home 'clarification'
Thu, Feb 25th 2021 11:20 am
Empire State Development Chairman Steven M. Cohen issued this statement on Thursday morning, regarding how Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Cuomo's administration, and the New York State Department of Health handled the release of New York nursing home coronavirus case numbers:
NYSUT statement on 'confusion over in-person instruction in schools'
Thu, Feb 25th 2021 11:00 am
New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta issued the following statement Thursday on the ongoing confusion over the standards required to safely return students to in-person instruction in New York districts:
New ID verification tool aims to fight unemployment fraud, speed processing of claims
Thu, Feb 25th 2021 10:05 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced the launch of a new identity verification tool, ID.me, to fight unemployment benefit fraud and help New Yorkers with bona fide claims verify their identities and receive benefits faster.
COVID-19 vaccine developed by UB startup approved for human trials
Wed, Feb 24th 2021 01:35 pm
A COVID-19 vaccine candidate, under development by UB spinoff company POP Biotechnologies and South Korean biotech company EuBiologics, is moving into human trials in South Korea.
Biden, Trudeau announce 'Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership'
Wed, Feb 24th 2021 10:55 am
U.S. President Joe Biden and Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau put forth the following statement Tuesday, with regard to ongoing cross-border relations and initiatives.
BlueCross BlueShield connects with 50,000 at-risk members through targeted efforts amid pandemic
Wed, Feb 24th 2021 09:45 am
BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York has hit a major milestone: connecting with 50,000 members since it launched an outreach campaign to connect at-risk members with support and resources amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The health plan will continue to expand its targeted efforts for the next several months to help even more members manage the impacts of the pandemic.
NT department working with DiBernardo to assist people in getting vaccinations
Wed, Feb 24th 2021 09:45 am
The North Tonawanda Department of Youth, Recreation, Parks & Seniors, in collaboration with Second Ward Alderman Frank DiBernardo, recently announced a COVID-19 vaccine assistance program (CVAP) for North Tonawanda senior citizens who are seeking help with navigating the process of registering to receive a vaccination.
Eligible New Yorkers can begin making appointments at state-FEMA vaccination sites including Buffalo
Wed, Feb 24th 2021 09:45 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced eligible New Yorkers in Buffalo, Rochester, Albany and Yonkers areas can begin making appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the state-FEMA community-based vaccination sites scheduled to open Wednesday, March 3, in the four cities. The four vaccination sites will operate between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily and each site has the capacity to administer 1,000 doses per day.
ECMC prepares updated visitation guidance for Terrace View
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 07:20 pm
Based on the New York State Department of Health's recently updated guidance regarding general nursing home visitation, Terrace View Long-Term Care (located on ECMC's Grider Street Health Campus) is updating its visitation policies for its residents' families, friends and loved ones.
Higgins: Biden-Trudeau meeting positive step in rebuilding binational trust & progress
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 07:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, who serves as co-chair of the congressional northern border caucus, released the following statement in response to Tuesday's bilateral meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Higgins announces budget committee approval of American Rescue Plan
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 07:25 pm
As the U.S. marked the tragic milestone of 500,000 deaths due to COVID-19, the House of Representatives budget committee took action to advance the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion COVID relief package. Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, a member of the committee, said Congress should move with "speed and urgency" to pass the relief to respond to the economic and public health consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, which has "fundamentally altered how we live, work and relate to one another."
Cuomo announces expanded guidelines for nursing home visitations
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 07:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced new, expanded guidelines for visitation of residents in nursing home facilities in accordance with CMS and CDC guidelines to begin Feb. 26. The New York State Department of Health recommends visitors take a rapid test before entry into the facility, and DOH will provide rapid tests to nursing homes to facilitate their ability to test visitors on-site and at no cost.
Cuomo sets guidelines for billiard halls to reopen; movie theaters in NYC also reopening; weddings & catered events can resume March 15
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 05:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced that, as New York's hospitalization and COVID-19 infection rates continue to decline, the state is issuing guidance to begin reopening additional sectors of the economy.
NF Memorial Medical Center resumes COVID-19 vaccine clinics
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 05:35 pm
Sandra Fredemburg, left, receives her second dose of COVID-19 vaccine from a Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center pharmacist during a clinic held Monday at the Niagara Falls High School Fieldhouse.
Ortt & Barclay: Stop faking on revoking governor's emergency powers
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 02:55 pm
New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt, joined by Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay and members of both Houses, on Monday "called for their timid colleagues who serve in leadership positions in the State Legislature to finally end Gov. Cuomo's emergency powers, which have been in place for nearly a year without any legislative oversight."
AHLA on CDC vaccination guidelines & hotel workers in phase 1c
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 01:55 pm
The following is a statement from Chip Rogers, president and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recent update to prioritize "traveler accommodation" under the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) categories of essential workers.
Jacobs seeks transparent COVID-19 accounting
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 10:55 am
Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-NY-27, has co-sponsored legislation to require President Joe Biden to provide a complete account of enacted but unspent COVID-19 funds.
'NY PopsUp' debuts to support state's performing arts industries
Sat, Feb 20th 2021 11:05 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday announced the launch of "NY PopsUp," what his team called "an unprecedented and expansive festival featuring hundreds of pop-up performances that will revitalize the spirits of New Yorkers with the energy of live performances and will jumpstart the state's live entertainment industry."
Opening dates & scheduling information for state-FEMA vaccination sites
Fri, Feb 19th 2021 05:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the opening dates and scheduling information for the six community-based vaccination sites being established through a partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Updated guidance for infection rates & testing protocols on college campuses
Fri, Feb 19th 2021 04:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday released updated guidance for infection rates and testing protocols on college campuses. Colleges and universities testing at least 25% of total on-campus students, faculty and staff weekly will not be required to go on "PAUSE" unless their positivity rate exceeds 5% during a rolling 14-day period.
 

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