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County executives offer vaccine help, call for increased cooperation & information sharing with state's distribution efforts
Wed, Jan 6th 2021 09:35 am
With New York State reaching grim milestones in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths, county executives from around the state held a press briefing Tuesday where they pledged to help the state increase its vaccine distribution efforts.
Cuomo provides second update on vaccinations
Wed, Jan 6th 2021 09:00 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday updated New Yorkers on the state's COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts. By the end of this week, the state will have distributed approximately 911,000 first doses of the vaccine to providers for administration to eligible New Yorkers. Additionally, the governor announced that, to date, 3,762 providers have applied and been approved by the state to serve as vaccination sites. Currently, 636 locations are now activated and are able to begin vaccinating eligible New Yorkers.
Ortt & Republican conference plan to 'Reset New York'
Tue, Jan 5th 2021 04:45 pm
As the legislative session is set to begin this week, Senate Republican Leader Robert Ortt and members of the Republican conference on Tuesday unveiled a comprehensive vision to "Reset New York."
Cuomo outlines vaccination procedures
Tue, Jan 5th 2021 12:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the latest prioritization for New Yorkers eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Cuomo, AG James renew suspension of state debt collection for 9th time
Tue, Jan 5th 2021 11:35 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James and Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced the state will renew, for the ninth time, an order to halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the state of New York that has been specifically referred to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for collection - with limited exceptions.
NCSO statement on coronavirus
Tue, Jan 5th 2021 11:35 am
Niagara County Sheriff's Office recently released the following statement on the coronavirus:
Mt. St. Mary's to provide Catholic Health's first COVID-19 monoclonal antibody therapy clinic
Thu, Dec 31st 2020 01:15 pm
Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston will open Catholic Health's first monoclonal antibiotic therapy clinic for the treatment of COVID-19 beginning the week of Jan. 4. The outpatient clinic is designed for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 10 days, and are 65 years of age or older or have other chronic medical conditions that could lead to hospitalization.
Cuomo provides updates on extended federal unemployment benefits, sick leave
Tue, Dec 29th 2020 07:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced unemployed New Yorkers will begin receiving extended and expanded federal unemployment benefits next week - the first week these benefits can be paid under federal law.
Up next: COVID-19 vaccination scams
Tue, Dec 29th 2020 11:10 am
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) is alerting consumers about scammers taking advantage of COVID-19 vaccinations to steal personal information.
Erie County Department of Health changes quarantine guidance
Mon, Dec 28th 2020 06:05 pm
Following an update by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) on COVID-19 quarantine requirements, the Erie County Department of Health has changed the time period for quarantine from 14 days to 10 days past last exposure.
Erie County 'Back to Business' program delivers millions of dollars in aid to local businesses
Mon, Dec 28th 2020 06:05 pm
The Erie County "Back to Business" grant program has issued its final report on the program's accomplishments, showing a total of 1,399 Erie County small businesses receiving approximately $19.2 million in direct financial assistance from the U.S. CARES Act through a partnership between Erie County and 43 North.
Niagara Falls Memorial to vaccinate select outside groups
Mon, Dec 28th 2020 10:30 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has been directed by the New York State Department of Health to distribute COVID-19 vaccine to selected high-risk groups that provide services outside of the medical center.
Rapid COVID-19 testing now available at WellNow Urgent Care centers
Thu, Dec 24th 2020 11:05 am
WellNow Urgent Care began offering COVID-19 rapid antigen testing at almost all its centers in upstate New York this week. WellNow expects to bring rapid testing to all remaining locations before the end of the year.
New guidance from Department of Financial Services to further grow hospital capacity
Wed, Dec 23rd 2020 06:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the issuance by the Department of Financial Services of a circular letter, developed in collaboration with the insurance industry and hospitals, directing insurers to suspend certain preauthorization and administrative requirements to help hospitals implement New York state's "surge and flex" protocol.
Malatras: SUNY Upstate Medical University to partner with New York Power Authority to test essential utility workers for COVID-19 using top-ranked saliva test
Wed, Dec 23rd 2020 05:45 pm
State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras joined with Upstate Medical President Mantosh Dewan, M.D., and New York Power Authority President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones in announcing a mandatory COVID-19 testing program for NYPA's utility employees who are essential to the operation and maintenance of the statewide power system.
COVID-19: 89,000 vaccinated in NYS
Wed, Dec 23rd 2020 05:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced 89,000 New Yorkers have received the first COVID-19 vaccine dose to date, while 22,000 have received the first dose in 90 nursing home facilities as part of a federal-private partnership program.
Cuomo: Plan under development to allow fans to attend first Buffalo Bills home playoff game in more than two decades
Wed, Dec 23rd 2020 04:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced plans are currently under development to allow fans to attend the Buffalo Bills' first home playoff game in more than two decades under strict COVID-19 protocols. Under the proposal, which is being developed cooperatively between the Bills and New York state, fans in attendance would be required to receive a negative COVID-19 test result before being allowed into the stadium. Contact tracing will also be conducted after the game.
Niagara Falls Memorial to distribute COVID-19 vaccine to state-designated high risk groups
Tue, Dec 22nd 2020 07:20 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has been directed by the New York State Department of Health to distribute COVID-19 vaccine to selected high-risk groups that provide services in the community.
Cuomo: Wadsworth Laboratory has begun research of new COVID-19 strain
Tue, Dec 22nd 2020 02:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced Wadsworth Laboratory has begun aggressive research of the new, highly contagious COVID-19 strain that has been discovered in the United Kingdom.
A closer look at contact tracing with Erie County Department of Health
Tue, Dec 22nd 2020 12:10 pm
A year ago, the words "isolation," "quarantine" and "contact tracing" rarely entered the public conscience. But now, in a year consumed by COVID-19, those terms have become commonplace.
Elderwood establishes COVID-only care center
Tue, Dec 22nd 2020 12:00 pm
With COVID-19 cases surging in Western New York, Elderwood has responded by establishing a COVID-only care center to provide an effective way to isolate and care for residents recovering from the coronavirus and mitigate its spread within other Elderwood senior care communities in Western New York.
Higgins announces approval of 2021 budget package funding important to WNY
Tue, Dec 22nd 2020 11:35 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, outlined components of the omnibus budget package of particular interest to Western New York. The legislation, approved by the House of Representatives, directs funding for the federal government for fiscal year 2021.
New ECMC podcast: Stress management through holidays, pandemic, more
Tue, Dec 22nd 2020 11:35 am
Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corp. recently completed production of new True Care Healthcast podcast that offers coping strategies and advice to help get through the holidays during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Higgins announces house approval of COVID-19 disaster relief package
Tue, Dec 22nd 2020 10:30 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, on Monday announced the House of Representatives approved a major coronavirus disaster relief package providing urgent resources to families, businesses and communities.
COVID-19: Cuomo provides vaccination update
Mon, Dec 21st 2020 03:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced more than 38,000 vaccine doses have been administered in New York state as of Monday morning - the highest reported total in the nation thus far.
British Airways, Delta Airlines, Virgin Atlantic agree to test all passengers before entering New York
Mon, Dec 21st 2020 02:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced that, in the wake of a new, highly contagious variant of the COVID-19 virus found in the United Kingdom, British Airways, Delta Airlines and Virgin Atlantic have voluntarily agreed to require a COVID-19 test before allowing passengers to board planes traveling from the U.K. to New York.
Santa Claus granted DOH waiver to travel to New York for Christmas
Mon, Dec 21st 2020 01:40 pm
On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the New York State Department of Health has granted Santa Claus a waiver to travel to New York for Christmas. While DOH has granted the waiver, Santa will be required to wear a mask this year.
Niagara USA Chamber outlines new COVID-19 relief bill
Mon, Dec 21st 2020 01:15 pm
The Niagara USA Chamber has broken down details of a new coronavirus relief bill set to be approved this week by Congress:
'Significant day in New York's battle' against COVID-19
Mon, Dec 21st 2020 10:40 am
Stephen Hanse, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL), a statewide association representing over 425 long-term care facilities, issued the following statement in response to the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations to nursing home residents and staff beginning Monday, Dec. 21.
Cuomo signs executive order to support seniors & restaurant industry; announces approval of Moderna vaccine
Mon, Dec 21st 2020 09:50 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced he signed an executive order providing additional support for two of the groups hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic: vulnerable homeowners and the restaurant industry.
New York state reminds snowmobilers to ride safely
Fri, Dec 18th 2020 05:40 pm
At the start of snowmobiling season, New York state urges riders to keep safety in mind, both when operating and during any breaks with fellow riders.
Memorial administers first doses of COVID-19 vaccine
Fri, Dec 18th 2020 05:15 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center on Friday began administering COVID-19 vaccine to front-line hospital caregivers and residents and staff members at its nursing home, the Schoellkopf Health Center.
Cuomo on Buffalo Bills fans returning to stadium: 'If there's any way to figure it out, we should try to figure it out'
Fri, Dec 18th 2020 02:45 pm
At the end of his press conference on Friday afternoon, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was asked whether or not fans would be allowed to watch the playoff-bound Buffalo Bills in person this season.
UB to start spring semester Feb. 1 under modified in-person format
Fri, Dec 18th 2020 09:50 am
University at Buffalo leadership on Thursday announced the university's plans for the spring semester, which will mirror operations in the fall in that UB will follow a modified in-person format. That means courses will be delivered using a mix of in-person (and physically distanced) instruction, as well as remote learning.
NYS Homes and Community Renewal announces expansion of COVID-19 rent relief program through Feb. 1
Fri, Dec 18th 2020 09:00 am
New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas announced the COVID-19 rent relief program will be reopened for application with expanded eligibility criteria in an effort to serve New Yorkers who may have not had the opportunity to initially apply and those who may have been previously ineligible. HCR will accept applications from households starting at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18, and running through Monday, Feb. 1, 2021.
Erie County Department of Health shifts information line hours, announces changes in schedule for holidays
Thu, Dec 17th 2020 04:45 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is announcing an update to its COVID-19 information line hours, and changes to its hours of operation for upcoming holiday dates.
Cuomo: New York state will advance $1.5 billion to organizations needing cash flow until early 2021
Thu, Dec 17th 2020 04:45 pm
On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced New York will advance $1.5 billion to organizations that need cash flow until February or March 2021, as the state awaits a federal stimulus package that helps America's state and local governments. The step will be taken amid media reports that Congress will pass a stimulus package that does not include funding for state and local governments.
Catholic Health to serve as western region lead for COVID-19 vaccination planning
Thu, Dec 17th 2020 09:40 am
On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a hub approach to implementing the state's COVID-19 vaccination administration plan. He named Catholic Health the western region hub lead.
'Vaccinate New York': Cuomo updates New Yorkers on state's administration plan
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 08:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday updated New Yorkers on the state's vaccination administration plan and the establishment of regional vaccination hubs to help facilitate vaccinations once phase two of the state's plan begins in early 2021.
 

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