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President-elect Joe Biden aims for 100 million vaccinations within his first 100 days
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 10:35 am
On Thursday night, President-elect Joe Biden spoke to the American people about his American Rescue Plan and Build Back Better Recovery Plan. He shared the following:
NCDOH: First week of POD at Transit Drive-In Theatre successful due to planning & partnerships
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 10:35 am
The Niagara County Department of Health (NCDOH) announces the first week of Point of Dispensing (POD) operations was a large success due to years of planning and valuable partnerships.
Niagara County Department of Health, 211 partner to ensure access to COVID-19 POD preregistration
Thu, Jan 14th 2021 12:35 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health and 211 Western New York have established a formal partnership to ensure access to county point of dispensing COVID-19 preregistration access for those within limited or no access to the internet.
Erie County restaurants permitted to move back into 'yellow zone'
Thu, Jan 14th 2021 11:25 am
On Wednesday, New York State Supreme Court Justice the Hon. Henry J. Nowak, J.S.C., granted a preliminary injunction against a New York State Department of Health order placing portions of Erie County into a micro-cluster action initiative "orange zone." He allowed the almost 100 applicants permission to operate under "yellow zone" restrictions "pursuant to the DOH's Interim COVID-19 Guidance."
NYS counties renew push for bipartisan aid
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 05:40 pm
The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) on Wednesday called on the new Congress to pass a Coronavirus Stimulus Package that provides federal aid to state and local aid governments. NYSAC's call follows yesterday's announcement by incoming Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand supporting legislation that will assist New York and its local governments.
Memorial to hold offsite vaccination clinics as state expands eligible list
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 04:45 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will dispense COVID-19 vaccine to those who qualify at the Niagara Falls City School District Field House on the Niagara Falls High School campus. Although people must belong to an eligible priority group to be vaccinated, the state this week significantly expanded its list of those groups.
State vaccination sites now open; none in WNY yet
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 02:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the first three state-run vaccination sites are now open and vaccinating eligible New Yorkers against the COVID-19 virus. The sites - the Jacob K. Javits Center, Westchester County Center and New York State Fair Expo Center - all opened Wednesday morning.
1.1 million PPP loans forgiven so far, totaling over $100 billion
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 11:45 am
The U.S. Small Business Administration has already forgiven more than 1.1 million Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans for more than $100 billion, providing what it called an "extraordinary amount of critical relief to America's small businesses just three months since the earliest PPP borrowers' covered periods ended."
Higgins not surprised by continuation of closed border
Tue, Jan 12th 2021 04:10 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 Canada's announcement of the extension of the existing border restrictions:
Cuomo: New York to expand COVID vaccine eligibility to include those age 65-plus, immunocompromised
Tue, Jan 12th 2021 12:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday provided New Yorkers with new information related to coronavirus vaccination eligibility. In particular, those ages 65-plus, and the immunocompromised, can now register to receive their shots earlier than expected.
9 Wegmans pharmacies to offer COVID-19 vaccine to people 75+, UB South also a vaccination site
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 05:05 pm
Following New York state guidance, nine Wegmans locations in New York will receive a limited supply of the COVID-19 vaccine to distribute to people age 75 and older, as well as Wegmans pharmacy employees.
Counties call for flexibility, end to diversion of local sales tax in 2021 legislative agenda
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 05:00 pm
The New York State Association of Counties recently announced its priorities for the 2021 state legislative session and unveiled a wide range of policy proposals to improve county service delivery, increase efficiency, reduce program costs, and place counties on a sound fiscal footing as they continue to lead the local recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
SBA reopens PPP to community financial institutions
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 04:50 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal Monday morning. SBA is continuing its "dedicated commitment to underserved small businesses" and to addressing potential access to capital barriers by initially granting PPP access exclusively to community financial institutions (CFIs) that typically serve these concerns.
Coronavirus stats for Jan. 11
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 04:05 pm
Here are today's numbers:
Niagara County Department of Health offers COVID-19 POD eligibility, preregistration details
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 11:20 am
The Niagara County Department of Health (NCDOH) will conduct point-of-dispensing (POD) operations starting Tuesday, Jan. 12.
Additional New Yorkers, individuals 75+ can begin scheduling COVID-19 vaccination appointments
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 11:20 am
√ Initial groups of phase 1B now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine include individuals 75 and older, first responders, corrections officers, teachers and other school staff, in-person college instructors, child care workers, public-facing grocery store workers, transit workers and individuals living and working in homeless shelters
Erie County Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine availability statement
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 10:10 am
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is providing the following statement regarding the availability of COVID-19 vaccine at its PODs - points of dispensing.
Historic Lincoln Building transforms into Erie County pandemic response hub
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 10:10 am
The Erie County Department of Health's office of epidemiology is moving into new space in downtown Buffalo, finding a home in the oldest office building still existing in the downtown area - the circa-1833 Lincoln Building (formerly known as the Ticor Building).
Cuomo, 8 other governors issue letter to US HHS asking for expedited COVID-19 vaccine distribution
Sat, Jan 9th 2021 11:30 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and eight other governors on Friday issued a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Chief Operating Officer General Gustave F. Perna asking that they expedite vaccine distribution throughout the nation.
Cuomo: Expanded network to accelerate distribution of COVID-19 vaccine
Sat, Jan 9th 2021 11:30 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the expansion of the state's vaccination distribution network to help accelerate the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine to New Yorkers currently eligible under group 1A and begin the vaccination of New Yorkers eligible under group 1B.
Cuomo announces proposal to bolster protections for residential & commercial tenants as part of 2021 State of the State
Sat, Jan 9th 2021 11:25 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced a proposal to bolster protections for residential and commercial tenants as part of the 2021 State of the State. He will propose legislation codifying and extending the moratorium on COVID-related commercial evictions. Cuomo will also propose legislation to codify protections the state has provided tenants by executive order.
Island Prescription Center offers rapid COVID testing
Sat, Jan 9th 2021 07:00 am
Do you want a quick answer to the question, "Do I have COVID?"
SBA, Treasury: PPP reopening; new guidance issued
Fri, Jan 8th 2021 01:30 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, announced the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will reopen the week of Jan. 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers.
State clarifies vaccination eligibility
Thu, Jan 7th 2021 04:40 pm
"The State Department of Health has been having conversations with local governments today to discuss the ongoing COVID vaccination efforts. To summarize several points from these discussions and respond to some comments please be advised as follows:
Niagara County Department of Health prioritizing mass vaccination clinics to increase access to COVID-19 vaccine
Thu, Jan 7th 2021 10:50 am
The Niagara County Department of Health (NCDOH) announced the start of point-of-dispensing (POD) operations to provide COVID-19 vaccination to eligible persons as defined by New York state.
Consumer alert: Division of Consumer Protection urges New Yorkers to be aware of COVID-19 scams tied to federal economic impact payments
Wed, Jan 6th 2021 07:50 pm
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) is alerting consumers about scammers taking advantage of COVID-19 economic stimulus payments.
Memorial Medical Center celebrates discharge of long-term COVID-19 patient
Wed, Jan 6th 2021 05:15 pm
More than 100 excited members of the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center family turned out Wednesday to bid an emotional farewell to a courageous patient who overcame COVID-19 during a lengthy hospital stay that included several weeks on a respirator.
Cuomo asks DHS to require COVID-19 tests for international airline passengers
Wed, Jan 6th 2021 05:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday issued a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf asking him to require that airline travelers to the U.S. receive a negative COVID-19 test result before being allowed into the country.
Niagara County approves funding for vaccination hires
Wed, Jan 6th 2021 11:35 am
The Niagara County Legislature unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night to allocate $101,458 from its contingency fund to create and fill part-time positions that will help administer the COVID-19 vaccine to the public when the vaccine doses become available. The county intends to vaccinate the public through point-of-dispensing sites (PODS).
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.
 

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