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Higgins: Federal funding to help WNY families afford home heating costs
Tue, Nov 16th 2021 04:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced more than $876 million in federal funding has been allocated to New York through the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) to help seniors and families afford heat and energy costs.
Statement from Gov. Kathy Hochul on COVID-19 boosters
Mon, Nov 15th 2021 05:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul offered the following comments on Monday: "As governor, I am committed to protecting the health and safety of all New Yorkers, and with the holidays coming up, we must continue to do everything we can to keep New Yorkers safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
US NEXUS/FAST enrollment centers to reopen Nov. 29
Mon, Nov 15th 2021 05:30 pm
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the NEXUS and U.S./Canada FAST enrollment centers in the U.S. will reopen on Nov. 29. The NEXUS and FAST enrollment centers in Canada will continue to be closed until further notice.
Hochul announces awardees of $25 million to offer free legal assistance to struggling tenants
Mon, Nov 15th 2021 03:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced the legal service providers who will be awarded portions of the $25 million in federal funding to offer free legal assistance and comprehensive housing stability services.
As November Child Tax Credit reaches families, Higgins details impact it's having on WNY families
Mon, Nov 15th 2021 03:45 pm
As the November payment of the Child Tax Credit hits bank accounts, Congressman Brian Higgins is detailing the impact the expanded credit is having on local families.
10 state mass-vaccination sites now open to 5- to 11-year-olds
Sat, Nov 13th 2021 01:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Saturday announced 10 of New York's mass-vaccination sites will now be administering COVID-19 vaccines to newly eligible 5- to 11-year-olds.
Hochul welcomes $750 million in federal funding to boost affordable health coverage
Thu, Nov 11th 2021 09:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced the Biden-Harris administration's Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be making $750 million in additional American Rescue Plan funding available for New York's Essential Plan.
Erie County's COVID-19 pandemic response chronicled in Cornell University Democracy Summer Fellowship report
Wed, Nov 10th 2021 03:25 pm
Erie County's response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been documented and memorialized in a new report compiled by Callie McQuilkin, a senior at Cornell University participating in Cornell's Democracy Summer Fellowship Program.
Niagara County records 400th COVID-related death
Wed, Nov 10th 2021 12:35 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health on Wednesday issued the following weekly update on positive COVID-19 cases from Nov. 4-10.
ECDOH offers statement to clarify questions about mask breaks in schools
Tue, Nov 9th 2021 08:05 pm
To clarify the correspondence the Erie County Department of Health sent to the Williamsville Central School District last week, and address the subsequent reactions from school superintendents and parents, ECDOH does not intend to take enforcement measures against schools that are providing students with mask breaks during the school day.
Hochul launches new 'Vaccinate, Educate, Graduate' vaccine incentive program for 5- to 11-year-olds for a chance to win a SUNY or CUNY full scholarship
Tue, Nov 9th 2021 08:05 pm
On Tuesday, during a COVID-19 briefing at the Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center in Westchester County, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced new efforts to support vaccinating 5- to 11-year-olds, including the launch of a new vaccine incentive program - "Vaccinate, Educate, Graduate" - for young New Yorkers.
Attorney General James leads coalition in backing federal rule expansion to protect vulnerable tenants from evictions
Tue, Nov 9th 2021 03:55 pm
In response to the ongoing housing crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic, New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 18 attorneys general in submitting a comment letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support the expansion of rules to protect vulnerable tenants from eviction.
Survey: Nearly 60% of Americans unlikely to travel for Thanksgiving or Christmas
Mon, Nov 8th 2021 09:25 pm
While rising vaccination rates against COVID-19 have increased travelers' comfort levels, most Americans are still opting to stay home this holiday season, according to a new national survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) conducted by Morning Consult.
WellNow opens dedicated COVID-19 PCR testing center in Williamsville
Mon, Nov 8th 2021 09:20 pm
WellNow Urgent Care announced that, in response to increased demand for COVID-19 testing in the region, its newest center in Williamsville is now open as a dedicated COVID-19 PCR testing center for asymptomatic patients.
ECDOH announces COVID-19 vaccine clinics for 5-11-year-olds on Nov. 20
Mon, Nov 8th 2021 01:40 pm
The Erie County Department of Health will hold COVID-19 vaccine clinics for 5-11-year-olds on Saturday, Nov. 20, at:
Emergency Physicians 'strongly support' COVID vaccinations for all eligible children
Fri, Nov 5th 2021 04:00 pm
As the COVID-19 vaccines become available for children ages 5 to 11, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) urges caretakers and families to get vaccinated and take the necessary steps to protect children during the upcoming holiday and flu season.
Hochul announces guidance & resources to support vaccination of 5-11-year-old children in New York
Fri, Nov 5th 2021 03:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced the launch of a new website, clinical guidance and additional information and resources in the effort to vaccinate New York's 5-11-year-old children against COVID-19.
NFMMC, community collaborate on booster shot clinic
Fri, Nov 5th 2021 03:40 pm
Mary Jo Edwards, a sixth-grade math teacher at Harry F. Abate Elementary in Niagara Falls, receives a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot from pharmacy intern Jessica Corbett during a Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center clinic held Thursday at the Niagara Falls Community Education Center, formally 60th Street Elementary School.
Higgins welcomes announcement expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility
Thu, Nov 4th 2021 11:00 am
Congressman Brian Higgins on Wednesday welcomed the recent announcement the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for use to vaccinate children ages 5-11.
Memorial to host COVID-19 booster shot clinic
Thu, Nov 4th 2021 09:00 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will host a community COVID-19 vaccine booster clinic from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at the Niagara Falls Community Education Center (formally 60th Street Elementary School), 6040 Lindbergh Ave.
ECDOH & John R. Oishei Children's Hospital will offer Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to 5-11-year-olds on Saturday
Wed, Nov 3rd 2021 04:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health and John R. Oishei Children's Hospital (OCH) will hold a pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Saturday, Nov. 6, providing the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine specifically for 5-11-year-olds.
Schoellkopf Health Center receives COVID support grant
Tue, Nov 2nd 2021 01:00 pm
Schoellkopf Health Center has been awarded a round 3 coronavirus emergency support grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation for the impact COVID-19 has had on its operations and residents.
ECDOH coordinates 'Shots at the Shop' COVID-19 vaccine clinic with Bougie Nail Boutique in Buffalo
Mon, Nov 1st 2021 04:25 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is coordinating a "Shots at the Shop" COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Bougie Nail Boutique from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6.
Higgins asks Canada to consider dropping COVID testing requirement for travelers crossing border
Mon, Nov 1st 2021 10:05 am
As the U.S. prepares to welcome Canadian neighbors back across the border on Nov. 8, Congressman Brian Higgins is urging the government of Canada to drop its COVID-19 testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers crossing the northern border.
DHS releases details for fully vaccinated, non-citizen travelers to enter us at land & ferry border crossings
Sat, Oct 30th 2021 11:15 am
On Saturday, the Department of Homeland Security announced non-citizen travelers who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and have appropriate documentation will be permitted to enter the U.S. via land ports of entry (POE) and ferry terminals starting on Nov. 8.
Hochul announces 23 new #VaxtoSchool pop-up sites
Wed, Oct 27th 2021 04:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced 23 new #VaxtoSchool pop-up vaccination sites to increase vaccination rates among school-aged New Yorkers.
Hochul announces New York State's Excelsior Pass Blueprint
Wed, Oct 27th 2021 03:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced New York State's Excelsior Pass Blueprint, a national framework to aid in the development and implementation of digital health credentials.
Erie County Department of Health offers masks to child care facilities & programs
Wed, Oct 27th 2021 02:30 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is working with child care centers and other programs with young children as COVID-19 cases are identified among their children and staff.
Erie County Department of Health announces COVID-19 vaccine booster dose availability
Mon, Oct 25th 2021 07:25 pm
Following authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for certain eligible people, the Erie County Department of Health is experiencing strong demand for booster doses at its clinics.
Higgins announces passage of legislation to help strengthen nation's stockpile of medical supplies & equipment
Thu, Oct 21st 2021 08:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced passage of H.R. 3635, the Strengthening America's Strategic National Stockpile Act of 2021, which provides federal funding to help maintain and expand the nation's reserve of medical supplies and equipment for use during public health emergencies.
Screening new antiviral drugs against COVID-19 just got easier
Thu, Oct 21st 2021 07:55 pm
Nineteen months into the pandemic, the need for antiviral drugs targeted against COVID-19 is clear, given the global persistence of the virus, its ability to rapidly mutate into new variants, and the possibility that it could potentially develop strains resistant to existing drugs or vaccines.
Niagara County Department of Health promotes upcoming #VaxToSchool clinics
Thu, Oct 21st 2021 03:50 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health will participate in Gov. Kathy Hochul's #VaxToSchool initiative at upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics.
Hochul announces new #VaxtoSchool pop-up sites
Tue, Oct 19th 2021 06:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced 25 new #VaxtoSchool pop-up vaccination sites to increase vaccination rates among school-aged New Yorkers. On Sept. 21, she announced a total of 120 sites will take place over a 12-week period statewide. To date, 86 sites have been established.
New COVID-19 data hub website designed to expand public access, centralize information, improve user experience
Tue, Oct 19th 2021 06:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced the launch of a new centralized website for New York state COVID-19 data. This website includes new data as well as a reorganization of previously released data designed to make it easier for the public to access, read and understand. In addition, more COVID-19 data is now being made available on Health Data NY.
DiNapoli unveils tracker to monitor federal COVID-19 funding
Mon, Oct 18th 2021 02:45 pm
The Office of New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has created a new online tool to monitor spending of federal recovery aid and COVID-19 relief programs in the state, including funds for excluded workers, child care providers, emergency rental and homeowner assistance, and small business recovery.
Following Higgins' requests for answers, CDC updates guidance on border crossing
Sat, Oct 16th 2021 02:00 pm
Following a request for clarity by Congressman Brian Higgins, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated guidance relative to recognizing people as fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the eyes of the U.S. government.
Misinformation on stem cell treatments for COVID-19 linked to overhyped science, researchers argue
Fri, Oct 15th 2021 01:35 pm
The global race to develop new stem cell-based COVID-19 treatments during the pandemic was filled with violations of government regulations, inflated medical claims and distorted public communication, say the authors of a new perspective published Oct. 14 in the journal Stem Cell Reports.
Higgins seeks clarity from CDC on vaccine acceptance for Canadians entering US through land ports
Fri, Oct 15th 2021 12:55 pm
With reopening of the U.S. border to Canadians just weeks away, questions remain about which vaccines the U.S. will accept as proof of vaccination. In an effort to resolve confusion, Congressman Brian Higgins's team said Friday. He is seeking answers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As families prepare to receive next Child Tax Credit Payment, Higgins heads back to Washington to fight for it to be included in Build Back Better Act
Thu, Oct 14th 2021 08:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins expressed his support to extend the expanded Child Tax Credit for the next five years through the Build Back Better Act, which builds on the success of the American Rescue Plan and invests in the American people.
Red Cross enters third week of emergency blood and platelet shortage
Wed, Oct 13th 2021 02:45 pm
The American Red Cross continues to experience an emergency blood and platelet shortage that has caused the blood supply to drop to the lowest post-summer level in at least six years.
 

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