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Niagara County Department of Health offers free drive-thru COVID-19 testing
Mon, Jun 22nd 2020 01:20 pm
Testing for COVID-19 leads to quick identification of cases, medical support for those that need it, and immediate isolation of the person to prevent spread. Close contacts to positive cases are considered quarantines to further reduce spread.
Coronavirus stats for June 22
Mon, Jun 22nd 2020 01:10 pm
Coronavirus stats for June 22
City of North Tonawanda update for June 22
Mon, Jun 22nd 2020 01:10 pm
I hope all residents are enjoying the summerlike weather we are having now. Everyone is eager to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, but please maintain social distancing and wearing your mask when among people. Since the Governor has allowed groups of 25 to assemble, there still needs to be social distancing. While dining outside is enjoyable, the rules still need to be followed. Dining inside is now allowed for 50% capacity.
Cuomo's fireside chats conclude
Fri, Jun 19th 2020 02:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday gave his final daily coronavirus update. He has appeared on TV before the media for 111 straight days - since the COVID-19 pandemic began and New York state went on "PAUSE."
AARP NY applauds new law designed to safeguard nursing home residents
Fri, Jun 19th 2020 02:00 pm
A new law designed to safeguard nursing homes against future pandemic outbreaks and other public health emergencies is a good first step in providing vital protection to residents, AARP New York announced.
North Tonawanda City Hall reopening
Fri, Jun 19th 2020 01:55 pm
North Tonawanda City Hall will be reopening to the public by appointment only, beginning June 22. The following rules and conditions will apply:
Coronavirus stats for June 19
Fri, Jun 19th 2020 01:20 pm
Cuomo issues executive order strengthening state enforcement during phased reopening to protect New Yorkers & ensure business compliance
Fri, Jun 19th 2020 07:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced he will issue an executive order strengthening state enforcement during the phased reopening to protect New Yorkers and ensure business compliance.
Poor outcomes in COVID-19 and immunity to the virus: UB physicians are studying social & biomedical factors at play
Fri, Jun 19th 2020 07:55 am
The sudden appearance of a novel, sometimes deadly, highly infectious disease about which not much is known is terrifying enough. But when combined with pronounced health disparities among the underserved in communities like Buffalo, the COVID-19 pandemic became all the more devastating.
Coronavirus stats for June 18
Thu, Jun 18th 2020 11:40 am
Coronavirus stats for June 18
Hotel report: $16.8 billion loss in state & local tax revenue from hotels in 2020 due to COVID-19 impact
Thu, Jun 18th 2020 11:30 am
As a result of the sharp drop in travel demand from COVID-19, state and local tax revenue from hotel operations will drop by $16.8 billion in 2020, according to a new report by Oxford Economics released Thursday by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).
Niagara County set to open playgrounds and splash pads at parks
Thu, Jun 18th 2020 11:25 am
Niagara County will open one playground area in each of Krull, Oppenheim and West Canal parks on Friday, and will open the rest of the playground areas next Friday, Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh said. Splash pads at Krull and Oppenheim are set to open by the end of June.
Catholic Health to resume hospital visitations on June 20
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 10:15 pm
Catholic Health is finalizing a plan to safely welcome visitors back to its hospitals on Saturday, June 20. Current visitor restrictions will remain in effect until that time. New processes and guidelines are being finalized based on directives issued Wednesday by the New York State Department of Health (DOH), which include limited visiting hours, limits on the number of visitors at one time, required facial masking, and health screenings for all visitors.
SBA & Treasury announce new PPP 'EZ' forgiveness application
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 04:45 pm
On Wednesday, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, user-friendly Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020. In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, the SBA also published a new "EZ" version of the forgiveness application applying to borrowers who:
Niagara County has infrared thermometers and hand sanitizer available for local businesses
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 04:40 pm
Niagara County Legislator Dave Godfrey announced the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services has a limited supply of infrared thermometers available for businesses to help them meet the state reopening guidelines.
ECMC updates patient visitation
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 03:55 pm
Based on guidance issued Wednesday morning by the New York State Department of Health that requires hospitals across the state to submit their updated patient visitation information 48 hours before implementing those changes, Erie County Medical Center this afternoon submitted to NYSDOH the institution's updated patient visitation information.
Niagara County Youth Bureau summer food service program resumes
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 03:30 pm
The Niagara County Youth Bureau is sponsoring the summer food service program (SFSP) and announced the open program site locations for 2020.
Coronavirus stats for June 17
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 03:05 pm
Coronavirus stats for June 17
DEC: 20 campgrounds & day use areas to open June 19
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 03:00 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced 20 of DEC's campgrounds in the Adirondack and Catskill parks will open on June 19 for the 2020 season. Three additional campgrounds are slated to open June 26, and additional DEC campgrounds and day use areas will open in the coming weeks as DEC works to safely reopen these facilities to meet guidelines in place to protect staff and visitors from the spread of COVID-19.
Niagara County Legislator Chris Robins: 'Let the kids play'
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 12:50 pm
Niagara County Legislator Chris Robins on Wednesday called on New York state to update its guidance on organized youth sports to allow practices to begin immediately.
Cuomo & DeRosa announce increased access to midwife-led birth centers amid COVID-19 pandemic
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 05:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State COVID-19 Maternity Task Force, chaired by Secretary Melissa DeRosa, on Tuesday announced Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed the State Department of Health to allow midwife-led birthing centers in New York for the first time.
Cuomo announces hospitals and group homes now allowed to accept visitors
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 02:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced hospitals and group homes will be allowed to accept visitors at their discretion. Any facility that chooses to allow visitors must follow state guidelines, including time-limited visits and requiring visitors to wear PPE and be subject to symptom and temperature checks.
Coronavirus stats for June 16
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 11:45 am
Coronavirus stats for June 16
Welcome to phase 3!
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 11:40 am
On Tuesday, Western New York entered phase three of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "New York Forward" reopening process. This stage includes the following:
New York Power Authority fishing piers to open for season June 22
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 11:30 am
New York Power Authority fishing facilities including the fishing pier at the base of the New York Power Authority's Robert Moses Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant will open for the season on Monday, June 22, weather and water levels permitting. The fish cleaning station and handicap access elevator at the dam site will also be available.
AG James, Cuomo again renew suspension of state debt collection as coronavirus continues to impact New Yorkers' wallets
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 10:30 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James and Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the state has, for the third time, renewed an order to halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to New York that has been specifically referred to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for collection for an additional 30-day period.
Can an inhaled steroid help COVID-19 patients feel better faster? UB study aims to find out
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 10:20 am
Researchers from the University at Buffalo are conducting a new clinical trial to test the effectiveness of an inhaler-based medication on non-critical COVID-19 patients, using in-home visits, telemedicine and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to evaluate subjects and collect data.
SBA's economic injury disaster loans & advance program reopened to all eligible small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 09:25 am
To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and nonprofits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the economic injury disaster loan (EIDL) and EIDL advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19.
Destination Niagara USA: 'Unified in Safety' a shared commitment to keep each other safe
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 09:25 am
Destination Niagara USA has released commitment guidelines to support the safety of locals, the hospitality and tourism community, and visitors to Niagara Falls USA as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
Attorney General James urges Apple and Google to take steps to protect consumers using coronavirus contact tracing apps
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 02:25 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Monday urged two of the world's largest technology companies - Apple, maker of the iPhone, and Google, developer of the Android operating system - to take necessary steps to protect consumer information and privacy as New Yorkers and Americans across the country continue to battle the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Cuomo: Gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed in phase three of reopening
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 02:05 pm
The governor announced global public health experts have cleared Western New York to enter phase three on Tuesday, while the Capital Region is still on track to enter phase three on Wednesday. Business guidance for phase three of the state's reopening plan is available here.
'The Summer We Camped At Home': Girl Scout camp reimagined
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 01:35 pm
Girl Scouts of Western New York (GSWNY) on Monday launched its new reimagined Girl Scout summer camp with "The Summer We Camped At Home" virtual summer camp experience. This new form of summer camp allows girls and their families a variety of ways to stay connected and get outdoors given the limited camp and outdoor options due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
NYSEG and RG&E to resume work delayed by COVID-19
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 12:25 pm
NYSEG and RG&E, subsidiaries of AVANGRID Inc., announced they will begin a phased approach to resuming customer-facing work that was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first phase will begin in the coming weeks and will include work that will directly support customer safety and service reliability, such as indoor gas line safety inspections, which state regulations require the companies to complete.
NYS: SNAP recipients to receive additional $100 million in food assistance
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 12:15 pm
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) announced more than $100 million in additional emergency food assistance for New Yorkers adversely affected by the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. About 750,000 low-income individuals and families enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive the maximum allowable benefit for June to help them avoid food insecurity.
UB announces plans for fall semester; to offer mix of in-person & online instruction
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 11:50 am
The University at Buffalo is planning to return to campus this fall, offering educational and research programs under a "modified in-person" format.
Coronavirus stats for June 15
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 11:40 am
Coronavirus stats for June 15
City of North Tonawanda update
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 10:25 am
North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur Pappas announced the following on Saturday:
NU: Learn how to lead your business during COVID-19
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 10:25 am
Learn from a panel of top executives in the automotive and real estate industries, as well as business consultants, about ways to help guide a business and employees into the future as society continues to navigate the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This last in a four-part virtual series exploring "How Western New York Businesses Are Dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic" will be held from 3-4 p.m. Thursday, June 18, via Zoom.
Cuomo: Low-risk youth sports for regions in phase three can begin July 6
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 09:30 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced low-risk youth sports for regions in phase three of reopening can begin on July 6, with up to two spectators allowed per child.
Cuomo warns regions could 'PAUSE' again if noncompliant; SLA will target misbehaving eateries
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 09:25 am
Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned he could stop reopened regions from advancing to the next phase, knock them down a phase, or send them back to "New York State on PAUSE" nonessential closings if they get too loose with safety regulations designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
 

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