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COVID-19: Western New York has highest rate of infection on Sunday
Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 06:00 pm
Per Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office, Western New York had the highest number (by percentage) of positive coronavirus cases in New York state, at 2.2%. That includes 54 new cases in Erie County and three in Niagara County.
Ortt: Democrat-controlled nursing home hearing fails to get answers on deaths from DOH in absence of subpoenas
Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 05:45 pm
New York State Senate Republicans on Monday renewed calls for the Senate to use its subpoena power after, empty testimony from DOH Commissioner Howard Zucker left grieving families whose loved ones died in nursing homes without new information about why this tragedy occurred.
Grand Island Central School District: Hybrid reopening of school planned for September
Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 11:10 am
Grand Island Central School will embark on a hybrid reopening of school in September, school board members learned at a monthly meeting last Monday.
Town of Niagara Senior Center to remain closed
Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 11:05 am
The following update was posted on the Town of Niagara Facebook page on July 28.
Cuomo: 'Just because a school district says we're open does not mean students are going to go'
Sun, Aug 2nd 2020 03:35 pm
Speaking to the press on Sunday about in-class instruction, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, "It's about the parents being comfortable."
UB: If widely deployed, strategies such as wearing masks can help WNY avoid a COVID-19 outbreak like those in the South & West
Sat, Aug 1st 2020 07:00 am
Major challenges await Western New York and other parts of the state in late summer and early fall, but there are strategies the community can take to reduce the risks of COVID-19 outbreaks, according to University at Buffalo data scientists.
North Tonawanda School District superintendent Q&A on district reopening plans
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 05:35 pm
On Wednesday, North Tonawanda School Superintendent Gregory J. Woytila provided an update on the district's reopening plans during a Q&A via Facebook Live. The update comes as school districts across the state are set to submit their reopening plans to New York state by the end of this week.
New protections for homeowners, renters in pandemic
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 05:10 pm
Attorney General Letitia James announced $10 million in grant funding as part of a total $20 million allocation to support New York homeowners struggling with foreclosure. ... New York State Homes and Community Renewal announced the deadline to file applications for the COVID rent relief program has been extended by one week through Thursday, Aug. 6.
New York counties to Congress: No skinny bill
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 04:35 pm
The New York State Association of Counties called on Congress to reject proposals to pass a stripped-down "skinny" coronavirus relief bill and come to an agreement on a recovery package that provides local governments with direct, flexible aid to offset a steep loss of revenues and increased costs associated with fighting COVID-19 locally.
ACEP warns against COVID-19 misinformation
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 04:35 pm
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) cautions everyone to be wary of unsourced information or opinion masquerading as public health advice during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Cuomo: 12 NYS companies to start producing COVID-19-related equipment & supplies to support in-state needs
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 10:35 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced 12 New York companies have received support from the state to produce needed supplies to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. A press release said, "While the state currently has some of the lowest transmission rates in the U.S., preparing for a possible "second wave" is vital to protecting essential health care workers and the public."
Cuomo: More than $30 million to enhance COVID-19 contact tracing & flu prevention in advance of fall flu season
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 10:35 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced more than $30 million to enhance COVID-19 contact tracing and flu prevention in advance of the fall flu season.
Poloncarz: Erie County has had 'pretty stern conversations' with bar, restaurant owners
Wed, Jul 29th 2020 05:10 pm
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said his office and the Department of Health "continue to get complaints" about eateries not abiding by New York's COVID-19 safety protocols.
Cuomo issues letter to New York's congressional delegation calling on them to ensure $500 billion in unrestricted state aid is included in any Senate-passed relief package
Wed, Jul 29th 2020 01:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo today issued a letter to New York's congressional delegation calling on them to ensure $500 billion in unrestricted state aid is included in any Senate passed relief package.
NYSSBA: Board members wary of safely reopening schools in September without additional funding
Wed, Jul 29th 2020 11:30 am
A majority of New York school board members would like to see students go back to their classrooms on a full-time or part-time basis in September, but they have reservations about whether they can do that safely without additional funding, according to a poll by the New York State School Boards Association.
AARP comments on nursing home immunity
Wed, Jul 29th 2020 10:55 am
AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement regarding nursing home immunity:
MAAC cancels falls sports - basketball, hockey not included
Wed, Jul 29th 2020 10:00 am
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference statement of fall sports competition:
Niagara University launches augmented reality network to increase student safety
Wed, Jul 29th 2020 09:55 am
Niagara University has taken another step in ensuring the safety of students, faculty and staff when they return to campus for the fall semester. The university has launched the NUAR network, which uses augmented reality to provide real-time physical distancing information through a unique smartphone app.
Cuomo adds 3 states to travel list, provides SLA update, invites Major League Baseball to NYS
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 04:45 pm
Earlier today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced three additional states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., meet the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those areas, all of which have significant community spread, to quarantine for 14 days. The newly added states are Illinois, Kentucky and Minnesota. No states have been removed.
Norris reports on legislative session
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 04:30 pm
Last week, the State Legislature reconvened for another session to address a variety of issues, including some of the ongoing concerns New Yorkers are facing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Catholic Charities WIC Healthy Baby Festival to go virtual
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 12:05 pm
Catholic Charities Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program Healthy Baby Festival is going virtual this year. Expectant and young families are invited to attend the festival virtually through an event on Catholic Charities of Buffalo's Facebook page on Wednesday, Aug. 5.
NYSSMA cancels 2020 All State Festival & Winter Conference
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 12:05 pm
The New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) announced that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 All State Festival and Winter Conference, held annually at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, has been canceled.
Higgins urges CBP to create guidance on caregiver crossings as US-Canada border travel restrictions continue
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 10:40 am
Congressman Brian Higgins is calling for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to establish clear guidance for patient caregivers when crossing the U.S.-Canada border to give better certainty to families and the medical institutions providing care.
Cuomo announces progress of technology 'SWAT' partnership in assisting New Yorkers during COVID-19
Mon, Jul 27th 2020 03:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the progress of technology "SWAT" partnership in assisting New Yorkers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first-in-the-nation public-private service partnerships allowed the state to surge tech resources, impacting millions of new Yorkers and saving taxpayer money. The progress report details 19 pro bono projects, all of which bolstered and supported the state's response during a time of unprecedented need.
Niagara County: Wydysh, Stapleton provide updates on eateries, travel advisory, school reopening & TTP
Mon, Jul 27th 2020 03:05 pm
Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh provided her weekly update Monday on LCTV. She was joined by Public Health Director Daniel Stapleton. Among their topics of conversation:
Villa Maria details plans for reopening, in-person classes for its fall 2020 semester
Mon, Jul 27th 2020 01:45 pm
A Villa Maria press release sent Monday began, "August is quickly approaching, and the college is excited to welcome all students, faculty and staff back to campus for the fall 2020 semester."
Hochul: Stay safe and support local businesses with a 'staycation' in Niagara Falls
Mon, Jul 27th 2020 01:30 pm
If you've ever thought of a "staycation," now is the time to do it.
Seneca Resorts & Casinos postpones entertainment shows through October
Mon, Jul 27th 2020 12:20 pm
Seneca Resorts & Casinos on Monday announced all entertainment shows have been postponed through October.
Coronavirus stats for July 27
Mon, Jul 27th 2020 12:15 pm
Coronavirus stats for July 27
Unproven 'stem cell' therapies for COVID-19 pose harm to public, says UB expert
Mon, Jul 27th 2020 10:55 am
Be wary of "stem cell" therapy as a preventative treatment for COVID-19, warns Laertis Ikonomou, University at Buffalo expert on stem cell and gene therapies.
Cuomo calls on Republican members of New York's congressional delegation to fight for state, local aid in federal stimulus package
Mon, Jul 27th 2020 09:00 am
On Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called on Republican members of New York's congressional delegation to fight for state and local aid in the federal stimulus package, which is expected to be announced this week.
County executives challenge Senate, congressional leaders to support those on pandemic's front line
Sat, Jul 25th 2020 12:05 pm
A bipartisan group of county executives has called on congressional leaders and the president to compromise on a new federal stimulus package that provides funding for states and local governments, which have been and continue to be on the front lines of fighting the pandemic and reopening their local economies.
Cuomo: Multiagency task force has inspected nearly 1,100 bars & restaurants for COVID-19 violations, leading to dozens of charges, 10 license suspensions this week
Fri, Jul 24th 2020 04:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the multiagency task force to combat violations of coronavirus-related regulations at bars and restaurants conducted nearly 1,100 compliance checks between July 21-23, documenting violations at 84 establishments. The task force is led by State Liquor Authority Chairman Vincent Bradley and State Police Lt. Col. Dominick Chiumento.
Senate & Assembly majorities advance legislation limiting immunity for health care services
Fri, Jul 24th 2020 11:45 am
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced the Legislature advanced legislation to limit the immunity that was granted in the state fiscal year 2020-21 budget. The new legislation (S.8835/A.10840) will narrow that scope to certain health care professionals who treat patients during the COVID-19 state of emergency.
Emergency physicians & nurses remind patients 'ER is safest place in a medical emergency'
Wed, Jul 22nd 2020 08:00 pm
With rates of COVID-19 spiking in certain regions and different parts of the country in various stages of reopening, America's emergency physicians and nurses have a message to the nation's patients: Do not delay care if you think you're having a medical emergency.
Higgins calls for swift action to reopen waterfront destinations
Wed, Jul 22nd 2020 07:40 pm
Public parks and outdoor spaces have become increasingly cherished and frequented during the ongoing pandemic, but a recent visit to Buffalo's Outer Harbor left Congressman Brian Higgins wondering why the public is being locked out of so many outdoor destinations.
Govs. Cuomo & Hogan call on Congress to pass $500 billion state stabilization fund in next COVID-19 relief package
Wed, Jul 22nd 2020 01:25 pm
Democrat New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan are calling on the federal government to provide funding to states in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Niagara Falls seeking answers to pulled testing resources for COVID-19
Wed, Jul 22nd 2020 01:15 pm
With the number of COVID-19 cases decreasing in the Western New York area, there has been a decrease in testing availability - as well as a longer turnaround times for test results, with available test supplies being redirected to areas considered to be hotspots.
SBDC offers free eCommerce webinar
Wed, Jul 22nd 2020 12:05 pm
On Wednesday, July 29, the Niagara Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will present two live webinars focusing on eCommerce for small business success.
Cuomo: Younger people in bars the issue when it comes to spreading coronavirus
Tue, Jul 21st 2020 05:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said young adults congregating in bars is a surefire recipe for the spread of the coronavirus.
 

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