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United Way of Greater Niagara providing community agencies with critical funding during COVID-19 crisis
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 11:10 am
United Way of Greater Niagara has continued to ramp up funding to support its 29 partner agencies within Niagara County. UWGN recently received grants from National Grid, General Motors and Hypertherm, which will be used to support COVID-19 response efforts related to child care services in the Niagara Region. These grants, along with funding from the Beeman Foundation, will provide funding to Youth Mentoring Services in Lockport and the Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club, two organizations in the county currently providing day care services for essential workers.
WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund awards additional $1 million to support nonprofits addressing immediate needs
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 11:05 am
The Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund, coordinated by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Health Foundation for Western & Central New York, The John R. Oishei Foundation and the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, has awarded $1 million to an additional 35 nonprofit organizations, bringing the total grant amount from the fund to $5.5 million, supporting a total of 109 nonprofit organizations.
Kaleida Health labs expand testing hours for east side site
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 11:00 am
Kaleida Health has expanded hours for its COVID-19 testing site on the East Side of Buffalo.
'Good Neighbors Against COVID-19': Win dinner with Thurman & Patti Thomas in online raffle fundraiser for Child Care Resource Network
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 11:00 am
The Giving Project has launched a fundraising campaign called, "Good Neighbors Against COVID-19," which will benefit the Child Care Resource Network. CCRN is an essential resource for the Western New York community during the pandemic as it is connecting essential workers such as doctors, nurses and grocery store workers with child care services. The organization teamed up with Thurman and Patti Thomas to put together a special raffle prize: Dinner with them at Mullberry Italian Ristorante.
Joint statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin & Administrator Jovita Carranza on review procedure for Paycheck Protection Program loans
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 11:00 am
Earlier this week, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and U.S. Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza issued the following statement on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):
Niagara County plans to 'ReStart, ReThink, ReConfigure'
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 10:10 am
Niagara County Legislature Vice Chairman John Syracuse on Thursday announced the formation of three working groups charged with preparing Niagara County for post-pandemic operations. Syracuse said the effort will involve members of the legislature as well as other county leaders, department heads and community partners.
F-E-I-N: NYS Labor Commissioner Reardon announces directive requiring employers to provide information New Yorkers need to apply for unemployment benefits
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 09:25 pm
New York State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon on Wednesday announced the New York State Department of Labor has directed all New York-based employers to proactively provide New Yorkers with the information they need to file for unemployment benefits. In a directive sent to over 320,000 businesses, the DOL reminded employers of their legal obligation to provide employees with their employer's New York state employer registration number, federal employer identification number (FEIN), and full employer name and address.
Higgins announces federal grants available to support local fire department response to COVID-19
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 09:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins encouraged local professional and volunteer fire departments to apply for new federal fire grants made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act approved by Congress on March 27.
New UB app could help with COVID-19 contact tracing
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 09:20 pm
To slow the spread of COVID-19, individuals who test positive are asked to retrace the people and places they recently interacted with.
Hotels & airlines assure travelers of cleanliness
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 09:20 pm
With pent-up demand for travel expected once the pandemic passes, many travelers will be anxious to vacation and check destinations off their bucket lists. Yet it's only natural to wonder if hotels and airlines are safe and clean before venturing out on a trip.
COVID and kids: A parent's guide to surviving quarantine
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 02:00 pm
Did you wake up this morning unsure of what day it was? Maybe you had ice cream and a glass of wine for dinner last night after your kids ran out of excuses to not go to bed? I'm here to tell you you're not alone.
Coronavirus county update for April 29
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 01:00 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update Wednesday on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County: "We regretfully report one new death of a Niagara County resident, an 80-year-old male with underlying health conditions. We send our deepest sympathies to his family and friends."
Watch: Cuomo outlines additional guidelines for phased plan to reopen New York
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 11:30 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday outlined additional guidelines for the phased plan to reopen New York on a regional basis. Each region of the state - Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mid-Hudson Valley, Mohawk Valley, New York City, North Country, Long Island, Southern Tier and Western New York - must follow these guidelines as part of the reopening plan.
Wydysh offers update on NCCC drive-thru testing site, antibody test at Wegmans; county offering face masks to all businesses
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 03:35 pm
"One thing that we can offer right now is the cloth masks. Last week, we offered those free cloth masks through Niagara County Department of Emergency Management to businesses who needed to give them to their essential workers. We would now like to open that up to all of our area businesses. We gave out over 15,000 masks in the last week through that program. And we now want to offer this to businesses who are starting about their reopening process, and will need them for all of their employees most likely when that occurs."
NFMMC primary care sites offering video visits
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 02:20 pm
Patients at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's six primary care sites can now go online to quickly and conveniently meet with their care providers.
Coronavirus county update for April 28
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 12:00 pm
Coronavirus county update for April 28
State to open 5 new drive-thru COVID-19 testing facilities, including one in Niagara County
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 07:25 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday announced the state is opening five new drive-through testing facilities in Monroe, Erie, Broome, Niagara and Oneida Counties. On Saturday, the state expanded diagnostic testing criteria to include all first responders, health care workers and essential employees, even if they aren't symptomatic. These individuals will be able to get tested for COVID-19 at these new drive-thru facilities. Residents who would like to be tested at these facilities must make an appointment by calling 888-364-3065 or online at covid19screening.health.ny.gov.
ECMC celebrates COVID-19 discharges with 'Here Comes the Sun'
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 06:25 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp. on Monday announced the 50th COVID-19 patient has been discharged and the institution celebrated the positive milestone by playing The Beatles' much-loved song, "Here Comes the Sun."
WNY Lions partner with WNY restaurants, purchasing 850 meals for frontline medical staff at 9 medical facilities
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 05:05 pm
It was announced Monday that 850 purchased meals for medical staff would be delivered to nine local medical facilities over the next two weeks. The first of 17 deliveries arrived at ECMC this morning. The scheduled deliveries will continue through May 8 at various other facilities.
Higgins: $71.87 million-plus in initial payments sent to hospitals in Erie & Niagara counties
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 05:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins on Monday announced more than $71.87 million in federal funding has made its way to Erie and Niagara counties to help hospitals on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Erie County: Supporting local business during COVID-19 pandemic
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 02:40 pm
On Monday, the Erie County COVID-19 Business Task Force announced several new initiatives aimed at helping local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown, including the hard-hit agribusiness sector. In partnership with the Task Force, the Erie County Office of Agriculture has developed an "Erie Grown" website to promote the purchase of local and regional farm products by linking consumers with available local food products, support farmers navigating the pandemic and provide a resource hub for consumers and growers.
Light therapy expert: Light has power to heal, but wrong type or dosage can be dangerous
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 02:20 pm
Ultraviolet light has the ability to improve immune responses and promote health, but don't rush out to sunbathe or purchase UV lamps, warns UB light therapy expert Praveen Arany.
NY Farm Bureau statement on Gov. Cuomo's 'Nourish NY' announcement
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 02:20 pm
New York Farm Bureau President David Fisher on Monday said, "Gov. Cuomo provided some much-needed good news today for the state's farmers and our partners looking to feed fellow New Yorkers in need. Our organization has been advocating for food purchase programs at the state and national levels to address the surging demand for food assistance as well as to help alleviate oversupply issues that are burdening our farms because of the loss of markets in the food service industry.
This map shows where people can access food in Buffalo during COVID-19
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 12:30 pm
University at Buffalo researchers have created a map of food resources in Buffalo to help people locate and access food during the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID-19 county update for April 27
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 12:15 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update Monday on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County:
NYSSBA calls for additional federal funding for schools to avoid widespread job losses, dramatic cuts
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 12:00 pm
Schools in New York state could be forced to cut tens of thousands of positions without additional federal funding for K-12 education, the New York State School Boards Association warned.
Showing care with cookies: NCCC Class of 2020 'chips' in to sweeten day of local heroes
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 11:50 am
Students at Niagara County Community College are still adjusting to a new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual learning has replaced in-person instruction, and plans for major milestones like commencement are being postponed in order to keep the community safe and healthy.
Joint statement by SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza & Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on resumption of Paycheck Protection Program
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 10:30 am
Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement Monday on the resumption of the Payroll Protection Program (PPP):
Kaleida: Hospitals still safest place to receive health care
Sun, Apr 26th 2020 06:30 pm
Across the country, emergency departments previously bursting at the seams and hospitals that were operating at capacity have seen a significant reduction in patient volumes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cuomo outlines phased plan to reopen new York, starting with construction & manufacturing
Sun, Apr 26th 2020 06:25 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday outlined a phased plan to re-open New York and re-imagine a "new normal" for the state starting with construction and manufacturing. The plan will be implemented in phases and will be based on regional analysis and determinations.
Coronavirus update for April 26
Sun, Apr 26th 2020 01:35 pm
Niagara County is nearing 400 positive cases of COVID-19. On Sunday, the Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update:
Catholic Health teams up with local manufacturer to produce 5,000 protective gowns for health care workers
Sun, Apr 26th 2020 11:55 am
A unique local business opportunity will result in the production of 5,000 much-needed medical gowns to help protect Western New York health care workers on the front lines.
Cuomo announces expansion of diagnostic testing criteria to include all first responders, health care workers, essential employees
Sun, Apr 26th 2020 11:55 am
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Saturday announced the state is expanding diagnostic testing criteria to include more frontline New York workers - a direct result of rapidly increasing diagnostic testing capacity. The expanded criteria will now allow all first responders, health care workers and essential employees to be tested for COVID-19 even if they aren't symptomatic. The state will continue to expand testing criteria as testing capacity increases.
New York State Department of Labor: $3.1 billion in benefits distributed to unemployed New Yorkers since COVID-19 crisis started
Sat, Apr 25th 2020 11:30 am
The New York State Department of Labor on Saturday announced it has distributed $3.1 billion in unemployment benefits to New Yorkers since the coronavirus pandemic started impacting New York businesses in early March. In total, more than 1.4 million New Yorkers have submitted completed applications for unemployment benefits since the crisis began, including traditional unemployment insurance and pandemic unemployment assistance.
Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara connects essential workers with CARES child care scholarships
Sat, Apr 25th 2020 10:55 am
Niagara Community Action Program Inc., under the Community Child Care Resource and Referral Program, applauds the action of the governor's administration in developing a plan to provide child care to essential workers at no cost. This allocation of funding for child care for essential workers comes to the state from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the "CARES Act"), which has provided New York with $163.6 million in emergency relief to the child care system.
Community giving spreads from California to Lewiston at Mount St. Mary's Hospital
Sat, Apr 25th 2020 07:00 am
After seeing a post on Facebook about a donation to Mount St. Mary's from Brickyard Pub & BBQ, Californian Rosemary Miklitsch reached out to the Lewiston restaurant to match the previous donation of 250 meals. As it turns out, Rosemary grew up in Lewiston, and her grandfather, Dr. George Berry, was a doctor at MSM many years ago. Rosemary's parents also received care at Mount St. Mary's.
$484 billion Emergency Interim Coronavirus Relief Package becomes law
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 09:30 pm
On Friday, the $480 billion Emergency Interim Coronavirus Relief Package was signed into law, with a focus on further assisting small businesses, while also providing much-needed aid to hospitals and ramping up testing capacity across the country.
UB physicians detect previously unseen link between coronavirus and stroke
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 02:50 pm
In the past two weeks, doctors in the U.S., including those in Buffalo, have noticed a new and potentially devastating link between stroke and COVID-19. And it is occurring in an unexpected population.
City of NT update for April 24
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 02:50 pm
"I realize that residents' patience is extremely stressed to the limit. Three times a week, at least, I have a phone conference with Niagara County Health Department and leaders of all county towns and cities. When I pass on information to you, it is from those conferences and from the orders put out by the governor. Recommendations made and numbers given are from those agencies. I also confer with the police and fire chiefs before a recommendation is made."
AG James calls on mortgage servicers to provide substantial COVID-19 relief for homeowners
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 02:45 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James sent letters to 35 of New York's major mortgage servicers, calling on them to provide immediate and long-term relief to all New York homeowners struggling to pay mortgages amidst the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The letters emphasize the responsibility of mortgage servicers to do more to ensure that COVID-19 does not cause unnecessary foreclosures or increase homelessness in New York.
 

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