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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.
New York Farm Bureau asks governor to further address farmworker needs during COVID-19 pandemic
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 02:45 pm
Farmworker safety is important year-round, but the needs are paramount at this time as farms work to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. New York Farm Bureau has written a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo asking for additional state assistance to address the needs of the agricultural community. This would include inter-agency coordination related to testing, medical treatment and emergency housing for farmworkers, who are essential to agricultural production.
ECMC launches 'BRAVE' program to counter violence
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 02:45 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp. and its community partners recently introduced "Buffalo Rising Against Violence at ECMC, or 'BRAVE.' "
County COVID-19 update for April 24
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 12:40 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County:
Roswell Park, Catholic Health, University at Buffalo unite to answer question: Who will develop severe COVID-19?
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 12:25 pm
Western New York health care and medical research leaders are joining forces in an effort to uncover hidden information from the cells of those who have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, seeking insights on how best to care for those who develop COVID-19 illness. Called the Western New York Immunogenomic COVID-19 Study, the new initiative unites three leading regional health care organizations - Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Catholic Health and the University at Buffalo - in a project with great potential for advancing our understanding of COVID-19 for the benefit of patients worldwide.
In an effort to help small businesses, SBA provides loan payment relief
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:55 am
In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Buffalo District office announced it is strongly encouraging its participating 7(a) lenders and certified development companies to work with business borrowers to provide them with the flexibility they need to keep their businesses running during these difficult economic times.
Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club participates in #GivingTuesdayNow
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:50 am
The Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club is participating in #GivingTuesdayNow. Traditionally, #GivingTuesday is held each November, but as a result of the unprecedented needs caused by COVID-19, a new global day of giving and unity, #GivingTuesdayNow will be held May 5.
NYS Health Facilities Association, AG talk about nursing home safety
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:50 am
Stephen Hanse, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living, issued the following statement in response to rising number of COVID-19 outbreaks and fatalities in New York's nursing homes and assisted living communities:
Higgins votes to support hospitals, testing, small business & workers
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:30 am
Congressman Brian Higgins voted in favor of a coronavirus emergency package that provides relief to health care providers, expands the Paycheck Protection Program to keep small businesses afloat and employees working, and funds testing capacity toward the goal of restarting the economy. At the same time, Higgins expressed great frustration that the bill didn't include funding he supported for communities dealing with COVID-19 response.
New report shows severity of COVID-19 impacts on hotel industry
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:30 am
As COVID-19 continues to devastate the hotel industry, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) released new data showing 70% of hotel employees have been laid off or furloughed as eight in 10 hotel rooms across the nation remain empty.
Erie County Senior Services, partners announce Hearts and Hands is ready to assist with transportation, deliveries, and more for senior & disabled communities
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:10 am
Recently, the Erie County Department of Senior Services, in conjunction with the Erie County Office for People with Disabilities, announced a partnership with Hearts and Hands: Faith in Action, the IDEA Center at the University at Buffalo, Wegmans and others to assist with transportation, deliveries and social connection needs for seniors and the disabled.
WellNow Urgent Care now announces testing for COVID-19 in WNY; available in Niagara County
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 10:15 am
Beginning today, WellNow Urgent Care is offering two types of COVID-19 testing at its Western New York facilities: molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and blood antibody serology testing. Individuals who have or recently had COVID-19 symptoms are eligible to receive the tests. Tests are available seven days a week with no appointment needed.
With HART helping at-home seniors, services more important than ever
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 07:00 am
HART (Home Assistance Referral Team) is an organization that has served the Greater Niagara community and adjacent areas since 1982. Our mission is to enable the elderly and infirm to maintain an independent lifestyle in their own homes by linking them with qualified and affordable assistance.
Niagara County has face coverings available for essential businesses
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 01:40 pm
As essential businesses across Niagara County seek to comply with executive orders requiring face coverings for employees, legislators David Godfrey and Jesse Gooch on Thursday announced the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services has obtained a supply of cloth face coverings that are being made available to essential businesses at no cost.
Western New York community leaders pledging personal financial support in response to COVID-19 crisis
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 12:25 pm
More than 20 local community leaders have joined forces to launch the Community Leaders Response Fund, pledging their personal financial support in response to the COVID-19 crisis Western New York is facing together. The community leader support effort is being led by Michael W. Cropp, M.D., president and CEO of Independent Health.
Coronavirus spike sends Niagara County past 300 positive cases
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 12:00 pm
"We regret to report the passing of a 65-year-old male with underlying health conditions. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends."
Kaleida Health labs expand testing again
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 12:00 pm
Kaleida Health on Thursday announced it has once again expanded its laboratory testing capability for COVID-19, adding a third clinic, this time on the east side of Buffalo, which has seen significant growth in the number of positive coronavirus cases.
Cuomo announces financial & administrative relief for all New York hospitals
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 09:50 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday announced the New York State Department of Financial Services will direct health insurers to provide cash flow relief to, and ease administrative burdens on, New York hospitals in response to COVID-19.
Border Community SERVICE of Niagara University collects masks for seniors
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 09:45 am
Niagara University's Border Community SERVICE program is leading an effort distribute face masks to seniors in the Niagara Region. The organization is focused on enhancing regional emergency preparedness. It solicited the participation of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) members, and partnered with the volunteer group Operation Sewing Squad - Flattening the WNY Curve to make the masks, which it has distributed to local organizations that help the senior and other vulnerable populations in the county.
Colvin Cleaners teaching WNY to make face masks
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 09:25 am
A week ago, The Billoni family and Colvin Cleaners announced they were bringing back their tailors and seamstresses who were laid off due to COVID-19 to make reusable, washable face masks for their customers and local nonprofit agencies. Within an hour of this announcement, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced everyone in New York is required to wear a facemask when out in public.
Counties form new regional coalition to fight pandemic, hail new FEMA reimbursements, call for close partnership with governor on restarting economies, and laud county workers in new PSA
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 09:20 am
In a digital press conference, the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) announced a new Northeast/Mid-Atlantic County Coronavirus Coalition, launched a new public service announcement, called on congress to pass another COVID-19 relief package for state and local governments, and discussed reopening local economies on a regional basis.
 

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