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Grand Island: COVID-19 shots resume at K of C
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 11:00 am
While the prospect of an injection is not usually a happy occasion, the administering of COVID-19 shots at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Wednesday was, for some, a cause to celebrate.
Biden: 'America is coming back'
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 10:45 am
On Thursday, after he signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 into law, President Joe Biden said, "America is coming back."
Biden: All adult Americans to be eligible for vaccinations by May 1; targets July 4 as return to 'normal'
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 10:35 am
Thursday night, in his first primetime address, President Joe Biden announced the next phase of a "war-time effort" to vaccinate the U.S. population, with the goal of getting the nation closer to "normal" by July 4, Independence Day.
Memorial inoculates more than 200 against COVID-19 at Doris Jones Community Center
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 08:50 pm
A clinical team from Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center dispensed 240 doses of Johnson & Johnson's one-shot coronavirus vaccine Thursday during an afternoon clinic at the Doris W. Jones Family Resource Center in Niagara Falls.
Quarantine for domestic travel will no longer be required starting April 1
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 06:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced domestic travelers will no longer be required to quarantine after entering New York from another U.S. state or territory starting April 1.
Erie County DA alerts public about fraudulent unemployment claims
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 10:10 am
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn announced he was recently the victim of a scammer who attempted to fraudulently file an unemployment claim using his personal information. Flynn became aware of the incident after receiving a notice in the mail regarding a claim for one week of unemployment in early February.
NYS Senate Republicans introduce resolution to repeal Cuomo's mandate prohibiting sale of alcoholic beverages without food
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 09:50 am
The New York State Senate Republican conference has introduced a concurrent resolution (B477) to rescind Gov. Andrew Cuomo's mandate that prohibits bars and restaurants from serving alcoholic beverages to patrons who do not order food.
Higgins: American Rescue Plan lays groundwork for better tomorrow
Wed, Mar 10th 2021 03:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the House of Representatives approved the American Rescue Plan, the final Congressional action before the bill is signed into law by President Joe Biden.
Cuomo signs COVID-19 Emergency Protect Our Small Businesses Act of 2021
Tue, Mar 9th 2021 06:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed the COVID-19 Emergency Protect Our Small Businesses Act of 2021 (S471A/A3207), establishing eviction and foreclosure protections for small businesses.
New York Farm Bureau statement on exclusion of farmworkers from vaccine eligibility list
Tue, Mar 9th 2021 03:40 pm
New York Farm Bureau President David Fisher issued this statement Tuesday:
New Yorkers 60 years of age and older, additional public facing essential workers will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine
Tue, Mar 9th 2021 01:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced a new expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in New York. Beginning March 10, all New Yorkers 60 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine, while public-facing essential workers from governmental and nonprofit entities will be eligible beginning March 17. This expansion also includes public-facing essential building services workers.
Niagara County leaders frustrated over vaccine allocations
Tue, Mar 9th 2021 09:45 am
Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh and Director of Public Health Daniel J. Stapleton on Tuesday said it does not appear Niagara County will be getting the amount of vaccine doses it expected from New York state. The county ordered 6,500 doses of vaccine, including 5,000 of Johnson & Johnson. The county is still expecting a small supply of Moderna.
More than 40,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in NYS houses of worship
Mon, Mar 8th 2021 05:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced more than 40,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered at community-based pop-up sites in houses of worship throughout New York. More than 22,500 first doses and more than 18,000 second doses have been administered. Moreover, 48 pop-up sites have been established in houses of worship.
Counties applaud Senate passage of American Rescue Plan
Mon, Mar 8th 2021 12:30 pm
After a year of fighting on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, counties applaud the Senate's passage of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan and encourages swift adoption by the House of Representatives, according to the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC).
Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls to serve as mass-vaccination site
Mon, Mar 8th 2021 12:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced, that as the federal vaccine supply continues to increase, New York will establish 10 additional state-run mass vaccination sites - including one in Niagara Falls - to further grow New York's vast distribution network.
NFMMC to hold vaccine clinic for seniors 65+
Mon, Mar 8th 2021 11:10 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will conduct a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for Niagara County residents age 65 and older from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, at the Niagara Falls City School District's Community Education Center (formerly the 60th Street Elementary School), 6060 Lindbergh Ave., Niagara Falls.
$29 million to support essential workers & first responders through Empire Pandemic Grant Program
Mon, Mar 8th 2021 11:05 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced $29 million is available to support essential workers and first responders through the Empire Pandemic Response Reimbursement Fund program coordinated by the Office of Children and Family Services.
More than 5.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to date
Mon, Mar 8th 2021 11:00 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced more than 5.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to date - 1,056,422 doses of the vaccine were administered last week.
Schumer: 'Help is on the way' to New York
Mon, Mar 8th 2021 10:45 am
Just back from Washington, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer announced Sunday that "Help is on the way" to New York and New Yorkers as he detailed specifics from the American Rescue Plan he just led to passage in the U.S. Senate.
COVID-19: Restaurants can move to 75% indoor capacity starting March 19
Mon, Mar 8th 2021 10:05 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced restaurants outside of New York City, which have been operating at 50% capacity, can now move to 75% capacity starting March 19.
Niagara Falls Memorial celebrates discharge of long-term ICU COVID patient
Sat, Mar 6th 2021 12:10 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center on Saturday celebrated another miraculous discharge of a long-term COVID-19 patient.
NYSAC: County employees fall prey to unemployment fraud
Sat, Mar 6th 2021 11:20 am
Identities are being stolen and funds are being misspent as COVID-19 unemployment insurance fraud grows almost every day. Counties across the state this week are raising concerns that county employees' personal data has been used to file for, and collect, COVID-19-related unemployment insurance. And they are including this warning: If you suspect fraudulent unemployment insurance activity you should immediately report it to the New York State Department of Labor at dol.ny.gov/report-fraud.
NYS Legislature passes legislation addressing governor's emergency powers; GOP calls action a 'sham'
Sat, Mar 6th 2021 11:05 am
The New York State Senate Democratic majority on Friday advanced legislation repealing the temporary emergency powers the New York Legislature granted to Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
SBA prioritizes smallest of small businesses in Paycheck Protection Program
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 04:25 pm
Building on a month of strong results, the Biden-Harris administration and the U.S. Small Business Administration are taking steps with the Paycheck Protection Program to further promote equitable relief for America's mom-and-pop businesses.
NYSUT calls for more COVID testing in schools
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 11:35 am
New York State United Teachers called for school districts to ramp up COVID-19 testing efforts for students and staff as many explore ways to bring more students back for in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year.
3 new, short-term mass vaccination sites to expand state's roll-out of Johnson & Johnson vaccine
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 09:50 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced three new, short-term mass vaccination sites that will utilize the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in an expansion of New York's roll-out of the new vaccine. Future vaccine allocations, when they are delivered, will be used to establish additional sites throughout the state.
Schoellkopf Health Center begins in-person visitation
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 09:50 am
It's been a year in the making, but Ken Kenney was finally reunited with his wife, Nancy, on Thursday when Schoellkopf Health Center resumed in-person visitation at the facility.
Erie County, Pegula Sports & Entertainment partner to open COVID-19 vaccination clinic at KeyBank Center
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 09:30 am
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Thursday announced the county's partnership with Pegula Sports & Entertainment and the Buffalo Sabres to open a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo.
Niagara County Department of Health removes quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated persons in alignment with updated guidance
Thu, Mar 4th 2021 06:00 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health issued an update Thursday regarding quarantine requirements, to reflect the updated U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and New York state guidance.
Event, arts & entertainment venues can reopen at 33% capacity beginning April 2
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 06:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced that, beginning April 2, event, arts and entertainment venues can reopen at 33% capacity, up to 100 people indoors and up to 200 people outdoors. If all attendees present proof of negative test prior to entry, capacity can increase up to 150 people indoors and up to 500 people outdoors.
Cuomo announces opening of state-FEMA mass-vaccination sites in Albany, Buffalo, Rochester & Yonkers
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 02:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the opening of the New York state-FEMA mass-vaccination sites in Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Yonkers. These sites are part of New York's ongoing efforts to fight vaccine hesitancy and bring the vaccine to communities underserved by traditional health care institutions.
Biden: US on track to vaccinate all adults by end of May
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 01:55 pm
President Joe Biden offered the following remarks Tuesday on efforts to vaccinate the American public against the coronavirus:
Vaccine: Niagara County POD staying in Lockport, as largest shipment is expected
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 12:35 pm
Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton on Wednesday announced Niagara County is expecting to receive 6,500 first doses of COVID-19 vaccination next week - by far the most the county has ever received for a single week. The county is expecting 5,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines and 1,500 Moderna that must be dispensed in that week. These doses would nearly double the total amount of vaccine doses Niagara County has received to date.
Ahead of St. Patrick's Day, Erie County Department of Health issues statement on parades & large public events
Tue, Mar 2nd 2021 04:10 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is informing Erie County residents of the restrictions on parades and similar large public events. Based on "New York Forward" guidance, any in-person event must be limited to the nonessential social gathering limit that is in effect for the region, which for Erie County is currently 50 people.
COVID-19: New York State Legislature set to repeal Gov. Cuomo's emergency powers
Tue, Mar 2nd 2021 04:05 pm
Democrats New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Tuesday announced the New York State Legislature will pass legislation repealing the temporary emergency powers that were granted to Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation will allow current directives pertaining to preserving the public health to continue.
$25 million in additional funding for Nourish NY to deliver New York-produced agricultural products to families in need
Tue, Mar 2nd 2021 02:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced an additional $25 million has been directed to New York's network of food banks and emergency food providers to support the Nourish New York program through July 2021.
NCDOH removes close contact quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated individuals, confirms successful rate of full vaccination series
Tue, Mar 2nd 2021 08:45 am
The Niagara County Department of Health announced that, in alignment with the updated U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, quarantine will no longer be required for fully vaccinated people following a close contact exposure. More specifically, asymptomatic, fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to quarantine within 90 days after the second shot.
NYS vaccine task force unanimously recommends Johnson & Johnson's vaccine
Mon, Mar 1st 2021 03:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the New York State Clinical Advisory Task Force unanimously recommended use of Janssen Pharmaceuticals/Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine in New York, following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committee's recommendation for emergency use authorization.
NYSAC, NYSCEA statements on 1-year anniversary of first COVID-19 positive case in New York
Mon, Mar 1st 2021 01:35 pm
On Monday, Hon. Marcus Molinaro, president of the New York State County Executives' Association and Dutchess County executive, stated, "We pause today to remember all those who lost their lives to the novel coronavirus. This has been a long, painful, and challenging year for their families, friends and loved ones, and we mourn with all of them."
On 1-year anniversary of COVID-19, NYS passes 4.5 million vaccine doses administered
Mon, Mar 1st 2021 01:15 pm
On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, "It's been exactly one year since we first identified COVID in New York, and while we've made incredible progress towards defeating it, testing and vaccinating more and more New Yorkers, we need to stay vigilant."
 

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