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ECMC to fund community testing with DSRIP Program funds
Wed, Apr 22nd 2020 02:15 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp. on Wednesday announced a community-based, inner-city health care initiative designed to support Buffalo's vulnerable, at-risk residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Niagara County Legislature passes second extension of county tax deadline
Wed, Apr 22nd 2020 01:45 pm
The Niagara County Legislature on Tuesday night passed a resolution extending the deadline for payment of county taxes without interest and penalties until May 31. The resolution passed unanimously.
Kaleida Health offering temporary voluntary furloughs
Wed, Apr 22nd 2020 11:50 am
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and related financial challenges that it is facing, Kaleida Health is offering a temporary voluntary furlough program for its staff.
Niagara County COVID-19 update for April 22
Wed, Apr 22nd 2020 11:40 am
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County:
Ortt, GOP colleagues call for DOL 'failures' to be addressed
Wed, Apr 22nd 2020 11:15 am
A statement from Republican New York State Sen. Rob Ortt, and his Republican colleagues:
Facebook partners with Carnegie Mellon to release New York COVID-19 symptoms map
Wed, Apr 22nd 2020 10:20 am
Facebook on Tuesday released the first maps of the COVID-19 symptoms people have self-reported experiencing county-by-county across the U.S., based on aggregate data from the opt-in Facebook survey that was conducted with researchers at Carnegie Mellon.
Jacobs proposes legislation to prevent COVID-19 scams
Wed, Apr 22nd 2020 10:20 am
New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs is proposing legislation to dramatically increase the penalties against anyone who commits a scam by taking advantage of the coronavirus crisis.
Hochul to oversee reopening WNY
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 03:00 pm
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul has been tasked with spearheading when and how Western New York will come out of its "New York on PAUSE" restrictions.
Cuomo allowing hospitals to resume outpatient elective surgery
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 02:40 pm
In a press conference Tuesday morning at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Institute in Buffalo, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced elective outpatient treatments can resume in counties and hospitals without significant risk of COVID-19 surge in the near term.
HUD awards $1.5 million in funding to support COVID-19-related fair housing activities
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 02:15 pm
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Tuesday announced it is awarding $1.5 million in Partnership and Special Enforcement Effort funds to HUD Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) agencies to support COVID-19 education activities. The funds are being provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) of 2020, which President Donald Trump signed into law to provide federal agencies with the resources needed to combat COVID-19.
Niagara Global Tourism Institute continues to support businesses during coronavirus pandemic
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 11:40 am
Main Street businesses, entrepreneurs, startups and employees who are wondering "what's next" during these unprecedented times can turn to Niagara Global Tourism Institute's TReC. The business incubator has put into place a number of virtual resources to help business owners navigate through this uncharted territory.
Niagara County coronavirus update for April 21
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 11:30 am
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County: "We regrettably report the passing of a 58-year-old female who had underlying health conditions. We extend our deepest sympathy to her family and friends."
NYS DOL issues fact sheet on new and streamlined pandemic unemployment assistance application
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 10:50 am
The New York State Department of Labor on Monday released a fact sheet outlining how New Yorkers can apply for the COVID-19 pandemic unemployment assistance program and answering the most common questions regarding the federal program. The release of this new resource follows the launch of a new, streamlined unemployment benefits application that will connect New Yorkers with the benefits they deserve faster.
Niagara Falls goes purple to honor hospitality employees
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 10:25 am
On Monday, Niagara Falls was illuminated purple for #HospitalityStrong, to honor hospitality industry workers worldwide who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The color purple was selected to represent hospitality as not only a symbol of luxury but also as a blend of red and blue which represent confidence (red) and comfort (blue).
Erie County provides new testing criteria, has Narcan for those who need it
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 09:15 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is updating its criteria for COVID-19 testing to include any person who has symptoms of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised its list of COVID-19 symptoms last week to include:
Erie County Department of Social Services receives COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund grant from Redlich Horowitz Foundation
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 05:05 pm
The Erie County Department of Social Services on Monday announced the receipt of a COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund grant from the Redlich Horowitz Foundation. The department will use the award to support the provision of services to child welfare-involved families while protecting staff and clients from the transmission of COVID-19.
Kaleida Health labs expand again; open testing up communitywide for those symptomatic
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 03:50 pm
Kaleida Health on Monday announced it has once again expanded its laboratory testing capability for COVID-19, adding anyone in the general public who has been deemed symptomatic by their primary care doctor and has received a prescription to obtain testing.
Stapleton on nursing home residents: 'We're going to do whatever we need to do to make sure that they remain safe'
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 03:40 pm
"We know nursing homes are a sign of concern for us, because the numbers of residents getting sick is going up, and number of positives in the nursing homes are going up. So, it'll allow us to take that hundred and put it towards trying to provide a testing for people who work in assisted living centers, nursing homes. These are people who have symptoms. And it allow us to make sure that we're preventing the spread of the infection through a nursing home or through an assisted living center."
UB: Minutes of self-care may mitigate stress, trauma & numbness among frontline COVID-19 workers
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 01:55 pm
For health care professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, practicing mindful self-care - even if for minutes each day - can help with avoiding burnout, says University at Buffalo self-care expert Catherine Cook-Cottone.
Niagara County golf courses, campgrounds & boat launches open
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 01:25 pm
John Syracuse, vice chairman of the Niagara County Legislature, on Monday said golf courses, campgrounds and boat launches in Niagara County are open in full accordance with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive orders, as well as guidance from the Niagara County Department of Health.
Catholic Health discharges 100th patient from COVID-19 treatment facility at St. Joseph Campus
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 12:20 pm
With Journey's "Don't Stop Believin' " playing over the hospital's speaker system and staff clapping during a heartfelt sendoff, Catholic Health's COVID-19 treatment facility at St. Joseph Campus discharged its 100th patient over the weekend.
NYS Health Facilities Association: 'We continue to be deeply concerned about the high mortality rate' in long-term care facilities
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 12:15 pm
Stephen Hanse, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL), issued the following statement Monday in response to rising number of COVID-19 outbreaks and fatalities in New York's nursing homes and assisted living communities:
NYS Department of Labor launches new streamlined application for New Yorkers to apply for pandemic unemployment assistance without having to first apply for unemployment insurance
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 12:00 pm
The New York State Department of Labor on Monday announced the launch of a new application for New Yorkers to apply for traditional unemployment insurance or the new COVID-19 pandemic unemployment assistance. This "one-stop-shop" for unemployment benefits will connect New Yorkers with the benefits they deserve faster, without requiring them to call the Department of Labor.
Kaleida Health updates on COVID-19 for April 19
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 11:35 am
Kaleida Health on Sunday released the following updates regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic:
New York State Association of Counties applauds congressional formula for providing relief to support COVID-19 response on the ground
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 11:35 am
A statement sent Sunday by NYSAC President John F. (Jack) Marren in support of continued negotiations between congressional leaders and the White House on an interim emergency coronavirus relief package, or the COVID-19 3.5 supplemental package.
Niagara County Center for Economic Development update on COVID-19 business assistance
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 11:30 am
Below you will find the latest useful links and information to assist you and your employees as we navigate through these difficult times.
NYS Health Facilities association issues statement on COVID-19 pandemic in long-term care facilities
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 11:20 am
Stephen Hanse, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL), 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:
Niagara Falls goes purple to honor hospitality employees
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 09:55 am
From 8 p.m. until midnight Monday, April 20, Niagara Falls will be illuminated purple for #HospitalityStrong, to honor hospitality industry workers worldwide who have been deeply impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Niagara Falls will join destinations across the U.S. and Canada in this effort of solidarity.
Niagara County coronavirus update for April 20
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 09:50 am
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update Sunday night on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County.
Govs. Cuomo, Murphy, Lamont announce alignment of state policies for marinas & boatyards
Sun, Apr 19th 2020 11:50 am
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Saturday announced marinas, boatyards and marine manufacturers will be allowed to open for personal use as long as strict social distancing and sanitization protocols are followed.
Study: From watching reruns to relationships, there are many ways of feeling connected
Sun, Apr 19th 2020 07:00 am
New research from the University at Buffalo suggests nontraditional social strategies, which can include so-called "guilty pleasures," are just as effective at fulfilling critical social needs as family connections, romantic relationships or strong social support systems.
PHOTOS: A salute to medical workers, as first responders stage parade at Mount St. Mary's
Sat, Apr 18th 2020 08:30 pm
Personnel from Upper Mountain Fire Co., Lewiston Fire Co. No. 1, Youngstown Fire Co., Tri Community Ambulance, Ransomville Fire Co., Cambria Fire Co., Lewiston Police Department and the Niagara County Sheriff's Department held an "Appreciation Parade" Saturday evening for Mount St. Mary's health care workers. Lights were flashing with cheers and sirens sounding for hospital staff as the procession moved through the main parking lot as a sign of gratitude for those keeping the community safe and healthy.
Catholic Health: Senior leadership to take salary reductions in wake of COVID-19
Sat, Apr 18th 2020 12:50 pm
Catholic Health has taken many progressive and bold steps over the past several weeks to effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and continue meeting the critical health care needs of our community. We made these decisions under the most challenging of circumstances because it was the right thing to do for our patients, associates, and community.
NCCC extends remote learning into the summer
Sat, Apr 18th 2020 12:30 pm
In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Niagara County Community College will continue to deliver all courses through virtual modes of distance learning for the remainder of spring 2020 semester and for the first session of summer courses, as well.
SBA provides update on Paycheck Protection Program
Sat, Apr 18th 2020 12:30 pm
On Friday, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement regarding what they called the success of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):
NY Farm Bureau statement on USDA aid package to help distressed farm families during pandemic
Sat, Apr 18th 2020 12:30 pm
"New York Farm Bureau appreciates USDA's announcement to provide emergency economic aid to our farmers in light of the serious market disruptions and collapsed commodity prices related to the COVID-19 pandemic. New York Farm Bureau wrote a letter this month to Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting the direct assistance and a federal food purchase program to help stabilize prices. $16 billion will now be directed to our farm families along with $3 billion to purchase meat, dairy products, fruit and vegetables. We also applaud the initiative to get more food from the farm to food banks to help New Yorkers in need. No farmer wants to see food go to waste, but is sometimes left with no other choice considering the major challenges confronting the food distribution chain."
Grand Island businesses help Buffalo's east side
Sat, Apr 18th 2020 07:00 am
Many saw the announcement earlier this month that the Island Deli & Meat Market was temporarily closing due to the economic and health ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Longtime Grand Island resident Richard Gurbacki saw the announcement and placed a call to Eric Berger, the owner, and Tracy Crouse, the manager of Island Deli, and asked what would happen to the food that would not be used when the business was closed.
AG James, Cuomo renew suspension of state debt collection in response to coronavirus, protecting New Yorkers' wallets
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 05:15 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James and New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the state has renewed a previous order from March 17 that halted the collection of medical and student debt owed to the state of New York and that was specifically referred to the office of the attorney general (OAG) for collection for an additional 30-day period, in response to growing financial impairments resulting from the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Niagara Falls Memorial to reduce management salaries
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 05:10 pm
In an effort to offset revenue losses and skyrocketing expenses attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is reducing the salaries of all its managers effective Monday.
COVID-19 pandemic, response putting pressure on Erie County budget
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 04:50 pm
The pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing response to it in Erie County are reaching beyond the immediate need to treat and care for coronavirus victims. The pandemic is now impacting the county's budget, as well, with unbudgeted-for pandemic response equipment and personnel costs adding millions of dollars in expense to the county budget, even as sales tax receipts shrink due to business closures under shutdowns like "NY PAUSE." While some amount of federal relief funding is expected, that funding by itself will not solve the looming fiscal crisis, leaving an increasing likelihood that ongoing county functions and services will be impacted across all departments due to the fiscal stress that COVID-19 response is putting on the county budget.
 

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