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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.
COVID-19 and your safety: Niagara County offers tips on making masks
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 04:25 pm
Can't find masks online? Need to make a cloth covering? Not sure how? Niagara County has some suggestions.
NYS Health Facilities Association issues statement on COVID-19 pandemic in long-term care facilities
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 02:20 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 in response to rising number of COVID-19 outbreaks and fatalities in New York's nursing homes and assisted living communities.
Kaleida labs expanding testing, adding essential workers
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 02:15 pm
Kaleida Health announced it has expanded its laboratory testing capability for COVID-19, adding essential workers.
Counties update: Expanded testing in Erie, 4 additional deaths in Niagara
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 12:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is announcing the expansion of its testing categories for people with COVID-19 symptoms who can be tested through the Erie County Public Health Lab.
Attorney General James takes action to protect small businesses impacted by coronavirus
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 11:30 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James took action to protect and support small businesses that have been impacted by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and are in need of financial aid. James issued guidance to help small businesses obtain loans through the federal government's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and also provided warnings and tips to protect small businesses from lenders and agents fraudulently and deceptively marketing these loans.
Buffalo City Mission launches new volunteer program in response to COVID-19
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 11:10 am
The Buffalo City Mission announced a new volunteer program in response to ongoing developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19). The initiative is open to individuals under the age of 60 who are not experiencing respiratory and related health issues, and features new measures and online access that prioritize safety for all.
Catholic Health: Anonymous donors provided meals to health care workers during Holy Week
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 07:00 am
During the fight against COVID-19, there will be a number of unseen heroes. They are hidden behind masks, tucked into laboratories and small offices, or walking into patient rooms after discharge, but they will all make a significant impact. Four anonymous donors recognized these health care workers at all four Catholic Health's acute sites - Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Sisters of Charity Hospital - Main Street Campus, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, and Mount St. Mary's Hospital - during Holy Week, which began on April 5, Palm Sunday.
UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine offers free physician phone line for questions, minor injuries
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 07:00 am
UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine is offering a free service where people can call and speak with a physician if they have an orthopaedic question or to receive advice or information on a minor injury.
COVID-19 vulnerability maps warn of NYS counties' risk factors
Thu, Apr 16th 2020 08:50 pm
While New York City remains the U.S. epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, some rural upstate counties may be the state's most vulnerable if they experience a localized outbreak, a Cornell University analysis shows.
FeedMore WNY continues COVID-19 relief efforts with food distributions, home-delivered meals & deliveries to agencies
Thu, Apr 16th 2020 08:50 pm
FeedMore WNY continues to experience a high volume of people who are turning to the organization for food assistance as it reaches the one-month mark of its COVID-19 relief efforts. In order to meet the unprecedented levels of need, FeedMore WNY has been making larger and more frequent deliveries of food to its partner agencies, holding supplemental food distributions, deploying emergency food kits and bags of nutritious food for children into the community and onboarding new clients to its home-delivered meal program.
NYSEG and RG&E donate $275,000 to food banks across New York
Thu, Apr 16th 2020 08:50 pm
NYSEG, an AVANGRID company, has donated $50,000 to FeedMore WNY to support the organization's ongoing response to COVID-19 situation. The donation is part of a $2 million commitment by NYSEG's parent company, AVANGRID, to support national and local programs that are assisting those impacted by COVID-19.
Zoladz Construction donates Dinosaur Bar-B-Que lunches to ECMC
Thu, Apr 16th 2020 08:50 pm
Zoladz Construction Co. Inc. today donated 350 lunches to Erie County Medical Center's front-line health care workers who are daily fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Higgins pushes for congressional action to protect the post office
Thu, Apr 16th 2020 08:25 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is pushing for Congress to approve the Protect Our Post Offices Act (H.R. 6425), legislation appropriating $25 billion in emergency funding to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for financial hardship related to the coronavirus outbreak.
Wegmans response to COVID-19 (April 16)
Thu, Apr 16th 2020 08:00 pm
At times like these, everyone is called on to come together and support one another. One of our highest giving priorities is providing food for people at risk of hunger. The best way to do this is by supporting local food banks that can provide food directly to people in need. Given the unknown duration and overall impact of this crisis, Wegmans is donating $4 million spread across all our partner food banks. We will continue to support our partners and adapt as needed.
Niagara County Sheriff's Office: 3rd employee tests positive for COVID-19
Thu, Apr 16th 2020 06:50 pm
Niagara County Acting Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti on Thursday announced a communications division employee has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
Cuomo: 'NYS on PAUSE' extended until May 15
Thu, Apr 16th 2020 03:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced he is extending the "New York State on PAUSE" mandate until May 15, as he wants to see the COVID-19 infection rate lower before he reopens schools and businesses.
Cuomo extending 'New York State on PAUSE' until May 15
Thu, Apr 16th 2020 12:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced he is extending the "New York State on PAUSE" mandate until May 15, as he wants to see the COVID-19 infection rate lower before he reopens schools and businesses.
Cuomo issues executive order requiring all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public
Thu, Apr 16th 2020 12:00 pm
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday afternoon announced he would issue an executive order requiring all people in New York to wear a mask or a face covering when out in public and in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained, such as on public transportation. The executive order was signed later in the evening, and will go into effect on Friday, April 17.
Niagara County COVID-19 update for April 16
Thu, Apr 16th 2020 11:40 am
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update Thursday on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County:
SBA: '14 years' worth of loans in less than 14 days'
Thu, Apr 16th 2020 09:10 am
On Wednesday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza issued the following statement regarding the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program:
Kaleida Health sees increase in workforce
Thu, Apr 16th 2020 09:10 am
Kaleida Health on Wednesday released the following updates regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic:
Erie County Senior Services expands 'Go and Dine' program
Thu, Apr 16th 2020 09:10 am
The Erie County Department of Senior Services announced the expansion of the "Go and Dine" program. Four meal vouchers have been made available to participants each month and can be used at locally owned and operated participating restaurants. Due to COVID-19, the department is expanding the program to eight meal vouchers per month. It is also looking for new restaurants to expand its range across Erie County.
Catholic Health expedites launch of telehealth virtual medical visits
Thu, Apr 16th 2020 09:10 am
To create a more comfortable and convenient care experience, Catholic Health has partnered with Teladoc to launch a telehealth pilot program this week for its associates and their eligible family members covered by the system's health insurance plan. Catholic Health accelerated the program launch in response to the urgent need for social distancing and self-isolation across the region.
Tops updates list of limited items
Thu, Apr 16th 2020 09:10 am
"What are we limiting: At this time, Tops is limiting the following items to two per customer (unless otherwise indicated) to allow as much available inventory to assist as many of our customers as possible:"
ECMC debuts virtual ER visits
Wed, Apr 15th 2020 05:00 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp. on Wednesday announced it has launched a virtual ER care platform to provide video and telephonic visits for remote emergency room visits, in addition to previously established virtual care outpatient services.
HUD implements new CARES Act multifamily mortgage payment relief to maintain & preserve affordable rental housing
Wed, Apr 15th 2020 04:50 pm
Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it is issuing new mortgage payment relief guidance under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) for borrowers with multifamily mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) or borrowers participating in other HUD Multifamily housing programs.
'Compassion in Action' at Community Missions
Wed, Apr 15th 2020 04:50 pm
Though the past four weeks have been anything but normal, a common theme has arisen, one that carries through no matter the circumstances: Our community cares about our neighbors in need! We are blessed to see this compassion each and every day, whether it is in the phone calls, emails or donations that we receive.
Amidst COVID-19 concerns, emergency physicians urge public not to delay necessary medical care
Wed, Apr 15th 2020 04:45 pm
As some communities face the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak in their area, others are preparing for a surge of COVID-19-related cases. Emergency physicians continue to encourage everyone to practice social distancing and stay at home when possible, but, do not delay necessary medical care, especially if you think you are having an emergency.
Following Higgins' call, Treasury agrees to provide direct payments automatically to SSI recipients
Wed, Apr 15th 2020 04:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients will now receive COVID-19 relief direct payments automatically. The U.S. Treasury had previously announced additional steps for SSI beneficiaries.
Wydysh on flattening COVID-19 curve: 'We've made all those sacrifices; don't let that be a waste'
Wed, Apr 15th 2020 02:40 pm
In her afternoon update on LCTV, Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh said, "Keep following those guidelines. Know that what we're doing is working. But we have to keep continuing that process to see that steady flattening, and to stay in a good situation that won't overwhelm our health care system."
To provide sickest COVID-19 patients with a possible therapy, UB seeks Western New Yorkers who have recovered
Wed, Apr 15th 2020 12:30 pm
To the health care workers who care for them, people who are hospitalized with COVID-19 are an extremely disconcerting patient population. There is no proven treatment and, while the most extreme critical care measures will help some recover fully, in other cases, they, tragically, have no effect.
 

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