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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.
BBB tip: Thinking of sharing your senior photo on Facebook? Think twice!
Wed, Apr 15th 2020 11:50 am
It seems harmless and fun! A bunch of friends on Facebook or other social media are sharing their senior portraits, including the high school name and graduation year, to support the graduating class of 2020 (most of whom are at home because of the coronavirus pandemic).
Higgins announces launch of 'Get My Payment' portal
Wed, Apr 15th 2020 11:45 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced residents can now check the status of direct payments provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. On Wednesday, the U.S. Treasury announced the launch of the "Get My Payment" app, which allows Americans to track the status of their emergency relief funding and add bank direct deposit information if the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) doesn't already have it on file.
Niagara County loses 4 more to COVID-19; latest county stats
Wed, Apr 15th 2020 11:35 am
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County.
New York NCAA Division I basketball coaches unite as 'Team New York' to combat COVID-19
Wed, Apr 15th 2020 09:35 am
Inspired by the leadership and actions of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, two of New York's top young basketball coaches have launched a historic partnership between the state's 44 men's and women's NCAA Division I basketball head coaches who have come together to form "Team New York." As part of the team, each coach will use their social media platform to share public health guidelines with their audience in an effort to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Community continues to generously donate PPE
Wed, Apr 15th 2020 09:15 am
In a continued effort to keep our workforce safe and healthy, Kaleida Health's purchasing and supply chain teams have been relentless in reaching out to vendors and business partners to secure additional equipment, supplies and PPE for staff, providers, patients and visitors.
NYSAC announces 'NY Counties Lead' campaign to highlight contributions of counties during COVID-19 pandemic
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 04:30 pm
Today, during a digital press conference, the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) announced a new public awareness campaign called "NY Counties Lead" that is focused on telling stories from the front lines of the war against COVID-19.
HUD gives housing authorities, tribes additional flexibility to focus on tenants during pandemic
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 04:25 pm
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today is granting public housing authorities (PHA), Indian tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs) waiver authorities and ultimate flexibilities so agency staff can focus on assisting their tenants and properties during the COVID-19 pandemic. HUD's Office of Public and Indian Housing provides housing assistance to approximately 3.5 million families across the country.
Poloncarz issues emergency order closing campgrounds
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 04:05 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz on Tuesday issued a local emergency order closing all campgrounds, as defined by 10 NYCRR 7-3.1, which require a permit to operate under the New York state sanitary code. The order also prohibits the use, at any campground within Erie County, of any camping cabin, camping unit, campsite, or seasonal campsite as defined by 10 NYCRR 7-3.1, by any individual at any time.
Erie County COVID-19 update for Tuesday, April 14
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 03:30 pm
As of 3 p.m., ECDOH received a total of 1,730 reports of positive lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases and 84 COVID-19-related deaths among Erie County residents.
Niagara County COVID-19 update for Tuesday, April 14
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 01:00 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County:
Higgins: Over $23.53 million in emergency funding for local airports
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 12:35 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced a total of $23,539,403 in federal funding to support local airports whose operations have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Erie County Department of Social Services shares resources for families in crisis
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 12:30 pm
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Erie County Department of Social Services is reminding residents that help and supports are available for families feeling increased stress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Global Citizen announces new artists to join 'One World: Together at Home' global special to celebrate & support health care workers in fight against COVID-19
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 12:15 pm
International advocacy organization Global Citizen announced an expanded list of artists who will appear in the "One World: Together at Home" global broadcast special, being held in support of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic being led by the World Health Organization.
Tops updates limited-item list; to provide American-made cloth masks as additional safety measure to store associates
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 12:10 pm
Beginning this week, Tops will be rolling out additional safety measures at all of its 162 stores in New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont. Those safety measures include providing all of its associates with American-made cloth face masks to ensure their associates health and well-being while serving the community as essential workers. This safety measure is in addition to the 5,000 face shields already distributed to its workforce.
Catholic Health converts former nursing home into Western New York's first COVID-19 post-acute center
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 06:45 pm
Catholic Health continues to build on its "COVID-19 Continuum" by partnering with the McGuire Group to reopen the former AbsolutCare Nursing Home in Orchard Park and convert it into a dedicated COVID-19 continuing care facility.
 

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