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Regents exams canceled
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 04:45 pm
The New York State Education Department on Tuesday announced the cancellation of the June 2020 administration of Regents exams, and released guidance on modifications to requirements for students to graduate and earn their high school diplomas, credentials and endorsements.
Rapid testing at Father Baker Manor identifies COVID-19 cases
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 12:55 pm
Catholic Health received more than 900 COVID-19 rapid test kits from Cepheid Inc. last Friday, making it possible for the health system to quickly test and contain the spread of the coronavirus at Father Baker Manor in Orchard Park. In all, Catholic Health performed 600 tests throughout its system in just over one day, increasing total testing within Erie Country by 29%.
Niagara County has first COVID-19 death
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 12:25 pm
Niagara County Public Information Officer Kevin Schuler on Tuesday said, "The Niagara County Department of Health today is sad to report the first COVID-19 related death of a Niagara County resident. The resident was a 58-year-old male with no underlying health conditions."
NY Farm Bureau asks for direct assistance from USDA to help distressed farm families during pandemic
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 12:10 pm
New York Farm Bureau is requesting immediate help for farmers who are facing serious economic challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic. The recently passed CARES Act provides $9.5 billion in funding for USDA, and NYFB is encouraging that funding to be used for direct payments to farms.
WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund: Grants totaling $4.5 million to 74 nonprofits
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 11:55 am
The Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund coordinated by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Health Foundation for Western & Central New York, The John R. Oishei Foundation and the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County announced that it has granted $4.5 million to 74 organizations in less than two weeks after the fund was announced.
NCSO officer tests positive for COVID-19
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 11:40 am
Niagara County Acting Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti announced a corrections officer employed by the Niagara County Correctional Facility has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This individual, who has been off work for the past two weeks after developing symptoms relating to the virus, is recovering at home. This is the first employee with the NCSO diagnosed with COVID-19.
FuzeHub announces COVID-19 manufacturing grants
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 11:40 am
FuzeHub, the statewide New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NY MEP) center, announced the launch of a competitive grant program that will award $400,000 in COVID-19 manufacturing grants.
Alfred State launches emergency fundraiser for students
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 11:40 am
Alfred State Pioneers are known for helping one another and overcoming great obstacles.
NYSUT opens up disaster relief fund for #HealthCareHeroes
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 11:20 am
New York State United Teachers announced it has begun accepting donations to the union's disaster relief fund to purchase and provide personal protective equipment, food and other supplies to dedicated health care professionals across New York state.
Wegmans' response to COVID-19
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 08:50 pm
We are temporarily changing our hours of operation to better serve our customers and communities.
Erie County offers information on public use of face masks
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 08:50 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is making the following announcements.
Kaleida Health receives Eichel's donation of 1,300 face shields
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 08:50 pm
Kaleida Health on Monday released the following updates regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic:
Still on 'PAUSE': Cuomo extends closures an additional two weeks
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 05:25 pm
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday announced all "New York State on PAUSE" functions will be extended for an additional two weeks. The governor also directed schools and nonessential businesses to stay closed for an additional two weeks, through April 29. The state will re-evaluate after this additional two-week period.
City of North Tonawanda coronavirus update
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 04:35 pm
Thank you to the NT residents for your commitment to combating COVID-19 by following all guidelines set by the federal, state and local governments. By adhering to the rules set forth and staying in, we will get through this pandemic quicker and hopefully healthy.
What's happening in Wilson
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 04:30 pm
Village of Wilson Mayor Arthur Lawson announced the following:
Wydysh: Lack of testing a 'major frustration,' but 'we are fighting for you in every way that we can to get those tests here'
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 04:25 pm
The Niagara County Health Department today released the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County:
Global broadcast networks, World Health Organization, Global Citizen & a cavalcade of stars join forces for 'One World: Together at Home' to help raise funds, address fight against COVID-19
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 03:45 pm
Building on the success of the digital series ​"One World: Together at Home,"​ Global Citizen and the ​World Health Organization (WHO) ​are partnering for a special one-night event of the same name to air across NBC, ABC, CBS and other global networks and platforms on Saturday, April 18 (8-10 p.m. PT/ET).
Sheriff Howard reminds public DV unit is there for victims
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 03:35 pm
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reminds residents the Erie County Sheriff's Office domestic violence unit is working and available to assist victims.
Higgins, Davis, Larson, Blumenauer & Schneider lead letter urging IRS to provide automatic COVID-19 relief payments to Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 03:30 pm
On Friday, April 3, House Ways and Means Worker and Family Support Subcommittee Chairman Danny K. Davis (IL-07), Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01), Trade Subcommittee Chairman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), and Ways and Means Members Reps. Bradley S. Schneider (IL-10) and Brian Higgins (NY-26) led a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Internal Revenue Services Commissioner Charles Rettig urging the IRS to provide automatic COVID-19 relief payments to vulnerable elderly and disabled individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
How to curb smoking & vaping during COVID-19 pandemic
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 03:20 pm
Uncertain times during the COVID-19 pandemic will create prolonged stress and anxiety throughout New York state and beyond. For those who smoke tobacco products or vape using electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), the New York State Smokers' Quitline (Quitline) has a clear message in today's ever-changing world: Remember that online resources are available to help curb your use or quit altogether.
Higgins shares information on COVID-19 relief for families & students
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 03:15 pm
In response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, Congress has taken swift action, through three funding packages, to provide emergency relief hospitals, communities and workers.
AAA remains open for business; organization takes steps to support workforce
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 02:40 pm
AAA Western and Central New York immediately felt the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in the travel business line. Initially, travelers chose alternate destinations, then some were anxious to return home, and now many are disappointed over having to postpone trips, even within the U.S.
Amid pandemic, UB students find a new way to help
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 02:40 pm
With the COVID-19 pandemic bringing normal life to a screeching halt across Western New York, students in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo have found a new way to help out in the community.
15,000 US hotels sign up to support health care community
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 02:35 pm
The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) announced more than 15,000 hotels have signed up for its new initiative - "Hospitality for Hope" - which identifies hotel properties that have offered to provide temporary housing for emergency and health care workers as the COVID-19 public health crisis grows.
Why does COVID-19 kill some adults but barely affect children? UB study aims to find out
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 02:35 pm
A new clinical study on COVID-19 launched late last month by a University at Buffalo researcher is investigating why the novel coronavirus is so potentially devastating for adults, but barely causes a reaction in most children.
Aquarium of Niagara tightens procedures in response to first human-to-animal transmission of COVID-19
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 11:50 am
The Aquarium of Niagara is strengthening its COVID-19 procedures in light of the news that a tiger in New York City has contracted the COVID-19 virus. This is the first known case of transmission of COVID-19 from humans to animals at an accredited zoo or aquarium.
27 new COVID-19 cases in Niagara County
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 11:45 am
The Niagara County Health Department today released the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County:
Cuomo: 'Anything anyone needs in Buffalo ... will be there'
Sun, Apr 5th 2020 12:45 pm
In a new conference Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo further explained his idea calling for the transfer of ventilators and personal protective equipment from upstate New York to the downstate area.
Ruffolo: We need our ventilators
Sat, Apr 4th 2020 06:20 pm
In response to the governor's executive order for the removal of excess ventilators from upstate hospitals to those downstate, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, the only independent hospital in Western New York, stands side-by-side with our partnering health systems in Erie County on holding onto the scarce and precious resources we have to save lives in Niagara County and surrounding areas.
Kearns calls on Hochul 'to be voice of reason,' in regard to state taking PPE, ventilators
Sat, Apr 4th 2020 01:25 pm
Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns released the following statement Saturday: "Today I stand with our county executive and all residents of Western New York to oppose Gov. Cuomo's plan to enlist the National Guard to confiscate much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators from the doctors, nurses, health care workers and residents of upstate and Western New York."
Erie County advice to 'snowbirds' and travelers returning to WNY; Narcan necessary at open locations
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 10:15 pm
During Friday's live video with County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein, we provided reminders for "snowbirds" and travelers returning to the area, especially if they are elderly or living with serious or chronic medical conditions.
Observing COVID-19 precautions, Western New York Independent Living is open for business, serving those with disabilities in Erie County
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 04:05 pm
The Western New York Independent Living Inc. family of agencies (WNYIL), the largest organization of, and for, people with disabilities in Erie County, continues to stay open, utilizing today's technology.
Independent Health to cover all costs for COVID-19 testing, diagnosis & treatment
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 04:00 pm
Independent Health announced it will waive copayments or cost- sharing for COVID-19 medical testing, diagnosis and treatment for its fully insured employer groups, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid and individual plan members through May 31.
HUD issues new CARES Act mortgage payment relief for FHA single-family homeowners
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 03:15 pm
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced a tailored set of mortgage payment relief options for single-family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 national emergency. Also included is an extension period for seniors with home equity conversion mortgages.
ECMC leadership stands with its nurses
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 03:00 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp. executive leadership stood Friday with its dedicated nurses, calling on the federal government to utilize the Defense Production Act to make personal protection equipment (PPE) for caregivers here and across the country.
Tops' latest limited-item list, Easter hours
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 01:55 pm
The health and well-being of our customers and associates is our first priority. In January, our internal "Tops crisis management team" started the process of preparing for the COVID-19 event that had just started. Since then, the team has taken daily action to ensure increased supply of products coming into our warehouses and stores for our customers to purchase.
Independent Health partners with Brook Personal Health Companion to provide WNY community access to health support during COVID-19 emergency
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 11:45 am
Independent Health announced it is expanding its partnership with Brook, an innovative Seattle-based technology company, to offer the Western New York community free access to the Brook Personal Health Companion app for the duration of the COVID-19 health emergency.
Kaleida Health participating in experimental therapies for current patients; local eateries donate food
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 11:30 am
Eligible COVID-19 patients at Buffalo General Medical Center and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital will begin participating in a number of FDA-approved experimental therapy options as early as this week. These therapies include a clinical trial of the arthritis medication, sarilumab; convalescent plasma infusions for critically ill patients as a way of introducing antibodies from individuals that have fully recovered from COVID-19; and the use of a promising antiviral medication, Remdesivir.
NCCC announces commencement postponement due to COVID-19
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 11:10 am
In a letter to eligible graduates and college employees on Wednesday, April 1, Niagara County Community College President William J. Murabito, Ph.D., announced commencement ceremonies originally scheduled for Saturday, May 16, would be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe.
NU's Levesque Institute for Civic Engagement provides resources for the community
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 09:40 am
Niagara University's Levesque Institute for Civic Engagement has developed an array of online programming for the broader community to offer supports while the pandemic continues.
 

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