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Stapleton: Niagara County '2-3 weeks behind downstate' plateau
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 03:25 pm
As downstate New York continues to see a plateau in the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, and less coronavirus-related deaths each day, the New York City area is rapidly approaching its pandemic apex. Niagara County isn't quite moving that fast.
Cuomo & neighboring state governors outline plan to determine when business can reopen
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 02:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday presented what he called "a smart way" and "an informed way, guided by experts and data, and science, and not in a political way," to reopen business across New York and its neighbor states.
Higgins: COVID-19 relief grants available for art organizations
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 02:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced grants are available through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to provide financial assistance for local arts organizations impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Congress included $75 million in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support the arts industry.
AG James leads coalition urging federal government to ensure emergency stimulus payments go to families, not debt collectors
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 02:00 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Monday sent two letters to the federal government in an effort to help Americans deal with the ensuing economic fallout of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health crisis.
Niagara County: Drug overdoses spike during pandemic
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 01:15 pm
Acting Niagara County Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti, along with Niagara County law enforcement partners, report drug overdose cases have increased during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of drug overdose cases dispatched by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office from Jan. 1 through April 6 has increased over 35% for the same time frame in 2019.
Free civil legal services available through Neighborhood Legal Services' virtual 'justice bus'
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 01:10 pm
Serving Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties, Neighborhood Legal Services is a free civil legal services firm specializing in domestic violence prevention, divorce, eviction prevention, health insurance access, disability, student loans, SNAP, shelter and other government benefits.
Parent Network of WNY supports families of individuals with disabilities during pandemic
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 01:10 pm
Parent Network of WNY, a nonprofit agency servicing families of individuals with disabilities, is continuing to offer support through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus: Niagara County officially crosses 200 positive cases
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 11:55 am
"We regretfully report one death, a 66-year-old male with underlying health conditions," a press release said.
Wegmans issues COVID-19 update
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 11:50 am
Wegman's corporate announced the following on Monday.
Cuomo returns ventilators, thanks Pathways Nursing Home for 'generous contribution' in fight against COVID-19
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 11:35 am
On Easter Sunday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo returned ventilators to the Pathways Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Niskayuna. Pathways Nursing home made an unsolicited contribution of these lifesaving machines to New York state as part of the ongoing efforts against COVID-19. The governor also delivered cookies baked by his daughters for staff and nursing home residents.
Cuomo issues executive order directing employers to provide masks to employees who interact with public
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 11:30 am
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday announced he will issue an executive order directing employers to provide essential workers with cloth or surgical masks free of charge to wear when directly interacting with the public.
Erie County Senior Services, partners seek volunteers to assist with transportation, deliveries, more for seniors & disabled community
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 11:25 am
The Erie County Department of Senior Services, in conjunction with the Erie County Office for People with Disabilities, Hearts and Hands: Faith in Action, the IDEA Center at the University at Buffalo, Wegmans and others has announced a new partnership to assist with transportation, deliveries and social connections for seniors and the disabled.
'Good Neighbors Against Covid-19': Online raffle fundraiser for Child Care Resource Network
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 11:00 am
The Giving Project has launched a fundraising campaign called, "Good Neighbors Against Covid-19," which will benefit the Child Care Resource Network. CCRN is an essential resource for the Western New York community during the COVID-19 crisis as it is connecting essential workers such as doctors, nurses and grocery store workers with child care services.
Local law firm to deliver thousands of free meals to frontline health care workers at WNY hospitals
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 11:00 am
In support of area doctors, nurses and hospital staff working diligently on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic, local personal injury law firm John J. Fromen Attorneys at Law, P.C., is set to deliver over 4,500 free meals to local health care facilities across Western New York.
Kaleida Health launches telehealth platform, expands testing for frontline
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 09:45 am
Kaleida Health released the following updates over the weekend regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic:
Wydysh: Despite flattening curve, 'New York State on PAUSE' still in effect; golf courses, boat launches added to closure list
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 03:35 pm
In her Saturday afternoon appearance on LCTV, Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh said this is no time to abandon the physical distancing measures put in place by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Easter: NOT CANCELED! Area photos
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 03:00 pm
With "New York State on PAUSE," and its residents staying home to stop the spread of COVID-19, families will be apart. Churches will be closed. Stores are shut. ... But that doesn't mean we can't celebrate.
Niagara County Department of Health update for April 11
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 11:40 am
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County.
New York upping antibody testing
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 11:20 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced New York is ramping up antibody testing, what he called a key component of any plan to reopen the economy. The state is currently conducting 300 of these antibody tests, and is on track to conduct 1,000 per day by next Friday and 2,000 per day by the following week.
2nd Niagara County Correctional Facility employee positive for COVID-19
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 11:00 am
Niagara County Acting Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti announced a civilian support staff employee of the Niagara County Correctional Facility has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
Empire State Development updates list of essential occupations
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 10:55 am
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Executive Order 202.8 of March 20, 2020 required non-essential businesses in New York State to reduce their onsite workforce by 100%. Only organizations and entities that were deemed essential by the Executive Order are exempt from these restrictions. Empire State Development (ESD) has updated its formal guidelines regarding essential businesses as of April 9, 2020. Please note that ESD's guidance is subject to change as the State adapts its response to combating COVID-19.
Flags at half-mast
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 10:40 am
In a message to Kaleida Health employees, Jody Lomeo, president and CEO of Kaleida Health, said, "As we join together as a community to fight this virus, it is important to remember that every person who lost their battle with COVID-19 was someone's loved one. These are our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, friends and neighbors."
U.S. Treasury details for distribution of COVID-19 direct payments
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 10:30 am
Congressman Brian Higgins detailed the U.S. Treasury's plan for distribution of direct payments to Americans provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act approved by Congress on March 27.
Higgins: Over $1 million headed to WNY public safety departments for response to COVID-19
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 10:20 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced several Western New York communities are slated to receive a combined $1,019,019 in federal funding to assist public safety agencies with the emergency response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Niagara Falls KeyBank, First Niagara Foundation announce support for Memorial Medical Center's COVID-19 response efforts
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 10:20 am
KeyBank, in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation, is awarding a grant for $60,000 to support health care workers at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and their ongoing efforts to care for COVID-19 patients in the community.
Fuccillo offering local first responders complimentary installation of PermaSafe to help disinfect service vehicles during COVID-19 pandemic
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 10:15 am
Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, local first responders can have their service vehicles disinfected and provided with long-term antimicrobial protection at no charge with a one-time installation of the PermaSafe system by Fuccillo Chevrolet of Grand Island, Fuccillo Hyundai of Grand Island and Fuccillo Toyota of Grand Island.
Erie County Department of Health: Narcan distribution at Broadway Market
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 08:30 am
The Erie County Department of Health announced the following on Friday.
Grand Island Central School District working to provide meals to students
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 07:00 am
Important advance planning by Grand Island Central School District administrators, along with dedicated, hard-working food service staff and volunteers, has resulted in the uninterrupted distribution of breakfast and lunch to thousands of students since the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools last month.
Tech delivery enables Grand Island students to learn from home
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 07:00 am
When Max Pikula became a principal for the first time in his 20-year career in the Grand Island School District six months ago, he never envisioned doing what is required today with his faculty at Huth Road Elementary.
Here's how the Regents decision affects Lewiston-Porter
Fri, Apr 10th 2020 07:00 am
Closure of all schools will continue now through Wednesday, April 29. The governor states this will again be reassessed in two weeks. There has been no discussion or guidance as to the closing of school for the remainder of the year. As hope springs eternal, we are still operating on the premise that schools will reopen at some certain point this year. We continue to look forward to returning to school and returning to normalcy.
Tops expands senior shopping hours
Fri, Apr 10th 2020 06:00 am
"In these uncertain times, we at Tops Friendly Markets feel the need to address the concerns of our most vulnerable population, our seniors 60 years of age and older. We've heard you and therefore, effective Friday, April 10, 2020, and until further notice, Tops will open its doors for this select audience only, allowing them to shop from 6-8 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday."
Higgins outlines relief available for nonprofits in response to COVID-19
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 08:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins is providing details on the programs made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help nonprofit organizations respond to and recover from the COVID-19 outbreak.
UB experts are developing models to help local providers prepare for COVID-19 surge
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 08:20 pm
As policymakers, health care providers and the general public struggle to make sense of the COVID-19 pandemic, the somewhat obscure field of health informatics has become a little less so. In just a few weeks, graphs showing the numbers of infections and the rate of hospitalization have become a normal part of the evening newscast.
Higgins: Almost $70 million heading to WNY colleges
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 07:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced Western New York college students and institutions are scheduled to receive more than $68.8 million in federal funding provided in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act approved by Congress on March 27.
KeyBank, First Niagara Foundation announce funding to support Catholic Health's COVID-19 response efforts
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 07:35 pm
KeyBank, in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation, is providing $60,000 to support Catholic Health's work on the frontlines of the local COVID-19 response.
Easter Bunny practicing social distancing in Niagara County
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 07:35 pm
It seems the Easter Bunny has found a way to spread some holiday cheer in Niagara County this season while still maintaining social distancing. On Sunday, April 12, he'll be bringing that joy to neighborhoods around the Town of Niagara.
Unemployed right now? NYS Department of Labor announces partnerships to boost tech capacity & make it easier for New Yorkers to file
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 07:20 pm
Facing an unprecedented spike in unemployment insurance applications related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York State Department of Labor and the New York State Office of Information Technology Services today announced a "tech surge" in partnership with Google Cloud, Deloitte and Verizon to improve the reliability of the state's online and telephone-based unemployment insurance application systems. The "tech surge" will include critical upgrades to the Department of Labor's technology systems that will increase its capacity to accept and process applications, making it easier for New Yorkers to apply for benefits.
Hopping for happiness: Local NF resident festively spreads cheer during tough times
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 04:20 pm
Gina Streck, a hairdresser at Salon Diaz, took matters into her own hands to spread some smiles this past week. With one of her favorite holidays of Easter coming up, Streck did drive-by visits to local children in the area dressed up as the one and only Easter Bunny.
Poloncarz issues emergency order on use of face masks
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 03:10 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz on Thursday issued a local emergency order regarding the usage of face coverings and masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended wearing cloth face coverings that cover the nose and mouth in order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus as an additional public health measure along with social distancing, frequent hand washing, and other preventive actions.
 

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