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3 more coronavirus-related deaths in Niagara County
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 11:50 am
"We regretfully had three more county residents pass away from COVID-19 since our report yesterday morning," Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel Stapleton said. "All of Niagara County sends our condolences to these families."
HUD 'moves quickly' to make nearly $300 million of COVID-19 relief funding available to communities across New York
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 03:40 pm
President Donald Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) into law last Friday, providing much-needed assistance to the American people as the country works diligently to combat COVID-19. Thanks to the president's leadership, families and communities across the country will immediately feel the impact of this relief package as the federal government works to make these funds available.
Nonprofit organizations serving Niagara County invited to apply for grant funding
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 03:30 pm
The Verizon Media Community Benefit Fund for Lockport and the Verizon Media Community Benefit Fund for Niagara County - Empire State Development, two grant funds administered by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, are now accepting applications from nonprofits serving Niagara County. Qualifying nonprofits are welcome to apply for both grant funds.
Niagara Global Tourism Institute continues to support businesses during coronavirus pandemic
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 01:05 pm
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.
Elected leaders working to reduce crowd sizes
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 12:35 pm
On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order extending limitations he placed on social gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19. His mandate, "which closed or otherwise restricted public or private businesses or places of public accommodation, and which required postponement or cancellation of all nonessential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations, games, meetings or other social events) ... shall be continued ... until 11:59 p.m. on April 29, 2020, unless later extended by a future executive order."
For the kids: WarnerMedia networks to air 'Sesame Street: Elmo's Playdate' special on Tuesday, April 14
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 10:25 am
WarnerMedia announced it will air the half-hour special, "Sesame Street: Elmo's Playdate," simultaneously across HBO, HBO Latino, TBS, TNT, truTV, Cartoon Network and Boomerang on Tuesday, April 14 (7-7:30 p.m. ET/PT). The special will also air on PBS KIDS at the same time, and will later air internationally in Australia, Canada and the UK.
Cuomo: State will invest in private companies to bring rapid testing to scale
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 10:10 am
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday announced the state will invest in private companies to bring rapid COVID-19 testing to scale and accelerate testing capacity. Businesses interested in working with the state to manufacture these rapid tests on a large scale should contact Empire State Development at 212-803-3100 or [email protected]
DA Wojtaszek: Domestic violence cases up since COVID-19
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 10:00 am
Niagara County District Attorney Caroline Wojtaszek said domestic violence cases in Niagara County have significantly increased over the same time period last year, coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic that ordered people to remain in their homes as much as possible.
Kaleida Health continues to receive personal protective equipment donations
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 09:55 am
In a continued effort to keep its 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.
Cuomo signs executive order regarding PPE, ventilators; Lomeo: 'A real-time solution for all hospitals and health care systems in New York state'
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 09:35 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed an executive order related to the disbursement of personal protective equipment and ventilators:
National Fuel donates to COVID-19 relief efforts
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 07:00 am
National Fuel Gas Company Foundation, the charitable giving arm of National Fuel Gas Co., on Tuesday announced a donation of $250,000 across the company's New York and Pennsylvania service territories to help address the most critical needs in the community in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sun protection & skin cancer awareness during COVID-19 pandemic
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 07:00 am
The spread of COVID-19 (also known as the coronavirus) has sparked concern worldwide and prompted many leaders to take decisive action to contain the virus. Several states have mandated citizens to stay home from work, socially distance and remain indoors, meaning people have found their time outside has been drastically reduced.
Lewiston's Memorial Day parade canceled
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 07:00 am
It is with a heavy heart that Lewiston's Memorial Day Remembrance Committee voted during a conference call on Saturday, the 4th of April, to cancel the remaining portion of our Memorial Day observance.
Higgins: Nearly $2.6 million in federal funding to help WNY health clinics respond to COVID-19
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 05:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins on Tuesday announced new federal resources to help federally qualified health clinics in Western New York respond to COVID-19. Three local clinics will receive a total of $2,589,795 in new emergency federal funding authorized by the House of Representatives on March 27.
HUD makes nearly $1.8 million of COVID-19 relief funding available to help Native American communities across New York
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 04:55 pm
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced $200 million in Indian Housing Block Grants (IHBG) to American Indian Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) across the country to respond to COVID-19.
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.
 

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