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ECDOH expands COVID-19 testing capacity, info. line hours
Tue, Jan 11th 2022 10:50 am
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) has expanded its coronavirus testing capacity, with extended evening hours, weekend appointments and additional sites, including in the City of Buffalo. The COVID-19 information line hours on weekdays will also expand to 7 p.m.
ACEP: Know when to go to emergency department for COVID concerns
Tue, Jan 11th 2022 09:55 am
Many emergency departments are at capacity due to high COVID-19 case counts, staffing challenges and increasing demand for testing. The omicron variant is extremely contagious and that makes it important for everyone to get vaccinated and know when to go to the emergency department for COVID-19 concerns, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).
Brown: 11,000 free at-home COVID-19 test kits will be distributed across City of Buffalo
Mon, Jan 10th 2022 04:20 pm
Mayor Byron Brown on Monday announced the City of Buffalo will distribute 11,000 free coronavirus at-home antigen test kits from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. 11, at five city community centers.
OGS announces visitor access changes to State Capitol, Legislative Office Building due to COVID
Mon, Jan 10th 2022 11:10 am
Due to the evolving concerns regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19 virus) and the omicron variant, the Office of General Services on Saturday announced it is implementing new rules for visitors that will be in effect as of today at the Capitol and Legislative Office Building in Albany. It said these restrictions are to ensure the health and well-being of all employees and the public during the 2022 legislative session.
COVID-19 booster now recommended for children 12-15, required for health care workers
Fri, Jan 7th 2022 06:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced new guidance recommending booster doses for all New Yorkers ages 12 and older. The guidance, following action by the CDC, recommends that people, including the newly authorized 12-15-year-old age group, who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, should receive a booster dose at least five months after their second dose.
Niagara County Department of Health changes COVID-19 case investigation & contact tracing
Fri, Jan 7th 2022 04:40 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health announced "significant changes" have been made to the case investigation and contact tracing for COVID-19. Contact tracers will no longer conduct case investigations or identify close contacts.
Erie County Department of Health presents 'test to stay' program to school leaders & district superintendents
Fri, Jan 7th 2022 04:30 pm
At a virtual meeting Friday with more than 150 Erie County school administrators, district superintendents and nursing staff from public, private and charters schools, the Erie County Department of Health and its epidemiology school team presented "test to stay" protocols for p-12 students. ECDOH stated, "This program may start for many schools as early as next week."
With omicron spreading, UB expert says best protection is afforded by N95/KN95/KF94 masks
Fri, Jan 7th 2022 04:00 pm
The significant increase in local COVID-19 cases means that proper, consistent mask use is even more important as a protective measure for the University at Buffalo and Western New York communities, regardless of vaccination status.
US military hospital support coming to ECMC
Fri, Jan 7th 2022 01:50 pm
Due to the continuing impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic on staffing and operations at Erie County Medical Center, a 20-member clinical medium medical team (MMT) will be deployed to the health care institution for an estimated 30-day mission. The MMT is expected to arrive this coming weekend and should be operational by early next week.
ECDOH sends nearly 40,000 COVID-19 test kits to village, town & city emergency managers
Fri, Jan 7th 2022 12:40 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is coordinating a distribution of nearly 40,000 COVID-19 at-home antigen test kits to Erie County village, town and city emergency managers. Each test kit box includes two antigen tests, for a total of about 80,000 tests.
Erie County Department of Health updates schools, families on 'test-to-stay' program
Thu, Jan 6th 2022 03:25 pm
The New York State Department of Health issued significant changes to its isolation and quarantine guidance late in the evening on Tuesday, Jan. 4. As the Erie County Department of Health's epidemiology office began to review this documentation, it was quickly determined that ECDOH needed additional time to make significant changes to the Erie County "test to stay" protocols to prepare for the all-school meeting scheduled on Wednesday afternoon.
COVID cases up exponentially in Erie, Niagara counties
Thu, Jan 6th 2022 01:20 pm
Both counties report large jumps over holiday week.
ECDOH announces changes in COVID-19 operations for Jan. 6 due to expected winter weather conditions
Wed, Jan 5th 2022 05:35 pm
With the potential for winter weather to impact travel and road conditions on Thursday, the Erie County Department of Health made the following announcement about COVID-19 testing, vaccine clinic and information line operations.
New York state partners with WellHealth on COVID-19 testing
Wed, Jan 5th 2022 05:35 pm
WellHealth has partnered with the state of New York to roll out sites in strategic locations to support testing expansion across the state.
Niagara County to give away COVID-19 at-home tests kits this Saturday
Wed, Jan 5th 2022 04:40 pm
Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh announced Niagara County received a shipment of COVID-19 at-home test kits from New York state. The county will hold three simultaneous drive-thru events to distribute the kits to the public this Saturday, Jan. 8. Each at-home test kit contains two COVID-19 tests.
VA Western New York Healthcare System announces patient visitation changes
Wed, Jan 5th 2022 02:50 pm
Patient visitation changes began this week at the VA Western New York Healthcare System (VAWNYHS) Buffalo and Batavia campuses. These changes will remain in place until further notice.
UB: Omicron cases in Western New York climb - with increasing case rates still to come
Tue, Jan 4th 2022 07:45 pm
University at Buffalo scientists who do the genomic sequencing of the SARS-CoV2 virus in Erie County are seeing omicron cases increase, an indication that the region is exhibiting a similar trajectory to national trends.
10 SUNY campus coronavirus testing sites to open across New York
Tue, Jan 4th 2022 07:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced 10 SUNY campus-based COVID-19 test sites will open beginning Jan. 6. Additionally, the governor announced the second round of sites slated to open the week of Jan. 10.
COVID-19 vaccine clinic scheduled at Northland Workforce Training Center
Tue, Jan 4th 2022 03:30 pm
Northland Workforce Training Center and the Erie County Department of Health will hold a coronavirus vaccine clinic from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, at 683 Northland Ave., Buffalo. Use entrance A. First, second and booster shots will be available. Walk-ins are welcome; however, preregistration is encouraged.
BBB scam alert: Beware of COVID-19 test scams
Tue, Jan 4th 2022 03:15 pm
Since the arrival of the omicron variant, there's been an increase in testing for COVID-19. Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned people of fraudulent coronavirus tests, vaccines and treatments as the pandemic continues.
New COVID testing sites to open on SUNY campuses across state
Mon, Jan 3rd 2022 05:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced a partnership with SUNY and Syracuse University in which 10 new testing sites will be opening on State University of New York campuses across the state and at Syracuse University this week. More campus sites will open in the coming weeks as the project expands.
Hochul: Applications now being accepted for $539 million Homeowner Assistance Fund for eligible homeowners at risk of default, foreclosure or displacement
Mon, Jan 3rd 2022 02:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced applications are now being accepted for the New York State Homeowner Assistance Fund (NYS HAF), a program that will provide up to $539 million in aid or other direct assistance to help eligible homeowners who are at risk of default, foreclosure or displacement due to financial hardship caused by the pandemic. New York was the first state in the nation to receive U.S. Department of the Treasury approval to launch its program.
Niagara County, Niagara USA Chamber to hold mask giveaway for businesses
Mon, Jan 3rd 2022 11:10 am
The Niagara County Department of Emergency Services and the Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce are cohosting a free drive-thru mask giveaway for businesses on Thursday, Jan. 6, at the county's Public Safety Training Facility in Lockport. Masks and signage about state masking requirements are available for any Niagara County business, though supplies are limited.
With positivity rate exceeding 20%, ECDOH adjusts case investigation practices in response to high volume of COVID reports
Mon, Jan 3rd 2022 09:00 am
The substantial volume of COVID-19 case reports in recent days has exceeded the ECDOH and New York state contact tracing capacity to individually contact every Erie County resident with a positive COVID-19 test result.
Erie County Department of Health explains best practices for mask use
Mon, Jan 3rd 2022 08:55 am
The significant increase in recent COVID-19 cases means that proper, consistent mask use is even more important as a protective measure for Erie County residents, regardless of vaccination status.
Hochul announces 'Winter Surge Plan 2.0' to stem COVID cases
Sat, Jan 1st 2022 12:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced "Winter Surge Plan 2.0," a new targeted effort to bolster New York's fight against the winter surge.
NYS Department of Health & New York National Guard to bolster support capabilities for health care facilities in need of staff
Sat, Jan 1st 2022 12:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced a new partnership between the New York State Department of Health and the New York National Guard that will train soldiers to become certified EMTs, resulting in additional service members eligible for clinical deployments at health care facilities in need of staff due to the winter surge of COVID-19.
Spring semester guidance issued for SUNY & CUNY campuses 'to safely reopen'
Sat, Jan 1st 2022 12:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced issuance of spring semester reopening guidance for SUNY and CUNY campuses, which includes the continuation of the student vaccine mandate as well as requiring all students regularly accessing campus to receive the COVID-19 booster for the spring semester.
ECMC COVID-19 patient visitation update
Wed, Dec 29th 2021 04:50 pm
Due to an increasing inpatient census caused by the omicron coronavirus variant, Erie County Medical Center Corp. will suspend all inpatient visitation except when medically necessary, or for family members or legal representatives of patients in imminent end-of-life circumstances, beginning this Friday, Dec. 31.
Niagara County coronavirus update
Wed, Dec 29th 2021 04:50 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following weekly update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County from Dec. 23-29. Reports are made each Wednesday.
Attorney General James issues statement on new CDC COVID-19 recommendations
Wed, Dec 29th 2021 12:20 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Tuesday issued a statement to employers following new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) isolation periods:
Statement from Gov. Kathy Hochul on CDC isolation guidance
Mon, Dec 27th 2021 09:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the following on Monday:
Hochul signs executive order to support vulnerable homeowners amid winter surge
Mon, Dec 27th 2021 10:55 am
Gov. Hochul has signed an executive order to help support vulnerable homeowners amid the current surge of COVID-19 cases. The executive order allows local governments to lift an in-person renewal requirement for property tax exemptions for low-income senior citizens and persons with disabilities.
Key UB investment made a decade ago helped pave way for sequencing of SARS-CoV2 samples in Erie County
Thu, Dec 23rd 2021 01:15 pm
During the current surge of COVID-19 cases in Western New York, a dedicated team of University at Buffalo scientists has been busy sequencing and analyzing as many as 1,000 viral samples every week.
Attorney General James asks consumers to report price-gouging of at-home COVID-19 testing kits, other in-demand items
Thu, Dec 23rd 2021 01:10 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James recently issued a consumer alert to New Yorkers concerning potential price-gouging of over-the-counter coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing products for at-home use, as well as other in-demand essential products. This alert, her office stated, "comes in light of a surge of COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant, which has resulted in the rise of New Yorkers seeking to use at-home testing kits before gathering with friends and loved ones for the holidays."
Hochul signs legislation to improve state response to COVID-19 pandemic
Thu, Dec 23rd 2021 01:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed a package of legislation designed to improve New York's response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This legislative package will "take a major step forward in the state's efforts to increase vaccination rates and study the effects this pandemic has had on our economy and health care system," her office stated.
Niagara County COVID-19 update for Dec. 16-22
Wed, Dec 22nd 2021 06:45 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following weekly update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County from Dec. 16-22. Reports are made each Wednesday.
Omicron variant has been detected in Erie County, UB scientists report
Wed, Dec 22nd 2021 05:15 pm
The highly transmissible omicron variant of the novel coronavirus has been detected in Erie County, University at Buffalo scientists and Erie County health officials reported Wednesday. The variant was found in virus samples, analyzed by a UB team that has been sequencing the virus in the region, of Western New Yorkers who tested positive this month.
NFMMC hosts vaccine clinics ahead of holiday weekend
Tue, Dec 21st 2021 11:25 am
Corey Gray, Ed.D., school administrator, consults with Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center pharmacist Andrea Jaenecke prior to receiving his COVID-19 vaccine booster shot during a clinic held Monday at the Niagara Falls Community Education Center, formally 60th Street Elementary School.
Hochul announces $230 million in additional food assistance for New Yorkers in December
Tue, Dec 21st 2021 11:25 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for December. All households participating in SNAP - including those already at the maximum level of benefits - will receive a supplemental allotment later this month, bringing in roughly $230 million in federal funding into the state's economy this month, and more than $2.4 billion since January.
 

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