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COVID-19 hospitalizations, intubations drop to new lows; WNY testing sites open
Sat, Aug 29th 2020 10:30 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday announced New York state's COVID-19 hospitalizations and intubations have dropped to new lows. Hospitalizations dropped to 458, the lowest number since March 16, and intubations dropped to 48, the lowest number since mid-March. New York state's infection rate has been less than 1% for 22 straight days - though it's been as high as 2% this week in Western New York.
DiNapoli: New law will help local governments weather coronavirus pandemic
Fri, Aug 28th 2020 03:30 pm
Legislation introduced at the request of State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli that will help ease the financial difficulties facing local governments and school districts and give them greater fiscal flexibility amid the COVID-19 pandemic has been signed into law.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Chao: Approximately $1.2 million to 8 tribal governments for COVID-19 response
Fri, Aug 28th 2020 03:25 pm
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced approximately $1.2 million in recent grant awards to eight tribal governments as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed by President Donald Trump on March 27.
New York State Health Facilities Association calls on Cuomo to revise nursing home and assisted living testing & visitation policies
Fri, Aug 28th 2020 03:20 pm
Stephen Hanse, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA|NYSCAL), a statewide association representing over 425 nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout New York, delivered a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo calling on the state to revise its current policies concerning nursing home and assisted living COVID-19 staff testing and resident visitation restrictions.
M&T Bank announces fall schedule for its complimentary webinar series: 'Managing Through Challenging Times'
Fri, Aug 28th 2020 03:20 pm
M&T Bank announced the fall schedule for its "Managing Through Challenging Times" webinar series. Sponsored by M&T's Commercial Bank, the series provides guidance for renewable energy, not-for-profit, health care and commercial real estate business owners, while spotlighting less-obvious opportunities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
NYSUT calls on state to make masks mandatory at all times in schools
Fri, Aug 28th 2020 02:40 pm
New York State United Teachers - joined by American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, local educators and others - on Thursday called on the state to update Department of Health school reopening guidelines to make mandatory the wearing of masks at all times indoors during the school day, except for appropriate break periods and in cases of medical accommodation.
Senior lunch program temporarily suspended at Duke Senior Center for rapid COVID-19 testing
Fri, Aug 28th 2020 02:20 pm
In response to Thursday's announcement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo about the implementation of the "SWAT" rapid COVID-19 testing sites being set up around Western New York, the senior lunch program at the John A. Duke Senior Center is temporarily suspended from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2.
Reopening at St. Peter RC School in Lewiston: 'FAITH...FAMILY...FUTURE...SAFE'
Fri, Aug 28th 2020 12:00 pm
To say that things are different now than they were six short months ago is an understatement for sure. Life had come to almost a complete halt back in March and at St. Peter School we felt the impact of COVID-19 like everyone else.
When mom-to-be has COVID-19: UB neonatologist's paper sets best delivery room practices for health care team
Fri, Aug 28th 2020 10:25 am
But when the mother-to-be tests positive for COVID-19, or is suspected of having the virus, the stakes get higher. Keeping mom, baby and the health care team as safe as possible adds another layer of concern for everyone involved. Taking steps to minimize risks becomes a priority.
COVID-19: Cuomo raising WNY caution flag; adds caveat to college reopening
Thu, Aug 27th 2020 01:30 pm
Speaking to the press on Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, New York state's rate of positive coronavirus tests has been less than 1% for 20 straight days.
Coronavirus: Higgins, Cuomo, Murphy, Lamont oppose new CDC policy
Thu, Aug 27th 2020 12:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, and governors Andrew Cuomo, Phil Murphy (New Jersey) and Ned Lamont (Connecticut) all have stated their opposition to new guidance issues this week from the Centers for Disease Control.
New York State Insurance Fund announces new program rewarding businesses for purchase of PPE
Wed, Aug 26th 2020 07:40 pm
New York state's largest workers' compensation carrier - the New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF) - introduced a new COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) premium credit program that will make it more affordable for its policyholders to get back to business.
Cuomo on new CDC guidance that says people exposed to COVID-19 do not need to get tested: 'It totally violates public health standards and rationale'
Wed, Aug 26th 2020 06:45 pm
On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave remarks on the updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that say people do not necessarily need to get tested for COVID-19 after coming in contact with people who have tested positive.
Higgins critical of Trump administration's guidance limiting COVID testing coverage & decision by WNY insurance companies to follow suit
Tue, Aug 25th 2020 03:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, is objecting to a decision by insurance companies to stop covering the costs of some COVID-19 testing - and what he called the administration's loophole that allows companies to do it.
5 states removed from NYS COVID-19 travel advisory requiring 14-day quarantines
Tue, Aug 25th 2020 02:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced five states - Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Maryland and Montana - have been removed from New York state's COVID-19 travel advisory. Guam has been added.
SBA offers online resources for small businesses to help with economic recovery
Mon, Aug 24th 2020 06:50 pm
Entrepreneurs can take advantage of free online training and other resources offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration to assist them during this period of economic recovery.
Cuomo issues executive order to 'bolster and support New Yorkers' right to vote
Mon, Aug 24th 2020 05:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday issued an executive order to "bolster and support New Yorkers' right to vote." The order requires county boards of elections to take concrete steps to inform voters of upcoming deadlines, be prepared for upcoming elections and help ensure absentee ballots can be used in all elections.
Cuomo announces new, record-low COVID-19 test positivity rate - even as WNY is flagged
Mon, Aug 24th 2020 02:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced a new record-low COVID-19 test positivity rate of 0.66%. At the same time, he said, "Western New York we have a caution flag and we're focusing on it and trying to understand exactly what is happening."
New York State Office for the Aging encourages older New Yorkers stay up to date with recommended immunizations
Mon, Aug 24th 2020 11:20 am
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) is encouraging older New Yorkers to make sure they are up to date with all recommended immunizations, including those that provide protection against respiratory illnesses such as influenza and pneumococcal disease. It said routine vaccination is an essential preventive care service that should not be delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Clarification issued on new unemployment bonus
Fri, Aug 21st 2020 06:15 pm
It appears New Yorkers will be able to receive an additional $300 in unemployment benefits.
Investments announced to expand telepractice addiction services across NYS
Fri, Aug 21st 2020 03:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the award of funding for the purchase and installation of equipment to enhance telepractice addiction services statewide. A press release said, "Expanded telepractice capacity ensures access to critical addiction services for individuals and families who may not otherwise seek out treatment."
Cahill informs residents of unemployment insurance updates
Fri, Aug 21st 2020 03:35 pm
In recognizing the uncertainty surrounding federal unemployment assistance, Assemblymember Kevin A. Cahill (Ulster/Dutchess) has issued updated guidance regarding currently available benefits for New Yorkers.
Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh approves reopening of gyms
Fri, Aug 21st 2020 11:10 am
Niagara County Legislature Chairman Becky Wydysh on Friday announced she is approving the reopening of gyms and fitness centers, including indoor classes, in Niagara County on Monday, Aug. 24 - the earliest date allowed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He left the decision on gym reopenings to local county officials.
NYS: New record-high number of COVID-19 tests reported & lowest hospitalizations since March 16
Fri, Aug 21st 2020 10:05 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced a new record-high number of COVID-19 test results - 98,880 - were reported to New York state on Thursday. The governor also announced hospitalizations dropped below 500 for the first time, to 490, the lowest number since March 16. The number of ICU patients dropped to 119, the lowest number since March 15. The rate of positive tests - 0.72% - was below 1% for the 14th straight day.
NYSUT demands full funding for public schools and colleges
Fri, Aug 21st 2020 09:10 am
New York State United Teachers on Thursday denounced plans to cut funding for school districts and public higher education in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. As public schools, colleges and universities prepare for the start of a new school year, the state's most recent financial plan includes the withholding of funds in order to balance the budget.
NFMMC invites COVID-19 community testing requests, updates current test schedule
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 03:25 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is accepting requests to perform community-based diagnostic testing for COVID-19.
Cuomo signs executive order extending moratorium on COVID-19-related commercial evictions until Sept. 20
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 02:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday signed an executive order extending the state's moratorium on COVID-19-related commercial evictions and foreclosures an additional month, until Sept. 20.
Cuomo signs into law 'sweeping' November election reforms
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 12:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo today signed into law what his camp called "sweeping election reforms that will make it easier for New Yorkers to vote and be counted in November."
Cuomo advising local health departments to prepare for COVID-19, seasonal flu double-teaming people this fall
Wed, Aug 19th 2020 09:10 pm
Speaking to reporters on a conference call Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York is in "the second half of the game" - hopefully - with regard to fighting the coronavirus. He said local health departments need to prepare for flu season while not detracting from COVID-19 testing and tracing. Moreover, he said schools need to have a plan to mitigate a possible spread of the virus once campus doors reopen.
No appointment necessary: Catholic Health expands CH Care OnDemand 24/7 telehealth program throughout WNY
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 04:45 pm
How would you like to talk to a doctor or medical provider anytime day or night, without an appointment, for all those medical issues that aren't quite serious enough for a trip to the hospital, but need medical attention sooner rather than later? Catholic Health is now offering CH Care OnDemand, giving Western New Yorkers 24/7 access to a medical provider, within minutes, for nonemergent conditions - all from a phone, computer or tablet.
Erie County Department of Health will provide inspections to gyms & fitness centers that seek to reopen
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 04:40 pm
After reviewing the "New York Forward" guidance related to reopening fitness centers and gyms, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is announcing a blanket approval for these facilities to reopen Monday, Aug. 24, under the conditions listed below.
Cuomo announces special enrollment for uninsured extended for additional 30 days
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 04:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the special enrollment period for uninsured New Yorkers will be extended for another 30 days, through Sept. 15, as the state continues to provide supportive services during the COVID-19 public health crisis. New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health, New York state's health insurance marketplace, or directly through insurers.
Report: Hotel industry facing historic wave of foreclosures
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 04:35 pm
A new national report shows the hotel industry is facing a historic wave of foreclosures as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate small business hotel owners and its workforce.
Preparing K-12 teachers to meet today's social challenges
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 04:35 pm
As school districts nationwide grapple with several challenges as a new school year approaches, a program now in its second year at the University at Buffalo is equipping future K-12 teachers with the tools to address these issues head on.
Erie County Office of Agriculture unveils 'Erie Grown Passport'
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 04:30 pm
The Erie County Office of Agriculture announced a new initiative aimed at promoting local agriculture, a sector hard-hit the COVID-19 pandemic, with the launch of the "Erie Grown Passport."
Every Person Influences Children, Jericho Road Community Health Center launch 'Storytime In Your Neighborhood'
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 12:50 pm
EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) announced the upcoming "Storytime In Your Neighborhood" series, in collaboration with the Jericho Road Community Health Center. The series kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
COVID-19: 2 additional states added to travel advisory
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 12:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced two additional states meet the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those states - all of which have significant community spread - to quarantine for 14 days. The newly added states are Alaska and Delaware. No areas have been removed.
Coronavirus stats for Aug. 17
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 01:55 pm
Cuomo allowing gyms to reopen next week
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 11:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced gyms in New York can reopen beginning Monday, Aug. 24.
ESAAL pushing for safe reopening of assisted living hair salons, reinstated community dining
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 11:40 am
Blanket rules for both skilled nursing facilities and adult care/assisted living continue to be enforced by New York state despite stark differences in the characteristics of the two resident populations, and despite difference in COVID-related data. The pandemic has required assisted living residents to be isolated for a long time to the detriment of their emotional and mental well-being.
 

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