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Hochul plans to end mask requirement in schools March 2; decision to be left with counties
Sun, Feb 27th 2022 05:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Sunday announced plans to end the state mask requirement in schools starting on Wednesday, March 2.
NCCC updates campus mask mandate
Fri, Feb 25th 2022 05:35 pm
Effective Monday, Feb. 28, Niagara County Community College is removing the mandatory masking requirement on campus for those fully compliant with the coronavirus vaccine mandate as defined by the Centers for Disease Control, New York state, the State University of New York and the Niagara County Department of Health. While masks will no longer be required, it is encouraged that individuals wear them when in close proximity to others.
Niagara County drops below CDC COVID threshold tor 'high transmission'
Wed, Feb 23rd 2022 03:30 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health today released its weekly COVID-19 update.
New #VaxForKids sites announced
Wed, Feb 23rd 2022 03:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced 39 new #VaxForKids pop-up sites to increase vaccination rates among children and adolescents. Hochul and the state's Department of Health continue to urge parents and guardians to ensure their children get fully vaccinated and boosted when eligible.
Poloncarz statement on expectations for lifting mask mandate in Erie County buildings
Tue, Feb 22nd 2022 04:25 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Tuesday issued the following statement regarding the potential for lifting the mask mandate currently in effect for Erie County-owned buildings and facilities.
Niagara County Department of Health offers children incentives at upcoming #VaxForKids clinics
Fri, Feb 18th 2022 05:45 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health continues to promote coronavirus vaccination for all eligible individuals, with vaccination of children ages 5 and older a top priority.
Hochul announces availability of up to $1.5 million to expand telehealth services for addiction treatment
Fri, Feb 18th 2022 02:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced the availability of up to $1.5 million in federal funding under the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) to allow providers to expand telehealth services for addiction treatment.
Senate Republicans: End the emergency now
Thu, Feb 17th 2022 08:05 pm
New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt on Thursday announced he will introduce a resolution to immediately end the "statewide disaster emergency" declared by Gov. Kathy Hochul earlier this week.
Niagara County Legislature calls for end of in-school masking
Thu, Feb 17th 2022 12:35 pm
The following is a joint statement from Niagara County Legislature Majority Leader Randy Bradt and Minority Leader Chris Robins regarding mask mandates in Niagara County Schools:
Hochul announces new #VaxForKids sites
Wed, Feb 16th 2022 01:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced 29 new #VaxForKids pop-up vaccination sites to increase vaccination rates among children and adolescents. The new sites support the state's goal of ensuring New York children 5 years and older get vaccinated and keep up with all recommended coronavirus vaccine doses, including the booster.
ECDOH updates COVID-19 testing options
Wed, Feb 16th 2022 01:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is reminding Erie County residents they can seek free coronavirus testing. ECDOH has updated its procedures to make rapid (ID Now) testing available to any resident on request. Previously, rapid testing was only available from ECDOH for individuals with COVID-19 symptoms or those with a known exposure.
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center welcomes National Guard
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 01:30 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has welcomed two guardsmen to Schoellkopf Health Center as part of the National Guard's COVID-19 mission: Staff Sgt. Robert Badendyck, with Bravo Troop 2-101 CAV, U.S. Army; and Lt. Cpl. Wayne Bayle from 6 Comm, U.S. Marine Corps.
Senate Republicans: End COVID mandates
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 11:05 am
On Monday, New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt and members of the Senate Republican Conference called for an end to what they called "unconstitutional mandates promulgated by Gov. Kathy Hochul and her Department of Health." The Republicans announced they would force a vote on the New York Senate floor to end the mandates.
Grand Island: 'Test to stay' expanded to include extracurricular activities
Sat, Feb 12th 2022 07:00 am
Students who are participating in the school system's "test to stay" program are now permitted to engage in extracurricular activities, said School Superintendent Dr. Brian Graham at the Feb. 7 Grand Island Central School District Board of Education meeting.
Niagara Falls to distribute COVID-19 at-home test kits
Fri, Feb 11th 2022 01:15 pm
The City of Niagara Falls will distribute at-home coronavirus test kits at the Niagara Falls Fire Department Administration Building (3115 Walnut Ave.) from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15. There will be a second distribution from 5-8 p.m., while supplies last.
More #VaxForKids events headed to Niagara County
Wed, Feb 9th 2022 04:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced 63 new #VaxForKids pop-up vaccination sites to increase vaccination rates among children and adolescents.
Hochul announces 'winter toolkit' for new phase of COVID response: Keep New York 'safe, open and moving forward'
Wed, Feb 9th 2022 02:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced New York's new "winter toolkit" for the new phase of the coronavirus pandemic, aiming to keep New York safe, open and moving forward. The "winter toolkit" focuses on five core areas: protecting the most vulnerable New Yorkers, increasing vaccinations and boosters, strengthening the health care system, empowering local leaders, and supporting individuals facing the long-term effects of COVID-19.
Hochul lifting mask mandate
Wed, Feb 9th 2022 11:50 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced her order requiring masks to be worn indoors throughout New York state will end on Thursday. Her "mask mandate" was implemented Dec. 10 in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus - particularly the delta and omicron variants. Hochul said infection numbers and related hospitalizations are now back to a pre-"winter surge" level, allowing a lessening of the restrictions.
Hochul holds meetings with teachers, school superintendents, parents to discuss pandemic next steps
Tue, Feb 8th 2022 04:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday held meetings with New York state teachers, superintendents and parents to thank them for their work to keep schools safe and open, and hear their input on how to continue smartly protecting against the coronavirus.
Poloncarz statement on expectations for relaxation of mask mandate
Tue, Feb 8th 2022 04:50 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Tuesday issued the following statement regarding the potential for relaxing or rescinding the mask mandate currently in effect for Erie County businesses. As coronavirus infection rates and hospitalizations continue to decrease, Gov. Kathy Hochul is expected to make an announcement concerning such mandates on Wednesday.
NCDOH offers free rapid COVID-19 testing in Niagara Falls
Tue, Feb 8th 2022 04:50 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health (NCDOH) announced free rapid coronavirus testing will be available for all Niagara County residents. Starting, Wednesday, Feb. 9, testing will be offered at the Doris W. Jones, Family Resource Center at 3001 Ninth St., Niagara Falls. Testing will be available from 9 a.m. noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
WNY Independent Living distributing more than 7,000 free COVID-19 home tests to people with disabilities
Mon, Feb 7th 2022 04:50 pm
The organization is distributing complimentary coronavirus home test kits to many of the thousands of people with disabilities it serves. WNYIL expects to distribute more than 7,000 kits over the next few weeks.
'Silent epidemic': Study reveals impact of loneliness among older American women during pandemic
Mon, Feb 7th 2022 12:15 pm
A University at Buffalo researcher is among the co-authors on a recent paper that reveals how loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic has affected American women over the age of 70.
Erie County Department of Health highlights availability of COVID-19 oral antiviral medications
Fri, Feb 4th 2022 04:55 pm
Following a New York State Department of Health health care provider call on Friday, the Erie County Department of Health is highlighting the local availability of COVID-19 oral antiviral medications, by prescription only.
Town of Lewiston to distribute COVID-19 at-home testing kits
Fri, Feb 4th 2022 12:15 pm
The Town of Lewiston will hold a distribution of COVID-19 at-home testing kits on Saturday, Feb. 12, in the Town Hall parking lot, 1375 Ridge Road.
'Friday Night Fight' event showcases community voices on COVID vaccination
Fri, Feb 4th 2022 10:55 am
WNED PBS and the Community Health Center of Buffalo Inc. (CHCB) are partnering on a special event, "Friday Night Fight! Knock Out COVID," to engage with the community on COVID-19 and "help dispel myths about the virus and the vaccine" on Friday, Feb. 18, on WNED PBS, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
ECDOH changing COVID-19 information line hours
Fri, Feb 4th 2022 10:55 am
The Erie County Department of Health COVID-19 information line will adjust its hours to weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., starting Monday, Feb. 7. This change is in response to reduced call volume over the past few weeks.
#VaxForKids event at Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino
Wed, Feb 2nd 2022 01:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced new #VaxForKids pop-up vaccination sites to increase vaccination rates among children and adolescents. The new sites support the state's goal of ensuring New York children 5 years and older get vaccinated and keep up with all recommended coronavirus vaccine doses, including the booster.
Hochul announces actions to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations for children & families
Tue, Feb 1st 2022 01:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) and the New York State Department of Health (DOH) are calling on the federal government to issue guidance to all insurers to cover COVID-19 vaccination consultations for children and their families.
Hochul, NYSDOH announce expert consortium to address long COVID
Tue, Feb 1st 2022 01:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced New York state, led by the Department of Health, will host an expert panel on long COVID on Thursday, Feb. 3. The event will be hosted by Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett, and consist of three panels featuring the research, clinical and functional aspects of this public health challenge.
NYS mask mandate extended until Feb. 10
Tue, Feb 1st 2022 07:00 am
On Friday, at the tail end of her speech at a press event regarding a downstate snowstorm, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced her mask mandate would remain in place through Feb. 10. The indoor face covering requirement was slated to end Feb. 1.
ECDOH to offer walk-in COVID-19 testing at 2 sites
Mon, Jan 31st 2022 04:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health has expanded its coronavirus testing operations to the Jesse Nash Health Center at 608 William St., Buffalo. This site is offering free COVID-19 testing from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. weekdays. Walk-ins/drive-ups are welcome; appointments will be accepted, but not required.
Shea's Performing Arts Center announces updated COVID-19 vaccination policy
Thu, Jan 27th 2022 07:00 pm
Shea's Performing Arts Center announces an update to the vaccination requirement for attendance to all performances in Shea's Buffalo, Shea's Smith, and Shea's 710 Theatres
New York state requests $1.6 billion in additional federal funding for emergency rental assistance
Thu, Jan 27th 2022 06:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced New York state requested an additional $1.6 billion from the U.S. Treasury Department to help fulfill the significant unmet need among struggling tenants and landlords who have applied for Emergency Rental Assistance.
Wheatfield, Town of Niagara, Royalton to distribute COVID at-home test kits
Thu, Jan 27th 2022 10:00 am
Niagara County noted it has distributed 7,200 test kits to cities and towns for distribution. Each municipality is putting together its own distribution plans. Residents may want to contact their city/town hall for information on any upcoming event(s).
Hochul announces new resources to aid workers with long-haul COVID-19 workers' compensation claims
Wed, Jan 26th 2022 08:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced New York state is offering new, online educational opportunities to help workers who believe they contracted COVID-19 due to an exposure at work, especially those suffering from ongoing long-haul symptoms.
Consumer alert: DCP urges New Yorkers to be aware of at-home COVID-19 testing scams
Tue, Jan 25th 2022 05:45 pm
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection warned about scammers taking advantage of the free COVID-19 test government program to steal personal information for unscrupulous purposes.
Hochul gets stay on mask mandate
Tue, Jan 25th 2022 05:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul's team announced a stay was granted Tuesday on her coronavirus mask mandate.
City of Niagara Falls to distribute COVID-19 at-home test kits
Tue, Jan 25th 2022 05:00 pm
The City of Niagara Falls has received 900 at-home coronavirus test kits. It will distribute them at the Niagara Falls Fire Department Administration Building, 3115 Walnut Ave., on the following dates and times:
Higgins: $1 million in federal funding for University at Buffalo to support health care workers
Mon, Jan 24th 2022 12:30 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced a federal grant totaling $1,079,333 awarded to the Research Foundation for the State University at New York. Funded by the Department of Health and Human Services and awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, the grant supports the University at Buffalo Health and Public Safety Workforce Resiliency Training Program.
 

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