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A message to Niagara County businesses
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 09:35 am
We want to assure you that we take the health and well-being of our community, clients, and associates very seriously. Like you, we're closely monitoring the quickly developing effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Kaleida Health updates on COVID-19
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 07:50 am
Kaleida Health released the following updates and reminders Thursday regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic:
Niagara County offers update on COVID-19 cases
Thu, Mar 19th 2020 05:15 pm
Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton on Thursday afternoon released the following statement regarding the three positive COVID-19 test results the Niagara County Department of Health received from the New York State Health Department. These three individuals live in western Niagara County, which includes Niagara Falls and the towns of Niagara, Lewiston and Porter.
Higgins announces SBA approval of disaster loan assistance for New York
Thu, Mar 19th 2020 04:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved New York's request for a disaster declaration based on economic injury caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Higgins and other members of the New York federal delegation sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging approval of the disaster designation.
Erie County Department of Health COVID-19 update for Thursday, March 19
Thu, Mar 19th 2020 04:25 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is releasing results of its disease investigations on the individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 in Erie County. There are currently 29 lab confirmed cases in Erie County residents. Additional tests are being run by the Public Health Lab and results will be released when available.
Cuomo signs executive order mandating businesses that require in-office personnel to decrease in-office workforce by 75%
Thu, Mar 19th 2020 04:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday signed an executive order mandating businesses that rely on in-office personnel to decrease their in-office workforce by 75%. This follows his directive Wednesday that all businesses implement work-from-home policies.
HUD provides immediate relief for homeowners amid nationwide coronavirus response
Thu, Mar 19th 2020 01:35 pm
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, in consultation with the Trump administration and the coronavirus task force, authorized the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to implement an immediate foreclosure and eviction moratorium for single-family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages for the next 60 days.
Erie County: Staying positive and overcoming anxiety during coronavirus
Thu, Mar 19th 2020 01:15 pm
There are a number of tips and practices to follow to maintain a positive outlook and avoid fear or panic during the COVID-19 pandemic. Anxiety is a normal human response to stressful situations, but knowing how to manage stress during this time is critical.
KeyBank announces additional steps to support clients and help protect teammates & communities from coronavirus
Thu, Mar 19th 2020 01:10 pm
KeyBank today announced additional steps it will take across its network to support clients and help protect our teammates and communities from the spread of coronavirus. Starting March 19, all KeyBank branches will move to serving clients by drive-thru or in its lobbies by appointment only. This move will allow KeyBank to continue to offer full-service to its clients while also instituting appropriate social-distancing guidelines as recommended by local, state and federal health authorities.
Wydysh: Woman who tested positive for COVID-19 'did not have any community contact'; 3 new cases confirmed
Thu, Mar 19th 2020 08:25 am
"Our communicable disease investigation team immediately began their investigation and now, after one full day of work, they believe they have an accurate picture of the affected individual's community contact."
River Region continues to adjust to COVID-19 virus
Thu, Mar 19th 2020 08:15 am
With news of the coronavirus dominating the headlines, announcements of states of emergency, cancellations, postponements and business adjustments have been continuing nonstop. The following were announced this past week.
Erie County Department of Health COVID-19 update for March 18
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 08:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is releasing results of its disease investigations on the individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 in the tests run by the Erie County Public Health Lab on Tuesday, March 17. An additional run of tests is currently being processed and results will be announced tomorrow.
Kaleida Health updates on COVID-19
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 07:55 pm
Kaleida Health today released the following updates and reminders regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic:
Cuomo signs bill to guarantee paid leave for New Yorkers under mandatory or precautionary quarantine due to COVID-19
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 07:55 pm
"I just signed into law legislation to provide immediate relief to working New Yorkers whose lives are being turned upside down by COVID-19," Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday. "No one should have to make the impossible choice between losing their job or providing for their family and going to work, especially during this pandemic. We seek to build upon this effort with guaranteed sick leave for all in this year's budget."
Niagara Falls Memorial suspends patient visitation
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 07:50 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center today suspended all patient visitation. This action is consistent with guidance received from the state Department of Health for protecting and maintaining the health and safety of hospital patients and staff. The state guidelines also aim to prevent the introduction of the novel coronavirus into New York state hospitals.
Niagara County deals with first COVID-19 case amidst testing shortage, health director confirms
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 05:30 pm
On Wednesday morning, Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton and Niagara County Legislature Chairperson Becky Wydysh confirmed Niagara County's first positive test for COVID-19. During his time, Stapleton voiced his frustrations about the severe lack of testing kits available in the region.
UB community member tests positive for COVID-19
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 03:20 pm
A member of the University at Buffalo community has tested positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19, the university learned today from the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH).
Cuomo announces deployment of 1,000-bed hospital ship USNS Comfort; issues executive order directing nonessential businesses to implement work from home policies
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 03:15 pm
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the USNS Comfort will be deployed to New York harbor and is expected to arrive in April. The 1,000-bed hospital ship has 12 fully equipped operating rooms and will significantly increase New York's hospital surge capacity. The governor is meeting with leadership of the Army Corp of Engineers to discuss ways to increase hospital capacity in New York.
Higgins seeks clarity on northern border restrictions
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 02:50 pm
With news of a binational plan for strict restrictions at the border between the United States and Canada, Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, is asking U.S. Customs and Border Protection to provide clear details on the procedures for necessary border crossings and other information related to staffing levels and protections.
Town of Niagara issues statement on COVID-19
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 02:30 pm
Town of Niagara Supervisor Lee Wallace posted the following Monday on the municipal website:
NYSUT to DeVos: Waive grades 3-8 ELA, math testing mandates amid coronavirus pandemic
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 01:50 pm
New York State United Teachers is calling on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to waive state testing mandates for children in grades 3-8 for the rest of this school year and the duration of the coronavirus pandemic, as New York schools are shut down to help stem the spread of the virus.
Update on services at Erie County Clerks Office
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 11:45 am
It's been a very busy time for the management staff in the Erie County Clerk's Office and our auto bureaus to combat the spread of COVID-19. Nothing has been more serious to this office than ensuring the continuity of operations while preserving the health, safety and welfare of the public and our staff. In light of yesterday's first revealed community transmission, we are stepping up efforts to limit spread of COVID-19 in Erie County.
Niagara County provides details on COVID-19 positive case
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 10:30 am
Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel Stapleton on Wednesday said the first positive COVID-19 case is a 42-year-old woman from the "western" portion (likely River Region) of the county. She is in isolation at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.
Village of Lewiston municipal building closed
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 10:30 am
Village of Lewiston Mayor Anne Welch on Wednesday announced the Red Brick Municipal Building is now closed to the public.
National Grid commits $500,000 to assist Massachusetts, New York & Rhode Island families impacted by COVID-19
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 10:00 am
National Grid is directing $500,000 to support customers affected by the health impacts, financial hardships and disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will provide immediate relief to families and individuals in need and bolster efforts by local organizations to assist communities across Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island.
Higgins calls on coronavirus czar to urgently provide test kits to communities
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 10:00 am
In a letter to Admr. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary of health and human services and coronavirus czar, Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, is demanding the Trump administration address the urgent need for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test kits.
Kaleida Health confirms first COVID-19 inpatient case
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 09:35 am
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) on Tuesday notified Kaleida Health that a positive COVID-19 (coronavirus) result came back on a patient who was evaluated at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital on Monday, March 16.
Niagara County law enforcement update
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 09:35 am
Acting Niagara County Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti announced law enforcement is remaining vigilant and fluid during these times.
New York State Department of Labor implements a filing system, extends hours to address influx of unemployment claims & make process more efficient for claimants
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 09:35 am
Providing unemployment insurance benefits is DOL's No. 1 priority, and everyone who is entitled to UI benefits will receive them in a timely manner.
Niagara County has its first COVID-19 case
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 07:30 pm
Statement from Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton regarding Niagara County's first positive test for COVID-19: "This afternoon, the Niagara County Health Department was notified of the county's first positive test for COVID-19. All of our protocols are now underway. We are well aware that the community will have many questions. We will hold a press conference tomorrow at 10 a.m. where we will attempt to provide answers to those questions."
Niagara County announces slew of closures/operational changes in response to governor's mandate
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 05:05 pm
Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh and Niagara County Manager Rick Updegrove on Tuesday announced the following series of closings and service reductions as county government complies with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's mandate to reduce staff reporting to government offices by 50%. This mandate, they said, will promote social distancing and curtail the spread of COVID-19.
SBA updates criteria on states for requesting disaster assistance loans for small businesses impacted by coronavirus
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 03:55 pm
Today, as part of the Trump administration's aggressive, whole-of-government efforts to combat the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) and minimize economic disruption to the nation's 30 million small businesses, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza issued revised criteria for states or territories seeking an economic injury declaration related to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Erie County DOH: 11 cases of COVID-19
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 03:15 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) will continue to offer regular updates to the media and community on COVID-19. For March 17:
Cuomo: 3-way agreement with Legislature on paid sick leave bill to provide immediate assistance for New Yorkers Impacted By COVID-19
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 02:40 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a three-way agreement with the Legislature on a bill guaranteeing job protection and pay for New Yorkers who have been quarantined as a result of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The program bill also includes the permanent comprehensive paid sick leave policy first advanced in the governor's FY 2021 executive budget proposal.
Cuomo, AG James temporarily suspend state debt collection in response to coronavirus
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 02:40 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Attorney General Letitia James announced that - effective immediately - the state will temporarily halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the state of New York and referred to the Office of the Attorney General for collection, for at least a 30-day period, in response to growing financial impairments resulting from the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.
DiNapoli releases state revenue projection to reflect coronavirus impact
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 02:25 pm
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli has issued a revenue projection for the 2020-21 state budget, which reflects an estimate of the economic impact and ongoing volatility stemming from the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Eastern Niagara Hospital, Niagara County reach agreement for use of former Newfane hospital
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 02:20 pm
Eastern Niagara Hospital and Niagara County today announced they have entered into a short-term agreement for the use of the former Newfane Intercommunity Hospital for housing quarantined individuals, should it be needed in the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Empower offering jobs to those impacted by COVID-19
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 01:50 pm
People who have lost their jobs or had their work hours cut because of business closings related to COVID-19 are invited to interview for temporary direct care positions at Empower.
Buffalo Ronald McDonald House response to COVID-19
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 10:25 am
The Buffalo Ronald McDonald House released the following statement:
 

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