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Empire State Development offers resources for those impacted by 'New York on PAUSE'
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 05:25 pm
Empire State Development sent the following information to Niagara County elected leaders, who are sharing it with NFP.
Destination Niagara USA breaks down CARES Act
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 05:15 pm
Destination Niagara USA sent the following information to Niagara County elected leaders, who are sharing it with NFP.
DMV updates: NYS extends expirations on vehicle inspections, pre-licensing certificates
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 05:10 pm
Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski on Tuesday said New York state extended expirations for both vehicle inspections and five-hour course pre-licensing certificates due to the COVID-19 shutdown.
Ortt requests further protection for DOCCS employees
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 03:30 pm
On Tuesday, New York State Sen. Rob Ortt sent a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo requesting that further measures be put in place to protect officers working in the state's correctional facilities, as well as parole officers.
EC Parks to close disc golf courses in response to COVID-19
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 02:50 pm
The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry announced disc golf courses at Chestnut Ridge, Emery, Ellicott Creek and Como Lake parks will be closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and due to concerns about safe social distancing while playing. New signage will be installed at each disc golf course advising of the closing, and baskets will be removed and stored until the courses are reopened.
New York Power Authority offers relief program for its economic development power customers
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 01:25 pm
The New York Power Authority board of trustees today met virtually for its regular meeting to review and approve its planned agenda items. At the meeting, the NYPA board approved a plan to provide fiscal relief to its economic development power customers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
NT: No bulk trash pickup in April
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 12:55 pm
This message is to update you on current issues in our city. As previously stated, the State of Emergency Act remains in effect, which means all closures are still enforced. Thank you, residents, for adhering to these guidelines.
Dollar General announces discount to medical, guardsmen and first-responder communities
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 12:55 pm
Dollar General is proud to provide all medical personnel, first responders and activated National Guardsmen with a 10% discount on qualifying purchases*. Individuals can present their employment badge or ID at more than 16,300 stores to receive the discount.
NYSEG and RG&E donate 17,700 protective masks to assist health care workers amid shortage
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 12:55 pm
NYSEG and RG&E, AVANGRID companies, on Monday announced they are donating approximately 17,700 protective masks to assist health care workers across the state amid a shortage of protective gear for medical personnel fighting the coronavirus pandemic. The donation comes on the heels of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's call for assistance as New York continues to face increasing strains on the health care system.
NYSAC estimates $2 billion loss in local revenues due to COVID-19 pandemic
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 12:55 pm
The New York State Association of Counties has updated a report detailing the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on county governments, stating that NY's regional governments are now looking at a potential $2 billion loss in revenues. The report can be found here: Coronavirus Economic Impact: County Sales Tax Revenue Projections.
As New Yorkers practice social distancing and staying home, FASNY stresses cooking safety to keep everyone fire safe
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 12:45 pm
Families and individuals across New York state are staying home to practice social distancing to help flatten the COVID-19 curve. With many restaurants closed or limited to takeout or delivery services, more New Yorkers are cooking at home. Cooking and baking can be a positive activity for family connections, but it also can lead to some lapses in home kitchen and cooking fire safety.
Alzheimer's Association WNY offering virtual education, other programs & services
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 12:45 pm
Across New York, it is estimated there are more than 400,000 individuals living with some type of dementia, with another 1 million-plus people providing some kind of care for them. Their needs for access to help, support and education are ongoing.
UB expert: Grocery stores 'appear to be reacting fast, and increasing upstream production volume and capacity'
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 10:50 am
As the coronavirus pandemic reached American shores, grocery chains - both large and small - experienced an unexpected surge in demand for many products, triggered by a wave of panic buying on the part of consumers.
Erie County: Domestic violence resources available despite COVID-19 closures
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 10:50 am
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, District Attorney John J. Flynn is reminding the residents of Erie County about resources that remain available for victims of domestic violence.
Community Missions brings spiritual hope to Niagara during COVID-19 pandemic
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 10:25 am
Community Missions (CMI) has launched a website (www.HopeForNiagara.org) and companion Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/HopeForNiagara) to provide a resource for spiritual help and hope to Niagara during the COVID-19 pandemic.
IOC, IPC, Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee & Tokyo metropolitan government announce new dates for Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 09:30 am
The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo metropolitan government and the government of Japan on Monday agreed new dates for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, in 2021. The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be celebrated from July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021. They also agreed on new dates for the Paralympic Games, which will be celebrated from Aug. 24 until Sept. 5, 2021.
Cuomo announces statewide public-private hospital plan to fight COVID-19
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 09:20 am
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday announced a statewide public-private hospital plan to fight COVID-19. As part of the plan, public and private hospitals from across the state have agreed to implement a new balanced approach to fighting the virus where hospitals that are beginning to reach or exceed capacity can transfer patients to other hospitals that are not as full.
Family spreads kindness in chalk on Kenmore Mercy's sidewalks
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 09:20 am
While the coronavirus pandemic is causing fear, it is also inspiring beautiful acts of kindness. Associates at Kenmore Mercy Hospital were recently greeted with uplifting chalk messages on the sidewalk from a local family.
'FOX Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America' raises $10 million (and counting) for Feeding America & First Responders Children's Foundation
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 09:05 am
Sunday night's broadcast of the benefit special "FOX Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America" brought viewers together to thank first responders and medical workers on the front lines, and to celebrate America's everyday heroes. The event raised money to support two charities that are doing critical work during these challenging times: Feeding America and First Responders Children's Foundation. The one-hour special was created to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to celebrate the resilience and strength of the nation during this pandemic.
Lewiston leaders commend staffs, Wydysh for efforts during pandemic
Mon, Mar 30th 2020 04:30 pm
At a public safety briefing Monday morning, Village of Lewiston Mayor Anne Welch and Town of Lewiston Supervisor Steve Broderick provided updates on efforts to keep residents safe and financially stable as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
Kaleida Health honors health care workers
Mon, Mar 30th 2020 04:05 pm
Today is the annual Doctors' Day celebration across the country, and Kaleida Health is extending a "Thank you" to all the dedicated physicians working tirelessly across its health system to care for the community each and every day, but especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Positive COVID-19 cases rising in Niagara County; legislators pass 30-day tax penalty moratorium
Mon, Mar 30th 2020 03:45 pm
At a press update Monday afternoon inside the LCTV studios in Lockport, Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh and Public Health Director Daniel Stapleton announced a sharp - but not unexpected - spike in the number of positive COVID-19 cases.
Elderwood establishes dedicated post-acute unit for covid-19 patients
Mon, Mar 30th 2020 02:10 pm
Recognizing an emerging urgent need for COVID-19 post-acute care beds, Elderwood has established a dedicated unit for post-acute care of COVID-19 patients at its Elderwood at Amherst Skilled Nursing Facility located at 4459 Baily Ave., Amherst.
DiMino: Lewiston Tops has 'plenty of stuff for everybody'
Mon, Mar 30th 2020 01:10 pm
Lewiston Tops will continue to meet the needs of River Region residents, even as demand for food and supplies increases amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cuomo extends 'New York State on PAUSE' 2 weeks
Sun, Mar 29th 2020 04:55 pm
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday announced all "New York State on PAUSE" functions will be extended for the next two weeks. He also directed the state nonessential workforce to continue to work from home for an additional two weeks, through April 15. The state will re-evaluate after this additional two-week period.
Saturday and Sunday COVID-19 updates: More positive cases in Niagara County, hospitals receive shipment of 20,000 gowns
Sun, Mar 29th 2020 01:30 pm
•On Sunday, Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton said, "As of today, March 29, Niagara County has 38 positive test results for COVID-19. This is 10 more than our last report and continues the upward trend. Our public health nurses have been working with these individuals all weekend. The heat map that shows test results by municipality with be updated with these new cases on Monday."
DEC, State Parks encourage responsible recreation during COVID-19 public health crisis
Sat, Mar 28th 2020 04:40 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Conservation (State Parks) today encouraged New Yorkers to engage in responsible recreation during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis.
New York State's Wadsworth Lab has started evaluating new antibody test
Sat, Mar 28th 2020 03:35 pm
The governor announced that the State Department of Health Wadsworth Lab is working in partnership with other labs to evaluate antibody testing that is designed to help very sick COVID-19 patients.
Erie County issues close orders for 2 establishments said to be violating 'PAUSE' order
Sat, Mar 28th 2020 03:30 pm
On Friday, March 27, public health sanitarians from the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) issued commissioner close orders to two establishments for violating the "New York State on PAUSE" executive order. This order, effective since Sunday, March 22, allows for restaurants and businesses that sell alcohol to remain open for take-out and delivery only.
More local support for Mount St. Mary's
Sat, Mar 28th 2020 08:20 am
As Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Catholic Health continue to provide services in this COVID-19 pandemic, the community is showing its support for the front line medical workers.
Lew-Port updates, resources for families; encourages students to virtually take part in 'Spirit Week'
Sat, Mar 28th 2020 08:20 am
As we head into the third week of this school closure, we hope you are doing well - physically, mentally, spiritually. In these challenging and uncertain times, I am very grateful for the dedication, leadership and unity of our administrators, faculty, staff and families. I am inspired by the incredible outpouring of support and kindness throughout our community, coming together in such creative and thoughtful ways. While we wait for the worst to arrive, we find strength knowing we will get through it together.
Erie County DOH, Kaleida offer Friday updates
Sat, Mar 28th 2020 08:15 am
As of Friday at 8 p.m., we have identified 89 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Erie County residents for a total of 310 reported cases. There are 52 individuals admitted to hospitals in Erie County for COVID-19.
NBCUniversal launches 'The More You Know' COVID-19 PSA campaign starring Kelly Clarkson, Andy Cohen, Ted Danson & Mary Steenburgen, Savannah Guthrie
Sat, Mar 28th 2020 08:15 am
Friday morning on NBC's "Today," NBCUniversal unveiled its new "The More You Know" PSA campaign starring Kelly Clarkson, Andy Cohen, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, Savannah Guthrie and others to help educate people around the country about how they can reduce their risk and prevent the spread of COVID-19. The first spots of more than a dozen in total that will be rolling out over the next few weeks are available at www.themoreyouknow.com.
COVID-19 insurance scams appearing, may spread
Sat, Mar 28th 2020 08:15 am
Fake COVID-19 health coverage and other insurance schemes are being added to the scam mix as con artists exploit the pandemic for personal profit at consumer expense, warns the New York Alliance Against Insurance Fraud.
Faith community works to keep connected with congregations
Sat, Mar 28th 2020 07:00 am
Though elected leaders and nonprofit agencies are working around the clock to provide resources and educate the public on all of the above, many people still want to seek out their regular places of comfort, guidance and support for further reassurance: Churches, temples and mosques.
UB: International guidelines on COVID-19 provide algorithm for treating patients with severe disease
Fri, Mar 27th 2020 03:15 pm
A University at Buffalo faculty member is a co-author on the international Guidelines for the Management of Critically Ill Adults With Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). The guidelines were published last Friday in Critical Care Medicine, the journal of the Society for Critical Care Medicine.
Cuomo extends school closures statewide for additional two weeks, until April 15
Fri, Mar 27th 2020 03:15 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday announced all schools in New York state must remain closed for an additional two weeks, until April 15, to ensure consistency and uniformity across the state in instructional time for this extraordinary school year. Schools will be required to continue child care, meal and distance learning programs, and the state will extend the 180-day waiver to April 15.
Higgins announces House approval of third COVID-19 emergency package
Fri, Mar 27th 2020 02:10 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the House of Representatives approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the third emergency package approved by Congress to address public health and economic needs related to COVID-19.
AG James makes government services more accessible in response to coronavirus pandemic
Fri, Mar 27th 2020 02:00 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James announced a number of steps her office is taking to make state government services more accessible to New Yorkers during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health crisis. In an effort to address disruptions happening across New York and specifically in the office of the attorney general, James issued guidance that will limit the need to mail many physical submissions to her office.
A 'Destination of Hope'
Fri, Mar 27th 2020 12:20 pm
On Thursday, Destination Niagara USA released the "Destination of Hope" video across all @NiagaraFallsUSA social media channels.
 

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