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Bishop Scharfenberger offers encouragement and guidance during coronavirus pandemic
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 07:00 am
Buffalo Catholic Diocese Apostolic Administrator Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger encourages prayer and reflection at home and the utilization of life-streamed liturgies for all Catholic faithful deprived of the sacramental life of the church in this Lenten season, due to restrictions required to prevent widespread contagion of the novel coronavirus.
Catholic Health: Virtual visits for nursing home residents are keeping families connected
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 07:00 am
Prior to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's directive to restrict visitors in nursing homes, Catholic Health was putting plans in place to protect patients and residents at its four nursing homes and one adult care community, including suspending visitation.
3 technologies to help you feel connected to far-away loved ones
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 07:00 am
When it's not possible to be near loved ones, being connected becomes more important.
Cuomo implores federal government to ramp up ventilator production
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 07:40 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo didn't mince words with the media in his press conference Tuesday. He said the time has come for the federal government to make ventilators more accessible to the medical professionals fighting COVID-19 in New York.
One dead in Erie County due to coronavirus
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 07:20 pm
The Erie County Department of Health on Tuesday evening announced there was one death attributable to COVID-19 in Erie County in the past 24 hours.
Catholic Health working to acquire sufficient FDA-approved masks & personal protective equipment for caregivers
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 04:15 pm
Catholic Health continues to work with vendors, regional partners and the local, state and federal governments to build an ongoing supply of personal protective equipment to meet the needs of its frontline physicians and caregivers.
Erie County Department of Health update: 114 positive coronavirus cases; reminders and resources
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 04:10 pm
From our data reported as of 2 p.m. today: We have 114 positive COVID-19 cases in Erie County. Our public health lab has 92 tests pending. Commercial and private labs are testing for COVID-19 and those results are available to ECDOH through the New York State Department of Health reporting system.
Departments of health offer guidance to WNY restaurants
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 03:55 pm
In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a mandate earlier this month forcing New York restaurants and bars to close their doors to the public. Once that happened, many of these eateries switched to an acceptable form of service: takeout and delivery.
Jim Millard rejoins Catholic Health to support COVID-19 incident command
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 02:05 pm
Jim Millard, former president and CEO of Kenmore Mercy Hospital, is coming out of retirement to rejoin Catholic Health to support the health system's COVID-19 initiatives. He will serve as executive leader and incident commander of the system staffing center, which has been established in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
SBA implements automatic deferment on existing disaster loans through end of 2020
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 01:40 pm
Today, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza announced changes to help borrowers still paying back SBA loans from previous disasters. By making this change, deferments through Dec. 31, 2020, will be automatic. Now, borrowers of home and business disaster loans do not have to contact SBA to request deferment.
Erie County: Matching essential front line workers with needed child care
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 01:30 pm
In light of the recent outbreak of COVID-19 and the prolonged closure of area schools, many essential front-line workers are struggling to get to work because they lack sufficient child care arrangements.
WCB response to COVID-19 pandemic: Emergency relief from original signature requirements on listed documents
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 01:10 pm
On March 16, 2020, the New York Workers Compensation Board published a COVID-19 guidance document describing the anticipated impacts on the workers' compensation system due to the current public health crisis and steps taken by the board in response. In addition, the board has commenced mandatory remote-only virtual hearing attendance and continues to work to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, ongoing operations and benefit flow to injured workers.
Niagara County Clerk's Office now fully closed
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 01:10 pm
Niagara County Clerk Joseph Jastrzemski on Tuesday announced the clerk's office would be fully closed to the public as of 4:30 p.m. today.
Summer Olympics officially postponed
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 12:40 pm
The president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, and the prime minister of Japan, Abe Shinzo, held a conference call this morning to discuss the constantly changing environment with regard to COVID-19 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Catholic Charities continues to serve with most essential services
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 11:20 am
Catholic Charities of Buffalo is here to help as always, and the human service organization that serves the eight counties of Western New York is continuing to help those most in need with the most essential services, especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Mount St. Mary's receiving community support
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 11:15 am
As Mount St. Mary's Hospital continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, Manager of Public Relations and Community Affairs Karrie Gebhardt said, "The community is being awesome" in supporting the health center.
Erie County Department of Health update for March 24, morning
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 11:00 am
The Erie County Department of Health has confirmed an additional five cases of COVID-19 in Erie County residents since yesterday, March 23. This brings our case total to date to 101.
Chamber, LPD look to start community watch program
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 10:05 am
Local leaders are working to establish a community watch program within the River Region as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, and businesses are working with reduced staff.
Erie County Department of Health issues updates, provides additional guidance for restaurants offering takeout
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 06:15 pm
As of this afternoon, ECDOH is aware of 87 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Erie County residents; 379 Erie County residents have tested negative; and tests for 171 people are pending as of this afternoon.
Higgins, Peoples-Stokes & Kennedy call on president to activate Defense Production Act
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 05:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, New York State Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes and New York State Sen. Tim Kennedy are asking President Donald Trump to immediately commence national coordination of emergency supply production, authorized under the Defense Production Act. New York is home to 50% of the total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S.
Cuomo announces initial delivery of equipment and supplies for Javits Center temporary hospital
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 04:55 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced an initial delivery of hospital supplies to the Jacob K. Javits Center where FEMA has started to build a 1,000-bed temporary hospital that will help increase New York's hospital capacity to combat COVID-19.
3 more COVID-19 cases identified in Niagara County
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 03:35 pm
Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton on Monday said the county has received three new positive test results from the New York State Department of Health. As of this morning, Niagara County now has 12 positive results, 64 people quarantined, 12 in isolation and still four pending test results from last week.
Health and mental wellness tips for caregivers of the elderly during COVID-19
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 02:55 pm
Elderly caregivers play a vital role in the community and in individuals' lives. Amidst the angst and uncertainty of the COVID-19 epidemic, their jobs are even more essential and likely more stressful. Follow some of these simple tips to make things easier on yourself and your patient.
Cuomo: In time of COVID-19 pandemic be 'socially distanced, but spiritually connected'
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 02:55 pm
On Monday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo urged Americans to be "socially distanced, but spiritually connected" during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tops: Pharmacy hours extended to align with senior shopping times on Tuesdays & Thursdays
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 01:35 pm
"As we continue to best serve our community, beginning 3/24/20, all Tops pharmacies will open at 7 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays to be in alignment with our new "senior only hours." On those days, pharmacies will also close at 8 p.m. or their normal closing time, whichever is earlier."
SBA implements automatic deferment on existing disaster loans through end of 2020
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 01:00 pm
Today, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza announced changes to help borrowers still paying back SBA loans from previous disasters. By making this change, deferments through Dec. 31, 2020, will be automatic. Now, borrowers of home and business disaster loans do not have to contact SBA to request deferment.
Buffalo Marathon weekend postponed
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 12:55 pm
Due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 20th anniversary Buffalo Marathon Weekend, presented by the Buffalo-Erie Marathon Association Inc., is being postponed.
Niagara Wine Trail invites residents to 'Open That Local Bottle Night'
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 12:40 pm
Margo Sue Bittner of The Winery at Marjim Manor (7171 E. Lake Road) offered the following:
Cuomo requiring hospitals to increase capacity
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 08:00 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday accepted the recommendation of the Army Corps of Engineers for four temporary hospital sites in New York state in an effort to address imminent capacity issues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor visited the four sites - the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, and locations at SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Old Westbury and the Westchester Convention Center — Saturday, and said New York is ready for the Army Corps of Engineers to begin construction immediately.
County Clerk Jastrzemski: Further changes at clerk's office based on governor's executive order
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 07:50 am
Niagara County Clerk Joseph Jastrzemski on Sunday announced an update to the operations of his office based on executive order 202.8 of Gov. Andrew Cuomo that is in effect until April 19, 2020. The order includes:
Kaleida Health announces recruitment efforts for surge team
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 07:45 am
Kaleida Health continues to prioritize testing its own workforce to ensure it maintains the health and well-being of its staff. It has been conducting its own COVID-19 employee testing for the past few days.
Tops, Wegmans working 'to keep shelves stocked'; Poloncarz: 'Avoiding panic buying is important'
Sun, Mar 22nd 2020 05:40 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz today joined with local grocery stores Tops Markets and Wegmans to inform residents of continuing efforts to keep store shelves stocked and shopping environments safe for all. Grocery stores have been classified as essential businesses during the coronavirus pandemic and are working to ensure that all patrons have access to the supplies they need for the health and well-being of themselves and their families.
Erie County up to 64 positive cases of coronavirus; program changes announced
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 07:20 pm
The Erie County Department of Health online case mapping tool is reporting 56 positive cases of COVID-19 as of Saturday evening.
Kaleida Health updates on COVID-19: New York mandating new surge plans for hospitals
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 05:10 pm
The New York State Department of Health has instructed hospitals across the state to update their recently submitted "surge" pandemic plans. The goal is to increase hospital inpatient bed capacity by 50% to help fight the ongoing coronavirus health crisis.
Attorney General James urges employees to file complaints against employers ignoring NYS executive orders
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 12:55 pm
Attorney General Letitia James today issued the following statement asking any employee who believes that their employer is in violation of labor laws or official directives set forth by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office to contact the New York State Office of the Attorney General's labor bureau and file a complaint:
WellNow Urgent Care expands telehealth platform amidst public health crisis
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 12:40 pm
Amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic, WellNow Urgent Care has expanded its telehealth platform, WellNow Virtual Medical. Beginning today, Western New York patients can use any web-enabled device to receive a virtual consultation with a registered WellNow provider from any location within New York - 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
5 new COVID-19 positive test results in Niagara County
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 12:30 pm
Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton on Saturday said that, since Friday night, the county has received five new positive test results from the New York State Department of Health.
Matthew West releases live recording of 'Hope Returns'
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 08:20 am
Award-winning singer/songwriter Matthew West has released the first of six songs recorded in front of a live audience at the YouTube Space in New York City to celebrate the release of his album "Brand New." "Hope Returns" is the first song released, with a powerful message in this time of uncertainty across the globe.
State of emergency declared for COVID-19
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 07:00 am
Monday morning, Town of Grand Island Supervisor John Whitney issued a proclamation to address the COVID-19 threat and declared a local state of emergency within the Town of Grand Island.
Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce: Conference call reveals additional safety measures, update for businesses
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 07:00 am
Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce President Jennifer Pauly organized a conference call Thursday morning with Lewiston Police Department Chief Frank Previte, Lewiston Fire Co. No. 1 Chief Les Myers, Town of Lewiston Supervisor Steve Broderick, Village of Lewiston Mayor Anne Welch, chamber staff and board members.
 

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