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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.
Grand Island Memorial Library closed
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 07:00 am
The Grand Island Memorial Library will be closed to the public through Tuesday, March 31, at 8 p.m. as per recommendations from the county executive in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
River Region still open for business
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 07:00 am
In the interest of public safety, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has severely curtailed the ways in which people can gather together. Restaurants and bars are limited to takeout and delivery; movie theaters, bowling alleys, shopping malls and hair salons are temporarily closed; events are cancelled; and nonessential businesses have to reduce workforce 100%.
Erie County Department of Health COVID-19 update for Friday, March 20
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 06:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is releasing results of reports from COVID-19 testing on individuals in Erie County. There are currently 36 lab confirmed cases in Erie County residents as of noon today. Additional tests are being run by our Public Health Lab and commercial labs and results will be released when available.
Colvin Cleaners 'Gowns for Prom' postponed; donations still sought
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 05:25 pm
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the 15th annual Colvin Cleaners "Gowns for Prom" distribution event is postponed until further notice.
Community Missions program updates
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 05:00 pm
Greetings from Community Missions. I wanted to pass along an update as to what we are seeing within our programs at this time related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For nearly a century, Community Missions has been an outlet for the community to help one another to get through difficult times. Already in the first few days of this situation, we have seen this generosity of spirit in many ways!
Niagara Falls Memorial suspends elective surgeries; amends visitation policies
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 04:55 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has temporarily suspended all elective surgery procedures effective at the close of business Friday. The action aims to make more inpatient beds available in anticipation of an increase in the number of patients with COVID-19 who are expected to present to the medical center.
Cuomo puts 'New York on PAUSE'
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 04:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced he is signing the "New York State on PAUSE" executive order, a 10-point policy to "assure uniform safety for everyone."
Cuomo: 100% of 'nonessential' workforce to stay home; here's the list of 'essentials'
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 03:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted the following: "I will sign an Executive Order mandating that 100% of workforce must stay home, excluding essential services. This order excludes pharmacies, grocery stores, and others."
Kaleida Health: Residents should stay home; seeks donations of masks
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 03:15 pm
Thousands of their doctors, nurses, ancillary and support staffs are working tirelessly to care for patients. Their efforts are nothing short of heroic. As they know better than anyone, flattening the curve is crucial to managing hospital surge.
Empire State Development defines 'essential' business
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 03:10 pm
ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES OR ENTITIES, including any for profit or non-profit, regardless of the nature of the service, the function they perform, or its corporate or entity structure, are not subject to the in-person restriction. (Essential Businesses must continue to comply with the guidance and directives for maintaining a clean and safe work environment issued by the Department of Health).
Lewiston-Porter working to help students, families affected by school closure
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 02:50 pm
Things have escalated very quickly since I last wrote this column, and much more may change by the time you read this.
CISA releases guidance on 'essential' critical infrastructure workers during COVID-19
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 01:30 pm
On Thursday, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released guidance to help state and local jurisdictions and the private sector identify and manage their essential workforce while responding to COVID-19.
Niagara County: Help available in finding day care for essential workers
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 11:55 am
The Niagara County Department of Social Services today announced it has been working to identify open child care slots for public and private sector employees who are deemed essential and are having child care issues.
Higgins reports on new northern border restrictions
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 11:50 am
Congressman Brian Higgins reported Friday on new restrictions at the border between the United States and Canada, which will be put into place by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security effective 11:59 p.m. today, in a binational response to limit the COVID-19 outbreak.
Higgins announces Treasury decision to delay tax filing deadline amidst COVID-19 pandemic
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 11:30 am
Congressman Brian Higgins on Friday announced U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reported the IRS tax filing deadline for this year is being moved to July 15, 2020.
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).
 

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