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ECMC leadership stands with its nurses
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 03:00 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp. executive leadership stood Friday with its dedicated nurses, calling on the federal government to utilize the Defense Production Act to make personal protection equipment (PPE) for caregivers here and across the country.
Tops' latest limited-item list, Easter hours
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 01:55 pm
The health and well-being of our customers and associates is our first priority. In January, our internal "Tops crisis management team" started the process of preparing for the COVID-19 event that had just started. Since then, the team has taken daily action to ensure increased supply of products coming into our warehouses and stores for our customers to purchase.
Independent Health partners with Brook Personal Health Companion to provide WNY community access to health support during COVID-19 emergency
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 11:45 am
Independent Health announced it is expanding its partnership with Brook, an innovative Seattle-based technology company, to offer the Western New York community free access to the Brook Personal Health Companion app for the duration of the COVID-19 health emergency.
Kaleida Health participating in experimental therapies for current patients; local eateries donate food
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 11:30 am
Eligible COVID-19 patients at Buffalo General Medical Center and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital will begin participating in a number of FDA-approved experimental therapy options as early as this week. These therapies include a clinical trial of the arthritis medication, sarilumab; convalescent plasma infusions for critically ill patients as a way of introducing antibodies from individuals that have fully recovered from COVID-19; and the use of a promising antiviral medication, Remdesivir.
NCCC announces commencement postponement due to COVID-19
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 11:10 am
In a letter to eligible graduates and college employees on Wednesday, April 1, Niagara County Community College President William J. Murabito, Ph.D., announced commencement ceremonies originally scheduled for Saturday, May 16, would be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe.
NU's Levesque Institute for Civic Engagement provides resources for the community
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 09:40 am
Niagara University's Levesque Institute for Civic Engagement has developed an array of online programming for the broader community to offer supports while the pandemic continues.
Seneca Resorts & Casinos announces temporary furloughs, support for workers
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 09:40 am
Seneca Resorts & Casinos on Thursday announced temporary furloughs for some team members as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective Monday, April 6, temporary furloughs will be implemented. Though there is no specific date slated for the furloughs to end and the resorts to reopen. The Seneca Resorts & Casinos executive leadership team continues to monitor the situation daily.
Dash's Markets to devote special shopping hours for medical professionals
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 09:35 am
Dash's Markets is offering exclusive shopping hours for doctors, nurses and all first responders: 6-7 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, beginning April 4.
EC Department of Social Services reminds residents to access programs from home
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 09:35 am
Social Services Commissioner Marie Cannon is reminding Erie County residents that they do not have to (and are not advised to) visit Social Services offices to access the assistance programs the department offers. Programs can either be accessed online or by requesting an application over the phone.
Higgins: Nearly $20 million in COVID-19 emergency funding for Western New York communities
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 09:30 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced Western New York will receive over $19.939 million in federal emergency funding to help local communities respond to and recover from the COVID-19 outbreak. The funding was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recently approved by Congress to address urgent public health and economic crisis.
Susan G. Komen Upstate New York reschedules 2020 'More Than Pink' Walk to Sept. 5
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 09:15 am
Susan G. Komen Upstate New York has rescheduled its annual Western New York "More Than Pink" Walk amid health concerns around COVID-19. The original date of June 13 has been rescheduled to Saturday, Sept. 5. The event will remain at Buffalo RiverWorks.
Summer events in limbo, as pandemic has no end date
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 09:00 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said there's no immediate end date to social distancing or brick and mortar restrictions put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. Moreover, though he said there is likely a way to have businesses reopen as people are still taking precautionary measures, he acknowledged the coronavirus would still pose a public danger into the summer months.
Higgins: $61.3 million-plus for public transportation in WNY
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 08:45 am
Congressman Brian Higgins on Thursday announced Western New York will receive more than $61.3 million in federal funding to support public transportation through an emergency package approved by Congress in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
UB professors' initiative will help Kaleida Health increase, speed up COVID-19 testing in Erie County
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 08:45 am
Thanks to the fast action of two University at Buffalo faculty members, Kaleida Health Labs will have two more crucial tools to help it fight the COVID-19 crisis in Erie County.
ECDOH: Don't self-medicate, mix drugs, trying to beat coronavirus
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 08:40 am
ECDOH is sharing precautions from the New York State Poison Control Centers on chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, two drugs that are being discussed as a possible treatment for COVID-19.
Higgins: Seniors will now receive automatic COVID-19 stimulus payments
Thu, Apr 2nd 2020 11:45 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, and his colleagues on the House of Representatives Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security requested and won agreement by the U.S. Department of Treasury to automatically provide stimulus checks to senior citizens who are Social Security recipients - reversing course on previous directives that would have required seniors to complete forms to receive the COVID-19 relief payment.
Niagara County past 90 positive coronavirus cases
Thu, Apr 2nd 2020 11:35 am
On Thursday, the Niagara County Health Department released the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County:
There's bears out there: Community group creates stuffed animal scavenger hunt
Thu, Apr 2nd 2020 09:55 am
Elizabeth Corey Coffey and Jen Heinze recently invited community members to place bears and other stuffed animals in their windows, thus providing families an opportunity to get in the car and scavenger hunt.
Higgins, NY, NJ members, calling to expedite funding to health care providers
Thu, Apr 2nd 2020 07:00 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, and other members of New York and New Jersey's federal delegation are calling for the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary to expedite funding to health care providers in the two states.
Expert: How best practices from first responders can help you work through COVID-19 disruption
Thu, Apr 2nd 2020 07:00 am
Stay-at-home orders and social distancing have disrupted day-to-day life as the world works to mitigate the effects of the global coronavirus pandemic.
Eichel to donate protective masks to local hospitals
Wed, Apr 1st 2020 06:25 pm
Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel has purchased 5,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) masks from hockey equipment manufacturer Bauer that will be distributed to various hospitals throughout Western New York.
AG James highlights resources for domestic violence victims amid coronavirus pandemic
Wed, Apr 1st 2020 06:20 pm
Attorney General Letitia James, along with state and local officials and advocates, reminded victims of domestic violence they are not alone and that help remains available around-the-clock. On average, more than 10 million individuals per year are physically abused by an intimate partner in the U.S. Her camp said, "While social isolation is necessary amidst the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, it may aggravate what is already a widespread problem."
Small business: Higgins provides details on Paycheck Protection Program, employee retention tax credit
Wed, Apr 1st 2020 01:15 pm
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a complete halt of community and business activity for many in Western New York. Until the pandemic risk subsides, many businesses will continue to be interrupted.
9 new positive cases brings Niagara County coronavirus total to 65
Wed, Apr 1st 2020 12:00 pm
The Niagara County Health Department on Wednesday released the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County:
More small business resource links
Wed, Apr 1st 2020 10:10 am
The Niagara County Center for Economic Development shared this information with local elected leaders, who are, in turn, sharing it with NFP readers.
1 million masks received at Kaleida Health
Wed, Apr 1st 2020 09:35 am
Kaleida Health on Tuesday announced it has received its most recent planned shipment of protective face masks. Purchased from Foam Depot Inc., the 1 million surgical/procedural masks (pictured), are the types the hospital system is using with its "universal masking" guidelines. They are available for staff and visitors to use in all of our sites, including in hospitals, long-term care and home care.
With $349 billion in emergency small business capital cleared, SBA and Treasury begin unprecedented public-private mobilization effort to distribute funds
Wed, Apr 1st 2020 09:25 am
Following President Donald Trump's signing of the historic Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Small Business Administrstion Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin today announced the SBA and Treasury Department have initiated a robust mobilization effort of banks and other lending institutions to provide small businesses with the capital they need.
Experts: Social distancing means work teams go virtual; 5 keys to success
Wed, Apr 1st 2020 07:00 am
As more states mandate that nonessential employees stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19, many leaders and teams are navigating the complexities of remote work for the first time.
Erie County offers updates on resources, recreation
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 05:45 pm
As of noon today, we have received reports of 499 total positive COVID-19 cases in Erie County residents. Eight Erie County residents have died, and 53 people have recovered. There are currently 438 people in isolation.
Cuomo announces new hospital network central coordinating team
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 05:35 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new hospital network central coordinating team that will help facilitate a more coordinated and strategic approach among the state's health care system in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
 

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