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Cuomo advising local health departments to prepare for COVID-19, seasonal flu double-teaming people this fall
Wed, Aug 19th 2020 09:10 pm
Speaking to reporters on a conference call Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York is in "the second half of the game" - hopefully - with regard to fighting the coronavirus. He said local health departments need to prepare for flu season while not detracting from COVID-19 testing and tracing. Moreover, he said schools need to have a plan to mitigate a possible spread of the virus once campus doors reopen.
No appointment necessary: Catholic Health expands CH Care OnDemand 24/7 telehealth program throughout WNY
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 04:45 pm
How would you like to talk to a doctor or medical provider anytime day or night, without an appointment, for all those medical issues that aren't quite serious enough for a trip to the hospital, but need medical attention sooner rather than later? Catholic Health is now offering CH Care OnDemand, giving Western New Yorkers 24/7 access to a medical provider, within minutes, for nonemergent conditions - all from a phone, computer or tablet.
Erie County Department of Health will provide inspections to gyms & fitness centers that seek to reopen
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 04:40 pm
After reviewing the "New York Forward" guidance related to reopening fitness centers and gyms, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is announcing a blanket approval for these facilities to reopen Monday, Aug. 24, under the conditions listed below.
Cuomo announces special enrollment for uninsured extended for additional 30 days
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 04:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the special enrollment period for uninsured New Yorkers will be extended for another 30 days, through Sept. 15, as the state continues to provide supportive services during the COVID-19 public health crisis. New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health, New York state's health insurance marketplace, or directly through insurers.
Report: Hotel industry facing historic wave of foreclosures
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 04:35 pm
A new national report shows the hotel industry is facing a historic wave of foreclosures as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate small business hotel owners and its workforce.
Preparing K-12 teachers to meet today's social challenges
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 04:35 pm
As school districts nationwide grapple with several challenges as a new school year approaches, a program now in its second year at the University at Buffalo is equipping future K-12 teachers with the tools to address these issues head on.
Erie County Office of Agriculture unveils 'Erie Grown Passport'
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 04:30 pm
The Erie County Office of Agriculture announced a new initiative aimed at promoting local agriculture, a sector hard-hit the COVID-19 pandemic, with the launch of the "Erie Grown Passport."
Every Person Influences Children, Jericho Road Community Health Center launch 'Storytime In Your Neighborhood'
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 12:50 pm
EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) announced the upcoming "Storytime In Your Neighborhood" series, in collaboration with the Jericho Road Community Health Center. The series kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
COVID-19: 2 additional states added to travel advisory
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 12:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced two additional states meet the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those states - all of which have significant community spread - to quarantine for 14 days. The newly added states are Alaska and Delaware. No areas have been removed.
Coronavirus stats for Aug. 17
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 01:55 pm
Cuomo allowing gyms to reopen next week
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 11:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced gyms in New York can reopen beginning Monday, Aug. 24.
ESAAL pushing for safe reopening of assisted living hair salons, reinstated community dining
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 11:40 am
Blanket rules for both skilled nursing facilities and adult care/assisted living continue to be enforced by New York state despite stark differences in the characteristics of the two resident populations, and despite difference in COVID-related data. The pandemic has required assisted living residents to be isolated for a long time to the detriment of their emotional and mental well-being.
DiNapoli: State tax revenues down $3 billion through July
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 11:15 am
State tax receipts of $26.4 billion through the first four months of the state fiscal year were $3 billion, or 10.2%, below the same period last year, according to the July cash report issued by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Buffalo Learning Enrichment Television program announced
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 11:15 am
A series of half-hour courses will premiere today, for students from kindergarten through 12th grade, which are designed to help them receive distance learning instruction because they are lacking internet or computer access.
Comments sought on proposed electric & gas rates for NYSEG, RG&E customers
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 11:15 am
The New York State Public Service Commission announced it would hold four virtual public statement hearings beginning Aug. 26 and ending Aug. 27 to receive public comments on a joint proposal contemplating proposed changes in the New York State Electric & Gas Corp. (NYSEG) and Rochester Gas and Electric Corp. (RG&E) electric and gas delivery rates and practices, as well as the proposed closure of six of 16 customer service walk-in offices operated by the companies.
Erie County Department of Health announces COVID-19 testing for agricultural workers
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 10:45 am
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is announcing a collaborative community program for diagnostic COVID-19 testing for workers in agricultural settings.
Cuomo: New York state will provide health personnel to allow 9/11 tribute in light show to happen safely
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 09:10 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the following announcement Saturday regarding the National September 11 Memorial & Museum "Tribute in Light" event:
7 million COVID-19 tests conducted to date in New York state
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 09:05 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced 7 million diagnostic tests for COVID-19 have been conducted to date in New York state, and that the number of positive cases Saturday - 0.78% - was below 1% for the ninth day in a row.
Attorney General James renews suspension of state debt collection for 5th time as coronavirus continues to impact New Yorkers' wallets
Sat, Aug 15th 2020 10:50 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Friday announced the state will, on Sunday, renew for the fifth time an order to halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the state that has been specifically referred to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for collection.
NY Farm Bureau statement on state's testing plan for farmworkers during COVID-19 pandemic
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 04:15 pm
New York Farm Bureau has advocated for interagency state coordination related to testing, medical treatment, and emergency housing for farmworkers since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we support New York state's latest response announced today by the governor as our farms approach the all-important fall harvest season.
Cuomo: New testing initiatives to improve COVID-19 detection & control across New York
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 04:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced a series of new initiatives related to COVID-19 testing that will improve New York state's ability to detect and control the virus in communities across the state.
Higgins responds to northern border travel restriction extension
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 03:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, who serves as co-chair of the northern border caucus, released the following statement in response to Friday's announcement that the Canadian government is extending travel restrictions between the U.S. and Canada through Sept. 21:
Buffalo Prep raises more than $1 million since March, as community steps up to support racial & educational equity
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 03:55 pm
Buffalo Prep, a local nonprofit organization, has been awarded more than $1.26 million from local foundations and organizations since March. The largest one-time gift in the history of Buffalo Prep's 31-year existence was given by KeyBank, in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation, in the amount of $750,000.
Bowling alleys can reopen Monday; gyms could be next
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 12:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday provided welcome news to bowlers across New York state.
NYS Department of Labor thwarts more than $1 billion in unemployment insurance fraud during pandemic, stops more than 40,000 fraudulent claims
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 11:50 am
The New York State Department of Labor announced it has prevented more than $1 billion from falling into fraudsters' hands during the coronavirus pandemic, identifying and stopping more than 42,200 fraudulent unemployment benefit claims since mid-March. In the past five months, DOL has referred more unemployment fraud cases to federal prosecutors than the department did in the past 10 years combined.
Cuomo announces new campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 11:25 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced a new social media campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking and "help dispel common misconceptions about the crime and its victims." Starting this month, the Interagency Task Force on Human Trafficking will begin sharing a series of graphics aimed at correcting these misconceptions along with information about how to report trafficking cases.
HUD awards over $55 million to New York public housing authorities to help keep residents housed
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 11:20 am
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced $472 million in CARES Act funding to help low-income families during the coronavirus pandemic.
Cahill informs patients of recently released guidance pertaining to medical offices & COVID-19 fees
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 11:20 am
Assembly member Kevin A. Cahill announced new guidance issued by the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) regarding coronavirus related service fees charged by medical and dental offices.
Memorial Medical Center to resume community testing for COVID-19
Wed, Aug 12th 2020 04:35 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will resume COVID-19 diagnostic testing at select community sites beginning Friday.
Orleans/Niagara BOCES to hold four informational sessions on school reopening
Wed, Aug 12th 2020 01:40 pm
Orleans/Niagara BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Clark Godshall will hold four informational sessions on YouTube Live to address concerns and procedures for reopening all sites.
NYS Legislature to hold hearing on impact of COVID-19 on New York state hospitals
Wed, Aug 12th 2020 09:40 am
Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 in New York peaked in mid-April at almost 19,000 with more than 5,200 people in intensive care units (ICU) across the state. New York and its hospital system took a number of steps to begin preparing to handle the projected surge in hospital admissions related to COVID-19.
UB School of Social Work creates resource to help instructors transition from classrooms to remote instruction
Tue, Aug 11th 2020 12:05 pm
Faculty and staff members in the University at Buffalo School of Social Work have created an online resource to guide instructors, across disciplines and across different colleges and universities, who are transitioning their classrooms from a traditional seated environment to remote learning.
UB: How to achieve health equity during a global pandemic topic of Igniting Hope conference
Tue, Aug 11th 2020 10:45 am
For years, Blacks living in certain ZIP codes in Buffalo have been almost three times as likely to die prematurely than whites living in other areas of the city. And that was before COVID-19.
WellNow Urgent Care announces COVID-19 testing programs for universities & colleges
Tue, Aug 11th 2020 10:45 am
On Tuesday, WellNow Urgent Care announced its new offering of on-campus COVID-19 testing clinics for universities and colleges. Programs will offer molecular (PCR) COVID-19 testing administered to students, faculty and school staff by WellNow professionals. Each program will be custom developed to meet the needs and testing requirements outlined by the school.
NYS Legislature to hold hearing on impact of COVID-19 on 2020 primary elections
Tue, Aug 11th 2020 10:00 am
Senate Elections Committee Chair Zellnor Myrie, Senate Local Government Committee Chair James Gaughran, Assembly Election Law Committee Chair Charles Lavine and Assembly Local Governments Committee Chair Fred Thiele Jr. will take testimony to review voter turnout and systemic issues related to voting in the 2020 primary elections to evaluate how well New York handled voting during a pandemic and explore potential solutions to issues that arose during the election.
Cuomo launches new PSA as latest in series of 'Mask Up, America' campaign
Mon, Aug 10th 2020 04:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday released a new "Mask Up, America" public service announcement, highlighting the effective use of masks during the 1918 deadly Influenza pandemic that infected 500 million people - a third of the world's population. The advertisement features archival photos of the use of masks during the 1918 outbreak, which was crucial to preventing the spread of the deadly virus, to inspire Americans to wear masks today.
Niagara County hosting drive-thru event offering cloth masks and hand sanitizer
Mon, Aug 10th 2020 04:50 pm
Niagara County Legislator Dave Godfrey announced the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services will host a drive-thru to provide cloth face masks and hand sanitizer that will be pre-packaged.
COVID-19: Western New York has highest positive infection rate over 3-day period
Mon, Aug 10th 2020 11:15 am
Western New York has had New York state's highest positive coronavirus test rate over the past three days of reporting.
Cuomo, Stewart-Cousins, Heastie send joint letter to New York's congressional delegation outlining urgent need for federal aid for state & local governments
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 04:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Friday sent a joint letter to New York's congressional delegation outlining the urgent need for federal aid for state and local governments in the anticipated relief package. The state needs $30 billion in aid over the next two years to meet its obligations.
Representing NYS adult care facilities, ESAAL testifies before NYS Legislature on COVID-19 challenges
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 03:25 pm
The Empire State Association of Assisted Living (ESAAL) provided testimony to the New York State Legislature's residential health care facilities and COVID-19 hearing on Aug. 3.
 

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