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Memorial, NAMI to offer mental health support in response to pandemic
Wed, Jun 2nd 2021 10:00 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Buffalo & Erie County are responding to a growing need for mental health care stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Niagara County DSS says rental assistance program now open
Tue, Jun 1st 2021 04:35 pm
The Niagara County Department of Social Services announced the New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is now accepting applications to help low and moderate-income households who are behind in their rent payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
SBA administrator issues statement on closure of Paycheck Protection Program
Tue, Jun 1st 2021 01:25 pm
Small Business Administration Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman made the following statement on the closure of the Paycheck Protection Program to new loan guaranty applications, which has provided over $798 billion in economic relief to small businesses and nonprofits across the nation, "keeping employees employed and helping businesses come back stronger than ever."
Cuomo lifts indoor dining curfew
Tue, Jun 1st 2021 11:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo released the following statement on Monday: "During the month of May, we took major steps towards reopening our economy and, as of May 31, we are lifting the midnight curfew on indoor dining for bars and restaurants across New York."
Higgins: If travel exemptions can be made for NHL, similar allowances can be made for separated families
Tue, Jun 1st 2021 11:55 am
Congressman Brian Higgins responded to published reports indicating plans are underway to accommodate NHL teams by extending exemptions for travel between the U.S. and Canada.
Niagara County Department of Health June clinics include Johnson & Johnson/Janssen single-dose vaccine
Tue, Jun 1st 2021 07:00 am
The Niagara County Department of Health has expanded all second-dose clinics in the month of June to include free single-dose Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 18 years of age and older. There will be clinics at seven different sites.
ECMC to administer COVID-19 vaccine at Sahlen Field
Mon, May 31st 2021 07:00 am
Erie County Medical Center Corp. caregivers will staff a pop-up vaccine site outside Sahlen Field prior to the upcoming Toronto Blue Jay games - from 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, June 1-2. The site will provide the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Cuomo: 'Vax and Scratch' program to be extended to new sites
Fri, May 28th 2021 02:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the "Vax and Scratch" program - which provides free New York State Lottery scratch-off tickets to individuals 18 and over with a grand prize of $5 million - will extend to 10 new state mass-vaccination sites.
Tops Friendly Markets offers over-the-counter COVID-19 at-home testing kits
Fri, May 28th 2021 01:40 pm
Since the onset of COVID-19, Tops has been working to protect the community it serves. To that end, it is offering the community an at-home COVID-19 testing kit manufactured by Quidel and distributed by McKesson.
Cuomo announces new guidance reminding employers New York's paid sick leave law covers any needed recovery time from COVID-19 vaccination
Thu, May 27th 2021 09:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced the New York State Department of Labor is issuing guidance to all employers that any necessary recovery period from the COVID-19 vaccine is covered under the state's Paid Sick Leave Law.
Get vaccinated ... win a college scholarship
Wed, May 26th 2021 04:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the "Get a Shot to Make Your Future" incentive for 12- to 17-year-olds to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Participants can enter into a random prize drawing and potentially receive a full scholarship to a SUNY or CUNY college, beginning May 27.
How to reduce COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy? UB experts weigh in
Mon, May 24th 2021 06:05 pm
Widespread vaccine distribution in the United States has been among the country's most successful public health programs, according to David Herzberg, a professor of history in the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences. And though these programs have nearly wiped out many viruses responsible for causing virulent diseases, Herzberg says vaccine concerns and hesitancy, especially as they relate to COVID-19, are not new. They have been around as long as there have been vaccines.
Cuomo: Flags to half-staff & state landmarks lit in honor of COVID-19 essential workers
Mon, May 24th 2021 05:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday directed flags on state government buildings to be flown at half-staff and state landmarks to be lit red, white and blue on Sunday, May 30, to honor the essential workers who lost their lives due to COVID-19.
Cuomo: All New York schools to reopen in September; announces new vaccination perks
Mon, May 24th 2021 05:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced that, based on current COVID-19 trajectory, all New York state schools will reopen for full in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year beginning in September.
Dunkin' provides gift cards to Erie County Department of Health COVID-19 vaccination program
Mon, May 24th 2021 02:05 pm
Erie County and the Erie County Department of Health announced Dunkin' will provide 2,000 gift cards (valued at $5 each) for distribution at county-run COVID-19 vaccine clinics starting Tuesday, May 25. These cards will be given to youth ages 12 and older as they complete the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, with a second dose at ECDOH clinics.
UB: Every 'variant of concern' has now been detected in Erie County - but US vaccines provide protection
Fri, May 21st 2021 12:40 pm
Locally and nationwide, the number of COVID-19 cases is plummeting and the predominant message seems to be that the worst of the pandemic may be behind us.
HUD: $5 billion nationwide to house people experiencing homelessness
Fri, May 21st 2021 10:00 am
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia L. Fudge announced the allocation of $5 billion in American Rescue Plan funds for emergency housing vouchers for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.
'Vax & Scratch' program providing lottery tickets for prizes up to $5 million
Fri, May 21st 2021 09:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced a new vaccination program that will provide free New York Lottery scratch-off tickets to individuals 18 and over, with a grand prize of $5 million.
New pop-up vaccination sites at airports to reach more individuals with COVID-19 vaccine
Fri, May 21st 2021 09:50 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced seven new pop-up vaccination sites at airports in New York City, White Plains, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo. The sites will be open for walk-in vaccinations on a first-come, first-served basis utilizing the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Higgins, Jacobs disappointed with continued US-Canada border shutdown
Thu, May 20th 2021 11:40 am
Congressman Brian Higgins on Thursday expressed great disappointment following the announcement the United States and Canada have continued to keep the northern border closed to nonessential travel for another full month.
Higgins asks New York to make COVID vaccines available to Canadian residents
Wed, May 19th 2021 04:35 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, co-chair of the congressional northern border caucus and the Canada-U.S. interparliamentary group, is asking New York state to open up COVID-19 vaccine appointments to Canadians.
COVID-19: Vaccination opportunities abound in Erie County
Wed, May 19th 2021 04:30 pm
This Saturday, May 22, the Erie County Department of Health has a schedule that can only be described as intense, with five separate COVID-19 vaccination clinics scheduled to cover ages 12 and older.
WNY COVID-19 Research Collaborative receives funding to reduce vaccine hesitancy
Wed, May 19th 2021 03:15 pm
The Western New York COVID-19 Research Collaborative has received a $55,000 grant from The John R. Oishei Foundation to promote vaccine acceptance in the region.
Cuomo announces new guidance for health and safety measures at child care, day camp & overnight camp programs as New York proceeds with strategic reopening
Wed, May 19th 2021 10:35 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced updated guidance for health and safety measures at child care, day camp and overnight camp programs, effective May 19.
Higgins applauds Biden administration action to send vaccines to other nations
Mon, May 17th 2021 04:35 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins applauded the announcement by President Joe Biden that the U.S. will share at least 20 million additional doses of approved COVID-19 vaccines with other nations. This is in addition to the 60 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine previously shared by the U.S.
AHLA statement on updated CDC mask guidance
Mon, May 17th 2021 04:35 pm
The following is a statement from Chip Rogers, president and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, on updated face-covering and physical distancing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
2021 TCS New York City Marathon to return for 50th running
Mon, May 17th 2021 04:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the TCS New York City Marathon will return for its 50th running this year, on Nov. 7. The race will operate at 60% of its usual participant field for a total of 33,000 runners.
Free community COVID-19 testing event
Mon, May 17th 2021 04:35 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Center, along with the Niagara Falls Housing Authority and the Niagara Falls Health Equity Task Force, will conduct free community testing for COVID-19 from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, May 20, at the Packard Court Community Center, 4300 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls.
Reimagined Tribeca Festival to feature Radio City Music Hall reopening at 100% capacity for festival's closing night
Mon, May 17th 2021 03:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced Radio City Music Hall will open its doors for the first time in over a year to host the Tribeca Festival's closing night film on Saturday, June 19. For this event, Radio City Music Hall will operate at 100% capacity with a fully vaccinated audience.
New York Knicks & Brooklyn Nets will have fully vaccinated fan sections for 2021 NBA home playoff games
Mon, May 17th 2021 03:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced that, starting May 22, the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets will have fully vaccinated fan sections that will increase capacity at their 2021 NBA home playoff games at Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center.
Cuomo announces additional guidance for county fairs & local festivals
Mon, May 17th 2021 03:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced additional guidance for county fairs and local festivals throughout New York. Local governments must permit county fairs and local festivals and consider COVID-19 health guidelines this year.
Cuomo: New York to adopt new CDC guidance on mask use & social distancing for fully vaccinated individuals
Mon, May 17th 2021 02:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced that, beginning May 19, New York state will adopt the CDC's "Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People" for most business and public settings.
NFMMC hosts pop-up vaccine clinics in partnership with NYS
Mon, May 17th 2021 11:15 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will host pop-up vaccination clinics from 2-7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday this week at the Portage Road Transportation Center, 1162 Portage Road, Niagara Falls.
New cases per 100,000 residents over 7 days drop below 100 for Erie County
Fri, May 14th 2021 04:25 pm
The Erie County Department of Health announced that, with reported COVID-19 cases through Thursday, the rate for new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents in the past seven days is 91. This means that, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention thresholds for community transmission, Erie County is now considered in a "substantial" category of COVID-19 risk, down from a "high" level.
NYS Wegmans now offering COVID-19 vaccine for individuals age 12 and older
Fri, May 14th 2021 04:25 pm
New York state Wegmans pharmacy locations are now offering COVID-19 vaccination appointments to individuals age 12 and older. Online appointment scheduling for minors is open now, with appointment availability starting Saturday, May 15. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Higgins: No more extensions; calls for expanded border crossings by Memorial Day & fully open by July
Fri, May 14th 2021 12:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins says new public health guidance confirms the border between the U.S. and Canada can safely reopen. The congressman, who serves as co-chair of the northern border caucus and the Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group, is pressing the White House to end the orders banning nonessential travel. Orders have been issued monthly for over a year.
Erie County Department of Health will expand COVID-19 vaccination to youth ages 12-15
Thu, May 13th 2021 08:25 pm
The Erie County Department of Health will begin providing COVID-19 vaccine to youth ages 12-15 at its scheduled Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinics. This follows the recommendations of the Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health, and their reviews of clinical trial data for safety and efficacy in that age group.
Cuomo signs legislation protecting New Yorkers' COVID-19 stimulus payments from debt collectors
Thu, May 13th 2021 08:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation (S.5923-A/A.6617-A) protecting New Yorkers' COVID-19 stimulus payments from being garnished by debt collectors.
COVID-19 vaccines available at ECMC
Thu, May 13th 2021 08:25 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp., following guidance from the CDC and New York State Department of Health, is now administering the Pfizer vaccine for anyone 12 to 18 years old in its vaccine center. In addition, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is also available in the ECMC vaccine center for the general public.
CDC: Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance; NYS reviewing changes
Thu, May 13th 2021 07:25 pm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday issued Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People. It stated:
 

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