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New funding to help counties with COVID-19 response costs
Tue, Dec 21st 2021 11:20 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced she is making $65 million available to counties across New York to help with the costs associated with administering vaccines and boosters, and enforcing the mask-or-vaccine mandate for indoor public places that went into effect statewide last week.
DPS details consumer rights, protections & programs to help pay utility bills and avoid shutoffs
Mon, Dec 20th 2021 05:35 pm
The New York State Department of Public Service (DPS) updated its work to educate consumers on their rights and protections regarding utility shutoffs, programs to assist with utility arrears, and information for those seeking heating assistance this winter.
Erie County Department of Health adds testing for influenza & RSV to COVID-19 testing
Mon, Dec 20th 2021 05:30 pm
The Erie County Public Health Lab has added testing for influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) to the COVID-19 PCR testing offered through the Erie County Department of Health.
COVID-19: New vaccine pop-ups designed to fight winter surge
Mon, Dec 20th 2021 11:20 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the deployment of more than 40 new pop-up vaccination sites across New York to fight the winter surge and rapidly spreading coronavirus omicron variant.
NFMMC: Vaccine clinics continue to make huge impact
Fri, Dec 17th 2021 01:20 pm
Over the past year, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has been at the forefront of the effort to vaccinate our community against COVID-19. Leading this charge is Memorial's director of pharmacy services, Michelle Lewis, Pharm.D., MHA, BCACP.
Erie County offers masks to area houses of worship for use & distribution through end of year
Fri, Dec 17th 2021 10:20 am
The Erie County Department of Health and Live Well Erie are extending an offer to houses of worship countywide to place orders for masks for use at holiday services and distribution to their worship communities.
Erie County Department of Health, Live Well Erie launch 'Curbside Care' Initiative
Thu, Dec 16th 2021 09:35 pm
On Tuesday, Dec. 21, the Erie County Department of Health and Live Well Erie will start a weekly health initiative, "Curbside Care," offering health screenings, harm reduction supplies, and flu and COVID-19 vaccines from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Opinion: Nursing shortages compound capacity concerns, strain emergency departments amid COVID Surge
Thu, Dec 16th 2021 08:50 pm
As COVID cases surge, the American College of Emergency Physicians is very concerned that nursing shortages in emergency departments can complicate patient access to care and add to incredible levels of stress already on physician-led care teams.
Hochul: $100 million in rent supplements for struggling New Yorkers
Tue, Dec 14th 2021 09:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced $100 million is available for counties to help homeless individuals and families leave the shelter system for a permanent home by providing rental assistance. The funds may also help very-low-income New Yorkers pay their rent and increase their housing security.
Niagara County Department of Health releases update to quarantine requirements
Tue, Dec 14th 2021 01:45 pm
Based on New York State Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, the Niagara County Department of Health is announcing a change to its COVID-19 quarantine requirements. Effective immediately, Niagara County will implement the "test out of quarantine" strategy for all county residents.
Attorney General James again warns mortgage servicers of obligation to assist homeowners in need of COVID-19 relief
Tue, Dec 14th 2021 01:45 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James has taken action to provide support to New Yorkers still recovering from the financial effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Hochul announces mask protocol now in effect, new FAQ resource available
Mon, Dec 13th 2021 11:45 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced the mask protocol for all indoor public places announced Friday is now in effect, as well as a new frequently asked questions resource for business owners and the general public.
Mask mandate begins in New York
Mon, Dec 13th 2021 08:10 am
The following FYI is a reprint of the announcements made Friday regarding New York state's new mask mandate:
Northwell Health deploying nurses to fight COVID-19 surge in Western New York
Sat, Dec 11th 2021 05:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Saturday announced Northwell Health, New York state's largest health system, has dispatched a team of skilled nurses to Western New York to answer the call for more medical personnel to help a region overburdened with a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Hochul announces 16 new #VaxtoSchool sites
Fri, Dec 10th 2021 11:15 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced 16 new #VaxtoSchool pop-up vaccination sites - including some sites open to children 5 years and older - as the state reaches its final week of #VaxtoSchool programming, which concludes on Dec. 14. Hochul and the state's Department of Health urge all eligible New Yorkers, including and especially young New Yorkers, to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible.
Hochul instituting statewide mask mandate in New York to address winter coronavirus surge
Fri, Dec 10th 2021 11:00 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced masks will be required to be worn in all indoor public places unless businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement.
Almost 7,000 new COVID cases in Erie & Niagara counties
Wed, Dec 8th 2021 02:25 pm
Coronavirus cases continue to rise in Erie and Niagara counties.
Higgins: $22.2 million-plus delivered to Buffalo & Niagara Falls airports
Tue, Dec 7th 2021 05:25 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins on Tuesday announced more than $22.2 million in American Rescue Plan funding has been awarded to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) to provide economic relief for airport operations and concessions to address lost revenue due to the pandemic.
NAACP's 'COVID. KNOW MORE' initiative continues to stand as Black America's best defense and resource, as pandemic rages on
Tue, Dec 7th 2021 03:30 pm
This month, the nation marked a foreboding, record death toll: More than 5,230,000 deaths worldwide as a result of COVID-19. It's a sad, painful and tragic milestone that signals the obvious: The coronavirus pandemic - here in the U.S. as well as around the globe - is far from over, and simply isn't going away anytime soon.
Erie County Department of Health expands COVID-19 vaccination sites
Mon, Dec 6th 2021 03:55 pm
The Erie County Department of Health has announced additional Erie County COVID-19 vaccine sites. A full and updated schedule is available at www.erie.gov/vax, and appointments are strongly suggested.
Hochul: 3 more confirmed COVID-19 omicron variant cases in New York state for a total of 8
Sat, Dec 4th 2021 11:10 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul today announced the detection of three more confirmed cases of the COVID-19 omicron variant in New York, for a total of eight confirmed cases. Her team said, "So far, the cases appear unrelated and have been confirmed through sequencing of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. All three of the new cases are from New York City, for a total of seven New York City residents, and one from Suffolk County, confirmed to have the omicron variant."
Seneca Gaming Corp., Niagara County partner to host COVID-19 vaccine clinics at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
Fri, Dec 3rd 2021 04:40 pm
As Western New York continues to experience a rise in the number of positive cases of COVID-19, Seneca Gaming Corp. and Niagara County are teaming together to make vaccines easily accessible for area residents.
County leaders strategize response to fluid COVID pandemic
Fri, Dec 3rd 2021 10:25 am
At its December meeting, the board of directors of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) on Thursday discussed the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and how best to work with the state to tailor response actions to the needs of local communities. The NYSAC board, which includes county leaders from every part of the state, discussed the widely varying rates of vaccinations, positive cases, hospital capacity, and death.
Hochul announces 'Ski for Free' COVID-19 booster and ages 5-11 vaccine incentive sweepstakes
Fri, Dec 3rd 2021 10:25 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the new "Ski for Free" COVID-19 vaccine incentive sweepstakes for children ages 5 to 11 and booster shot recipients.
Hochul announces 5 confirmed COVID-19 omicron variant cases in New York
Fri, Dec 3rd 2021 10:00 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday night announced the first confirmed cases of the COVID-19 omicron variant in New York state.
Whitney not in favor of mask mandate
Fri, Dec 3rd 2021 07:00 am
As town supervisor of the Town of Grand Island, I cannot place my support behind the mandatory mask mandate issued by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. Personally, I wear a mask where required and support vaccinations. However, I feel that the mandate will damage our businesses by forcing our residents to cross the bridge to Niagara County, where the mandate doesn't exist.
Study: How to freeze-dry a potential COVID-19 vaccine
Thu, Dec 2nd 2021 05:15 pm
Things that are freeze-dried: Astronaut food. Emergency rations. And, just maybe, some future COVID-19 vaccines.
Hochul launches 'Boost Up, New York' campaign
Thu, Dec 2nd 2021 04:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has launched the statewide "Boost Up, New York" campaign to urge New York adults to get their booster dose for better protection against COVID-19.
Higgins: $5.5 million-plus for health centers in WNY
Thu, Dec 2nd 2021 04:35 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced two grants through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services totaling $5,537,922 have been awarded to Community Health Center of Buffalo (CHCB) and Neighborhood Health Center of WNY for services provided at seven health clinics across Western New York.
1,050 new COVID cases in Niagara County
Wed, Dec 1st 2021 03:45 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following weekly update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County from Nov. 25 through Dec. 1.
DEC'S new 'Take Your Shot for an Outdoor Adventure' COVID-19 vaccine incentive sweepstakes open
Wed, Dec 1st 2021 12:40 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the new "Take Your Shot for an Outdoor Adventure" sweepstakes is open.
Memorial Medical Center revises patient visitation
Tue, Nov 30th 2021 03:20 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has revised its visitation policy in order to better protect and maintain the health and safety of hospital patients, visitors and staff.
Catholic Health to limit hospital visitation due to surge in COVID-19 patients, hospital capacity
Tue, Nov 30th 2021 09:35 am
As a result of the surge in COVID-19 cases that has placed significant pressure on hospital capacity across the region, non-coronavirus patients in Catholic Health hospitals will be limited to one visitor at a time during reduced hours as of Wednesday, Dec. 1.
Hochul: Nearly $70 million in water utility assistance for low-income New Yorkers
Mon, Nov 29th 2021 05:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced $69.8 million in federal funding will be available beginning Dec. 1 to help low-income New Yorkers pay past-due bills for drinking water and wastewater.
ECMC updates patient visitation guidelines
Mon, Nov 29th 2021 01:35 pm
Erie County Medical Center has updated patient visitation guidelines due to historically high inpatient volumes, extended wait times in its ER, and an increasing COVID-19 inpatient census. ECMC urges anyone experiencing mild symptoms to first consult with their primary care physician or visit an urgent care location.
ECDOH, Grand Island Central School District to pilot a 'test-to-stay' program
Mon, Nov 29th 2021 01:35 pm
After reviewing available information about the "test-to stay" approach for K-12 students, the Erie County Department of Health has developed documentation, including protocols, consent forms and communication materials, to move toward implementing this initiative.
Hochul announces urgent action to boost hospital capacity and address staffing shortages
Fri, Nov 26th 2021 05:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced "urgent action" to boost hospital capacity and address staffing shortages ahead of potential spikes in COVID-19 cases this upcoming winter. Through an executive order signed by Hochul, the Department of Health will be allowed to limit nonessential, nonurgent procedures for in-hospitals or systems with limited capacity to protect access to critical health care services.
Wydysh calls Poloncarz statement 'disappointing'
Wed, Nov 24th 2021 06:30 pm
Niagara County Chairwoman Becky Wydysh released the following statement Wednesday in Response to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.
Hochul launches new 'Take Your Shot for an Outdoor Adventure' vaccine incentive sweepstakes for hunters, anglers & outdoor enthusiasts
Wed, Nov 24th 2021 06:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a new vaccine incentive to bolster vaccination rates among New Yorkers who enjoy the great outdoors. Beginning Dec. 1 through the end of the year, anyone who receives their first vaccine dose will have the opportunity to enter the "Take Your Shot for an Outdoor Adventure: sweepstakes and a random drawing to win special prize packages tailored to anglers, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts.
Higgins presses feds to include community-based pharmacies in free COVID-19 testing program
Wed, Nov 24th 2021 10:40 am
Congressman Brian Higgins is asking the Biden administration to make community pharmacies partners in the federal government's COVID-19 testing and antiviral drug distribution programs.
 

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