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Coronavirus: New York State Legislature update
Sun, Mar 15th 2020 05:25 pm
Speaker Carl Heastie issued this statement on Sunday:
Erie County: Additional information on potential exposure from positive COVID-19 case in Clarence
Sun, Mar 15th 2020 05:20 pm
Following the positive test results of three individuals in Erie County for COVID-19 late Saturday, epidemiologists with the Erie County Department of Health ("ECDOH") began an intensive investigation into tracing the movements and potential close contacts of each individual following their return to Erie County from out of the area.
COVID-19: Niagara County proactively declares state of emergency, announces school closures
Sun, Mar 15th 2020 04:20 pm
Though Niagara County is still free of confirmed COVID-19 cases, a state of emergency was declared Sunday - and all school districts will be closed Monday.
Update on COVID-19 cases in Erie County; Poloncarz declares state of emergency
Sun, Mar 15th 2020 12:50 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein and Commissioner of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Daniel Neaverth Jr. announced three individuals in Erie County tested positive for COVID-19, a disease caused by a novel coronavirus. The cases were confirmed through testing at the Erie County Public Health Lab late Saturday afternoon and are the first confirmed cases in Erie County.
Aquarium of Niagara to close for two weeks in response to COVID-19
Sun, Mar 15th 2020 12:35 pm
The Aquarium of Niagara will close to the public at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, and remain closed through 9 a.m. March 28, in response to COVID-19. All scheduled events and programs within that timeframe are cancelled.
Seneca Resorts & Casinos implements additional health & safety precautions in continued response to COVID-19
Sun, Mar 15th 2020 12:20 pm
Per the Seneca Nation president and council directive released yesterday, Seneca Resorts & Casinos has implemented additional precautions in an effort to provide social distancing across its resort and casino properties in a continued response to COVID-19 concerns.
Coronavirus found in Erie County, 2 Assembly members
Sat, Mar 14th 2020 09:30 pm
On Saturday evening, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz posted the following on his Facebook page: "I have been advised by the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) that of today's tests, 3 samples from Erie County residents tested positive for the #Coronavirus/#COVIDー19. Our Department of Health is currently contacting close contacts of the three persons.
Girl Scouts of Western New York outline coronavirus actions
Sat, Mar 14th 2020 04:50 pm
Girl Scouts of Western New York today issued a series of guidelines for its Girl Scouts and families, emphasizing their health and well-being, communicating changes to programs, and urging parents to use their discretion in all public activities, including Girl Scouting.
'Jeopardy Beer and Pizza Night' fundraiser for HAL POSTPONED
Sat, Mar 14th 2020 07:00 am
It's Lewiston's epic battle of wits - part II.
GICSD cancels travel in light of COVID-19 pandemic
Sat, Mar 14th 2020 07:00 am
The Grand Island Board of Education took steps to address the coronavirus pandemic by canceling out of state school travel.
NYS COVID-19 info, list of resources
Fri, Mar 13th 2020 09:00 pm
HERE is a link to the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, the coronavirus, from the New York State Department of Health.
Wheatfield Town Board receives coronavirus update from Godfrey
Fri, Mar 13th 2020 07:00 pm
The Wheatfield Town Board had a busy session at its meeting this week. Amid procedural matters that involved local garbage pickup, a recently approved block grant for a local brewery, and an upcoming public hearing on stop signs, Niagara County Legislator David E. Godfrey was on hand to provide an update regarding the county's response to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus.
Coronavirus: Public service adjustments, unemployment update
Fri, Mar 13th 2020 06:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced he issued an executive order to help relieve the economic impact of COVID-19 on workers and assure school aid for schools that have been directed to close. As part of the governor's executive order, the state will waive the seven-day waiting period for workers to claim unemployment insurance for those that have been put out of work by COVID-19.
Erie County Senior Services suspends some services
Fri, Mar 13th 2020 06:25 pm
As a result of the COVID19 pandemic, Erie County Senior Services will be suspending the following services until further notice:
Town of Wheatfield issues coronavirus guidelines for employees
Fri, Mar 13th 2020 06:15 pm
On Friday, Supervisor Don MacSwan told the Tribune the Town of Wheatfield has adjusted its employee policy in response to COVID-19. Specifically, he indicated the town would adhere to various employee guidelines in response to the virus as outlined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CVS Health to assist with COVID-19 testing
Fri, Mar 13th 2020 06:15 pm
CVS corporate issued the following press release on Friday, in response to news its stores would serve as drive-thru locations for COVID-19 (the coronavirus) testing:
BPO, Seneca Niagara Casino concerts among coronavirus closings; Riviera, Erie County Fair reschedule events
Fri, Mar 13th 2020 05:45 pm
A series of events were postponed or cancelled Friday amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
'In the Loop' with the Lewiston-Porter BOE: Health, wellness a priority at Lew-Port
Fri, Mar 13th 2020 09:50 am
The health and wellness of Lewiston-Porter students, families, faculty and staff are always our priority. With concern for COVID-19, commonly referred to as the coronavirus, we are closely following the guidance provided by the Niagara County Department of Health, New York State Department of Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This guidance is based on what is currently known about the transmission and severity of coronavirus disease and is being updated as additional information becomes available.
Coronavirus: Cuomo announces new mass gatherings regulations
Thu, Mar 12th 2020 07:25 pm
During a novel coronavirus briefing Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state will institute limits on mass gatherings, directing events with 500 or more individuals in attendance to be cancelled or postponed.
Pegula Sports and Entertainment expanding health & safety standards at sports venues
Thu, Mar 12th 2020 06:25 pm
The Buffalo Sabres, Rochester Americans, Buffalo Bandits, Rochester Knighthawks and Pegula Sports & Entertainment are in full support of the NHL's, AHL's and NLL's decisions to pause the 2019-20 season. The health and safety of players, staff and fans is our top priority. We have been monitoring the rapidly changing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, and have been reviewing information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Niagara USA Chamber postpones gala
Thu, Mar 12th 2020 04:50 pm
"The Niagara USA Chamber has announced that the 2020 Annual Awards Dinner has been postponed. The event was scheduled for Friday March 13th at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino. This annual event recognizes the best in business excellence in Niagara County."
Catholic Health announces enhanced visitor screenings
Thu, Mar 12th 2020 03:45 pm
As Catholic Health takes proactive steps to protect the health and safety of its patients, long-term care residents, and associates amid the growing coronavirus crisis, the health system announced enhanced visitor screenings at its member hospitals, including Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, and Sisters of Charity Hospital and its St. Joseph Campus.
Farm workers wage hearing in Syracuse postponed
Thu, Mar 12th 2020 03:35 pm
"Out of an abundance of caution," the Wage Board hearing for farm laborers in New York state, scheduled for Friday, March 13, at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, is postponed until further notice. A new date will be announced as soon as the hearing is rescheduled.
DMVs taking action to address coronavirus
Thu, Mar 12th 2020 03:30 pm
The CDC identified public pens as a trouble spot for transmission. Many transactions require the public to use a pen to fill out forms.
'A Taste of Jazz Fundraiser' postponed
Thu, Mar 12th 2020 12:35 pm
The "Taste of Jazz Fundraiser" scheduled for Sunday, April 19, at the Brickyard Brewing Co. has been postponed to a date to be determined.
Amid coronavirus, NYSUT urges unions, administrators to maintain open dialogue about health, safety & education
Thu, Mar 12th 2020 09:10 am
As school districts grapple with the effects of the coronavirus statewide, New York State United Teachers is urging local officials to ensure the needs of students, staff and families are fairly and adequately met in the event of a school closure.
Coronavirus impacting colleges, transportation, arts
Thu, Mar 12th 2020 09:05 am
During a novel coronavirus briefing Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced New York state will contract with 28 private labs to increase testing capacity for the novel coronavirus. Following a call with the 28 labs, the governor announced he has instructed the labs to begin testing immediately as soon as they are ready. The 28 labs are specialized in virology and are routine partners with the New York State Department of Health.
Niagara County still free from the coronavirus, as DOH issues new update
Tue, Mar 10th 2020 02:55 pm
There are currently zero confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Niagara County. While the risk of COVID-19 in Niagara County is low, the Niagara County Department of Health continues to remain vigilant in ensuring community members are protected.
Niagara Falls Memorial revises visitation policy
Mon, Mar 9th 2020 06:35 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center today revised its visitation policy to afford better protection to its patients, staff and visitors in the wake of the worldwide coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.
Cuomo announces FDA approval for Northwell to test novel coronavirus
Mon, Mar 9th 2020 09:05 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday released the following statement:
Coronavirus: Cuomo declares state of emergency to contain spread of virus
Sat, Mar 7th 2020 07:10 pm
During a briefing on the novel coronavirus, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today declared a state of emergency to help New York more quickly and effectively contain the spread of the virus. The governor also confirmed several new cases.
Murabito sends message to NCCC community on coronavirus
Sat, Mar 7th 2020 10:15 am
Niagara County Community College President Dr. William J. Murabito has issued a statement to employees and students on the rapidly evolving coronavirus outbreak and how the college was taking proactive measures in dealing with situation. His email letter reads as follows:
Expert: Keep communication about coronavirus clear and simple
Sat, Mar 7th 2020 10:00 am
Outbreaks of new diseases like COVID-19 infect the public with more than germs. Confusion and misinformation are just as contagious among the general public.
Niagara County: 4 people in quarantine protocol
Fri, Mar 6th 2020 04:10 pm
"At this time, Niagara County has four voluntarily quarantined individuals. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of well people, who may have been exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. These public health actions are precautionary in nature and follow all CDC guidance. We will continue to provide information as the situation warrants."
Attorney General James takes action against coronavirus health scams, issues guidance to New Yorkers
Thu, Mar 5th 2020 04:40 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James issued guidance to New Yorkers highlighting available resources and potential consumer scams related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Poll: School board members seek coronavirus guidance from state and local health officials
Thu, Mar 5th 2020 04:35 pm
Two-thirds of school board members said they need additional support or guidance from state and local health officials in preparing for a possible coronavirus outbreak, according to a poll by the New York State School Boards Association.
UB students studying abroad in countries impacted by COVID-19 advised to return to U.S.
Wed, Mar 4th 2020 07:45 pm
Following the guidance of New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the State University of New York, the University at Buffalo has instructed its students who are studying abroad in countries impacted by the novel coronavirus to return to the U.S.
Cuomo signs $40 million emergency management authorization for coronavirus response
Tue, Mar 3rd 2020 02:15 pm
During a novel coronavirus briefing, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today signed into law a $40 million emergency management authorization for New York's novel coronavirus response. This appropriation will allow the state to hire additional staff and procure equipment and any other resources necessary to respond to the evolving situation.
Heastie statement on $40 million in appropriation to fight novel coronavirus
Tue, Mar 3rd 2020 02:00 pm
New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie released the following statement: "The appropriation we passed will help save the lives of New Yorkers."
Cuomo issues statement regarding novel coronavirus in New York
Mon, Mar 2nd 2020 08:55 am
"This evening we learned of the first positive case of novel coronavirus — or COVID-19 — in New York state. The patient, a woman in her late 30s, contracted the virus while traveling abroad in Iran, and is currently isolated in her home. The patient has respiratory symptoms, but is not in serious condition and has been in a controlled situation since arriving to New York."
 

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