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Mask mandate goes into effect in Erie County
Mon, Nov 22nd 2021 03:35 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Monday announced a mask mandate for all patrons and public-facing staff inside all public locations in Erie County. He said this is the first of up to four phases of action designed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
Hochul: 'No excuse' not to get COVID-19 booster shot
Mon, Nov 22nd 2021 01:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul offered the following comments on Monday:
UB Study: Inhaled steroid keeps COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate disease out of the hospital
Mon, Nov 22nd 2021 01:35 pm
A national study led by emergency medicine physicians at the University at Buffalo has found that patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 who are treated with an inhaled steroid are significantly less likely to require emergency department care or hospitalization due to COVID-19 than those treated with placebo.
Hochul statement on CDC approval of COVID-19 booster for all adults
Mon, Nov 22nd 2021 11:25 am
"Today, boosters for all adults cleared the final round of federal review by health experts and doctors. This is great news as we enter the holiday season and gather indoors with friends and family."
Emergency Physicians suggest tips to protect holiday travelers
Mon, Nov 22nd 2021 07:00 am
The busiest travel days of the year are approaching, and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) urges anyone visiting family or friends during the holiday season to take all available steps to avoid getting sick with COVID-19 or the seasonal flu.
SBA: Updated guidance on applicant deadlines for COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan
Sat, Nov 20th 2021 12:30 pm
On Friday, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced updated guidance for COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program applicants to better serve small business owners in need, while funding remains available.
SUNY & CUNY scholarship program to cover tuition for 1,000 new registered nurses
Fri, Nov 19th 2021 05:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul, at a breakfast hosted by the Association for a Better New York, announced a State University of New York and City University of New York program called the Nurses For Our Future Scholarship that will cover tuition for 1,000 new health care workers to get RNs at SUNY and CUNY. The program comes in an effort to help address the shortage in health care and lack of workers in hospitals around the state.
NFMMC, NFHA hosted pediatric COVID vaccine clinic
Fri, Nov 19th 2021 05:10 pm
Bryan P, age 8, gives a thumbs up after receiving his first dose of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine shot during a clinic held Thursday at the Doris W. Jones Family Resource Building.
Higgins responds to Canada's announcements related to border testing measures
Fri, Nov 19th 2021 04:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins provided the following statement in response to announcements made by the Canadian government related to planned changes to border management policies.
ECDOH updates COVID-19 quarantine requirements
Thu, Nov 18th 2021 11:55 pm
On Oct. 27, the New York State Department of Health released an informational document that allowed local health departments to reduce the duration of a quarantine under certain conditions. Based on that document, the Erie County Department of Health is announcing an adjustment to its COVID-19 quarantine requirements.
Higgins meets with Trudeau, responds to changes to Canadian government testing policy at northern border
Wed, Nov 17th 2021 05:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins was among a bipartisan group of approximately a dozen members of the House of Representatives meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Trudeau is visiting the U.S. Capitol for North American Leaders meetings with President Joe Biden and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
Hochul announces acceptance of Canadian vaccination credentials for business entry in NYS
Wed, Nov 17th 2021 05:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced digital COVID-19 vaccination credentials issued from Canadian provinces and territories that adhere to SMART Health Cards specifications will immediately be accepted through the state's Excelsior Pass scanner application. Following the reopening of the U.S.-Canadian border, this means fully vaccinated Canadians can use their compatible vaccination credentials for business entry in New York.
COVID cases continue to rise in WNY
Wed, Nov 17th 2021 04:35 pm
From the week ending Oct. 23 to the week ending Nov. 13, COVID-19 cases have increased 105% in Erie County.
Hochul concerned about COVID-19 infection rate in WNY; cautions more restrictions could come
Tue, Nov 16th 2021 08:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul visited the Delavan Grider Community Center in Buffalo on Tuesday, providing a briefing on efforts to combat the coronavirus. She expressed concern for this region, which ranked No. 2 in the state with an 8.52% seven-day average percentage of positive test results. The three-day average one year ago was 5.2%.
Higgins: Federal funding to help WNY families afford home heating costs
Tue, Nov 16th 2021 04:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced more than $876 million in federal funding has been allocated to New York through the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) to help seniors and families afford heat and energy costs.
Hochul: $230 million in additional food assistance for New Yorkers in November
Tue, Nov 16th 2021 04:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for November. All households participating in SNAP - including those already at the maximum level of benefits - will receive a supplemental allotment later this month, bringing in roughly $230 million in federal funding into the state's economy.
Memorial to host pediatric COVID vaccine clinics
Tue, Nov 16th 2021 04:40 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will provide two pediatric COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week.
US NEXUS/FAST enrollment centers to reopen Nov. 29
Mon, Nov 15th 2021 05:30 pm
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the NEXUS and U.S./Canada FAST enrollment centers in the U.S. will reopen on Nov. 29. The NEXUS and FAST enrollment centers in Canada will continue to be closed until further notice.
Statement from Gov. Kathy Hochul on COVID-19 boosters
Mon, Nov 15th 2021 05:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul offered the following comments on Monday: "As governor, I am committed to protecting the health and safety of all New Yorkers, and with the holidays coming up, we must continue to do everything we can to keep New Yorkers safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
As November Child Tax Credit reaches families, Higgins details impact it's having on WNY families
Mon, Nov 15th 2021 03:45 pm
As the November payment of the Child Tax Credit hits bank accounts, Congressman Brian Higgins is detailing the impact the expanded credit is having on local families.
Hochul announces awardees of $25 million to offer free legal assistance to struggling tenants
Mon, Nov 15th 2021 03:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced the legal service providers who will be awarded portions of the $25 million in federal funding to offer free legal assistance and comprehensive housing stability services.
10 state mass-vaccination sites now open to 5- to 11-year-olds
Sat, Nov 13th 2021 01:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Saturday announced 10 of New York's mass-vaccination sites will now be administering COVID-19 vaccines to newly eligible 5- to 11-year-olds.
Hochul welcomes $750 million in federal funding to boost affordable health coverage
Thu, Nov 11th 2021 09:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced the Biden-Harris administration's Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be making $750 million in additional American Rescue Plan funding available for New York's Essential Plan.
Erie County's COVID-19 pandemic response chronicled in Cornell University Democracy Summer Fellowship report
Wed, Nov 10th 2021 03:25 pm
Erie County's response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been documented and memorialized in a new report compiled by Callie McQuilkin, a senior at Cornell University participating in Cornell's Democracy Summer Fellowship Program.
Niagara County records 400th COVID-related death
Wed, Nov 10th 2021 12:35 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health on Wednesday issued the following weekly update on positive COVID-19 cases from Nov. 4-10.
ECDOH offers statement to clarify questions about mask breaks in schools
Tue, Nov 9th 2021 08:05 pm
To clarify the correspondence the Erie County Department of Health sent to the Williamsville Central School District last week, and address the subsequent reactions from school superintendents and parents, ECDOH does not intend to take enforcement measures against schools that are providing students with mask breaks during the school day.
Hochul launches new 'Vaccinate, Educate, Graduate' vaccine incentive program for 5- to 11-year-olds for a chance to win a SUNY or CUNY full scholarship
Tue, Nov 9th 2021 08:05 pm
On Tuesday, during a COVID-19 briefing at the Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center in Westchester County, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced new efforts to support vaccinating 5- to 11-year-olds, including the launch of a new vaccine incentive program - "Vaccinate, Educate, Graduate" - for young New Yorkers.
Attorney General James leads coalition in backing federal rule expansion to protect vulnerable tenants from evictions
Tue, Nov 9th 2021 03:55 pm
In response to the ongoing housing crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic, New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 18 attorneys general in submitting a comment letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support the expansion of rules to protect vulnerable tenants from eviction.
Survey: Nearly 60% of Americans unlikely to travel for Thanksgiving or Christmas
Mon, Nov 8th 2021 09:25 pm
While rising vaccination rates against COVID-19 have increased travelers' comfort levels, most Americans are still opting to stay home this holiday season, according to a new national survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) conducted by Morning Consult.
WellNow opens dedicated COVID-19 PCR testing center in Williamsville
Mon, Nov 8th 2021 09:20 pm
WellNow Urgent Care announced that, in response to increased demand for COVID-19 testing in the region, its newest center in Williamsville is now open as a dedicated COVID-19 PCR testing center for asymptomatic patients.
ECDOH announces COVID-19 vaccine clinics for 5-11-year-olds on Nov. 20
Mon, Nov 8th 2021 01:40 pm
The Erie County Department of Health will hold COVID-19 vaccine clinics for 5-11-year-olds on Saturday, Nov. 20, at:
Emergency Physicians 'strongly support' COVID vaccinations for all eligible children
Fri, Nov 5th 2021 04:00 pm
As the COVID-19 vaccines become available for children ages 5 to 11, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) urges caretakers and families to get vaccinated and take the necessary steps to protect children during the upcoming holiday and flu season.
Hochul announces guidance & resources to support vaccination of 5-11-year-old children in New York
Fri, Nov 5th 2021 03:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced the launch of a new website, clinical guidance and additional information and resources in the effort to vaccinate New York's 5-11-year-old children against COVID-19.
NFMMC, community collaborate on booster shot clinic
Fri, Nov 5th 2021 03:40 pm
Mary Jo Edwards, a sixth-grade math teacher at Harry F. Abate Elementary in Niagara Falls, receives a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot from pharmacy intern Jessica Corbett during a Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center clinic held Thursday at the Niagara Falls Community Education Center, formally 60th Street Elementary School.
Higgins welcomes announcement expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility
Thu, Nov 4th 2021 11:00 am
Congressman Brian Higgins on Wednesday welcomed the recent announcement the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for use to vaccinate children ages 5-11.
Memorial to host COVID-19 booster shot clinic
Thu, Nov 4th 2021 09:00 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will host a community COVID-19 vaccine booster clinic from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at the Niagara Falls Community Education Center (formally 60th Street Elementary School), 6040 Lindbergh Ave.
ECDOH & John R. Oishei Children's Hospital will offer Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to 5-11-year-olds on Saturday
Wed, Nov 3rd 2021 04:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health and John R. Oishei Children's Hospital (OCH) will hold a pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Saturday, Nov. 6, providing the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine specifically for 5-11-year-olds.
Schoellkopf Health Center receives COVID support grant
Tue, Nov 2nd 2021 01:00 pm
Schoellkopf Health Center has been awarded a round 3 coronavirus emergency support grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation for the impact COVID-19 has had on its operations and residents.
ECDOH coordinates 'Shots at the Shop' COVID-19 vaccine clinic with Bougie Nail Boutique in Buffalo
Mon, Nov 1st 2021 04:25 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is coordinating a "Shots at the Shop" COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Bougie Nail Boutique from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6.
Higgins asks Canada to consider dropping COVID testing requirement for travelers crossing border
Mon, Nov 1st 2021 10:05 am
As the U.S. prepares to welcome Canadian neighbors back across the border on Nov. 8, Congressman Brian Higgins is urging the government of Canada to drop its COVID-19 testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers crossing the northern border.
 

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