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UB unveils health guidelines for start of the new academic year
Wed, Jul 15th 2020 02:50 pm
In late August, University at Buffalo students, faculty and staff will return to campus for the start of the 2020-21 academic year. The global COVID-19 pandemic has made planning for this annual ritual more important than ever.
Limited visitation for assisted living communities now allowed
Wed, Jul 15th 2020 10:15 am
The Empire State Association of Assisted Living (ESAAL) has been leading New York assisted living communities in advocating for outdoor visitation, and is pleased the Department of Health has finally allowed indoor and outdoor visitation across the state.
NYS Department of Labor announces nearly 2,600 businesses have used shared work program to retain or rehire nearly 45,500 New Yorkers
Wed, Jul 15th 2020 09:40 am
The New York State Department of Labor on Tuesday announced that, so far this year, nearly 2,600 businesses have joined the state's shared work program, which allows companies to avoid layoffs by connecting workers with partial unemployment benefits. In total, these companies have leveraged the program to retain or rehire nearly 45,500 New Yorkers — the majority of them during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cuomo announces new COVID-19 rental assistance program
Wed, Jul 15th 2020 09:35 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced an emergency rental assistance program that will help keep low-income families throughout New York in their homes. The program, which is designed to reach those individuals and families with the greatest need, will provide direct aid for tenants who lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Statement by Higgins on extension of border restrictions between US & Canada
Tue, Jul 14th 2020 06:10 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, who serves as co-chair of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus and the U.S. Canada Inter-parliamentary Group, released the following statement in response to published reports of a bilateral agreement between the U.S. and Canada extending crossing restrictions along the northern border:
Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin added to NYS travel advisory
Tue, Jul 14th 2020 06:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced four 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 Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin. Delaware has been removed.
Senate & Assembly majorities announce joint legislative hearings on impact of COVID-19
Tue, Jul 14th 2020 06:05 pm
New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced a series of joint legislative hearings to be convened over the coming weeks. The hearings will examine how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted New York with specific focuses on higher education, residential health care facilities, hospitals, the primary elections, workers, veterans and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Each of the hearings will be livestreamed on the Senate and Assembly websites.
Erie County COVID-19 data shows increase in cases in younger adults
Mon, Jul 13th 2020 05:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is reporting a noticeable increase in the percentage of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases among the 20-29-year-old and 30-39-year-old age groups.
Cuomo outlines metrics for school reopening
Mon, Jul 13th 2020 04:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced new, data-driven guidance for reopening schools in New York. Schools in a region can reopen if that region is in phase four of reopening, and if its daily infection rate remains below 5% or lower using a 14-day average since "PAUSE" was lifted.
Cuomo: Travel enforcement operation at airports across state to help ensure travelers are following quarantine restrictions
Mon, Jul 13th 2020 04:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced a travel enforcement operation will commence Tuesday at airports across the state to help ensure travelers are following the state's quarantine restrictions and to help contain the rates of COVID-19 transmission in New York. As part of the enforcement operation, enforcement teams will be stationed at airports statewide to meet arriving aircrafts at gates and greet disembarking passengers to request proof of completion of the State Department of Health traveler form, which is being distributed to passengers by airlines prior to, and upon boarding or disembarking flights to New York.
Cuomo urges drivers to slow down in work zones as New York continues reopening
Mon, Jul 13th 2020 03:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in partnership with the New York State Department of Transportation, Department of Motor Vehicles, the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, State Police and the Thruway Authority, on Monday reminded motorists of the importance of moving over for highway workers, first responders and others who assist with motor vehicle crashes and roadside incidents.
SBA provided $20 billion to small businesses and nonprofits through economic injury disaster loan advance program
Mon, Jul 13th 2020 02:45 pm
On Friday, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced the conclusion and success of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance program, which provided U.S. small businesses, nonprofits and agricultural businesses a total of $20 billion in emergency funding. In order to assist the greatest number of small businesses, the EIDL Advance provided $1,000 per employee up to a maximum of $10,000.
Coronavirus stats for July 13
Mon, Jul 13th 2020 11:45 am
Coronavirus stats for July 13
Cuomo: Follow safety guides, or risk same fate as other states
Fri, Jul 10th 2020 12:15 pm
Cuomo: Wear a mask!
Canisius plans to welcome students back to campus for fall semester
Thu, Jul 9th 2020 10:55 am
Canisius College is making plans to welcome students back to campus for the fall semester. The college is proceeding with all necessary planning and safety measures for students to return to classrooms and residence halls beginning Aug. 31.
NYSERDA announces first-of-its-kind partnership with ASHRAE to build back better and mitigate spread of COVID while combating climate change
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 05:45 pm
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority entered into a strategic partnership with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to advance the combined goals of improved indoor air quality and environmental sustainability.
NYSUT statement on reopening of schools
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 05:45 pm
Health and safety of students, families, educators and other school staff, and equitable access to a high-quality education must be the top priorities in reopening schools.
Cuomo: New York will decide on fall school reopening during first week of August; malls to reopen Friday
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 03:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced New York will decide whether schools will reopen in the fall during the first week of August. The state is now consulting with stakeholders on guidance, which will be finalized on July 13. Plans to reopen schools are due July 31.
Survey: 79% of assisted living providers report 1 or more residents leave their assisted living communities in New York for outside visitation or services
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 12:10 pm
It has been nearly four months since New York-based assisted-living communities closed to outside visitors and temporarily suspended in-community services like hair salons. As New York continues its phased reopenings, which now allow for outdoor dining, hair and nail services, assisted living residents are being forced to leave their communities to visit loved ones, and to receive services such as hair appointments - two freedoms typically allowed in assisted living communities, which provide a more independent model of long-term care.
PPP provides crucial lifeline to Western New York small businesses, nonprofits affected by pandemic
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 11:55 am
The U.S. Small Business Administration Atlantic Region's Paycheck Protection Program loan data for New York congressional districts 23 through 27 highlights the success of unprecedented federal relief to New York's small businesses. Approximately $38.35 billion in initial approved amounts came through many of SBA PPP-participating lenders to 323,903 small businesses and nonprofits across the Empire State.
Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum reopens for 2020 season
Tue, Jul 7th 2020 05:15 pm
The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum will reopen for the 2020 season on Wednesday, July 8. The museum was forced to keep its doors shut due to COVID-19 restrictions, but received permission to open as part of phase four of "New York Forward" reopening guidelines.
Higgins announces federal grants for first responders in Niagara County & Amherst
Tue, Jul 7th 2020 05:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced federal funding to the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services and Ellicott Creek Fire Co. to prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19.
Cuomo: 3 more states added to quarantine list
Tue, Jul 7th 2020 11:05 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced three 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 Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma.
Coronavirus stats for July 6
Mon, Jul 6th 2020 11:45 am
Coronavirus stats for July 6
Northern Border Caucus co-chairs Higgins & Stefanik lead bipartisan push for US & Canada to develop framework for phased reopening of border
Mon, Jul 6th 2020 09:00 am
As the nation headed into what would typically be a busy weekend for cross-border travel, Congress members Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), co-chairs of the Northern Border Caucus, were leading a push for the U.S. and Canada to develop guidance that prepares for reopening while the border is under its current shutdown.
State Park swimming pools open
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 10:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced state outdoor pools across New York will open for swimming for the July 4 weekend under the standard operating schedule of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Pool-goers are reminded to practice social distancing, respect the rules, and do their part to keep the pool area safe for everyone. Pool capacity will be reduced and is expected to fill quickly. New Yorkers are urged to plan ahead by having alternate destinations ready.
Memorial COVID-19 testing tops 5,000 mark
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 10:00 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center announced Thursday that it has conducted more than 5,200 tests of area residents for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
B.J. Thomas, Lisa Loeb, George Thorogood, Corey Taylor alongside Gavin Rossdale, Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge, Lzzy Hale & Joe Hottinger of Halestorm, Don Felder, Filter, Chris Robertson of Black Stone Cherry, Brandon Saller of Atreyu to perform during '
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 08:55 pm
B.J. Thomas, Lisa Loeb, George Thorogood, Corey Taylor alongside Gavin Rossdale, Don Felder (a former lead guitarist of the Eagles), Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge), Lzzy Hale & Joe Hottinger (Halestorm), Jesse Hasek (10 Years), Filter, The Dead Daisies, Chris Robertson (Black Stone Cherry), Starset, Brandon Saller (Atreyu), Ricky Byrd, Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel, Joe Grushecky, Kathy Sledge, Bones Owens, Danielia Cotton and Matt Bigland (Dinosaur Pile-Up) are set to perform during United Stations Media Networks and Storic Media Podcast Network present "Rock For Relief" benefit concert supporting Feeding America's COVID-19 response fund on July 3 (8 and 11 p.m. ET).
Cuomo: $4.3 million in federal funding to support local COVID-19 planning & response
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 10:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced $4.3 million in federal funding is being made available to county emergency management agencies and the City of New York to support COVID-19 planning and operational readiness.
National organizations tap UB pediatrics researchers to establish patient registries, develop guidelines for treating children with COVID-19
Wed, Jul 1st 2020 10:10 pm
A paper and two editorials by University at Buffalo pediatrics researchers call attention to key issues in health care that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light; they also recommend guidelines for evaluating and treating children infected with COVID-19. All were published in Progress in Pediatric Cardiology.
Old Fort Niagara reopening
Tue, Jun 30th 2020 04:45 pm
Old Fort Niagara will reopen to visitors this Friday, July 3, following its 15-week closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Daily hours of operation have been shortened slightly, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to allow for extra cleaning before and after hours. Hourly musket and living-history demonstrations and seasonal food service will resume following proper health and social-distancing guidelines.
As WNY region reopens for business, Department of Labor reminds job seekers of growing number of employment opportunities on Jobs Express website
Tue, Jun 30th 2020 04:45 pm
New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon announced that, as Western New York continues to reopen, there are a growing number of positions available on the Jobs Express website, at jobs.ny.gov. Currently, more than 8,400 jobs are available in a number of different fields from businesses looking to hire immediately.
Botanical Gardens reopening to the public
Tue, Jun 30th 2020 01:00 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announced Tuesday it will reopen to the public on July 15, with early access to members on July 8. A press release noted staffers can't wait to be #BackUnderTheDome.
New safety measures in place at Villa Maria College in anticipation of an in-person fall 2020 semester
Tue, Jun 30th 2020 12:45 pm
As Western New York begins to reopen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Villa Maria College announced students will be able to return to campus for the fall 2020 semester. The semester will begin as planned on Aug. 31.
WNY departments of health remind residents of travel advisory
Tue, Jun 30th 2020 12:25 pm
Governors in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut announced a travel advisory on June 25 that requires all individuals traveling from states with significant community transmission of COVID-19 to remain under quarantine for a period of 14 days. As of June 30, those states include Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
Niagara County to hold mask, hand sanitizer giveaway in Niagara Falls
Tue, Jun 30th 2020 12:05 pm
Niagara County Legislator Dave Godfrey on Tuesday announced the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services will hold a giveaway event in Niagara Falls to provide free masks and small bottles of hand sanitizer to the general public.
Cuomo: Individuals traveling to New York from 8 additional states will be required to quarantine for 14 days
Tue, Jun 30th 2020 12:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced eight 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 California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day rolling average or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average.
Coronavirus stats for June 30
Tue, Jun 30th 2020 11:50 am
Coronavirus stats for June 30
NYSAC, NYS CEA join national effort calling on Senate to provide federal COVID-19 funding for states & local governments
Mon, Jun 29th 2020 04:05 pm
The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) and the New York State County Executive's Association (NYS CEA) on Monday announced they are joining with dozens of national and statewide organizations representing states, counties and cities to call on the U.S. Senate to act immediately to support a federal coronavirus relief package that provides funding to state and local governments.
 

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