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Phase 4: So, what about gyms, malls & movie theaters?
Mon, Jun 29th 2020 03:30 pm
At a Monday morning press conference, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced air conditioning filters with a minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) rating capable of filtering COVID-19 particles or similar air exchange measures will be mandatory for large mall reopenings.
Western New York in phase 4 of reopening
Mon, Jun 29th 2020 03:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has OK'd Western New York to enter into phase four of his "New York Forward" reopening plan. He said his global health experts cleared the region for this stage of operations.
Cuomo announces applications for Restoration of Honor Act; New York state landmarks lit in colors of LGBTQ Pride flag; announces further travel quarantine details
Mon, Jun 29th 2020 01:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced New York veterans who were denied honorable discharges due to their LGBTQ identity can begin submitting applications under The Restoration of Honor Act. This will allow veterans who were denied an honorable discharge because of their sexual orientation or gender identity to have their New York state veterans' benefits restored.
Aquarium of Niagara reopens its doors
Mon, Jun 29th 2020 01:00 pm
The Aquarium of Niagara is preparing to end its COVID-19-related closure this week, as Western New York enters phase four of the "New York Forward" reopening plan. The venue will officially open to the general public on Saturday, July 4, with summer operating hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Coronavirus stats for June 29
Mon, Jun 29th 2020 11:20 am
Coronavirus stats for June 29
Cuomo still looking into gyms, theaters, malls as phase 4 begins; concerns continue over airflow
Fri, Jun 26th 2020 05:50 pm
As phase four of "New York Forward" began in parts of New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo explained more has to be learned before gyms, theaters or malls can reopen.
WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund seeking ideas from nonprofits to address challenges magnified by pandemic
Fri, Jun 26th 2020 04:15 pm
The Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund a collaborative philanthropic effort launched in mid-March to address the COVID-19 crisis in the community, released a request for ideas (RFI) this week to seek out visionary concepts from nonprofit leaders to address challenges the community is facing due to COVID-19, coupled with the persistent challenges of racial inequities.
Counties renew call for federal funding in response to report warning millions of jobs may be lost without further stimulus
Fri, Jun 26th 2020 04:15 pm
NYSAC this week renewed its call for federal coronavirus funding for states and counties in light of a new report from Moody's Analytics that projects an additional 4 million layoffs from states and local governments across the nation.
NCSO: Unemployment scam warning
Fri, Jun 26th 2020 04:10 pm
Acting Niagara County Sheriff's Office Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti would like to notify residents about a newly reported scam using New Yorker's personal information to file fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits.
Attorney General issues fraud alert to protect New Yorkers from unemployment benefits scam
Fri, Jun 26th 2020 04:10 pm
Attorney General Letitia James warned people about new, recently reported scams using New Yorkers' personal information to file fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits.
Niagara SBDC hosting 'PPP Forgiveness Review' webinars on July 1
Fri, Jun 26th 2020 04:10 pm
On Wednesday, July 1, the Niagara Small Business Development Center and speaker Shieke Sharpe, certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner, will present two live webinars covering the recent changes to the Paycheck Protection Program. These webinars will also include an overview of the revised PPP forgiveness application and the new short form. Sharpe will review both forms, step by step, and help attendees determine which form is right for their business. There also will be time for Q&A.
Memorial announces additional COVID-19 testing dates
Fri, Jun 26th 2020 12:40 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center announced additional drive-thru/walk-up COVID-19 community testing dates. The expanded schedule includes dates at Memorial's downtown campus, the Summit Healthplex, Niagara University and local schools and churches. Those dates are:
Coronavirus stats for June 26
Fri, Jun 26th 2020 12:40 pm
Coronavirus stats for June 26
Coronavirus stats for June 25
Thu, Jun 25th 2020 11:05 am
Coronavirus stats for June 25
Coronavirus stats for June 24
Wed, Jun 24th 2020 11:00 pm
Coronavirus stats for June 24
UB dental students 3-D print free face shields for local dentists
Wed, Jun 24th 2020 05:00 pm
A team of University at Buffalo dental students are using 3-D printers to supply UB and Western New York dentists with much-needed protective equipment as local practices return to providing oral health care.
Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino phased opening this week
Wed, Jun 24th 2020 02:55 pm
As part of Seneca Resorts & Casinos phased opening plans, Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino will open to the public at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 25. Temporary hours of operation at this stage are 10 a.m. until 2 a.m. daily.
Govs. Cuomo, Murphy & Lamont announce joint incoming travel advisory
Wed, Jun 24th 2020 01:55 pm
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Wednesday announced a joint incoming travel advisory that all individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state.
Survey: 70% of Americans support more economic stimulus to help reeling travel industry recover
Wed, Jun 24th 2020 11:55 am
A new survey conducted by Morning Consult commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) found that, while Americans remain hesitant about traveling, they overwhelmingly support efforts by Congress to help the travel industry recover - including helping hotels keep their doors open and bring back employees, as well as incentivizing Americans to travel again.
'New York Forward' provides details on phase 4
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 11:50 pm
The "New York Forward" website has begun to detail the fourth phase of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's reopening plan. Western New York is expected to enter this stage on Tuesday, June 30.
Niagara County to give masks, hand sanitizer away to general public
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 12:40 pm
Niagara County Legislator Dave Godfrey on Tuesday announced the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services will hold its first drive-thru event to provide free masks and small bottles of hand sanitizer to the general public.
Coronavirus stats for June 23
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 12:35 pm
Niagara County's Department of Health issued the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County: "We regretfully report the death of a 77-year-old male with underlying health conditions. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends."
Cuomo: $65 million 'New York Forward' child care expansion incentive
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 12:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced $65 million in federal CARES Act funding is available for child care providers statewide through the "New York Forward" child care expansion incentive program.
Cuomo: 10 COVID-19 deaths lowest since March 21
Mon, Jun 22nd 2020 01:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday updated New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.
Niagara County Department of Health offers free drive-thru COVID-19 testing
Mon, Jun 22nd 2020 01:20 pm
Testing for COVID-19 leads to quick identification of cases, medical support for those that need it, and immediate isolation of the person to prevent spread. Close contacts to positive cases are considered quarantines to further reduce spread.
Coronavirus stats for June 22
Mon, Jun 22nd 2020 01:10 pm
Coronavirus stats for June 22
City of North Tonawanda update for June 22
Mon, Jun 22nd 2020 01:10 pm
I hope all residents are enjoying the summerlike weather we are having now. Everyone is eager to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, but please maintain social distancing and wearing your mask when among people. Since the Governor has allowed groups of 25 to assemble, there still needs to be social distancing. While dining outside is enjoyable, the rules still need to be followed. Dining inside is now allowed for 50% capacity.
Cuomo's fireside chats conclude
Fri, Jun 19th 2020 02:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday gave his final daily coronavirus update. He has appeared on TV before the media for 111 straight days - since the COVID-19 pandemic began and New York state went on "PAUSE."
AARP NY applauds new law designed to safeguard nursing home residents
Fri, Jun 19th 2020 02:00 pm
A new law designed to safeguard nursing homes against future pandemic outbreaks and other public health emergencies is a good first step in providing vital protection to residents, AARP New York announced.
North Tonawanda City Hall reopening
Fri, Jun 19th 2020 01:55 pm
North Tonawanda City Hall will be reopening to the public by appointment only, beginning June 22. The following rules and conditions will apply:
Coronavirus stats for June 19
Fri, Jun 19th 2020 01:20 pm
Cuomo issues executive order strengthening state enforcement during phased reopening to protect New Yorkers & ensure business compliance
Fri, Jun 19th 2020 07:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced he will issue an executive order strengthening state enforcement during the phased reopening to protect New Yorkers and ensure business compliance.
Poor outcomes in COVID-19 and immunity to the virus: UB physicians are studying social & biomedical factors at play
Fri, Jun 19th 2020 07:55 am
The sudden appearance of a novel, sometimes deadly, highly infectious disease about which not much is known is terrifying enough. But when combined with pronounced health disparities among the underserved in communities like Buffalo, the COVID-19 pandemic became all the more devastating.
Coronavirus stats for June 18
Thu, Jun 18th 2020 11:40 am
Coronavirus stats for June 18
Hotel report: $16.8 billion loss in state & local tax revenue from hotels in 2020 due to COVID-19 impact
Thu, Jun 18th 2020 11:30 am
As a result of the sharp drop in travel demand from COVID-19, state and local tax revenue from hotel operations will drop by $16.8 billion in 2020, according to a new report by Oxford Economics released Thursday by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).
Niagara County set to open playgrounds and splash pads at parks
Thu, Jun 18th 2020 11:25 am
Niagara County will open one playground area in each of Krull, Oppenheim and West Canal parks on Friday, and will open the rest of the playground areas next Friday, Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh said. Splash pads at Krull and Oppenheim are set to open by the end of June.
Catholic Health to resume hospital visitations on June 20
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 10:15 pm
Catholic Health is finalizing a plan to safely welcome visitors back to its hospitals on Saturday, June 20. Current visitor restrictions will remain in effect until that time. New processes and guidelines are being finalized based on directives issued Wednesday by the New York State Department of Health (DOH), which include limited visiting hours, limits on the number of visitors at one time, required facial masking, and health screenings for all visitors.
SBA & Treasury announce new PPP 'EZ' forgiveness application
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 04:45 pm
On Wednesday, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, user-friendly Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020. In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, the SBA also published a new "EZ" version of the forgiveness application applying to borrowers who:
Niagara County has infrared thermometers and hand sanitizer available for local businesses
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 04:40 pm
Niagara County Legislator Dave Godfrey announced the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services has a limited supply of infrared thermometers available for businesses to help them meet the state reopening guidelines.
ECMC updates patient visitation
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 03:55 pm
Based on guidance issued Wednesday morning by the New York State Department of Health that requires hospitals across the state to submit their updated patient visitation information 48 hours before implementing those changes, Erie County Medical Center this afternoon submitted to NYSDOH the institution's updated patient visitation information.
 

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