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COVID-19 cases, related hospitalizations increasing in Erie County as school year approaches
Fri, Aug 27th 2021 07:45 pm
With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations increasing, the Erie County Department of Health is strongly urging residents to act now to reduce their personal risks of infection and the chance of disease transmission in the community.
Hochul 'disappointed' in SCOTUS housing ruling
Fri, Aug 27th 2021 01:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul issued the following statement Friday on the Supreme Court ruling on eviction moratorium:
UB poised for safe, successful fall semester
Thu, Aug 26th 2021 04:15 pm
With students arriving back on campus this week after a year-and a-half of mostly remote instruction, the University at Buffalo is well-prepared to ensure the fall semester is both safe and successful.
Hochul announces expanded eligibility for the $800 million COVID-19 pandemic small business recovery grant program
Wed, Aug 25th 2021 03:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced changes to New York state's $800 million COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program that will enable more small businesses to apply for funding.
Hochul announces changes to accelerate state rent relief program, attract more applicants
Wed, Aug 25th 2021 01:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced a series of changes to both attract more applications and accelerate payments within New York state's Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Under the governor's direction, the state will invest an additional $1 million in marketing and outreach efforts to raise awareness about the rent relief program, the available funding, and the strong tenant eviction protections in place for those who apply.
Hochul has 'comprehensive plan to help ensure a safe, productive return to schools this fall'
Tue, Aug 24th 2021 05:05 pm
On her first day in office, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a new plan to help ensure a "safe, productive return to schools this fall in the midst of rising COVID-19 numbers fueled by the delta variant."
ECDOH: 'Steady increase in new COVID cases continues'
Tue, Aug 24th 2021 05:05 pm
The Erie County Department of Health on Tuesday provided an update on COVID-19 data. For the week ending Aug. 21, ECDOH received reports for 983 new COVID-19 cases among Erie County residents. With a 20% increase from the previous week's total of 811, a steady increase in new COVID-19 cases continues.
Student vaccination requirement takes effect at UB
Mon, Aug 23rd 2021 01:00 pm
University at Buffalo students who have yet to be vaccinated will have seven days to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and five weeks to be fully vaccinated, a 35-day grace period.
Erie County Department of Health shares school guidance for 2021-22 academic year
Mon, Aug 23rd 2021 10:45 am
The Erie County Department of Health released a set of requirements and recommendations for Erie County grades pre-K to 12 public, private and charter schools for the 2021-22 school year.
NCDOH to provide 3rd dose of COVID-19 vaccine to qualifying individuals
Fri, Aug 20th 2021 03:20 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health will provide a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine to people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised due to a medical condition or receipt of immunosuppressive medications or treatments.
Higgins & Catholic Health: $880K in American Rescue Plan funding for community vaccine outreach in Niagara County
Fri, Aug 20th 2021 09:45 am
Congressman Brian Higgins on Thursday announced Catholic Health has been awarded $880,000 in American Rescue Plan Funding to address COVID-19 vaccine disparities in Niagara County, particularly in Niagara Falls, where lack of access to vaccine resources and widespread vaccine hesitancy are preventing the community from reaching optimal vaccination rates.
Higgins: Further border closing 'huge mistake'
Fri, Aug 20th 2021 09:45 am
The United States is extending restrictions on travel at the Canadian border through Sept. 21. Congressman Brian Higgins, who serves as co-chair of both the northern border caucus and the Canada-U.S. interparliamentary group, released the following statement in response:
ECDOH: 3rd dose of COVID-19 vaccine available to moderately or severely immunocompromised individuals
Wed, Aug 18th 2021 04:20 pm
Following last week's action by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to amend to the emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the Erie County Department of Health will provide a third dose for certain people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised due to a medical condition or receipt of immunosuppressive medications or treatments.
American Heart Association: 3rd COVID-19 vaccine dose recommended for heart transplant patients, others with weakened immune systems
Wed, Aug 18th 2021 10:55 am
On Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems, including those who have had a heart, stem cell or other organ transplant and are on immunosuppressive treatment, or who have weakened immune systems due to disease or other medical treatment including active cancer therapy.
DiNapoli: Problems plague state's rent relief program; federal funds to help renters at risk
Tue, Aug 17th 2021 04:00 pm
Financial relief has been slow to reach New York's pandemic-hit renters because of poor management by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) in implementing the state's Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), according to a new report released by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Catholic Health to comply with NYS COVID-19 vaccine mandate
Mon, Aug 16th 2021 04:35 pm
With new COVID cases up 1000% in the New York state and the delta variant linked to 80% of them, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has asked all health care heroes who led the battle throughout the pandemic to continue the fight by getting vaccinated for COVID-19.
Cuomo announces COVID-19 vaccination mandate for health care workers; DOH authorizes 3rd dose for immunocompromised
Mon, Aug 16th 2021 02:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced all health care workers in New York, including staff at hospitals and long-term-care facilities (LTCF), including nursing homes, adult care and other congregate care settings, will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Monday, Sept. 27.
Virtually all Western New Yorkers now infected with COVID-19 have delta variant, UB researchers find
Mon, Aug 16th 2021 01:00 pm
Any Western New Yorker who tests positive for COVID-19 almost certainly has contracted the delta variant, University at Buffalo scientists recently reported.
Higgins & Jericho Road Community Health Center team to increase COVID-19 vaccinations in Western New York
Sat, Aug 14th 2021 12:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced an American Rescue Plan grant totaling $658,677 was awarded to Jericho Road Community Health Center through the Department of Health and Human Services.
SBA announces plan to open supplemental grants for Shuttered Venue Operators Grant applicants
Wed, Aug 11th 2021 11:00 pm
Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration is announcing a call to all eligible Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) applicants seeking economic aid for live entertainment small businesses, nonprofits and venues.
New York state announces $200 million in additional food assistance for August
Wed, Aug 11th 2021 03:20 pm
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance recently announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for August. The agency is also working with the federal government to ensure these supplemental benefits continue to reach households in need through September and beyond.
COVID cases continue to rise in Erie County
Wed, Aug 11th 2021 10:35 am
The Erie County Department of Health on Tuesday provided an update on COVID-19 data.
NYS: Excelsior Pass Plus to support safe, secure return of tourism and business travel
Mon, Aug 9th 2021 01:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced the launch of Excelsior Pass Plus to expand travel and commerce opportunities for New Yorkers. His team said this will enable compatibility between the state's Excelsior Pass platform, which has generated 3 million passes and provides digital proof of vaccination or negative test result, and the secure, globally recognized SMART Health Cards Framework developed by an international consortium called VCI.
Outreach campaign to ensure eligible New Yorkers register for advanced payments of Federal Child Tax Credit
Mon, Aug 9th 2021 12:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced a statewide outreach campaign to ensure all eligible New Yorkers register to receive advanced payments of the federal Child Tax Credit.
Zucker to school districts: You're in control
Thu, Aug 5th 2021 11:00 pm
On Thursday, New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker issued the following statement: "With the end of the state disaster emergency on June 25, 2021, school districts are reestablished as the controlling entity for schools. Schools and school districts should develop plans to open in-person in the fall as safely as possible, and I recommend following guidance from the CDC and local health departments."
ECDOH provides COVID-19 data update
Tue, Aug 3rd 2021 05:15 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is providing an update on COVID-19 data. For the week ending July 31, ECDOH received reports for 535 new COVID-19 cases among Erie County residents; this is an 80% increase from the previous week's total of 297 cases, and a 10-fold increase in the past six weeks.
NYSUT statement on COVID-19 vaccinations for K-12 school staff
Tue, Aug 3rd 2021 12:35 pm
New York State United Teachers issued the following statement Monday regarding COVID-19 vaccinations for K-12 school staff:
As Canada prepares to open border, Higgins sounds alarm on US readiness
Tue, Aug 3rd 2021 11:55 am
With Canada's plan to reopen the border to United States citizens less than a week away, Congressman Brian Higgins "is raising serious concerns about the lack of information and planning coming from the United States government," his team said.
Cuomo on COVID: 'We have seen this movie before'; Niagara County not mandating facemasks
Mon, Aug 2nd 2021 06:35 pm
At a press briefing on Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo encouraged New Yorkers to "avoid reliving the COVID-19 movie" that played out last year.
UB to implement indoor masking requirement starting Aug. 3
Mon, Aug 2nd 2021 06:10 pm
Effective Tuesday, the University at Buffalo will require all students, employees and visitors - regardless of their vaccination status - to wear face coverings while inside campus buildings. This includes classrooms, hallways, libraries and other common spaces, as well as UB buses and shuttles.
With 496 new COVID-19 cases in past 7 days, Erie County experiencing 'substantial' transmission
Fri, Jul 30th 2021 02:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health has confirmed 99 new COVID-19 cases for July 29, resulting in 496 new COVID-19 cases within the past seven days. Based on The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicators for community transmission, Erie County is now considered to have "substantial" COVID-19 transmission, with a case rate of 54 new cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days.
Nearly $1.1 billion in grants to support child care providers, enable return to workplace
Fri, Jul 30th 2021 01:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced New York will administer nearly $1.1 billion in federal funding directly to child care providers to help stabilize the industry and enable more parents to return to the workplace fulltime.
Cuomo announces launch of $35 million Restaurant Return-to-Work Tax Credit program
Thu, Jul 29th 2021 07:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced the launch of New York state's $35 million Restaurant Return-to-Work Tax Credit program, designed to help expand employment opportunities for workers and provide relief to COVID-19-impacted restaurants. Created as part of the fiscal year 2022 budget, the program offers a tax credit for the rapid hiring of restaurant workers to reduce the restaurant industry's pandemic-induced economic difficulties. Qualifying restaurants could receive a $5,000 tax credit per net new hire, totaling up to $50,000 in tax credits per business.
State selects UB lab as part of effort to bolster identifying COVID-19 variants
Wed, Jul 28th 2021 03:10 pm
A University at Buffalo lab has been selected to bolster New York state's efforts to identify COVID-19 variants, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Tuesday.
COVID-19: CDC provides new guidance as Delta variant spikes
Tue, Jul 27th 2021 06:35 pm
On Tuesday, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated information for fully vaccinated people given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant of the coronavirus currently circulating in the U.S. It added a recommendation for fully vaccinated people to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission. Currently, Erie and Niagara counties are labeled moderate risk.
UB among laboratories to assist state in identification of COVID-19 variants
Tue, Jul 27th 2021 10:35 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the selection of five laboratories to bolster state efforts in identifying COVID-19 variants. The New York State Department of Health is partnering with these laboratories to expand the genetic sequencing of specimens positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The selected laboratories have sequencing expertise and experience, as well as capacity and access to SARS-CoV-2 positive specimens from large multicounty areas in New York, outside of New York City.
Cuomo: Allocation of $15 million to promote vaccination in communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19 pandemic
Mon, Jul 26th 2021 12:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the allocation of $15 million from the New York budget to promote vaccination in communities across the state that were hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. His team said, "The funds will be used to strengthen communication, expand public education and enhance ongoing outreach efforts throughout diverse communities."
Cuomo: 'Streamlined' application process for rent relief program
Mon, Jul 26th 2021 12:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced a new "streamlined" application process for New York's rent relief program to help eliminate potential barriers for eligible New Yorkers to receive funding.
NYS REALTORS calls for state aid to renters & landlords
Wed, Jul 21st 2021 03:00 pm
The New York State Association of REALTORS Inc. released the following statement:
US to keep northern border closed through Aug. 21; Higgins 'infuriated'
Wed, Jul 21st 2021 12:15 pm
"Infuriated" by an announcement the United States government will extend restrictions on nonessential travel at the border between the U.S. and Canada for another month, Congressman Brian Higgins released the following statement:
 

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