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COVID-19: Niagara County health director offers guidance for residents as winter approaches
Tue, Nov 3rd 2020 07:00 am
It's been said there was no playbook for the coronavirus. Instead, health experts and elected leaders had to come up with better practices on the fly, test those ideas with research, and see what worked best to limit the viral spread and keep people healthy.
Coronavirus stats for Nov. 2
Mon, Nov 2nd 2020 10:00 pm
Coronavirus stats for Nov. 2
NYS and COVID-19: New guidelines allowing out-of-state travelers to 'test out' of mandatory 14-day quarantine
Mon, Nov 2nd 2020 09:00 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday announced new guidelines allowing out-of-state travelers to New York to "test out" of the mandatory 14-day quarantine.
New York State Homes & Community Renewal: Nearly $40 million being provided to tenants through COVID-19 rent relief program
Sat, Oct 31st 2020 10:10 am
New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas announced nearly $40 million will be distributed to more than 15,000 households through the COVID-19 rent relief program. This includes $23.2 million already distributed and about $16.8 million in currently pending payments.
Cuomo: Emergency food providers to continue to deliver NYS agricultural products to families in need
Fri, Oct 30th 2020 04:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced an additional $10 million is being dedicated to the Nourish New York program, bringing the total funding dedicated to the program to $35 million.
Memorial Medical Center updates COVID-19 testing calendar
Fri, Oct 30th 2020 11:40 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has updated its COVID-19 Niagara Falls community testing calendar. Testing is scheduled:
Support grows for hotel industry's Safe Stay
Wed, Oct 28th 2020 04:10 pm
Support for the American Hotel & Lodging Association's (AHLA) Safe Stay initiative continues to grow with endorsements coming from leading scientists, physicians and public health experts in epidemiology and infectious disease.
UB spinoff Cytocybernetics receives funding to accelerate COVID-19 drug screening
Wed, Oct 28th 2020 12:15 pm
As COVID-19 infection rates and death tolls continue to rise, researchers and scientists around the world are racing to clear candidate drug therapies for COVID-19.
UB to test all on-campus students before Thanksgiving break
Tue, Oct 27th 2020 07:25 pm
The University at Buffalo is preparing its plans to administer COVID-19 testing to on-campus students prior to the Thanksgiving break, per an announcement by State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras.
BBB research shows spike in online purchase scams since beginning of pandemic
Tue, Oct 27th 2020 07:25 pm
Scams related to online purchases, already on the rise, spiked more at the start of the pandemic, according to new research by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). A staggering 80.5% of people reporting online purchase scams in 2020 lost money. Which is a jump from 71.2% in 2015, when BBB began collecting data.
California added to NY's COVID-19 travel advisory; nonessential interstate travel with Massachusetts discouraged
Tue, Oct 27th 2020 07:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced California was added to New York state's COVID-19 travel advisory. No areas were removed. The advisory requires individuals who have traveled to New York from areas with significant community spread to quarantine for 14 days. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day rolling average, or an area with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average.
Erie County Department of Health answers questions about youth sports travel
Mon, Oct 26th 2020 01:25 pm
The Erie County Department of Health has fielded calls and emails from school districts, coaching staff and parents of youth athletes related to travel sports teams. More recently, ECDOH received reports from concerned parents and school districts about independent youth sports teams scheduling or participating in out-of-state games, tournaments, scrimmages and other activities.
Cuomos: New York to partner with The RealReal to launch 'Mask Up' campaign to benefit COVID-19 relief efforts, build awareness of need to wear masks
Mon, Oct 26th 2020 01:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his daughter, Mariah Kennedy Cuomo, announced New York is partnering with The RealReal and dozens of New York fashion designers to launch "Mask Up," a campaign to benefit COVID-19 relief efforts and remind the public of the need to wear masks.
Early voting continues in Niagara County
Mon, Oct 26th 2020 12:00 pm
Voters already have been out in large numbers taking advantage of early voting opportunities in Niagara County.
Coronavirus stats for Oct. 26
Mon, Oct 26th 2020 11:20 am
Coronavirus stats for Oct. 26
NFMMC to provide additional COVID-19 testing
Sat, Oct 24th 2020 11:15 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has scheduled additional COVID-19 community testing dates during the coming weeks. Testing is scheduled:
Cuomo: 8 additional NYS companies to start producing COVID-19-related equipment & supplies to support in-state needs
Fri, Oct 23rd 2020 05:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced eight additional Empire State companies have received support from New York to produce needed supplies to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
ESAAL: New York state continues to deny assisted living residents on-site hair services putting their health & well-being at risk
Fri, Oct 23rd 2020 03:15 pm
For most, including our country's senior population, maintaining good grooming is vital to living a healthy life. However, for the past eight months, despite the Empire State Association of Assisted Living's (ESAAL) fervent efforts, New York state's Department of Health continues to put thousands of seniors' health at risk by keeping New York's 550 licensed adult care facilities' (ACFs) hair salons closed.
Niagara County Department of Health: Results of rapid testing of school staff 'very encouraging'
Fri, Oct 23rd 2020 12:20 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health on Friday said it has completed voluntary, rapid testing days of teachers and staff in five school districts and, thus far, the results are not showing any significant presence of COVID-19 in schools. According to the health department, 574 tests have been completed, with 571 negative results to just three positives.
CAO of WNY connects underserved communities with mortgage & rent relief
Fri, Oct 23rd 2020 12:15 pm
The Community Action Organization of WNY (CAO) is helping underserved communities get connected with rent relief resources to combat the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Those who qualify for various programming can receive up to $1,000 in funding assistance.
Ortt calls for local CARES Act relief
Fri, Oct 23rd 2020 10:00 am
Recently, New York State Sen. Rob Ortt called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to release $1 billion in unused federal CARES Act funds that remain in New York state's coffers.
City of Niagara Falls allocates funds to Catholic Charities for housing relief
Wed, Oct 21st 2020 04:15 pm
In a press conference held Wednesday afternoon, City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino announced the allocation of nearly half a million dollars in aid to Catholic Charities to help local families avoid eviction and homelessness.
UB asks: Could adjuvants play a role in developing a successful COVID-19 vaccine?
Wed, Oct 21st 2020 12:40 pm
Agents that enhance the immune response to foreign molecules, called adjuvants, will likely play a role in developing a successful COVID-19 vaccine.
Executive order extending moratorium on COVID-19-related commercial evictions through Jan. 1
Tue, Oct 20th 2020 05:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed an executive order extending the state's moratorium on COVID-19-related commercial evictions and foreclosures through Jan. 1, 2020.
NYS residents urged to stay away from 40 states, as Arizona, Maryland added to COVID-19 travel advisory
Tue, Oct 20th 2020 05:00 pm
Gove. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced Arizona and Maryland were added to New York's COVID-19 travel advisory. No areas have been removed.
Cuomo releases 7-day rolling average of COVID-19 positivity by state
Tue, Oct 20th 2020 12:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday released the seven-day rolling average of COVID-19 positivity by state according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, indicating New York has one of the lowest positivity rates in the nation.
Statement by Congressman Brian Higgins on extension of US-Canada travel ban through Nov. 21
Tue, Oct 20th 2020 12:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26) who serves as co-chair of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus, released the following statement in response to the continued closing of the U.S.-Canada border:
DiNapoli: Halfway through year, revenue hole persists
Tue, Oct 20th 2020 11:05 am
Halfway through the state's fiscal year, state tax receipts are trailing last year by $2.8 billion, according to the September state cash report released by New York Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
New York state announces more than $100 million in additional food assistance for October
Mon, Oct 19th 2020 03:55 pm
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) announced more than $100 million in additional emergency food assistance to help New Yorkers avoid food insecurity during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus stats for Oct. 19
Mon, Oct 19th 2020 03:50 pm
Coronavirus stats for Oct. 19
EPA takes action to protect public from coronavirus protection scam
Mon, Oct 19th 2020 09:45 am
The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2 has issued 29 advisory letter and eight notices of warning to entities operating in New York and New Jersey to address pesticide products and devices that were found to be marketed with unsubstantiated claims of efficacy against the novel coronavirus (the cause of COVID-19) and other pathogens.
Advocates praise Cuomo's expansion of SNAP nutrition assistance for vulnerable New Yorkers
Mon, Oct 19th 2020 08:10 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced new measures that will expand eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the food stamp program, to up to 75,000 community college students across the state who are enrolled in vocational classes.
Cuomo outlines new microcluster strategy to tackle COVID-19 hot spots that arise in fall
Mon, Oct 19th 2020 08:05 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday outlined New York's new "microcluster" strategy to tackle COVID-19 hot spots that may come with the fall and winter weather. The microcluster strategy is predicated on three principles: refined detection, specific and calibrated mitigation, and focused enforcement.
NFMMC to test for COVID-19 Wednesday at City Market, Saturday at Bethany Baptist Church
Mon, Oct 19th 2020 08:05 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has scheduled another COVID-19 community testing date for this week. That testing will take place from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday at the City Market, Pine Avenue at 15th Street. Testing also is scheduled from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Bethany Baptist Church, 2002 Forest Ave.
New York ski resorts allowed to reopen with 50% indoor capacity beginning Nov. 6
Sun, Oct 18th 2020 03:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced ski resorts can reopen with 50% indoor capacity and with strict health and safety protocols under state-issued guidance starting Friday, Nov. 6.
Cuomo addresses coronavirus vaccine
Sun, Oct 18th 2020 03:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced the New York State Department of Health has released a draft COVID-19 vaccination administration program that serves as an initial framework for ensuring the safe and effective distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine in New York.
Buffalo Sabres, BlueCross BlueShield distribute PPE kits to WNY schools
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 04:05 pm
The Buffalo Sabres and BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York have teamed up to welcome Western New York teachers and students back to the classroom by providing 10,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to several schools across our community. Each kit includes face coverings and hand sanitizer to help keep teachers, students and staff safe as they resume in-person education.
Survey: 9 in 10 voters support Congress passing another COVID-19 relief bill to help distressed businesses
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 04:05 pm
Americans are concerned about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on all aspects of the economy, and 90% support Congress passing another economic stimulus bill to help distressed small businesses and employees, according to a new survey of registered voters conducted by Morning Consult and commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).
UB: Eviction was a problem long before the pandemic's arrival
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 11:55 am
Although sweeping eviction bans issued during the COVID-19 pandemic by the federal and many state governments have temporarily halted the removal of unemployed tenants from their homes, the current public health crisis has actually amplified, rather than created, what is a festering national housing issue, according to a University at Buffalo social work researcher.
Cuomo: State will withhold funds for localities & schools in COVID-19 cluster zones that fail to enforce public health law
Wed, Oct 14th 2020 04:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced New York will withhold funds for localities and schools in COVID-19 cluster zones that fail to enforce public health laws.
 

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