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Jacobs' statement health care volunteers paying New York state income taxes
Thu, May 7th 2020 08:30 am
New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs issued the following statement earlier this week in response to news that out-of-state volunteer health care workers who traveled to New York to help fight the coronavirus at the height of the pandemic will be forced to pay New York state income taxes:
Higgins: National Science Foundation awards to support local COVID-19 research at Hauptman-Woodward
Thu, May 7th 2020 07:35 am
Congressman Brian Higgins on Wednesday announced the award of $600,000 in National Science Foundation (NSF) grants to Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute (HWI) for multiple research projects into the molecular structure of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19.
Schmidt Futures will help integrate NYS practices & systems with best advanced technology tools to 'build back better'
Thu, May 7th 2020 07:35 am
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday announced Schmidt Futures will help integrate New York state practices and systems with the best advanced technology tools to build back better. Eric Schmidt, former Google CEO and executive chairman and founder of Schmidt Futures, will lead the state's 15-member blue ribbon commission and use what the state has learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with new technologies, to improve telehealth and broadband access.
NYS Department of Labor: $5.8 billion in unemployment benefits paid to New Yorkers since COVID-19 pandemic began
Thu, May 7th 2020 07:15 am
The New York State Department of Labor on Wednesday announced that over $5.8 billion in unemployment benefits have been paid to 1.5 million New Yorkers since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Counties call for federal aid to support reopening & avert dramatic cuts
Wed, May 6th 2020 05:55 pm
The New York State Association of Counties on Wednesday released an updated report on the economic impact of the novel coronavirus on New York's counties. It projects potentially catastrophic drops in revenue between $1.5 billion to $3.6 billion over the next year.
SBA to make economic injury disaster loans available to agricultural businesses impacted by COVID-19
Wed, May 6th 2020 05:50 pm
Earlier this week, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza announced agricultural businesses are now eligible for SBA's economic injury disaster loan (EIDL) and EIDL advance programs. SBA's EIDL portal reopened as a result of funding authorized by Congress through the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act. The legislation, signed into law by the president a week ago, provided additional funding for farmers and ranchers and certain other agricultural businesses affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
WNY anticipating June reopening
Wed, May 6th 2020 05:15 pm
County leaders are not counting on Erie County or Niagara County coming off Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "New York State on PAUSE" program when the executive order expires May 15.
Zoladz Construction donated 9,000 meals to 12 hospitals
Wed, May 6th 2020 05:00 pm
Zoladz Construction Co. Inc. of Alden donated almost 9,000 meals over the past two weeks to Kaleida Health, Catholic Health and Roswell Park Cancer Institute to support their front-line health care workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Catholic Health receives donation of over 1,500 Fowler's Chocolates 'We Applaud You' candy bars
Wed, May 6th 2020 05:00 pm
Catholic Health caregivers and leadership smiled through their surgical masks earlier this week, as they were treated to the delivery of more than 1,500 "We Applaud You" Fowler's Chocolates candy bars by City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and SUNY Trustee Eunice Lewin at the Sisters of Charity Hospital Main Street Campus.
Coronavirus stats for May 6
Wed, May 6th 2020 01:25 pm
Coronavirus stats for May 6 in Erie and Niagara counties.
Catholic Health to resume elective surgery; Kaleida working toward that capability
Wed, May 6th 2020 01:10 pm
Catholic Health has received approval from the New York State Department of Health to resume elective surgery in Erie County.
Is the Village of Lewiston more at risk for COVID-19 outbreak now that spring has sprung?
Wed, May 6th 2020 12:55 pm
Dozens of people were out and about in the Village of Lewiston enjoying the summer-like weather. They were walking down Center Street, eating on picnic tables and sitting on benches, looking at monuments, licking ice cream in Academy Park, and sprawled out on Water Street, looking out on the river. Many of those people were not wearing a mask or cloth face covering.
Higgins announces plans to introduce US Infectious Disease Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Act
Tue, May 5th 2020 05:10 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, on Tuesday announced plans to introduce the U.S. Infectious Disease Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Act. The bill would create an independent agency within the Department of Health and Human Services - the National Medical Command (NMC) - charged with preparing for, monitoring, and responding to pandemics. He said it would provide significantly increased federal funding for research into treatments and vaccines against infectious diseases.
COVID-19: More testing availability in Erie and Niagara counties
Tue, May 5th 2020 04:40 pm
Coronavirus testing is ramping up in Western New York.
When ventilators aren't enough: UB physician helped write global guidelines on specialized life support equipment for COVID-19
Tue, May 5th 2020 11:15 am
Ventilators may be among the best-known types of lifesaving medical equipment that the sickest COVID-19 patients need. But for a small number within that critically ill population, even ventilators are not enough. Those patients, about 10% of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units, will require life-support machines that temporarily function as their heart and lungs.
UB-led team developing 3-D-printed, reusable N95-like respirators
Tue, May 5th 2020 11:10 am
A University at Buffalo-led research team is developing plans to 3-D-print safe, effective and reusable N95-like respirators. The team, which includes local manufacturers and 3-D-printing enthusiasts, has submitted its work to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency approval.
Hospitality: AHLA releases industrywide hotel cleaning standards through 'Safe Stay' initiative
Tue, May 5th 2020 11:10 am
The American Hotel & Lodging Association has introduced "Safe Stay," an industrywide, enhanced standard of health and safety protocols designed to prepare America's hotels to safely welcome back guests and employees as the economy reopens. "Safe Stay" represents the top priority for the industry, the health and safety of guests and employees.
Ortt, colleagues launch 'Reset, Reopen' economic rollout
Tue, May 5th 2020 11:05 am
On Monday, New York State Sen. Rob Ortt joined his Republican colleagues, State Senate Deputy Minority Leader Joseph A. Griffo, Sen. Rich Funke, Sen. Tom O'Mara, Sen. George M. Borrello, Sen. Pat Gallivan, Sen. Daphne Jordan, Sen. Pam Helming and Sen. Fred Akshar, to roll out an economic "Reset, Reopen" plan for Upstate and Western New York to coincide with the virus's regression.
Following push, Congressman Higgins announces new retail coronavirus testing sites coming to Niagara Falls & Buffalo
Tue, May 5th 2020 10:50 am
Late Monday, Rite Aid confirmed plans to accommodate drive-thru testing at its locations at 1030 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls; and 2474 Bailey Ave., Buffalo.
NYS Department of Labor announces program to help inform unemployed New Yorkers that federal law requires them to certify every week to continue receiving benefits
Mon, May 4th 2020 07:30 pm
The New York State Department of Labor on Monday announced a new program to inform New Yorkers who have applied for unemployment that federal law requires them to submit a certification every week to receive their benefits, and educate New Yorkers about how to complete that certification.
Cuomo implores New Yorkers to wear a mask
Mon, May 4th 2020 07:30 pm
On Sunday afternoon, Gov. Andrew Cuomo cautioned New Yorkers about abandoning safety practices put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Cuomo outlines additional guidelines for when regions can reopen; NCCC testing site update
Mon, May 4th 2020 04:30 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday outlined additional guidelines for when regions can reopen. The state will monitor four core factors:
Coronavirus counties update for May 4
Mon, May 4th 2020 01:55 pm
Chronicling COVID-19: Buffalo History Museum to collect community stories regarding pandemic
Mon, May 4th 2020 11:10 am
The Buffalo History Museum has launched a new initiative to collect the stories of the community amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. All stories will be preserved in the museum's archives and become part of its collection. A press release said, "The community's contributions ensure evidence of this time for future research, reference, projects, exhibits, and programs."
UBMD Psychiatry provides emotional support to frontline health care workers
Mon, May 4th 2020 10:50 am
Overworked health care providers around the world are experiencing unprecedented levels of emotional and physical burnout and fear for their personal safety and the well-being of their loved ones as they care for patients with the novel coronavirus.
Tops puts temporary limits on select meat, poultry & pork items
Mon, May 4th 2020 10:25 am
"Due to high demand, it becomes necessary to place limits on the following effective immediately and in place until further notice."
Kaleida Health: It's safe to go to emergency room
Sun, May 3rd 2020 02:10 pm
According to a recent Morning Consult-American College of Emergency Physicians poll released last week, 29% of the more than 2,200 adults surveyed said they had avoided seeking immediate medical care over concerns about contracting coronavirus.
Joint statement by Administrator Jovita Carranza & Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on 'success of the Paycheck Protection Program'
Sun, May 3rd 2020 02:10 pm
U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement on what they called the success of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):
Coronavirus county update for May 3: Niagara now past 500 positive cases
Sun, May 3rd 2020 02:10 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update Sunday on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County: "We regretfully report one new death of a Niagara County resident, an 85-year-old female with underlying health conditions. We send our deepest sympathies to her family and friends."
Catholic Health offers safeguards for maternity patients during coronavirus pandemic
Sat, May 2nd 2020 10:50 am
With the coronavirus changing everything from how we work and go to school to a simple trip to the grocery store, OB/GYN specialists from Catholic Health held a virtual press conference to send an important message to pregnant women throughout Western New York about one thing that has not changed - its hospitals are still the safest places to have a baby.
Village, school board elections postponed
Sat, May 2nd 2020 10:40 am
On Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order postponed village and school board elections. The former will now take place Sept. 15, while the latter was pushed to June 9.
Sanitizer donation made to Grand Island Police Department
Sat, May 2nd 2020 07:00 am
The family-owned and operated Hartman's Distilling Co. on Chicago Street in Buffalo, which normally focuses on the production of bourbon, rye, vodka, gin and craft cocktails, has shifted much of its production to bottles of hand sanitizers because of the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, it is donating one bottle of hand sanitizer for each one it sells.
Department of Labor offers update: $4.6 billion-plus in unemployment benefits distributed to New Yorkers since beginning of COVID-19 pandemic
Fri, May 1st 2020 06:55 pm
The New York State Department of Labor on Friday announced it had distributed over $4.6 billion in unemployment benefits since the coronavirus pandemic began impacting businesses in early March. In total, the DOL has processed over 1.6 million completed applications for unemployment benefits since March 9, including for both traditional unemployment insurance and the new COVID-19 pandemic unemployment assistance program.
'Compassion in Action' continues at Community Missions
Fri, May 1st 2020 04:30 pm
As the calendar flips over to a new month, we find ourselves continuing to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the days and nights have not been easy for anyone, there have been wonderful acts of compassion that have helped brighten our spirits along the way.
Elected leaders call for federally designated retail coronavirus testing sites in City of Niagara Falls
Fri, May 1st 2020 01:15 pm
Federal, county and city leaders representing Niagara Falls are calling on the Assistant Secretary for Health, Admiral Brett Giroir, who has been designated the coronavirus national testing czar, to coordinate testing sites in the City of Niagara Falls.
Cuomo: K-12, colleges will be closed for rest of academic year & continue distance learning programs
Fri, May 1st 2020 12:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced new York's 4.2 million students will not return to campus before the end of the academic year.
Coronavirus: Niagara, Erie counties update for May 1
Fri, May 1st 2020 12:00 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County: "We regretfully report one new death of a Niagara County resident, a 92-year-old female with underlying health conditions. We send our deepest sympathies to her family and friends."
Higgins: Over $3.856 million to protect residents in low-income housing
Fri, May 1st 2020 11:25 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced federal funding to safeguard residents in low-income housing during the public health crisis. The CARES Act, approved in the House of Representatives on March 27, included supplemental public housing operating funds to support measures to respond to the coronavirus pandemic in public housing.
NYS Health Facilities Association: 'Outbreaks of COVID-19 are not the result of inattentiveness or shortcomings in our facilities'
Fri, May 1st 2020 11:20 am
Stephen Hanse, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living issued the following statement this week in response to rising number of COVID-19 outbreaks and fatalities in New York's nursing homes and assisted living communities and the staff caring for residents:
 

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