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Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center updates patient visitation hours
Wed, Oct 5th 2022 02:15 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has extended its visitation policy to include hours outside of the workday, "recognizing the important role visitors play in patient recovery."
Memorial, NU to host COVID-19 vaccine clinic
Sat, Oct 1st 2022 07:00 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and Niagara University's Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko Center for Race, Equality, & Mission will host a coronavirus vaccination clinic from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Entrepreneur School of Thought, 1110 19th St., Niagara Falls.
Erie County Department of Health providing COVID-19 tests, masks
Wed, Sep 28th 2022 10:50 am
The Erie County Department of Health reminds community organizations serving Erie County residents that at-home coronavirus tests, disinfectant wipes and non-surgical face masks (PPE) are available for ordering at no cost.
Study: Often overlooked, molecules called glycans regulate COVID-19 spike protein function
Wed, Sep 28th 2022 10:50 am
If you're an avid reader of science news, you've probably heard of viral proteins such as the COVID-19 spike protein.
Preparing for the next pandemic: NSF grants $1 million to UB to develop a rapid response system, build community trust
Wed, Sep 28th 2022 10:50 am
They introduced genomic sequencing of the coronavirus to Western New York. They sampled wastewater to determine the level of the virus locally. They partnered with local groups to boost vaccinations and share scientific information in user-friendly ways.
Higgins, Ortt respond to Canada's plan to lift northern border restrictions
Tue, Sep 27th 2022 09:50 am
Congressman Brian Higgins released the following statement in reaction to the announcement the Canadian government will end random testing, drop the coronavirus vaccine requirement, and make the use of ArriveCAN voluntary for those crossing the border between the U.S. and Canada:
Hochul announces crackdown on unemployment insurance fraud
Tue, Sep 27th 2022 09:50 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced actions to crack down on unemployment insurance fraud after a New York State Department of Labor investigation found that insurance fraud accounted for more than $11 million in benefits payments in August. These benefits were paid almost exclusively to those working while also collecting unemployment insurance payments during the pandemic.
Catholic Health resumes expanded hospital visitation hours
Mon, Sep 26th 2022 09:15 am
Catholic Health is expanding its hospital visiting hours. Patients may have up to two visitors at a time between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Sisters of Charity Hospital (Main Street and St. Joseph campuses). Visitation beyond normal hours continues to be permitted under certain conditions.
Higgins: $1 million in federal funding for University at Buffalo to support pandemic preparedness
Fri, Sep 23rd 2022 07:40 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced a federal grant totaling $1 million awarded to the University at Buffalo.
Niagara County health director provides update on vaccine, tips for fall
Fri, Sep 23rd 2022 07:35 am
As summer ended in 2020, and again in 2021, an ominous cloud hung over the region, as the rate of coronavirus infection rose - and with it, restrictions and cancellations.
Local leaders comment on Canadian COVID restrictions
Wed, Sep 21st 2022 07:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, co-chair of the Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group and the Congressional Northern Border Caucus, is calling on the U.S. to end COVID-19-related restrictions at the U.S. border with Canada.
UB and UBMD Physicians' Group launch region's only long COVID registry
Wed, Sep 21st 2022 07:00 am
The University at Buffalo and UBMD Physicians' Group have launched the long COVID registry in order to learn more about the condition, and to connect Western New Yorkers with treatment options and the potential to participate in clinical trials.
UB scientist: Best protection against COVID-19 could be a vaccine delivered through the nose
Tue, Sep 13th 2022 07:05 pm
As public health experts cautiously anticipate how COVID-19 will play out this fall, a University at Buffalo scientist is reiterating that substantial immunity against the SARS-CoV-2 virus will only happen with a vaccine that can be delivered through the nose.
Hochul announces $234 million in additional food assistance for September
Tue, Sep 13th 2022 07:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for September. All households participating in SNAP - including those already at the maximum level of benefits - will receive a supplemental allotment this month, resulting in a roughly $234 million infusion of federal funding into the New York state economy.
Erie County Department of Health to offer new bivalent COVID-19 vaccine boosters
Mon, Sep 12th 2022 05:10 pm
On Sept. 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new coronavirus vaccine booster recommendations, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized updated, new booster formulas from both Pfizer and Moderna - "bivalent" vaccines.
Niagara County Department of Health to offer bivalent COVID-19 vaccine at upcoming clinics
Thu, Sep 8th 2022 09:35 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health will offer the bivalent coronavirus booster at all upcoming clinics.
Hochul: New Yorkers can now receive new COVID-19 vaccine boosters designed to strengthen defenses against omicron subvariants
Wed, Sep 7th 2022 01:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced the availability of bivalent coronavirus vaccine boosters, which are designed to add omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants and bolster previous vaccination protection.
CDC recommends first updated COVID-19 booster
Wed, Sep 7th 2022 10:50 am
On Sept. 1, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., endorsed the CDC advisory committee on immunization practices' (ACIP) recommendations for use of updated coronavirus boosters from Pfizer-BioNTech for people ages 12 years and older, and from Moderna for people ages 18 years and older.
DiNapoli: Despite challenges, agriculture among most resilient state industries during the pandemic
Wed, Aug 24th 2022 01:10 pm
Agriculture in New York state paid close to $1 billion in wages and produced roughly $3.3 billion in gross domestic product in 2021, according to a report by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Back to school focus this year is on overcoming learning gaps due to pandemic
Wed, Aug 24th 2022 01:10 pm
As school districts in New York begin the new school year, more than three-quarters (77%) plan on spending COVID-19 recovery funding they received from the federal government to address the impact of the pandemic on students, particularly learning gaps due to interrupted instruction, according to an analysis by the New York State School Boards Association.
Hochul updates COVID-19 guidance for schools
Mon, Aug 22nd 2022 05:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced updated coronavirus guidance that aligns with new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations as children, teachers and faculty across the state prepare to head back to school in the coming weeks.
NYS: $20 million for addiction services providers impacted by COVID-19 pandemic
Mon, Aug 22nd 2022 05:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced up to $20 million is available to support addiction services providers in New York state that have been impacted by the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
All Wegmans pharmacies now offering vaccine for upcoming flu season
Mon, Aug 22nd 2022 11:20 am
The most important step to protecting yourself during the upcoming 2022-23 flu season is getting the influenza vaccine, which is now available at all Wegmans pharmacy locations. Getting your family ready for flu season is easy - just stop by your Wegmans pharmacy during normal business hours, or schedule an appointment online. There is no need for a prescription, and in most cases, the fee is covered in full by insurance.
More than $500 million awarded to New York from Biden administration to support small businesses through American Rescue Plan
Fri, Aug 19th 2022 05:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced New York state was awarded $501.5 million in federal funds through the State Small Business Credit Initiative, which was reauthorized and expanded as part of the American Rescue Plan Act.
Higgins calls for 'unreasonable' NEXUS backlog to be addressed
Fri, Aug 19th 2022 05:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins is pushing to end what his team called the "unreasonably long wait time" for new NEXUS cards commonly used by Western New Yorkers crossing into Canada. Higgins, who hears weekly from residents on this issue, said NEXUS card applicants are currently being made to wait nine months for an appointment at the Niagara Falls enrollment center.
Hochul announces relaunch of #VaxtoSchool COVID-19 vaccine effort
Wed, Aug 17th 2022 06:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the relaunch of #VaxtoSchool, the multifaceted statewide campaign aimed at increasing coronavirus vaccination rates among school-aged New Yorkers. Her team said the campaign furthers Hochul's "commitment to ensuring equitable access to vaccines, and to make the health and well-being of students, teachers and families a top priority."
Ortt calls on Hochul to update CDC guidance and drop remaining COVID restrictions
Wed, Aug 17th 2022 06:45 pm
Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt on Wednesday sent a letter to Gov. Kathy Hochul urging her administration to update the state's guidance and emergency regulations to reflect recent changes made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Hochul announces $234 million in additional food assistance for August
Mon, Aug 15th 2022 04:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for August. All households participating in SNAP - including those already at the maximum level of benefits - will receive a supplemental allotment this month, resulting in a roughly $234 million infusion of federal funding into the New York state economy.
Hochul launches health care worker bonus program
Wed, Aug 3rd 2022 01:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the launch of the health care and mental hygiene worker bonus program. Enacted in the fiscal year 2023 New York state budget, the program includes $1.3 billion allocated for the payment of recruitment and retention bonuses to certain health care and mental hygiene workers, a key initiative in the governor's aim to increase the state's health care workforce by 20% over the next five years.
$1.64 million+ in FEMA funding for ECMC
Tue, Aug 2nd 2022 11:25 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced federal funding totaling $1,640,522 for Erie County Medical Center. Funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the award reimburses the medical center for personal protective equipment and supplies needed to treat and prevent the spread of coronavirus, as well as contract services used to support hospital functions during the pandemic.
Hochul announces rollout of electric and gas utility bill credits for low-income families
Thu, Jul 28th 2022 08:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the vast majority of $567 million dedicated to help low-income electric and gas utility customers pay off past utility bills will be reflected on customers' August bills. The financial assistance program includes an estimated $557 million statewide COVID-19 bill credit program for low-income customers adopted by the New York State Public Service Commission.
Erie County Department of Health updates COVID-19 testing & vaccine clinic schedule
Thu, Jul 28th 2022 08:30 pm
Starting Monday, Aug. 1, the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) will follow updated schedules for free COVID-19 testing and vaccines at the Jesse Nash Health Center at 608 William St., Buffalo; and the Erie County Emergency and Training Operations Center, at 3359 Broadway in Cheektowaga.
Pandemic intensified mental health crisis: In New York state, Project TEACH is fighting back
Mon, Jul 25th 2022 03:20 pm
The U.S. surgeon general is warning that America's youth face a "devastating" mental health crisis. The American Academy of Pediatrics calls it "a national children's mental health emergency." And obstetrician/gynecologists and other primary care providers are seeing increased anxiety and depression in their pregnant and postpartum patients.
Hochul $387 million in COVID-19 relief being delivered to local governments
Fri, Jul 22nd 2022 01:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced $387 million is being delivered to 1,452 local governments across the New York to help boost their pandemic response infrastructure. Her team said the announcement is part of the state's ongoing preparation efforts to tackle any potential pandemic-related surges this fall and winter.
NCDOH offers COVID-19 vaccine for children at upcoming clinics
Wed, Jul 20th 2022 08:30 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health will offer free COVID-19 vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older at upcoming clinics. Children ages 6 months to 4 years old may receive the Pfizer vaccine, while children ages 6 months to 5 years old can receive the Moderna vaccine.
Hochul announces new COVID-19 preparedness initiatives to protect public health, support ongoing pandemic response
Wed, Jul 20th 2022 02:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced new COVID-19 preparedness initiatives to protect public health and support New York state's ongoing response to the pandemic. Hochul announced the state is working closely with public health experts to craft a "fall action plan" to address the potential for seasonal coronavirus surges later this year, as well as strategies to allow students to return safely to school this fall.
DiNapoli: Tax cap set at 2% in 2023
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 01:55 pm
Property tax levy growth will again be capped at 2% for 2023 for local governments that operate on a calendar-based fiscal year, according to data released by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. This figure affects tax cap calculations for all counties, towns and fire districts, as well as 44 cities and 13 villages.
DiNapoli: Number of New Yorkers behind on utility bills soared during pandemic
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 01:55 pm
The devastating number of job losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic caused a significant increase in the number of residential customers owing money to their utility companies, with one in eight customers in arrears as of March 2022, according to a report released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Hochul announces $234 million in additional food assistance for July
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 03:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for July. All households participating in SNAP - including those already at the maximum level of benefits - will receive a supplemental allotment this month, resulting in a roughly $234 million infusion of federal funding into the New York state economy.
Higgins, Ortt & Morinello call for end to preclearance requirement imposed by ArriveCAN
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 11:45 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, New York State Senate Minority Leader Robert Ortt and New York State Assemblyman Angelo Morinello are calling on Canada to end what they call "rigorous and unnecessary" preclearance requirements on Americans crossing the northern border.
 

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