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Commissioner Zucker issues letter to hospital administrators detailing directives to expand capacity
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 07:45 pm
New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker on Wednesday issued a letter to hospital administrators to detail directives issued by the Department of Health with regard to expanding hospital capacity as New York continues to fight COVID-19. On Dec. 7, hospitals were directed to expand capacity by 25%. Four days later, they were directed to expand by an additional 25% or cancel elective surgeries.
Kaleida Health begins coronavirus vaccines
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 02:40 pm
Kaleida Health received its first supply of COVID-19 vaccines on Monday and began vaccinations late that afternoon for physicians, nurses and staff who work in high-risk areas across the health system.
ECMC begins vaccination of frontline caregivers
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 02:30 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp. on Wednesday commenced vaccination of its frontline caregivers, following New York State Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control guidelines.
DiNapoli: Statewide local sales tax collections down 7.1% in November
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 02:25 pm
Local government sales tax collections declined by 7.1% in November compared to the same month last year, according to State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. November's sales tax collections totaled $1.3 billion for local governments statewide, $102 million less than in November 2019.
New York: More than $100 million in additional food assistance for December
Tue, Dec 15th 2020 02:25 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. For a 10th consecutive month, about 700,000 low-income individuals and families enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive additional food benefits to bring them up to the maximum allowable amount for December.
Higgins leads effort to make sure Americans receive full COVID-19 relief payment they are owed
Tue, Dec 15th 2020 02:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, is leading an effort to see that Americans receive the full COVID-19 relief payment they are entitled to under the CARES Act. Millions of individuals are still waiting for economic impact payments.
Jonathan Schultz, Niagara County director of emergency services, recognized by IAEM
Tue, Dec 15th 2020 02:20 pm
Jonathan Schultz, director of the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services, has been recognized by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) as being among the group of professionals who have maintained their Certified Emergency Manager designation. Only 2,000 men and women globally in the emergency management profession presently hold CEM.
UB expert: Biden's emphasis on unity can take politics out of pandemic response
Tue, Dec 15th 2020 02:20 pm
President-elect Joe Biden's emphasis on national unity as part of his administration's messaging surrounding the response to the COVID-19 pandemic is an effective tool that can help minimize the influence of political ideology on the public perception of scientific conclusions, according to a University at Buffalo professor of communication.
NFMMC to perform COVID-19 testing at Doris Jones Family Resource Center
Mon, Dec 14th 2020 05:25 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will conduct community testing for COVID-19 from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Doris W. Jones Family Resource Center, 3001 Ninth St., Niagara Falls.
VA Western New York Healthcare System selected as one of 37 VA sites to receive initial doses of COVID-19 vaccine
Mon, Dec 14th 2020 03:45 pm
VA Western New York Healthcare System (VA WNYHS) announced it has been selected as one of 37 VA sites to receive initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Poloncarz: Vaccines start to arrive, but won't be available to general public 'for months'
Mon, Dec 14th 2020 03:40 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz updated residents on the coronavirus vaccine during a press conference Monday afternoon.
Niagara County moving into 'yellow zone'
Mon, Dec 14th 2020 02:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced Niagara County areas including Lewiston and Niagara Falls are moving into his micro-cluster action initiative "yellow precautionary zone." The following restrictions will be put into place:
New York administers its first COVID-19 vaccine
Mon, Dec 14th 2020 12:40 pm
On Monday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo virtually joined Northwell Health President and CEO Michael Dowling, Northwell Health Director of Employee Health Services Dr. Michelle Chester, and Long Island Jewish Medical Center ICU Nurse Sandra Lindsay for the first administration of the COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S.
Survey: Nearly 70% of Americans will not travel for Christmas
Mon, Dec 14th 2020 12:40 pm
A recent national survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) shows nearly two-thirds (69%) of Americans will not travel for Christmas.
Niagara County Department of Health prepares for COVID-19 vaccination
Mon, Dec 14th 2020 10:45 am
The Niagara County Department of Health (NCDOH) is preparing to oversee distribution of its portion of the coronavirus vaccine.
1199SEIU issues statement on approved COVID-19 vaccine
Mon, Dec 14th 2020 10:00 am
Statement from 1199SEIU President George Gresham:
Cuomo to decide if more micro-cluster zones are necessary
Fri, Dec 11th 2020 06:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday said he is tweaking what goes into his micro-cluster action zones, and will look at available date this weekend to determine if more restrictions will be levied on any or all of New York's regions.
Second phase of Empire State Digital with Ritual One & PayPal to support NYS restaurants, food service industry
Fri, Dec 11th 2020 04:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the second phase of New York's Empire State Digital initiative to support the state's restaurants and food service industry affected by COVID-19 has launched.
Memorial receives special freezer for storing Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
Fri, Dec 11th 2020 11:45 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has received a NUAIRE minus-86-degree Celsius (minus-122.8 Fahrenheit), ultra-low temp freezer ahead of next week's anticipated delivery of 975 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Higgins: $3.5 million-plus for Western New York community health centers
Fri, Dec 11th 2020 10:20 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced community health centers in Western New York will receive over $3.5 million in federal dollars. The funding, awarded to Community Health Center of Buffalo and Neighborhood Health Center, is provided through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Niagara County starting to see coronavirus spike
Thu, Dec 10th 2020 09:15 pm
Though Erie County has made statewide headlines over the past month for its high number of coronavirus cases, more attention is starting to shift to neighboring Niagara County - where 11.5% of people tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday were positive. The seven-day average at that point was 8.6%, which was second in New York (only trailing Allegany County's 9.1%).
Cuomo announces launch of 'New York Forward' small business lease assistance partnership
Thu, Dec 10th 2020 08:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced the launch of the "New York Forward" small business lease assistance partnership. Recognizing the economic impact of COVID-19, this program will provide small businesses and their landlords with informational resources and pro bono assistance to help both parties reach mutually beneficial lease workout agreements.
Cuomo updates New Yorkers on state's vaccination distribution plan
Wed, Dec 9th 2020 08:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday updated New Yorkers on the state's vaccination distribution plan as the FDA is expected to authorize Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine this week. The state's vaccination distribution effort will focus on battling skepticism, include outreach to Black, brown and poor communities, as well as expedited distribution and administration. New York could receive its initial allocation of 170,000 vaccines as soon as this weekend, and expects further allocations in the following weeks.
Ortt & Senate Republicans call to preserve jobs by pausing minimum wage increase
Wed, Dec 9th 2020 03:10 pm
In a letter, New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt and members of the Senate Republican Conference called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to pause the minimum wage increases on Long Island, Westchester, and areas outside of New York City on Dec. 31.
Higgins calls for moratorium on evictions & rental assistance for landlords to be included in COVID relief package
Wed, Dec 9th 2020 03:10 pm
As negotiations continue on the next COVID-19 relief package, Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, is pressing for the legislation to include a moratorium on evictions and rental assistance for property owners.
Zucker issues letter to hospital, nursing home administrators outlining surge & flex and data reporting measures
Wed, Dec 9th 2020 01:20 pm
New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker on Wednesday issued a letter to hospital and nursing home administrators to outline data reporting measures as part of the state's "surge and flex" protocol.
Niagara Falls Memorial opens center for administering monoclonal COVID-19 antibody therapy
Wed, Dec 9th 2020 01:15 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center on Wednesday announced it is performing COVID-19 antibody therapy on an outpatient basis to those who qualify.
Cuomo: Regions will shut down again if they can't control hospitalizations
Mon, Dec 7th 2020 08:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York restaurants will face harsher restrictions, and regions will go back on "PAUSE," if the coronavirus-related hospitalizations continue to rise.
COVID-19: Fauci offers Cuomo guidance on potential holiday spikes
Mon, Dec 7th 2020 08:25 pm
On Monday, the nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo in providing an update on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Campaign highlighting county leadership during COVID-19 receives honor
Mon, Dec 7th 2020 10:20 am
The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) was honored with an award for the "NY Counties Lead" campaign, which highlighted the county response during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign won the 2020 Capital Region MARCOM Award for demonstrating how county officials across the state are instrumental in responding to the public health, social and economic crisis brought on by the novel coronavirus.
National Governors Association leadership calls on Congress to deliver COVID-19 relief bill & support states before recessing
Fri, Dec 4th 2020 04:20 pm
New York Gov. and National Governors Association Chairman Andrew Cuomo and Arkansas Gov. and NGA Vice Chairman Asa Hutchinson issued the following statement Friday regarding ongoing negotiations over a new coronavirus relief bill:
New York to receive initial delivery of COVID-19 vaccine doses for 170,000
Wed, Dec 2nd 2020 05:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced New York state will receive an initial delivery of enough COVID-19 vaccine doses for 170,000 residents. If all safety and efficacy approvals are granted by the federal government, the state expects to receive the vaccines - which were created by Pfizer - on Dec. 15. New York expects additional allocations of vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna later this month.
Higgins asks Biden administration to prioritize northern border strategy
Wed, Dec 2nd 2020 05:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, Co-chair of the congressional northern border caucus, is appealing to the incoming Biden Administration to make coordination between the U.S. and Canada a top priority, including development of a reopening plan at the northern border and the expansion of technology that provides for improved border crossing efficiencies over the long-term.
Rapid turnaround COVID-19 tests can offer great promise to assisted-living communities - but only if accessible & affordable
Wed, Dec 2nd 2020 02:20 pm
During the first wave of COVID-19 in the spring of this year, assisted-living communities across New York state reacted swiftly and comprehensively to minimize the spread of the virus within. ACFs were mandated to test all staff every week and this will likely remain in place for the foreseeable future, and at a great cost to providers.
Niagara Falls Memorial to hold a COVID-19 testing event at John Duke Center
Wed, Dec 2nd 2020 01:30 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will hold a COVID-19 testing event from 1-4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, at the John Duke Senior Center, 1201 Hyde Park Blvd., Niagara Falls.
$6.7 million in federal funding to assist New York's marine fishing industry during COVID-19 pandemic
Tue, Dec 1st 2020 11:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced $6.7 million in federal funding is available from the Marine Fisheries Relief Program established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to assist New York's marine fishing industry following extensive economic losses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
FeedMore WNY special mobile food pantry distributions respond to increased need for food assistance due to COVID-19
Tue, Dec 1st 2020 10:15 am
FeedMore WNY has added 16 additional food distributions to its mobile food pantry schedule during the month of December as a part of its response to the increased need for food assistance in the community due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Statement from Niagara County Manager Rick Updegrove regarding COVID-19 cases in Social Services Department
Mon, Nov 30th 2020 07:55 pm
"Over the course of the last week, the Niagara County Department of Social Services has had approximately a dozen positive test results of DSS employees who work on the second floor of their office on 10th Street in Niagara Falls, with several additional tests still outstanding," Niagara County Manager Rick Updegrove said Monday. "After talking with employees and conducting contact tracing, the Niagara County Health Department has made the determination to quarantine all employees who work on the second floor of that building."
Niagara County Health Department offers 'key actions to take if you test positive for COVID-19'
Mon, Nov 30th 2020 07:55 pm
As cases continue to rise in Niagara County and surrounding areas, the Niagara County Department of Health is asking the community to remain vigilant and play an important part in reducing community transmission of COVID- 19 if testing positive.
Erie County to deliver $19 million in financial aid to nearly 1,400 small businesses in need
Mon, Nov 30th 2020 07:55 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz on Monday announced the completion of the Erie County "Back to Business" grant program, reporting that grant recipients will be notified via email and checks will be distributed by mail beginning today.

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