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Niagara Falls Memorial to vaccinate select outside groups
Mon, Dec 28th 2020 10:30 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has been directed by the New York State Department of Health to distribute COVID-19 vaccine to selected high-risk groups that provide services outside of the medical center.
Rapid COVID-19 testing now available at WellNow Urgent Care centers
Thu, Dec 24th 2020 11:05 am
WellNow Urgent Care began offering COVID-19 rapid antigen testing at almost all its centers in upstate New York this week. WellNow expects to bring rapid testing to all remaining locations before the end of the year.
New guidance from Department of Financial Services to further grow hospital capacity
Wed, Dec 23rd 2020 06:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the issuance by the Department of Financial Services of a circular letter, developed in collaboration with the insurance industry and hospitals, directing insurers to suspend certain preauthorization and administrative requirements to help hospitals implement New York state's "surge and flex" protocol.
Malatras: SUNY Upstate Medical University to partner with New York Power Authority to test essential utility workers for COVID-19 using top-ranked saliva test
Wed, Dec 23rd 2020 05:45 pm
State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras joined with Upstate Medical President Mantosh Dewan, M.D., and New York Power Authority President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones in announcing a mandatory COVID-19 testing program for NYPA's utility employees who are essential to the operation and maintenance of the statewide power system.
COVID-19: 89,000 vaccinated in NYS
Wed, Dec 23rd 2020 05:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced 89,000 New Yorkers have received the first COVID-19 vaccine dose to date, while 22,000 have received the first dose in 90 nursing home facilities as part of a federal-private partnership program.
Cuomo: Plan under development to allow fans to attend first Buffalo Bills home playoff game in more than two decades
Wed, Dec 23rd 2020 04:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced plans are currently under development to allow fans to attend the Buffalo Bills' first home playoff game in more than two decades under strict COVID-19 protocols. Under the proposal, which is being developed cooperatively between the Bills and New York state, fans in attendance would be required to receive a negative COVID-19 test result before being allowed into the stadium. Contact tracing will also be conducted after the game.
Niagara Falls Memorial to distribute COVID-19 vaccine to state-designated high risk groups
Tue, Dec 22nd 2020 07:20 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has been directed by the New York State Department of Health to distribute COVID-19 vaccine to selected high-risk groups that provide services in the community.
Cuomo: Wadsworth Laboratory has begun research of new COVID-19 strain
Tue, Dec 22nd 2020 02:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced Wadsworth Laboratory has begun aggressive research of the new, highly contagious COVID-19 strain that has been discovered in the United Kingdom.
A closer look at contact tracing with Erie County Department of Health
Tue, Dec 22nd 2020 12:10 pm
A year ago, the words "isolation," "quarantine" and "contact tracing" rarely entered the public conscience. But now, in a year consumed by COVID-19, those terms have become commonplace.
Elderwood establishes COVID-only care center
Tue, Dec 22nd 2020 12:00 pm
With COVID-19 cases surging in Western New York, Elderwood has responded by establishing a COVID-only care center to provide an effective way to isolate and care for residents recovering from the coronavirus and mitigate its spread within other Elderwood senior care communities in Western New York.
New ECMC podcast: Stress management through holidays, pandemic, more
Tue, Dec 22nd 2020 11:35 am
Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corp. recently completed production of new True Care Healthcast podcast that offers coping strategies and advice to help get through the holidays during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Higgins announces approval of 2021 budget package funding important to WNY
Tue, Dec 22nd 2020 11:35 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, outlined components of the omnibus budget package of particular interest to Western New York. The legislation, approved by the House of Representatives, directs funding for the federal government for fiscal year 2021.
Higgins announces house approval of COVID-19 disaster relief package
Tue, Dec 22nd 2020 10:30 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, on Monday announced the House of Representatives approved a major coronavirus disaster relief package providing urgent resources to families, businesses and communities.
COVID-19: Cuomo provides vaccination update
Mon, Dec 21st 2020 03:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced more than 38,000 vaccine doses have been administered in New York state as of Monday morning - the highest reported total in the nation thus far.
British Airways, Delta Airlines, Virgin Atlantic agree to test all passengers before entering New York
Mon, Dec 21st 2020 02:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced that, in the wake of a new, highly contagious variant of the COVID-19 virus found in the United Kingdom, British Airways, Delta Airlines and Virgin Atlantic have voluntarily agreed to require a COVID-19 test before allowing passengers to board planes traveling from the U.K. to New York.
Santa Claus granted DOH waiver to travel to New York for Christmas
Mon, Dec 21st 2020 01:40 pm
On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the New York State Department of Health has granted Santa Claus a waiver to travel to New York for Christmas. While DOH has granted the waiver, Santa will be required to wear a mask this year.
Niagara USA Chamber outlines new COVID-19 relief bill
Mon, Dec 21st 2020 01:15 pm
The Niagara USA Chamber has broken down details of a new coronavirus relief bill set to be approved this week by Congress:
'Significant day in New York's battle' against COVID-19
Mon, Dec 21st 2020 10:40 am
Stephen Hanse, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL), a statewide association representing over 425 long-term care facilities, issued the following statement in response to the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations to nursing home residents and staff beginning Monday, Dec. 21.
Cuomo signs executive order to support seniors & restaurant industry; announces approval of Moderna vaccine
Mon, Dec 21st 2020 09:50 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced he signed an executive order providing additional support for two of the groups hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic: vulnerable homeowners and the restaurant industry.
New York state reminds snowmobilers to ride safely
Fri, Dec 18th 2020 05:40 pm
At the start of snowmobiling season, New York state urges riders to keep safety in mind, both when operating and during any breaks with fellow riders.
Memorial administers first doses of COVID-19 vaccine
Fri, Dec 18th 2020 05:15 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center on Friday began administering COVID-19 vaccine to front-line hospital caregivers and residents and staff members at its nursing home, the Schoellkopf Health Center.
Cuomo on Buffalo Bills fans returning to stadium: 'If there's any way to figure it out, we should try to figure it out'
Fri, Dec 18th 2020 02:45 pm
At the end of his press conference on Friday afternoon, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was asked whether or not fans would be allowed to watch the playoff-bound Buffalo Bills in person this season.
UB to start spring semester Feb. 1 under modified in-person format
Fri, Dec 18th 2020 09:50 am
University at Buffalo leadership on Thursday announced the university's plans for the spring semester, which will mirror operations in the fall in that UB will follow a modified in-person format. That means courses will be delivered using a mix of in-person (and physically distanced) instruction, as well as remote learning.
NYS Homes and Community Renewal announces expansion of COVID-19 rent relief program through Feb. 1
Fri, Dec 18th 2020 09:00 am
New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas announced the COVID-19 rent relief program will be reopened for application with expanded eligibility criteria in an effort to serve New Yorkers who may have not had the opportunity to initially apply and those who may have been previously ineligible. HCR will accept applications from households starting at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18, and running through Monday, Feb. 1, 2021.
Cuomo: New York state will advance $1.5 billion to organizations needing cash flow until early 2021
Thu, Dec 17th 2020 04:45 pm
On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced New York will advance $1.5 billion to organizations that need cash flow until February or March 2021, as the state awaits a federal stimulus package that helps America's state and local governments. The step will be taken amid media reports that Congress will pass a stimulus package that does not include funding for state and local governments.
Erie County Department of Health shifts information line hours, announces changes in schedule for holidays
Thu, Dec 17th 2020 04:45 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is announcing an update to its COVID-19 information line hours, and changes to its hours of operation for upcoming holiday dates.
Catholic Health to serve as western region lead for COVID-19 vaccination planning
Thu, Dec 17th 2020 09:40 am
On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a hub approach to implementing the state's COVID-19 vaccination administration plan. He named Catholic Health the western region hub lead.
'Vaccinate New York': Cuomo updates New Yorkers on state's administration plan
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 08:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday updated New Yorkers on the state's vaccination administration plan and the establishment of regional vaccination hubs to help facilitate vaccinations once phase two of the state's plan begins in early 2021.
Cuomo pleased with Western New York's progress; says shutdown depends on public action
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 07:50 pm
At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said this region is improving, in terms of new positive coronavirus cases. Most of Erie County is in an "orange" micro-cluster zone, with restrictions on gatherings, businesses permitted to open and houses of worship. This week, Cuomo placed most of Niagara County into a "yellow zone," with less-cumbersome restrictions.
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.
UB experts praise state order to remove 90-day delay for pharmacists to provide COVID-19 vaccinations
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 07:45 pm
An executive order approved Dec. 13 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo will waive the 90-day waiting period for pharmacists and pharmacy interns to administer COVID-19 vaccines after their approval, allowing pharmacists across the state to play a greater role in ending the pandemic, say University at Buffalo experts Karl Fiebelkorn and Christopher Daly, both in the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
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.

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