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Erie County Department of Health expands COVID-19 vaccination sites
Mon, Dec 6th 2021 03:55 pm
The Erie County Department of Health has announced additional Erie County COVID-19 vaccine sites. A full and updated schedule is available at www.erie.gov/vax, and appointments are strongly suggested.
Hochul: 3 more confirmed COVID-19 omicron variant cases in New York state for a total of 8
Sat, Dec 4th 2021 11:10 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul today announced the detection of three more confirmed cases of the COVID-19 omicron variant in New York, for a total of eight confirmed cases. Her team said, "So far, the cases appear unrelated and have been confirmed through sequencing of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. All three of the new cases are from New York City, for a total of seven New York City residents, and one from Suffolk County, confirmed to have the omicron variant."
Seneca Gaming Corp., Niagara County partner to host COVID-19 vaccine clinics at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
Fri, Dec 3rd 2021 04:40 pm
As Western New York continues to experience a rise in the number of positive cases of COVID-19, Seneca Gaming Corp. and Niagara County are teaming together to make vaccines easily accessible for area residents.
Hochul announces 'Ski for Free' COVID-19 booster and ages 5-11 vaccine incentive sweepstakes
Fri, Dec 3rd 2021 10:25 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the new "Ski for Free" COVID-19 vaccine incentive sweepstakes for children ages 5 to 11 and booster shot recipients.
County leaders strategize response to fluid COVID pandemic
Fri, Dec 3rd 2021 10:25 am
At its December meeting, the board of directors of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) on Thursday discussed the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and how best to work with the state to tailor response actions to the needs of local communities. The NYSAC board, which includes county leaders from every part of the state, discussed the widely varying rates of vaccinations, positive cases, hospital capacity, and death.
Hochul announces 5 confirmed COVID-19 omicron variant cases in New York
Fri, Dec 3rd 2021 10:00 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday night announced the first confirmed cases of the COVID-19 omicron variant in New York state.
Whitney not in favor of mask mandate
Fri, Dec 3rd 2021 07:00 am
As town supervisor of the Town of Grand Island, I cannot place my support behind the mandatory mask mandate issued by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. Personally, I wear a mask where required and support vaccinations. However, I feel that the mandate will damage our businesses by forcing our residents to cross the bridge to Niagara County, where the mandate doesn't exist.
Study: How to freeze-dry a potential COVID-19 vaccine
Thu, Dec 2nd 2021 05:15 pm
Things that are freeze-dried: Astronaut food. Emergency rations. And, just maybe, some future COVID-19 vaccines.
Higgins: $5.5 million-plus for health centers in WNY
Thu, Dec 2nd 2021 04:35 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced two grants through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services totaling $5,537,922 have been awarded to Community Health Center of Buffalo (CHCB) and Neighborhood Health Center of WNY for services provided at seven health clinics across Western New York.
Hochul launches 'Boost Up, New York' campaign
Thu, Dec 2nd 2021 04:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has launched the statewide "Boost Up, New York" campaign to urge New York adults to get their booster dose for better protection against COVID-19.
1,050 new COVID cases in Niagara County
Wed, Dec 1st 2021 03:45 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following weekly update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County from Nov. 25 through Dec. 1.
DEC'S new 'Take Your Shot for an Outdoor Adventure' COVID-19 vaccine incentive sweepstakes open
Wed, Dec 1st 2021 12:40 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the new "Take Your Shot for an Outdoor Adventure" sweepstakes is open.
Memorial Medical Center revises patient visitation
Tue, Nov 30th 2021 03:20 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has revised its visitation policy in order to better protect and maintain the health and safety of hospital patients, visitors and staff.
Catholic Health to limit hospital visitation due to surge in COVID-19 patients, hospital capacity
Tue, Nov 30th 2021 09:35 am
As a result of the surge in COVID-19 cases that has placed significant pressure on hospital capacity across the region, non-coronavirus patients in Catholic Health hospitals will be limited to one visitor at a time during reduced hours as of Wednesday, Dec. 1.
Hochul: Nearly $70 million in water utility assistance for low-income New Yorkers
Mon, Nov 29th 2021 05:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced $69.8 million in federal funding will be available beginning Dec. 1 to help low-income New Yorkers pay past-due bills for drinking water and wastewater.
ECMC updates patient visitation guidelines
Mon, Nov 29th 2021 01:35 pm
Erie County Medical Center has updated patient visitation guidelines due to historically high inpatient volumes, extended wait times in its ER, and an increasing COVID-19 inpatient census. ECMC urges anyone experiencing mild symptoms to first consult with their primary care physician or visit an urgent care location.
ECDOH, Grand Island Central School District to pilot a 'test-to-stay' program
Mon, Nov 29th 2021 01:35 pm
After reviewing available information about the "test-to stay" approach for K-12 students, the Erie County Department of Health has developed documentation, including protocols, consent forms and communication materials, to move toward implementing this initiative.
Hochul announces urgent action to boost hospital capacity and address staffing shortages
Fri, Nov 26th 2021 05:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced "urgent action" to boost hospital capacity and address staffing shortages ahead of potential spikes in COVID-19 cases this upcoming winter. Through an executive order signed by Hochul, the Department of Health will be allowed to limit nonessential, nonurgent procedures for in-hospitals or systems with limited capacity to protect access to critical health care services.
Wydysh calls Poloncarz statement 'disappointing'
Wed, Nov 24th 2021 06:30 pm
Niagara County Chairwoman Becky Wydysh released the following statement Wednesday in Response to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.
Hochul launches new 'Take Your Shot for an Outdoor Adventure' vaccine incentive sweepstakes for hunters, anglers & outdoor enthusiasts
Wed, Nov 24th 2021 06:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a new vaccine incentive to bolster vaccination rates among New Yorkers who enjoy the great outdoors. Beginning Dec. 1 through the end of the year, anyone who receives their first vaccine dose will have the opportunity to enter the "Take Your Shot for an Outdoor Adventure: sweepstakes and a random drawing to win special prize packages tailored to anglers, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts.
Higgins presses feds to include community-based pharmacies in free COVID-19 testing program
Wed, Nov 24th 2021 10:40 am
Congressman Brian Higgins is asking the Biden administration to make community pharmacies partners in the federal government's COVID-19 testing and antiviral drug distribution programs.
Mask mandate goes into effect in Erie County
Mon, Nov 22nd 2021 03:35 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Monday announced a mask mandate for all patrons and public-facing staff inside all public locations in Erie County. He said this is the first of up to four phases of action designed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
Hochul: 'No excuse' not to get COVID-19 booster shot
Mon, Nov 22nd 2021 01:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul offered the following comments on Monday:
UB Study: Inhaled steroid keeps COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate disease out of the hospital
Mon, Nov 22nd 2021 01:35 pm
A national study led by emergency medicine physicians at the University at Buffalo has found that patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 who are treated with an inhaled steroid are significantly less likely to require emergency department care or hospitalization due to COVID-19 than those treated with placebo.
Hochul statement on CDC approval of COVID-19 booster for all adults
Mon, Nov 22nd 2021 11:25 am
"Today, boosters for all adults cleared the final round of federal review by health experts and doctors. This is great news as we enter the holiday season and gather indoors with friends and family."
Emergency Physicians suggest tips to protect holiday travelers
Mon, Nov 22nd 2021 07:00 am
The busiest travel days of the year are approaching, and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) urges anyone visiting family or friends during the holiday season to take all available steps to avoid getting sick with COVID-19 or the seasonal flu.
SBA: Updated guidance on applicant deadlines for COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan
Sat, Nov 20th 2021 12:30 pm
On Friday, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced updated guidance for COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program applicants to better serve small business owners in need, while funding remains available.
SUNY & CUNY scholarship program to cover tuition for 1,000 new registered nurses
Fri, Nov 19th 2021 05:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul, at a breakfast hosted by the Association for a Better New York, announced a State University of New York and City University of New York program called the Nurses For Our Future Scholarship that will cover tuition for 1,000 new health care workers to get RNs at SUNY and CUNY. The program comes in an effort to help address the shortage in health care and lack of workers in hospitals around the state.
NFMMC, NFHA hosted pediatric COVID vaccine clinic
Fri, Nov 19th 2021 05:10 pm
Bryan P, age 8, gives a thumbs up after receiving his first dose of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine shot during a clinic held Thursday at the Doris W. Jones Family Resource Building.
Higgins responds to Canada's announcements related to border testing measures
Fri, Nov 19th 2021 04:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins provided the following statement in response to announcements made by the Canadian government related to planned changes to border management policies.
ECDOH updates COVID-19 quarantine requirements
Thu, Nov 18th 2021 11:55 pm
On Oct. 27, the New York State Department of Health released an informational document that allowed local health departments to reduce the duration of a quarantine under certain conditions. Based on that document, the Erie County Department of Health is announcing an adjustment to its COVID-19 quarantine requirements.
Hochul announces acceptance of Canadian vaccination credentials for business entry in NYS
Wed, Nov 17th 2021 05:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced digital COVID-19 vaccination credentials issued from Canadian provinces and territories that adhere to SMART Health Cards specifications will immediately be accepted through the state's Excelsior Pass scanner application. Following the reopening of the U.S.-Canadian border, this means fully vaccinated Canadians can use their compatible vaccination credentials for business entry in New York.
Higgins meets with Trudeau, responds to changes to Canadian government testing policy at northern border
Wed, Nov 17th 2021 05:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins was among a bipartisan group of approximately a dozen members of the House of Representatives meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Trudeau is visiting the U.S. Capitol for North American Leaders meetings with President Joe Biden and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
COVID cases continue to rise in WNY
Wed, Nov 17th 2021 04:35 pm
From the week ending Oct. 23 to the week ending Nov. 13, COVID-19 cases have increased 105% in Erie County.
Hochul concerned about COVID-19 infection rate in WNY; cautions more restrictions could come
Tue, Nov 16th 2021 08:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul visited the Delavan Grider Community Center in Buffalo on Tuesday, providing a briefing on efforts to combat the coronavirus. She expressed concern for this region, which ranked No. 2 in the state with an 8.52% seven-day average percentage of positive test results. The three-day average one year ago was 5.2%.
Memorial to host pediatric COVID vaccine clinics
Tue, Nov 16th 2021 04:40 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will provide two pediatric COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week.
Hochul: $230 million in additional food assistance for New Yorkers in November
Tue, Nov 16th 2021 04:40 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 November. All households participating in SNAP - including those already at the maximum level of benefits - will receive a supplemental allotment later this month, bringing in roughly $230 million in federal funding into the state's economy.
Higgins: Federal funding to help WNY families afford home heating costs
Tue, Nov 16th 2021 04:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced more than $876 million in federal funding has been allocated to New York through the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) to help seniors and families afford heat and energy costs.
Statement from Gov. Kathy Hochul on COVID-19 boosters
Mon, Nov 15th 2021 05:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul offered the following comments on Monday: "As governor, I am committed to protecting the health and safety of all New Yorkers, and with the holidays coming up, we must continue to do everything we can to keep New Yorkers safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
US NEXUS/FAST enrollment centers to reopen Nov. 29
Mon, Nov 15th 2021 05:30 pm
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the NEXUS and U.S./Canada FAST enrollment centers in the U.S. will reopen on Nov. 29. The NEXUS and FAST enrollment centers in Canada will continue to be closed until further notice.
 

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