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Hochul updates New Yorkers on recent increase in COVID-19 activity
Mon, Jul 8th 2024 10:50 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Saturday provided New Yorkers an update on COVID-19 as new variants contribute to increases in hospitalizations in parts of New York state and around the country.
Study: Researchers use big data to establish long COVID subtypes based on more than 250,000 VA patients
Mon, Jun 24th 2024 10:10 am
The announcement earlier this month from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine of a consensus definition of long COVID mentioned that it was not the final word on this condition, but that the definition would be revised as new findings are published.
Catholic Health hosts free monthly COVID support group
Wed, Oct 4th 2023 09:15 am
Are you or a loved currently dealing with COVID or the aftereffects of COVID? Catholic Health is hosting a free monthly COVID support group for survivors, loved ones and caregivers. The next session will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, 2950 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore.
UBMD Internal Medicine launches Western New York's first long COVID center
Tue, Oct 3rd 2023 12:40 pm
UBMD Internal Medicine has opened Western New York's first long COVID center. Funded by a grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation with support from the University at Buffalo, the center is accepting all patients, whether they have insurance or not.
Hochul updates New Yorkers on new COVID-19 vaccine, urges precautions as cases rise
Wed, Sep 13th 2023 09:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul updated New Yorkers on the CDC's approval last night of an updated COVID-19 vaccine, and urged New Yorkers to get the shot once it is available later this week. The 2023-24 vaccine, previously authorized by the federal Food and Drug Administration, is expected to be available at pharmacies and physicians' offices, as well as other health care providers, throughout New York in the coming days.
As academic year begins, Hochul makes COVID-19 tests & masks available to schools to keep students safe
Tue, Sep 5th 2023 05:45 pm
As students return to school this week, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced New York state is making COVID-19 rapid test kits and masks available to school districts and boards of cooperative educational services by request. This comes amid reports of the new BA.2.86 variant and following a rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations this summer.
Following reports of new variant, Hochul announces new steps for protection against COVID-19, as summer hospitalizations rise
Tue, Aug 29th 2023 04:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced new steps the state of New York is taking to protect individuals from COVID-19 following reports of a new variant, BA.2.86. These steps come after COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York increased as the summer progressed. As a reminder, an updated COVID-19 vaccine tailored to guard against certain variants is expected to arrive in pharmacies and doctor's offices this fall.
National Immunization Awareness Month: Hochul encourages New Yorkers to stay up to date on vaccines as school returns, fall nears
Fri, Aug 11th 2023 04:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recognized National Immunization Awareness Month with a reminder to parents and guardians to ensure their children are up to date on required vaccinations before heading back to school.
2023 Western New York Healthcare Hero Awards seeks entries
Wed, Jul 5th 2023 08:00 pm
The COVID-19 pandemic threw body blocks to the health care industry from 2020 through 2023. The heroes of this industry will now be recognized in an awards presentation Oct. 11 at the M Hotel Ballroom.
NYS Department of Labor announces banking security enhancements for unemployment insurance recipients
Mon, Jun 26th 2023 05:15 pm
The New York State Department of Labor announced it is transitioning to Conduent for unemployment insurance (UI) debit card services. The new Conduent Way2Go debit card utilizes chip technology to give customers safe, secure access to UI benefits, while also providing the same convenience they currently experience.
Attorney general's health care helpline recovers more than $1.5 million in restitution & savings for New Yorkers
Tue, Jun 6th 2023 09:55 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James has released a report detailing the work of the Office of the Attorney General's (OAG) health care bureau's helpline, a free service that handled more than 2,300 consumer complaints and recovered more than $1.5 million in restitution and savings for New Yorkers in 2022.
Empire State Development: $250 million COVID-19 Capital Costs Tax Credit program applications extended to Sept. 30
Mon, Jun 5th 2023 01:00 pm
Empire State Development announced the application deadline for ESD's $250 million COVID-19 Capital Costs Tax Credit program has been extended to Sept. 30.
Post-COVID, New York sends health insurance notice
Tue, May 16th 2023 12:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced health insurance renewals have begun for more than 9 million New Yorkers enrolled in public health insurance programs, "and New York stands ready to help consumers stay covered."
Federal COVID-19 emergency declaration ends - now what?
Thu, May 11th 2023 10:30 am
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated, "May 11, 2023, marks the end of the federal COVID-19 PHE declaration. After this date, CDC's authorizations to collect certain types of public health data will expire."
Higgins marks full reopening of US-Canada border with push to ease travel & grow tourism
Thu, May 11th 2023 08:50 am
Congressman Brian Higgins spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives during National Travel and Tourism Week, calling the end of COVID-19 restrictions at the northern border "a turning point in rebuilding the interconnected relationships and economies communities along the U.S.-Canada border enjoy."
Post-pandemic, UB business students rebuild free tax service program
Thu, May 11th 2023 07:00 am
During the 2023 tax season, 85 IRS-certified accounting students from the University at Buffalo School of Management brought nearly $240,000 back into the Buffalo community through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
Erie County Department of Health concludes monthly COVID-19 data updates
Fri, May 5th 2023 12:55 pm
In light of the end of the COVID-19 national emergency on April 10, and with the anticipated conclusion of the COVID-19 public health emergency on May 11, the Erie County Department of Health is ending its monthly COVID-19 data updates.
Hochul: More than $8 million in awards through NYS Biodefense Commercialization Fund
Fri, May 5th 2023 12:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the second round of awardees for the $40 Million New York State Biodefense Commercialization Fund. The program was created to accelerate the development and commercialization of life science innovations that address serious infectious disease threats, including the coronavirus and its variants, while also creating jobs and encouraging continued growth across New York's expanding life science industry.
Higgins confirms US to lift COVID-19 vaccine mandate at Canadian border on May 11
Mon, May 1st 2023 04:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins said he has received confirmation from the White House that, on May 11, the U.S. will lift its requirement for Canadians crossing into America to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Niagara Falls: Restaino announces proposed funding for Schoellkopf Health Center air sterilization project
Mon, Apr 17th 2023 11:05 am
Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino on Monday said he will propose $39,000 in funding be awarded from the Niagara Falls Community Development COVID-19 Fund for an innovative air sterilization project at the Schoellkopf Health Center in Niagara Falls.
Big data study refutes anti-vax blood clot claims about COVID-19 vaccines
Fri, Apr 14th 2023 11:15 am
A study led by University at Buffalo researchers has confirmed that contrary to claims by antivaccine proponents, coronavirus vaccines pose only trivial risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), or blood clots. In addition, the study found that becoming infected with COVID-19 poses a significant risk of blood clots.
Study reveals insights on COVID-19 pandemic-related drinking and mental health
Mon, Apr 3rd 2023 07:10 pm
New research from the University at Buffalo provides the most comprehensive assessment to date of drinking patterns during the COVID-19 pandemic and their association with four clinically prevalent mental health disorders in the U.S.
DiNapoli announces review of NYS Health Department's progress in addressing 'nursing home pandemic failures'
Wed, Mar 29th 2023 07:35 pm
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced his office will conduct a follow-up review of the state Department of Health (DOH) after an audit released in March 2022 exposed weaknesses in DOH's ability to address the COVID-19 pandemic in nursing homes.
WNY Vaccine Hound to shut down Feb. 28 after two-year run of success
Fri, Feb 24th 2023 05:00 pm
The WNY Vaccine Hound website, developed by the University at Buffalo, is shutting down at month's end after a nearly two-year presence online that helped tens of thousands of people get COVID-19 vaccinations, especially in the early rollout stages of the immunization campaign when the vaccine was still relatively scarce in the face of overwhelming demand.
HUD FHA helped 73,700 New York homeowners stay in their homes during pandemic
Fri, Feb 17th 2023 03:10 pm
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia L. Fudge announced that, thanks to Federal Housing Administration (FHA) programs, approximately 2 million homeowners with FHA mortgages, including 73,700 in New York, avoided foreclosure.
Memorial Medical Center: Universal masking policy remains in effect
Tue, Feb 14th 2023 12:05 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center (NFMMC) has announced that its current universal masking policy will remain in effect, which directs all personnel and visitors to wear masks in patient care areas and in public hallways where patients or visitors may be present.
February session will focus on long COVID
Mon, Feb 6th 2023 07:00 am
Dr. Thomas Guttuso Jr., professor of neurology at UBMD, will be the guest speaker at the next Catholic Health COVID Support Group on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. Guttuso is currently studying the persistent symptoms of long COVID, and looking for participants for a study he is conducting.
ECDOH to end COVID-19 testing, vaccine clinics at Jesse Nash Health Center
Mon, Jan 23rd 2023 02:30 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) will end its COVID-19 testing services and vaccine clinics at the Jesse Nash Health Center (608 William St., Buffalo) at the end of January.
Omicron caused fewer cases of MIS-C in children than delta and they were milder, says new study based on 2021-22 data
Fri, Jan 20th 2023 10:55 am
A new University at Buffalo study conducted at John R. Oishei Children's Hospital is one of the first to reveal that there were fewer cases of multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) during the omicron wave of the pandemic than the delta wave.
NYS Department of Health updates New Yorkers on XBB.1.5 variant, now comprising over 50% of COVID cases in state
Fri, Jan 6th 2023 04:35 pm
The New York State Department of Health on Friday updated New Yorkers on the XBB.1.5 variant, which now makes up over 50% of coronavirus cases in New York. Based on samples sequenced and uploaded into the Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data (GISAID), the world's largest database for COVID-19 variant data, the XBB.1.5 variant is the predominant strain in the state.
Could low-dose lithium treat long COVID? UB launches clinical trial to find out
Fri, Jan 6th 2023 04:10 pm
Adults experiencing long COVID may be interested in a new University at Buffalo clinical trial that is testing low-dose lithium as a potential treatment.
Higgins: $6.4 million-plus for Western New York health centers
Thu, Jan 5th 2023 09:25 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced $6,466,603 for Western New York's federally qualified health centers. Included in the awards is $928,681 to ramp up coronavirus vaccination efforts, as the local community is facing the triple threat of increasing cases of RSV, COVID-19 and flu.
COVID-19 and the holidays: UB experts weigh in on how to stay safe
Wed, Dec 14th 2022 11:55 am
As the holiday season kicks into high gear, University at Buffalo physicians and scientists have recommendations for how people can stay safe and healthy this holiday season amid some increasingly concerning signs.
Catholic Health hosts free monthly COVID-19 support group
Mon, Dec 12th 2022 01:45 pm
Are you or a loved currently dealing with coronavirus or the aftereffects of COVID-19? Catholic Health is hosting a free monthly support group for survivors, loved ones and caregivers. The next session will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, 2950 Elmwood Ave.
NCDOH: Extremely high numbers of flu cases & increase in cases much earlier than typical flu season
Thu, Dec 8th 2022 11:15 am
The case numbers of influenza (flu) have been increasing exponentially across New York state, and the 2022-23 flu season is six weeks or more ahead of the typical spike in flu cases.
Governor updates New Yorkers on ongoing winter preparedness efforts to protect against RSV, flu, COVID-19
Wed, Dec 7th 2022 07:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday updated New Yorkers on the state's progress combating the coronavirus. She also updated New Yorkers on winter preparedness efforts, urging individuals to "take proven prevention measures to protect against respiratory syncytial virus, flu, and COVID-19, and reduce the patient burden on local hospitals."
Erie County Department of Health changing COVID-19 testing & vaccine schedule at Jesse Nash Health Center
Wed, Dec 7th 2022 07:40 pm
Beginning Monday, Dec. 12, the Erie County Department of Health will have a new schedule for its coronavirus testing and vaccine clinic at the Jesse Nash Health Center, 608 William St., Buffalo.
What's alarming pediatricians about surge in children's respiratory infections, the flu & COVID-19
Tue, Nov 29th 2022 01:10 pm
The request by children's hospitals nationwide this month that the federal government declare a formal state of emergency given the surge in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and flu cases was no surprise to Oscar G. Gómez-Duarte, M.D.
ECDOH: Early reports from CDC show current flu vaccine is good match against circulating influenza viruses
Tue, Nov 22nd 2022 03:10 pm
Wondering if it's worth getting a flu vaccine? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data indicate that the 2022-23 influenza season flu vaccine formulations are a good match to protect against the currently circulating flu viruses.
Hochul urges New Yorkers to take steps to reduce risk of respiratory illnesses this holiday season
Mon, Nov 21st 2022 04:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday urged New Yorkers to take precautions this holiday season to protect young children, older individuals and those with underlying health conditions, from respiratory viruses like RSV, influenza and coronavirus, as infections continue to rise nationwide.

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