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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
New COVID-19 treatment public awareness campaign to educate New Yorkers who test positive
Tue, Jul 12th 2022 12:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the launch of a new public awareness campaign on treatment options for people who test positive for the coronavirus and have symptoms. The approximately $1 million awareness campaign will run in English and Spanish across TV, radio and digital media, encouraging New Yorkers to test early for COVID-19 and treat it as soon as possible if they test positive.
Hochul announces launch of new COVID-19 treatment hotline by NYSDOH
Mon, Jul 11th 2022 01:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the launch of a new, free hotline for those who test positive for the coronavirus, but don't have a health care provider, as part of the administration's ongoing efforts to keep New Yorkers protected throughout the pandemic.
Monitoring COVID-19: Could medicine found in wastewater provide an early warning?
Tue, Jul 5th 2022 06:55 am
In a pilot project exploring ways to monitor COVID-19, University at Buffalo scientists hunted for pharmaceuticals and viral RNA simultaneously in wastewater in Western New York.
Oishei Children's Hospital, ECDOH to offer COVID-19 vaccine to children
Fri, Jul 1st 2022 12:30 pm
The Erie County Department of Health and John R. Oishei Children's Hospital (OCH) are coordinating a pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinic from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, July 9, for children ages 6 months to 4 years. It will be held at Oishei Children's Hospital, 818 Ellicott St., Buffalo.
NYS invites small businesses to check eligibility for $250 million COVID-19 Capital Costs Tax Credit program
Mon, Jun 27th 2022 01:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced the opening of the initial intake tool to help small businesses determine their eligibility for the COVID-19 Capital Costs Tax Credit. The $250 million program will support small businesses that made investments to comply with emergency orders and regulations, or to increase public safety, in response to COVID-19. If deemed eligible by the screening tool, a link to the application will be provided when the program application opens.
ECDOH offers COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 months to under 5 years
Fri, Jun 24th 2022 03:25 pm
Following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recent authorization for coronavirus vaccine in children ages 6 months to under 5 years old, the Erie County Department of Health will provide COVID-19 vaccines for this age group starting Wednesday, June 29.
More than 80 million over-the-counter COVID-19 tests distributed to New Yorkers
Tue, May 31st 2022 01:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced more than 80 million COVID-19 over-the-counter tests have been distributed to date by New York state as part of the administration's ongoing efforts to keep New Yorkers protected throughout the pandemic. At-home rapid tests are being provided regularly to schools and nursing homes in the state.
Pfizer chooses the Jacobs School for pediatric study of Paxlovid
Tue, May 31st 2022 10:10 am
Paxlovid, the COVID-19 medicine developed by Pfizer, is being evaluated in Western New York in children ages 12 to 17 who weigh at least 88 pounds, are symptomatic with COVID-19 infection, and who are at risk of progression to severe disease.
Study: Antiviral gene known to block HIV also shows potent activity against SARS-CoV-2
Thu, May 26th 2022 08:10 pm
New research from the University at Buffalo reveals valuable information about the ways that host cells work to block entry of SARS-CoV-2 and, in turn, how the virus strikes back.
ECDOH offers COVID-19 booster doses for children ages 5 to 11 years
Thu, May 26th 2022 12:05 pm
The Erie County Department of Health will offer COVID-19 vaccine booster doses to eligible children ages 5 to 11 years old beginning Friday, May 27, at county-run clinics.
Study: Patients with severe COVID-19 pneumonia treated with leukotriene inhibitors are more likely to survive, UB researchers find
Tue, May 24th 2022 03:30 pm
University at Buffalo biomedical informatics researchers have found that patients hospitalized with COVID-19 pneumonia had a 13.5% survival advantage when treated with a combination of leukotriene inhibitors (LTIs) and the steroid dexamethasone.
White House: Americans can order additional free, at-home, rapid COVID-⁠19 tests at COVIDTests.gov
Tue, May 17th 2022 05:10 pm
On Tuesday, the Biden administration announced COVIDTests.gov is now open for a third round of ordering. U.S. households are now able to order an additional eight at-home tests at COVIDTests.gov - bringing the total number of free tests available to each household since the start of the program to 16.
COVID-19: Statement from Gov. Kathy Hochul on FDA authorizing first booster dose for children 5-11
Tue, May 17th 2022 05:10 pm
"Today, renowned pediatric health experts and doctors at the Food and Drug Administration authorized the first COVID-19 booster dose for 5- to 11-year-olds."
Erie County Dept. of Health advises continued COVID-19 safety measures
Thu, May 12th 2022 08:05 pm
Recent major hospital systems report that the majority of patients who are currently hospitalized for COVID-19 illness are age 55 years and older. Older adults continue to be at most risk for severe disease and hospitalization due to COVID-19 infection.
'High' COVID-19 community level prompts additional safety recommendations from Erie County Department of Health
Fri, Apr 22nd 2022 05:10 pm
On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Erie County meets the indicators for a "high" coronavirus level. This level is based on the number of new daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over seven days, new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population (seven-day total), and percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients (seven-day average).
With COVID-19 cases increasing, Erie County shares safety recommendations for individuals & households
Thu, Apr 14th 2022 07:35 pm
Earlier this week, the coronavirus case rate per 100,000 residents over seven days exceeded 200, which is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention threshold to move a community into a "medium" COVID-19 level. As reported COVID-19 cases are increasing locally and statewide, the Erie County Department of Health is sharing CDC safety recommendations.
ECDOH: 'Test to treat' option offered through COVID-19 test sites
Mon, Apr 11th 2022 02:10 pm
Individuals who receive a positive coronavirus test result through Erie County Department of Health's COVID-19 testing services will be offered a prescription for Paxlovid, if they are eligible.
Erie County Department of Health updates COVID-19 test locations, hours
Fri, Apr 8th 2022 10:10 am
The Erie County Department of Health is announcing updates to its coronavirus testing sites.
2nd booster doses for COVID-19 vaccine available from Erie County Department of Health clinics
Mon, Apr 4th 2022 08:45 pm
Following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recent update to COVID-19 vaccine emergency use authorizations, and New York State Department of Health approval, the Erie County Department of Health is offering free second booster doses of Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines to all who are eligible.
 

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