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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.
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.
Catholic Health hosts free monthly COVID support group
Sat, Nov 12th 2022 11:20 am
Are you or a loved currently dealing with the 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, Nov. 17, at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, 2950 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore.
Hochul launches public awareness campaign to protect New Yorkers against respiratory illnesses
Fri, Nov 4th 2022 12:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has launched a new public awareness campaign about respiratory virus infections spreading this fall, and the steps New Yorkers can take to protect themselves, their families and their communities.
NYSDOH: Steps to protect New Yorkers from respiratory illnesses this fall & winter
Wed, Oct 26th 2022 06:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced steps the New York State Department of Health is taking to raise awareness of and protect New Yorkers against respiratory virus infections that are spreading this fall - and expected to continue through the winter.
Application period open for $250 million COVID-19 Capital Costs Tax Credit Program
Tue, Oct 25th 2022 04:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced applications are now being accepted from small businesses that have successfully completed the prescreening process to become certified for the COVID-19 Capital Costs Tax Credit Program, which supports companies that made investments to comply with emergency orders and regulations or to increase public safety in response to the coronavirus.
ECDOH: Get a flu vaccine - it's not too late
Mon, Oct 24th 2022 03:50 pm
One dose of flu vaccine can prevent the body aches, fevers, chills, stuffy nose, sore throat and general sense of feeling awful that the typical influenza infection causes.
Updated COVID-19 boosters now available for children
Wed, Oct 19th 2022 08:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced children ages 5 and older may now receive the bivalent booster shots that are recommended to increase protection against the coronavirus.
Catholic Health hosts free, monthly COVID-19 support groups
Wed, Oct 12th 2022 09:05 pm
Catholic Health is hosting free monthly in-person and virtual support groups for survivors, loved ones and caregivers. The group, led by medical professionals, was established in the fall of 2021 to help those impacted by COVID-19 address concerns, access helpful resources, and connect with others to share their similar journeys.
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center updates patient visitation hours
Wed, Oct 5th 2022 02:15 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has extended its visitation policy to include hours outside of the workday, "recognizing the important role visitors play in patient recovery."
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.
 

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