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ECDOH expands COVID-19 testing capacity, info. line hours
Tue, Jan 11th 2022 10:50 am
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) has expanded its coronavirus testing capacity, with extended evening hours, weekend appointments and additional sites, including in the City of Buffalo. The COVID-19 information line hours on weekdays will also expand to 7 p.m.
ACEP: Know when to go to emergency department for COVID concerns
Tue, Jan 11th 2022 09:55 am
Many emergency departments are at capacity due to high COVID-19 case counts, staffing challenges and increasing demand for testing. The omicron variant is extremely contagious and that makes it important for everyone to get vaccinated and know when to go to the emergency department for COVID-19 concerns, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).
COVID-19 booster now recommended for children 12-15, required for health care workers
Fri, Jan 7th 2022 06:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced new guidance recommending booster doses for all New Yorkers ages 12 and older. The guidance, following action by the CDC, recommends that people, including the newly authorized 12-15-year-old age group, who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, should receive a booster dose at least five months after their second dose.
Niagara County Department of Health changes COVID-19 case investigation & contact tracing
Fri, Jan 7th 2022 04:40 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health announced "significant changes" have been made to the case investigation and contact tracing for COVID-19. Contact tracers will no longer conduct case investigations or identify close contacts.
With omicron spreading, UB expert says best protection is afforded by N95/KN95/KF94 masks
Fri, Jan 7th 2022 04:00 pm
The significant increase in local COVID-19 cases means that proper, consistent mask use is even more important as a protective measure for the University at Buffalo and Western New York communities, regardless of vaccination status.
US military hospital support coming to ECMC
Fri, Jan 7th 2022 01:50 pm
Due to the continuing impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic on staffing and operations at Erie County Medical Center, a 20-member clinical medium medical team (MMT) will be deployed to the health care institution for an estimated 30-day mission. The MMT is expected to arrive this coming weekend and should be operational by early next week.
ECDOH sends nearly 40,000 COVID-19 test kits to village, town & city emergency managers
Fri, Jan 7th 2022 12:40 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is coordinating a distribution of nearly 40,000 COVID-19 at-home antigen test kits to Erie County village, town and city emergency managers. Each test kit box includes two antigen tests, for a total of about 80,000 tests.
UB: Omicron cases in Western New York climb - with increasing case rates still to come
Tue, Jan 4th 2022 07:45 pm
University at Buffalo scientists who do the genomic sequencing of the SARS-CoV2 virus in Erie County are seeing omicron cases increase, an indication that the region is exhibiting a similar trajectory to national trends.
New COVID testing sites to open on SUNY campuses across state
Mon, Jan 3rd 2022 05:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced a partnership with SUNY and Syracuse University in which 10 new testing sites will be opening on State University of New York campuses across the state and at Syracuse University this week. More campus sites will open in the coming weeks as the project expands.
With positivity rate exceeding 20%, ECDOH adjusts case investigation practices in response to high volume of COVID reports
Mon, Jan 3rd 2022 09:00 am
The substantial volume of COVID-19 case reports in recent days has exceeded the ECDOH and New York state contact tracing capacity to individually contact every Erie County resident with a positive COVID-19 test result.
Erie County Department of Health explains best practices for mask use
Mon, Jan 3rd 2022 08:55 am
The significant increase in recent COVID-19 cases means that proper, consistent mask use is even more important as a protective measure for Erie County residents, regardless of vaccination status.
Hochul announces 'Winter Surge Plan 2.0' to stem COVID cases
Sat, Jan 1st 2022 12:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced "Winter Surge Plan 2.0," a new targeted effort to bolster New York's fight against the winter surge.
Spring semester guidance issued for SUNY & CUNY campuses 'to safely reopen'
Sat, Jan 1st 2022 12:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced issuance of spring semester reopening guidance for SUNY and CUNY campuses, which includes the continuation of the student vaccine mandate as well as requiring all students regularly accessing campus to receive the COVID-19 booster for the spring semester.
Key UB investment made a decade ago helped pave way for sequencing of SARS-CoV2 samples in Erie County
Thu, Dec 23rd 2021 01:15 pm
During the current surge of COVID-19 cases in Western New York, a dedicated team of University at Buffalo scientists has been busy sequencing and analyzing as many as 1,000 viral samples every week.
Omicron variant has been detected in Erie County, UB scientists report
Wed, Dec 22nd 2021 05:15 pm
The highly transmissible omicron variant of the novel coronavirus has been detected in Erie County, University at Buffalo scientists and Erie County health officials reported Wednesday. The variant was found in virus samples, analyzed by a UB team that has been sequencing the virus in the region, of Western New Yorkers who tested positive this month.
New funding to help counties with COVID-19 response costs
Tue, Dec 21st 2021 11:20 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced she is making $65 million available to counties across New York to help with the costs associated with administering vaccines and boosters, and enforcing the mask-or-vaccine mandate for indoor public places that went into effect statewide last week.
NFMMC: Vaccine clinics continue to make huge impact
Fri, Dec 17th 2021 01:20 pm
Over the past year, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has been at the forefront of the effort to vaccinate our community against COVID-19. Leading this charge is Memorial's director of pharmacy services, Michelle Lewis, Pharm.D., MHA, BCACP.
Erie County offers masks to area houses of worship for use & distribution through end of year
Fri, Dec 17th 2021 10:20 am
The Erie County Department of Health and Live Well Erie are extending an offer to houses of worship countywide to place orders for masks for use at holiday services and distribution to their worship communities.
Opinion: Nursing shortages compound capacity concerns, strain emergency departments amid COVID Surge
Thu, Dec 16th 2021 08:50 pm
As COVID cases surge, the American College of Emergency Physicians is very concerned that nursing shortages in emergency departments can complicate patient access to care and add to incredible levels of stress already on physician-led care teams.
Hochul announces mask protocol now in effect, new FAQ resource available
Mon, Dec 13th 2021 11:45 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced the mask protocol for all indoor public places announced Friday is now in effect, as well as a new frequently asked questions resource for business owners and the general public.
Mask mandate begins in New York
Mon, Dec 13th 2021 08:10 am
The following FYI is a reprint of the announcements made Friday regarding New York state's new mask mandate:
Northwell Health deploying nurses to fight COVID-19 surge in Western New York
Sat, Dec 11th 2021 05:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Saturday announced Northwell Health, New York state's largest health system, has dispatched a team of skilled nurses to Western New York to answer the call for more medical personnel to help a region overburdened with a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Hochul instituting statewide mask mandate in New York to address winter coronavirus surge
Fri, Dec 10th 2021 11:00 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced masks will be required to be worn in all indoor public places unless businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement.
Almost 7,000 new COVID cases in Erie & Niagara counties
Wed, Dec 8th 2021 02:25 pm
Coronavirus cases continue to rise in Erie and Niagara counties.
NAACP's 'COVID. KNOW MORE' initiative continues to stand as Black America's best defense and resource, as pandemic rages on
Tue, Dec 7th 2021 03:30 pm
This month, the nation marked a foreboding, record death toll: More than 5,230,000 deaths worldwide as a result of COVID-19. It's a sad, painful and tragic milestone that signals the obvious: The coronavirus pandemic - here in the U.S. as well as around the globe - is far from over, and simply isn't going away anytime soon.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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%.
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.
10 state mass-vaccination sites now open to 5- to 11-year-olds
Sat, Nov 13th 2021 01:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Saturday announced 10 of New York's mass-vaccination sites will now be administering COVID-19 vaccines to newly eligible 5- to 11-year-olds.
 

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