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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.
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."
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.
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.
To boost or not to boost? UB's Russo discusses what new FDA guidelines mean
Mon, Apr 4th 2022 10:25 am
The FDA's approval last week of a fourth COVID-19 shot is injecting additional questions into the conversation over who should get which booster and when.
Hochul announces eligibility for second COVID-19 vaccine boosters
Sat, Apr 2nd 2022 02:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Saturday announced eligibility for second coronavirus vaccine booster doses. Eligible New Yorkers may receive an mRNA vaccine - either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine - for their second booster shot.
Nearly 70 million COVID-19 tests so far distributed to New Yorkers
Fri, Apr 1st 2022 10:05 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced nearly 70 million over-the-counter coronavirus tests have been distributed by the state, so far, as part of ongoing efforts to protect New Yorkers during the pandemic.
$50 million available to increase student access to mental health services
Fri, Apr 1st 2022 10:05 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced up to $50 million in available funding for school districts to improve student access to mental health resources and assist students who have experienced trauma that has impacted their education. A request for proposals has been issued by the New York State Office of Mental Health, who will administer the program.
Hochul seeks new COVID funding
Tue, Mar 29th 2022 03:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul issued a letter to the New York congressional delegation "illustrating the need for additional federal funding for the national COVID-19 response to ensure preparedness for future variants. This funding will help New Yorkers continue to move safely forward through the pandemic."
Over $500 million in pandemic relief distributed to nearly 29,000 small businesses throughout NYS
Thu, Mar 17th 2022 04:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced nearly 29,000 small and micro-businesses throughout New York were awarded more than $500 million in grant funds through the COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program.
Hochul: More than 20 million COVID-19 tests to be deployed across state through spring to bolster ongoing preparedness efforts
Thu, Mar 17th 2022 04:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced more than 20 million over-the-counter coronavirus tests will be distributed across the state through the spring to bolster New York's ongoing preparedness efforts.
As Canada plans to drop testing requirement, Higgins pushes both US & Canada to return to pre-COVID border-crossing criteria
Thu, Mar 17th 2022 03:10 pm
A little more than two years after the first pandemic restrictions came into effect, in letters to the U.S. and Canadian governments, Congressman Brian Higgins is calling on leaders to remove all pandemic-imposed border restrictions. His request comes as Canada is preparing to announce plans to drop the existing testing requirement for vaccinated travelers entering the country through airports and land ports, effective April 1.
SBA: Key policy change to existing COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan program
Tue, Mar 15th 2022 01:00 pm
On Tuesday, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, directed the SBA to provide additional deferment of principal and interest payments for existing COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program borrowers. That makes a total of 30 months deferment from inception on all approved COVID-19 EIDL loans.
Hochul plans to end mask requirement in schools March 2; decision to be left with counties
Sun, Feb 27th 2022 05:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Sunday announced plans to end the state mask requirement in schools starting on Wednesday, March 2.
Niagara County drops below CDC COVID threshold tor 'high transmission'
Wed, Feb 23rd 2022 03:30 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health today released its weekly COVID-19 update.
Poloncarz statement on expectations for lifting mask mandate in Erie County buildings
Tue, Feb 22nd 2022 04:25 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Tuesday issued the following statement regarding the potential for lifting the mask mandate currently in effect for Erie County-owned buildings and facilities.
Hochul lifting mask mandate
Wed, Feb 9th 2022 11:50 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced her order requiring masks to be worn indoors throughout New York state will end on Thursday. Her "mask mandate" was implemented Dec. 10 in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus - particularly the delta and omicron variants. Hochul said infection numbers and related hospitalizations are now back to a pre-"winter surge" level, allowing a lessening of the restrictions.
NCDOH offers free rapid COVID-19 testing in Niagara Falls
Tue, Feb 8th 2022 04:50 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health (NCDOH) announced free rapid coronavirus testing will be available for all Niagara County residents. Starting, Wednesday, Feb. 9, testing will be offered at the Doris W. Jones, Family Resource Center at 3001 Ninth St., Niagara Falls. Testing will be available from 9 a.m. noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
 

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