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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.
WNY Independent Living distributing more than 7,000 free COVID-19 home tests to people with disabilities
Mon, Feb 7th 2022 04:50 pm
The organization is distributing complimentary coronavirus home test kits to many of the thousands of people with disabilities it serves. WNYIL expects to distribute more than 7,000 kits over the next few weeks.
'Silent epidemic': Study reveals impact of loneliness among older American women during pandemic
Mon, Feb 7th 2022 12:15 pm
A University at Buffalo researcher is among the co-authors on a recent paper that reveals how loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic has affected American women over the age of 70.
Erie County Department of Health highlights availability of COVID-19 oral antiviral medications
Fri, Feb 4th 2022 04:55 pm
Following a New York State Department of Health health care provider call on Friday, the Erie County Department of Health is highlighting the local availability of COVID-19 oral antiviral medications, by prescription only.
#VaxForKids event at Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino
Wed, Feb 2nd 2022 01:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced new #VaxForKids pop-up vaccination sites to increase vaccination rates among children and adolescents. The new sites support the state's goal of ensuring New York children 5 years and older get vaccinated and keep up with all recommended coronavirus vaccine doses, including the booster.
NYS mask mandate extended until Feb. 10
Tue, Feb 1st 2022 07:00 am
On Friday, at the tail end of her speech at a press event regarding a downstate snowstorm, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced her mask mandate would remain in place through Feb. 10. The indoor face covering requirement was slated to end Feb. 1.
ECDOH to offer walk-in COVID-19 testing at 2 sites
Mon, Jan 31st 2022 04:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health has expanded its coronavirus testing operations to the Jesse Nash Health Center at 608 William St., Buffalo. This site is offering free COVID-19 testing from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. weekdays. Walk-ins/drive-ups are welcome; appointments will be accepted, but not required.
Consumer alert: DCP urges New Yorkers to be aware of at-home COVID-19 testing scams
Tue, Jan 25th 2022 05:45 pm
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection warned about scammers taking advantage of the free COVID-19 test government program to steal personal information for unscrupulous purposes.
City of Niagara Falls to distribute COVID-19 at-home test kits
Tue, Jan 25th 2022 05:00 pm
The City of Niagara Falls has received 900 at-home coronavirus test kits. It will distribute them at the Niagara Falls Fire Department Administration Building, 3115 Walnut Ave., on the following dates and times:
UBMD Pediatrics issues guidance, urging parents to vaccinate children against COVID-19
Fri, Jan 21st 2022 10:45 am
Physicians at UBMD Pediatrics and affiliated practices are urging parents to get their children 5 and older fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Non-US individuals will need to be vaccinated to enter country at borders
Thu, Jan 20th 2022 08:35 pm
Beginning Jan. 22, the Department of Homeland Security will require non-U.S. individuals seeking to enter the U.S. via land ports of entry and ferry terminals at the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, and provide related proof of vaccination. These new restrictions will apply to non-U.S. individuals who are traveling for both essential and nonessential reasons. They will not apply to U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, or U.S. nationals.
ECDOH updates schools & school districts on state guidance related to COVID-19 case investigations
Thu, Jan 20th 2022 08:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health offered another update to school district superintendents and non-public school administrators on Thursday.
Higgins announces launch of federal website to request free at-home COVID-19 tests
Tue, Jan 18th 2022 04:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the federal government has launched a new website for Americans to request at-home COVID-19 test kits delivered to their homes free of charge. The website, www.covidtests.gov, is now live in beta test phase. The program officially launches on Wednesday. Residents can begin ordering their tests today.
NCCC COVID testing site reopens
Fri, Jan 14th 2022 05:05 pm
Beginning the week of Jan. 18, the Niagara County Community College site will reopen at Building G, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. Daily hours of operation will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Grand Island mask/COVID-19 test kit distribution gets large response
Fri, Jan 14th 2022 07:00 am
It was a frosty and windy Monday morning with temperatures hovering around 10 degrees. Along Whitehaven Road and into the parking lot of the Nike Base, cars were lined up. Over the weekend, the drivers of those cars found out that the Golden Age Center was to be a distribution point for sets of KN95 masks and COVID-19 at-home antigen test kits. Each household was entitled to receive two home testing kits, containing two tests each.
Brown announces anonymous donation of nearly 8,000 N95 masks to Buffalo Police Department
Wed, Jan 12th 2022 04:15 pm
Mayor Byron Brown joined Buffalo Police Department leadership on Wednesday to announce the anonymous donation of approximately 8,000 N95 face masks to the BPD.
Reported COVID cases skyrocket in Erie County - but MAY have peaked
Tue, Jan 11th 2022 07:10 pm
The Erie County Department of Health provided coronavirus case data for the week ending Jan. 8.
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.
 

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