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CDC & FDA put out joint statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine; NYS to pause J&J
Tue, Apr 13th 2021 11:20 am
On Tuesday, Centers for Disease Control Principal Deputy Director Dr. Anne Schuchat and Federal Drug Administration Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research Director Dr. Peter Marks released the following statement on the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen ) coronavirus vaccine:
COVID-19: Updated guidance for graduation & commencement ceremonies
Mon, Apr 12th 2021 04:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced new updated guidance for graduation and commencement ceremonies organized by schools, colleges and universities. Effective May 1, indoor and outdoor graduation and commencement ceremonies will be allowed with limited attendee capacity, depending on the event size and the location (e.g., stadium, arena, arts and entertainment venue).
Vaccinate Western New York regional hub issues a call for volunteers
Mon, Apr 12th 2021 02:10 pm
As more COVID-19 vaccine is beginning to arrive in WNY, volunteers are needed to assist with distribution efforts throughout the region. Vaccinate Western New York (VAXWNY), the local hub responsible to for ensuring the safe, efficient and equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, is issuing a call for volunteers across all five WNY counties (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara) to help in this historic effort.
NYS updates in-person school guidelines
Sat, Apr 10th 2021 04:15 pm
On Friday, the New York State Department of Health updated its interim guidance for in-person instruction at pre-K to grade 12 schools during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Changes related to physical distancing and use of barriers. That document can be read HERE.
Higgins announces federal help for struggling Western New York restaurants
Fri, Apr 9th 2021 09:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced new federal relief available to help restaurants struggling due to the pandemic. A $28.6 billion restaurant revitalization fund was included in the American Rescue Plan supported by Higgins.
ECDOH cautions residents to reduce COVID-19 risks at holiday celebrations & reconsider spring break travel
Fri, Apr 2nd 2021 01:15 pm
For Erie County residents considering family celebrations and religious gatherings this upcoming weekend, the Erie County Department of Health is offering this guidance:
Attorney general warns New Yorkers to remain alert against COVID-19 vaccine and stimulus scams
Wed, Mar 31st 2021 09:50 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James has issued an alert to New Yorkers to remain vigilant against potential scams related to the coronavirus public health crisis.
Higgins: Paycheck Protection Program extended
Tue, Mar 30th 2021 04:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act (H.R. 1779) has been signed into law, extending the application deadline to May 31, 2021.
New Yorkers 30 years of age and older eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine; 16 and under on deck
Mon, Mar 29th 2021 01:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced a new expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in New York. Beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 30, all New Yorkers 30 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Beginning April 6, universal eligibility goes into effect and all New Yorkers 16 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
NYS: Revised nursing home visitation guidance to align with federal guidelines
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 10:50 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker on Thursday announced the release of revised nursing home visitation guidance to align with guidelines recently released by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
COVID-19: 'Roll Up Your Sleeve' campaign encourages houses of worship of all faiths to sign up as vaccination sites
Mon, Mar 22nd 2021 01:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the launch of the "Roll Up Your Sleeve" campaign to promote houses of worship of all faiths across the state to sign up as vaccination sites for their communities. Worship sites can begin to serve as points of distribution for the COVID-19 vaccine starting in April, significantly increasing the number of doses they can administer.
COVID-19: Pharmacies can vaccinate New Yorkers with comorbidities; age 50 now vaccine-eligible
Mon, Mar 22nd 2021 01:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new guidance has been rolled out allowing pharmacies to vaccinate New Yorkers with comorbidities. Pharmacies were previously able to vaccinate New Yorkers over the age of 60 and teachers.
CDC adjusts in-person school guidelines; reactions
Fri, Mar 19th 2021 05:05 pm
On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted "Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Prevention."
NYS: COVID-19 vaccination appointments now available at Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls
Wed, Mar 17th 2021 10:45 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced appointments are now available at 10 new state-run mass-vaccination sites across the state, including The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls at 101 Old Falls St. All 10 sites will open Friday, March 19, and will operate from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Each site will have the ability to vaccinate more than 1,000 New Yorkers daily, dependent on supply from the federal government.
Erie County DOH shares feedback from COVID-19 case investigations
Tue, Mar 16th 2021 02:15 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is sharing feedback from recent COVID-19 case investigations to inform Erie County residents of ways to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in workplaces and activities. Contact tracers have noted common case investigation trends that illustrate situations where COVID-19 is likely to spread.
Hochul marks pandemic's anniversary, receives J&J vaccine
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 05:25 pm
Almost exactly a year to the day since the coronavirus global pandemic was declared, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul marked the solemn occasion in downtown Buffalo at Catholic Health's Associate Regional Training Center by thanking health care workers for their "courage" and received a dose of the life-saving vaccine.
Biden: All adult Americans to be eligible for vaccinations by May 1; targets July 4 as return to 'normal'
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 10:35 am
Thursday night, in his first primetime address, President Joe Biden announced the next phase of a "war-time effort" to vaccinate the U.S. population, with the goal of getting the nation closer to "normal" by July 4, Independence Day.
Higgins: American Rescue Plan lays groundwork for better tomorrow
Wed, Mar 10th 2021 03:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the House of Representatives approved the American Rescue Plan, the final Congressional action before the bill is signed into law by President Joe Biden.
New Yorkers 60 years of age and older, additional public facing essential workers will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine
Tue, Mar 9th 2021 01:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced a new expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in New York. Beginning March 10, all New Yorkers 60 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine, while public-facing essential workers from governmental and nonprofit entities will be eligible beginning March 17. This expansion also includes public-facing essential building services workers.
Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls to serve as mass-vaccination site
Mon, Mar 8th 2021 12:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced, that as the federal vaccine supply continues to increase, New York will establish 10 additional state-run mass vaccination sites - including one in Niagara Falls - to further grow New York's vast distribution network.
Erie County, Pegula Sports & Entertainment partner to open COVID-19 vaccination clinic at KeyBank Center
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 09:30 am
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Thursday announced the county's partnership with Pegula Sports & Entertainment and the Buffalo Sabres to open a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo.
Biden: US on track to vaccinate all adults by end of May
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 01:55 pm
President Joe Biden offered the following remarks Tuesday on efforts to vaccinate the American public against the coronavirus:
Vaccine: Niagara County POD staying in Lockport, as largest shipment is expected
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 12:35 pm
Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton on Wednesday announced Niagara County is expecting to receive 6,500 first doses of COVID-19 vaccination next week - by far the most the county has ever received for a single week. The county is expecting 5,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines and 1,500 Moderna that must be dispensed in that week. These doses would nearly double the total amount of vaccine doses Niagara County has received to date.
NYS vaccine task force unanimously recommends Johnson & Johnson's vaccine
Mon, Mar 1st 2021 03:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the New York State Clinical Advisory Task Force unanimously recommended use of Janssen Pharmaceuticals/Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine in New York, following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committee's recommendation for emergency use authorization.
Even current low rate of vaccinations in Western New York is benefiting region, new UB models show
Fri, Feb 26th 2021 11:20 am
Western New York is already benefitting from COVID-19 vaccinations, according to new models developed by University at Buffalo data scientists.
Eligible New Yorkers can begin making appointments at state-FEMA vaccination sites including Buffalo
Wed, Feb 24th 2021 09:45 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced eligible New Yorkers in Buffalo, Rochester, Albany and Yonkers areas can begin making appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the state-FEMA community-based vaccination sites scheduled to open Wednesday, March 3, in the four cities. The four vaccination sites will operate between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily and each site has the capacity to administer 1,000 doses per day.
Cuomo sets guidelines for billiard halls to reopen; movie theaters in NYC also reopening; weddings & catered events can resume March 15
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 05:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced that, as New York's hospitalization and COVID-19 infection rates continue to decline, the state is issuing guidance to begin reopening additional sectors of the economy.
Opening dates & scheduling information for state-FEMA vaccination sites
Fri, Feb 19th 2021 05:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the opening dates and scheduling information for the six community-based vaccination sites being established through a partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Cuomo: Nursing home visitations to resume
Fri, Feb 19th 2021 04:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the New York State Department of Health will allow visitation of residents in nursing home facilities in accordance with CMS and CDC guidelines. The Department of Health recommends visitors take a rapid test before entry into the facility, and DOH will provide rapid tests to nursing homes at no cost.
Reopening: Indoor family entertainment centers March 26, outdoor amusement parks April 9
Wed, Feb 17th 2021 02:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced indoor family entertainment centers and places of amusement can open with a 25% capacity limit beginning Friday, March 26. Outdoor amusement parks can open with a 33% capacity limit beginning Friday, April 9.
Cuomo offers explanation for nursing home 'void' of information
Tue, Feb 16th 2021 01:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday offered commentary on coronavirus deaths related to nursing homes. His administration has been under fire for how it presented the numbers, with calls from Republican state leaders to lessen Cuomo's emergency powers in this pandemic.
Cuomo signs executive order extending restaurants, bars & other SLA-licensed entities closing times to 11 p.m. statewide
Mon, Feb 15th 2021 10:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced that, given the continued decline in hospitalization and infection rates throughout New York, he signed executive order 202.94, extending closing times for bars, restaurants, gyms and fitness centers, casinos, billiards halls, as well as other State Liquor Authority-licensed establishments, from 10 to 11 p.m. statewide.
Cuomo: Mass vaccination sites to increase capacity for individuals with comorbidities & underlying conditions, who can begin to schedule appointments
Sat, Feb 13th 2021 11:55 pm
The "Am I Eligible" screening tool will be updated for individuals with comorbidities and underlying conditions at 8 a.m. Sunday, with new appointments released on a rolling basis over the next weeks. Starting next week, local health departments will also receive vaccine allocations for these individuals. People can use the following to show they are eligible:
Wydysh offers insight offered on state, Niagara County COVID-19 vaccination efforts
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 02:20 pm
The Lewiston Senior Club and Town of Lewiston Senior Center hosted 2nd District Niagara County Legislator Becky Wydysh, chairwoman of the Niagara County Legislature, on Tuesday. She visited to offer some insight to an issue of demand among residents: When and where can I get vaccinated?
Cuomo: New Yorkers with comorbidities & underlying conditions can make appointments at state-run mass vaccination sites beginning Feb. 14
Mon, Feb 8th 2021 04:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced New Yorkers with comorbidities and underlying conditions can make appointments at state-run mass vaccination sites beginning Feb. 14, with the first appointments scheduled for Feb. 15.
Cuomo announces list of comorbidities & underlying conditions eligible for COVID-19 vaccine, starting Feb. 15
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 03:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday released the list of comorbidities and underlying conditions that New York state will use to determine eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine. New Yorkers who have one of the comorbidities on the list will be eligible for the vaccine beginning Feb. 15.
Joint statement from departments of health regarding travel & quarantine
Thu, Feb 4th 2021 02:55 pm
The leaders of the five Western New York county health departments (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara) are providing the following joint statement related to the upcoming school breaks and the New York state travel advisory:
Community-based pop-up vaccination sites coming online this week
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 01:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced 35 community-based pop-up vaccination sites coming online this week at churches, community centers, public housing complexes and cultural centers. These sites are expected to vaccinate over 25,000 people throughout the week, with more sites coming online every week.
Cuomo: Federal vaccine supply to increase to 20% for next 3 weeks
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 03:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday updated New Yorkers on the state's vaccination program. As of noon, New York's health care distribution sites have received 1,554,450 first doses and already administered 91% (1,414,241) first-dose vaccinations and 76% of first and second doses. Delivery of the week 8 allocation from the federal government begins mid-week.
Attorney general on nursing homes: Investigations reveal DOH publicly reported data undercounted COVID-19 deaths
Thu, Jan 28th 2021 04:00 pm
Attorney General Letitia James on Thursday released a report on her office's ongoing investigations into nursing homes' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March, James has been investigating nursing homes throughout New York state based on allegations of patient neglect and other concerning conduct that may have jeopardized the health and safety of residents and employees.
 

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