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Cuomo pulls WNY out of micro-cluster zones
Wed, Jan 27th 2021 12:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said the holiday coronavirus surge is over, and he canceled the micro-cluster zones in Erie and Niagara counties.
Cuomo allowing elective surgery in Erie County; poised to lessen micro-cluster zone restrictions
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 10:00 pm
Speaking to the media Monday at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggested he will lessen restrictions placed on Western New York - and Erie County, in particular - designed to lessen the spread of the coronavirus.
Cuomo offers SOTS proposal to boost partial unemployment benefits
Tue, Jan 19th 2021 10:15 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced a proposal to boost partial unemployment insurance benefits to New Yorkers who return to work part-time, as part of his 2021 State of the State. The plan would ensure unemployed New Yorkers who accept part-time work are not penalized by basing their partial unemployment benefits on the hours they actually work, rather than the number of days they work in a given week.
President-elect Joe Biden aims for 100 million vaccinations within his first 100 days
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 10:35 am
On Thursday night, President-elect Joe Biden spoke to the American people about his American Rescue Plan and Build Back Better Recovery Plan. He shared the following:
NCDOH: First week of POD at Transit Drive-In Theatre successful due to planning & partnerships
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 10:35 am
The Niagara County Department of Health (NCDOH) announces the first week of Point of Dispensing (POD) operations was a large success due to years of planning and valuable partnerships.
State vaccination sites now open; none in WNY yet
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 02:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the first three state-run vaccination sites are now open and vaccinating eligible New Yorkers against the COVID-19 virus. The sites - the Jacob K. Javits Center, Westchester County Center and New York State Fair Expo Center - all opened Wednesday morning.
Cuomo: New York to expand COVID vaccine eligibility to include those age 65-plus, immunocompromised
Tue, Jan 12th 2021 12:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday provided New Yorkers with new information related to coronavirus vaccination eligibility. In particular, those ages 65-plus, and the immunocompromised, can now register to receive their shots earlier than expected.
9 Wegmans pharmacies to offer COVID-19 vaccine to people 75+, UB South also a vaccination site
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 05:05 pm
Following New York state guidance, nine Wegmans locations in New York will receive a limited supply of the COVID-19 vaccine to distribute to people age 75 and older, as well as Wegmans pharmacy employees.
Historic Lincoln Building transforms into Erie County pandemic response hub
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 10:10 am
The Erie County Department of Health's office of epidemiology is moving into new space in downtown Buffalo, finding a home in the oldest office building still existing in the downtown area - the circa-1833 Lincoln Building (formerly known as the Ticor Building).
Island Prescription Center offers rapid COVID testing
Sat, Jan 9th 2021 07:00 am
Do you want a quick answer to the question, "Do I have COVID?"
SBA, Treasury: PPP reopening; new guidance issued
Fri, Jan 8th 2021 01:30 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, announced the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will reopen the week of Jan. 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers.
Niagara County Department of Health prioritizing mass vaccination clinics to increase access to COVID-19 vaccine
Thu, Jan 7th 2021 10:50 am
The Niagara County Department of Health (NCDOH) announced the start of point-of-dispensing (POD) operations to provide COVID-19 vaccination to eligible persons as defined by New York state.
Memorial Medical Center celebrates discharge of long-term COVID-19 patient
Wed, Jan 6th 2021 05:15 pm
More than 100 excited members of the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center family turned out Wednesday to bid an emotional farewell to a courageous patient who overcame COVID-19 during a lengthy hospital stay that included several weeks on a respirator.
Niagara County approves funding for vaccination hires
Wed, Jan 6th 2021 11:35 am
The Niagara County Legislature unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night to allocate $101,458 from its contingency fund to create and fill part-time positions that will help administer the COVID-19 vaccine to the public when the vaccine doses become available. The county intends to vaccinate the public through point-of-dispensing sites (PODS).
Empire State Development: 'Raising the Bar' restaurant recovery fund
Tue, Jan 5th 2021 04:20 pm
Empire State Development announced the more than $3 million "Raising the Bar" restaurant recovery fund to assist restaurants in New York during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cuomo outlines vaccination procedures
Tue, Jan 5th 2021 12:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the latest prioritization for New Yorkers eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Cuomo provides updates on extended federal unemployment benefits, sick leave
Tue, Dec 29th 2020 07:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced unemployed New Yorkers will begin receiving extended and expanded federal unemployment benefits next week - the first week these benefits can be paid under federal law.
Cuomo: Plan under development to allow fans to attend first Buffalo Bills home playoff game in more than two decades
Wed, Dec 23rd 2020 04:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced plans are currently under development to allow fans to attend the Buffalo Bills' first home playoff game in more than two decades under strict COVID-19 protocols. Under the proposal, which is being developed cooperatively between the Bills and New York state, fans in attendance would be required to receive a negative COVID-19 test result before being allowed into the stadium. Contact tracing will also be conducted after the game.
Niagara USA Chamber outlines new COVID-19 relief bill
Mon, Dec 21st 2020 01:15 pm
The Niagara USA Chamber has broken down details of a new coronavirus relief bill set to be approved this week by Congress:
'Significant day in New York's battle' against COVID-19
Mon, Dec 21st 2020 10:40 am
Stephen Hanse, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL), a statewide association representing over 425 long-term care facilities, issued the following statement in response to the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations to nursing home residents and staff beginning Monday, Dec. 21.
Memorial administers first doses of COVID-19 vaccine
Fri, Dec 18th 2020 05:15 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center on Friday began administering COVID-19 vaccine to front-line hospital caregivers and residents and staff members at its nursing home, the Schoellkopf Health Center.
'Vaccinate New York': Cuomo updates New Yorkers on state's administration plan
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 08:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday updated New Yorkers on the state's vaccination administration plan and the establishment of regional vaccination hubs to help facilitate vaccinations once phase two of the state's plan begins in early 2021.
Cuomo pleased with Western New York's progress; says shutdown depends on public action
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 07:50 pm
At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said this region is improving, in terms of new positive coronavirus cases. Most of Erie County is in an "orange" micro-cluster zone, with restrictions on gatherings, businesses permitted to open and houses of worship. This week, Cuomo placed most of Niagara County into a "yellow zone," with less-cumbersome restrictions.
ECMC begins vaccination of frontline caregivers
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 02:30 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp. on Wednesday commenced vaccination of its frontline caregivers, following New York State Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control guidelines.
Niagara County moving into 'yellow zone'
Mon, Dec 14th 2020 02:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced Niagara County areas including Lewiston and Niagara Falls are moving into his micro-cluster action initiative "yellow precautionary zone." The following restrictions will be put into place:
New York administers its first COVID-19 vaccine
Mon, Dec 14th 2020 12:40 pm
On Monday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo virtually joined Northwell Health President and CEO Michael Dowling, Northwell Health Director of Employee Health Services Dr. Michelle Chester, and Long Island Jewish Medical Center ICU Nurse Sandra Lindsay for the first administration of the COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S.
Niagara County Department of Health prepares for COVID-19 vaccination
Mon, Dec 14th 2020 10:45 am
The Niagara County Department of Health (NCDOH) is preparing to oversee distribution of its portion of the coronavirus vaccine.
Cuomo to decide if more micro-cluster zones are necessary
Fri, Dec 11th 2020 06:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday said he is tweaking what goes into his micro-cluster action zones, and will look at available date this weekend to determine if more restrictions will be levied on any or all of New York's regions.
Niagara County starting to see coronavirus spike
Thu, Dec 10th 2020 09:15 pm
Though Erie County has made statewide headlines over the past month for its high number of coronavirus cases, more attention is starting to shift to neighboring Niagara County - where 11.5% of people tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday were positive. The seven-day average at that point was 8.6%, which was second in New York (only trailing Allegany County's 9.1%).
Cuomo updates New Yorkers on state's vaccination distribution plan
Wed, Dec 9th 2020 08:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday updated New Yorkers on the state's vaccination distribution plan as the FDA is expected to authorize Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine this week. The state's vaccination distribution effort will focus on battling skepticism, include outreach to Black, brown and poor communities, as well as expedited distribution and administration. New York could receive its initial allocation of 170,000 vaccines as soon as this weekend, and expects further allocations in the following weeks.
Niagara Falls Memorial opens center for administering monoclonal COVID-19 antibody therapy
Wed, Dec 9th 2020 01:15 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center on Wednesday announced it is performing COVID-19 antibody therapy on an outpatient basis to those who qualify.
Cuomo: Regions will shut down again if they can't control hospitalizations
Mon, Dec 7th 2020 08:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York restaurants will face harsher restrictions, and regions will go back on "PAUSE," if the coronavirus-related hospitalizations continue to rise.
COVID-19: Fauci offers Cuomo guidance on potential holiday spikes
Mon, Dec 7th 2020 08:25 pm
On Monday, the nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo in providing an update on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Niagara County Health Department offers 'key actions to take if you test positive for COVID-19'
Mon, Nov 30th 2020 07:55 pm
As cases continue to rise in Niagara County and surrounding areas, the Niagara County Department of Health is asking the community to remain vigilant and play an important part in reducing community transmission of COVID- 19 if testing positive.
Cuomo announces winter plan to combat COVID-19 surge in New York
Mon, Nov 30th 2020 07:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced New York's plan for combating COVID-19 this winter. His office said that, over the past week, Cuomo and the state's COVID task force has worked in consultation with global public health experts, local governments and other stakeholders.
With 'explosion' of COVID-19 cases in Erie County, 'orange zone' could turn 'red' this week
Mon, Nov 23rd 2020 07:50 pm
Speaking to press Monday afternoon, Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein said, "We are seeing an explosion of cases in the past two weeks."
COVID-19 micro-clusters: Erie County goes to 'orange zone,' NT, Wheatfield Niagara County 'yellow zones'
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 09:00 pm
Following almost a week of warnings by local elected leaders, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday did, in fact, move portions of Erie County into an "orange" micro-cluster zone.
Erie County in 'a bad situation' with coronavirus, but controls its own destiny
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 04:55 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein again on Monday warned residents coronavirus cases will continue to rise unless safety measures are obeyed. Most of the area is in a "yellow" micro-cluster area, as the number of positive COVID-19 cases has skyrocketed in the past month.
Erie County: 'We need your help' to fight coronavirus
Fri, Nov 13th 2020 12:25 pm
New daily COVID-19 cases this week have been the highest seen within Erie County since the start of the pandemic, with few signs of slowing down soon.
Cuomo: Restaurants, bars & gyms must close at 10 p.m.; private gatherings limited to 10 people
Wed, Nov 11th 2020 07:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced new COVID-19 restrictions on bars, restaurants, gyms and residential gatherings in New York state.
 

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