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Niagara Wine Trail offering pickup and delivery
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 10:55 am
Our Niagara Wine Trail family would like to keep you updated on what is happening right now along the trail:
Higgins calls for delay in federal paperwork requirement to allow nurses to care for patients
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 10:55 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, is asking the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to postpone audits related to a discount drug program (340B) to allow hospitals and health centers to put patients before paperwork during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Alzheimer's virtual resources
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 10:45 am
While the COVID-19 pandemic threatens the health of millions in this country and around the world, the novel coronavirus presents unique challenges for more than 400,000 New York state residents living with dementia and their care partners.
REALTORS applaud Cuomo for seeking federal funds for independent contractors
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 10:45 am
The New York State Association of REALTORS Inc. applauded Gov. Andrew Cuomo for requesting federal funds to support independent contractors whose businesses have been shut down during the current COVID-19-related state of emergency. Cuomo has requested federal disaster unemployment assistance for independent contractors such as REALTORS.
Mental Health Advocates of WNY creates community guide to mental health resources
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 10:00 am
Mental Health Advocates of WNY has created a guide for mental health resources that are available in Western New York during this current COVID-19 public health crisis. The guide provides a list of resources, services and other useful information to help maintain good mental health that individuals and families can use as they navigate these uncertain times. The guide is available for download on the agency's website at MHAWNY.ORG.
NCSO invites children to read online
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 10:00 am
Niagara County Sheriff's Office Acting Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti would like to give the children at home an opportunity to connect with members of the NCSO through the "Niagara Sheriff" YouTube page. Children are able to listen to a member of the NCSO read one of their favorite books while following along.
Western New York philanthropic community announces fund to support immediate needs in response to COVID-19
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 10:00 am
Nearly 20 local philanthropic organizations have come together to announce the Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund in partnership with the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County. The fund will be used to address the community's most immediate needs in the eight counties of Western New York, with an initial focus on the areas of health, human services, food and child care, and to address the needs of front-line responders.
Bishop Scharfenberger offers encouragement and guidance during coronavirus pandemic
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 07:00 am
Buffalo Catholic Diocese Apostolic Administrator Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger encourages prayer and reflection at home and the utilization of life-streamed liturgies for all Catholic faithful deprived of the sacramental life of the church in this Lenten season, due to restrictions required to prevent widespread contagion of the novel coronavirus.
Catholic Health: Virtual visits for nursing home residents are keeping families connected
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 07:00 am
Prior to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's directive to restrict visitors in nursing homes, Catholic Health was putting plans in place to protect patients and residents at its four nursing homes and one adult care community, including suspending visitation.
3 technologies to help you feel connected to far-away loved ones
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 07:00 am
When it's not possible to be near loved ones, being connected becomes more important.
Cuomo implores federal government to ramp up ventilator production
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 07:40 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo didn't mince words with the media in his press conference Tuesday. He said the time has come for the federal government to make ventilators more accessible to the medical professionals fighting COVID-19 in New York.
One dead in Erie County due to coronavirus
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 07:20 pm
The Erie County Department of Health on Tuesday evening announced there was one death attributable to COVID-19 in Erie County in the past 24 hours.
Catholic Health working to acquire sufficient FDA-approved masks & personal protective equipment for caregivers
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 04:15 pm
Catholic Health continues to work with vendors, regional partners and the local, state and federal governments to build an ongoing supply of personal protective equipment to meet the needs of its frontline physicians and caregivers.
Erie County Department of Health update: 114 positive coronavirus cases; reminders and resources
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 04:10 pm
From our data reported as of 2 p.m. today: We have 114 positive COVID-19 cases in Erie County. Our public health lab has 92 tests pending. Commercial and private labs are testing for COVID-19 and those results are available to ECDOH through the New York State Department of Health reporting system.
Departments of health offer guidance to WNY restaurants
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 03:55 pm
In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a mandate earlier this month forcing New York restaurants and bars to close their doors to the public. Once that happened, many of these eateries switched to an acceptable form of service: takeout and delivery.
Jim Millard rejoins Catholic Health to support COVID-19 incident command
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 02:05 pm
Jim Millard, former president and CEO of Kenmore Mercy Hospital, is coming out of retirement to rejoin Catholic Health to support the health system's COVID-19 initiatives. He will serve as executive leader and incident commander of the system staffing center, which has been established in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Neighbors Foundation still in need
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 01:40 pm
Neighbors, during these challenging times we want to remind our Grand Island friends that the Neighbors Foundation is here to help provide food for those that are in temporary need. Please call 773-7476 or 773-1452 for assistance.
SBA implements automatic deferment on existing disaster loans through end of 2020
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 01:40 pm
Today, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza announced changes to help borrowers still paying back SBA loans from previous disasters. By making this change, deferments through Dec. 31, 2020, will be automatic. Now, borrowers of home and business disaster loans do not have to contact SBA to request deferment.
Kearns modifies process for license plate surrenders
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 01:30 pm
In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and still assist motorists who need to surrender their vehicle's license plates, Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns is introducing a new procedure due to the temporary suspension of services at all auto bureau locations.
Erie County: Matching essential front line workers with needed child care
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 01:30 pm
In light of the recent outbreak of COVID-19 and the prolonged closure of area schools, many essential front-line workers are struggling to get to work because they lack sufficient child care arrangements.
Niagara County Clerk's Office now fully closed
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 01:10 pm
Niagara County Clerk Joseph Jastrzemski on Tuesday announced the clerk's office would be fully closed to the public as of 4:30 p.m. today.
WCB response to COVID-19 pandemic: Emergency relief from original signature requirements on listed documents
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 01:10 pm
On March 16, 2020, the New York Workers Compensation Board published a COVID-19 guidance document describing the anticipated impacts on the workers' compensation system due to the current public health crisis and steps taken by the board in response. In addition, the board has commenced mandatory remote-only virtual hearing attendance and continues to work to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, ongoing operations and benefit flow to injured workers.
Seneca Gaming Corp. postpones April shows
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 01:05 pm
Seneca Resorts & Casinos entertainment shows have been postponed through April. Shows either have been rescheduled or are in the process of confirming rescheduling dates. This includes shows scheduled at Seneca Niagara Event Center, Seneca Niagara Bear's Den Showroom, and Seneca Allegany Event Center.
David Blaine returns to ABC with his renowned street magic
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 01:00 pm
Innovative endurance artist and magician David Blaine returns to ABC with his reality-defying magical acts for a one-hour special, "David Blaine: The Magic Way," Wednesday, April 1 (10 p.m. EDT).
Summer Olympics officially postponed
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 12:40 pm
The president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, and the prime minister of Japan, Abe Shinzo, held a conference call this morning to discuss the constantly changing environment with regard to COVID-19 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Catholic Charities continues to serve with most essential services
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 11:20 am
Catholic Charities of Buffalo is here to help as always, and the human service organization that serves the eight counties of Western New York is continuing to help those most in need with the most essential services, especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Mount St. Mary's receiving community support
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 11:15 am
As Mount St. Mary's Hospital continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, Manager of Public Relations and Community Affairs Karrie Gebhardt said, "The community is being awesome" in supporting the health center.
National Grid looks to defer scheduled bill increase
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 11:00 am
National Grid has taken another step to reduce the coronavirus' financial strain and economic uncertainty on upstate New York customers by deferring a bill increase that was scheduled to take effect April 1. The company has asked New York regulators for permission to postpone the previously approved gas and electricity delivery price increases in recognition of the unprecedented hardships the COVID-19 outbreak continues to bring to families across the region.
Erie County Department of Health update for March 24, morning
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 11:00 am
The Erie County Department of Health has confirmed an additional five cases of COVID-19 in Erie County residents since yesterday, March 23. This brings our case total to date to 101.
Chamber, LPD look to start community watch program
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 10:05 am
Local leaders are working to establish a community watch program within the River Region as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, and businesses are working with reduced staff.
Erie County Department of Health issues updates, provides additional guidance for restaurants offering takeout
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 06:15 pm
As of this afternoon, ECDOH is aware of 87 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Erie County residents; 379 Erie County residents have tested negative; and tests for 171 people are pending as of this afternoon.
Higgins, Peoples-Stokes & Kennedy call on president to activate Defense Production Act
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 05:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, New York State Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes and New York State Sen. Tim Kennedy are asking President Donald Trump to immediately commence national coordination of emergency supply production, authorized under the Defense Production Act. New York is home to 50% of the total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S.
Cuomo announces initial delivery of equipment and supplies for Javits Center temporary hospital
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 04:55 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced an initial delivery of hospital supplies to the Jacob K. Javits Center where FEMA has started to build a 1,000-bed temporary hospital that will help increase New York's hospital capacity to combat COVID-19.
Western New York senior care facilities in need of PPE & cleaning supplies
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 04:55 pm
The shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) has been acknowledged in several media reports and by state and federal agencies as an ongoing concern during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent public and private sector support for our acute care providers has been commendable and it is making a difference for these dedicated health care workers.
3 more COVID-19 cases identified in Niagara County
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 03:35 pm
Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton on Monday said the county has received three new positive test results from the New York State Department of Health. As of this morning, Niagara County now has 12 positive results, 64 people quarantined, 12 in isolation and still four pending test results from last week.
Health and mental wellness tips for caregivers of the elderly during COVID-19
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 02:55 pm
Elderly caregivers play a vital role in the community and in individuals' lives. Amidst the angst and uncertainty of the COVID-19 epidemic, their jobs are even more essential and likely more stressful. Follow some of these simple tips to make things easier on yourself and your patient.
Cuomo: In time of COVID-19 pandemic be 'socially distanced, but spiritually connected'
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 02:55 pm
On Monday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo urged Americans to be "socially distanced, but spiritually connected" during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grant from Odd Fellow & Rebekah Benefit Fund will help Kidney Foundation of WNY serve patients
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 02:20 pm
The Kidney Foundation of Western New York is better able to meet the needs of local patients, thanks to a grant from the Odd Fellow & Rebekah Benefit Fund. The $10,000 grant will be used to provide nutritional supplements, transportation assistance and medical identification jewelry to kidney patients with a demonstrated financial need.
Lewiston-Porter Sentinel Easter coloring contest form
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 02:15 pm
Parents: If your child doesn't have access to the Easter coloring contest found in our newspaper, or if you are looking for an additional entry form, please feel free to download the poster HERE (PDF).
Island Dispatch coloring contest form
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 02:10 pm
Parents: If your child doesn't have access to the Easter coloring contest found in our newspaper, or if you are looking for an additional entry form, please feel free to download the poster HERE (PDF).
 

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