COVID-19

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Health inspectors found safety shortcomings at 77 New York nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic, including basic infection-control violations like failing to have staff wear masks or wash their hands, according to records and state officials.

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Saying he does not trust the federal government, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York State will conduct its own review of any COVID-19 vaccines that are deemed to be ready for use.

State Supreme Court Justice Frank Sedita on Thursday denied the Buffalo Teachers Federation request for an injunction against the Buffalo Public Schools related to it reopenig plan.

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It's about as easy to put together a county budget for 2021 as it is to figure out how soon there will be enough COVID-19 vaccine around to take care of everyone who wants it. Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel submitted his budget for next year to the County Legislature Wednesday.

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford says a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic is coming. On Wednesday, Ford unveiled the first steps in his plan to prepare for it.

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The long and winding road returning to the classroom in Williamsville is becoming clearer, although still long. On Wednesday, students met with Acting Superintendent John McKenna.

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Black, Indigenous and other Americans of color are getting sick, being hospitalized and dying from COVID-19 at higher rates than white Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Today on The Toll, WBFO’s Kyle Mackie takes a closer look at the virus’ disproportionate impact through the experience of one Black family on Buffalo’s East Side.


A new national effort asks K-12 schools to voluntarily — and anonymously — report their confirmed and suspected coronavirus cases, along with the safety strategies they're using.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that five states—Arizona, Minnesota, Nevada, Rhode Island and Wyoming—have been added to New York State's COVID-19 travel advisory. No areas have been removed.

New York State

The unemployment rate in most of the state’s metro areas in New York dipped below 10% in August for the first time since March, according to preliminary data released Tuesday by the state Department of Labor.

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Buffalo Common Councilmember Joel Feroleto has tested positive for COVID-19.

Sweet Home Schools

An array of student-athletes in the Sweet Home school district will be out on the practice field Saturday, after the School Board decided Monday evening to hire coaches for a group of sports.

Fredonia State

Fredonia State is ramping up its COVID-19 testing in the wake of major problems on the campus.

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A spike in the number of coronavirus cases in Ontario is leading some experts to say the province is close to a second wave of the pandemic. The upward trend began more than a week ago and the Ontario government is scrambling to introduce measures to combat the spread, including hefty fines for people who refuse to follow the health guidelines.

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New York state announced this week it is easing visitation rules at adult care facilities. Families can now visit their loved ones who are in assisted living facilities if there has not been a case of COVID-19 there in at least 14 days, down from the previous requirement of 28 days.

With Erie County's budget for next year a month away, county legislators will find out Thursday morning how this year's budget is going.

NYSUT

The state’s largest teachers union filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Division of Budget over more than $5 billion in state spending that’s expected to be withheld from school districts as the state grapples with an unprecedented budget crisis.

New York State Department of Health

COVID-19 cases continue to pile up in Erie County and the death toll continues to rise, with seven county residents dying in just the last week, mostly in nursing homes. That brings the death toll since the pandemic began to 689.

As founder of the Jacobs Institute in Buffalo, Dr. Nick Hopkins is monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and how it may impact the future of medicine. Medical professionals, Hopkins told WBFO, have made notable advancements in their understanding of the virus so he's organized today's webinar "COVID Unmasked: The Real Impact on the Future of Medicine." Experts will appear, Hopkins says, who will gear their knowledge to help the general public better understand how the virus works and how it is likely to change the world of medicine moving forward.


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Black residents account for 16.5% Erie County’s COVID-19 deaths despite making up 14.6% of the county’s population, according to the Erie County Department of Health. Today on “The Toll,” Black community leaders discuss the virus’ disproportionate impact on people of color in Buffalo.


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It appears the U.S.-Canada border closure to non-essential travelers will be extended again.

Updated at 6:50 p.m. ET

President Trump on Wednesday again said widespread distribution of a vaccine against the coronavirus would happen before the end of the year, directly contradicting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield. The CDC chief testified earlier Wednesday that a vaccine would not be widely available until next spring or summer.

Trump said he expects the government to be able to distribute a vaccine "sometime in October," though "it may be a little later than that."

Orchard Park Middle School reports a coronavirus case

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Orchard Park Schools have notified families that "an individual" at its Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19.

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New York’s fiscal year is nearly half over and the state budget remains billions of dollars out of balance, largely due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic-related economic shutdown. So far, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been relying on temporary measures to keep the state afloat, but fiscal experts say it’s time to make some hard decisions.

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New York will begin allowing visitors to see loved ones at nursing homes that have been coronavirus-free for 14 days, down from 28 days under previous rules, the health commissioner said Wednesday.

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Some of Ontario’s hospitals are sounding the alarm bells after the province recorded its highest number of COVID-19 cases in several months. Premier Doug Ford has not ruled out another shutdown after what he described as a disturbing spike in infections.

  

New York State Department of Health

Monday was the first day back at school for many of New York’s kindergarten through 12th-grade students, though some students will learn remotely. Health officials say they will monitor whether the in-person classes cause any outbreaks of COVID-19.

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

Buffalo school students are getting a break from the public library system: more open hours after school closing time.

SUNY Brockport

SUNY Brockport says that as of Saturday morning it suspended its wrestling program pending the outcome of investigations stemming from potential COVID-19 policy violations. Two wrestling physical education classes have also been canceled for the Fall semester.

Office of the Governor

New York State is considering the possibility of making the flu vaccine mandatory for students attending school this year for in-person learning, state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said Thursday, as public health officials urge the public to get vaccinated for the disease.

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