COVID-19

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State Republican lawmakers are blasting Gov. Andrew Cuomo for extending the 11 p.m. curfew for bars and restaurants until May 6, and Senate Democrats for misrepresenting the repeal of Cuomo's executive powers in March.

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The pandemic’s impact has been felt particularly hard by the live music industry, but on Thursday, a grant program meant to help venue owners opened the application process for such relief.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo commented for the first time on Wednesday about allegations that he gave priority to COVID-19 tests for his family and friends last spring when the tests were scarce.

Is it allergies or is it COVID-19?

Apr 8, 2021

April usually brings spring showers, flowers -- and allergies.

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As expected, Ontario Premier Doug Ford has brought down new tough restrictions, less than a week after imposing a shutdown. Ford sent his province back into lockdown, in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic’s third wave.

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Local parents who went to court Tuesday to force their school districts to return to in-class learning five days a week have been put on hold.

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Less than a week since announcing a province-wide shutdown, Ontario Premier Doug Ford says tougher restrictions are on the way. The change comes as Ford faces calls from the medical community for stronger measures in the face of surging cases of the coronavirus.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo will hold a COVID-19 update at 2 p.m. Tuesday in New York City. Watch it live here.

Erie County

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz will give his regular COVID-19 briefing at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Watch it live here.

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New York’s statewide unemployment rate remains the second highest in the country at just under 9%. One year after the start of the pandemic and the recession it caused, most of the jobs New York lost still have not come back.

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On Wednesday, the University at Buffalo announced some good news for those who might be having a bad week.

Researchers at the university are looking for people who just got diagnosed with COVID-19 to participate in an outpatient treatment study. 


Medtronic

Medicine is moving into the selfie age, with the increased use of tiny cameras probing the insides of a body. The idea has become especially useful in the COVID-19 era.

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Washington is putting billions of dollars into community colleges from two recent stimulus bills. That's going to help Erie Community College, which is dealing with a significant enrollment drop and the resulting income drop eating into college reserves.

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New York will allow universal access to the COVID-19 vaccine for anyone above the age of 15 starting Tuesday.

New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics

Gov. Andrew Cuomo may have violated state ethics laws, according to published reports, that he used his staff to help him write a book on how he managed the COVID-19 pandemic, and that he gave his family and politically connected associates priority access to coronavirus tests.

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford is facing growing criticism over the latest shutdown. Some political opponents say it’s too little to late and many in the healthcare sector say his latest measures don’t go far enough.

The Intellectual Property Rights Center and numerous federal agencies have issued a warning about a post COVID-19 vaccine survey scam.

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As expected, Ontario is again about to go under a province-wide shutdown. It will take effect at midnight.

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State prisons in New York began accepting individuals from local jails again this week. The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision suspended all transfers late last year to limit the spread of COVID-19, leaving in the lurch people who are sentenced and incarcerated in county jails.

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On Thursday, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that 1.2 million eggs will be distributed to food banks throughout New York as a unique part of a settlement in a price gouging lawsuit.

Imagine waking up, brushing your teeth, and quickly swabbing your nose to test for the coronavirus — whether you feel sick or not.

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Nursing home finances have come under scrutiny during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now the New York State Legislature is considering a measure to limit how much nursing homes can profit, which proponents say will mean better care for residents and opponents say will just harm the industry.

 

 

  

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford is warning people in his province to be prepared for another possible lockdown, as the coronavirus surges. Ford’s warning comes after a key scienitific adviser says the pandemic in Ontario is completely out of control.

Erie County

The number of New Yorkers able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine is about to dramatically increase, as those 30 and older became eligible Tuesday and those 16 and older will be eligible starting next week. Luckily for Erie County, it’s about to receive its largest weekly vaccine allocation yet.


Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center

Albany has located a mass vaccination site at the Niagara Falls Conference Center in downtown. It is staffed by Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and 100 temporary workers.

Mayor Robert Restaino has expressed some doubts about the site, because it's far away from some of the poorest residents and difficult to access by public transit. Niagara University’s Rolanda Ward agreed, saying there may be better ways to persuade people to get shots.

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Vaccine eligibility for New Yorkers will expand to include anyone over the age of 30, effective Tuesday.

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Ontario’s education minister is calling on Ottawa to provide COVID-19 vaccines for children. His call comes as the province records more than 2,000 new cases a day for the fourth straight day.

Schofield Adult Day Health Care

Adult Day Health Care, which provides medical services and socialization to disabled adults of all ages, will be allowed to reopen in New York state after a year-long closure. The New York State Department of Health issued guidance Thursday evening allowing Adult Day Health Care, or ADHC, to resume in-person services as soon as April 1. 

 


Karen DeWitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

Critics of some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic marked the anniversary of the controversial March 25, 2020 order that required the homes to take back from hospitals residents who were ill with the disease. They said an ongoing federal probe does not go far enough in investigating all that may have gone wrong in the governor’s management of nursing homes during the pandemic. 

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