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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.

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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.


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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.

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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. 

 


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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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Local law enforcement said a sweep of drug houses has netted some major drug dealers, but it is also a sign that dealers are moving into bigger deals and connecting directly to drug cartels for supplies.

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The Seneca Nation is playing a role in distribution of COVID vaccinations by hosting a clinic inside the Seneca Allegany Events Center. It’s a joint effort with the Cattaraugus County Health Department to deliver shots, and convince other eligible persons to sign up.

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The Cuomo Administration has announced 14 new community-based pop-up vaccination sites will begin operating across the state over the coming week, with the aim of vaccinating more than 4,200 residents.

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Starting Wednesday, KeyBank Center will open its Lexus Club as a COVID-19 vaccination site.

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A controversial state law in New York that granted special legal protections to nursing homes, hospitals, and other health care providers could be repealed under a bill approved Wednesday by the state Legislature.

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In the U.S. and Canada, COVID-19 vaccines have been rolling out for more than 100 days with different results. The U.S. has vaccinated more than 20% of its population, while Canada is at less than 6%. Health authorities are in race to vaccinate as many people as possible before variants take a firm hold. Those variants are deadlier and more transmissible. Disrupting that effort, however, are questions about AstraZeneca's vaccine.

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The state Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday held its first meeting of an impeachment inquiry against Gov. Andrew Cuomo over allegations that he sexually harassed several women, as well as other controversies. The chair of the committee, Assemblyman Charles Lavine, said it could be quite a while before it reaches any conclusions.

Regal Cinemas will reopen its theaters in the U.S. in April, six months after they closed amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Parents rallied Tuesday to demand Erie County ease social distancing rules in schools and allow students to attend full time, while county officials maintained the decision is out of their hands.

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The Ontario government is providing $1.2 billion in new money to help the province’s hospitals. The announcement comes as the rolling 7-day average of new COVID-19 cases hits 1,600.

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Elected officials, business and labor leaders are pushing to include $750 million in the New York State Budget for the Wadsworth Lab consolidation.

At 2:30 p.m. Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is holding a live update on the current status of coronavirus in New York State. Listen to it here.

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New York State has recorded its first case of the Brazilian variant of COVID-19.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced new guidance which will allow pharmacies to vaccinate New Yorkers with comorbidities. Pharmacies were previously only able to vaccinate New Yorkers over the age of 60 and teachers.

The NHL is postponing the Buffalo Sabres next game against the Boston Bruins Saturday afternoon, as five of the Bruins players have now entered the NHL’s COVID protocols.

  

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Another one-day pop-up vaccination clinic is open in Buffalo today for residents of the 14207 zip code. The Northwest Buffalo Community Center is distributing vaccines until 4 p.m. this afternoon.

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Chautauqua County is making progress in its COVID-19 vaccinations, as the supply issue slowly begins to ease. That was the message to the county Health Board Thursday.

Elizabeth Weir is well-versed in the latest New York state guidelines for weddings and other catered events that went into effect on March 15.

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There are going to be fewer empty seats in outdoor sports arenas and performing arts centers this summer.

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