COVID-19

Schofield Adult Day Health Care

New York state has allowed doctor’s offices to remain open during the pandemic and reopened day programs for the developmentally disabled. It’s even loosened visitor restrictions at nursing homes.

 

Yet Adult Day Health Care, which provides medical services and socialization for disabled adults of all ages, has remained closed since the pandemic began. This week marked one year since the state ordered the programs to close, and now families are speaking out.


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Erie County legislators hoping to pull back County Executive Mark Poloncarz’s COVID emergency powers will need to wait longer to vote on the matter.

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Several health experts and organizations say Ontario is now in a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, leading some researchers to call for a strick three-week lockdown.

New York State will lift its curfew next month for casinos, movie theaters and some other establishments, but closing time will still be at 11 p.m. for bars and restaurants and 12 a.m. for catered events at least until mid-April.

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Erie County’s COVID-19 positivity rate is sitting on a plateau. Officials say the problem appears to be in the workplace, with a failure to follow the rules and stop transmission among co-workers.

Visit Buffalo Niagara

The economic toll of the pandemic shows everywhere, but more so in the hospitality industry, with the lists of laid-off workers, closed hotels and losses of tax revenue locally and across the state.

Danielle Volles

Farm workers in New York state are one of the populations waiting for the state to deem them eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine. There’s growing concern that COVID could impact the food supply if those workers don’t get a shot.

Danielle Volles and her family own a dairy farm with 3,500 cows in southern Onondaga County. She is disappointed her employees and others who work in agriculture, can’t get shots yet.

"We were really thinking we were going to be in this rollout, and to not be in the rollout is kind of a slap in the face," Volles said.

Office of the Governor

The pressure against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo over sexual harassment allegations reached the White House on Tuesday, with President Joe Biden saying Cuomo should resign if the state attorney general's investigation confirms the claims against him.

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Erie County’s COVID-19 infection rate has been falling since January and about a quarter of county residents have received at least the first dose of the vaccine. So Republicans in the county Legislature are questioning why County Executive Mark Poloncarz still has emergency powers.

 

  

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New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said Tuesday that she’s determined to steer the Senate through budget negotiations with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, even though the governor has ignored her calls for him to resign over a sexual harassment scandal.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is holding his regular COVID-19 update briefing in Albany. Watch it here.

WNY Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO

The head of Western New York’s Labor Federation is retiring, after a decade in the job.

Matt Urban Center

The Matt Urban Center in Buffalo's Broadway-Fillmore community has a new boss. New Executive Director Ben Hilligas is grappling with so many activities that aren't active due to COVID-19. He is hoping vaccinations will start opening things up.

Canada behind other countries on vaccination efforts

Mar 15, 2021
James Morgan

While New York residents of all ages have been receiving COVID-19 vaccinations for several weeks now, the progress of vaccination has been much slower in Canada.

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About one year ago, the World Health Organization officially declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic, and life around the world and in New York came to a screeching halt.

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A longtime adviser to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo leading the state's COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been calling county executives to gauge their loyalty to the Democratic governor amid a sexual harassment investigation, according to reports in The Washington Post  and The New York Times.

Girls on the Run didn't run out of steam when COVID hit

Mar 15, 2021
GOTR Buffalo

Organized sports have been proven to be especially beneficial to youngsters, whose bodies are still growing and minds are still developing. They benefit not only from the competition and teamwork of sports, but the opportunity to get physically and mentally stronger. So as COVID-19 shut down group activities, the all-volunteer Girls on the Run didn't put away the sneakers.

Ontario Science Advisory Table

Health experts in Ontario are sounding the alarm over COVID-19 variants. At least one expert has described them as a pandemic within a pandemic.

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Domestic travelers will no longer be required to quarantine after entering New York from another U.S. State or U.S. Territory starting April 1. 

First Nations Development Institute

The state Health Department has been reaching out to various communities across New York, working with them on COVID-19 and now on the importance of receiving the vaccine. Thursday evening’s "fireside chat" was with the Native American community.

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It was on March 14, 2020 when Erie County learned of its first three positive COVID-19 cases. The following day, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced a state of emergency, while Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein and her staff embarked on what would become months of long hours, struggles to find enough equipment and supplies, and public reactions ranging from warm support to angry protests. Burstein recently spoke to WBFO to reflect on the year that was.


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The National Lacrosse League, which includes the Buffalo Bandits, Rochester Knighthawks and Toronto Rock franchises, has announced plans to resume play.

Updated March 11, 2021 at 9:34 PM ET

President Biden is aiming for the country to begin to find a degree of normalcy and begin to move on from the coronavirus pandemic by the July Fourth holiday, Biden announced in his first prime-time address Thursday night from the White House on the one-year anniversary of the pandemic.

Health officials have relaxed federal COVID-19 guidance for nursing homes for the first time since September, recommending that even unvaccinated visitors and residents be allowed to meet in person under most circumstances.

SUNY Buffalo State

Spring is going to be a very strange sports season for many state university schools, with no fans in the stands and no celebrations on the field.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz stood at the corner of Perry and Main streets in downtown Buffalo Wednesday afternoon, directing people on how to get into KeyBank Center from the HarborCenter.

The home of the Buffalo Sabres and the Buffalo Bandits joins Erie Community College’s North and South Campuses as mass COVID-19 vaccination sites for county residents.


Mary Altaffer / Associated Press

New York will lower COVID-19 vaccine eligibility from age 65 to 60 this week and soon loosen restrictions on vaccination sites that local officials have criticized, under a plan Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.

Erie County Department of Health

A Catholic school in Amherst has rejected advice from the Erie County Health Department to go to virtual learning after nine COVID-19 cases were found in three classrooms. This comes as new vaccination sites open Wednesday.

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The American Rescue Plan Act, recently passed by the Senate and awaiting approval from the House of Representatives, is set to provide $1.9 trillion in COVID-19 relief. How much of it will be coming to Western New York?


Attorneys at The Coppola Firm announced they have filed a second lawsuit against Russell's Steaks, Chops and More and Salvatore's Grand Hotel.

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