COVID-19

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The federal pandemic relief package moving through Congress would go a long way toward filling New York’s multibillion-dollar budget deficit, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature would still need to plug a smaller gap.

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A report by Common Sense Media said 27% of students in New York State lack access to the internet. Lack of access to the internet cuts along racial lines, as well, as 45% of that group are Black, Latinx and Indigenous people.


At 11:30 a.m. Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a live update on the current status of coronavirus in New York State. Watch it here.

City of Toronto

On this Monday morning, Ontario’s two COVID-19 hotspots will move into a new phase of reopening, as the province recorded fewer than 1,000 cases for more than a week. A surge in cases on Sunday could disrupt long-term plans, however.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration receives many complaints about problems with drugs and medical devices. A team from the University at Buffalo has been assigned the task of figuring out which of these complaints are a serious health risk.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that restaurants outside of New York City, which have been operating at 50% capacity, can now move to 75% capacity starting March 19.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo provided some good news in his pandemic update Saturday.

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The New York State Legislature on Friday voted to end Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s emergency powers granted to him during the COVID-19 pandemic, as the governor faces new developments on two controversies: sexual harassment charges and his handling of nursing homes during the health crisis.

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Catholic Health in Buffalo is distributing the J&J vaccine despite concerns that it is derived from aborted cells. Some U.S. faith leaders have expressed moral concerns about Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine.

The New York State Senate and Assembly plan on Friday to strip Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sweeping emergency powers enacted under the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Top aides to Gov. Andrew Cuomo altered a state Health Department report to obscure the true number of people killed by COVID-19 in the state's nursing homes, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times reported late Thursday.

Movie theaters in Chicago, Houston, Phoenix and Philadelphia have been open for months. But attendance remains low, not just because of public safety concerns—but because there isn't much to see. Major studios are delaying their blockbusters, or releasing them straight to streaming.

One big reason? The two biggest movie markets in the country, New York City and Los Angeles, remain closed.

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The KeyBank Center downtown will host a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic for people over 65 years of age next week, becoming the third large-scale distribution point in Erie County.

SUNY

SUNY Educational Opportunity Centers are expanding their online workforce training with more options for students. That includes certifications in childhood development, emergency telecommunications and entrepreneurial skills.

Niagara County

Niagara County will be receiving 6,500 first doses of COVID-19 vaccines next week. That is the highest allocation of vaccinations to date in the county.

Delavan Grider Community Center

As millions more doses of now three anti-COVID vaccines start flooding out across the country, there will be more and more places to put your arm out for a shot locally.

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Ontario is considering accelerating the COVID-19 vaccine rollout by extending the time between doses. That comes as new virus cases in the province have dropped below 1,000 for the first time in a week.

After suspending their shortened two-week season a month ago due to COVID-19, there are talks of the NWHL finishing their season in the near future. Victory Press and women’s hockey writer Melissa Burgess spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa on what’s possibly next for the league.

  

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Two prominent Democrats within the New York State Legislature announced late Tuesday afternoon that legislation was expected to pass that would pull back emergency powers granted to Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the onset of the COVID pandemic. The state Senate's minority leader, meanwhile, called the legislation a "bogus backroom" deal.

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Monday marked the one-year anniversary of the first confirmed coronavirus case in New York. Since then, over 38,000 New Yorkers have died from COVID-19 and more than 1.5 million who were sickened. At this point last year, though, nobody imagined what was in store.

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New York lawmakers are looking to pass sweeping nursing home reforms this legislative session in light of COVID-19. One piece of legislation that predates the pandemic is a safe staffing bill, which would mandate nursing homes meet minimum staffing ratios. 


Buffalo Federal Detention Center

A judge is requiring the Buffalo Federal Detention Center to come up with a plan to vaccinate detainees from coronavirus.

University at Buffalo

Last year, a team of 43 clinicians and researchers from 14 nations drafted the international guidelines for treating patients seriously ill with COVID-19. Those guidelines were recently updated. One of the team members may be found at the University at Buffalo's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Oxford University

Health Canada has approved the COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca, the third to be given the green light for national use.

New York State Legislature

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his staff were in damage control mode Thursday as they faced two scandals: the governor’s handling of nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic and the months-long suppression of the true number of residents’ deaths, and allegations that Cuomo sexually harassed a former staffer.

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Communities throughout WNY have been launching "Stay In Your Home" campaigns this past month with fears foreclosures could drastically rise in 2021.


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Russell Salvatore is facing accusations of unjustly firing the former head of maintenance for Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More and Salvatore’s Grand Hotel and committing COVID-19 violations.

Erie County

Erie County’s COVID-19 infection and hospital rates continue to decline, but a more dangerous variant of the virus has now been confirmed in the county. 

 

The Upstate New York Poison Center didn’t get more calls than usual during 2020, but the pandemic did lead to some changes in the kinds of calls, as well as a possible insight to more serious issues.

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For a time in 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was considered one of the heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic for his steady and focused daily briefings when national leadership was lacking. But recently, the governor has suffered a reversal of fortune, as a scandal over the suppression of the number of nursing home deaths dominates news coverage of his administration. Additionally, a new poll finds the majority of New Yorkers now think the governor did something wrong.

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