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Niagara County officials are trying to look forward from the COVID-19 pandemic, while not forgetting the difficult ordeals residents have gone through.

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The Environmental Protection Agency said its Superfund program is doing well in New York State, including Tonawanda Coke and the 18 Mile Creek area in Niagara County.

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The total number of COVID-19 cases is dropping across New York State and in Niagara County, where there are only nine new cases reported Wednesday.

The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency board has created what it is calling HELP, or the Hospitality Emergency Loan Program. It is designed to offer short-term, low-interest loans to hotels in Niagara Falls and across Niagara County that have been impacted by a loss of business, especially tourist-related, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Niagara County will see another round of federal cleanup funds from the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Niagara County is looking to get its economy back up and running, even within the restrictions of social distancing. Legislature Chair Becky Wydysh told her daily briefing the county's economic development workers are assisting companies dealing with the complex rules for new phases of the state's reopening.


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Niagara County on Wednesday announced four additional deaths due to the novel coronavirus.


An apparent fatal drug overdose is suspected after three bodies were discovered in an Oliver Street apartment in North Tonawanda.

A Niagara Falls man has been charged with a felony count of leaving the scene of a fatal crash, in a hit-and-run crash on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation.

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While it has been able to provide some services during the pandemic, the Niagara County Clerk's Office is also preparing to take on a big backup of license renewals and other services that usually require face-to-face interaction. The county clerk spoke Wednesday about what his office has done, and how they are preparing to reopen under continued distancing guidelines.

There is going to be a rush to re-start Niagara County, now that Albany is allowing Phase One to start, especially construction and manufacturing. 

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The Niagara County Legislature has sent a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, asking him to intervene in the high number of COVID-19 cases recorded at the Newfane Rehabilitation and Health Center.

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Niagara County leaders, during their Monday afternoon COVID-19 briefing, offered some positive numbers including no weekend fatalities and a drop in the rate of positive test results coming back. It is raising cautious optimism that certain segments of the county's economy are ready to go, once the Western New York region gets the go-ahead to begin the first phase of economic reopening.

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Western New York is inching closer to starting the reopening process under the state's seven criteria for starting up. The statewide lockdown order, also called PAUSE, is set to expire May 15.

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After announcing the latest reported COVID-19 statistics as gathered by county health officials, Niagara County Legislature Chair Becky Wydysh also noted that additional test sites are opening in the City of Niagara Falls, where a majority of coronavirus cases have been positively identified.

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A Lockport man who works as a cook at the Niagara County Jail has been arrested for promoting prison contraband.

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Niagara County Legislature Chair Becky Wydysh opened her coronavirus briefing Tuesday with a sad reminder of how many people are dying of COVID-19, calling it "the worst day yet."

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Niagara County wants to be ready when the quarantine is lifted, industry starts up and tourism begins to recover from the lockdown. The county is gearing up ReStart Niagara, ReThink Niagara and ReConfigure Niagara.


Niagara County will be getting a major testing station Wednesday, with the state Health Department establishing a drive-thru operation on the grounds of Niagara County Community College.

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As the need for more COVID-19 testing has become apparent as a key to reopening New York, more and more test kits are becoming available and the new antibody tests are giving a wider picture of how many people have been exposed to the virus.

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Another person has died from COVID-19 in Niagara County and there are 32 new positive tests, said Legislature Chair Becky Wydysh in her Thursday briefing.

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Catholic Health has joined with some of its fellow healthcare providers in announcing job furloughs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Niagara County is reporting another death from COVID-19, bringing the total to 17 as of Tuesday. There are also eight more cases, bringing the county total to 287.

Eastern Niagara Health System

A major piece of the healthcare picture began to change Tuesday, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifted the ban on elective surgeries in some sections of New York. One of those areas is Niagara County. They are not allowed in Erie County yet.

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Niagara County is reopening many of its recreational facilities, with restrictions. That includes campgrounds, marinas and the county golf course.


Niagara County is not only battling COVID-19, it is battling to keep up with rule changes that come down from the state.

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When announcing the latest numbers during her daily COVID-19 update, Niagara County Legislature Chair Becky Wydysh pointed out that one of the four deaths within the past 24 hours is a reminder that no one is immune from the "dangerous" virus.

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Niagara County officials reported no new Coronavirus deaths Tuesday. But during a daily television update, they did admit there are discrepancies in numbers, including nursing home fatalities as reported by the state.

Eleven new cases and the death of a coronavirus patient were reported Monday afternoon by Niagara County officials, as that county's total number of known COVID-19 positive tests increased to 205 people.

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Niagara County's death toll increased to four as officials announced Thursday three more people have died as the result of COVID-19.