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Niagara County is rolling out its COVID-19 vaccine distribution program and will begin administering it to eligible members of the public next week.

New York State Department of Health

A rising number of COVID-19 cases has expanded the Yellow Precautionary Zone in Niagara County and landed the City of Batavia in Genesee County in a new Yellow Zone, effective Wednesday.

The Niagara County Department of Social Services has confirmed about a dozen COVID-19 positive tests among DSS employees in Niagara Falls. More tests are still pending.

Niagara County Department of Health

Niagara County is among the areas dealing with the ever-rising toll of COVID-19 while planning for mass vaccinations once Washington approves one or more vaccines against the virus.

3 youngsters struck, injured by vehicle in Lockport

Nov 11, 2020
Niagara County Sheriff

The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office said it received multiple 911 calls Tuesday reporting a motor vehicle accident that injured several youngsters.

Niagara County on Monday morning reported 151 new cases of COVID-19 since the previous update Friday morning.

A collaboration to address and eliminate teen and young adult homelessness in Niagara County is receiving a federal grant to move forward with its efforts.

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Niagara County will soon have an elected sheriff, nearly a year after Jim Voutour retired. Michael Filicetti has been acting every since and is seeking a full term against challenger Brian Grear.

Niagara County Health Department

The Niagara County Health Department is dealing with another COVID-19 death and a positive case at Lockport High School.

Niagara County Sheriff

As Niagara County continues work on its state-mandated task force on police reform, reinvention of the Sheriff's Department moves to a meeting Wednesday evening at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Niagara Falls.

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Internet broadband is a major problem in rural New York State and local public officials are blasting a new state tax as making installation of broadband even more expensive.

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Like every police agency in New York, the Niagara County Sheriff's Department is being forced to look at how it operates in a racially diverse society and what it will do in the future.

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More than 140 businesses along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River will get state money to make their properties less vulnerable to flooding.

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Niagara County lawmakers have approved the formation of a task force that will explore ways to reform the Sheriff's Office, and then submit a plan to Albany as required under a June executive order.

Police in Niagara County say a 40-year-old man died after a boat struck a metal beam in a creek.

NWS Buffalo / National Weather Service

A heat advisory is in effect for Niagara and Orleans Counties from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with temperatures in the mid-80s and heat index values in the upper 90s.

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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.

U.S. EPA

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. 

Newfane Rehabilitation and Health Center

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.

Erie and Chautauqua counties

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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