WBFO Health & Wellness Desk

  

For a region to thrive, its people need to be healthy; inadequacies in health and wellness have a range of social and economic consequences that affect many members of our community. Health inequality, cancer clusters, and high rates of heart disease and obesity are all part of the fabric of WNY, as much as the world-class research and treatment providers that are becoming a growing part of the region’s economic power. WBFO is committed to providing listeners with incisive reports on all of these issues that affect their lives.

The Health & Wellness New Desk is funded by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York.

   

Jamestown Plastics

Many small businesses are always on the fiscal edge and this COVID-19 pandemic hasn't helped. The Erie County Industrial Development Agency is trying to help, giving small business grants toward the costs of worker personal protective equipment.

Vive Shelter

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, data is accumulating on how bad the virus is hitting people of color in Buffalo, particularly immigrants.

Facebook / New York State Fitness Association

The rate of transmission of the coronavirus in New York state remains low, and all regions of the state have been in the final phase of reopening for at least a month. But some industries have been left out of those plans and remain closed.

New York State Senate

Family members of nursing home residents, testifying at a legislative hearing this week, told harrowing tales of neglect and unresponsive staff and administrators while the COVID-19 pandemic raged in New York this spring.

Left: Courtesy of Tina Grato; Right: Courtesy of Kelly Frothingham

In the second story of WBFO’s new series, “The Toll: Western New York Stories of Loss & Survival in a Pandemic,” two daughters remember the veteran parents they lost earlier this year to COVID-19.

Nick Lippa / WBFO

Tops Friendly Markets is starting a new program that aims to reduce food waste. The local grocery store chain is allowing six of their Buffalo area stores to offer food nearing their sell-by-date at up to 50 percent through the app Flashfood.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

There has been one consistent issue during the COVID-19 crisis: the supply chain failures to provide test kits for the virus. That includes the chemicals and plastic parts needed to run the tests. That supply chain still can't produce enough of everything, to the point Kaleida Health Laboratories has seen testing fall well below what it had been doing earlier in the crisis.

There's a new class of medical students at the University at Buffalo, starting their training amid a worldwide pandemic with little treatment and a high death toll.

Left: Luke Copping Photography; Right: Courtesy of Pompea Disanto-Owens

In the first story of WBFO’s new series, “The Toll: Western New York Stories of Loss & Survival in a Pandemic,” reporter Kyle Mackie sheds light on one unusually strong relationship forged at the hospital bedside of a COVID-19 patient.

Center for Hope

While most businesses are worried about surviving the COVID-19 pandemic, attorney, social worker and Buffalo School Board member Hope Jay has started a new business helping survivors of abusive relationships. But not just any abuse, "narcissistic abuse."

New York State

It's been a hot and steamy summer, the kind of season that can send you out on the water to relax or onto a towel at the beach to work on that perfect tan. That perfect tan can also carry a potentially lethal aftereffect.

Clifton Hill

While the numbers aren't huge, new COVID-19 cases in Ontario's Niagara Region are showing one trend: the cases are turning up in young people.

Eileen Buckley / WBFO News

School districts across New York are supposed to send Albany their plans for starting school in the time of COVID-19 by Friday, but Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore says that is way too soon.

CDC Image Library / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A group of positive COVID-19 cases identified within a Buffalo church is prompting a one-day diagnostic clinic to check for more potential cases.

Catholic Health

Catholic Health has announced it has passed a milestone in its care of coronavirus patients in Western New York.

Western New York Independent Living

Independent Living Centers across Western New York are opening up more activities in the agency's centers to meet the gradual opening of the wider society.

Office of the Governor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said 10 states have been added to New York’s quarantine list and four bars have been ordered closed in an attempt to keep the coronavirus from spreading again in the state.

Niagara University

Every college and university in the United States has to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and the issues it brings to each campus and classroom. Niagara University not only is dealing with the issues in Lewiston, but on its campus in Vaughan, near Toronto, where the border closure affects planning.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

There is a cancer problem in the Niagara Falls area and a new response to the problem, called the Golisano Medical Oncology Center.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is imposing new rules on bars and restaurants across the state and limiting the sale of alcohol in some cases, as a way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Chautauqua County

There was a time when the fruits of hot summer misbehavior were hangovers and bad sunburns. Chautauqua County is seeing COVID-19 infections.

Hamburg Schools

New York State has decided to reopen schools this fall and will issue full guidance Wednesday. School districts now have until the end of the month to submit their plans outlining how students and staff will be allowed back in the classroom.

File Photo / WBFO News

When travelers arrive at airports across New York State Tuesday, they will be greeted with State Health Department forms -- if they have come from the array of 19 states where the COVID-19 cases are high, like Florida and Arizona.

Office of the Governor

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is tightening quarantine orders for of out of state travelers with high rates of COVID-19. Cuomo said travelers from the 19 states now on the restricted list will be required to fill out a form that includes the address of where they will be for the mandatory 14-day quarantine or there will be immediate repercussions.

NYS to allow limited visitation at nursing homes

Jul 11, 2020
Office of the Governor

New York State will now allow limited and regulated visitation at nursing homes that have been free of COVID-19 for at least 28 days, the state Department of Health said Friday.

WXXI News

Health insurance companies regulated by the state are waiting to hear back about their requests for 2021 rate changes for premium holders. The companies, like nearly every other industry, face many uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and their requests vary widely.

File Photo / WBFO News

Many questions remain outstanding about the fall semester of school: When will classes start? How many students will be allowed in each classroom? Will face masks be required? However, the biggest problem might be getting students to school in those big, yellow buses.

University at Buffalo

One of the core areas of medical research at the University at Buffalo's Medical School is restarting this week, after being quiescent for more than three months because of COVID-19.

Amherst Town Board

The Amherst Town Board has cleared the way for the first step on what will be a long road for Amherst Central Park.

Office of the Governor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo railed on President Donald Trump during a news conference Monday in New York, saying the president should “start telling the people of this country the truth” and sign an executive order requiring masks to be worn in public nationwide.

Republicans, meanwhile, called on Democrats in the state Legislature to strip Cuomo of emergency law-making powers, saying the time has come to limit that authority.

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