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Initial plans called for Western New York to move into phase 2 of reopening next Tuesday. 

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo left business groups and a slew of upstate leaders frustrated Thursday when he abruptly declared that regions waiting to begin the second phase of reopening businesses will have to wait until "international experts" conduct a review of health data.

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Eastern Niagara Hospital has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Small Business Administration and administrator Jovita Corranza regarding the hospital’s inability to obtain funding from the CARES Act Payroll Protection Program.

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday speculated that China could have unleashed the coronavirus on the world due to some kind of horrible “mistake,” and his intelligence agencies said they are still examining a notion put forward by the president and aides that the pandemic may ha…

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The Niagara County Health Department said Sunday that 35 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Niagara County since Friday. They raise th total number of cases to 394.

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NEW YORK — Two pet cats in New York state have tested positive for the coronavirus, marking the first cases in companion animals in the United States, federal officials said Wednesday.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration is taking a regional approach to reopening the state's economy, announcing that Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul has been tapped to oversee the process in Western New York.

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In just a little over a month, I have seen great strides made in fighting the COVID-19 outbreak in this state and country. From volunteers giving their time and spare resources to those in need to community leaders and members rallying to support our counties, I can’t be more proud of the wo…

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NEW YORK — New York is focusing more on the testing that will be be needed to restart the economy. New York City started to open new coronavirus testing sites for hard-hit communities Friday, and the state will coordinate testing at hundreds of labs.

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Roughly 12% of Eastern Niagara Hospital's staff has been placed on furlough, hospital CEO Anne McCaffrey announced on Thursday.

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Niagara County officials reported an additional four COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, bringing the county-reported death toll to nine.

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Although Lockport Public Library’s doors are closed, the library is always open at www.LockportLibrary.org .

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WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert, said Tuesday the U.S. does not yet have the critical testing and tracing procedures needed to begin reopening the nation's economy, adding a dose of caution to increasingly optimistic projections from the White House.

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Six of the deaths related to the novel coronavirus in Niagara County have involved individuals who were receiving care from either nursing or adult care facilities, according to new information released Monday by the New York State Department of Health.

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ALBANY — The governors of seven northeastern states launched a team effort Monday to reopen businesses and schools, using a strategy that they said will be greatly influenced by public health objectives.

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump claimed the “total” authority Monday to decide how and when to reopen the economy after weeks of tough social distancing guidelines aimed at fighting the new coronavirus. But governors from both parties were quick to push back, noting they have primary res…

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Govs. Larry Hogan of Maryland and Andrew Cuomo of New York issued a bipartisan call Saturday for an additional $500 billion in federal aid for U.S. states and territories dealing with the coronavirus.

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Niagara County Department of Health officials said Saturday 28 new coronavirus cases have been reported in Niagara County since Thursday, raising the total number of COVID-19 cases to 194.

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ALBANY — Responding to state government's financial crisis, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has frozen contractual pay increases some unions have negotiated with his administration, igniting howls of protest from some -- but not all -- labor leaders.

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ALBANY — Overwhelmed by a barrage of applications for jobless benefits, the state Labor Department says it has beefed up its ability to process the paperwork and cut down on delays that have caused frustration for thousands of New Yorkers.

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ALBANY — New York's biggest concentration of COVID-19 deaths has come at state-licensed nursing homes — though the state has so far opted to keep a lid on the identity of the specific facilities.

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With the news of the first human-to-animal passing of COVID-19, a tiger at the Bronx Zoo, the Aquarium of Niagara sent out a press release describing its policy on who comes in contact with seals, sea lions and penguins.

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With Niagara County reporting its first COVID-19 death, Niagara County Legislature Chair Becky Wydysh, R-Lewiston, delivered a somber message during the county's daily briefing on Tuesday.

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NEW YORK — New York state recorded 731 new coronavirus deaths Tuesday, marking the biggest one-day jump in the outbreak. The state’s death toll since the beginning of the outbreak is now 5,489, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Dr. Thomas A. Russo, M.D., is an infectious disease expert who has been a professor at the University at Buffalo since 1994. 

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ALBANY — New York's non-essential businesses and schools must now stay closed through April 29, even as COVID-19 deaths appear to be tapering off in the downstate region, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared Monday.

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Niagara County has received 100 of the 1,500 coronavirus test kits that the county health department requested, Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton announced during Monday's county briefing.

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NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered schools and nonessential businesses to remain closed until the end of the month and lambasted New Yorkers for being out in parks over the weekend during his daily briefing Monday.

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Over the weekend, Niagara County has confirmed an additional 27 cases of COVID-19, according to the county's heat map.

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Eastern Niagara Hospital has been preparing for an increase in patients with COVOD-19 in the weeks ahead.

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NEW YORK — A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the new coronavirus, in what is believed to be the first known infection in an animal in the U.S. or a tiger anywhere, federal officials and the zoo said Sunday.

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NEW YORK — A slight dip in new coronavirus deaths in New York over the last 24 hours may be a slight glimmer of hope that the spread is slowing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday as overall fatalities in the state climbed to nearly 4,200.

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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Niagara County increased again on Friday, moving passed 100 total cases, up from 91 a day earlier.

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced new federal guidelines Friday recommending that Americans wear face coverings when in public to help fight the spread of the new coronavirus. The president immediately said he had no intention of following the advice himself, saying, “I'm choosin…

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that he's signing an executive order allowing the state to take ventilators from medical facilities in other parts of the state and redistribute them to hospitals in need in New York City. 

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ALBANY -- Decrying a "federal leadership void" in responding to the COVID-19 crisis, Sen. Chuck Schumer urged President Donald Trump Thursday to appoint a top military official to oversee the nation's response to the escalating pandemic.

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For 16 days, Paul Carver struggled to have his eight-month-old son tested for COVID-19.

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Eastern Niagara Hospital will begin utilizing a new sterilization method recently approved by the FDA that will seriously extend the life of each individual N95 mask, hospital officials told the Union-Sun & Journal on Wednesday. 

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