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As case proceeded without him, landlord sold houses where 29 children suffered lead poisoning

By Patrick Lakamp*

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This rental home at 952 Northampton St. in Buffalo is one of three that will be put into a receivership after its owner abandoned the properties over a year ago. This house and the other houses at 78 Deshler St. and 610 Adams St. are part of a court case in which the property owner was sued by the state Attorney General’s Office for lead paint violations at over 60 homes.

Covid-19 vaccination rate climbs statewide; so do positive test rates in WNY

By Scott Scanlon

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Covid-19 vaccination rates continued to climb across New York State over the weekend as children ages 5 to 11 began to receive their first smaller dose of the Pfizer vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration authorized such doses for children in that age range last month.

“The weather is getting colder, and friends and family will be spending more time indoors, increasing the risk of transmission and threatening the incredible progress we’ve made so far,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said Sunday afternoon as she reported almost 111,500 new vaccines were given during the previous 24 hours.

Covid-19 prompts Erie County leaders to wonder: ‘When is it over?’

By Sandra Tan

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In recent weeks, many overarching patterns remain unchanged. Overall cases are still rising, thanks to the Delta variant, but not as quickly as before. Hospitalizations and deaths remain elevated, after a steep August climb, but have leveled off and remain well below where we were in the winter and spring. Vaccination rates are rising at an unhurried pace.

A few Erie County legislators expressed a sense of longing that they believe is felt by many, including the vaccinated. People don’t want to be publicly shamed for wishing for fewer restrictions and a greater return to normalcy, they said, even as public health experts are urging people to remain patient.

Coordinated Covid-19 plan coming Monday for schools in Buffalo and Erie County

By Mary Pasciak

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Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein has invited leaders from the Buffalo Public Schools and other local districts to a meeting Monday morning.

School leaders will meet with county officials “in an effort to achieve a coordinated plan and response,” Buffalo Public Schools spokesperson Elena Cala said in a text message on Sunday. “We will have our statements (Monday) afternoon.”

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