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

By Scott Scanlon

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

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

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

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.

Roswell Park to require regular Covid-19 tests for unvaccinated employees

By Matt Glynn

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center will soon require its employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19, or else be subjected to regular testing.

Candace Johnson, Roswell Park’s president and CEO, has notified its 3,300 employees the requirement will take effect in three to four weeks.

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

By Mary Pasciak

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

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.”

State tells schools to look to CDC and local health departments for Covid guidance

By Barbara O’Brien

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

Schools should follow guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials for their in-person instructional plans for this fall, said New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.

“With the end of the state disaster emergency on June 25, 2021, school districts are reestablished as the controlling entity for schools,” Zucker said in a statement Thursday. “Schools and school districts should develop plans to open in-person in the fall as safely as possible, and I recommend following guidance from the CDC and local health departments.”

NYC will require vaccination proof for indoor dining, gyms

By Karen Matthews

Read the full article from AP News, here.

New York City will soon require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations for anyone who wants to dine indoors at a restaurant, see a performance or go to the gym, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday, making it the first big city in the U.S. to impose such restrictions.

The new requirement, which will be phased in over several weeks in August and September, is the most aggressive step the city has taken yet to curb a surge in cases caused by the Delta variant. People will have to show proof that they have had at least one dose of a vaccine.