Afternoon News Brief
Written by Dan Fischer on February 21, 2022
A mandate requiring healthcare workers across the state to receive their COVID-19 booster shot will not go into effect today as planned.
The state health department says the mandate will no longer be enforced due to concerns that it could cause major staffing shortages.
The state will reassess in three months whether additional steps need to be made to increase the booster rate among health care employees.
The latest data shows at least 75% of healthcare workers have received or are willing to receive the booster.
The latest COVID-19 statistics for New York State shows a drop in the number of hospitalizations and the number of patients in intensive care.
There was also an increase in the number of patients with COVID-19 that were discharged from the hospital.
The latest numbers from Saturday showed two positive tests from Genesee County.
Our Monday gasoline price report:
The avarage price of a gallon of regular in Batavia up 7-cents from last week.
The average price of a gallon is $3.67.
Just one year ago, a gallon of regular in Batavia would have cost you $2.62.
Todd Haight, the long-time general manager and director of live racing at Batavia Downs, will retire March 15th after 20 years with the Downs.
Haight first co-hosted a nightly live broadcast of races on cable TV.
Then in 2005, he joined the marketing department of Western Region OTB.
The latest losing streak of the Buffalo Sabres is now at three games following yet another loss on the road.
Buffalo fell to the Columbus Blue Jackets seven-to-three yesterday.
Up next for Buffalo is a road game Wednesday night against the Montreal Canadiens.