Evening News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on March 29, 2021
Governor Cuomo announced that starting tomorrow all New Yorkers 30 and over are eligible to receive the COVID vaccine. Starting April 6th all New Yorkers 16 and up will be eligible. The governor says, to date, more than nine million vaccine dosages have been administered statewide – two million of those at mass vaccination sites run jointly by the state and FEMA. More than a million have been administered in the past week. New York’s positivity rate currently stands at 4.13% as of Monday, with more than 4,500 people hospitalized for the virus.
Oak Orchard Health which has a branch on West Main Street has been awarded 3.7 million dollars form the American Rescue Plan Act. These funds will be used to: expand COVID-19 vaccinations, testing, and treatment for vulnerable populations; deliver preventive and primary health care services to people at higher risk for COVID-19; and expand health centers’ operational capacity during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond, including modifying and improving physical infrastructure and adding mobile units.
St. Paul Lutheran School located on Washington Ave in Batavia is adding 6th grade beginning with the 2021-2022 academic year. They are currently accepting registrations for preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds, as well as kindergarten through sixth-grade.
Gas prices are up just a bit in Batavia and down across the country. In Batavia the price per gallon of regular is up 1 penny to 2.84 while the New York average is the same from last week. The National average is down 2 cents to 2.86. Gasbuddy predicts that gas prices will fluctuate because of the Suez canal blockage last week and over the weekend.