Evening News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on January 22, 2021
Governor Cuomo in a press conference today announced that the supply of COVID 19 vaccine that has been given to the state by the federal government will run out by tonight. Erie County has already canceled appointments for the vaccine, and the public vaccination clinic at GCC won’t let people make appointments until they have the new shipment of vaccines in hand to distribute. Cuomo says that 250 thousand more doses are expected next week. Of those, Genesee county is expected to receive 100 and Orleans county is expected to receive 200.
Cuomo also gave an update on the states positivity and hospitalization rates which are falling slowly. He said that there are 3 new known cases of the UK strain of the coronavirus in New York, all downstate. Cuomo also stated that although he wants to have all 1A and 1B groups and everyone 65 and up vaccinated that the priority is still healthcare workers, of which only 2/3 of hospital workers so far have been vaccinated.
COVID Update: Genesee county has 38 new cases and 28 people have recovered. Orleans county has 37 new cases and 20 people have recovered. 8 of the new cases are at Orchard Rehab and Nursing. There are 208 active cases in Genesee county and 171 in Orleans.
The border between the US and Canada may be getting opened up again and President Biden’s executive order could help. Biden has issued an executive order to study how to reopen the border safely and following CDC recommendations. Congressman Chris Jacobs hailed the move and urged the Biden Administration to work with Canada to get it done.
The Buffalo Zoo is holding a wager with the Kansas City Zoo over the Bills Game on Sunday with white furry bears in the middle. If the Bills win then the Kansas City Zoo will have to donate to the Polar Bears International. If the chiefs win then Buffalo has to bear the burden.