Evening News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on February 23, 2021
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced new guidelines for visitation of residents in nursing homes which go along with CMS and CDC guidelines to begin on Friday the 26th. The Department of Health recommends that visitors take a rapid test before entry into the facility, and DOH will provide rapid tests to nursing homes at no cost. Visitation depends on the nursing home being free of COVID-19 cases for 14 days, the rate of transmission in each county, and needs to be kept below 20 percent of the total resident population.
Congressman Jacobs is calling for the border to be opened up between the US and Canada as a summit between Prime Minister Trudeau and President Biden approaches. In a press release Jacobs said: “In one of his early executive orders, President Biden signaled that re-opening the U.S. – Canada border in a safe and cooperative manner was a priority. As a member of the Northern Border Caucus and a representative of a district with a vast amount of New York’s northern border, I urge the administration to uphold that commitment and work with Prime Minister Trudeau on a plan to reopen the border. Western New York families, small businesses, and property owners are relying upon it.”
The Genesee Orleans County department of weights and measures has put out a statement saying that the gas pumps in service are all up to date and inspected and approved. The hike in prices has to do with the storms and outages in Texas and the Gulf coast along with an increase in demand and a drop in supply coming from the OPEC countries and not with any pumps being tampered with or being broken.
The Buffalo Sabres lost to the Islanders last night 3 to 2. Curtis Lazar and Sam Reinhart scored goals on the Islanders. Lazar is now third in scoring for the Sabres this season. Buffalo will be going up against the Jersey Devils again tonight at 7.