Midday News Brief
Written by Dan Fischer on October 6, 2021
BREAKING: Batavia Fire has responded to a home at 127 Tracy Ave. Early reports from the scene say the home was unoccupied. The fire was confined to the kitchen. A neighbor called in the fire having seen smoke streaming the structure.
A Batavia woman reported missing last weekend has been found safe.
Police had been looking for 53-year-old Regina Jo Roberts who went missing on Sunday.
Batavia Police issued a statement thanking the public and media for help in locating the woman. No explanation was given for her disappearance.
It appears the ongoing strike a major Buffalo hospital going to continue for at least one more day. Officials with Catholic Health and members of the union that represent roughly 25-hundred employees at Mercy Hospital met for several hours yesterday.
The main point of contention continues to be staffing levels at the hospital, but the union says progress has been made towards a pay raise for employees
Governor Hochul says another group of health care workers are going to need to roll up their sleeves and get their COVID-19 vaccine shots. The governor says employees at psychiatric hospitals in the state’s Office of Mental Health network as well as workers at specialty hospitals certified by the state Office for People With Developmental Disabilities must receive their first vaccine dose by November 1st. Employees won’t have the option of being tested for COVID-19 instead of getting a shot. A mandate that hospital and nursing home workers get vaccinated went into effect last week.