Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on January 26, 2022
Although a NYS Supreme court judge struck down governor Hochul’s mandate on masks in schools and businesses another judge has issued a stay meaning the masks stay on. At least for now. While the appeals process is underway the mandate will remain in effect. Many parents sent their children to school without masks or told their kids they didn’t have to wear them in school after hearing of the State Supreme Court decision and were frustrated when they were told their child still had to mask up. As of now masks are still required for in school education across the state. The mask mandate was supposed to expire on January 15th but has been extended to February 1st.
Even with a healthcare staffing shortage another mandate deadline is looming that could mean more healthcare worker layoffs. The COVID booster mandate requiring all healthcare workers to have taken a full series of COVID vaccination shots and then the booster shot or be fired from their job is coming up February 21st. Employees, if they are eligible for the booster, have to take it by then or, if they aren’t eligible, have to take the shot within 30 days of becoming eligible.
The NYS Department of state is warning of scammers trying to steal your personal invitation with fake At home COVID testing kit offers. They say that scammers may send fake text messages or emails offering test kits in exchange for personal information such as social security numbers, credit or bank card information, or health insurance info. Consumers should also be aware that the ONLY website for the free at-home test kits is www.covidtests.gov. The state department offers this advice, don’t click on any links from people you don’t know, hang up on robocallers, ignore offers for at home tests, and don’t answer any email asking for personal information.
GO Art wants to give away 2 dream weddings in a contest that starts on Valentines day. In order to enter you have to be over 21, fill out an application and send a video to Goart.org/wedding explaining why you are the couple that deserves to win. Stories will be shared on social media and then voted on. Weddings will take place at Seymour Place with a reception for up to 35 people plus a wedding party of six.. Contact GoArt for complete details.
The Buffalo Sabres were shut out 5 to 0 last night against the Ottawa Senators. The loss dropped the Sabres to 13-22-7 overall. Former Sabres 1st round draft pick Tyler Ennis [2009-2017] had himself a night against his former team. He scored two of the team’s three goals in the 1st period as well as the team’s final goal of the night, recording a hat trick. The Sabres are back in action on Saturday when they visit the Arizona Coyotes.