Weekend News Brief

Written by on February 6, 2021

New York State has released a list of additional people who are eligible to receive the COVID 19 vaccine starting on February 15th. This group of people with co-morbidities include those with Diabetes type 1 or 2, the severely obese, pregnant mothers, those with intellectual disabilities, heart conditions, cancer, pulmonary disease, liver disease, sickle cell, cerebrovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, neurological conditions and those who are immunocompromised.  For the complete detailed of everyone who can receive the vaccine follow the link to covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov on wbtai.com.


The National Football League is making health care workers the stars of Super Bowl 55, inviting 7,500 of them to attend the game for free as a show of gratitude for their hard work during an unbelievably trying year and 4 of them are coming from Buffalo.  2 nurses at ECMC and 2 nurses at Buffalo General hospital were given tickets to the big game by Buffalo Co-Owner Kim Pegula after they were nominated by their coworkers for excellence in caring for those with COVID 19.  Kaitlyn Floyd, a charge nurse at Buffalo General says “I wish every single person could come with us!”

COVID Update from Friday at 4pm: Genesee county has 11 new cases and 30 people have recovered.  There has been another death from COVID-19 in Genesee county bringing the number of dead to 111 in Genesee county and 78 in Orleans Most of those who have passed in both counties were nursing home residents.  Orleans county has 13 new cases and 26 people have recovered.  There are 111 active cases in both counties.

94 different businesses and restaurants in the Buffalo area are now able to stay open till their normal closing time after they filed a lawsuit against the state.  A temporary restraining order was issued after another judge allowed businesses in the orange zone to operate as if they were in the yellow zone.  Following this Cuomo decided to strike all orange and yellow zones in Upstate NY even though the COVID numbers had not fallen below the threshold for lifting those restrictions.  When asked about the 10pm curfew across New York State Governor Cuomo said that he considered lifting it “Maybe if the Bills were in the Super Bowl… just kidding.”

The Office for the aging is warning of a scam targeting seniors in this area.  Scammers are calling claiming to be Medicare workers and asking for your Medicare number while promising free items such as back braces or glucose monitors.  Medicare will never call you and ask for your number.  Remember, if you did not initiate the call, do not give out any information.  Also Customs and Border Protection is warning of another scam where someone calls pretending to be from Border Patrol or Homeland Security and says a box containing drugs or some other illegal item was being shipped to you and for you to press a button to speak with an officer.  Then they will try to get personal information like your bank number from you.  If you receive this call hang up.

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