Daily Archives: May 14, 2020

Dear Buffalo & Erie County Public Library patron:

I hope you are doing well and staying healthy.  I am pleased to share with you updated information to keep you connected to the Library during these challenging times.

Our library buildings may be closed; however, there is a wide variety of library services available online and through our website at www.BuffaloLib.org.  Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System telephone lines are open at 716-858-8900 Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  You can also send us an email question at:askus@buffalolib.org.  Library staff are working remotely and are happy to assist you.

Throughout the pandemic, we have been receiving many questions.  Below you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Q. When will the Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries reopen?
A
. We look forward to reopening; however, we are not able to reopen until such time as Erie County meets all criteria required by New York State’s Regional COVID-19 metrics AND it is determined in what phase of the State of New York’s Phased Reopening Plan public libraries are assigned.  We are monitoring the situation and working hard developing plans.  Once we know when and how we are able to reopen, we will make an announcement.

Q. Will all libraries open at the same time?
A
. It is unclear at this time whether all libraries will open at the same time.  Our System is comprised of 23 independent employers who will need to determine their respective opening plans.  All must follow New York State’sPhased Reopening Plan and none can open until such time that Erie County meets the Regional COVID-19 metrics as noted in the previous question.

Q. When the libraries do reopen, will you provide all of the same services as before libraries were closed?
A.
It is unclear at this time whether our libraries will be offering the same level of services provided before closing.  Services will be determined under the guidelines set forth by New York State, for example, social distancing requirements, etc., as well as any guidelines developed by the County of Erie.

Q. Can I pick up materials I placed on hold before libraries closed?
A. No, not at this time.  We will notify you when materials can be picked up.

Q. Can the Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries offer curbside pickup?
A.
Some of our libraries are exploring “curbside” and/or “drive-through” operations for when we are able to reopen.  It absolutely remains on our radar.  At this time, given the Governor’s directives, we are not able to provide this service.  In addition, there are many aspects that must be taken into consideration.  For the safety and health of our staff and patrons, we have implemented materials handling procedures that follow guidelines as set forth by the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We do have a multitude of electronic resources available from our website:  www.BuffaloLib.org.  I hope you will take advantage of our eBook, eAudiobook and downloadable music collections as well as a new eBook book club collection with titles that can be checked out and read by an unlimited number of book club readers.  It is free and easy with your library card!  Check it out at: https://buffalo.overdrive.com/collection/1066363.  For instructions on how to download eBooks, visit: https://bit.ly/3cdwQan.

Q. I have a library card but I do not remember my PIN number.
A.
You can change your PIN number by visiting our website at:  www.BuffaloLib.org/account.

You can also change your PIN by calling us at 716-858-8900, Monday – Friday, between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Please have your library card number available when you call.

Q. Can the library increase the number of downloadable eBooks I can borrow from Overdrive at one time?
A.
Our eBook collections are very popular.  Daily, we are adding titles and volumes to the collections.  For fair and equitable access to these materials, we have decided to keep the eBook borrowing limit to 20 books per library card.  We encourage patrons to ‘return’ each eBook when you are finished with it.  Once ‘returned,’ you can borrow another.

Q. I still have materials – books and DVDs, I borrowed from my library.  When will they be due? 
A.
Materials borrowed on or after February 11, 2020 are not due until June 1, 2020.  We are reviewing this and will make adjustments.

Q. Can I return materials now that I currently have from the library? 
A.
Yes, several of the libraries have their drop boxes open.  To see the list, click here or copy this link to your browser:   https://www.buffalolib.org/sites/default/files/users/dcteam/new-releases/Branches%205.8.pdf.

Q. Can I talk to someone about my library account?
A.
Yes, call us at 716-858-8900, Monday – Friday, between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and press #1.  Due to the volume of calls, you may need to leave a message.  Someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Q. I am researching family history from home.  Do you offer any virtual assistance?
A.
Yes, on Wednesday, May 20 at 1:00 p.m., via an online free Zoom training, we are offering “Genealogy 101” hosted by our Grosvenor Room librarians.  Click here for details:   https://buffalolib.libcal.com/event/6698773.

Q. Is there a way to see the schedule of all of the virtual programs being produced by the libraries?
A
. Yes, visit our online calendar of events here: https://bit.ly/35jwP2b​.

Q. Is the library accepting book donations?
A.
For the health and safety of our staff, we are not accepting book/material donations at this time.

Q. Is the library accepting financial donations?
A.
Yes, please click on the link below to make a secure online tax-deductible donation:https://www.buffalolib.org/donate.

Q. Is there anything you can offer to keep my young children busy?
A.
Yes, we are posting dozens of virtual storytelling, singing, activity making, craft making, online cooking demos, gaming, wellness discussions and more for children and families.  Visit our online calendar of events by clicking here:https://bit.ly/35jwP2b.

Additionally, the Library System mascot Reada Book owl is getting around town.  Download our free coloring pageshere.  Have your children color the pages and email them to:  communications@buffalolib.org for a chance to win fun prizes.  There will be ten winners chosen at random throughout the month of May.  This is an all ages contest!

In closing, I want to share this link to a special storytime for children and families from Erie County Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein.  She is reading the book called Coronavirus questions answered for kids written by Adriana Morales Marin.  Click here and enjoy: https://youtu.be/sT5FMnyGgnI.

Please accept my sincerest appreciation for your continued support, patience and understanding as we continue to adjust library operations.  Together, we will get through this.

Stay healthy everyone!

Mary Jean

Mary Jean Jakubowski
Library System Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The testing sites and three mobile units will be placed in 17 zip codes that have been hit the hardest by the pandemic

BUFFALO, N.Y. — On Wednesday, ECMC announced the establishment of a community COVID-19 testing program, which will create 27 new testing sites throughout three Western New York counties.

The 27 sites will be run by 10 community health centers and primary care practice organizations throughout Erie, Niagara and Chautauqua counties. The community health centers and primary care practice organizations have been approved to receive $2.3 million in Delivery Service Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP) funds. The testing sites have been made possible through ECMC by redirecting Medicaid funds.

The testing sites and three mobile units will be placed in 17 zip codes that have been hit the hardest by the pandemic. This includes Amherst, Buffalo, Dunkirk, Jamestown, Lockport, Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda, Wheatfield and Williamsville.

“The ECMC DSRIP-funded community testing sites program is part of a multi-pronged community-based healthcare initiative designed to support Western New York’s vulnerable, at-risk residents during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Thomas J. Quatroche Jr. Ph.D., president and CEO of ECMC. “NYS Medicaid Waiver funding is being used in these vulnerable communities to increase testing and link individuals with primary care. The COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately affecting minority and economically challenged areas due to social determinants of health that have created underlining health conditions in these communities.”

The full list of testing sites can be found below.

Chautauqua County

All sites open Monday through Friday from 3 p.m to 5 p.m.

  • 319 Central Avenue, Dunkirk
  • 1134 Central Avenue, Dunkirk
  • 107 Institute Street, Jamestown

Niagara County

  • 80 Main Street, Suite 5, Lockport. Open Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. every other week.
  • 2715 Highland Avenue, Niagara Falls. Hours vary.
  • Pine Street entrance of Niagara Falls Memorial Center. Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon.
  • Community Health Center of Niagara 2715 Highland Avenue, Niagara Falls. Saturday and Sunday, hours vary.
  • John A. Duke Niagara Falls Senior Citizen Center, 1201 Hyde Park Boulevard, Niagara Falls. Saturday and Sunday, hours vary.
  • North Tonawanda Primary Care Center 1089 Kinkead Avenue, Suite 111. Saturday through Sunday hours vary.
  • Summit Healthplex 6934 Williams Road, Wheatfield. Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. every other week.Erie County
    • 3610 Main Street, Amherst 14226. Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Rapha Family Wellness Center 2200 Main Street, Buffalo 14214. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Rapha Family Wellness Center Mobile Medical Unit. Variable community locations variable hours.
    • Community Health Center of Buffalo, 34 Benwood Avenue, 14214. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Community Health Center of Buffalo. Mobile Medical Unit. Variable community locations variable hours
    • ECMC Family Health Center 462 Grider Street, 14215. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Evergreen Health 3297 Bailey Avenue, 14215. Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Jericho Road 1021 Broadway Street, 14212. Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.
    • Jericho Road 184 Barton Street, 14213. Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.
    • Jericho Road variable community locations, variable hours.
    • Kaleida 28 Best Street, 14215. Monday through Friday variable hours.
    • Kaleida 1187 East Delevan Street, 14215. Monday through Friday variable hours.
    • Kaleida 100 High Street, 14203. Monday through Friday variable hours.
    • Kaleida 1001 Main Street, 14203. Monday through Friday variable hours.
    • Neighborhood Health Center (Mattina) 300 Niagara Street, 14201 Monday through Friday 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    • Neighborhood Health Center (NHC Blasdell), 4233 Lake Avenue, 14219. Monday through Friday 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Urban Family Practice 564 Niagara Street, Buffalo, 14201. Nasal swab: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Antibody: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Urban Family Practice 1315 Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo, 14208. Nasal swab Tuesday and Thursday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Antibody Monday through Friday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Urban Family Practice Mobile Medical Unit, Buffalo. Variable community locations, variable hours.
    • Kaleida 2100 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville, 14221. Monday through Friday variable hours.
    • Kaleida 1540 Maple Road, Williamsville, 14221. Monday through Friday variable hours.

 

 

El jefe del Comité de Recursos Naturales examinará el escándalo sobre las pruebas, enmiendas a Promesa y un debate general sobre la situación política de Puerto Ric

Washington – El congresista Raúl Grijalva quiere poner bajo la lupa de su Comité de Recursos Naturales los fallidos contratos del gobierno de la isla para adquirir pruebas rápidas, como parte de un examen que hará de la respuesta federal a Puerto Rico durante la emergencia del coronavirus.

Aunque los trabajos en el Congreso se han complicado por el novel virus, el demócrata Grijalva dijo que todavía tiene interés en aprobar en la Cámara baja federal un proyecto que reforme la ley Promesa.

El legislador federal, elegido por un distrito de Arizona, también reafirmó su intención de promover una audiencia que permita una discusión general sobre el futuro político de la isla, hizo claro que no hay ambiente en Washington D.C. para la estadidad y consideró que el referéndum estadidad sí o no que impulsa el Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP), en la situación política actual, no cambiaría esa realidad.

La Cámara de Representantes estadounidense tiene previsto aprobar mañana viernes un proyecto de ley que establecerá las reglas para que los comités funcionen a distancia y sus miembros puedan votar sin estar en el hemiciclo legislativo.

En entrevista con El Nuevo Día, Grijalva, presidente del Comité de Recursos Naturales, afirmó que una vez se adopten las nuevas reglas de trabajo al retomar su agenda sobre Puerto Rico, lo primero será dar una mirada a la respuesta del gobierno federal a la isla, discusión a la que incorporará conocer los detalles sobre el escándalo del gobierno de Wanda Vázquez Garced en torno a los fallidos contratos de más de $40 millones para pruebas rápidas de detección del COVID-19.

Grijalva dijo que el énfasis de la discusión va a estar en la lentitud que considera ha tenido el gobierno de Donald Trump en dar acceso a la isla a fondos de la ley Cares, como ocurrió con la entrega de los fondos para los cheques federales de por lo menos $1,200 a ciudadanos. “La asistencia ha llegado en un modo tan lento que no ha tenido el efecto necesario”, dijo.

Aunque afirmó que los republicanos se centran en que “el Congreso no puede tener confianza en el gobierno de Puerto Rico”, Grijalva sostuvo que prefiere alumbrar la falta de atención del gobierno federal a la isla.

Pero, no dejará de incentivar una discusión sobre los fallidos contratos de pruebas del coronavirus. “Estamos hablando de la vida y muerte de gente… Muchas veces, la forma de aclarar eso es en público”, indicó Grijalva sobre un escándalo que también tiene bajo investigación el Comité de Finanzas delSenado, presidido por el republicano Charles Grassley.

El congresista aseguró, por otro lado, que aún busca aprobar en comisión, y, si es posible, en el pleno de la Cámara baja, un proyecto de enmiendas a la ley Promesa.

De sus propuestas originales, mantiene la idea de declarar como esenciales los servicios de salud, seguridad y educación, asegurar unos $800 millones anuales de presupuesto a la Universidad de Puerto Rico y cancelar deuda no asegurada.

Desechó la propuesta de crear un coordinador federal para la Reconstrucción, pues se le convenció de que eso representaría añadir otro “nivel de control” sobre la isla, además del Congreso y la Junta de Supervisión Fiscal (JSF). Hace unas semanas, además, la Casa Blanca designó un coordinador federal para la Recuperación de la isla, el contralmirante Peter Brown, asignado a la Oficina de Presupuesto y Gerencia.Grijalva dijo que mantiene sobre la mesa la idea de imponer un oficial de Revitalización para la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica (AEE), pues lo considera una oportunidad para promover una empresa pública con independencia, “que proteja a los empleados” y con fuentes de “energía limpia”. Otros, reconoció, lo ven como un “nivel de control que no necesitamos”.

 

 

Es la cantidad de pacientes contagiados adicionales más alta que se reporta desde el viernes pasado

San Juan- El Departamento de Salud informó este jueves 98 casos adicionales de COVID-19 en Puerto Rico, lo que representa la cantidad más alta de positivos nuevos desde el viernes pasado.

De acuerdo con los datos de la agencia, el total de pacientes contagiados en la isla se colocó en 2,427, mientras que el número total de muertes ascendió a 117 con dos nuevas.

“El Registro Demográfico reportó la muerte de dos hombres, de 61 y 91 años, de las regiones de Arecibo y Caguas, respectivamente. Dichos decesos se añaden porque los cuadros clínicos, al momento de sus respectivas muertes, fueron compatibles con COVID-19 y así un médico lo clasificó en sus actas de defunción, según criterios establecidos por el CDC”, cita un comunicado de prensa de la agencia.

Entretanto, la cantidad de hospitalizaciones por COVID-19 es de 159, de los cuales 18 están en una unidad de intensivo y cinco están conectados a un respirados artificial.

 

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