Important Links

Updated May 20, 2020
Niagara County COVID-19 Hotline 1-888-364-3065

Please adhere to Governor Cuomo's Social Distancing requirements.

NY Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool - https://www.businessexpress.ny.gov/app/nyforward

Know Your Rights - Information regarding testing, insurance, unemployment, mortgages and banking, utilities, and price gouging can be found HERE.

Empire State Development Guidance  - Executive Order 202.6 - Essential Business

New York State - COVID 19 Website

New York State - EXECUTIVE Order mandates

Niagara County Department of Health 

Erie County Department of Health

United States Government - Federal COVID 19 Information

Business Resources  - A complete listing of resources can be found here

Empire State Development Resource Guide / SBA Disaster Loans

New York State Department of Labor - The New York State Department of Labor is dedicated to ensuring that every New Yorker who is entitled to unemployment insurance benefits will receive all benefits due. New Yorkers seeking to file an unemployment insurance claim should visit labor.ny.gov or call the Telephone Claim Center at (888) 209-8124. Below are some resources that will assist New Yorkers in filing their claims:
Unemployment Insurance FAQs
What You Need to Know and Do About the CARES Act


New York State Shared Work Program

SBA Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond

COVID19 Emergency Loans: Small Business Guide

NCCC Small Business Development Center

New York State Government Website

Community Resources  
Modern Corporation - Statement from CEO on continuing service 

Niagara County Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services - (716) 285-3515  24/7 Crisis Services.

Take-Out and Delivery Options - Listing of Businesses 

Apply for SNAP- nutrition assistance https://www.ny.gov/services/apply-snap or (716) 858-8000

Closing Links / Media
WGRZ - Channel 2
WIVB - Channel 4
WKBW - Channel 7

Buffalo News
Niagara Frontier Publications
Niagara Gazette

Educational Resources
**As of 3/20/2020 All Elementary and Intermediate State Assessments have been suspended for the remainder of the school year.

Lewiston Porter Central Schools - Planning for Home Learning
Niagara Wheatfield Senior High School - online learning links
Niagara County Community College - Information
Niagara University - Information
Stella Niagara

Federal Student Aid - Coronavirus Forbearance for Students, Borrowers and Parents
Federal Student Aid  - Public Service Loan Forgiveness Information


Emergency / First Responder Resources
Lewiston Police Department -Click HERE for the Facebook page updated daily

Lewiston Fire Co. No. 1 - Click HERE for the Facebook page updated daily
ALERT: ** Please Share **
Should I call an ambulance if I suspect that I have COVID? The answer is No.

If you think you may have COVID and are experiencing qualifying symptoms, it’s best that you call your Doctor/Health Care professional or the COVID hotline from home. They will pre-screen you over the phone and give you directions on further testing and how to do it. This will most likely not be by ambulance.

Ambulances and 911 are resources that should be utilized for medical emergencies which may be associated with COVID but for the majority of the population are not.

That being said, the volunteers of Lewiston Fire Company No. 1 remain dedicated in service to their community and ready to respond at a moments notice. We are taking extra precautions to ensure their safety during this time and we need your help!

The NYS DOH COVID Hotline is 1-888-364-3065

Hospitals & Health Centers - COVID 19 INFO

Mount St. Mary's Hospital & Health Center
Niagara Falls Memorial Hospital


Important Virus Links

The Tax Department has extended the due date for New York State personal income tax and corporation tax returns originally due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.  Details HERE.

The Chamber is open during regular business hours with one person in the office and the other working remotely.  If you need to contact us , please use the info below:
Jennifer:  Jennifer@NiagaraRiverRegion.com  Office (716) 754-9500 cell/text (716) 940-1063
Suzanne: Suzanne@NiagaraRiverRegion.com  Office (716) 754-9500 cell/text (716) 628-4607

We want to remind everyone that the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce is not a health official or government official. Our goal is to share information that is accurate and unbiased in a timely manner.

If you are sick or feel sick, please contact your healthcare provider and follow their instructions.