In the News 2020

Colvin Cleaners Donates Winter Items to Urban Family Practice

By News 4 Staff | WIVB | December 22, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)–Colvin Cleaners is continuing to give the gift of warmth to families in Western New York. President of Colvin Cleaners, Paul Biloni delivered 400 coats, hats, gloves, and scarves to Urban Family Practice on Niagara Street.

How Best to Prepare and Protect Yourself This Season

By Wendy Guild Swearingen, Senior Editor | Nov 30, 2020

Health has been top of mind for people around the globe since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic early this year. We’ve been wearing face masks in public, maintaining physical distance, and washing hands all spring and summer. Now, with cooler weather, folks will be spending more time inside. Flu season has the potential to further tax health resources, so we reached out to experts in medicine and public health to ask about best practices for staying safe and healthy. The good news? It’s in our control to help stop the spread.

Need a Free COVID-19 Test in Western New York? It May Take a Week To Get It

By: Jeff Slawson | WKBW | November 19, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — As parts of Erie County have entered the Orange level of COVID-19 restrictions, many may be looking to get a test for the coronavirus through New York State. Those tests, which can be acquired at two different sites (Niagara County Community College and Key Bank Center parking lot) can be done for around 1100 people each day, and now are booked up until next week.

AS DOCTORS COPE WITH COVID SPIKES, BUSINESSES BRACE FOR POSSIBLE ‘ORANGE’ DESIGNATION

BUFFALO NEWS | NOVEMBER 17, 2020

Dr. Raul Vazquez closed his Urban Family Practice clinic last week on the lower West Side. Now, he is employing mobile care units offering 13 Covid-19 rapid tests at one time…

OVERWHELMING THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM WILL INCREASE THE COVID-19 DEATH RATE

WKBW | November 17, 2020

Through the success of the medical community, the death rate from COVID-19 has decreased. But maintaining that low mortality rate involves preventing hospital systems from becoming overwhelmed.

Local Medical Experts: Communities of Color Should be Next in Line for COVID-19 Vaccine

By Liz Lewin | WGRZ | November 16, 2020

Studies show that statistically, Black and Brown communities have been hit the hardest by COVID-19. As a result, skepticism around vaccines is growing.

DOCTORS: HOW TREATING COVID-19 HAS CHANGED

WKBW | NOVEMBER 16, 2020

Three Buffalo doctors, all of different specialties, said they have learned a lot about COVID-19 since March. They say these lessons and treatments have led to a lower mortality rate…

As doctors cope with Covid spikes, businesses brace for possible ‘orange’ designation

Jonathan D. Epstein, Buffalo News| Mark Sommer Nov 15, 2020

Dr. Raul Vazquez closed his Urban Family Practice clinic last week on the lower West Side. Now, he is employing mobile care units offering 13 Covid-19 rapid tests at one time. The spread of Covid-19, Vazquez felt, left him little choice.

Where to Get a COVID-19 Test in WNY

By: Hannah Buehler | WKBW | November 12, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Tuesday, the Erie County Health Department made some changes to its COVID-19 testing criteria. Testing at a county site is only available to those who are currently under quarantine, or close contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 positive patient. This goes into effect county-wide on Thursday.

DR. RAUL VAZQUEZ WITH A “BIG PICTURE” UPDATE ON COVID-19

WBBZ-TV | NOVEMBER 6, 2020

Dr. Raul Vazquez from G-Health Enterprises joins host Penny Wolfgang for a full half hour…

NYS Health Experts Compare Coronavirus and Spanish Flu in Anticipation for New Wave of Infections

BY FADIA PATTERSON | CITY OF BUFFALO | May 25, 2020

After two waves of coronavirus devastated communities across the country, health officials say warmer temperatures will help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Testing Capabilities Increase In WNY

BY WGRZ| APRIL 28, 2020

G-HEALTH ENTERPRISE. PARTNERING WITH UNITED HEALTHCARE AND FIDELIS… HAVE ROLLED OUT VANS TO GET TESTING PHYSICALLY CLOSER TO PEOPLE ON BUFFALO’s EAST AND WEST SIDE.

Local doctor says people are taking advantage and getting tested for COVID-19

Shannon Smith/WIVB | April 27, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Dr. Raul Vazquez talks about how people are taking advantage and getting tested. G-Health Enterprises network has offered drive through testing for both types of tests, and have done nearly 400 of them in two weeks. Click below for more information.

Mobile Vans to start Covid-19 testing in poor city neighborhoods

Buffalo News | April 27, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (BN) — Nurses and other health providers spent Monday afternoon outside Urban Family Practice on Jefferson Avenue conducting blood tests on Medicaid patients to see if they’ve already had the new coronavirus and now have antibodies.

Western New York doctor starts drive-in testing clinic for patients

Dr. Raul Vazquez is using his practice to get more tests for people in vulnerable communities

Karys Belger/WGRZ | April 16, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Dr. Raul Vazquez has been advocating for weeks to get more COVID-19 tests for communities in Buffalo where there are high rates of underlying health conditions and lack of access to resources.

His practice recently began administering tests to try and close the gap.

Buffalo doctor creates coronavirus testing site

Olivia Proia/WKBW | April 16, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — It all started when Dr. Raul Vazquez’s 24-year-old daughter Nadia got sick. She had a fever and shortness of breath. Three days after coming home from the hospital, she received a call that she was positive for COVID-19.

The process caused him to think: How would this experience have been if he wasn’t a doctor? Or if his family had no doctor at all?

N.Y.C. Death Toll Soars Past 10,000 in Revised Virus Count

David Goodman and William K. Rashbaum/NYT | April 14, 2020

New York City, N.Y. — New York City, already a world epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, sharply increased its death toll by more than 3,700 victims on Tuesday, after officials said they were now including people who had never tested positive for the virus but were presumed to have died of it.

14125 zip code most affected by COVID-19 in Erie County

WGRZ | April 9, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WGRZ) — BUFFALO, N.Y. — Is a community that’s 80% African American, and the population has a history of chronic illnesses. Dr. Raul Vazquez says these factors present a great risk for the community, because most of these individuals don’t have access to a primary care physician.

Dr. Raul Vazquez is working on a community action plan to help connect patients to doctors amid the coronavirus pandemic

Karys Belgar/WGRZ | April 8, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WGRZ) — BUFFALO, N.Y. — As more information is released about COVID-19, local community leaders are continuing to raise concerns over how the pandemic will affect communities of color in Buffalo and Erie County.

The African American Health Equity task force recently called on local leaders to take steps toward making sure communities of color, particularly on Buffalo’s East Side, get access to testing. The concern is that the chronic health conditions that already exist in communities of color will cause the COVID-19 pandemic to be even more devastating.

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