WBEN Buffalo Business Report - Thursday, March 18 2021

Maple Syrup Weekend changes

Western New York's Maple Weekend this year will have to be done differently due to COVID. Many of the more than 100 outlets are still selling their products, but can't open for full visitation. Your best bet to get your maple fix is to check out wnymaple.com for a list of maple producers and what their plans are this season. The USDA says New York Maple producers manufactured 804,000 gallons of maple syrup in 2020.

Wing King Drew Cerza is planning to hold the National Buffalo Wing Festival.  Much depends on vacation rates and reopening more of the state.  According to Business First, restaurants taking part in the festival have served more than 4.8 million wings to 865,000 people, helping to raise more than $365,000 for area charities.

HEALTHeLINK has received federal funding through the CARES Act to support increased data sharing.  Specifically, jurisdictional Immunization Information Systems and Health Information Exchanges will share information on the immunization status for Western New York patients, risk stratify those most at-risk who haven’t received the vaccine, and more.

Rochester Regional Health President & CEO Eric Bieber, MD, has announced that he plans to retire in July. The Rochester Regional Board of Directors will conduct a national search to identify Bieber’s successor.