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Coronavirus coverage

County averaging almost 250 new COVID cases a day

The number of active COVID-19 cases dropped dramatically in Chautauqua County last week. However, the number of new cases being confirmed locally remains high. The county Health Department on Wednesday reported 1,743 new cases for the week ending Jan. 15; for the week ending Jan. 8, the ...

County averaging 265 new COVID cases each day

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Chautauqua County skyrocketed last week, with 265 cases reported on average each day. Between Jan. 2 and Jan. 8, the county Health Department reported 1,855 cases. That comes as at-home test kits have been widely more available locally. By ...

County distributing COVID test kits, masks to municipalities

Chautauqua County is distributing at home COVID-19 test kits and KN95 masks, which it received from New York state, to local municipalities. The municipalities that requested the test kits and masks will then organize their own distribution efforts to get the items out to their residents. This ...

New York to require booster shots for health care workers

NEW YORK (AP) — New York is joining a handful of states in requiring health care workers to get a COVID-19 booster shot. Gov. Kathy Hochul said Friday that she was expanding on a vaccine mandate she instituted last fall requiring health care workers to get vaccinated because too many ...

Rising COVID cases forces change in county protocols

MAYVILLE — The substantial volume of COVID-19 case reports in recent days has exceeded the capacity of the County Health Department and the New York state contact tracing team to individually contact every Chautauqua County resident with a positive COVID-19 test result. “You no longer ...

Substitute teachers become ‘gold commodity’ for schools

Since the pandemic began, school districts have learned to be ready for any eventuality, but the most difficult thing for which to prepare may be staffing shortages. School districts across the region are experiencing difficulty finding substitute teachers, as well as substitute nurses, bus ...