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Coronavirus coverage

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Editor’s note: The OBSERVER is not running the community calendar without confirmation of events. Organizations that are still meeting are invited to contact the OBSERVER and we will again run the calendar as events are confirmed. Closed until further notice The 1891 Fredonia Opera House ...

Health-care personnel being deployed to state, Cuomo announces

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, state Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the federal government is deploying approximately 1,000 personnel to New York state, including doctors, nurses, respiratory technicians and therapists, to help the state's overwhelmed hospital systems. The first ...

Cattaraugus County reports ninth positive case

Another positive coronavirus case was confirmed on Sunday by the Cattaraugus County Health Department. The reporting laboratory was Wadsworth Laboratory in Albany. A female resident who lives in the southeastern part of the county with no significant travel history was tested for COVID-19 on ...

Four new cases revealed in county; tally at 18

Four more positive coronavirus cases have been reported in Chautauqua County. These cases involve a male in his 30s, a male in his 70s, and two females in their 50s. The new cases, according to the county map, come from the north and eastern portion of the county. North county cases are now ...

Brooks mandates masks for patients, staff

Brooks–TLC Hospital System has announced that it has implemented universal masking for all staff and patients entering the hospital or the Gowanda Primary Care/Urgent Care Center. Brooks-TLC moved to universal masking as an additional precaution to protect workers from exposure to ...

Holy week begins

For Family Church Fredonia, next Sunday would have been the first Easter celebrated in their recently remodeled building at 19 Church St. For over a year, the building was closed due to the May 2018 steeple fire, but in September, Pastor Michael Lokietek and Associate Pastor Scott Wise welcomed ...

One more case as five recover from virus

MAYVILLE — Five people confirmed to have had the coronavirus have “fully recovered” in Chautauqua County. That was the positive news shared Friday by County Executive PJ Wendel during a press conference in Mayville. “It’s a pretty good statistic to show,” Wendel said of the ...

Dunkirk announces small business support in response to COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the City of Dunkirk would like to provide our local businesses with as much support as possible. There are many non-profits, small business organizations, chambers, and local, state, and federal agencies working hard to help our small businesses. The City’s ...

Fredonia follows Dunkirk, closes village playgrounds

Playgrounds in Fredonia were closed Friday by the Police Department. Fredonia village police announced on Facebook it has closed all playgrounds until further notice. “The closures will assist in stopping the spread of the coronavirus,” said village Police Chief Phil Maslak. “As ...

Borrello wants order reversed

State Sen. George Borrello, R-Silver Creek, issued the following statement, opposing Gov. Andew Cuomo’s decision to ship ventilators to New York City: “With COVID-19 rapidly increasing in several upstate cities and communities, I was shocked to hear the Governor announce that he has ...

Fund launched by Fredonia faculty and staff to help students

The State University of New York at Fredonia has been fielding questions on how the community can support students who are facing unanticipated and unprecedented hardships resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, it established the Student Emergency Relief Fund through the Fredonia ...

‘The Safety Dance’ Tuesday in Washington Park

OBSERVER Staff Report We can dance if we want to, we can leave your friends behind ... or just stay at least six feet apart. Cheryl Bogdan, a 68-year-old resident of South Dayton, has been missing her chance to dance with friends. So on Tuesday from 1-2 p.m. at Washington Park in Dunkirk, ...

City Council ‘working hard’ during pandemic

During this unprecedented time of uncertainty over the pandemic of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 that is sweeping through our local communities and around the world the Dunkirk Common Council hopes that everyone is safe and healthy at home and may continue to stay that way through this ...

Kaleida continues protective efforts against virus

Kaleida Health announced today in a news release it continues to take extra precautions to protect its staff, patients and visitors from COVID-19. Plexiglass dividers have been installed in hospital emergency departments, labor and delivery units and food service locations across the ...

Cuomo announces donations of ventilators, equipment

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 1,000 ventilators have been donated to New York by the Joseph and Clara Tsai Foundation. The Joseph and Clara Tsai Foundation and the Jack Ma Foundation have also donated one million surgical masks, one million KN95 ...

County announces 14th positive case

A 14th positive case has been reported by Chautauqua County on Saturday. This case involves a female in her 50s and from the north county. Of the 14 confirmed positive cases in Chautauqua County: · Five people have recovered and were released from mandatory quarantine; · Eight are ...

City woman with first positive county case tells of struggles, recovery

Ronni Thompson first noticed something was amiss in early March when she couldn’t clear her throat. She was painting her living room inside her Dunkirk home, so she figured the dust was causing some irritation. Three days later, her world went hazy. “I was just withering in pain,” said ...

City mayor closes playgrounds

Special to the OBSERVER Following the lead of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas has instructed the closure of all city playground facilities during the safest-method responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The city’s parks remain open for now, but all must adhere to social ...

Area needs urgency in preparing for the worst

Seven weeks before the United States of America began to take the coronavirus seriously, it was becoming a major topic in one Fredonia household. Dr. Athanasia Landis and her husband, Andrew — also a doctor — were taking notice of the events occurring in China and Italy. COVID-19 was no ...

Positive cases rise to 12; Cattaraugus has 8

Chautauqua County has a total of 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with two new confirmed cases reported Thursday. These cases involve a man in his 60s and a woman in her 20s. According to the new map unveiled by the county on Wednesday, the two cases come in the north county portion. There are ...