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Coronavirus coverage

This Wednesday: Get 1-shot J&J vaccine at the MHA and a coupon for McDonalds

JAMESTOWN — The Chautauqua County Department of Health is holding a COVID-19 vaccination clinic Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mental Health Association’s Jamestown location in the Gateway Center, Door 14, 31 Water St. This is a walk-in clinic. No appointment is necessary. ...

NY governor deciding whether to change mask mandate

ALBANY (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has yet to say whether he will change his state's mask mandate in light of new federal guidance that eases rules for fully vaccinated people. Cuomo said Thursday that the state's mask mandate is still in place as his administration reviews the new federal ...

Mayville July 4th parade canceled, fireworks still scheduled

MAYVILLE — The annual Fourth of July parade in Mayville has been canceled for the second year in a row. During the Mayville Village Board meeting Tuesday, Mayor Ken Shearer announced the planning committee has determined they need to cancel the parade due to COVID-19 concerns. But even ...

New York approves vaccinations of kids aged 12 to 15

ALBANY (AP) — Children between the ages of 12 and 15 can get vaccinated in New York effective immediately, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday, after the state's vaccine advisory task force and state health commissioner reviewed safety data. New York City health officials and national pharmacy ...

State comptroller: Identity theft cases surged in NY in 2020

Identity thefts in New York surged during the pandemic with more than 67,000 complaints filed statewide in 2020, which was 85% more than the previous year and more than four times the annual total from a decade earlier, according to a report released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas ...

CDC: Fully vaccinated people can largely ditch masks indoors

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move to send the country back toward pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday eased indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to safely stop wearing masks inside in most places. The new guidance still ...

Vaccination rates continue to inch up locally

More than 45,000 Chautauqua County residents have completed their COVID-19 vaccination series, while 51.5% of adults have received at least one shot. According to New York state’s vaccine tracker, 45,117 have completed their series in the county while 53,222 have received at least one dose ...

WellNow providing faster COVID-19 test results

WellNow Urgent Care, which has locations in Jamestown, Lakewood and Dunkirk, said Tuesday that patients will now receive COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, test results within 24 hours. To speed up the process, the COVID-19 tests will be processed at WellNow's in-house lab. The ...

State hopes to have beaches, pools at 100% capacity by July 4

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced that beaches and pools will operate with 6-foot social distancing in anticipation of Memorial Day. New York state's goal is to reopen them to 100% capacity by July 4. "All the COVID-19 numbers are trending in the right direction, and as more New ...

Seneca Nation donates hand sanitizer to schools

With vaccines in wide distribution and COVID-19 infections dropping, the Seneca Nation is donating hand sanitizer to school districts near its Cattaraugus and Allegany territories, recognizing that a continued focus on simple public health protocols is the best defense against future outbreaks. ...

County recognizes 13th week of COVID-19 Heroes

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel and the COVID-19 Response Team recently announced the thirteenth week of COVID-19 Hero nominations for May 3-7. “Our heroes this week have positively impacted our community in many ways throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” said County ...

State looks to get college students vaccinated

ALBANY — As the pace of COVD-19 vaccinations has slowed, New York officials are trying a mix of mandates and incentives to overcome hesitancy, including free subway rides. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state can’t mandate vaccines until they get full approval from the federal ...

Cassadaga Valley to host drive-through vaccination clinic

Chautauqua County residents have several options to getting the COVID-19 vaccine. A drive-through clinic is taking place today from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Cassadaga Valley School bus garage, 5935 Route 60. The drive-through clinic will provide the Pfizer vaccine to anyone 16 years of age or ...

Health care professionals reflect on pandemic year

The COVID-19 pandemic will go down in history for a number of reasons, including how many people it affected, from health to home life and everything in between. Many industries in the area have changed and adapted to the situation thrust upon them in 2020, none more-so than the health care ...

County DMVs return to full walk-in service May 17

Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore announced Friday that starting on Monday, May 17, all transactions at the three Department of Motor Vehicles offices will be available for walk-in service. Persons requiring permit or CDL testing will no longer have to make an appointment. The following ...

NY to push to get subway riders, college students vaccinated

ALBANY (AP) — As the pace of COVD-19 vaccinations has slowed, New York officials are trying a mix of mandates and incentives to overcome hesitancy, including free subway rides. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state can't mandate vaccines until they get full approval from the federal ...

Vaccinations help our economy continue to open

As more and more New Yorkers get vaccinated, the state continues to lift restrictions for all types of businesses and venues. Governor Cuomo recently announced that effective May 19 most business capacity caps will be removed and businesses will be limited only by the space available for ...

Schools ramp up vaccinations

GOWANDA — The Gowanda Central School District, working with Cattaraugus County, will be holding a vaccination clinic located at the Gowanda Middle School. The clinic will be on Tuesday. Students ranging from the ages of 16 to 18, as well as staff members who haven’t been vaccinated, can ...

Partner’s death came after couple ‘avoided everything’

Carrie Wolfgang assumed the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic had passed. The numbers, released daily by the Chautauqua County Department of Health and reported by the media, had long come down from the early months of the pandemic when dozens — if not hundreds — of new confirmed cases were ...

More than half of adults vaccinated in county

More than half of Chautauqua County’s population over the age of 18 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the state Health Department reported. To date, 43,765 county residents have completed their vaccination series, meaning they have received both doses of the two-shot ...