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Ripley moving to full in-person return at school

RIPLEY — After a few “small blips” regarding student attendance, the Ripley Central School District is moving ahead with full in-person learning, board of education members learned at their meeting this month. “We are just trying to bring everyone back,” said Ripley Superintendent ...

Vaccination clinics booked within minutes

Within a matter of minutes both the State University of New York at Fredonia and Jamestown Community College vaccination clinics scheduled for the coming days were booked. On Thursday morning, the Chautauqua County Health Department listed the two sites. The first takes place Saturday at the ...

County reports 50 new COVID cases, half from Jamestown

The Chautauqua County Department of Health on Thursday reported 50 new COVID-19 cases, of which half came from those residing in the Jamestown zip code. To date there have been 7,512 total confirmed cases, 7,232 recoveries and 137 virus-related deaths. As of Thursday there were 143 active ...

FDA says J&J 1-dose shot prevents COVID; final decision soon

WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine protects against COVID-19, according to an analysis by U.S. regulators Wednesday that sets the stage for a final decision on a new and easier-to-use shot to help tame the pandemic. The Food and Drug Administration’s scientists ...

New COVID cases reaches single digits

Eight new COVID-19 cases and one new virus-related death were reported Wednesday morning by the Chautauqua County Department of Health. To date there have been 7,462 total confirmed cases, 7,214 recoveries and 137 fatalities. There are currently 111 active cases, 11 people with the virus in ...

Despite challenges, Fredonia music program marches on

The Fredonia Central School District music program has done something that most other school programs in Chautauqua County have unfortunately been unable to do: Stay afloat. At a recent school board meeting, Fredonia band director Andy Bennett said that a lot of the districts in the area ...

State quashes federal county vaccine site

New York state reportedly quashed a federal plan to put a vaccination center in Chautauqua County. NBC News reported early Monday morning that the Biden Administration had begun looking for sites for four small vaccination centers in New York state. Federal officials ranked the best spots ...

County eyes declining numbers of COVID cases

Chautauqua County is hoping it is beyond the “peak of cases” regarding COVID-19. Numbers released Monday — in addition to the last week — indicate that may be the case. The county Health Department recorded 51 new cases from Friday through Sunday, an average of 17 a day. In the past ...

Cattaraugus County reports new COVID death, 19 new cases

Cattaraugus County health officials announced its 86th virus-related death involving a 60-year-old man who reportedly developed respiratory failure. "We extend our deepest condolences to his family and the entire Cattaraugus County community," the county said in a statement. The health ...

Active COVID cases, hospitalizations, quarantines all drop in county

Active COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and those in quarantine all dropped in statistics released Tuesday morning by the Chautauqua County Department of Health. Only 14 new cases of the virus were recorded, with no new COVID-related fatalities, in information collected Monday. To date there ...

State pushes back on report of nixed vaccination site

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration is pushing back on the notion that the state somehow nixed a plan that would have established a COVID-19 vaccination center in Chautauqua County. Will Burns, first deputy press secretary, said the state is unaware of any such plan for a site, first reported ...

SUNY Local leadership in COVID cases

Here is a testament to how well the State University of New York at Fredonia has done keeping the COVID-19 numbers stable. Another location, in Central New York, went to remote-learning model in the fall semester after Oct. 5. That institution: SUNY Cortland. And, apparently, the message ...

SUNY Fredonia eyeing $1.9M in losses for year

The State University of New York at Fredonia is anticipating roughly a $1.9 million loss in the 2020-21 fiscal year, mostly due to additional costs of COVID-19. Costs of the virus between testing, cleaning and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is estimated to be about $1.3 million. ...

County COVID tests show bump

Area COVID-19 test numbers have been increasing in recent weeks, according to information made available on the New York Forward dashboard. On most days since early October, individuals tested in Chautauqua County ranged between 1,000 and 1,600. However, since November, there have been some ...

In-person learning to resume next week in Fredonia

Come March 1, Fredonia Central Schools will return to in-person instruction for a number of grade levels. In a letter posted to its website and signed by Superintendent Dr. Bradley Zilliox, a timeline was announced on Friday. It includes: ≤ Grades three, four and five will return to school ...

County ‘hopeful’ high COVID trends are waning

Chautauqua County is hoping it is "beyond our peak of cases" regarding COVID-19 Breeanne Agett, epidemiologist with the county Health Department, said what happened here was consistent with trends across the state and country as COVID-19 cases surged in December 2020 and January 2021. “With ...

COVID positivity rate continues fall in county

The slowing rate of new COVID-19 cases in Chautauqua County continued over the weekend, with 51 new cases reported between Friday and Sunday. There have been 7,441 total confirmed cases to date, with 141 currently active, along with 13 people with the virus in the hospital, 136 virus-related ...

State GOP support bill to end Cuomo’s executive powers

New York's Republicans are trying to get state Democrats to take action to strip Gov. Andrew Cuomo of his emergency powers. Republicans in the Senate and Assembly plan to introduce hostile amendments on the Senate and Assembly floor to end Cuomo's emergency authority. Republicans have said ...

Report: state quashed plan to put vaccination center in Chautauqua County

New York state reportedly quashed a federal plan to put a vaccination center in Chautauqua County. NBC News reported early Monday morning that the Biden Administration had begun looking for sites for four small vaccination centers in New York state. Federal officials ranked the best spots ...

SUNY Fredonia enhances COVID tracker

As return to campus for the spring semester, Jim Malatras, State University of New York chancellor, has launched enhancements to the COVID-19 Tracker dashboard. The upgrades allow additional transparency on SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities, so campuses have the most information to ...