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County Jail Has COVID-19 Outbreak

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is working closely with the Chautauqua County Health Department to contain an outbreak of COVID-19 cases at the Chautauqua County Jail. Four inmates with symptoms of COVID-19 tested positive Tuesday morning, prompting Health Department staff, which ...

County reports 20th COVID-related death

Chautauqua County health officials reported yet another COVID-19-related fatality on Tuesday afternoon - the 20th death in the county from the coronavirus since March. No further information was released about the individual that died, but 29 new cases were announced increasing the county's ...

Schuyler: County would ‘support’ schools with testing

Though Chautauqua County has not yet been designated as a microcluster zone — either yellow, orange or red — public health director Christine Schuyler said preparations are being made to help local school districts meet a potential on-site coronavirus testing requirement. In a recent ...

Two bills would provide pandemic-related benefits

Two bills would provide financial benefits to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. A.11136, introduced by Assemblyman Nick Perry, D-Brooklyn, would amend the state Civil Service Law to provide state healthcare workers who served as first responders additional five days of time off that ...

County nears 600 cases in November

As the month of November draws to a close, Chautauqua County is approaching 600 new cases of COVID-19 since Nov. 1 — the most for the region in any calendar month since a pandemic was declared in March. The county announced 23 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday and 19 additional ...

Cuomo hosts COVID-19 update briefing

Click on the Twitter link to see updates from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's briefing this morning on COVID-19. https://twitter.com/CameronNHurst https://twitter.com/CameronNHurst/status/1333449330066403329 https://twitter.com/CameronNHurst/status/1333456197731692546

Cuomo says hospitals must prepare for expected virus surge

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's hospitals must prepare for an expected surge in coronavirus infections by stockpiling masks and gowns, expanding capacity and identifying retired nurses and doctors who could pitch in, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. Cuomo said that with more than 3,500 people now ...

County reports 19th COVID-related death

The Chautauqua County Health Department announced on Monday that a resident in their 70s passed away due to complications from COVID-19. Health officials announced that 111 cases were reported from Nov. 26 to 29. Of them, 23 are in Jamestown, 16 are in Dunkirk, 15 are in Fredonia; eight are ...

Two free county COVID testing sites announced

The Chautauqua County Health Department reports that free COVID-19 testing will be provided in Dunkirk on Tuesday and in Jamestown on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In Dunkirk, the testing will be at the Murphy Training Center, Dunkirk Training Grounds at 665 Brigham Road. In Jamestown, the ...

19 new COVID-19 cases reported by county

During a four-day holiday weekend, Chautauqua County topped 100 COVID-19 cases. Since Thursday, there have been 107 positive tests reported by the Health Department. Another 19 cases were announced on Sunday, bringing the total since March to 1,671. The county will announce further details ...

Heritage Ministries launches online gift giving service for residents

Heritage Ministries has launched an online service to make it easier to give gifts to Heritage residents during the holidays. “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to force many time-honored traditions and heart-warming gatherings to change,” said Lisa Haglund, Heritage president and CEO. ...

Ripley School not largely impacted by novel coronavirus pandemic

RIPLEY — “We’re in good shape right now,” Ripley Central School District Superintendent William Caldwell told members of the board of education at their meeting on November 19. Caldwell told board members that Ripley has not been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic like many districts ...

23 new COVID cases announced Saturday in county

Twenty-three new cases of the coronavirus were reported on Saturday in Chautauqua County, bringing the total for the last seven days to 186. The Health Department will not be releasing detailed information on the new cases until Monday. Since the Thursday, the county has announced 88 cases ...

M&T Bank announces ‘Gift of Warmth’ campaign

BUFFALO — M&T Bank has announced its Gift of Warmth campaign, the region’s longest-running warm clothing collection program, will return again this year, running through Jan. 8. At all of M&T’s 64 area branches, Western New Yorkers can donate new gloves, mittens, scarves, hats ...

With COVID, Lakeshore closing a mixed blessing

Around one year ago today, the wheels were set in motion. Board members and the administration of the Brooks-TLC Hospital System Inc. announced the Lakeshore Hospital campus in Irving would be closing within the coming months. Unexpectedly, the quick, closed-door decision was met with anger, ...

Alarming COVID case climb continues

Forty-one new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Thanksgiving Day by the Chautauqua County Health Department. It is one of highest daily totals since the pandemic began in March. Overall, this puts the county total at 1,605. During the four-day holiday, the Health Department said Wednesday it ...

‘Objection’ heard on Fredonia hybrid plan

Students in grades six to 12 have returned to Fredonia Middle and High School on a hybrid plan as of Monday. The middle and high schools both have identical plans, which split the students up into two groups — 1 and 2. Group 1 is students with last names that begin with “A” through ...

County reports 24 new COVID cases

The Chautauqua County Department of Health on Friday reported 24 new cases of COVID-19, continuing a wave of new cases that began the first of the month and built up each subsequent week. To date, there have been 1,629 total confirmed cases of the virus within the county. Only new cases were ...

Reasons to be thankful: Randolph man survives battle with COVID-19

On this day focusing on thankfulness, a Randolph man shares his story of how he was blessed to survive a life-threatening attack by COVID-19. A challenging childhood, when Jim Styles had to be the man of the house by keeping his single mother’s car running and working to earn what he could, ...

COVID-19 numbers continue surge

The number of new COVID-19 cases continues to surge — both in Chautauqua County and its neighboring counties. The Chautauqua County Department of Health on Wednesday reported 25 new cases, adding to a list that has grown by 171 in the last week and far surpassing the total just a month ...