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Coronavirus coverage

‘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 ...

Silver Creek schools to go remote for next week

Students in the Silver Creek schools district will remain in a fully remote model for a week after the Thanksgiving holiday. According to a district post on its Facebook page, eight individuals from the district have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past seven days while 15 staff ...

81 new COVID-19 cases reported in Cattaraugus County

Cattaraugus County's COVID-19 numbers are continuing to show a troubling rise. On Wednesday evening, the Health Department reported 81 new cases, bringing the county past the 1,000 mark since March. There are currently 344 active cases, 632 recoveries and 15 hospitalizations. The department ...

County tops 1,600 COVID cases with another 41 today

Forty-one new cases of COVID-19 have been 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. Neighboring Cattaraugus County reported 81 new COVID-19 cases ...

Health Department reports two new deaths

Two people in their 70s died due to complications associated with COVID-19, the Chautauqua County Department of Health reported Tuesday. The deaths were the 18th recorded to date and come as 29 new cases were announced, far surpassing October’s numbers. “Our sincere condolences go out to ...

Hospitalizations at highest point in region

A continuing surge in COVID-19 cases has the county’s major health-care facilities taking notice and calling on residents to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. With hospitalization numbers at 13, according to the Chautauqua County Health Department through Monday, no ...

Unemployment in Chautauqua highest among rural counties

Chautauqua County’s 7% October unemployment and number of jobs lost over the past year are the highest among rural counties in the state. The only counties with a higher October unemployment rate are Westchester (7%), Bronx (17.5%), Kings (13.3%), New York (10.3%), Richmond (10.8%) and ...

Community Banks to close branch lobbies

Community Bank N.A. announced it will close all branch lobbies and operate solely through available drive-throughs beginning today. The decision is due to the “evolving situation of COVID-19,” the company announced. All branch lobbies will be available by appointment only, including ...

County reports 25 new COVID cases; 171 in last week

In the last week, 171 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Chautauqua County, with 25 alone coming in Wednesday. Of the new cases, the county Health Department said, five are in the Jamestown zip code, four in Dunkirk, four in Fredonia, two each in Silver Creek and Portland and one ...

‘Family spread’ leading source of local cases

MAYVILLE — Family spread remains one of the largest culprits of COVID-19 cases within Chautauqua County. Those who fail to comply with orders that seek to stem that spread as cases surge in Western New York could face fines. Christine Schuyler, county public health director, discussed a ...

County reports 2 new COVID-19-related deaths

The Chautauqua County Department of Health on Tuesday reported two additional COVID-19-related deaths. Both residents were in their 70s, and mark 18 such deaths due complications of the virus. "Our sincere condolences go out to their loved ones," the county Health Department said in a news ...

County nears 1,500 positive COVID case; adds 47 over weekend

Chautauqua County is closing in on 1,500 total cases of COVID-19 since March, the county Health Department announced over the weekend. The county announced 26 new cases on Saturday and another 21 on Sunday, bringing the one-week total to 168 cases — or an average of 24 per day. Because the ...

Webb’s Captain Table stays open throughout pandemic

MAYVILLE – It’s been a tough year for the restaurant business and Webb’s Captain Table Restaurant has been no exception. But even as difficult as it has been, owner Ben Webb applauds the county officials, his staff and the local community for all of their support. Webb’s Captain ...

County reports 18 new COVID cases, 65 since Saturday

The Chautauqua County Department of Health reported 18 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, adding to the 47 announced over the weekend. From Saturday through Monday, the cases break down as follows: 21 in the Jamestown zip code, seven in Bemus Point, four in Dunkirk, two each in Silver Creek, ...

County: violators of private gathering rules could face fines

MAYVILLE -- New York state continues to show one of the lowest rates of COVID-19 infection across the country thanks to individuals and communities that follow the New York Forward reopening rules and keep one another safe. Actions such as wearing face coverings, social distancing, washing ...

COVID rapid testing slots for Tuesday all filled

Christine Schuyler, Chautauqua County public health director, announced on Sunday afternoon that no appointments remain available for the rapid testing clinic in Mayville on Tuesday. Additional clinics are being planned for the week of Nov. 30 with more information to follow. A Mayville ...

COVID rapid testing clinic set for Mayville on Tuesday

MAYVILLE -- The Chautauqua County Health Department has announced a COVID-19 rapid testing clinic will be held on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chautauqua County Office of Emergency Services, 2 Academy St. COVID-19 testing is available to anyone who wants to be tested and is free. ...