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Coronavirus coverage

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 ...

Wendel: ‘Hats off’ to residents as COVID stats trend down

Chautauqua County arguably had one of its best weeks statistically this year when it comes to new COVID cases, hospitalizations and active cases over a seven-day span. County Executive PJ Wendel attributed the ongoing downward trend in those crucial categories to residents complying with ...

Investigation into decisions at nursing homes sought by Goodell

Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, wants the chair of the Assembly’s Health Committee to look into why the state chose to transfer patients recovering from COVID-19 into nursing homes. Goodell sent a letter to Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, D-New York City, on Thursday asking ...

Vaccine appointments remain difficult to obtain locally

Chautauqua County continues to only get small amounts of the COVID-19 vaccine, making it difficult for residents to get appointments. During the legislature’s Human Services Committee meeting, Christine Schuyler, public health director and commissioner of Social Services, discussed the ...

Reed: Cuomo lying about covering up nursing home COVID deaths

Calling it a cover up, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, said Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is lying about withholding data on virus-related nursing home deaths in the state. During his weekly conference call with regional media, Reed said he is pleased the F.B.I. and the U.S. attorney for the ...

County records 23 new cases, 1 COVID-related death

Chautauqua County reported 23 new COVID cases and one new virus-related death on Friday. To date there have been 7,391 confirmed cases, 7,076 recoveries and 136 deaths associated with the coronavirus. Of the new cases identified Friday, 11 came from the Jamestown zip code, four from ...

Cattaraugus County reports two new COVID deaths

The Cattaraugus County Department of Health reported two new COVID-19-related deaths, involving a 68-year-old woman and 62-year-old man. Both reportedly developed respiratory failure. "We extend our deepest condolences to their families and the entire Cattaraugus County community," the ...

COVID hospitalizations continue countywide decline

The number of people with COVID-19 in Chautauqua County hospitals has dipped into the single digits. The county Health Department reported nine hospitalizations on Thursday, a drop of four from information released a day earlier. The county also announced 34 new confirmed cases, with 19 ...

Crippling weather hampers vaccine deliveries, distribution

ATLANTA (AP) — The icy blast across much of the U.S. injected more confusion and frustration into the nation's COVID-19 vaccination drive Wednesday just when it was gathering speed, snarling vaccine deliveries and forcing the cancellation of countless shots around the country. Across a ...

Democrat says Cuomo is smearing him to distract his critics

ALBANY (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed to "destroy" him during a private phone call last week for criticizing his handling of COVID-19 outbreaks at nursing homes. Cuomo, who has long had a reputation for playing rough in politics, denied the allegation ...

Cuomo: 1M fully vaccinated in state

New York state reached a milestone regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday. “More than a million New Yorkers are now fully vaccinated, and this crucial milestone should give us confidence that we are on the right track towards ultimately beating back the virus ...

Donor hopes to help with online access

With most schools being forced to work remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s moved classes and educational instruction to online, virtual lessons. While this has worked out well for several families, it has caused problems for others. Even in 2021, not every family has reliable ...

Vaccine delays leave grocery workers feeling expendable

As panicked Americans cleared supermarkets of toilet paper and food last spring, grocery employees gained recognition as among the most indispensable of the pandemic's front-line workers. A year later, most of those workers are waiting their turn to receive COVID-19 vaccines, with little ...