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Coronavirus coverage

Reaching the COVID finish line

COVID-19 has been ever present in our lives for well over a year now. It has changed how we live, work, learn and play. Fortunately, COVID-19 is now a vaccine preventable disease. The finish line for us is not the total elimination of COVID-19. The finish line will be crossed when the vast ...

County recognizes 11th week of COVID-19 Heroes

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel and the COVID-19 Response Team recently announced the eleventh week of COVID-19 Hero nominations for April 19-23. Nominations are recognized in a video posted weekdays on the Chautauqua County Government Facebook page, and each nominee receives ...

In-person rates rising in Silver Creek schools

SILVER CREEK — As New York state Guidance continues to change in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Silver Creek Superintendent Todd Crandall continues to welcome students back to school at a pretty good rate. “Starting on Monday, May 3, approximately 86 percent of the elementary students ...

Police issue warning on gatherings in village

Fredonia police are issuing a warning to residents and college students: parties and large gatherings will be facing scrutiny in the coming weeks. Philip Maslak, department police chief, noted in a news item to local media on Monday that state Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order regarding ...

NY eases more COVID-19 safety rules as new cases plummet

ALBANY (AP) — More people in New York will be able to attend outdoor sport games and concerts, go to the gym and casinos, and work in offices starting in mid-May, the state's governor announced Monday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that large-scale outdoor event venues can operate at 33% of ...

CDC says many Americans can now go outside without a mask

NEW YORK (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased its guidelines Tuesday on the wearing of masks outdoors, saying fully vaccinated Americans don't need to cover their faces anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers. And those who are unvaccinated can go outside ...

Scholarships remember siblings lost to COVID-19

High school students in northern Chautauqua County and Gowanda High School who are considering employment in education or a closely related field can now apply for two new scholarships that are being offered in honor of Beatrice and Leon Price, respectively, both Dunkirk residents who recently ...

Break, COVID-19 ‘not kind’ to Gowanda schools

GOWANDA — Superintendent Dr. Robert Anderson gave an update on the reopening of the school to students in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. As it stood last week, 125 students or staff at Gowanda are isolated or in quarantine due to COVID-19, while three sports teams, including varsity ...

First census data on House seats being released on Monday

The Census Bureau says it will be releasing the numbers used for determining how many congressional seats and Electoral College votes each state gets on Monday. The release of the apportionment numbers Monday afternoon comes almost four months later than planned because of delays caused by the ...

COVID hospitalizations up, but active cases and quarantines down

The number of Chautauqua County residents in the hospital with COVID-19 increased slightly over the weekend. However, active cases, those in quarantine and the seven-day positivity rate all dropped, according to information released Monday by the county Health Department. There are currently ...

County vaccination numbers climb

More than 50,000 Chautauqua County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, state statistics indicate. That represents about 39% of the county’s entire population, while — according to county data that slightly lags state information — 42.75% of eligible ...

NY won’t say what it told DOJ about nursing home outbreaks

ALBANY (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office said it won't reveal what it told the U.S. Justice Department about COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes, partly because doing so would be an "invasion of personal privacy." The Justice Department last year asked the governors of several states, ...

COVID hospitalizations remain low in county

Chautauqua County residents in the hospital with COVID-19 remain low, according to information released Friday by the health department. There were only eight hospitalized as of Thursday, when virus-related data is collected. Not all in the hospital are there because of the coronavirus, but ...

More than 50K have received at least one dose of COVID vaccine locally

More than 50,000 Chautauqua County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, state statistics indicate. That represents about 39% of the county's entire population, while — according to county data that slightly lags state information — 42.75% of eligible residents ...

New COVID cases continue climb, hospitalizations dip

New COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Chautauqua County, but those in the hospital with the virus have dipped. The county Health Department on Thursday recorded 27 new confirmed cases from information collected on Wednesday. Of those, six come from Jamestown, four in Falconer, three each ...

State to offer mobile vaccine clinics for farm workers

New York state is launching a new initiative to vaccinate farm workers. The plan is to create mobile vaccination clinics that will travel to farms and administer vaccines to farmers and workers at their place of business. Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement while speaking at an apple ...

Businesses scramble for help as job openings go unfilled

NEW YORK (AP) — It looks like something to celebrate: small businesses posting "Help Wanted" signs as the economy edges toward normalcy. Instead, businesses are having trouble filling the jobs, which in turn hurts their ability to keep up with demand for their products or services. Owners ...

Seneca Nation reaching out to schools for vaccines

With Western New York possibly facing a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Seneca Nation is reaching out to neighboring school districts near its Cattaraugus and Allegany territories to help make vaccines accessible for eligible students and staff. The Nation recently notified district ...

New variants may be cause of higher COVID cases in WNY

Officials believe the new COVID-19 variants may be the cause of the increase of deaths and positive cases in Western New York. From Friday to Sunday, the Chautauqua County Health Department reported 93 new coronavirus cases and two additional deaths. The two individuals who passed away were ...