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Coronavirus coverage

Poll: Majority want info before deciding on fate of school mask mandate

More than half of New York residents polled recently say they'd prefer to see more data before deciding whether a state mandate requiring face masks in schools should be lifted. According to the results of a Siena College poll released Tuesday, 58% said they would like to see the early March ...

NY won’t enforce booster mandate for health care workers

ALBANY (AP) — New York will not enforce its mandate requiring health care workers to get COVID-19 boosters in light of concerns about staffing shortages, state health officials said Friday. Gov. Kathy Hochul pointed to a troubling rise in breakthrough infections when she announced the ...

Rate of new virus cases continues downward trend

The rate of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Chautauqua County continues to drop, according to information provided Wednesday by the health department. The county did note that the information, including new cases and virus-related deaths, reflects the minimum locally as positive cases ...

New York lets broad mask mandate expire, but not in schools

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday that the state will end a COVID-19 mandate requiring face coverings in most indoor public settings, but will keep masking rules in place in schools. The mandate requiring face coverings in most indoor public settings, like grocery stores, shops ...

COVID cases continue to drop in county

For the fourth consecutive week, the number of new COVID cases recorded each day on average has dropped in Chautauqua County. That comes as cases across New York state and the nation have come down recently. The county Health Department on Wednesday reported 1,026 new cases for the week ...

NY mask mandate to remain in place during appeals process

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's mask mandate will remain in effect while the state appeals a ruling from a lower court judge overturning it, an appellate panel of judges ruled Monday. The ruling from the four-judge panel followed an appeals court judge's decision last week temporarily restoring ...