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County records 88 new COVID cases; active cases, hospitalizations up

The county Health Department on Friday reported 88 new cases of COVID-19 along with a bump in active cases, new hospitalizations and people in quarantine. Of the new cases, 40 came from people living in the Jamestown zip code. There were also 12 in Fredonia, eight in Dunkirk and five in ...

Lawsuit challenges school mask mandate

ALBANY — State Sen. George Borrello is part of a lawsuit filed in state Supreme Court challenging the underlying authority of a universal mask mandate for students, teachers and staff in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12, public and private schools, that was imposed by New York state in late ...

Woman fined for violating COVID safety protocols

A woman has been fined $1,000 by Chautauqua County for violating COVID-19 safety protocols. During the Chautauqua County Board of Health meeting, Douglas Hamernik, a public health sanitarian with the county Environmental Health Services, said an individual had violated the New York state ...

US panel backs COVID-19 boosters only for elderly, high-risk

WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential federal advisory panel overwhelmingly rejected a plan Friday to give Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots to most Americans, but it endorsed the extra shots for those who are 65 or older or run a high risk of severe disease. The twin votes represented a heavy blow ...

County reports 71 new COVID cases; hospitalizations drop

The county Health Department noted 71 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, though the number of people with the virus in local hospitals did come down. Thirty-four cases were reported in Jamestown, along with eight in Dunkirk, five in Ashville, four in Sherman and three each in Fredonia and ...

Hochul vows to fight lawsuit over vaccine mandate

ALBANY (AP) — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul vowed this week to fight a lawsuit launched by a group of Christian health care practitioners who argue that New York's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for many health care workers is unconstitutional because it lacks a religious exemption. A federal judge ...