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Coronavirus coverage

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 ...

Active COVID cases, positivity rate fall in Chautauqua County

The number of active COVID-19 cases, as well as those in quarantine and the seven-day positivity rate, dropped significantly in new statistics released Tuesday by the Chautauqua County Department of Health. It's the first set of new data released on local COVID numbers since Friday due to ...

Some New Yorkers traveling hours for vaccine

ALBANY (AP) — Some New Yorkers are driving hours to get the COVID-19 vaccine because they are unable to find appointments closer to home through a state website. Residents of the Albany and Buffalo areas in particular have complained on social media and to their local lawmakers that they ...

Highlights of COVID-19 relief bill progressing in House

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic-led effort to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package has passed its latest challenge with House committees advancing measures that will soon be combined into a single bill expected to clear the full House by the end of February. Democrats beat back ...

Community Foundation addresses child care crisis

Families across Western New York know the pressure of securing quality child care, often times being placed on waiting lists before their children are even born. In Chautauqua County, that pressure has led to the region being referred to as a child care desert, a census area with over three ...

COVID-19 Nursing home answers needed

Democrats in the state Legislature have been unwilling to use their power to investigate what happened inside the state’s nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Maybe the admission of a cover-up will be enough to spur Democrats into action. Late Thursday night, the New York Post ...

Low COVID rates seen at SUNY

Two weeks into a the spring semester and both Jamestown Community College and the State University of New York at Fredonia are reporting low numbers of new coronavirus cases. From Jan. 30 to Friday, there were a total of 26 positive cases — four from JCC and 22 at Fredonia. “Weekly ...

New York expands vaccine eligibility despite supply issues

ALBANY (AP) — Millions of New Yorkers with health conditions that leave them at high risk of illness from COVID-19 can theoretically sign up for appointments at state-run vaccination sites starting Sunday, but a lack of vaccine supply means many will be frustrated in their search for a ...

Census: No redistricting data until end of September

The U.S. Census Bureau said last week it won't be delivering data used for redrawing congressional and state legislative districts until the end of September, causing headaches for state lawmakers and redistricting commissions facing deadlines to redraw districts this year. Officials at the ...

Members of Brocton basketball team in quarantine

BROCTON — The Brocton boy's basketball team has become the latest group in a line of Chautauqua County high school teams to postpone activities due to COVID-19. The players who were deemed to have played significant minutes in a recent game must quarantine for 10 days due to contact ...

Cuomo: NY should have released care home death data faster

NEW YORK (AP) — Under fire over his management of the coronavirus' lethal path through New York's nursing homes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo insisted Monday the state didn't cover up deaths but acknowledged that officials should have moved faster to release some information sought by lawmakers, the ...

County announces first COVID hero nominations

Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel and the COVID-19 Response Team recently recognized the first five COVID-19 Hero nominations for this week. Nominations are recognized in a video posted weekdays on the Chautauqua County Government Facebook page, and each nominee receives a personal note ...

Area state leaders join in call for probe

Area state leaders are joining in the call for an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the nearly 15,000 deaths that occurred in New York nursing homes during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. “What if any crime has occurred?” asked state Sen. George Borrello ...

County in line for $83M in COVID plan

Chautauqua County appears to be in line for more than $83 million in the COVID-19 relief bill that is being debated in Washington. On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins of Buffalo — who represented Chautauqua County 2006 until 2012, noted the city of Jamestown was in line to receive $28 ...

Fredonia nears plan for school return

The Fredonia Board of Education is still in the process of confirming a return plan for students at the Fredonia elementary, middle, and high school, in addition to the students at Wheelock. The plans for each grade level are still in draft form, but are more solidified than they were two weeks ...

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul discusses economy and vaccination

Vaccinations and the cost of the pandemic were at center stage during Thursday’s State of the State presentation by Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul to officials and members of the Chautauqua County community. The event was hosted by the city of Dunkirk and Mayor Wilfred Rosas. “We’ve been very ...

Women restaurant owners talk handling the COVID pandemic

Everyone had to make changes to endure the coronavirus, but restaurant owners certainly have faced a good deal of ups and downs while coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday, three restaurant owners were featured guests of the Small Business Development Center at Jamestown Community ...

AP: Over 9,000 virus patients sent into NY nursing homes

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 9,000 recovering coronavirus patients in New York state were released from hospitals into nursing homes early in the pandemic under a controversial directive that was scrapped amid criticism it accelerated outbreaks, according to new records obtained by The ...

Frewsburg basketball players placed in quarantine

FREWSBURG — Members of Frewsburg Central School's boys and girls varsity and junior varsity basketball teams are in quarantine, Superintendent Shelly O'Boyle confirmed. On its website, Frewsburg announced Friday that an employee and student — both listed at the middle-high school and ...