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County recognizes week 10 COVID-19 heroes

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel and the COVID-19 Response Team recently announced the tenth week of COVID-19 Hero nominations for April 12-16. Nominations are recognized in a video posted weekdays on the Chautauqua County Government Facebook page, and each nominee receives a ...

New York eases capacity rules for museums, movie theaters

ALBANY (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is allowing more people inside museums, movie theaters and indoor sports arenas as the latest data suggests the state's vaccination campaign is curbing COVID-19 infection levels. The state recorded just under 43,000 new cases in the seven-day period ...

Getting vaccinated is good for our families, community and economy

Getting vaccinated will help keep you, your family, your community, the economy, and your country safe and healthy. Chautauqua County is at concerning turning point in the battle against COVID-19. Just a few short weeks ago we couldn’t get enough of the vaccines to meet the demand. Now, we ...

Extra hours for bars, restaurants draws mixed reviews

Although restaurants and officials across the state have called for the lifting of curfew restrictions, local reactions to the new midnight curfew are mixed. Gov. Cuomo announced Wednesday that restaurants are now able to stay open until midnight. This is part of an ease of COVID ...

COVID-19 cases keep climbing in Chautauqua County

Chautauqua County is now on the radar of the Centers of Disease Control for the recent increase in COVID-19 cases. On Friday, the county Health Department reported an additional 33 cases Thursday — with 213 being active — as the seven-day positivity rate was reported at 2.1%. It has been ...

State says region a hot spot for COVID-19

Forty-nine new COVID-19 cases were reported in Chautauqua County by the Health Department. It is the highest one-day total since Feb. 24. Twenty-six of the new cases are from the cities of Dunkirk and Jamestown with five from Silver Creek and four in Fredonia. In all, there have been 8,621 ...

Four new COVID cases reported in Gowanda

GOWANDA — In a letter sent out late Thursday afternoon, the Gowanda Central School district announced that four students between the Gowanda Middle and High School have tested positive for COVID-19. In the letter, it is noted that the local Health Department is aware, and further steps are ...

State Education Department proposes revisions to Perkins V Plan

The state Education Department has proposed revisions to the state’s Perkins V Plan to help career and technical education students address circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. While all aspects of school operations have been affected by the pandemic, career and technical ...

Sherman to use hybrid learning through end of school year

SHERMAN — The Sherman Central School District will continue to follow the hybrid model of instruction that has been in use throughout the 2020-2021 school year, board of eduction members and administrators determined at a special meeting on March 31. Michael Ginestre, district ...

Uptick in new COVID cases continues locally

The Chautauqua County Department of Health reported 33 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, continuing a recent uptick in cases locally. Of the newest cases, 11 came from Jamestown, four in Dunkirk and three in Fredonia. There are currently 213 active cases, 13 people with the virus in the ...

‘I’m so proud’: County clinics surpass 25K vaccine doses

The Chautauqua County Health Department celebrated its staff and partners on Wednesday at its mass vaccination clinic at SUNY Fredonia. Commendations were made and balloons released in celebration of county-run vaccinations sites administering 25,111 doses by the end of the day on Friday, ...

Family misses seeing mom, 95, in facility

Melinda Bell of Fredonia has seen her 95-year-old mother Mary Sorci twice since COVID began and she’s had enough. Sorci, who lives at the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dunkirk for the last few years, suffers from dementia, but loves her home and the people in it. However, ...

COVID forces cancellation of Scandinavian Folk Festival

The 2021 Scandanavian Folk Festival has been canceled by organizers. The next festival is scheduled for July 2022. Continued COVID-19 restrictions for large group gatherings and required quarantine for international travelers have prompted the decision. Thirty-two guest performers from ...

Bach event canceled, Fredonia Opera House run moved

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center announced the impact of the continued COVID crisis on two annual events – the 1891 Run and the Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival. The 1891 Run, a 5K Walk/Run usually held in late April, has been rescheduled for July 18-31. The Bach ...

State updates guidance on graduation ceremonies

New York state has updated its guidance on graduation ceremonies for schools, colleges and universities. The update takes effect May 1, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, and includes indoor and outdoor graduation and commencement ceremonies. “We’re once again approaching the end of the academic ...

County DMVs have smooth reopening

After more than a year, the Chautauqua County Department of Motor Vehicles is once again accepting walk-ins. Monday was the first day since the COVID-19 pandemic began that residents didn’t need to make an appointment. “We’re doing both appointments and walk-ins. By ‘walk in’ that ...

More than 800 county residents have received J&J vaccine

A total of 807 Chautauqua County residents have received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine from the county Health Department. For now, that number will not be permitted to go up. According to the Associated Press, the U.S. on Tuesday recommended a “pause” in using the single-dose ...

COVID-19 City rabies clinic a success story

We have all learned to do some things in new ways during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of these practices have been difficult while others are full of success. Dunkirk’s drive-through rabies clinics is one of these items that has worked very well. Within the last month, the latest clinic ...

Chautauqua County recognizes week 9 COVID-19 heroes

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel and the COVID-19 Response Team recently announced the ninth week of COVID-19 Hero nominations for April 5-9. “This week we continue recognizing individuals doing a wide variety of work to make a positive impact on our community,” said ...

COVID forces cancellation of Scandanavian Folk Festival

The 2021 Scandanavian Folk Festival has been canceled by organizers. The next festival is scheduled for July 2022. Continued COVID-19 restrictions for large group gatherings and required quarantine for international travelers have prompted the decision. Thirty-two guest performers from ...