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Coronavirus coverage

Dunkirk to distribute free COVID test kits to city residents Monday

Dunkirk officials will be distributing free rapid COVID test kits to city residents Monday beginning at 5 p.m. while supplies last. The distribution will be held at the city's Boardwalk, in the atrium, located at 8-22 Central Ave. "Please take note that there is a limited supply of kits ...

Governor says NY mask-or-vaccine mandate extended to Feb. 10

NEW YORK (AP) — New York state's mask mandate that requires face coverings in all indoor public places unless the businesses or venues require COVID-19 vaccinations will be extended until at least Feb. 10, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Friday. "We'll have a temporary extension of our business ...

NY requests $1.6 billion in extra COVID-19 rent relief

ALBANY (AP) — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said Thursday she's asking for $1.6 billion in federal funding to settle unpaid rent owed by tenants amid the COVID-19 pandemic. New York has sent to landlords $1.3 billion of $2.4 billion in federal rent relief aid, according to the latest data from ...

County records 5 new virus deaths

Chautauqua County recorded five new virus-related deaths last week in information released by the health department Wednesday. The new deaths raised the total locally to 295. From Jan. 16 to Jan. 22, the county also reported 1,653 new cases of COVID-19. To date there have been 24,531 ...

State judge overturns NY mask mandate

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York judge ruled Monday that the state's mask mandate can't be enforced, after it was reinstituted by Gov. Kathy Hochul over concerns about a winter surge of coronavirus cases. State Supreme Court Judge Thomas Rademaker said in his decision that the state ...

Judge temporarily restores New York’s mask mandate

An appeals judge temporarily restored New York's mask mandate Tuesday, a day after a judge in a lower court ruled that Gov. Kathy Hochul's administration lacked the constitutional authority to order people to wear face coverings. Judge Robert Miller in New York City granted the state's ...