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Two new cases of COVID-19 in Chautauqua County today

The Chautauqua County Department of Health has announced two new cases of the coronavirus in the county, which include a male in his 20s and a female in her 40s. Chautauqua County statistics are as follows: • Eight active cases, continue to recover under orders of the Local Health ...

Fredonia graduates overcome adversity

Fredonia's class of 2020 persevered and overcame adversity, graduating with their high school diplomas on Sunday afternoon. The ceremony was held at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds, where a stage was set up, and chairs in front of it for the students. Families were behind the students in ...

‘Remarkable’ Dunkirk class cheered, celebrated

It was truly a landmark year for the class of 2020. Throughout the U.S., classes have dealt with new forms of graduation unseen in modern times, including drive-through graduation and virtual graduation. Luckily for the seniors at Dunkirk High School due to Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifting some ...

Chautauqua County moves to Phase 4 reopening Tuesday

Chautauqua County moves to Phase 4 reopening Tuesday New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the Western New York Region will enter Phase 4 Reopening effective Tuesday. The Western New York Region includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties. "This is ...

1 new case of COVID-19 in Chautauqua County today

Chautauqua County has announced it has one new case of the coronavirus. Chautauqua County statistics are as follows: • 6 active cases, continue to recover under orders of the Local Health Official per NYS Public Health Law including: • 1 new case today of a female in her 20s; • ...

CIAO cancels summer picnic

The CIAO annual meeting and picnic scheduled for Aug. 8 at Russell Joy Park is canceled this year. It was the consensus of all but a few members to cancel the picnic, though organizers will be refunded their rental rental money so there is no financial loss. The board, before COVID, was ...

Music on the Pier may move to park

Take note, Music on the Pier fans. If the city of Dunkirk is going to have concerts on Thursday evenings this summer, those events are not likely to take place at the usual location. Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas told the OBSERVER this week he is looking at possibly moving Music on the Pier ...

Field of dreams for Gowanda grads

GOWANDA — Despite a senior year that was abruptly abbreviated in March due to a worldwide pandemic, the Class of 2020 at Gowanda High School was able to cling to tradition for commencement and, with it, a sense of normalcy. Conferral of degrees at Hillis Field took place over five days ...

Silver Creek graduates cross the finish line

SILVER CREEK — Graduates of 2020 crossed the stage — track — Friday, earning their high school diplomas. Only half of the class graduated Friday; the other half scheduled to walk on Sunday. The administration split up the ceremony into four parts, by last name, so each of the graduates ...

Cuomo seeks answers after COVID-19 exposure at graduation

State Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today directed the State Department of Health to investigate the potential COVID-19 exposure at a high school graduation ceremony in Westchester County after an individual who had recently traveled to Florida and attended the ceremony subsequently began showing ...

No new cases today; seven active in county

Seven active cases of the coronavirus remain in Chautauqua County, according to the update released Saturday. There were no new cases reported though there are 135 cases under quarantine/isolation orders by the Public Health Director and being monitored. In addition, there have been 113 ...

Brooks, UPMC to receive millions in federal funding

UPMC Chautauqua in Jamestown and Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk are scheduled to receive millions of dollars in health system funding by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funding — $10.367 million for UPMC Chautauqua and $5 million for Brooks — was announced ...

Judge blocks 25% capacity rule for religious services in NY

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge on Friday blocked New York state from enforcing coronavirus restrictions limiting indoor religious gatherings to 25% capacity when other types of gatherings are limited to 50%. Judge Gary Sharpe enjoined Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ...

Newest COVID-19 county cases involve teen, male in 20s

A female in her teens and a male in his 20s are the two newest positive coronavirus cases in Chautauqua County, the Health Department noted today. Those two are part of 10 active cases that continue to recover under orders of the Local Health Official per state Public Health Law. There are 137 ...

County DMV offices to be closed next week

The Chautauqua County Department of Motor Vehicles is shifting gears again. In a press release issued Friday afternoon, county Clerk Larry Barmore has announced that the three offices will be closing to the public next week. "After much thought,we have again decided to close all three of the ...

Cuomo: total COVID hospitalizations drop below 1,000

Total COVID-19-related hospitalizations have dropped below 1,000 for the first time since March 18, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday. In a statement, the governor said 996 people were hospitalized as COVID-19 patients across the state. That is down from a peak of 18,825 hospitalizations April ...

Additional Dunkirk High School graduation plans announced

Due to the constraints in place by executive orders from the governor of New York and county Health Department, Dunkirk High School is not able to hold a traditional graduation ceremony at SUNY Fredonia. The ceremony will be held instead at Dunkirk High School on Saturday on Karl Hoeppner ...

2 new COVID cases reported; 125 now in total

Two new COVID-19 cases were reported Thursday in Chautauqua County, bringing the total to date to 125. The new cases, according to the county Health Department, involve a man in his 40s and a woman in her 50s. There remains nine active cases, as well as 130 county residents under ...

Malls, movies, gyms in New York still not cleared to reopen

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Malls, movie theaters and gyms will not be cleared to reopen when areas of New York state progress to Phase 4 as early as Friday. The businesses had been hoping Gov. Andrew Cuomo would allow them to open their doors after a three-month shutdown bought on by the pandemic. ...

YMCA Alliance ‘dismayed’ locations not part of Phase 4 reopening

An organization representing YMCA locations across New York state said it was "dismayed" to learn it would not be allowed to take part in the fourth phase of reopening. Kyle Stewart, executive director of the Alliance of New York State YMCAs, said in a statement: "The alliance was dismayed ...