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Active COVID cases, hospitalizations, quarantines all drop in county

Active COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and those in quarantine all dropped in statistics released Tuesday morning by the Chautauqua County Department of Health. Only 14 new cases of the virus were recorded, with no new COVID-related fatalities, in information collected Monday. To date there ...

More thoughts dished out on food truck fees in Fredonia

Should the village of Fredonia not charge food trucks at all coming in for festivals for the year of 2021? That was the question posed by Trustee James Lynden at Monday’s Board of Trustees meeting. “We were just discussing how short the village is on funds and I do understand the ...

Cattaraugus woman pleads guilty to distribution of child porn

A Cattaraugus woman has pleaded guilty to the distribution of child pornography. U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Melanie Thompson, 46, made the plea before U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra, Jr. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, ...

State pushes back on report of nixed vaccination site

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration is pushing back on the notion that the state somehow nixed a plan that would have established a COVID-19 vaccination center in Chautauqua County. Will Burns, first deputy press secretary, said the state is unaware of any such plan for a site, first reported ...

County ‘hopeful’ high COVID trends are waning

Chautauqua County is hoping it is "beyond our peak of cases" regarding COVID-19 Breeanne Agett, epidemiologist with the county Health Department, said what happened here was consistent with trends across the state and country as COVID-19 cases surged in December 2020 and January 2021. “With ...

COVID positivity rate continues fall in county

The slowing rate of new COVID-19 cases in Chautauqua County continued over the weekend, with 51 new cases reported between Friday and Sunday. There have been 7,441 total confirmed cases to date, with 141 currently active, along with 13 people with the virus in the hospital, 136 virus-related ...

South Dayton man charged in domestic dispute

LITTLE VALLEY — A South Dayton man was charged Sunday in connection with a domestic dispute that took place on Saturday. Cattaraugus County sheriff’s deputies report Terrance A. Musall, 35, of 29 Main St., was charged with second-degree harassment, second-degree assault and first-degree ...

Brooks-TLC resumes elective surgeries

Following a steady decline in hospital bed capacity rates, Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc. has announced it will resume elective surgeries effective today. “This is good news for the community,” states Mary LaRowe, president and CEO, “We have been meeting with our surgeons and surgical ...

Gillibrand again cancels planned stop in Dunkirk

For the second time in as many attempts, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has canceled a scheduled stop in Dunkirk due to the weather. Gillibrand was slated to be at Dunkirk's City Hall before 1:30 p.m. to call for robust Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program funding in the next coronavirus ...

State GOP support bill to end Cuomo’s executive powers

New York's Republicans are trying to get state Democrats to take action to strip Gov. Andrew Cuomo of his emergency powers. Republicans in the Senate and Assembly plan to introduce hostile amendments on the Senate and Assembly floor to end Cuomo's emergency authority. Republicans have said ...

Search of Jamestown home nets cash, narcotics

A search Sunday at a Jamestown residence netted investigators cash, narcotics and a gun reported stolen from a Warren County business. A warrant was executed around 4:45 p.m. at 5 Hammond St. that included members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, Jamestown Police Department, ...

Report: state quashed plan to put vaccination center in Chautauqua County

New York state reportedly quashed a federal plan to put a vaccination center in Chautauqua County. NBC News reported early Monday morning that the Biden Administration had begun looking for sites for four small vaccination centers in New York state. Federal officials ranked the best spots ...

Gillibrand expected in Dunkirk on Monday

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is scheduled to make a stop in Dunkirk on Monday. Gillibrand is slated to be at Dunkirk's City Hall before 1:30 p.m. to call for robust Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program funding in the next coronavirus relief package in order to provide critical assistance ...

UPDATE: Electrical fire destroys Dunkirk house

An electrical issue in a bathroom wall is being blamed for an early Saturday morning Dunkirk fire, according to the Chautauqua County Fire Investigation team. City of Dunkirk Fire Department reported at 4:36 a.m., they were dispatched to 12 E. Green St. Upon arrival crews reported a working ...

Fredonia announces plan to return to schools

Come March 1, Fredonia Central Schools will return to in-person instruction for a number of grade levels. In a letter posted to its website and signed by Superintendent Dr. Bradley Zilliox, a timeline was announced on Friday. It includes: ● Grades three, four and five will return to school ...

County announces second round of heroes

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

County records 23 new cases, 1 COVID-related death

Chautauqua County reported 23 new COVID cases and one new virus-related death on Friday. To date there have been 7,391 confirmed cases, 7,076 recoveries and 136 deaths associated with the coronavirus. Of the new cases identified Friday, 11 came from the Jamestown zip code, four from ...

As crisis heats up, Cuomo seeks nursing home reform laws

In the midst of the controversy over nursing home deaths during COVID-19, state Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced sweeping nursing home reform legislation to increase transparency, hold nursing home operators accountable for misconduct and help ensure facilities are prioritizing patient care ...

Cattaraugus County reports two new COVID deaths

The Cattaraugus County Department of Health reported two new COVID-19-related deaths, involving a 68-year-old woman and 62-year-old man. Both reportedly developed respiratory failure. "We extend our deepest condolences to their families and the entire Cattaraugus County community," the ...

COVID hospitalizations continue countywide decline

The number of people with COVID-19 in Chautauqua County hospitals has dipped into the single digits. The county Health Department reported nine hospitalizations on Thursday, a drop of four from information released a day earlier. The county also announced 34 new confirmed cases, with 19 ...