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Active COVID cases down in county, SUNY Fredonia

Active cases of COVID-19 are down in Chautauqua County.

The county Department of Health reported Tuesday that there are currently 59 active cases. The department also noted eight new confirmed cases, with one in Dunkirk, five in Fredonia and two in Portland.

There are currently three active cases among employees at Fieldbrook Foods Inc. in Dunkirk; 82 people associated with the outbreak have recovered.

The county Department of Health said 329 county residents remain under isolation or quarantine in addition to 30 people under domestic traveler quarantine, four hospitalizations, 521 recoveries, 10 deaths, 590 confirmed cases and 39,260 negative test results.

Meanwhile, the first positive case of COVID-19 among employees at the State University of New York at Fredonia was recorded. The university, on its COVID dashboard, said Tuesday there is one active case — and one known positive case — among its employees.

The number of active cases of COVID-19 among students at SUNY Fredonia has dropped to 10, with one new positive case. To date, 89 SUNY Fredonia students have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The university said two students who reside on campus remain in isolation while eight students who reside off campus are in isolation.

Twenty-one students on campus remain in quarantine, while 91 students off campus are in quarantine. To date, 68 students have completed quarantine.

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The Problem Solvers Caucus on Tuesday unveiled its COVID-19 relief package while also encouraging members of Congress to “get back to the table.” The caucus, made up of 25 Democrats and 25 Republicans and co-chaired by U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, said its “March To Common Ground” relief package addresses key areas of need, including COVID-19 testing, unemployment insurance, direct stimulus, worker and liability protection, small business and non-profit support, food security, schools and child care, housing, election support, and state and local aid.

In light of the urgent needs facing millions of Americans, families, and small businesses, the framework is designed for a six month horizon and through the next inauguration, except for state and local funding which extends for a full year.

Depending on the severity of the pandemic and if a successful vaccination program is adopted by March 2021 a system of automatic “boosters” are designed to incrementally increase the amount of relief to individuals and families. Conversely, a system of “reducers” will decrease the total cost of the package.

The framework calls for both new stimulus money and the reallocation of previously appropriated “CARES Act” funding.

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