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Chautauqua cases hit 5; Cattaraugus gets first

MAYVILLE — The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Chautauqua County has reached five, County Executive PJ Wendel said during a press conference Friday in Mayville. The individuals confirmed to have COVID-19 include a man in his 60s who recently traveled to New York City and a ...

Small businesses cope with pandemic

Small businesses in the area face low customer volume and being closed until further notice. In an interview with Todd J. Tranum, Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, he addressed some of the biggest concerns he is hearing from businesses during this trying ...

$1 million fund established to aid businesses recover from coronavirus

Businesses surrounding the northern Chautauqua County region can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of the OBSERVER, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full ...

Fredonia budget to reflect COVID-19 crisis

Mayor Doug Essek made it clear at this past week’s Board of Trustees session: Fredonia’s next budget will be more conservative than originally foreseen because of the COVID-19 crisis. “This budget started out in quite a normal fashion but ended quite conservatively,” Essek said during ...

University cleaning crews are major line of defense

Even with most of the students leaving the campus about two weeks ago, the State University of New York at Fredonia is still taking numerous precautions with regard to the coronavirus. According to Jeff Woodard, university spokesman, the college has an Infection Control Management Team that ...

Tent signals testing for those who meet criteria

Amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, The Chautauqua Center is doing its part in fighting the spread of the virus throughout the county. Located in Dunkirk and Jamestown, the Center has begun its screenings for the highly contagious coronavirus by following a protocol set in place by the ...

Some at jail are set free due to virus

MAYVILLE — Several inmates who had been serving sentences or held on low bail amounts at the Chautauqua County Jail have been released to prevent the possible spread of the coronavirus should it arrive. Sheriff James Quattrone said the jail population, as of Thursday, was at 111 inmates. Of ...

Finding religion outside the church

Surrounded by empty pews on Sunday morning, the Rev. Daniel Walsh knew his message was being heard. On the first weekend that parishioners could not gather due to restrictions on society caused by the coronavirus, Walsh carried on via WDOE radio, with his weekly service from Holy Trinity Roman ...

Brocton girls sew masks for area health facilities

BROCTON — Sisters Breanna, 13, and Morganne Kelley, 11, are among the many New York students who are facing the challenge of keeping up with their school work at home since the statewide outbreak of COVID-19. “It’s been tough,” their mother, Katie (Delcamp) Kelley, told the OBSERVER. ...

Suspect in Thruway scare, with explosives, being investigated

A Niagara Falls man, who was stopped Wednesday morning near the Silver Creek exit, is now the suspect of a New York State Police investigation after his vehicle and home were found with weapons and explosives. The incident began before 9 a.m. when troopers responded to a menacing complaint ...

City Hall weathers changing times

Just as the nation is going through a constant influx of change, so is the city of Dunkirk. As COVID-19 continues its sweep of the state, the shockwaves of a positive case in the city hit home Monday and brought with it ever evolving changes at Dunkirk City Hall. “We’re on a skeleton ...

County health commissioner gives COVID-19 update

"The virus is here," are a few of the words the county public health director shared with the Chautauqua County Legislature about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, Wednesday. Christine Schuyler, Chautauqua County public health director and commissioner of social services, provided an update on ...

Volunteers collect food for Rural Ministry

With the COVID-19 outbreak, places everywhere have been running low on necessary supplies, both medical and not. One of those places is the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry, who distributes prepared meals to those in need around Dunkirk. Now, more people are in need than ever before. The ...

Distance education unfolds at Fredonia

With the spring semester resuming, students, faculty and staff at the State University of New York at Fredonia are settling into an online distance education model that was developed and put into place in remarkably short order so learning will continue during the novel coronavirus ...

JCC continues remote operations for students

Jamestown Community College has taken extensive steps to protect students, their families, and the public in response to the COVID-19 health crisis. “Our top priority is the health and safety of our students and employees, and helping our students complete the semester,” said JCC ...

Need for blood grows

For healthy residents looking for a way to aid their communities during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, donating blood remains a vital way to contribute. The Community Blood Bank and the American Red Cross are working to ensure that lifesaving and life sustaining blood supplies are ...

Positive cases reach 3

A Dunkirk woman, who said on a social media post around 2 p.m. Monday that she had tested positive for the coronavirus, was receiving plenty of support and prayers. The woman, who The Post-Journal in Jamestown reached out to, did not return an inquiry by Tuesday afternoon. However, her post ...

Gowanda stays positive in a trying time

GOWANDA — According to superstition, Friday the 13th is a rather unlucky day, and it certainly was for those Gowanda Middle School students who were disappointed to learn it would be their last day for possibly quite some time. Gowanda Middle School Principal Todd Miklas said, “While ...

First COVID-19 cases from city, Silver Creek

MAYVILLE — The first two cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Chautauqua County. The announcement was made by County Executive PJ Wendel during a press conference Monday afternoon at the Gerace Office Building. The county Department of Health and Human Services was made aware of ...

Goal of $1 million set for county response fund

With a goal of $1 million, local organizations have already raised $778,000 in an effort to support those impacted by the COVID-19 virus. The United Ways of Chautauqua County, along with the Chautauqua Region and Northern Chautauqua Community Foundations, announced the Chautauqua County ...