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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 ...

Quarantined resident frustrated with process

A Fredonia woman who has been quarantined since last week has grown frustrated with a lack of communication from doctor and nurses. In an interview with the OBSERVER on Monday with the woman, she told her story of how she is “assumed” to have COVID-19 and has not been checked on by ...

Need grows during economic slowdown

OBSERVER Staff Report Last week 24 families showed up to the Salvation Army food pantry in Dunkirk. According to Maj. Chris Ramirez, it was six times the normal daily average. Pain is already hitting home for many families as layoffs from businesses begin flowing in. Besides the Salvation ...

‘Limited testing resources’ continue to affect county

Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel, in his weekly Monday Morning Memo, again addressed the lack of testing that is taking place locally. "We know many people are anxious to be tested for COVID-19. The reality is that hospitals, physician's offices, and labs across the state have received ...

Chautauqua Center starts screening for virus as it takes precautions

The Chautauqua Center has begun screening residents for the coronavirus, according to a news release issued this morning. Officials at the Center said the swabs are collected on site and sent to a lab where results take four to six days to process. Screening is limited to The Chautauqua ...

Roundabout work returns

Although many functions of government have been put on hold, road construction is not one of them. Because of that, the state Department of Transportation is returning to work on installing a roundabout at the intersection of Routes 60 and 20 in Fredonia starting today. Signs have been ...

Sheridan hears complaint about adult club noise

SHERIDAN — Before New York issued a moratorium on all bars, restaurants and clubs, a complaint was raised to area officials about an adult club in the area. At the Sheridan Town Board meeting on March 11, a resident close to the Badd Kitty Club addressed the board to find out whether they ...

Fredonia relocks park courts after brief hiatus

It was a short season for the basketball and tennis courts at Russell Joy Park in Fredonia. At the March 9 village board meeting, Trustee Roger Pacos criticized the practice of keeping the courts locked until the park officially opens May 1. Village employees apparently responded quickly, ...

Two positive coronavirus cases reported in county

Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel announced this afternoon that two residents here have tested positive for the coronavirus. During a briefing in Mayville, Wendel said the two cases involve a woman in her 30s from Dunkirk and a man in his 30s from Silver Creek. Both had recently traveled ...

Protective masks donated by groups, business to Brooks-TLC

Community organizations and businesses have stepped up to assist the Brooks-TLC Hospital System. In a news release issued this afternoon, the hospital offered its appreciation for the donation of health-grade masks from the groups. "On behalf of our front line health care workers at Brook-TLC ...

Agency’s assist for man’s best FRIEND

WESTFIELD — Patty Benton, Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville board member, presented a program about the Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue during the meeting of the Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club at The Parkview in Westfield. Benton, a Westfield resident, chairs this Rotary group’s community ...

Region ready to launch COVID-19 Response Fund to assist in crisis

A new fund is expected to be announced on Monday to assist with the economic crisis that has come in the last week due to the coronavirus. A coalition of Chautauqua County funders are set to announce the Chautauqua County Crisis Response Fund: COVID-19, which has been established through the ...

Dunkirk teachers send upbeat message

In a Facebook post from the Dunkirk High School, teachers have sent out upbeat messages to students in this time when districts are closed until at least April 20. To view the video, click on the post below:

Seneca Nation reopening health facilities Monday

The Seneca Nation announced this weekend that the Seneca Nation Health System will reopen for patient services on Monday following a temporary closure. After a non-Seneca employee of the Health System tested positive for the COVID-19 virus last week, the Nation closed The Lionel R. John ...

Brooks preparing for possible ‘surge’ in patients

The Brooks-TLC Hospital System is working with the state Health Department and hospitals across the state in expectation that there will be a "surge" in need due to the coronavirus. Brooks-TLC, in a news release, said a major spike in positive coronavirus cases will result in sicker patients ...