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COVID-19 Coverage

Hochul Pledges Help, But Isn’t Budging On Vaccine Mandate

Health care facilities created plans last year to handle capacity issues. Gov. Kathy Hochul suggests those plans be dusted off as staffing shortages loom in health care facilities statewide. Hochul made her remarks in response to reporters’ questions during a news conference Wednesday in ...

County Vaccination Rates Lag Statewide Averages

Chautauqua County continues to lag in COVID-19 vaccination rates compared to statewide figures. That comes as the health department on Wednesday announced 115 new cases of the virus, along with two new virus-related deaths, a bump in active cases and several new hospitalizations. According to ...

US Unemployment Claims Rise After Hitting Pandemic Low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits moved up last week to 332,000 from a pandemic low, a sign that the spread of the delta variant may have slightly increased layoffs. Applications for jobless aid rose from 312,000 the week before, the Labor Department ...

County Reports 71 New COVID Cases; Hospitalizations Drop

The county Health Department noted 71 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, though the number of people with the virus in local hospitals did come down. Thirty-four cases were reported in Jamestown, along with eight in Dunkirk, five in Ashville, four in Sherman and three each in Fredonia and ...

Find A Middle Ground To Keep Health Care Facilities Staffed

The WCA Home’s decision to begin transfer procedures for half of its residents should scare the families of elderly nursing residents throughout the county. The Fredonia nursing home is like many others throughout the county in that it was already struggling to attract workers. The ...

Jamestown Schools Open Successfully, Grapple With COVID

Superintendent Kevin Whitaker said the school year has gotten off to a great start, despite the looming challenge of the pandemic. After Tuesday’s Jamestown Public Schools District Board of Education meeting, Whitaker gave a brief update on the state of the schools. He said everything has ...