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COVID-19 Coverage

Whitaker Worried Outbreak May Impact Schools

The superintendent of the Jamestown Public Schools is advising the community to not give into “COVID fatigue,” as the holidays near and as new coronavirus cases continue to appear locally. “We’ve done a great job between our students and staff and our maintenance crews and they have ...

1st Infection Reported By NCCS

DUNKIRK — A first COVID-19 case has been reported by the only Catholic school in Chautauqua County. School Principal Andrew Ludwig confirmed the positive infection of a student in an e-mail sent to parents of the school on Thursday. Ludwig said in the e-mail the student has not been in the ...

North County Cluster Getting Attention

A cluster of cases in the north county is being investigated by the Department of Health. In a news release issued on Thursday afternoon, officials said they were investigating an outbreak of COVID-19 cases as the result of a private event. “We’ve detected over the last week that they ...

Ideas For Celebrating Halloween During A Pandemic

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Public Health Director Christine Schuyler asks for the public’s help to make sure everyone has a healthy and safe Halloween. “Halloween activities, including trick-or-treating, must be done in a safe way to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Schuyler said. ...

Early Voting Kicks Off Saturday Throughout County

Registered voters in Chautauqua County can now vote early at any of the three designated early voting sites: at the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood; county Fairground in Dunkirk; or at the Board of Elections in Mayville. The early voting period runs now through Sunday, Nov. 1 — two days ...

County: 12 COVID Cases Tied To Private Event

At least 12 cases of COVID-19 reported this week by the Chautauqua County Department of Health have been linked to a private event in the north county. In an update Friday, the department said it is still investigating the cluster of cases, but did not provide specifics — other than to say ...

‘Peace Of Mind’

As Chautauqua County continues to battle COVID-19, officials are encouraging residents to get tested for the virus — including New York’s lieutenant governor. Kathy Hochul visited Mayville on Tuesday to meet with interim County Executive PJ Wendel and public health director Christine ...

Gov. ‘Hall Pass’ Debated By Assembly Candidates

Editor’s note: This is the first of a four-part debate between candidates for New York State Assembly. Christina Cardinale believes Andrew Goodell made his bed when he voted on legislation that allowed Gov. Andrew Cuomo to expand his emergency powers during a disaster. So now he must lie ...

County Reports 12 New COVID Cases; 128 Active

The Chautauqua County Department of Health reported 12 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, with 128 current active cases across the county. The new cases include one person in the Jamestown zip code, five in Dunkirk, one in Fredonia, one in Silver Creek, one in Brocton, two in Clymer and one ...

Health Department Probing North County Outbreak

A cluster of cases in the north county is being investigated by the Department of Health. In an updated news release issued Thursday afternoon, officials said they are investigating the COVID-19 outbreak as the result of a private event. Specifics of that event were not disclosed in the ...

Cattaraugus County Reports 15th Death, 17 Additional Cases

A third death in nine days linked to COVID-19 has been reported in Cattaraugus County. Health Department officials said the 15th death tied to the virus was an 86-year-old male who developed respiratory failure and was unable to overcome his illness despite aggressive medical treatment. "We ...

Trump Tends To Electoral Map, Biden Prepping For Debate

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump is hopping from one must-win stop on the electoral map to the next in the leadup to a final presidential debate that may be his last, best chance to alter the trajectory of the 2020 campaign. Democrat Joe Biden has been taking the opposite approach, ...

County Reports 8 New COVID Cases; 155 Active Cases

The Chautauqua County Department of Health reported eight new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday in addition to 155 total active cases. The cases break down as follows: one in Jamestown, five in Dunkirk, one in Silver Creek and one in Irving. There are currently 12 active cases among employees ...

NY Mulls Travel Rules As Neighboring States Hit Threshold

ALBANY (AP) — New York may have to consider changes to its quarantine rules for out-of-state travelers now that two of its closest neighbors, Connecticut and New Jersey, are on the brink of getting added to the list of places subject to the restrictions. The three states announced earlier ...

County Unemployment Rate Down To 6.2%

The unemployment rate in Chautauqua County has fallen in the last month, according to preliminary information released Tuesday by the New York State Department of Labor. For the month of September the rate fell to 6.2% — down from the 9.5% reported for August and the 12.4% reported in July ...

Hochul Questions Report Pa. Could Be Added To Travel List

MAYVILLE — New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul questioned the "veracity of a report" that Pennsylvania would be added to the state's travel advisory list during a visit to a Chautauqua County COVID-19 testing site on Tuesday. "I think it was just media speculation," Hochul said of the report. ...

US Overdose Deaths Appear To Rise Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Matthew Davidson was beating his heroin addiction. The 31-year-old was attending group recovery meetings. He had a restaurant job he liked. He was a doting uncle to a baby nephew. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. Davidson lost his job. He started staying home alone in his apartment near ...

New York Won’t Enforce New Jersey, Connecticut Quarantines

ALBANY (AP) — A rise in COVID-19 cases in New Jersey and Connecticut has landed both states on New York's quarantine list, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York won't enforce the rules against those residents. The three states had announced the joint travel advisory this summer at a time when ...

Cuomo: Quarantine For Pa. Travelers ‘Not Practically Viable’

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday said Pennsylvania — along with Connecticut and New Jersey — meet the criteria for the state's travel advisory, though due to the "interconnected nature of the region and mode of transport between us, a quarantine on these states is not practically viable." The ...

24 New COVID Cases Reported At Tanglewood, Memory Garden

A second round of COVID-19 testing among residents at two adult care facilities in the south county netted 24 new positive tests, the Chautauqua County Department of Health announced. The testing at Tanglewood Manor and Memory Garden in West Ellicott took place Monday at the direction of the ...