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COVID-19 Coverage

‘A Banner Year’

Chautauqua Lake was visited by an increased number of boaters in 2020, in particular kayakers looking to enjoy the outdoors in a safe way during the COVID-10 pandemic. Efforts to prevent the spread of invasive species into local waterways ramped up along with traffic, thanks to continued ...

Two COVID Deaths Noted; Rise Seen At BOCES

Two more virus-related deaths, and 13 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, were reported Tuesday by the Chautauqua County Department of Health. After going nearly a month without a new death associated with the virus, the county has recorded four since Friday. The ages break down as follows: four ...

City Finishes 2020 In The Black

A lot has changed during the last few months when dealing with the 2020 financial outlook for the city of Jamestown. In January, prior to Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist’s State of the City address, city officials were looking at a potential $1.1 million deficit in 2020. However, with the ...

State To Offer Mobile Vaccine Clinics For Farm Workers

New York state is launching a new initiative to vaccinate farm workers. The plan is to create mobile vaccination clinics that will travel to farms and administer vaccines to farmers and workers at their place of business. Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement while speaking at an apple ...

Businesses Scramble For Help As Job Openings Go Unfilled

NEW YORK (AP) — It looks like something to celebrate: small businesses posting "Help Wanted" signs as the economy edges toward normalcy. Instead, businesses are having trouble filling the jobs, which in turn hurts their ability to keep up with demand for their products or services. Owners ...

Officials Hope Efforts Keep Truck-Lite In County

FALCONER — Local officials are awaiting word on whether year-long efforts to keep a longtime company in Chautauqua County pay off. Mark Geise, chief executive officer of the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, confirmed Monday that Truck-Lite has been looking at possibly ...

New Variants May Be Cause Of Higher COVID Cases In WNY

Officials believe the new COVID-19 variants may be the cause of the increase of deaths and positive cases in Western New York. From Friday to Sunday, the Chautauqua County Health Department reported 93 new coronavirus cases and two additional deaths. The two individuals who passed away were ...

EU Agency Links J&J Shot To Rare Clots, Says Odds Favor Use

LONDON (AP) — The European Union's drug regulatory agency said Tuesday that it found a "possible link" between Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine and extremely rare blood clots and that a warning should be added to the label. But experts at the agency reiterated that the vaccine's ...

County Reports 2 New Virus-Related Deaths

Two more virus-related deaths, and 13 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, were reported Tuesday by the Chautauqua County Department of Health. After going nearly a month without a new death associated with the virus, the county has recorded four since Friday. The ages break down as follows: ...

Legislators Introduce Travel Ban Bills

Last year, talk of COVID-19 travel bans were all the rage across the country. As the nation struggles to return to normalcy in its second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York state Legislature has returned to a bit of normalcy with two bills proposing travel bans on state employees to ...

Whitaker: District Weathered The COVID-19 Storm

Two months ago, Dr. Kevin Whitaker did not think the Jamestown Public Schools District would be adding anything new to the district in the 2021-22 school year. Millions of additional dollars in federal aid and the promise of millions more in state aid have changed that. The 2021-22 budget ...

Half Of US Adults Have Received At Least One COVID-19 Shot

WASHINGTON — Half of all adults in the U.S. have received at least one COVID-19 shot, the government announced Sunday, marking another milestone in the nation’s largest-ever vaccination campaign but leaving more work to do to convince skeptical Americans to roll up their sleeves. Almost ...

New York Eases Capacity Rules For Museums, Movie Theaters

ALBANY (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is allowing more people inside museums, movie theaters and indoor sports arenas as the latest data suggests the state's vaccination campaign is curbing COVID-19 infection levels. The state recorded just under 43,000 new cases in the seven-day period ...

JCC Clinic For Tuesday Afternoon Announced By County

The Chautauqua County Health Department has COVID-19 Moderna vaccination appointments available at Jamestown Community College on Tuesday from 1 to 6 p.m. for those 18 years of age and older who live, study, work or do business in New York state. There will be walk-in availability from 3:30 to ...

Collector Preserves The ‘Good Old Days’

It appears that Tony Sanfilippo is living the dream. The Busti man is married, has four children, eight grandchildren, two dogs and is surrounded by one of his beloved hobbies. The key player in the dream is Chris, Sanfilippo's very understanding wife, who has willingly allowed him to fill ...

Mixed Reviews: Curfew On Bars And Restaurants Extended

Although restaurants and officials across the state have called for the lifting of curfew restrictions, local reactions to the new midnight curfew are mixed. Gov. Cuomo announced Wednesday that restaurants are now able to stay open until midnight. This is part of an ease of COVID restrictions ...

COVID Cases Keep Climbing In County

Chautauqua County is now on the radar of the Centers of Disease Control for the recent increase in COVID-19 cases. On Friday, the county Health Department reported an additional 33 cases Thursday — with 213 being active — as the seven-day positivity rate was reported at 2.1%. It has been a ...

Local Woman, Overcoming COVID-19, Turns 104

Ruth Anderson, who recently turned 104 years old, attributes her long life to positivity and happiness. On April 10, Anderson her birthday at the Hultquist Place assisted living program on the Lutheran campus in Jamestown. Anderson was able to celebrate in the company of other Hultquist ...

Many Restrictions Despite Adoption Of CDC Rules

New York state’s adoption of federal school social distancing guidelines won’t help schools much if COVID cases continue to increase. The state Health Department cut social distancing requirements from 6 feet to 3 feet in most cases. The guidance came about a month after the federal ...