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COVID-19 Coverage

State Updates Guidance On Graduations Ceremonies

New York state has updated its guidance on graduation ceremonies for schools, colleges and universities. The update takes effect May 1, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, and includes indoor and outdoor graduation and commencement ceremonies. “We’re once again approaching the end of the academic ...

Poll: 15% Of Americans Worse Off A Year Into Pandemic

While most Americans have weathered the pandemic financially, about 38 million say they are worse off now than before the outbreak began in the U.S. Overall, 55% of Americans say their financial circumstances are about the same now as a year ago, and 30% say their finances have improved, ...

New Site Helps Residents Find Vaccine Appointments

Western New Yorkers now have a new way to find appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine. Todd Tranum, president and chief executive officer at the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, said Vaccine Hound was put together by the State University at Buffalo and is being supported by volunteers ...

More Than 800 County Residents Have Received J&J Vaccine

A total of 807 Chautauqua County residents have received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine from the county Health Department. For now, that number will not be permitted to go up. According to the Associated Press, the U.S. on Tuesday recommended a “pause” in using the single-dose ...

Lakewood Movie Theater To Reopen April 23

LAKEWOOD — Lakewood Cinema 8 is set to reopen Friday, April 23. The Buffalo-based Dipson Theatres, which operates Chautauqua Mall Cinema I and II, Warren Mall Cinema, and the Lakewood theater, made the announcement via its website. In order to reopen, Dipson Thatres said it will follow ...

COVID Forces Cancellation Of Scandanavian Folk Festival

The 2021 Scandanavian Folk Festival has been canceled by organizers. The next festival is scheduled for July 2022. Continued COVID-19 restrictions for large group gatherings and required quarantine for international travelers have prompted the decision. Thirty-two guest performers from ...

Reforms Follow Deadly Year In New York Nursing Homes

ALBANY (AP) — After a deadly year in New York’s nursing homes, state lawmakers have passed legislation intended to hold facility operators more accountable for neglect and potentially force them to spend more on patient care. Rules passed in recent days as part of a state budget deal would ...

Certain Cancer Patients Are At High Risk Of COVID-19 Vaccine Failure

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — People with cancer that affects the blood, bone marrow or lymph nodes are at elevated risk of COVID-19 vaccine failure, particularly those with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, according to new results from an analysis of UPMC Hillman Cancer Center patients. The finding ...

Mayor: Too Soon To Hold Fireworks Show In Lakewood

LAKEWOOD — The village of Lakewood will again forgo its annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration this year. Mayor Randy Holcomb said the annual event to celebrate the summer holiday will not be held due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Holcomb is optimistic that, because of the ...

400 Attend Pop-Up Vaccination Site In Irving

IRVING — With COVID-19 vaccinations rolling out all over the country, accessibility to the vaccine can still be an issue, especially in rural areas. Thanks to the combined efforts of Dr. Raul Vazquez, president of Buffalo’s G-Health Enterprises, and J.C. Seneca, owner of Native Pride ...

Movie Showings Officially Return To The Reg Lenna

The smell of popcorn filled the lobby of the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts on Wednesday, unmistakable proof that movie-going has officially returned. The first showing, “The Croods: A New Age,” seemed an ideal kid-friendly choice for the theater as students across the region remain on ...

More COVID Vaccination Clinics Popping Up

When one clinic closes, another opens. Proof that COVID-19 vaccinations are becoming more readily available can be seen in the multiple clinics popping up regularly throughout Chautauqua County. While one such clinic, taking place today at Jamestown Community College, filled by Wednesday, ...

‘I’m Glad I Got It’

A specialized treatment to help people, especially those over the age of 65, who have tested positive for COVID-19 may be the reason a Jamestown man is still alive. The treatment is monoclonal antibodies, Monoclonal — “mono” means “one” and “clonal” means “copy” — ...

Sherman To Use Hybrid Learning Through End Of School Year

SHERMAN — The Sherman Central School District will continue to follow the hybrid model of instruction that has been in use throughout the 2020-21 school year, board of education members and administrators determined at a special meeting on March 31. Michael Ginestre, district superintendent, ...

Wendel Hopeful To Reach 50% Vaccinated By Memorial Day

Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel said he’s optimistic 50% of residents can be partially, if not fully, vaccinated from COVID-19 by Memorial Day. The county this week crossed the one-third vaccination mark for those receiving at least one dose. “I’m hoping that by Memorial Day ...

Personal Protective Equipment Provided To Local EMS Agencies

WESTFIELD – Thirteen first response groups have a new supply of personal protective equipment thanks to the Allegheny Health Network. As the ongoing support of local EMS providers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic continues from both Allegheny Health Network and Highmark Health, Allegheny ...

JCC Plans For Return To In-Person Instruction In Fall

Jamestown Community College President Daniel T. DeMarte on Wednesday announced the college's intention to resume in-person operations for the fall 2021 semester. "The COVID-19 pandemic has tested our abilities in a variety of ways," DeMarte said in a recent message to the campus community. ...

UPDATE: UPMC Chautauqua To Host Vaccination Clinic Friday

While only a handful of appointments remain available for one vaccination clinic taking place this week in Jamestown, another has just been announced. As of 12:45 p.m. this afternoon there were only 66 appointments available for the vaccination clinic taking place Thursday at Jamestown ...

Survey: Even As Schools Reopen, Many Students Learn Remotely

Large numbers of students are not returning to the classroom even as more schools reopen for full-time, in-person learning, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Biden administration. The findings reflect a nation that has been locked in debate over the safety of reopening schools ...