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COVID-19 Coverage

Care Providers Announce New COVID Treatment

Two Chautauqua County health care facilities on Friday announced they will be treating high-risk patients with monoclonal antibodies, laboratory-produced molecules that help a person’s own immune system fight viruses. In separate press releases, UPMC Chautauqua in Jamestown and the ...

Rioters Who Stormed US Capitol Now Face Backlash At Work

NEW YORK (AP) — A printing company in Maryland saw the photo on Twitter Wednesday night: an employee roaming the halls of the U.S. Capitol with a company badge around his neck. He was fired the next day. Others are facing similar repercussions at work for their participation in Wednesday’s ...

Fredonia Mayor ‘Lucky To Be Here’ After COVID

Fredonia Mayor Douglas Essek continues to recover from COVID-19, which led to the elected official contracting double pneumonia and suffering a massive heart attack in December that placed him in the intensive care unit of UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pa. Despite the health issues faced by the mayor, ...

State Announces Three Additional UK COVID Cases Identified

New York state Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that three additional cases of the UK strain of the COVID-19 virus have been identified in New York. Two of the cases are connected to the initial discovery of the UK strain identified in Saratoga Springs last week, while a third case, unrelated ...

Cattaraugus County Has 54 New Cases, Nearing 3,000

Cattaraugus County is nearing 3,000 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic in March. On Saturday, the Health Department announced 54 new cases bringing the total number of cases at 54. There has been a total of 2,985 cases with 554 active. Forty-one are hospitalized and 2,370 have ...

Attendees At Bills’ Playoff Victory ‘Absolutely Love It’

ORCHARD PARK (AP) — It was just like the pre-coronavirus pandemic days on Saturday morning for Scott Hammond and his son Landon when they were among the first to get to their seats before a Buffalo Bills home game. Everything else, however, felt different for the Hammonds, who were among the ...

Pizza Shop Gets Creative As Bills Fever Grips Area

The Buffalo Bills fever gripping Western New York has found its way into every nook and cranny, including your local pizza shop. Coppola’s Pizzaria in Bemus Point will be helping fans get into the spirit for Saturday’s playoff game with its signature Bills-shaped pie, which has become a ...

‘Scary’ Surge Is More Than A Number

Late Tuesday evening, a nurse practitioner took to Facebook to share her plight regarding the rapid COVID-19 increases that are taking a toll on every portion of this region. Her plea was simple and to the point: right now, the virus is “scary.” “Listen up Chautauqua County! I praised ...

COVID Surge Impacting Dunkirk Facility

DUNKIRK — COVID-19 numbers are starting to become alarming at the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dunkirk. According to a facility spokeswoman, there have been 34 positive tests involving employees while 40 of the residents are also battling the infection over the last two ...

COVID Claims 8 Lives In Chaut., Catt. Counties

While much of the nation has been focused on the armed protesters that broke into the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, the coronavirus continued its deadly ways. Another fatality from COVID-19 was reported by the Chautauqua County Health Department and seven more were reported in Cattaraugus County. ...

More Coronavirus Relief On The Way For Small Businesses

NEW YORK (AP) — For Nancy Sinoway, a second coronavirus relief loan would increase the chances that her dressmaking business will survive. "I could use it for marketing, for new samples. I could use it as a lifeline," says Sinoway, who designs and makes dresses for occasions like weddings ...

US Loses 140,000 Jobs, First Monthly Loss Since Spring

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers shed jobs last month for the first time since April, cutting 140,000 positions, clear evidence that the economy is faltering as the viral pandemic tightens its grip on consumers and businesses. At the same time, the unemployment rate stayed at 6.7%, the ...

Dunkirk Care Facility Plans Treatment For High-Risk COVID Patients

Amid a major increase in positive COVID-19 cases at the Chautauqua Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, officials at the facility announced Friday it will offer monoclonal antibody infusions for the treatment of high-risk COVID-19 patients. It is the same treatment that was given to U.S. ...

County Reports 266 New COVID Cases

Chautauqua County reported 266 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, according to numbers released on Friday afternoon. The new caseload is the largest single-day increase of COVID-19 infections in the county since a global pandemic was declared in March. There are now 722 active cases ...

New York Expands Vaccinations To Elderly, Essential Workers

ALBANY (AP) — Faced with mounting criticism over the slow pace of the coronavirus vaccine rollout, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that, starting next week, New York would allow a much wider swath of the public to get inoculated, including anyone age 75 or older. The governor warned ...

UPMC Chautauqua Sees Increase In COVID Patients

Since the Thanksgiving holiday, UPMC Chautauqua has seen an increase in patients with COVID-19. That’s according to Brian Durniok, president of the Jamestown facility, and comes as more people than ever with the virus are in Chautauqua County hospitals. “We’ve seen an increase in ...

3 New Deaths Reported As Emphasis Continues For Vaccinations

As deaths from COVID-19 across New York state and Chautauqua County continue to rise, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is continuing his push to get the vaccine out to hospital staff and nursing homes immediately. Three new COVID-19-related deaths were announced Wednesday by the Chautauqua County Department ...

City Allocates CARES Act Funds To More Businesses

An additional $157,000 in CARES Act funding has been allocated to more city businesses. The additional funding went to The Beer Snob; Big Pitts BBQ; The Biodome Project; Brindle Barn; Colecraft; Garden of Eden; It’s Your Day; Jamestown Awning and Party Tents; Jamestown Skate Products; John ...

COVID Variant Reported In Pennsylvania

The state Department of Health has announced the discovery of the COVID-19 variant in Pennsylvania. This is the variant initially discovered in England last month. The virus - SARA-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 - was confirmed in Pennsylvania in a case out of Dauphin County. State officials said the person ...

Heritage Resident Celebrates 101st Birthday

Helen Merrill, a resident at The Village in Gerry, celebrated two very memorable milestones: her 101st birthday and being one of the first Heritage residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, a traditional party was not possible, but The Village staff ...