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COVID-19 Coverage

Viral Thoughts: Why COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories Persist

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Daniel Roberts hadn't had a vaccination since he was 6. No boosters, no tetanus shots. His parents taught him inoculations were dangerous, and when the coronavirus arrived, they called it a hoax. The vaccine, they said, was the real threat. So when the 29-year-old ...

Schumer Visits City To Discuss American Rescue Plan

Sen. Charles Schumer doesn’t get to the former Erie-Lackawanna Railroad Station often — but when he visits the senator usually bears good news. On Monday, Schumer visited the National Comedy Center to tout the American Rescue Plan passed by Congress and signed into law by President Joe ...

Stimulus Bill Throws Lifeline To Small Venues

For Journey Gunderson, the American Rescue Plan’s help for entertainment venues is doubly important. It will help the National Comedy Center, of which Gunderson is the executive director, access money to keep the center afloat as the COVID-19 pandemic dissipates. Just as importantly, the ...

Vaccine Eligibility Expands To 16 And Up

America’s COVID-19 vaccine problem will shift from availability to willingness within the span of a month. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, discussed the national COVID-19 vaccination effort during a visit to the National Comedy Center in Jamestown on Monday. Schumer said federal ...

Some Businesses Want To Keep Masks On, Even As States Drop Mandates

NEW YORK — Although Texas no longer requires people to wear masks to protect against COVID-19, customers do need them to enter De J. Lozada’s store. “We cannot afford to take chances with the lives of my staffers. They’re young people and their parents have entrusted me with their ...

Hundreds Of Appointments Available In JCC Vaccination Clinic

Hundreds of appointments are available for a COVID-19 vaccination clinic taking place Thursday at the Jamestown Community College campus in Jamestown. The clinic, beginning at 9 a.m., will make use of the Pfizer vaccine. Registration for the clinic can be found at: ...

COVID Again Alters Plans For High Schoolers

For Jamestown High School students, spring is usually filled with fun and exciting events, but due to COIVD-19 many activities will again likely be altered. “To this point we’ve had no transmission of COVID in our own building, which is great,” said Principal Dana Williams. “But it ...

COVID-19 Registry Bill Introduced

Dozens of Democrats in the state Senate support creating a COVID-19 Health Registry. Introduced last month in the Senate by Sen. Brad Hoylman, D-New York City, S.5927 has 22 Democrat co-sponsors. Hoylman proposes to amend the state Public Health Law to establish the registry to track the ...

Vaccinations Key To Losing Pandemic Restrictions

The answer to possibly the most asked question during the last year — “How much longer do I have to wear mask in public” — will depend on herd immunity. Herd immunity occurs when enough people become immune to a disease to make its spread unlikely. As a result, the entire community ...

Schumer Details American Rescue Plan In City Visit

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Monday announced "help is on the way" for Chautauqua County citizens as he detailed specifics from the American Rescue Plan he just led to passage in the U.S. Senate. Using the National Comedy Center as a backdrop, Schumer explained that Rescue ...

Some Pandemic Adjustments Could Be Permanent

Everyone had to make adjustments following the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Like it or not, some of those adjustments might be permanent — though some might be for the better. One of the changes made is the switch to telehealth where people can speak to their family physician or ...

Findley Lake Business Thriving Despite Pandemic

FINDLEY LAKE — While most businesses struggled because of the COVID pandemic, Findley Lake Landscape & Garden Supply not only survived, but thrived during the past year. Scott Porter, Brody Briggs and Chrissy Briggs launched the landscape and supply business in July 2019, but it was ...

Three More Vaccination Clinics To Be Held

Three COVID-19 vaccination clinics are set to take place next week toward the north end of the county. Two pop-up clinics, one in Irving and the other in Gowanda, will be held Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced. In all, 18 community-based clinics inside houses of worship, community ...

Churches Prep For In-Person Easter Service

After no in-person Easter church services last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, churches are preparing to welcome parishioners back this Sunday. The Rev. Luke Fodor at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, located at 410 N. Main St., Jamestown, said this Easter will be notably special following an ...

Vaccinated People Can Travel Safely, CDC Says

NEW YORK — Add travel to the activities vaccinated Americans can safely enjoy again, according to new U.S. guidance issued Friday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance to say fully vaccinated people can travel within the U.S. without getting tested for the ...

Local Summer Camps Provide Options For Kids

As the weather warms up, local summer camps and organizations are preparing for the return of kids, albeit with reduced numbers due to COVID-19. Camp Onyahsa is ready to return to some level of normalcy this summer. Last year, the camp was forced to cancel its overnight activities, which ...

Nursing Facility Faces Hurdles In COVID Fight

Since a COVID-19 outbreak at the beginning of the year, the Chautauqua Nursing & Rehabilitation Center has done its best to recover and adapt. The coronavirus infected dozens of residents within the facility and around 70% of the staff. But in the months since, and since the pandemic ...

JCC To Hold Virtual, Outdoor Commencement

Jamestown Community College has announced updated plans regarding its graduation ceremonies this year. The college said it plans to host both a virtual and outdoor commencements. “Our students have worked extremely hard over the past year in the face of unprecedented odds,” said Kirk ...

US Employers Add 916,000 Jobs In March As Hiring Accelerates

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s employers unleashed a burst of hiring in March, adding 916,000 jobs in a sign that a sustained recovery from the pandemic recession is taking hold as vaccinations accelerate, stimulus checks flow through the economy and businesses increasingly reopen. The March ...

Fully Vaccinated Can Travel Again, Says New CDC Guidance

NEW YORK (AP) — Add travel to the activities vaccinated Americans can enjoy again, according to new U.S. guidance issued Friday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance to say fully vaccinated people can travel within the U.S. without getting tested for the ...