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COVID-19 Coverage

Poll Workers Ensure Primary Election Runs Smoothly

Local voters looking to cast their ballots in Tuesday’s primary election had the opportunity to do so in person, thanks to the dedicated efforts of polling station workers and the Chautauqua County Board of Elections. While some areas of the state were operating significantly fewer in-person ...

Peek’n Peak Resort Reopens; Some Workers Recalled

Peek'n Peak Resort has reopened its facilities following a brief closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a news release, Scott Enterprises Inc. said its Peak Mountain Adventures opened June 19. The upper golf course at Peek'n Peak is also accepting tee-time reservations for golfers practicing ...

Malls, Movies, Gyms In New York Still Not Cleared To Reopen

ALBANY (AP) — Malls, movie theaters and gyms will not be cleared to reopen when areas of New York state progress to Phase 4 as early as Friday. The businesses had been hoping Gov. Andrew Cuomo would allow them to open their doors after a three-month shutdown bought on by the pandemic. But ...

YMCA Alliance ‘Dismayed’ Locations Not Part Of Phase 4 Reopening

An organization representing YMCA locations across New York state said it was "dismayed" to learn it would not be allowed to take part in the fourth phase of reopening. Kyle Stewart, executive director of the Alliance of New York State YMCAs, said in a statement: "The alliance was dismayed by ...

Travelers To NY, New Jersey, Connecticut Are Told To Isolate

NEW YORK (AP) — New York, Connecticut and New Jersey will require visitors from states with high coronavirus infection rates to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, beginning Thursday, the three governors said. "We now have to make sure the rates continue to drop," New York Gov. Andrew ...

County DMV Locations To Resume All Operations Monday

All three DMV offices within Chautauqua County will open Monday for full, normal operations. All types of transactions will now be processed in-person at the offices. In a statement, Clerk Larry Barmore said, "We still have a lot of mail-in and drop box transactions that need ...

Gyms Feel ‘Gut Punch’ After Being Left Out In Reopening Plan

Like a punch in the gut. That's how Erica Dix, who with her husband David own and operate Anytime Fitness in West Ellicott, described feeling after learning this week that gyms — along with movie theaters and malls — will not be cleared to reopen when areas of New York state progress to ...

Reed Applauds Hearing Into New York’s Failed Nursing Home Policy

A mandate by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo directing coronavirus patients into nursing homes is being called a “death sentence” by the Republican representative of New York’s 23rd Congressional District. On Tuesday, Tom Reed, R-Corning, during his weekly call with regional media, ...

3 New Cases Of COVID Reported; 123 In Total

Three new cases of COVID-19 were reported Wednesday, bringing the total to date in Chautauqua County to 123. The new cases involve two women and a man in their 20s. The county Department of Health said there remains nine active cases of the coronavirus. There are 113 county residents under ...

County Unemployment Rate Drops To 11.1%

Chautauqua County’s unemployment rate has lowered following a two-month spike as more businesses reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to statistics released Tuesday by the state Labor Department, 11.1% of the workforce within the county was unemployed in May — down from the 15.5% ...

Restrictions Eased On Visitation By Brooks Hospital Starting Monday

Brooks Memorial Hospital announced today it will ease visitation restrictions starting next week. Previously, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all hospital visitations were suspended in March. "We realize the COVID restrictions have been difficult for patients’ families and we appreciate ...

County Unemployment Rate Drops To 11.1%

Chautauqua County's unemployment rate has lowered following a two-month spike as more businesses reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to statistics released Tuesday by the state Labor Department, 11.1% of the workforce was unemployed in May — down from the 15.5% reported in April ...

Fourth Of July Fireworks Planned At Mayville Park

A Fourth of July fireworks display will take place at Lakeside Park in Mayville. The committee that oversees the annual Independence Day festivities announced Tuesday that the display will begin at the park at 10 p.m. The park will be closed to visitors out of safety concerns. "We feel that ...

2 New Cases Of COVID Reported; 120 In Total

Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported by the county Health Department on Tuesday, bringing the total to date to 120. The new cases involve men in their 60s and 30s. According to the county Health Department, there are currently eight active cases of county residents who continue to recover ...

DMV To Offer Road Tests In Chautauqua County

Road tests are being scheduled in Chautauqua County for CDL, class D and class M licenses, County Clerk Larry Barmore announced Tuesday. Barmore said the state is giving preference to those who had a scheduled appointment canceled because of the COVID-19 shutdown. The best way to schedule ...

New York Primary Voters Might Await Results Into July

A primary election season like no other neared a conclusion Tuesday as New Yorkers made their picks for Congress, president and other offices following campaigns in which candidates largely had to connect with voters online amid a pandemic. With the state allowing anyone to vote by absentee ...

Ready And Waiting

A line began forming even before the Jamestown office of the Chautauqua County Department of Motor Vehicles opened for business Monday morning. The office — one of three county DMV locations — reopened for the first time during the COVID-19 pandemic to handle in-person transactions that ...

No New COVID Cases Reported Monday

No new COVID-19 cases were reported Monday, the Chautauqua County Department of Health reported, leaving the total to date at 118. There remains seven active cases involving county residents who continue to recover under orders from local health officials per state public health law. In ...

Back To The Track

BUSTI — Thursday night was one of Jean Scott’s best at Stateline Speedway since taking over ownership with her husband, Jim, five years ago. When it will happen again is anybody’s guess. Stateline held a “Test & Tune” session at the Kortwright Road dirt rack with nearly 65 ...