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COVID-19 Coverage

County Announces 18 New COVID Cases

Over two days, Chautauqua County reported 18 new COVID-19 cases. Saturday’s number was six with Sunday being another 12. Overall, the county has 693 cases of COVID-19. The county was to provide more information on Monday. Through Friday, the city of Dunkirk had the most cases at 169; ...

Tourism Industry Hit Hard In County

Tourism has been negatively affected by COVID-19 throughout the world, and that includes Chautauqua County. The good news: Local officials believe we will recover. The bad news: It may take more than three years. During a recent Planning and Economic Development Committee meeting, ...

JPS Announces In-Person Learning On Fridays

The Jamestown Public Schools District on Monday said schools will be working to add in-person attendance on Fridays beginning on Oct. 23 for students who currently attend in-person classes. Each school will contact parents and students with specific information regarding the Friday schedule ...

County Reports 2 New COVID-Related Deaths

Two new deaths related to COVID-19 were reported Monday by the Chautauqua County Department of Health. The deaths include a man in his 50s and a woman in her 80s. To date, 12 county residents have died due to complications associated with the coronavirus. "Today's update is a stark ...

Return To The Pitch

Following weeks of uncertainty and pandemic preparation some of the finest girls soccer programs in Section VI will return to the pitch today to begin the 2020 season. Westfield will travel to meet Dunkirk for the first contest of the year at 10 a.m., while the Southwestern Trojans will ...

Local Residents Participate In Kidney Exchange

Darlene Morganti couldn’t help but get emotional. “I have to keep pinching myself because I’m not sure it’s actually real,” she said. Over the last year-and-a-half, the Lakewood resident has endured the hardships of kidney disease: constant nausea, fatigue and the day-to-day ...

County 4-H Is Facing Budget Challenges

The Chautauqua County Legislature has proclaimed Oct. 4-10 “4-H Week” in the county. But it’s going to take more than a proclamation to help the organization through this time. According CCE Executive Director Emily Reynolds, 4-H has about 325 students involved in its clubs. The clubs ...

Officials React To Trump COVID-19 Diagnosis

Federal and state representatives each issued reactions Friday to the news that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump had contracted COVID-19. The White House said late Friday afternoon that Trump will spend “a few days” at a military hospital as a result of the diagnosis. ...

Chautauqua Town Proposes Decrease In 2021 Budget

MAYVILLE — The town of Chautauqua is continuing its best to keeping taxes low, as least as far as town taxes. During a special Chautauqua Town Board meeting, Supervisor Donald Emhardt presented the proposed 2021 budget to the rest of the town board. The proposed budget is $1.1 million, ...

School Officials Push For Increased State Aid

The state School Boards Association and Association of School Business Officials of New York are lobbying for increased aid with a new report, “A Lost Generation.” The report, based on a survey of school business officials, reveals that multi-year state aid reductions would leave nearly ...

Virtual Walk Against Domestic Violence Ongoing

People can participate in the Walk Against Domestic Violence virtually this year. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and several community organizations are collaborating to carry on a tradition despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The Salvation Army Anew Center, with the help of ...

Employees At Heritage Facilities Test Positive For COVID-19

Recent rounds of COVID-19 testing among employees at Heritage nursing facilities in Chautauqua County returned five positive results in the last two weeks. Jeremy Rutter, Heritage Ministries chief clinical officer, confirmed Thursday that two staff members at Heritage Green on Route 430 in ...

New Restaurant Opens Its Doors Downtown

Those in search of authentic Caribbean cuisine will have a new spot in downtown Jamestown to try. Local city and state officials helped cut the ribbon at La Rumba, a Hispanic restaurant that serves authentic Puerto Rican cuisine which opened on Thursday at 104 W. Second St. in Foundry ...

Dem Wants More Prison Inmates Released Due To Coronavirus

At least one Democratic party lawmaker wants to give the state corrections commissioner the ability to release inmates from correctional facilities into home confinement. Assemblyman David Weprin, D-Fresh Meadows, recently introduced A.10957 in the state Assembly to amend the Correction Law. ...

Trump Says He, First Lady Tested Positive For COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, a stunning announcement that plunges the country deeper into uncertainty just a month before the presidential election. Trump, who has spent much of the ...

Trump Going To Hospital On Advice Of Doctors

The White House says President Donald Trump will spend a "few days" at a military hospital on the advice of his physicians after contracting COVID-19. Trump is to depart the White House by helicopter early Friday evening for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The White House says ...

NY To Local Governments: Enforce Virus Rules Or Face Fines

NEW YORK (AP) — New York state's daily count of new coronavirus cases topped 1,500 for the first time since late May as Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned local governments Friday that they'll face fines if they don't enforce social distancing and mask rules. Officials are increasingly concerned ...

Westfield Reviews Options Amid School Aid Withholding

WESTFIELD — Westfield Academy and Central School board members discussed the possibility that the district could encounter serious financial difficulties if the announced 20% withholding in state aid becomes permanent. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in April that hospitals, schools and local ...

Dunkirk Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19

An employee with the Dunkirk City School District has tested positive for the coronavirus. The district announced the positive case Wednesday in a news release. In it, district officials said they have worked closely with the employee and the Chautauqua County Department of Health and ...

12 New COVID-19 Cases Reported In County

The Chautauqua County Department of Health on Thursday reported 12 new cases of COVID-19. The new cases include two in Jamestown, three in Brocton, three in Dunkirk and four in Fredonia. There are currently 45 active cases for those who continue to recover under orders from local health ...