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11 New COVID Cases; School Numbers On The Rise

Five new cases in Jamestown, four in Dunkirk and one each in Fredonia and Lakewood were announced on Friday by the Chautauqua County Health Department. There are 71 active cases that also continue to recover under orders of the local health official.

According to the state School COVID-19 Report Card, a number of districts have been dealing with the virus as well. Through Thursday, the dashboard reported instances in Dunkirk Middle School, School 5 and 7. Other cases included one in Cassadaga Valley, Gowanda and Brocton.

Also Friday, Jamestown Public Schools announced Friday that a student at Washington Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19.

According to a release, the student last attended school in-person on Monday, Oct. 5. The Chautauqua County Health Department alerted the district of the case and has started contact tracing to determine who may have been in close or poximate contact with the student that tested positive.

In addition, the county reported 355 cases under quarantine/isolation and being monitored and 23 under domestic traveler quarantine for having arrived to Chautauqua County from a state listed on the New York state travel advisory. Five were hospitalized in Chautauqua County through Wednesday.

To date, there have been: 654 recovered cases; 13 deaths; 738 total confirmed cases; and 49,296 negative test results.

MORE IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION

Jamestown High School said Friday it will be adding in-person instruction for students in 10 courses beginning Oct. 26: JCC Calculus, AP Calculus, AP English 12, AP English 11, JCC English 12, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Biology, AP Physics and Computer Applications. The additional classes will add 300 students per week to the school’s in-person enrollment.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to bring back students safely into the building, we have determined that these courses will commence in-person instruction on Oct. 26,” said JHS Principal Dana Williams. “We chose academically challenging classes with class enrollments that allow the proper health and safety procedures to keep our students and staff safe. We are very excited to get more of our students back at JHS.”

Each student will be contacted directly by JHS with specific details about their individual schedule and health and safety procedures required to attend in-person classes. Students will be notified prior to the Oct. 26 start date.

In addition to the added courses, JHS has also identified students in specialized classes who may be invited to visit the school in the afternoons for additional small group support. JHS will continue to work toward bringing back additional 10th through 12th grade students, dependent on positive metrics regarding COVID-19.

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