Archives for March 2020

Emergency Tents Set Up Outside Olean General Hospital

Tents are now outside the emergency departments at Olean General Hospital and Bradford Regional Medical Center because of the coronavirus.
They’ll be used to triage all of the expected patients from the pandemic.
Cattaraugus County now has six COVID-19 cases. There are now 10 cases in Allegany County and one case in McKean County. A man in his mid-70s and an Allegany County woman are being treated at the Olean General Hospital ICU.
The Olean Chamber has officially postponed the Home Show and Sports Expo because of the virus.
The Olean Home Show, originally set for April 24-26, will now be held May 29-31 at the William O. Smith Recreation Center. The Sports, Recreation & Fitness Expo will be moved to Sept. 26-27 at Good Times Events Center.
The Olean Library is letting people keep books longer now and suspending fines for late fees.
You can still return books to the book drop.

Area Coronavirus Deaths Rise

An eighth Erie County resident has died as the number of Covid-19 cases in Erie County grew to 463 .
Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases in Niagara County grew by 13 with two 1-year-old infants among that county’s 51 cases.
Allegany, Chautauqua and Genesee counties registered their first coronavirus deaths Monday.
In Allegany County, the fatality was identified as a person older than 60.
The Chautauqua County resident was a man in his 80s. He died in an Erie, Pa., hospital.
The Genesee County fatality was a patient older than 65.
New York has now stopped all nonessential construction projects temporarily.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s order came as construction workers and some unions raised concern about having employees working in close quarters as New York tries to limit the number of people who congregate in a single space.Originally, all construction was exempt from Cuomo’s New York on PAUSE order, which took effect March 21 .

New York Passes 1,000 COVID-19 Deaths

New York has passed a grim milestone: Over 1,000 people have now been killed by virus, with more than two-thirds of the deaths in New York City
The state accounts for more than 40% of coronavirus deaths in all of the U.S.
Cattaraugus County has five confirmed cases of COVID-19.
They include a man and woman who live in the northwest of the county who went to NYC and Buffalo, and were in close contact with a known COVID-19 patient. They are both under quarantine at home.
A man who lives in the southeast part of the country. He has been discharged from the hospital and will be quarantined.
a positive COVID-19 test came back for a man from the southwest area of the county who in the past ten days has been to the Killbuck, Little Valley, Olean and Salamanca.. and a 33-year-old woman from the northwest sector of the county on Friday has also tested positive.

New York COVID-19 Deaths Rise

NY’s coronavirus deaths and hospitalizations are up.There are now more than 37,000 confirmed cases.
New York state’s death toll from the coronavirus jumped by 100 in one day, pushing the number to 385
Governor Andrew Cuomo says experts expect the number to increase as critically ill patients who have been on ventilators for several days die because of the virus.
More than 5,300 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized statewide as of Thursday, a 40% increase from the day before. Nearly 1,300 patients were in intensive care, a 45% increase.
Teachers at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford have moved their courses online for the rest of the spring semester, which ends April 24.
With local schools in recess for at least the next week, the university’s student teachers are in limbo as well. Pennsylvania law requires student teachers to complete at least 12 weeks of teaching before they can be certified,

COVID-19 Cases on the Rise in New York

COVID-19 infections are on the rise in New York — with the peak still weeks away
The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in New York climbed to 3,800, including close to 900 in intensive care, with the peak of the outbreak weeks away, accoridng to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The has state has more than 30,000 confirmed cases and 285 deaths.
New York officials are keeping a close eye on hospitals as the number of cases is projected to rise for perhaps three more weeks.
While COVID-19 has shut down much of New York state, trout season is still on.
The season opener is April 1, The state Department of Environmental Conservation encourages residents to fish. The DEC said anglers must continue to follow the CDC/New York State Department of Health guidelines Keep at least 6 feet away.
State parks in both New York and Pennsylvania remain open for outdoor visitation, but people must avoid large group activities.

allegany County Administrator Granted Emergency Powers

Emergency powers have been granted to Allegany County’S administrator.
Meeting over the phone the Allegany County Board of Legislators unanimously approved several measures, including more power to Administrator Carissa Knapp.
It authorizes Knapp to perform more day-to-day duties such as setting business hours, signing contracts and transferring department funds for needed purchases.
The resolution also suspends the typical committee structure used by the county for legislation. Now, the Committee of the Whole will handle the vetting process.
Pennsylvania’s governer has reopened gun shops, and ordered more residents to stay home
Firearms dealers may now sell guns by appointment during limited hours as long as they comply with social distancing guidelines and take other measures to protect employees and customers from the coronavirus.
Governor Thomas Wolf also ordered residents of Erie Countyto remain at home.
The directive took effect Tuesday. Residents of seven other counties have also been ordered to stay home.

NY State Virus Cases Over 20,000

Virus cases have gone up over 20,000 people in NY as the new restrictions start to curb the spread of the virus.
All of the state’s “nonessential” businesses were ordered closed by 8 p.m. Sunday.
New Yorkers may still go outside their homes to pick up groceries or exercise, but must stay 6 feet away from anyone who isn’t a member of their household.
There have been 157 deaths in New York state. And there have been more than 2,500 people put in the hospital.
Salamanca’s firefighters say they’re are all prepped and ready for when COVID-19 hits.
Fire Chief Nick Bocharski said his department ordered supplies way back in January, and the beginning of February. He says he thinks they’re ahead of the game. The city entered a state of emergency Thursday with many city buildings closing their doors and many staff members working from home. And Bocharski says he’s hoping to hire more firefighters soon.

Olean Rec Staff Prepares for End of Pandemic

Olean’s recreation staff is getting ready for the end of the coronavirus pandemic.
They say that when this clears up, people are going to want to be getting out like crazy — and they know they need to be ready.
Right now all the recreation facilities are closed to the public. So they’re getting caught up with building maintenance.
New backboards will be installed at War Vets Park, and building repairs in parks are needed to keep the facilities ready for the break in the pandemic.
Salamanca schools are keeping homework and meals coming during the closure.
Superintendent Robert Breidenstein says every student should have received a “wellness call” from a staff member, giving them an update on what to expect over the next few days.
Learning packets will be delivered via a school bus to every student’s home address beginning Tuesday. The Salamanca school district says 414 high school student packets will be sent next week.

Pennsylvania Orders Businesses to Close

Saying we need to act now before the illness spreads more widely, Pennyslvania Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations as of 8 o’clock tonight to slow down COVID-19.
Enforcement actions against businesses that don’t comply will begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, according to the governor’s office. Special exemptions will be given to businesses that are supplying or servicing health care providers.
Salamanca’s mayor Michael Smith declared a state of emergency for his city. Smith’s order also goes into effect midnight tonight. The order is set to expire at noon April 12.
Under state law, officials can issue orders including curfews, closing places of amusement and assembly, suspend or limit the sale, use or transport of alcohol, firearms, explosives and flammable materials, limit the public in public places, establish emergency shelter and suspend local laws and regulations.
Smith said city hall is letting many employees work from home.

Olean State of Emergency

Olean is now under a state of emergency becuase of the coronavirus pandemic.City officials can now issue curfews, or close places, suspend alcohol, firearms, explosives and flammable materials salels.
It also lets them limit the amount of people in public places, establish emergency shelters, and suspend local laws and regulations.
A positive case of COVID-19 infection may have led to exposure at HoliMont Ski Resort earlier this month during a youth ski competition.
Cattaraugus County Department of Health officials sayit happened between March 3-8 during the State Championship.
Tops Friendly Markets is giving senior citizens special hours to shop. Starting on Thursday, Tops will open its doors for seniors 60 years old or older, from 6 to 7:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday.
You can’t get a pistol permit in Potter County now until at least mid-April.
The Sheriff’s Department suspended all pistol permits under the emergency county’s emergy coronavirus declaration.