Archives for April 2020

Olean General Hosptial Offering Antibody Testing to Workers

Olean General Hospital is offering COVID-19 antibody testing to its employees.
The antibody test is a blood draw and it’ll show if anybody had the COVID-19 virus and have developed antibodies against the virus.
Cattaraugus County’s number of positive COVID-19 tests held steady at 36. Twenty-four people have recovered.
The number of people tested in the county rose by 53 to 918, with 766 tests returned as negative.
Twenty-nine of the cases have been on the eastern side of the county and seven in the western part of the county.
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The City of Olean is hiring for for a summer rec program.
But nobody’s sure exactly what that program will look like yet, becuase of the health concerns around the coronavirus pandemic.
Most of the details are up in the air.
Kris Shew-airy, coordinator of the city’s youth and recreation programs told the olean times hearald that she’s hoping the governor will give them some direction in the next few days.

New York COVID-19 Deaths Fall Again

NY’s coronavirus deaths fell to 330
It was the fourth straight day of declines in new deaths and the fourth day in a row new deaths were below 400. Tuesday’s deaths fell from 335 the day before.
A total of 17,968 people in the state have now died in the pandemic.
A month ago, single-day coronavirus deaths totaled 209 and the statewide death toll was 728. New York has 295,106 confirmed cases of the virus.
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Olean man is going to prison for assaulting a police officer.
42-year-old Aaron Sworn was sentenced to two years in state prison for second-degree assault, a class D felony.County Court Judge Ronald Ploetz also sentenced Sworn, who is currently incarcerated in the county jail, to two years of post-release supervision.
It happened on on Dec. 2, 2019 in the city of Olean when Sworn tried to prevent a police officer from performing a lawful duty, and caused a physical injury to the officer.

Cattaraugus County COVID-19 Count at 36

cattaraugus county has reported a new covid 19 patient. A 36th person from cattaraugus county has tested positive for the disease.
The latest is a man from the southeast part of the county, which includes the Olean-Allegany and Portville .
HE’s in Buffalo General Hospital, where he was transferred after being taken to Olean General Hospital after he fell at his home.
He was tested after showing symptoms at Buffalo General Hospital. It’s not clear where he contracted the virus
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Olean City Police are close to outfitting the department with body cams
After a year of paperwork and waiting, city police should begin wearing body cameras in about six weeks.
The department bought $56,000 worth of equipment with a grant from the Department of Justice
A U.S. Department of Homeland Security survey in 2015 found that 95% of large police departments either had body cams or were committed to using them.

Allen Woman Killed in Suspected Murder

a buffalo man is being held in the death of a woman in the town of Allen.
52 year old Philip Farren is being held in the Allegany County Jail for second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter. Farren has allegedly admitted to shooting his estranged wife. Troopers say Farren confessed to killing her earlier in the week and was attempting to dismember the body when troopers arrived. The family of the victim identified her as Amber Farren. A GoFundMe online fundraiser has been established by the family to offset funeral expenses.
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An 80-mile trail that connects the Southern Tier to downtown, is now in the works.
The trail would start in the City of Buffalo and would extend all the way to the Town of Hinsdale.
Early estimates show the project would cost between $100 and $110 million.
The route would connect 20 Western New York towns and villages including Orchard Park, Springville, Ellicottville, Salamanca, and Olean.

Cattaraugus County Man Dies From COVID-19

A 44-year-old Cattaraugus County man has died from COVID-19, making him the second person to die from the disease. He lived in the southwest part of the county. He was admitted to Olean General Hospital last Monday and tested positive for COVID-19. He was admitted to the ICU, and did not recover.
He had underlying health conditions that can make it more difficult to recover from the coronavirus.
Two more people have tested positivem bringing the total to 35 cases.
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Community Bank is donating $45,000 to help the area deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s annual Good Neighbor Day is usually in Septmeber, but they said it couldn’t wait this year.
In the Southern Tier, Community Bank has donated to the YMCA of the Twin Tiers, which serves Olean and Wellsville, as well as Bradford, Pa.; Clarksville Ambulance Service; the Belfast Lions Club; Alfred Area Food Pantry; the village of Westfield Fire Department; and Turning Point in Bath.

Cattaraugus County COVID-19 Cases Now at 33

Two more people in Cattaraugus County have tested positive for COVID-19 raising the total number of cases to 33. One is a woman from the northeast section of the county who may have been exposed during a stay at a rehabilitation center in Buffalo. The other is a man from the southwest corner of the county who doesn’t have any history of travel to a known coronavirus hotspot.
The woman is being treated in then Buffalo center. The man was admitted to Olean General Hospital.
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Cattaraugus County lawmakers met in Little Valley, and Olean by videoconference
Wearing masks, Cattaraugus County lawmakers met in two locations again Wednesday to maintain social distancing among continued COVID-19 concerns.
Instead of 16 other county lawmakers at their desks, there were a handful in the legislative chamber. Several other legislators sat around a table in a conference room at the County Office Building in Olean, linked by videoconference. A few others called in by telephone.

Cattaraugus County Reports 31st Case of COVID-19

There are now 31st positive case of coronavirus in Cattaraugus County.
She lives in the southwestern part of the county.
The health department says she was a close contact of someone else who tested positive for COVID-19. Her symptoms included shortness of breath. Right now she’s resting at home and under quarantine with her family.
The health department also reported 22 recoveries, one death, 75 people under mandatory quarantine and 570 negative tests.
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ER visits and admissions down at local hospitals.
Both Olean General Hospital and Bradford Regional Medical Center say there’s been a decline in admissions and emergency room visits during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Olean Times Herald reports that Upper Allegheny Health System administrators say ER visits at the hospitals have slowed to about half of what it usually is. And they’re concerned that people who need medical help aren’t seeking it because they’re worried about catching the coronavirus. But the administrators say both hospitals are safe.

Cattaraugus County Records it’s 30 COVID Case

Cattaraugus County has reported its first covid 19 death. A 77-year-old man from the northeast section of the county, he died at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo.
He had extensive health conditions and respiratory problems. His name hasn’t been released. He was the 25th county resident who was confirmed with COVID-19, testing positive shortly after he was admitted to the hospital on April 12. There are now 30 positive cases.More than 577 residents have been tested, with 508 testing negative. There are 114 people in mandatory quarantin.
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cattaraugus county health director dr kevin watkins is calling for countywide testing” for all 78,000 residents.
He said county residents with symptoms such as a fever, cough and shortness of breath should get a hold of their doctor and get a prescription for a test.
Watkins says the county will start a much broader testing. Some of the prior restrictions when there were fewer tests available will be relaxed.

Cattaraugus County Records it’s 30th COVID-19 Case

Cattaraugus County has recorded it’s 30th case of the coronavirus.
She’s a healthcare worker who lives in the northwestern part of the county.
At first she thought it was a sinus infection and said she had a loss of taste and smell.
She’s under quarantine with her family at home.
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Blood is in short supply because of the COVID-19 cases continuing to climb.
Allegany County rose to 31 cases.
Right now there are 38 people in quarantine or isolation in Allegany county.
345 have been released, and 24 infected persons have recovered. One resident died from the disease in March.
Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville says blood is desperately needed.
The Community Blood Bank is holding a mobile blood drive on Friday in the hospital’s parking lot.
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New York is reopening marinas and boatyards for personal use.
The sites will only be open as long as boaters maintain social distancing guidelines and properly sanitize equipment.
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29th Person Tests Positive for COVID-19 in Cattaraugus County

The number of PEOPLE testing positive for COVID 19 is up to 29 in CAttaraugus County.
The latest case is a man from the northeast part of the county, which now has nine cases. The southwest corner of the county has the most cases, 14. There have been two cases in the southwest corner and four in the northwest.
With no significant travel history, the man developed a fever, dry cough, fatigue and loss of taste, according to Dr. Kevin D. Watkins, public health director.
No deaths have been attributed to COVID-19 so far in the county.
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The cornoavirus pandemic will not stop anyone from golfing in New york.
Golfers are allowed will be allowed to hit the course.
Golfers will have to walk the course and carry their own bags without a motorized cart.
They will also have to keep a strict social distance of at least six feet. No gatherings of any kind will be allowed on the course.