Archives for May 2020

Cattaraugus County Records 69th

Cattaraugus County has Two More COVID-19 Cases, Including an Inmate at the County Jail
it brings the county’s total to 69.
The inmate deosn’t have any symptoms, and he’s been in isolation since he arrived.
The department put out a press release saying the deparment and the jail has been preparing for this eventuality and procedures were put in place over two months ago.
The other new covid case is a man who lives in the southeast area of the county. He was taken to the hospital with symptoms on May 21 but released to a nursing home and that’s where he tested positive.
Families of frontline workers will get death benefits under a new bill signed by new york governor andrew cuomo.
HE signed a bill on Saturday
Cuomo said he will make a decision next week about the Capital Region entering phase two, but it will be based on data and expert advice.

Cattaraugus County Fair Cancelled

Cattaraugus will not have a County Fair this year. It’s been canceled.

The 178th annual county fair joins the Chautauqua County Fair and the Erie County in cancelling because of COVID-19 concerns.

Tickets to the Justin Moore concert will be refunded.

State police arrest 203 for DWI over the memorial day weekend.

In Western New York, 13 drivers were arrested for DWI while 178 received speeding tickets.

The campaign started on Friday and ran through Tuesday. State police increased patrols and conducted sobriety checkpoints

Troopers investigated 457 crashes, which injured 11 people.
The Allegany-Limestone senior class is helping the community with funds from their cancelled class trip.
The planis to donate close to $8,000 to the Covid-19 Relief Fund facilitated by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.

students say they felt the “donation was not only necessary, but obligatory, because the community has done so much for them It was right to return the favor.

Olean Fireworks Display Officially Cancelled

Fireworks are out for Olean on the fourth of july.
The Olean Professional Firefighters Association;s annual fireworks display has called off this years display because of the coronavirus pandemic.
according to the olean times herald, Dan Gonska, co-president of the fireworks show and a city firefighter, said the risk of passing the disease among the crowds at the stadium was too high. other large fireworks displays in the area have also been canceled.
Alfred State College will have a commencement ceremony, but it’ll be virtual on June 20th
The ceremony will be presented as a Microsoft Teams Live Event. Students, their families, and friends can participate by going to
While it may be online, the 2020 commencement will still feature all the usual elements of an in-person ceremony, including student speakers, conferment of degrees and even the car giveaway drawing, typically held at the end of the event.

Diplomas will be mailed in August ..

Third Olean Pines Worker Tests Positive for COVID-19

A third worker at Olean Pines has tested positive for COVID-19; and the Cattaraugus County case load is now up to 63. Three peple have died from the disease, 41 have recovered and there are 18 active cases.
Three healthcare workers at the Machias Pines tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday last week after Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered the testing of all nursing home employees.
Allegany County legislators voiced opposition to COVID-19 shutdowns as local cases continued to decline.
During a Committee of the Whole meeting of the county Board of Legislators, Dave Decker, R-Cuba, proposed a resolution aiming to “open Allegany County. The motion was not seconded,
A 27-year-old man was killed in a crash in Cattaraugus County over the weekend.
New York State police say Michael Blakeslee of Rushford was driving east on Hess Rd. in Farmersville when his vehicle went off the road.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.

COVID-19 Claims Third Cattaraugus County Person

A third person from Cattaraugus County has died from COVID-19. She was a 91-year-old woman from the northeast part of the county. Cattaraugus County public health director Dr. Kevin Watkins said the woman developed respiratory failure.
Three more people tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend bringing the total up to 62.
On Saturday, a man from the southeast part of the county tested positive.
And a woman from the southeast part of the county who is a healthcare worker in a nursing home.
On Friday, three healthcare workers at the Pines Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Machias, who had contact with 55 residents, tested positive for COVID-19. Nursing home officials ordered the testing of all residents.
Chautauqua County now has 75 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with four of the current 28 active cases hospitalized. The newest case is a female in her 30s.
there have been four deaths while 167 cases under quarantine/isolation.;

GoFundMe Campaign Begins for Allegany County Farm

A GoFundMe campaign has been started to help an Allegany County farm after a fire earlier this month.
The Alfred Farmers Market started the campaign to help Mascho Homestead Farms .
The fire destroyed two chicken coops and a garage with freezers full of meat.
The cause of the fire was undetermined. While the farm has insurance, organizers say not everything that was destroyed will be covered by their policy, an approximately $40,000 gap.
It will cost a lot to test area nursing home employees.
And Cattaraugus County lawmakers aren’t sure they can do it.
The price is $75,000…. a week.
While there was no cost for the tests, it costs $100 to analyze each test. That’s $75,800 a week for twice a week testing of employees at the Pines Healthcare and Rehabilitation Centers. The county is looking at another testing offer. No COVID-19 deaths have been reported in any nursing homes in Cattaraugus County.

Memorial Day Parades Cancelled

This Memorial Day will be a bit different from those in the past.
Concerns about the coronavirus have led local veterans organizations to cancel public parades and observances for Memorial Day.
But they say they’ll still have private services to remember their fallen brothers.
Veterans in Olean will fire a three-volley salute followed by a rendition of “Taps” in Veterans Field in Mount View Cemetery.
Area service clubs did better than they expected this year in the annual Service Above Self Challenge.
They were shooting for $5,000 in donations. They not only met that goal, but raised another thousand dollars for the COVID-19 Response Fund for Cattaraugus County.
The challenge, which began May 1
Volunteers needed for curbside pick-up of Genesis House geraniums in early June at War Veterans Park on East State Street.
The fundraiser will help fund the homeless shelter, will conduct curbside pick-up for the plants from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 3-6.

Cattaraugus County’s 51st COVID Patient on a Ventilator

The 51st person to test positive for COVID-19 in Cattaraugus County lives in the southwest part of the county.
He was tested at WCA Hospital in Jamestown over the weekend. The man reportedly has underlying health conditions. He was suffering from shortness of breath and body aches.
He was transferred to Pittsburgh Presbyterian Hospital and placed on a ventilator.
Bradford’s police chief and an officer accused of misconduct have been placed on while it’s investigated.
Chief “Butch” Bartlett and Officer Matthew Gustin will be paid during their leave.
The allegations of misconduct came from a May 5th arrest where the suspect was reportedly tased and then later sprayed with mace after he was in custody and in the the officer’s patrol car.
Assistant Chief Mike Ward is filling in while Bartlett is on leave.
Salamanca City Central School District officials have tentatively announced June 12 as the last day of school for students.

Western New York Businesess to Open

Olean Businesses will begin reopening shortly.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in Buffalo Monday that the Western New York region had reached a final required benchmark.
Phase 1 of reopening includes nonessential manufacturing, construction and curbside retail industries
Cutco in East Olean began going back to work on Monday while other manufacturers of nonessential goods have been working on meeting reopening guidelines.
The American Red Cross will be holding blood drives throughout the area for the rest of the month.
in May, seeking blood or platelet donors.
There will be several donation areas in Cattraugus and Allegany counties.
Donors will receive a special Red Cross “We’re All In This Together” T-shirt while supplies last.
Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an appointment by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling (800) 733-2767 or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Cattaraugus County Records 50th Positive COVID Test

Cattaraugus County has reported one more case of the coronavirus. It brings the overall total now to 50 cases since reporting on COVID 19 began.
A woman from the southwest area of the County was the 50th positive test. County health officials said she was in contact with someone who was infected. An initial test earlier this month was negative, but she later developed a fever, dry cough and sore throat and tested positive.
Overall, there have been two deaths, 34 recoveries, 58 people who are now under quarantine.
Cattaraugus County has a plan for testing nursing home employees.
County Administrator Jack Searles submitted a plan to the state for testing employees twice a week — at a cost expected to be more than $300,000 a month.
Jamestown Community College is planning a December graduation for it’s seniors. The COVID-19-delayed May ceremony came went while the lockdown was in place. and passed with empty campuses.