Archives for June 2020

No New COVID-19 Cases in Cattaraugus County

No new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Cattaraugus County since the 93rd positive case on Friday, according to county health officials. Eight-six residents have recovered from COVID-19. Four have died.
In Allegany County, the number of infections remained at 62 tota .
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says visitors to New York from another eight states with rising COVID-19 cases will have to be quarantined for 14 days.
That applies to anyone from New York returning from those states as well.
The newly-added states are California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee. Those states join Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
The Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program desperately needs volunteers for the Meals on Wheels program and if it doesn’t it may have to cut back the number of days meal deliveries take place.

WNY Going Into Phase 4 of Reopening

Cattaraugus County and the rest of the Western New York got the go-ahead from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to move to Phase 4 of the state’s reopening plan.
Phase 4 allows gatherings of up to 50 and indoor religious gatherings of up to 33% of capacity of a church or synagogue.
Cuomo set the religious gathering limit to 33% of capacity, an increase of 6%, but still short of the 50% limit of the indoor gatherings.
Not included in the Phase 4 opening are gyms, large shopping malls and movie theaters.
Salamanca’s city parks and playgrounds are open but with a warning…. parents need to be cautious because of coronavirus concerns.
The council at their regular meeting emphasized that any organizations wishing to use the parks must comply with the state’s restrictions and guidelines concerning coronavirus social distancing.

Mayor Michael Smith said If there is another family there who isn’t social distancing, then you should leave.

No New Covid Cases in Cattaraugus County Over the Weekend

There were no new COVID cases over the weekend in Cattaraugus County the total remains at 93 total positives.
The last three positive cases have all been females living in the southeast area of the county who have been in direct contact with a positive COVID-19 person. and they’re all asymptomatic, showing no signs of illness yet.

In Allegany County, officials reported one new positive over the weekend, giving the county 62 total.

McKean and Potter counties held steady at 15 cases, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

new york Gov. Andrew Cuomo says regular school reopenings in New York are at risk if the coronavirus continues to spread in other states.

New York is planning for reopening classrooms in two months but says anything can happen in two months.

His comments came as New York reported five deaths related to coronavirus in the past 24 hours. That’s the lowest number of deaths reported since March 15.

Elderly Couple Charged With Leaving Dog in a Hot Car

Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s officers charged two people with leaving a dog in a hot car earlier this month.

They said 81 year old Darell Goodwill, , and 71 year old Lynn Goodwill of Smethport, left a cocker spaniel in a pickup truck in the Home Depot parking lot, The windows were closed while the temperature outside was over 90 degrees.

Allegany police say they saw the dog and unlocked the pickup to let it out. After about 20 minutes, the owners of the dog came out of the store.


A Salamanca man with cystic fibrosis is getting ready for the run of a lifetime.

Beginning July 5th, Bradley Poole will run 266 miles throughout Cattaraugus County all in one week. That breaks down to 42 miles a day and one day of 14 miles.

Poole is running to raise money for a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. He’s shooting for $100,000.

91st Person Tests Positive for CIVID-19 In Cattaraugus County

A 91st person has tested positive for covid 19 in Cattaraugus County. The latest is a young girl from the southeast part of the county who was in direct contact with someone already diagnosed with COVID-19 person. She doesn’t have any symptoms so far. This makes five active covid cases in the county. 77 people are in mandatory quarantine at the moment.

Cattaraugus County isn’t getting fully counted.

Less than half of the homes in Cattaraugus County have responded to the U.S. Census.

The City of Olean’s response rate is 56.7%, slightly below the state’s rate. Salamanca is doing much better, where the response rate is 60.5%, close to the national response rate.

The Town of Allegany had the highest response rate in the county with 66.4%. The lowest response came from the Town of Ellicottville with a 16.5% rate.


The Seneca Nation of Indians has received a $30,591 grant for its Seneca Nation Archives Department Preservation and Access project.

Cattaraugus County COVID-19 Cases Stable

Cattaraugus County’s COVID-19 cases remained stable Tuesday at 90 PEOPLE.

Most of the cases have come from the southeast part of the county, where there have been 41 cases.

Eighty-two have recovered and four people have died from COVID-19.


Gas prices are on the rise again in Olean
The national average price for a gallon of gasoline is at $2.13 per gallon, but the price for regular in Olean is up 10 cents to $2.29 from earlier this month. A year ago, it was $2.89/gallon in Olean.

The New York average price is 62 cents cheaper than a year ago, according to AAA.


Olean’s city playground are open again. The parks department has taken down the tape and removed the signs that were set up to close the playgrounds in march because of the coronavirus.

Families that intend to use the playgrounds are reminded they should follow the Center for Disease Control guidelines .

Cattaraugus County COVID-19 Cases up to 88

Cattaraugus County’s COVID-19 cases jumped by six… there were three new cases reported on Friday and they were all female healthcare workers at Olean nursing homes. and then three more cases were reported over the weekend, two of those were nursing home employees for a total now of 88 confirmed cases.

All six new cases were asymptomatic, meaning they did not show any signs of illness. the health care workers were tested as a precaution because they work at nursing homes. the 88th case is also a woman not showing any illness yet. she said she has had contact with a positive covid patient.


COVID-19 couldn’t stop the opening of the area’s newest cancer treatment center.

They cut the ribbon on the $1.7 million Wilmont Cancer Institute oncology outpatient clinic and chemotherapy infusion center on State Street over the weekend. .The site used to be the home of Family Video.It was developed by Wellsville-based Jones Memorial Hospital

Salamanca Says Yes To $43.5M School Budget

Salamanca voters overwhelmingly said yes to a $43.5 Million dollar school budget with no tax hike for the next school year. The yes vote also okays the acquisition of three properties for potential projects in the future.
The final vote was 666-134.

Incumbent Kerry John was elected to one vacant seat on the Board of Education. He was the only name on the ballot. John will begin his next five-year term on July 1, 2020, serving through June 2025.


Cornell Cooperative Extensions of Cattaraugus County is giving out hand sanitizer and face masks for farms and agricultural producers.

The program is available only for farm and agriculture business owners to distribute to themselves and their employees .

The safety products are from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. The sanitizer and face coverings will be available for pick up at the Cattaraugus County CCE office in Ellicottville. Cooperative Extension previously distributed face masks and hand sanitizer.

82nd Positive COVID-19 Case in Cattaraugus County

n 82nd person from Cattaraugus County has tested positive for COVID-19.
The man didn’t have any symptoms. He was tested as part of a pre operation screening. He lives in the northeast corner of the county.
The man’s isolated in his home with family members, who will also be tested.
COVID-19 may have been a factor in the death of a woman who died at Olean General Hospital on Sunday. The olean times herald says a newspaper obituary identified her as a COVID victim. The last COVID-19 death listed by the county Health Department was on May 30, when the disease claimed a fourth person. but county public health director Dr. Kevin Watkins says she had been placed in the recovery category after later testing negative for the coronavirus.
Dr. David Fitz has been named vice president of institutional integration and community engagement at Pitt-Bradford. The school says he’ll try to increase engagement between Bradford and the university.

Voters Pass School Budgets

School budgets have been passed in Allegany-Limestone, Hinsdale, and Portville by voters.
the Allegany-Limestone Central School District budget passed overwhelmingly by 1,015-146, in an unofficial tally of absentee ballots, according to school administrators.
The winning school board candidates were Devine Leacock and Brandi Porcello.
Results of the budget vote in the Olean City School District were not available late Tuesday night.
If you’re giving blood at the Red Cross, it’s being tested for COVID-19 antibodies.
The American Red Cross is now testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies, and letting donors know if they’ve been exposed to this coronavirus.
Antibody testing will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether they had symptoms. Donations will be tested using samples pulled at the time of donation and sent to a testing laboratory where they will also undergo routine infectious disease testing. A positive antibody test result doesn’t confirm infection.