Archives for July 2020

Cattaraugus County Gets $300,000 COVID-19 Grant

Cattaraugus County will get $303,000 for COVID 19 contact tracing, flu prevention.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the funding as part of more than $30 million available to New York counties to increase local health department staffing capacity for enhanced detection, surveillance and prevention of COVID-19.
Allegany County will receive nearly $252,000.
The funding comes as Cattaraugus County reported one new case of COVID-19 infection, pushing the total to 125.
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Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is urging everyone to just stay home instead of traveling out of state… She told the Olean Times Herald that ‘staycations’ will help Western New York tourism in this pandemic.
The coronavirus pandemic has put a big hit on tourism in Cattaraugus County and throughout Western New York. She’s encouraging people to explore their own backyard and says the Southern Tier with some amazing attractions, is well positioned for this.

Turkey Run Restaurant Fined for COVID Violation

No new COVID-19 cases in Cattaraugus or Allegany counties
The total number of infections in Cattaraugus county stays at 124; there have been four deaths since the pandemic began.
Allegany County’s cases stayed at 79. There was one death early in the pandemic.
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Two Western New York restaurants have been fined for violating COVID orders
The Turkey Run Restaurant at the Turkey Run golf course in Arcade was hit with a $1,500 fine. and AJ’s on Main Street in Clarence was fined $4,000.
The owner of Turkey Run, Dan Cass told wgrz that three customers were found drinking alcohol on the golf course.
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First Black alderman, Vernon Robinson Jr. has become Olean’s First Black alderman, He was appointed in Ward 6 to succeed former Ward 6 Alderman Ronald DaPolito, who resigned recently.
He will be sworn in and take his Council seat at the Council’s next meeting.

Four More Positive COVID-19 Cases in Cattaraugus County

Four more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in CAttaraugus County.
They all live in the southeast area of the county, two are healthcare workers.
The 121st case is a man The 122nd case is a woman, both are ill with symptoms.
The 123rd case is a female health care worker, she says she came into direct contact with someone who is known to have COVID-19 , but she’s not showing any symptoms.
The 124th case is a man who is also a healthcare worker who recently returned from Montana. The man, who has been asymptomatic.
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Three more states along with Puerto Rico and the Washington, D.C., have been added to New York’s covid quarantine list.
Anyone come from these areas have to isolate for 14 days when arriving in New York.
Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. meet New York’s metrics to qualify for the travel advisory, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a briefing Tuesday.

One New COVID-19 Case in Cattaraugus County

There was one new case of COVID-19 reported Monday by the Cattaraugus County Health Department. That brings the total to 120.
The latest case is a woman who lives in the northwest part of the county who was tested for COVID-19 as part of a pre-operative requirement prior to a surgery. She was asymptomatic and says she hasn’t been in contact with anyone who has covid.
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That drowning over the weekend in the Allegheny River was a 62-year-old Salamanca man who was kayaking.
The man’s body was recovered from the river off of Front Avenue near Iroquois Drive at about 7:30 Sunday night.
Police have not confirmed his identity.
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Seneca Casinos have postponed all live shows through October. There hasn’t been any live entertainment at the casinos since March, becuase of the coronavirus. tickets for rescheduled shows will still be honored for rescheduled dates

Two More COVID-19 Cases Brings Cattaraugus Total to 119

Two more coronavirus cases in Cattaraugus County over the weekend brings the county’s total to 119.
The 118th confirmed case is a man who lives in the southeast area. He was tested for COVID-19 on Thursday as part of a pre-op exam. The man, who has been asymptomatic, received his COVID-19 positive result on Saturday.
The 119th confirmed case also is a man who lives in the southeast. The man developed a loss of taste after coming into direct contact with someone who was positive for COVID-19 positive individual. The man was tested for COVID-19 on Friday; he received his positive result on Sunday.
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Sales tax collections were up last month in Olean, Salamanca, and Cattaraugus County.
state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli reported The Western New York region saw June sales tax revenues of $113 million, 1.4% higher than in 2019. The only county to see sales tax declines in the region in June was Erie County, which saw a 1.6% decrease.

Cattaraugus County Opposes New York Bar Food Order

Cattaraugus County lawmakers voted to oppose Cuomo’s order calling for bars and taverns to only serve beer, wine or mixed drinks if you order a meal.
Cuomo issued the executive order to discourage large crowds at bars or restaurants with outside dining where crowds gather to drink without wearing masks or social distancing.
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Up in Albany, The New York Legislature passed a two-year moratorium on using facial recognition in schools.
The ban approved by the House and Senate comes after an upstate district adopted the technology as part of its security. Civil rights advocates filed a lawsuit to challenge it.
The legislation would prohibit the use of biometric identifying technology in schools until at least July 1, 2022, and direct the state’s education commissioner to issue a report examining its potential impact on student and staff privacy and recommending guidelines.
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Two more people from Cattaraugus County have tested positive for COVID-19. It brings the total to 117.

Cattaraugus County COVID-19 Cases Stay at 115

No news is good news when talking about coronavirus cases reported in Cattaraugus County.
There were no new positive COVID-19 test results reported Wednesday in Cattaraugus County
The number of cases in Cattaraugus County remained at 115; the county health department said there were 68 county residents under mandatory quarantine on Wednesday, as well as 73 in precautionary quarantine, many of whom returned from one of the 31 states tagged as coronavirus hot spots.
Allegany County reported one new case. Allegany County now has 76 total confirmed cases after remaining at 75 for a few day
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Unemployment was down in Cattaraugus County last month.
The state Department of Labor announced Tuesday that the rate for Cattaraugus County dropped to 12.9% in June, down from 13.3% from in May and 17.6% in April. Those rates are significantly higher than the 6.6% reported for March.
In Allegany County, the unemployment rate rose to 10.6%, up from 10%

115th Person Tests Positive for COVID-19 in Cattaraugus County

A 115th Cattaraugus County person has tested positive for COVID-19.
That is up one from the last positive test on Friday.
The active COVID-19 caseload is now seven as there are 104 residents who have recovered from COVID-19.
“The latest case is a man who lives in the southeast part of the county He doesn’t have any symptoms and says he hasn’t been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19 person that he knows of.
The man was tested for COVID-19 before a surgery and his test results came back positive.
In Allegany County, no new cases of infection were reported Tuesday
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10 more states must have been added to New York’s self-quarantine list where people have to isolate for 14 days when arriving in New York.
The new additions are Alaska, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Virginia and Washington.
Minnesota was removed from the quarantine list, leaving a total of 31 states.

COVID-19 Cases Leveling off at the Moment in WNY

No new COVID-19 cases were reported in Cattaraugus or Allegany County on Monday. in fact, the entire western new york region saw a drop in cases.

Cattaraugus County stands at 114 cases and Allegany has 75 cases with four still active.

ACROSS WESTERN New York, just 13 new cases were reported.
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Spectrum will raise its rates in response to rising programming costs, the cable service provider says.

The company plans to increase its broadcast TV surcharge from $13.50 to $16.45 per month for cable customers. The surcharge is a regulatory fee levied by cable providers to recoup money paid to local broadcasting companies.

Customers using Spectrum’s TV-only packages (TV Select, TV Silver and TV Gold) will see their bills increase by $1.50 per month. Customers paying a promotional price for a package will not have the increase impact their bill until after the promotional period is over.

Cattaraugus County COVID-19 Cases Remain at 114

There weren’t any new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties, while for the second straight day the number of people hospitalized across New York with the coronavirus dropped to the lowest level since the pandemic began.

Two cases were reported in Cattaraugus County Friday, pushing the county’s total to 114.
A man from the southeast corner of the county who recently came from North Carolina is the 113th. He said he’d had contact with someone who also had COVID 19. The 114th case is a mam resident who lives in the northeast corner of the county. He also had direct contact with a positive COVID-19 person.
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A movement is underway to rename Triangle Park in Salamana after retired Salamanca teacher Cindy Mohr. she died last month of of covid 19 complications. there;s a Facebook group dedicated to the idea with nearly 1,000 members. The next step is to circulate petitions.