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.

New York Orders Businesses to Close

Bars and restaurants are closed except for takeout-only and businesses from movie theaters to gyms are shuttered throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut because of the coronavirus.
The governors said supermarkets and gas stations will be able to stay open after 8 p.m. Monday, though all non-essential businesses must close. Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts and Washington state also are among places that have ordered bars to close and restaurants to stop dine-in service.
Olean officials are shutting down recreation facilities because of the coronavirus.
John J. Ash Community Center, the St. John’s youth recreation program, the William O. Smith Recreation Center and the Bartlett House Historical Center and Olean Point Museum are all locked down.
City hall will remain open for business.
there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 in Cattaraugus County, and Olean’s mayor said he is staying in daily contact with county and state officials over the spread of the disease.

Olean City Schools Closed

Olean city schools are closed for the foreseeable future because of the COVID-19 infections spreading across the state. Schools throughout Cattaraugus and Allegany counties will reportedly be closed at least by Wednesday. In a letter to the district Sunday, Olean City School District Superintendent Rick T. Moore said the district is working on alternative plans of instruction. Portville Central School District will be closed to students effective Wednesday through April 12.
The New York State Department of Public Service is working with utilities to make sure customers affected by COVID-19 restrictions will not lose power or heat due to financial hardship.
The state’s major electric, gas, and water utilities will take immediate action to suspend service shutoffs to households during the outbreak.
The state’s major electric and gas utilities have all committed to suspend shut-offs for customers, and assist customers who may be experiencing financial hardship that makes it difficult for them to pay their utility bills.

Seneca Nation Restricts Employees Travel

The Seneca Nation has issued a travel restriction for all Nation officials and employees in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Nation officials and employees are restricted to travel within the eight counties of Western New York until further notice.
While there have not been any confirmed COVID-19 in Western New York to date, Monroe County announced its first confirmed case Wednesday night.
The Olean Common Council has approved money to level 2 more dilapidated houses
The Council approved $24,000 from the city’s contingency fund to tear down the structures at 1013 Washington St. and 303 E. Elm St.
The council gave the city the go-ahead to acquire the properties over the summer, and authorized the mayor to bid out the demolition of the structure in August. The other property OK’d by the council for purchase last summer, 405 S. Fourth St., has been demolished to make way for a proposed larger parking lot .

Coronavirus Concerns Hit Area Colleges

Concern about the coronavirus is causing area colleges to go to online classes only and Saint Bonaventure Univerisity is canceling events and most travel until the end of the month.
The Cattaraugus County Campus of Jamestown Community College falls under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s order to transition to online classes .
The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will go to online classes on March 23. Students will be sent home this weekend and classes are canceled for next week.
Allegany County is forming trails and an outdoor rec council.
The county Board of Legislators, in a 13-1 vote approved the creation of the Trails and Outdoor Recreation Advisory Council. The panel of up to 11 members will advise the Planning and Economic Development Committee on development, planning, and administration of a county-wide trail system. The committee will create a recreation plan, increase recreational opportunities in the county, creatr trail interconnections and work to connect with other trail systems.

Olean Voters Approve $24.8M Capital Project

Olean Voters said yes to a $24.8 million capital project for Olean City School District
The final was 394 votes to 42 during Tuesday’s polling at the Olean Intermediate Middle school in unofficial results. They voted to renovate and upgrade schools in the district with the promise that it will not increase their property taxes.
The project which is expected to begin during the spring and summer of 2022, and will include major renovations to Washington West Elementary School and the high school auditorium.
Restrictions on visitors are being put in place at Olean and Bradford hospitals because of rising concerns over coronavirus. Visitation hours at Olean General Hospital and Bradford Regional Medical Center will be limited to 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Visitors must be at least 17 years of age.
The visitation hours and age restriction are in effect for all patient care units including obstetrics.

Coronavirus Cases in New York Continue to Rise

The number of Coronavirus cases in New York is now 142 and the state is giving away free hand sanitizer to help stop the spread.
The governor has declared a state of emergency to make it easier to respond to the outbreak, and says the number is expected to keep rising as more people get tested for the virus that causes COVID-19.
Some universities and schools are shutting their doors.
Any school where a student tests positive will be closed for at least 24 hours for assessment.
The Coronavirus is causing a drop in local blood donations.
Concerns are growing about the blood supply. The hospitals in our area need the blood to care for and treat patients. ConnectLife is urging healthy people to donate blood now.
Blood has a short shelf life and must be continually replenished. Local hospitals say if the outbreak continues to spread it could reduce the number of eligible blood donors in WNY.

New York Coronavirus Increases to 105

The number of people with Coronavirus in New York as risen to 105.
The most cases, 82, is in suburban Westchester County north of New York City.
There are 12 cases in New York City, 2 upstate in Saratoga County, and a handful of others on Long Island and in Rockland and Ulster counties.
Governor Andrew Cuomo called on the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to allow private laboratories to do testing to greatly expand the number of tests that can be done.
There’s a new $63M St. James Hospital in Hornell
The new 87,000-square-foot St. James Mercy Hospital will open on St. Patrick’s Day.
Officials cut the ribbon on Friday.
The facility includes 15 inpatient beds; an emergency department with eight bays, four observation rooms, a trauma room and an adjacent helipad; a surgical suite with four operating rooms; new imaging, laboratory and infusion services; and other amenities.

New York AG Warning About Coronavirus Scams

As New York gets more coronavirus cases, we’re gettign more scam artists wanting to cash in too.
The NY attorney general is warning everyone to be careful.
State AG Letitia James is monitoring retailers for price gouging, as well as watching for anyone selling bogus medical treatments that say they treat or cure the virus, or COVID-19.
Earlier this week, James issued a cease and desist order on the marketing of a product as a treatment for the coronavirus, even though there is no FDA-approved vaccine to prevent the disease or treatment to cure it.
A Wellsville man who wasn’t supposed to have any guns has admitted that he had some illegally.
44 year old Jason Slocum, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The ATF said police arrested Slocum in October after a domestic problem and after searching the house they found a semiautomatic rifle. He’s a convicted felon and not allowed to own a gun.