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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 3 2020

Governor Andrew Cuomo says a man north of New York City is hospitalized with the COVID-19 virus, the second confirmed case in New York. Cuomo told a Long Island radio station that the unidentified man from Westchester County commuted to work in the Manhattan and lives in a home with school-age children. Cuomo said the man apparently had an underlying respiratory illness and no known travel history to China or other countries on the virus watch list. The governor said more cases are expected as the outbreak spreads and testing ramps up. 

The first case of coronavirus in New York State involves a 39-year-old health care worker who flew from Iran and is currently under self-quarantine inside her New York City apartment.  Governor Andrew Cuomo indicated at a news conference this (Monday) morning that the woman's husband -- who is also a health care worker -- is also being tested. 

Cuomo says the state is partnering with hospitals to ramp up the capacity for testing with the goal of reaching one-thousand tests per day.  He says they aren't likely to end spread of the virus... but, adds you can "limit the spread."  Cuomo is asking everyone to take a deep breath because "the facts don't back up" anxiety over the illness. 

The Jamestown-area's largest soup kitchen will be hold it's next, major fund-raiser at the end of March at Jamestown Community College.  St. Susan's Center Executive Director Bonnie Scott-Sleight says their 17th annual Basket Sale will be held on Saturday, March 28th at the JCC Physical Education Complex.  Scott-Sleight says the doors will open at 11 AM... and, they'll have food and music available as you look at the baskets.  The event runs until 3 PM that day.  If you would like to donate a basket for the St. Susan's Basket Sale... or volunteer to help out.... call them at 664-2253.

The Chautauqua County Republican Committee has announced six nominations to round out their slate of candidates for election this Fall.  County GOP Chairman Al Hendrickson says they have a strong slate of candidates... led by Interim Chautauqua County Executive Paul "P-J" Wendel of Lakewood... who'll be running for the office for the first time.  In addition... Hendrickson says Republicans also endorsed five-term State Assemblyman Andy Goodell of Bemus Point... and, new State Senator George Borrello.

Lawton was recently approved by the County Legislature to replace P-J Wendel at District 10 Legislator.  The County District Attorney's race is shaping up as a rematch of four-years ago... with north county Republican Jason Schmidt being endorsed to run against Democratic incumbant Patrick Swanson.  Hendrickson says Republicans also endorsed Congressman Tom Reed's run for a sixth-term in the House of Representatives.  The county GOP also approved another term for Republican Elections Commissioner Brian Abram.

The public sale of tickets for the headlines at this year's Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown begins at Noon..  National Comedy Center officials say those headliners include legendary comedian Jeff Foxworthy, and Saturday Night Live legends David Spade, Rob Schneider and Kevin Nealon.  Tickets for these shows, and many other festival comedy events. are currently available by pre-sale for National Comedy Center members at Comedycenter-dot-ORG through tomorrow at 12 Noon.

The Jamestown Raiders High School Club Hockey Team is New York State High State champions after defeating Lancaster yesterday afternoon 6-to-2.  In a game broadcast on sister station WKSN 1340 AM... the Raiders again used home-ice advantage at the Jamestown Arena to run off to a 3-to-1 lead after two periods.  They then scored three late goals to secure the victory.  Earlier... Jamestown won their semi-final game against Syosset, 6-to-4.