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Two more people have tested positive in Chautauqua County for the COVID-19 Virus, bringing the total to 12 reported since the outbreak began.  

County Executive P-J Wendel says, of the 12 confirmed positive cases, two people have recovered completely and were released from mandatory quarantine.  Wendel says county officials are contacting people who were in close proximity to  the person when they test positive.

Wendel says one person, a man in his 80s, has died and, nine others are continuing to recover under mandatory quarantine.  He adds that 26 individuals are now in Mandatory Quarantine, while 26 others are in Precautionary Quarantine.  Wendel says another 68 people are in Mandatory Isolation because they are symptomatic of COVID-19 and are pending COVID-19 lab test.  In addition,  he says another 156 negative test results have been reported to date.
New York officials are beating the bushes for breathing machines as the number of COVID-19 cases in the state continues to rise and, the state's supply could be exhausted in six days.  

Governor Andrew Cuomo made his comments during his daily press briefing in Albany and, says he and Health Commissioner Howard Zucker are working the phones to get as many ventilators as possible.  Cuomo says they're also converting other machines.

On the more positive side, Cuomo he says some 21,000 out-of-state health care workers have now volunteered to help with the dire situation in the New York City Metro area.  He says the number of New Yorkers killed by the virus soared again, to 2,373.  More than 93-thousand people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state.

New York lawmakers have been able to act on just over two-thirds of a new state budget that is expected to cut school aid as the coronavirus outbreak roils the state's economy.  

Lawmakers failed Tuesday night to pass a budget that needed to be in place by Wednesday, the start of the state's fiscal year.  However, State Senator George Borrello was pleased to see one area of concern for him would be reformed in the new spending plan.

Several lawmakers have stressed the importance of timely passing a budget that ensures state government is working amid a crisis that's already cost the state one-billion dollars.  But many details about the magnitude of spending cuts, the governor's authority over adjusting state spending throughout the upcoming year and just what new laws will be included in the budget remain unclear. 

If you are a senior citizen, but did not file income taxes this year, you will still receive a stimulus check from the federal government if you're eligible.  

That from Chautauqua County Office for the Aging Director Mary Ann Spanos, who says her office got new guidance Wednesday night from the Treasury Department about the status of seniors who did not file tax returns.  Spanos adds paperwork is not going to be required.

As with many other circumstances, Spanos says if someone calls up and wants personal information so they can send you your check, don't do it.  Hang up.  There have already been reports of scams cropping up across the country since the $2.2-trillion Cornoavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security -- or CARES Act -- was approved by Congress.

A Jamestown man faces a menacing charge after allegedly destroying items in a southside home and, pinning another person against a wall.  

City police were called to a residence on Barker Street just after 3 PM Monday and, arrested 21 year-old Quincy Styles trying to flee the scene.  Officers say Styles allegedly wouldn't allow the victim to leave, and threatened them.  In addition to second-degree menacing, he was also charged with unlawful imprisonment, criminal mischief, and obstruction.  He was jailed pending arraignment.