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Chautauqua County has one new positive case of COVID-19, and a third death...
There has been one new case of the COVID-19 Virus in Chautauqua County... and, a third person has died from the new virus.  That from County Executive P-J Wendel... who says a woman in her 40s is now the 23rd person to test positive for the virus.  Wendel says a man in his 60s, who tested positive for COVID-19, has now died following a lengthy illness.  Most of the 23 cases so far have been in the northeast Fire Battalion District of the county.  Public Health Director Christine Schuyler says there may be a couple of reasons for that.  Schuyler says some of those cases have been related to others, and some were traced to travel elsewhere, like Buffalo.  Wendel and Schuyler say there are still eight active cases... and, those people continue to recover.  Another 12 people have now recovered.  They say there are 114 cases under quarantine or isolation orders... and, there have now been 318 negative test results so far.


Cuomo reports another 777 deaths on Friday, but, ICU admissions for COVID-19 into negative numbers...
Governor Andrew Cuomo reported that coronavirus deaths in New York jumped by 777 in one day.  Meanwhile, the number of people hospitalized is growing far less than last week, a possible sign the outbreak in New York is peaking.  New York state is getting help from Google to overhaul a decades-old unemployment benefits system that has left laid-off workers frustrated and awaiting help. Google helped New York design a revamped website that launched Thursday evening.  The state also added 300 workers to its 700-person staff to process unemployment benefit applications.  Cuomo says the state Department of Labor's system crashed because of a record-shattering surge in claims amid outbreak-related layoffs.


Sundquist proud of how Jamestown residents have handled the outbreak...
For the most part... Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist says he's very pleased with how city residents have handled the Coronavirus outbreak.  However... Sundquist adds that people need to continue adhearing to social distancing guidelines.  He says they had to shut down basketball courts and playgrounds because people were starting to congregate in those places.  Sundquist says police had to break-up a basketball game a couple of times, and the player themselves put the tape back up.  He issued a State of Emergency for the city back on March 16th... and, called on residents to "stop the spread."  He says he's proud of the way people have responded... and, that's resulted in only been a handful of COVID-19 positive cases.  This week... Sundquist issued a new directive to halt "non-essential" construction work in the city.  He says that mainly stops the Department of Development from issuing new building permits -- unless they are essential to public safety.  The city has had a couple of emergency demolitions in recent days... and, Sundquist says the big one of an old commercial building on East Second Street between Spring and Pine Street... is pretty much completed now. 


Head of legal services for domestic violence victims says calls going up during COVID-19...
While stay-at-home measures appear to be slowing the spread of the new coronavirus, they are also leading to an increase in domestic violence.  It’s a worldwide phenomenon.  Where social distancing keeps people in their homes, reports of domestic violence have surged.  In New York City, visits to the city’s domestic violence website more than doubled in the past three weeks.  Although many city and state services have been curtailed by the pandemic, Anna Maria Diamanti – with the legal services organization 'Her Justice' – says courts still are open for virtual appearances in emergency proceedings.  Diamanti says the courts are still running, and agencies are also operating to provide those services.  But, Diamanti notes there are victims who are sheltering or quarantined with their abusers, and who may not able to take advantage of remote access to the courts or other service providers.  She says if it feels unsafe to contact city or legal services, it may be possible to let a family member or neighbor know that help is needed.  For more information... call the New York State Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline at 1-800-942-6906.


Wolf allows early release of 1,800 Inmates in PA prisons...
Governor Tom Wolf has authorized the early release of as many as 1,800 inmates from Pennsylvania state prisons in an effort to minimize the spread of the coronavirus.  The governor's office said Friday that releases to halfway houses or home confinement could start as early as Tuesday.  The plan is similar to what other states and some Pennsylvania counties have undertaken. It allows the release of inmates serving time for nonviolent offenses who are within nine months of scheduled release, or within 12 months for those considered at heightened risk from the virus.


No injuries reported in Ashville rollover crash...
Fire rescuers in the village of Lakewood were called to the scene of a motor vehicle accident early Friday morning.  County Dispatchers say a vehicle rollover was reported shortly before 6:30 AM.... and, the car came to rest in a ditch at 29-11 Route 394, near Chautauqua and Longview Avenues.  No injuries were reported.  Slippery road conditions may have been a factor.


 

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