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Coronavirus deaths hit two-week low in New York State, some restrictions loosened...
The daily increase in coronavirus deaths in New York state has dropped under 550 for the first time in over two weeks as hospitalizations continue to decline.  But, Governor Andrew Cuomo warned Saturday that the crisis is far from over.  Hospitals are still reporting nearly 2,000 new COVID-19 patients per day.  The state logged 540 deaths Friday from COVID-19, the lowest number since April 1st.  For those looking for something to celebrate, however, the state is untangling some red tape around tying the knot. With many marriage bureaus closed, New Yorkers will now be able to get marriage licenses online and wed via video. 
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On Friday... the governor offered some good news during his daily press conference in Albany, in the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak.  Cuomo says that the curve is beginning to trend down.... and, the net change in hospital patients is undeniably on decline.  However, Cuomo says the number of new COVID-cases walking into hospitals to receive treatment remains flat, and testing remains also remains a major challenge and the federal government needs to help.


Borrello offers more information about proposed "UnPause NY...
As the state begins to think about restarting the economy, area State Senator George Borrello has concerns about Governor Andrew Cuomo's decision to keep New York State on pause through the middle of May.  Borrello says a regional approach is needed in reopening the state.  The Sunset Bay Republican, along with Assemblyman Andy Goodell, have advanced a plan that would phase-in the restart.  Borrello says they are not proposing anything that would put public safety in jeopardy.  Borrello says you can't take a "one size fits all" approach when restarting the state.  Borrello says the plan has been sent to the State's Department of Taxation and Finance Commissioner Michael Schmidt who will be part of the governor's team working to restart the economy.


Warren Co., PA extends shut-down of nonessential operations through May 4...
Across the boarder in Pennsylvania, the shutdown of nonessential operations of the Warren County Government has been extended until May 4th.  In a printed release... the Commissioners and their adminstration say most county workers will also continue to be on leave or work from home, provided their is no significant change in the emergency status of the region.  For staff still reporting to their office... officials say they will use masks, install plexiglass shields at areas where meetings with staff take place and extensive cleaning of offices and equipment.  Questions or concerns can be directed to the Warren County Public Safety Department COVID-19 hotline at 1-814-563-3598. 


TRC ramps up making masks and gowns during COVID-19 outbreak...
The Resource Center in Chautauqua County and one of its affiliated corporations are making the facemasks and gowns desparately needed in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.  Community Relations Director, Steve Waterson, says they've been sewing things for more than 30 years at TRC... and, when COVID-19 led to a shortage of personal protective equipment they realized the should adapt more of their sewing operations to make masks and gowns.  'Support Enterprises' is the affiliated corporation that's making masks... which are now mandated in New York State.  To contact Support Enterprises, go to tankbagsusa.com or phone 665-3840.  Masks can be picked up at Support Enterprises on Jones & Gifford Avenue, or delivery can be arranged.  Each mask is $4.75.  Steve Waterson says, "It's nice to help the community by supplying products that are in need right now." 


Gunderson announces virtual, on-line program to provide humor during Coronvirus shut-down...
The National Comedy Center is determined to bring laughter to our community, even if that means taking a virtual approach during the coronavirus outbreak.  Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson says their new on-line platform features exclusive content... including 40 highlight videos of what they have in the center and museum.  Gunderson say during this 'unfortunate temporary closure'.... the museum's mission to celebrate comedy doesn't stop.  She says we need to make sure laughter is part of our every day lives, which can be shared with others through the Anywhere exhibit.  The platform includes a journey through the world of comedy for people of all ages.  However, Gunderson recommends parents watch the material before sharing with children... or, take notice of advisories at the beginning of the exhibits.  More can be found at comedycenter.org/anywhere.

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