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Wendel says county is ready for Phase-Two reopening this Tuesday... one new COVID care reported Friday...
There's been one new case of the COVID-19 Virus reported in Chautauqua County today... bringing the total to 82 now.  However... even with the number of new cases continuing to climb slightly... County Executive P-J Wendel says he's very optimistic that the county... and, Western New York region... will be able to open next Tuesday -- or shortly after.  He says the new case is a man in his 50s, while 19 other cases are active.  Wendel adds that 258 are under quarantine or isolation orders... while one person is hospitalized.  He says 59 people have now recovered... while four have died.  He says there are now 2,726 negative test results so far.  Wendel says despite that, all the region's numbers have been good, so they're hoping to get the green-light for Phase-Two next Tuesday.  He says businesses that can open under Phase-Two need to make sure to file their plans on the state's website at "Foward.ny.gov."


Cuomo says five regions completing Phase-One can now move into Phase-Two...
The first five regions of Upstate New York allowed to enter Phase-one of reopening from the Coronavirus shut-down can now move to Phase-Two.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement earlier today in New Rochelle during his daily COVID-19 Press Briefing.  Cuomo says those regions have "done well" in managing Phase-One.  He says their data shows they are safe to move forward.  The five regions involved include the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes areas.  However... Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties are part of the Western New York region, and won't be able to reopen until next Tuesday at the earliest.  Cuomo outlined the metrics being used for entering Phase-Two... and, he says there are several other kinds of businesses and activities that are allowed... with some limitations.  He says it's all business offices can reopen at 50-percent... along with some limited retail... and, hair salons and barbershops.


Wolf allows another 16 counties to move to "Yellow" phase...
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf will lift most of his pandemic restrictions in an additional 16 counties that are home to nearly 3 million people across western and central Pennsylvania.  Much of the Pittsburgh area is among the released places his office announced Friday.  The counties are Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Clinton, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Lycoming, Mercer, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland.  They will move next Friday to the so-called "green" phase.  It has the fewest restrictions in the governor's stoplight-colored three-phase reopening plan.  That leaves nearly 6 million people in hard-hit southeastern Pennsylvania under Wolf's tightest orders for another week.  They include staying at home.


City Hall in Jamestown to reopen by appointment only next Tuesday...
Jamestown City Hall will be reopening on a limited basis next Tuesday... but, you will only be able to visit with an appointment.  That from Mayor Eddie Sundquist... who says all city offices will be open to the public at that time to accept permits, applications, payments and other transactions.  By next Tuesday... Sundquist says they're being allowed to open with 50-percent of their employees in the office.  He says they've moved to an "appointment-only basis" to keep operations safe for their employees and the public.  However... Sundquist says the public is still encouraged to continue to use the city payment drop boxes and other methods of payment.  He says you shold call their offices to make an appointment.  Sundquist adds that downtown parking regulations will also resume on June 2... but, that too will be limited.  He says they will only be ticketing for parking infractions... and nothing else at this time.  Sundquist adds that city parking garages will also resume normal operations... and city parks continue to remain open.  However... park restrooms and playgrounds will remain closed until further notice.


Jamestown Metal Products announce Sept. 4 closing...
A maker of metal fume hoods and other metal products has announced that it will cease operations in Jamestown by this September.  The Post-Journal reports that Jamestown Metal Products, which has existed for more than 70 years, will close it's plant at 178 Blackstone Ave. on September 4.  JMP is a division of Institutional Casework, Incorporated in Tennessee.  The paper says workers at Jamestown Metal were told Wednesday morning about the upcoming lay-offs.  The company says it's production of painted and stainless steel furniture and equipment will end in early September.  Back in February... the company announced it planned to lay off 37 of its 77 workers at its Jamestown facility by May 8.


Little Valley woman arrested for alleged DWAI after car hit's truck head-on in Jamestown...
A Cattaraugus County woman was arrested for impaired driving following a motor vehicle accident in the city of Jamestown. City Police were called to the area of 1065 East Second St. Wednesday night where a grey sedan reportedly veered into the on-coming lane and struck a U-Haul truck head-on. Officers say their investigation found 33 year-old Patricia Raynor of Little Valley was operating the sedan under the influence of drugs.  Raynor was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment of minor injuries... then charged with failure to keep right, unlicensed operator, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operator and DWAI-drugs.  She's due back in court at a later date.