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WJTN Headlines for Sat., Mar., 6, 2021

Cuomo Administration confirms reports of omitting full number of nursing home COVID deaths...
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's health department confirmed reports that members of his COVID-19 task force altered a state Health Department report to omit the full number of nursing home patients killed by the coronavirus.  However... they insist the changes were made because of concerns about the data's accuracy.  The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times reported late Thursday that aides pushed state health officials to edit the July report so it counted only residents who died inside long-term care facilities, and not those who became ill there and later died at a hospital.  The newspapers cited documents and people with knowledge of the administration's internal discussions.


Two dozen new COVID cases reported Friday in Chautauqua County...
The COVID-19 infection rate in Chautauqua County has now fallen to 1.1-percent... with two-dozen new cases reported over the past day.  The county's Health Department reports the 24 new confirmed cases brings the total to 7,663 during the pandemic.  Ten of those were from the Jamestown 14701 zip code.  Officials say there were no deaths... and, 124 cases are active.  They add that 9 people are hospitalized.


Reed votes no on expanded voting rights legislation...
Chautauqua County's congressman says he voted against the House's "For the People Act of 2021..." which would expand voting rights in the United States.  Corning Republican Tom Reed spoke on the floor against the measure after majority Democrats blocked an amendment he co-sponsored that would require some kind of identification for the person voting.  Reed emphasized a variety of ID's could be used... but, adds there are many other aspects of life that a person has to show identification for, such as purchasing a six-pack of beer, to rent a hotel room... or food stamps.  Reed touted the amendment as a common sense measure that would ensure election integrity.  He adds that in a recent Gallup poll... 59-percent of Americans agreed there needs to be voter ID... and the fact the measure was not at least debated on the floor, was concerning.  The measure was approved in the House Wednesday, 220-to-210.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with regional media.


More than 1,200 residents weigh in so far on creating at Chautauqua Lake District...
Since the Chautauqua County Lake Protection and Rehabilitation Agency launched an online community survey last month to get input on a potential Chautauqua Lake District... more than 12-hundred residents and property owners have offered feedback.  With that... the deadline to fill out the survey has been extended until March 15th.  That from Agency Chairman Pierre Chagnon... who says the agency was appointed by county lawmakers in 2018 to explore forming a Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District.  Chagnon says the agency was tasked with evaluating lake protection and rehabilitation needs and making recommendations to the County Legislature regarding the creation and activities of a district in order to improve the health and use of the Lake.  So far... the agency has developed a preliminary outline of key components that would be included in a district plan.  The survey can be taken on-line at SurveyMonkey.com/r/CHQlakedistrict.  The survey is open until Mar. 15.