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There are seven new cases of COVID-19 in Chautauqua County the past day...
Seven new cases of the COVID-19 Virus have been reported in Chautauqua County the past day... with most of them -- four -- being reported in Jamestown.  The county's Health Department says there's also one each in Lakewood, Sinclairville and Dunkirk.  Officials say that brings the total number of cases to 838... and, 123 are currently active.  Interim County Executive P-J Wendel says there are currently 56 active cases among residents of Tanglewood Manor... along with 11 employees at Tanglewood.  Wendel says 702 cases have now recovered... and there have been 13 deaths so far.


JPS report Fletcher Elementary student test's positive for COVID-19...
The Jamestown Public School District is reporting a Fletcher Elementary School student has tested positive for COVID-19.  District Officials say they were notified of the positive case Thursday night... and, the student last attended school on Thursday, October 8th.  JPS Communication Coordinator Cathy Panebianco says the district is following all guidelines from the county's Health Department, and the Centers for Disease Control.  She says JPS was notified that the student was remote learning at the time of contact with a positive case from outside of school.  Out-of-school close contacts are being notified and appropriate steps are being taken.... and, contact tracing will be conducted.  More information is available at JPSNY.org. 


Cuomo and National Governor's Assoc send letter about need for COVID Vaccine protocols...
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the National Governor's Association... which he chairs... is asking President Donald Trump for a meeting to discuss how a COVID-19 vaccination program would be conducted once a vaccine is ready.  Cuomo says the NGA has now sent it's letter... and, outlines the group is asking for.  They want to put together a committee of health care professionals that will review the protocols and efficacy of the vaccine, and whether it's safe.  Cuomo says they need to know what the federal government plan is... and, what states are expected to do.  He says that's importnat because the virus has been "one step ahead" of us.  Meanwhile, New York State's overall positivity rate, including red zones is 1.09 percent.  However... Western New York's positivity rate is 1.6 percent.


Green, County Democrats, recommend Deputy Elections Commissioner to replace him Jan. 1...
Chautauqua County government may have its first ever Hispanic department head when the new year begins on Jan. 1.  Deputy Democratic Election's Commissioner Luz Torres will be going before the county legislature's Administrative Services Committee Monday, as the county Democratic Committee's recommendation to replace Commissioner Norm Green, who will be leaving his post at the end of the year.  Green says Torres is a seven-year veteran of the department.  If approved by the full legislature... Green says Torres will become the first Hispanic department head in the county's history... and, she may also be the first woman of color to work in county government.  Torres has worked at the county's Board of Elections since 2013... and was promoted to Deputy Election Commissioner in 2018.


Jamestown man sentenced to 12 1/2 years on Child Porn charges...
A Jamestown man will be spending the next 12-and-a-half years in federal prison after being convicted of receiving and possessing child pornography.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior announced today that 35 year-old Matthew Bailer was sentenced to 150 months in prison... and, 10 years post-release supervision in U-S District Court.  Prosecutors say Jamestown police received a complaint in July of 2018 from a parent that her young children may have been sexually abused by Bailer.  The parent said she was told by the defendant’s sister that a series of concerning pictures, sexual in nature, were sent on a cell phone used by Bailer.  He was later arrested on a warrant in Missouri in an unrelated to a burglary case.  The phone was also recovered in the case.


Jamestown Public Market reports record-breaking season with two more Saturday's to go...
It's been a record-breaking season for the Jamestown Public Market... and, there's still time to visit the Cherry Street location before the end of the season. That from Market Director Linnea Carlson, who says they've seen an 18-percent increase in the Market's performance in terms of sales.  In addition, she says they are thrilled to be ending on a positive note... with several farmers touting their success at the market.  Carlson says the last day for the Jamestown Public Market will be Halloween, October 31st... and, they'll be there again from 10 am to 12 Noon.  She says they'll have a Halloween theme that day.  In addition... Carlson is reminding residents that are SNAP/EBT customers... and, credit card users... to utilize any remaining tokens before the season ends.  She says all tokens spent are reimbursed directly to farmers and vendors. 

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