Welcome to our local coronavirus information page.  

It is our intention to provide credible and "need to know" information on this page as our local community faces the current challenges associated with the COVID-19 (Coronovirus) outbreak. 

We will try our best to keep up with area closings and cancellations reported to/posted on our special closings website - HERE -  (that is typicall used for weather related closings).   

Information that has been released by our local government, schools and health care officials will be shared to the community via the weblinks below.

It is our continued focus at Media One Radio Group to share CREDIBLE information.  It is not our intent to be "first" or "breaking" in regards to news coverage.  Accuracy and our continued credibility in the local journalism community continues to be and will always be our top priority. 

WJTN Headlines for Fri., Mar. 5, 2021

Newspapers investigation finds Cuomo Administration altered numbers of COVID outbreaks in Nursing Homes...
The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times report that the true number of people who had died in nursing homes in New York was altered by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's top aides in a state Health Department report in July.  The newspapers cited documents and anonymous sources in reporting that the aides pushed state health officials to alter the public report so that only residents who died inside long-term care facilities, and not those who became ill there and later died at a hospital, were counted.  The report was released as the Democratic governor's administration faced criticism over its March 25 directive that sent thousands of recovering coronavirus patients into nursing homes.


Borrello says vote slated for today on limiting Cuomo's emergency powers would actually allow them to be extended...
State lawmakers are expected to vote Friday on a bill that would repeal New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's emergency powers, but a local state legislator believes it could make the situation worse.  Under the bill... the legislature can repeal any executive order with more than a 50 percent vote.  However... State Senator George Borrello says it would actual extend the emergency powers indefinately.  Borrello says the governor could set that time, while currently, they would end on Apr. 30.  He says a vote is scheduled tomorrow, but he doesn't know if there will be enough support.  He says that's especially the case in the Assembly, where most of the Democratic dissent has been to extending the governor's emergency powers.  Republican state lawmakers held a news conference in Albany about the matter on Wednesday, calling the proposal a "bogus backroom deal."


One of Cuomo's accusers in sexual harassment investigation says she was spurred to come forward by other accusor's story...
One of the women who accused New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexually harassing her at the workplace says she was motivated to come forward after another woman contacted her to share similar allegations.  Lindsey Boylan tells Harper's Bazaar that another factor was that Cuomo had been named as a contender for attorney general of the United States.  Boylan first accused Cuomo of harassment on Twitter in December.  Two additional woman have made accusations since then.


Chautauqua County reports about two-dozen new COVID-19 cases Thursday, infection rate remains low...
The Chautauqua County Health Department is reporting 23 new confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus the past day... and, the local infection rate remains low.  County Executive P-J Wendel says that's "great news..." and, says it wasn't that long ago the county was in double figures.  Wendel credits local residents and businesses, and the fact the vaccine is getting out.  He says in January, the rate at one time was 13.2-percent... while it's now been 1.2 to 1.3-percent in recent days.  The county is now reporting 7,640 total cases... and, no new deaths.  That number remains 138.  Officials say most of the new cases... 14... were reported in the Jamestown 14701 zip code.  The add there are now 122 active cases... and, only 6 of those are hospitalized. 


Wendel, and ten other local leaders listed on Buffalo Business First's "Power 250" list...
Eleven local elected and community leaders from -- or tied to -- Chautauqua County have been included in the Buffalo Business First "Power 250" and elected officials list for 2021.  County Executive P-J Wendel says he and two other local Republican state lawmakers... Senator George Borrello and Assemblyman Andy Goodell... all made that top 30 list.  Wendel says the list also includes two people who have developed businesses here... including Buffalo-area Developer Peter Krog... and hotel developer David Hart of the Chautauqua Harborfront Hotel in Celoron.  He says Gebbie Foundation Executive Director Greg Edwards, and Chautauqua Institution President Michael Hill are also on the list, along with President and Chief Executive Officer Dan Reininga from Lakeshore Savings Bank.  Also on the Power 250 list are Denise Jones from The Resource Center... Plant Manager Anna Dibble from Jamestown Cummins Engine Plant... and, Lisa Haglund of Heritage Ministries.  Wendel made his comments for this coming weekend's "Community Spotlight" program to air on all six Media One Radio Group stations.


JCC Alumni Mystery to be a "mail-in" event this year...
The Jamestown Community College Alumni Association has replaced its annual in-person mystery with a 'mystery by mail.'  The Director of Alumni Relations, Heather Morris, says the package will arrive this week in the mailboxes of people who've previously attended the in-person mysteries.  Morris says everything including witness statements, and clues will be in that packet.  She says the mystery is suitable for all ages and, because activities have been curtailed in recent months, they wanted to make it more "family-friendly."  Morris adds they'd like participants to send in their solution... and a donation to the Alumni Association... by the end of the month.  If you don't get a mystery packet in the mail, but would like to play, phone the Alumni Office at JCC at 338-1056 or email alumni@mail.sunyjcc.edu. 


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WJTN Headlines for Fri., Mar. 5, 2021

Newspapers investigation finds Cuomo Administration altered numbers of COVID outbreaks in Nursing Homes... The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times report that the true number of people who had...

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