Chautauqua County is closing in on 600 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus after eight more cases were reported over the past day. Interim County Executive P-J Wendel says most of those are in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area... and brings the local total to 590 cases. He says there are 59 active cases, which continue to recover. There are now 521 recovered cases. Wendel says there are 3 active cases among employees at Fieldbrook Foods... while there are now no active community contacts associated with that outbreak. He says 82 cases have recovered. Wendel adds there are currently 18 active cases among SUNY College at Fredonia students, and 75 people have recovered. He says there are now 329 cases under quarantine or isolation orders, and being monitored. Thirty persons are under the "domestic traveler quarantine."
New York's health commissioner says the state will begin allowing visitors to see loved ones at nursing homes that have been coronavirus-free for 14 days. That's down from 28 days under previous rules. Health Commissioner Howard Zucker says the policy will go into effect Thursday. Visitors must present a verified negative test result within the previous seven days, and staffers must refuse anyone who doesn't. Staffers must also turn away people who show symptoms or don't pass screening questions. Visits will generally be limited to outdoor areas and prohibited in resident rooms or care areas.
A bi-partisan group of House members -- including local Congressman Tom Reed -- has proposed a fourth, COVID-19 stimulus bill focused on the "big issues" facing Americans. Reed, who co-chairs the "Problem Solvers" Caucus, announced Tuesday afternoon announced what the 50 members are calling the $1.5-trillion dollar, "March for Common Ground" plan.
Reed says the package will increase to $2-trillion if the pandemic worsens... and, will fall back to $1.3-trillion if it doesn't. The Corning Republican says the plan includes a new round of stimulus checks, and more unemployment insurance. In addition to stimulus checks and unemployment insurance... Reed says the package also includes funding for COVID-19 testing, worker and liability protection, small business and non-profit support, food security, schools and child care, housing, and state and local aid. The Problem Solver's Caucus includes 25 Republicans and 25 Democrats, and is co-chaired by New Jersey Democrat Josh Gottheimer.
A Jamestown man was arrested for allegedly stealing merchandise from Hector's Powersports yesterday afternoon. City police were called to 1200 East 2nd Street shortly before 5 PM... and, using the store's security system... learned the suspect took road race apparel and fled on foot. Officers were able to locate the suspect a short distance away and identify him as 30 year-old Justin Anderson. He was charged with petty larceny and sent to the city jail pending arraignment.
The Jamestown City Council will consider instituting a one-month parking ticket amnesty program next month when it hold's its voting session at the end of this month. Mayor Eddie Sundquist says it would allow people with old tickets to pay them off without penalty. However... there would be a caveat. You would have to bring in a donation of school supplies, canned goods, or items for the elderly. That caveat was the focus of much discussion at Monday night's meeting... namely what kind of donation would be appropriate.
Sundquist says the City Council recently approved a contract extension with the company that does their collections... and, he says when they send out their letter to scofflaws... they will include a flyer about the program. Sundquist says they will include how many items need to be donated to allow the violator to pay off their unpaid tickets in a revised resolution to be considered at next week's work session. Jamestown's last parking ticket amnesty program was held in 2016. This one would be held October 1st through 31st.
Quick work by Jamestown firefighters prevented serious damage to a two-story apartment house on the city's southside about mid-morning Tuesday. Fire Lieutenant Shaun Shilling says crews were called to 254 Prospect Street about 8:45 AM... and, found flames in the first floor living room. Shilling says crews had the small blaze under control in 5 to 10 minutes... and, damage was confined to the living room, and part of the kitchen area. He says no one was home at the time... and, no one was hurt. Shilling says they also found some pets that were inside the house and got them out safely. An off-duty shift was called in to assist. The cause is under investigation.
Two members of the Jamestown City Council, and Mayor Eddie Sundquist, are asking for the public's help in finding a location for a new mural that highlights local leaders of the African-American community. Sundquist said Tuesday that he is working with the council's two African-American members, Vickye James, and Tamu-Graham Reinhardt, on finding a location, and who should be on the mural. Graham-Reinhardt says while "this idea would specifically focus on African-Americans... we do believe that other murals in other parts of town can and should focus on Jamestown's rich diversity of Swedish and Italian individuals as well as other notables in addition to our local economic achievements over the decades so that individuals visiting Jamestown can learn about our vibrant history.” Sundquist is encouraging anyone "who may have an appropriate space on their building to host a mural honoring our local leaders to contact my office." For more information... call the Mayor's Office at 483-7600.