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Cattaraugus County Health Dept. Confirms 72nd COVID-19 Case

June 5, 2020

The Cattaraugus County Health Department confirmed a 72nd case of the coronavirus Friday.

The 72nd confirmed case is a woman who lives in the southeast quadrant of the county, according to a press release issued by the department. The woman, who has been asymptomatic, came into direct contact with a known COVID-19-positive individual. She was tested for COVID-19 on Wednesday, ...

Cattaraugus County Confirms 70th and 71st COVID-19 Cases

The Cattaraugus County Health Department confirmed two additional cases of coronavirus Wednesday, bringing the county’s total to 71.

The 70th confirmed case is a woman who lives in the southeast quadrant of the county, according to a press release issued by the department. She has no significant travel history and denies any contact with a known COVID-19 positive individual. The ...

State Will Permit Outdoor Dining at Restaurants

Starting Thursday, New York State will allow outdoor dining at restaurants in regions that are in Phase 2 of the reopening process, Gov.  Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday. The Western New York Region, which includes the Greater Olean area, entered Phase 2 Tuesday.

According to a press release from the governor, outdoor tables must be spaced 6 feet apart; all ...

Cattaraugus County Health Director Elected President of State Organization

Cattaraugus County Public Health Director Dr. Kevin D. Watkins has been elected president of the New York State Association of County Health Officials

“It is an honor to lead our 2020-21 board during these challenging times for public health,” Watkins said.

Watkins has been the public health director for the Cattaraugus County since November of 2009. He previously worked as a ...

Podcast: Athletes and Coaches from Greater Olean Area Reflect on Cancellation of Spring Sports

TAPinto Greater Olean reporter Connor Griffin speaks with high school athletes and coaches about the cancellation of spring sports. Griffin’s guests include:

Allegany-Limestone boys track coach Mike Wilber;
Cuba-Rushford’s boys tennis coach Jeffery Howe;
Olean High School softball player Elyse Graham;
Olean athletic director and softball coach Steve Anatasia;
Portville ...

Podcast: Retired Portville Counselor Discusses Pandemic’s Effects on Adults and Children

Royee Niles, a retired domestic violence and sexual abuse counselor from Portville joins TAPinto Greater Olean reporter Hannah Legacy for a discussion of how child and adult abuse victims and non-abuse victims may be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. PLAY

Click here to read Legacy's story.

For more information on the Coronavirus in the Greater Olean area, visit ...

Reed Visits Sports Locker in Olean for Phase 2 Reopening

OLEAN, NY — "Opening up is exciting," The Sports Locker co-owner Jason Palumbo told Rep. Tom Reed, who was about to enter the West State Street shop from the back door off the parking lot on South Sixth Street.

Reed, who represents the 23rd congressional district, asked co-owner Tom Palumbo, if he had ever seen anything like the closings that ...

Western New York Begins Phase 2 Reopening

The state's Western New York Region, which includes the Greater Olean area, entered Phase 2 of the reopening process Tuesday.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo confirmed the region's movement to Phase 2 on Tuesday during his daily coronavirus briefing. On Monday, he said the state expected Western New York to move to Phase 2 on Tuesday.

"I'm proud that Western New York has moved on ...

Governor Expects Western New York Region to Enter Phase 2 Tuesday

The state expects its Western New York region to begin Phase 2 of the reopening process Tuesday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced during his daily coronavirus briefing Monday morning. The region includes Allegany and Cattaraugus counties.

"We’ll have a final announcement later this afternoon for Western New York, but the conversations I’ve had with them are all good, and we ...

Cattaraugus County Reports Two More COVID-19 Cases, Including Inmate at County Jail

An inmate at the Cattaraugus County Jail in Little Valley has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Cattaraugus County Health Department announced Saturday in a press release. The inmate was one of two new coronavirus cases the department confirmed Saturday, bringing the county’s total to 69. 

The inmate has been asymptomatic. He has been in isolation within the facility and has ...


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A Difficult End to Senior Year Does Not Compare to the Memories Made

When the unexpected happens, we sometimes do not know how to react. We immediately think of the effect the present will have on the future. 

When news on the coronavirus started to get serious back in March, I found myself thinking this way as I knew a lot of uncertainty lay ahead. 
Your senior year of college is a special time, one where you are supposed to be soaking in ...

Coronavirus and Life Without Sports: How It Boosts Fandom

The outbreak of COVID-19 has brought almost all sports to a halt. This was certainly the right decision because the health of our citizens should be put first. This unusual time has left me and many other sports fans with a feeling of emptiness, trying to take in everything that is going on.

Multiple professional athletes have tested positive for COVID-19. More than a dozen NBA players, ...

For Cashiers, COVID-19 Means a Change in Routine

CUBA, NY – I’ve worked at the Giant Food Mart of Cuba as a cashier for about three years, since my junior year of high school. 

When I reported for work on Friday at 4 p.m., the normal clamor of rustling paper bags, chattering customers and employees and squeaking grocery carts’ wheels greeted me. 

But I would soon face a situation I’d never seen ...

159 million Economic Impact Payments Processed; Low-income People and Others Who Aren’t Required to File Tax Returns Can Quickly Register for Payment With IRS Non-Filers Tool

June 5, 2020

WASHINGTON – With  159 million Economic Impact Payments processed, the Internal Revenue Service reminds many low-income Americans who don’t usually file tax returns to register for a payment by Oct. 15.

Millions of low-income people and others who aren’t required to file a tax return may be eligible for an Economic Impact Payment and can easily register for a ...

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