“Do Not Drink” Advisory is Discontinued effective December 24, 2020
(MAYVILLE, NY)– The Do Not Drink Advisory for the Village of Mayville’s Public Water Supply is discontinued effective December 24, 2020. Your water is now acceptable for drinking, food preparation and all household uses.
Coordination between the Village of Mayville, Chautauqua County and the New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation and Health has ensured that a new water source for the Village, Well #4, is now online and providing clean water to Village residents. Water testing has confirmed Well #4 has no detectable levels of PFNA.
The village residents and water customers are commended for their cooperation during this emergency.
Sampling results show levels of PFNA continue to go down in the Village water storage tank. Efforts are underway by the Village to flush the tank of old water and replace it with clean water from Well #4. Additional engineering measures are being taken to maximize use of Well #4 to meet the needs of the Village and continue to lower levels in the storage tank. As a result, the “do not drink” advisory is lifted effective December 24, 2020. The water system will continue to be monitored on a weekly basis and results will be made available to the public.
Sampling data from Monday, December 21 show PFNA levels ranged between non-detectable to 59.5 parts per trillion. Levels in the water system are continuing to go down by maximizing water delivery from Well #4.
The water supply was sampled again on Wednesday, December 23. Repeat sampling will occur on Monday, December 28 and then a weekly schedule will ensue. Results will be made available to the public.
If you haven’t run your household plumbing, please run water until it is cold before using it for drinking or food preparation. For those who are interested, bottled water will be available on a limited basis and distribution will continue to be coordinated by the Village through January 4, 2021.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) will continue to investigate the source of contamination and how it can be remediated. The results of the recent private well sampling should be available soon.
The “do not drink” advisory was issued on December 10th out of an abundance of caution after sample results received on December 9th for the Village of Mayville’s supply wells indicated high levels of the chemical perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA).
- For information about drinking water and health effects contact NYS DOH Bureau of Toxic Substance Assessment at 518-402-7800.
- For more information about drinking water quality contact NYS DOH Bureau of Water Supply Protection at 518 402-7650.
- General information is available at chqgov.com. E-mail inquiries can be directed to email@example.com
- For questions, village water customers can contact: 716-269-4802.
(MAYVILLE, NY)– The Chautauqua County Shared Services Initiative Panel recently met to discuss and vote on the 2021 Chautauqua County Shared Services Initiative Plan. Three public hearings will be conducted for residents to ask questions and offer comment the following dates and times:
Monday, December 28, 2020 at 11:00 A.M.
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 11:00 A.M.
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 2:00 P.M.
All public hearings will be held with social distancing protocols in Gerace Office Building Room 331, 3 North Erie St., Mayville, NY 14757. Individuals may also participate via conference call by calling 1-855-332-4181, access code: 7534800.
Anyone seeking further information may call Executive Assistant Daniel Heitzenrater in the Chautauqua County Executive’s Office at 716-753-4672.
Waiting till the last minute to do your Christmas shopping? The Next Chapter Bookstore and a generous supporter can help!
(FREDONIA, NY) – Starting Tuesday, December 15, The Next Chapter Bookstore will be selling an array of filled gift baskets. This supporter of Literacy Volunteers put together over 25 gift baskets that range in price from $25 to $65. The baskets are filled with items such as cozy throws, mugs, books, ornaments, string lights, notecards, candy, and snacks. Perfect for the upcoming winter weather. The higher priced baskets also include two admission tickets to the National Comedy Center.
Visit https://www.lvccread.org/ to review individual basket contents and photos. Baskets may be purchased at The Next Chapter Bookstore or by calling (716) 680-8120. Free delivery of gift baskets is available within a 10-mile radius of Fredonia. All proceeds benefit the Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County.
The Next Chapter Bookstore is full of good quality used books – fiction, non-fiction, children’s, Sci-Fy, Mystery, Cookbooks, Self-Help, etc. The bookstore is located at 12 Park Place, Fredonia and open Tuesday 1pm – 7pm and Wednesday – Saturday, 10am – 7pm. Face masks are required, and social distancing is strongly encouraged. Stop by for your next great adventure!
Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County offers free one-on-one tutoring in reading, writing, and math, along with English language instruction, basic computer literacy, workplace preparation, and life skills.
Looking to volunteer? LVCC is looking for help in the bookstore, as a board member or a volunteer tutor. Stop in at the Education Center (10 Park Place) or the Bookstore (12 Park Place) in Fredonia to learn more or visit https://www.lvccread.org.
Self-quarantine if you have been exposed
(MAYVILLE, NY)– Chautauqua County is seeing more cases of COVID-19 than ever before. People are sick, and our health care system and public health workers are overwhelmed. You can help by following all of the recommended safety guidelines to reduce the spread of the disease in our community. The power lies in all of our hands.
By now, you know the importance of masking, physical distancing and hand-washing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These are simple but effective actions that help protect you and others.
Would you know what to do if you were in close contact (within 6 feet for 10 minutes or longer) with someone who found out they have COVID-19? As the number of new cases climbs and we continue to move through the holiday season, it’s likely that more people will find themselves in this situation.
If you are aware that you have come into contact with someone who has COVID-19, take action immediately. Do not wait for a call from the Health Department. Quarantine at home, even if you do not feel sick. This means staying away from others – both outside and inside of your home, if possible – until 14 days have passed since your last contact with that person.
The virus can take up to two weeks after you are infected to make you feel sick. We also know that you can be infected but never feel sick at all. In those cases, you could still spread the virus through close contact with others. This is why it is critical to quarantine if you:
- Have been in close contact (within 6 feet) of someone who has COVID-19 for 10 minutes or longer.
- Have cared for someone who is sick with COVID-19.
- Have had direct physical contact with someone who has COVID-19. (This includes hugging or kissing them, sharing cups or silverware, or getting their respiratory droplets on you in another way — like getting coughed on.)
- Are visiting a state with quarantine requirements.
When you are quarantining, watch for a fever (above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit), cough, shortness of breath or other COVID-19 symptoms. If you develop symptoms, reach out to a healthcare provider who can help you determine next steps for getting testing or care.
Stop the spread of COVID-19: Wear a mask; maintain a social distance of 6 feet; wash your hands often.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT TEAM EXCELS AT DISEASE INVESTIGATION
COVID-19 RAPID TESTING AVAILABLE
(MAYVILLE, NY)– The Chautauqua County Health Department has received reports from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) on its disease investigation and contact tracing efforts for the months of September and October 2020. Per the NYSDOH, Chautauqua County is doing better than both Western New York and New York State comparisons.
“Our County Public Health staff is truly the frontline unsung heroes of this pandemic,” said Public Health Director Christine Schuyler. “It has been all hands on deck every single day since early March. The dedication and hard work of everyone from nurses to clerks and everyone in between is nothing short of absolutely amazing.”
During the months of September and October, Chautauqua County Health Department’s COVID-19 response team successfully reached 99.5% of the 663 positive cases, and completed interviews with 94.1% of cases; 78% of interviews were completed within 24 hours. Contact information for identified close contacts was obtained from 68.7% of cases; each case listed an average of 3.3 contacts. For each of these figures, Chautauqua County fared better than both Western New York and New York State comparisons.
The New York State Contact Tracing Virtual Call Center (VCC) provides COVID-19 contact tracing services on behalf of Chautauqua County. For the months of September and October, 94.5% of 2,167 identified contacts were reached, 76.1% had a completed interview, and 74.7% had an interview completed within 48 hours. These rates were similar to, but slightly lower than Western New York and New York State rates. All figures are considered “green,” or good, on the NYS Contact Tracing dashboard, with the exception of contacts with interviews completed within 48 hours which falls into the “yellow,” or “acceptable” category.
“Isolation and quarantine are critically important public health strategies to decrease the spread of contagious diseases such as COVID-19. Our public health staff is efficiently and expertly implementing these measures which are proven to reduce the number of people infected and the number of deaths during this pandemic,” added Schuyler. “Isolation and quarantine along with other preventive measures such as wearing a mask, washing hands frequently and social distancing are the most effective tools in our toolbox at this time – and they are working.”
COVID-19 testing clinic
A COVID-19 rapid testing clinic will be held on Tuesday, November 24th from 9am – 2pm at the Chautauqua County Office of Emergency Services, 2 Academy Street, Mayville, NY. COVID-19 testing is available to anyone who wants to be tested and is free. Appointments are required; walk-in testing is not available.
The quickest way to get an appointment is to visit https://apps.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?OpID=1300060 and schedule your appointment online. If you do not have internet access, you may call 1-866-604-6789 for scheduling assistance. However, due to current call volume, it may take some time to get through to a scheduler.
Please note the following:
This is a drive through test site. Please enter the location from Academy Street and then follow the signs and directions of the volunteers. Stay in your vehicle with the windows closed until instructed otherwise. For your safety and the safety of others, do not have an animal in the vehicle with you. The test being used is the Abbott IDNOW rapid test which tests for whether or not you currently are infected with the COVID-19 virus. After testing, you must remain in your car parked at the site to receive a copy of your results. Plan at least 30 minutes to be tested and get your result.
Stop the spread of COVID-19: Wear a mask; maintain a social distance of 6 feet; wash your hands often.
(FREDONIA, NY) – The entire State University of New York at Fredonia campus and community will be recognized virtually by the Fredonia College Foundation for their efforts to raise money in support of students at a time of need during the coronavirus pandemic, when National Philanthropy Day is commemorated in Western New York on Thursday, Nov. 19.
“With the support of our campus community and our many loyal alumni and donors, we were able to raise approximately $191,000 to support Fredonia’s students,” said Betty Gossett, executive director of the foundation. “We are privileged to honor SUNY Fredonia for the tireless dedication of our administration, faculty and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The Student Emergency Relief Fund was established by the foundation to financially assist students who faced unexpected expenses related to the pandemic and to alleviate hardships related to moving to a digital education format.
Donations of food and everyday necessities to assist students were also received by the Student Health Center. The Faculty Student Association provided meals for students, resident assistants helped to supervise proper Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) use by students, and faculty jumped to a digital platform to communicate and continue to teach students. Offices were well equipped with hand-sanitizers, masks and appropriate rules to follow to prevent the spread of the virus.
“We want to pay tribute to all of our campus employees, community and alumni who donated to the Student Emergency Relief Fund during a time of critical need on campus,” said June Miller-Spann, director of Development.
More information about the virtual celebration is available online at https://community.afpnet.org/afpwny/npdwny/npd-wny-details
(MAYVILLE, NY) – Chautauqua County Executive Paul M. Wendel, Jr. will be hosting a virtual COVID-19 Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 3 p.m. The town hall will be streamed live on the County Government facebook page at www.facebook.com/ChautauquaCountyGovernment and will give area residents the opportunity to ask questions related to COVID-19 in Chautauqua County.
Wendel will be joined by Christine Schuyler, Director of the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services; Dr. Robert Berke, County Physician; and Dr. Brian Walters and Dr. Michael Faulk.
(LATHAM, NY)– Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.
Kaleb Johnson from Westfield, N.Y. (14787), and assigned to the 152nd Engineer Company received a promotion to the rank of private first class on September 30, 2020.
Colmari Garcia-Rodriguez from Dunkirk, N.Y. (14048), and assigned to the Company C, 427th Support Battalion received a promotion to the rank of private first class on October 9, 2020.
Kevin Moralesroldan from Dunkirk, N.Y. (14048), and assigned to the Company D, 427th Support Battalion received a promotion to the rank of sergeant on September 30, 2020.
Melanie Rodriguez from Fredonia, N.Y. (14063), and assigned to the 442nd Military Police Company received a promotion to the rank of sergeant on October 16, 2020.
Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential.
These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified Soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber Citizen Soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard.
The New York National Guard (New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs) is the state’s executive agency responsible to the Governor for managing New York’s Military Forces, which consists of nearly 20,000 members of the New York Army National Guard, the New York Air National Guard, the New York Naval Militia and the New York Guard.