Month: January 2021

Maternity Task Force Created For NYS During COVID-19 Pandemic

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: PxhereJAMESTOWN – While the COVID-19 pandemic has everyone on edge, expecting mothers represent one group that may have more concerns than others.Those pregnant, no doubt are questioning if the new virus poses a risk to the baby.In response, a COVID-19 maternity task force has been created in New York State to urgently protect mothers and ensure women have much needed safe birthing options.The task at hand will be to authorize and certify additional birth centers to expecting mothers during the pandemic and in hopes to ease the already stressed hospitals. It is spearheaded by the Secretary to the governor Melissa DeRosa and the New York State Council on Women and Girls. The task force will also review the impact of COVID-19 on pregnancy in the state.“This pandemic strained our hospital system in a way no one could have ever imagined, and while New York leads in ensuring laboring mothers were able to have a healthy partner, friend or family member with them during childbirth we can and should explore additional ways to make the experience less stressful,” said DeRosa.“Birth centers can serve as a safe alternative for low risk pregnancies, reliving the strain on hospitals and providing a supportive environment for mothers during an already stressful time.”The task force is expected to make recommendations to Gov. Andrew Cuomo by the end of the week. The location of these birth centers is yet to be announced. The task force will maintain an ad hoc status throughout the COVID-19 state of emergency to address any additional issues related to COVID-19 during pregnancy through the postpartum period.last_img read more

County COVID-19 Infection Rate Is Lowest Reported Among Red-Flagged Counties

first_imgMGN ImageALBANY — Chautauqua County is one of only four counties in New York State with a COVID-19 infection rate higher than the state’s average of 1 percent, but is still the lowest reported rate in the Western New York counties red-flagged by the state.In a Sunday update, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Chautauqua County’s infection rate is 1.5 percent.“What is interesting is you do see different geographic variations. The City of Buffalo was at 5.5; the County of Erie, 1.5; County of Niagara, 2.9; Chautauqua, 1.5. So, we’re going to use that information and continue testing and start to focus on those geographic areas that are showing higher numbers” Cuomo said.Cuomo explained that Western New York has been flagged because of a high infection rate. “It has been, we have a caution flag up on Western New York. The infection rate yesterday was 1.6 percent. That’s still the highest in the state. Every other region was below 1 percent,” Cuomo said. “We’ve started a focused testing effort with rapid turnaround. We set up eight sites. We did 1,000 people.”Cuomo said the testing in the counties was about a 3.4 percent infection rate for one day.“That is a very high number, but that is not a random number. These are people who decided to come in to be tested. Normally you get a high infection rate under those circumstances because these are people who think they may be infected, right? That tends to be the driving motivation for people who show up so 3.4 is high but again it’s not random,” Cuomo said. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Governor Outlines Main Challenges Of Vaccine Distribution In New York

first_imgImage by Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.ALBANY – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is preparing a plan so that COVID-19 vaccine distribution rolls out smoothly statewide.During a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, the Governor explained three main challenges health leaders will have to overcome before the vaccine is made public.First, Cuomo says distribution will be expensive and that states need more funding to do so.Additionally, he says there will be challenges to administering the vaccine to Black, Brown and poor communities. “They’re underserved by healthcare facilities. And their rate of skepticism is higher. It’s going to be an expensive effort to outreach to Black, Brown and poor communities,” he said.The Governor says the third issue is a data share agreement from the federal government about who was vaccinated.“The data share agreement from the federal government specifically says the states should identify recipients using such identifiers as social security number, driver’s license ID or passport number. These are proxies for citizenship,” explained Cuomo.Meanwhile, White House Spokesman Michael Bars said, “… such information would only be used to support the unprecedented private-public partnership continuing to harness the full power of the federal government, private sector, military, and scientific community to combat the coronavirus and save lives. A data agreement would request only minimal information and under no circumstances request, require, or otherwise gather or maintain social security numbers, passport numbers, or driver’s license numbers.”A survey from the Medical Society of the State of New York showed that 80 percent of physicians in the state plan to get a vaccine once it’s widely available, and that “nearly 70% of physicians estimated that at least half of their patients will receive the COVID-19 vaccine once it is widely available.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

199 COVID-19 Cases Reported In Chautauqua County Over The Weekend

first_img90+2 40 14138- South Dayton0 738.9 550.6 Total Cases 14757- Mayville4 452 324.7 14769- Portland1 463 740.7 14724- Clymer6 56 25.8% 2 2.7% 364.2 14784- Stockton0 20.78% 8 No393 4 0.2% 82.1 27 0.4% 14136- Silver Creek4 12 21 Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) 1.2% 193.6 0.4% 0.0 60-69329 COVID-19 Cases by Known Age 4 129 14710- Ashville3 15 0.91% 32 18.02% 244.8 90+38 22 12 2 14723- Cherry Creek0 104 3.5% 14716- Brocton18 11.17% 2.4% Active Cases 58 14718- Cassadaga2 2.9% Percent 11 5 3 Percent 0 0.55% 0.7% 14722- Chautauqua0 2.2% 15.7% 0-19370 3 Age Group 0.00% 271.7 263.7 22 Yes1498 4 5.26% 73 2.5% 14726- Conewango Valley0 81 8 0-390 14787- Westfield5 739.1 126 218.7 0.9% 70-797 14712- Bemus Point11 14750- Lakewood8 384.6 70 1.0% 14782- Sinclairville2 1.4% WNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County officials reported 199 new positive cases of COVID-19 from Friday through Sunday.According to the Chautauqua County Health Department’s COVID-19 dashboard, 48 of those new cases are in Jamestown while 22 have been reported in Fredonia.There are now 452 active cases with 129 of them in the Jamestown area.Of the cases, 33 people are hospitalized, that down from 34 as of Friday’s report. The county’s seven-day average percent positivity rate has decreased to 6.7 percent, down from 7.8 percent.A full breakdown of data is posted below:COVID-19 Cases by ZIP Code of Residence Symptoms 70-79192 14738- Frewsburg12 759 79.22% 85 127.8 11.88% 5 14740- Gerry1 12.56% 201.2 14747- Kennedy3 0.8% Symptoms Known1891 4.5% 8 14 1.6% 199 Fatality Rate Percent of Total Cases 474.3 14775- Ripley5 40 132 0.7% 16 13 1.29% 14081- Irving1 291.3 Total 28 60-693 21 0.7% 1758.6 472.0 0.7% 46 2 3.65% 0.4% 3 218.0 1.4% Age 65 401.5 3.09% 50-59390 34 4 13 12 0.2% 18 14720- Celoron1 168.8 24 14062- Forestville17 1.9% 11.17% 14.8% 348.6 463.4 100.0% 12.39% 296.2 0 14048- Dunkirk11 4.3% 14736- Findley Lake2 20-29531 0 30-39350 4 40-49365 80-899 136.3 0.0 14701- Jamestown48 167.5 14767- Panama2 6.52% 80-8991 0.85% Active Case Rate (per 100,000 residents) 1 14733- Falconer6 2946 Number COVID-19 Cases by Presence of Symptoms at Time of Interview 24 New Cases 437 218.7 3.7% Zip Code 0.5% 31 0.0% All Ages25 Total Deaths 108 239.3 40-492 Fatality Rate by Age Group 50-592 0.51% 6 14781- Sherman4 23 14728- Dewittville0 NYS Fatality Rate: 4.86%US Fatality Rate: 1.9% 9.89% 14063- Fredonia22 5 186.4 Numberlast_img read more

New Photo of Phantom Stars Norm Lewis & Sierra Boggess!

first_img View Comments The Phantom of the Opera Related Shows Star Files from $29.00center_img Sierra Boggess Turn your face away from the glaring light of day, because it’s time to return to the Phantom’s lair! Broadway pals Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess are teaming up to bring “The Music of the Night” to the Majestic Theatre in The Phantom of the Opera, and we’ve got a first look at the new pair in action. After appearing on Broadway as father and daughter in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, the duo is back together again, playing our favorite masked music teacher and his talented opera student, Christine Daae. Stay tuned for more photos of Boggess and Lewis in the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber mega-musical, then see the stars in person on Broadway! Norm Lewislast_img read more

Kunal Nayyar Will Join Jesse Eisenberg in The Spoils Off-Broadway

first_imgThe Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar will team up with the previously reported Jesse Eisenberg in the world premiere of The Spoils off-Broadway. The new comedy, penned by Eisenberg and directed by Scott Elliott, will begin previews on May 7 and play a limited enegagement through June 28. Opening night is set for June 2 at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 28, 2015 Related Shows View Comments Nayyar is best known for his work as Raj Koothrappali on The Big Bang Theory. He is the voice of Vijay on the Nickelodeon animated series Sanjay and Craig and recently recurred on TBS’ Sullivan & Sons. Other screen credits include Dr. Cabbie, Ice Age: Continental Drift and Consumed. His theater credits include Huck and Holden and Love’s Labour’s Lost at the U.K.’s Royal Shakespeare Company.center_img Nobody likes Ben (Eisenberg). Ben doesn’t even like Ben. He’s been kicked out of grad school, lives off his parents’ money, and bullies everyone in his life, including his roommate Kalyan (Nayyar), an earnest Nepalese immigrant. When Ben discovers that his grade school crush is marrying a straight-laced banker, he sets out to destroy their relationship and win her back. The production marks the third show in The New Group’s current 20th Anniversary Season. Additional casting will be announced later. The Spoilslast_img read more

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton Begins Previews on Broadway

first_img Related Shows from $149.00 Hamilton Star Files Lin-Manuel Miranda After months of buzz, Hamilton begins Great White Way previews on July 13. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s off-Broadway hit will officially open on August 6 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.Directed by Thomas Kail and featuring a book, music and lyrics by Miranda, Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. The new musical follows the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America, from bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all make appearances in the tuner about America’s fiery past.Starring Miranda in the title role, the cast will also include Jonathan Groff as King George III, Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler and Javier Muñoz as Hamilton alternate.The company will additionally feature Jasmine Cephas Jones, Okieriete Onaodowan, Carleigh Bettiol, Andrew Chappelle, Ariana DeBose, Alysha Deslorieux, Sydney James Harcourt, Neil Haskell, Sasha Hutchings, Thayne Jasperson, Stephanie Klemons, Morgan Marcell, Emmy Raver-Lampan, Jon Rua, Austin Smith, Seth Stewart, Betsy Struxness, Ephraim Sykes and Voltaire Wade-Greene. View Commentslast_img read more

Hot Shot! James Lecesne Welcomes Marlo Thomas Off-Broadway

first_imgWho says the theater community isn’t neighborly? Check out this adorable welcoming from Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey scribe/star to Clever Little Lies’ Marlo Thomas. The two will be sharing different spaces within the cozy Westside Theatre, so they really are neighbors. And nothing says, “Hello, neighbor” like pie. The recently extended Absolute Brightness plays the venue through October 18, while Clever Little Lies opens on October 12 and plays through January 3, 2016. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 18, 2015 Related Shows The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkeylast_img read more

Les Liaisons Dangereuses Begins Performances on Broadway

first_img View Comments Sex, intrigue and betrayal are all on the cards for Tony winners Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber as they begin performances in the Broadway revival of Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses. The Josie Rourke-helmed production, originally from London’s Donmar Warehouse, will begin performances at the Booth Theatre on October 8.The dark comedy, based on the 1782 novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, followers lovers-turned-rivals La Marquise de Merteuil (McTeer) and Le Vicomte de Valmont (Schreiber) as they challenge each other to games of reputation-ruining seduction. Among their targets is the young convent girl Cécile, whose love for her music teacher is exploited to thwart her engagement.The cast will also feature Birgitte Hjort Sørensen as Madame de Tourvel, Raffi Barsoumian as Le Chevalier Danceny, Ora Jones as Madame de Volanges, Elena Kampouris as Cécile Volanges, Katrina Cunningham as Émilie, Josh Salt as Azolan, Joy Franz as Victoire, David Patterson as Major-domo, Laura Sudduth as Julie and Mary Beth Peil as Madame de Rosemonde.Les Liaisons Dangereuses will open officially on October 20. The limited engagement is scheduled to run through January 22, 2017.Check out the cast discussing the show with Broadway.com below. Star Files Related Shows Janet McTeer in ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses'(Photo: Johan Persson) Janet McTeer Les Liaisons Dangereuses Liev Schreiber Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017last_img read more

Pecan Planting Time

first_imgNursery trees are usually available from mid-January to the end of March. But it’simportant to pick up trees early and plant them right away. This enables the roots tobecome established before tap growth occurs in late March or early April. This meansbetter survival.If the trees can’t be planted immediately, then heel them in. This requires digging aditch or trench, placing the trees at a 45-degree angle and covering the roots with dampsoil or mulch. Heeling-in prevents drying and cold damage to the small roots.When you plant, dig the holes large enough to accommodate all the roots withoutcrowding. This is usually a hole 24 inches across and 36 inches deep.Make sure you plant the tree at the same depth it grew in the nursery. Planting treestoo deep is a common problem and results in rot and poor root development.Trees planted too deep will blow over in six to 10 years because of poor root support.It’s usually better to plant a little shallow than too deep.Place the tree in the hole at the proper depth, then fill in layers and firm the soilaround the roots. Water the tree thoroughly to settle the soil, and get all the airpockets from around the roots. Leave a mound around the hole to hold water.Don’t place fertilizer in the hole. It will burn the root system.Fertilizer can be used after the tree starts active growth in the spring.When fertilizing, use no more than one pound of 10-10-10 per year of the tree’s age,and spread it in a 25-square-foot area around the tree. Never put fertilizer in theplanting hole.Cut the tree back by one-half to bring the top in balance with the root system. Thisensures good top growth and survival.Watering during the first two years is more important for good line and survival. Pecantrees need at least 10 gallons of water per week.Watering is most important during the growing season, along with weed control. Keep thearea around the tree free from weeds by cultivation, mulching or herbicides. February is the best month to plant pecan trees in Georgia.last_img read more