Grad families seek cheaper healthcare

first_imgFor some Notre Dame community members, a minor infection or fever can be a major source of anxiety. Angela Campbell, a Canadian citizen whose husband is a graduate student in political science, has lived without health insurance since the couple arrived at Notre Dame five years ago. Campbell was recently sick for six weeks, and put off medical care for as long as possible. “I just kept saying, ‘I just have to get better, I don’t want to go to the doctor,’” she said. “In the event that something really bad would happen, I would probably just get in my car and drive [nine hours] to Canada.” Notre Dame’s health insurance premium for spouses of students is over $4,000, and Campbell doesn’t qualify for state healthcare. The cost for insuring a spouse and all children this year under the University’s health plan is nearly $7,500 for each family. And with graduate students making as little as $17,500 per year, Campbell said purchasing University health insurance is almost impossible. The Campbells’ situation is not unique for graduate student families, both international and American. With the University’s high premiums for dependents, and difficulty finding alternate coverage, many graduate student families must resort to paying out of pocket for routine medical care. Greg Sterling, Dean of the Graduate School, said the University has been working for a long time to find a better solution for these families. “This is an issue that keeps me up at night; I feel terrible about it. And there’s nobody who doesn’t want to help in the central administration — the challenge is the cost,” Sterling said. “Right now, sometimes people say, well, ‘the University has money.’ Well, the University does have money, but it’s all committed. And so you make choices.” But the costs, he said, are staggering—up to several million dollars each year. “It would take several million dollars per year. It’s not one time. If we could come up [with] $2 million to fix the problem — it’s not just for one year; it is every year,” he said.  Since becoming Dean in 2008, Sterling has been addressing two main priorities for graduate students — their stipends, which have gone up, and their health insurance. Health insurance for the individual student has become more affordable. Healthcare affordability for the families of graduate students, however, has been an issue since University Health Director Ann Kleva came to Notre Dame in 1994.   “It’s just been a very sensitive issue for all the years that I’ve been here, the cost of family health,” she said. “Health insurance for any family today is very, very expensive…especially when you’re on a limited income.” At The Village: Ways of Coping Campbell said healthcare issues are almost a fact of life within the University Village community, Notre Dame’s student family housing. “Everyone, every one of my neighbors has major issues with health insurance or they’re uninsured,” Campbell said. What she said really scares her is the prospect of needing emergency or long-term medical care. “I always hope that if something really bad happens it’s in our car, because our car insurance covers the medical cost,” she said. “[I think] ‘if I have to break a leg, please let it be in my vehicle.’” Campbell’s husband is insured by the University plan, and the Campbells’ two sons are American citizens, so they qualify for Hoosier Healthwise— Indiana’s state Medicaid plan. But the Campbells’ first daughter, 6, is a Canadian citizen and only qualifies for emergency healthcare under the state plan. “It’s very stressful,” Campbell said. Nathan Elliot, rector of University Village, said international children are the most vulnerable under the current healthcare setup since they only qualify for emergency care under the state plan. “Here at the Village we have a pretty good network of people who share what they do with others, that’s fortunate,” Elliot said.  “[But] at least the way I think about it is it shouldn’t have to be that complicated, I think we could do better.” Why are the premiums so high? Sam Rund, president of the Graduate Student Union (GSU,) said every time someone asks him what issues are most important to graduate students, insurance for dependents is at the top of his list. “It could literally be a life or death issue for someone,” Rund said. “There’s this extra special obligation I feel to fight for insurance coverage for these people.” The question many graduate students have is: why can’t Notre Dame, a well-endowed University, make healthcare for families more affordable? Some graduate schools of comparable universities offer much lower premium rates for families. But Sterling said comparing Notre Dame to other schools wouldn’t be comparing “apples to apples,” because universities with lower premiums may not have as comprehensive a plan as Notre Dame. “A lot of the differences you see in the price will depend on the level of services the insurance provides,” he said. He said that Yale University, which provides a very reasonable health plan for families, also has a much greater endowment per student than Notre Dame does. Ricky Klee, a graduate student in theology, said by making it difficult for graduate students to have families at Notre Dame, the University is going against its Catholic background that promotes family life. Klee has participated in protests outside the Main Building the past few years and helped coordinate a petition to the administration in the spring of 2010. “Doing the numbers it is expensive, it’s almost a million dollars a year,” Klee said. “But [comparing that] to varsity athletics teams, increases in executives’ salaries…the question is, which is imperative. It’s more important to make sure the kids can go to the doctor.” Sterling said a significant amount of the University budget has gone to the Graduate School in recent years, and much of that money has contributed to the rise in student stipends—something that is beneficial for every student. Even within the Catholic faith, Sterling said, some students say it’s the University’s responsibility to provide healthcare for families, while others think it’s a personal responsibility. “Another factor which people will ask and debate is the role…the extent to which the University is responsible, versus which the student is responsible for their own family,” he said. Future Effects of Healthcare Reform Sterling said he recognizes graduate student families have an immediate need for healthcare coverage. But there’s no “magic wand.” “I do think that we would like to find a far better solution to this than what currently exists because what currently exists is not good,” he said. Sterling said with the stipulations of healthcare reform, which will be phased in next year and eventually require the University to provide unlimited coverage, premium prices will continue to rise. He said the Graduate School has been looking at different ways to cut the cost of healthcare for dependents. One solution would be to provide discounted clinical service at the new Wellness Centerthat will open in July. “We’ve lobbied, and with a great deal of sympathy from the Provost, and the Executive Vice President, and the President, to have the spouses and dependents of graduate students receive healthcare from the Wellness Center,” Sterling said. But right now, there are no specifics. Kleva said she anticipates the situation to remain difficult for graduate student families until healthcare reform passes in Washington, D.C. “Personally, I believe [healthcare reform] truly will be a benefit for lower income families that need healthcare insurance, because they’ll have options and the government will be offering subsidies for those that meet income levels,” Kleva said. “Again, you don’t know when all this is going to pass.” With University premiums projected to rise over the next few years, government subsidies that come with healthcare reform may be the only promising option for many graduate student families at Notre Dame. “I have to say, I love ND for so many reasons, it is really a wonderful place to be,” [Angela] Campbell said. “[But] being in the Village we’re quite forgotten and health insurance is just another thing on the list.”last_img read more

Student Government promotes discussion of campus issues on online platform

first_imgNotre Dame student government created Onward, an online platform where students could send in university issues they considered in hopes of initiating change, two years ago. However, since its inception student participation with Onward has fallen off dramatically, but the current student government administration is trying to change that.Junior and director of campus technology Sean McMahon said Onward is being moved to Facebook to make it easier for students to use.“[The previous form] was through a strange website that students didn’t know how to find, and the effort of the student government tapered off — it wasn’t nearly as accessible as it was supposed to be,” McMahon said. “So, we’re making it more accessible by moving it to Facebook.”Senior and campus technology board member Jamie Maher said the new platform will allow student government to reply directly to comments and promote discussion among students more efficiently than before.“The old Onward system was less clear and there was potentially not as immediate feedback, but with this Onward page you can see the post immediately show up on the Facebook page,” Maher said. “[For students,] you can immediately comment on it or react to it, which was not available in the previous incarnation.”McMahon said Onward gives students the ability to ensure their problems are being seen and considered by their representatives.“By submitting to Onward you are guaranteeing that your issue is going to be looked at … Our primary concern is that students know that this is always around and always and option for them,” McMahon said.McMahon said student government sees Onward as an opportunity to consistently engage with the student body and understand what is important to them.“It’s great that we’re working really hard on policy initiatives and things that absolutely need to get done,” he said. “But at the end of the day in terms of making sure we’re getting students what they need, sometimes we need to hear back from them, too. So, the purpose of this is to make sure [communication] is not just during the election season but continually part of the process.”A Facebook account is not required for students to use Onward, as comments can be submitted through a Google survey found in the page’s biography or accessible through QR codes on posters across campus, McMahon said. Students can also submit comments anonymously through that same survey.While participation on the platform may vary over time, junior and campus technology board member Sean Scannell said the success of Onward is measured by how aware students are of its availability.“The metric of success is the awareness of this being there,” Scannell said. “We’re not trying to be the most popular page on campus — we’re trying to be the most helpful.”McMahon and Maher said although some issues students have may be more serious than others and not all students will agree on what should be done, Onward is still an important tool for encouraging discourse on campus.“We want any issue, no matter how big or how small, to be able to be discussed and displayed for everyone,” McMahon said.“We’re not just getting an idea and assuming everyone feels one way, we can have a discussion on Onward and can help facilitate a student discussion on both serious topics and something maybe less important but still meaningful to the student body,” Maher said.McMahon said Onward hopes to give every student the opportunity to make the University better.“If we can publicize successes and show that there is potential to create change here just from five seconds of submitting online, then that’s our goal: to know that that’s always an option and they have that outlet to let their voice be heard,” McMahon said. “Complain. Please complain as much as you want. This isn’t just complaining to a friend and mutually agreeing something stinks — this actually gives you the capability to go do something.”Tags: campus technology, Onward, Student governmentlast_img read more

McGavick, Gayheart reflect on first half of administration’s term

first_imgNearing the halfway point of their term, seniors Gates McGavick and Corey Gayheart, student body president and vice president, said they have worked hard this semester to encourage greater conversations between the University administration, campus groups and the Notre Dame community.In their campaign platform, the pair pledged to make student government “approachable, collaborative and transformative.”McGavick said the team has already taken several measures to advance the “approachable” and “collaborative” modules of their platform.“We’ve just made it a point to make student government as interactive as possible and form as many relationships as possible,” he said.McGavick said Student Government has worked closely with campus’ various student union organizations this semester. He also said he and Gayheart hope to improve communication between the groups, which in the future will help streamline event planning.“We’re really looking at how [we can] integrate the multiple moving parts of the student union better,” he said. “How can we get them interacting more on a daily basis and less operating in their different bubbles?”Gayheart said regularly communicating with the organizations will prove essential when discussions about renovating LaFortune Student Center begin.“There’s some updates that need to be made in [LaFortune Student Center] and we think working with that, that would also have an adverse impact on how the student union functions as a whole,” he said.Student government has also worked to improve the Student Activities Office this semester, Gayheart said.“[SAO] has started meeting at the beginning of every week, and they go in to approve or look at the different events that are happening within the next week that they have to get approved and through the process,” he said. “So there’s kind of an active communication pipeline where there wasn’t one before.”McGavick and Gayheart plan to continue these efforts next semester.“Moving forward, there’s actually going to be an external audit of SAO,” Gayheart said. “So they’ll bring in administrators from other schools that work in similar departments, and they’ll observe what SAO does and then provide suggestions for how they can rethink and revamp SAO.”McGavick and Gayheart said student government’s communications department has improved student outreach this semester by increasing their following on social media.“When we started the semester, one of the biggest problems was, a lot of current students don’t follow the student government social media,” Gayheart said.By consequence, Gayheart added, many student government events went overlooked by the student body.McGavick said since the beginning of the semester, however, the team has raised its engagements and impressions on social media eightfold.  “The social media presence for student government has just completely turned around,” he said. “ … People actually have a way to reach out to student government [and] they know what student government’s doing.”Gayheart said he believes another one of student government’s greatest successes this year has been its push for financial transparency within Notre Dame’s administration.In October, student government hosted a seminar with the Office of Development titled “Where Does the Money Go: An Insider’s Look into Finances at Notre Dame.” At the event, an official from the department spoke on student tuition and the University’s endowment, and broke down how the money was used to cover annual expenses. The event drew between 100 and 200 students, Gayheart said.Gayheart said he and McGavick plan to do more to promote financial transparency next semester.“In our platform, we had originally advocated for online University checkbook, which we’re still working on,” he said. “But we felt that [the event] was a step in the right direction because we very clearly communicated that students, one, don’t know how [the University’s] money’s being spent, and when they see the numbers, they’re just appalled.”Gayheart said he not only hopes students find these efforts educational, but that the initiative sets a precedent for fiscal transparency within the administration.“[The message] we tried to get to the administration was, ‘People are OK with you spending the money, they just want to know how,’” Gayheart said.Gayheart said student government has also taken strides to promote campus safety by requiring all of its members to be GreeNDot certified and its executive cabinet to receive multicultural competency training.“Those were — in terms of scalability — minor things, but we felt that they have larger impacts in our work as a whole,” he said.Looking to next semester, McGavick said student government will focus its efforts on improving dorm maintenance.“Our approach to dorm maintenance can be completely founded on the experiences of kids on campus,” he said. “I’m trying to gain pretty much as many anecdotes, as many experiences that kids have had with dorm maintenance and just kind of collectivize these experiences.”McGavick said the initiative will be a massive undertaking requiring the combined efforts of several student government departments and thorough research.“We’re going to have several departments and their entire staffs devoted to [the dorm maintenance initiative], and we’re just going to collect information from across campus until we have so much information on the issue that we can make a really compelling argument for improving the situation,” he said.McGavick and Gayheart said they also plan to write transition books to help better prepare future student government leaders. The books would include recommendations for handling the day-to-day responsibilities of the jobs, lists of contacts and other useful information.“Obviously we’re not going to know everything going in,” he said. “That being said, we think that there could be more done to help ease [people] into the job.”Gayheart said he wants next year’s successors to be as prepared as possible for the challenges of the jobs.“Whoever comes after us, we want to work with them as much as we can,” he said. McGavick and Gayheart have made significant efforts to improve student life at Notre Dame. Their work integrating student organizations and emphasizing communication between groups promises tangible improvements in the future. Initiatives student government have orchestrated this year have been made in the best interest of Notre Dame’s students, and by taking on big issues like campus safety and fiscal transparency, McGavick and Gayheart demonstrate a desire to address parts of the University in need of reform. However, substantial progress remains to be made in several areas before the pair enacts meaningful change.Grade: B+Tags: 2018 Student Government Insider, McGavick-Gayheart, SAO, Student government, Transparencylast_img read more

Take Back the Night supports survivors of domestic, sexual violence in a week of virtual events

first_imgTake Back the Night (TBTN), a tri-campus event held annually to provide awareness and support for victims of sexual violence, has been converted to a series of virtual events to occur all this week. Executive producer for Show Some Skin: 20/20 Peyton Davis said their mission is to give voice to unspoken stories, including stories by survivors of sexual violence. “Show Some Skin and Take Back the Night give space for people who want to tell their stories, but they are also healing for those who cannot tell their stories,” Davis said. “I think at the center of Take Back the Night is the role of words and how they help heal us. It’s hard enough coming to terms with your own story, but I don’t think people recognize exactly how hard it is to put them into words so that others can understand you.”Although this year will be different from previous years, senior Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) and SAC member Lauren Zinanni said over email they still want to preserve the value of the event.“It’s unfortunate that we can’t all be together for TBTN this year, but we were dedicated to making sure it was not completely canceled for our community,” Zinanni said.This year’s TBTN will be a week long instead of one night as it has been in the past, which will allow students to be able to virtually attend different portions of TBTN and ensure there are several opportunities for students to participate in the events. “With everything, the move to online has been a major adjustment. It’s much harder to coordinate and communicate, in general, but I think the beauty is that we’ll get to reach more people where they are,” Davis said.TBTN will kick off Monday at 5 p.m. with a virtual poster party. People are encouraged to hang their posters in their windows or carry them during the walk in honor of survivors scheduled for Wednesday.“This is an opportunity for everyone to create a poster (or whatever they can find in their homes) to show their support for survivors of power-based violence,” said Zinanni. During the walk participants are encouraged to wear teal or an old TBTN shirt. “Anyone who walks in honor of survivors is invited to share a picture or video via social media, tagging Take Back the Night ND SMC HCC and #TBTN2020,” Zinanni said.The virtual speak out event featuring Show Some Skin will take place Tuesday night.“This is an opportunity to stand in solidarity and listen to anonymous stories from survivors,” Zinanni said.Davis noted trigger warnings for sexual abuse/assault, trauma and domestic violence.“I know how deeply these stories can effect, and even trigger people, so I’ve been really doing my best to include trigger warnings as much as possible,” Davis said. “I’m excited for the digital production because it means we’re able to put trigger warnings directly before the monologues to protect those still in the healing process.”Following the walk on Wednesday, TBTN will host a virtual healing event with the Family Justice Center in an evening of reflection, resources and trauma informed yoga.Thursday morning participants can come together to celebrate virtual mass dedicated to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and in the evening Show Some Skin 20/20 will host a talk-back on Instagram after it releases its show on YouTube.“Show Some Skin: 20/20 was originally scheduled to be immediately after spring break, but of course, the performance was canceled due to the COVID-19 situation,” Davis said. “We’ve been working for the past five weeks to figure out how best to continue sharing these stories. On Thursday, April 23, we will have a virtual streaming of the show, modified for a primarily digital presentation. After the show, members of our leadership team and cast will take to social media for a live-stream discussion to answer any questions the audience may have.”Tags: BAVO, Show Some Skin: 20/20, Take Back the Nightlast_img read more

Tarp Skunks Inaugural Season Put On Hold Due To COVID-19 Concerns

first_imgImage by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Tarp Skunks inaugural season has been put on hold after their 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.Photo Courtesy: PGCBLThe Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League announced the decision Wednesday.In a statement, League President Robert Julian said the league is putting the health and safety of its fans and teams first.“We recognize this is a great disappointment to our collegiate players, to our fans, our host communities, and the dedicated staff and owners who have spent so much of their lives making the league a vibrant part of collegiate baseball and the American baseball fabric,” said Julian. “The dynamic of this crisis requires cancellation.” Prior to the cancellation, the Jamestown Tarp Skunks were preparing to return to league action after ownership of the then Jamestown Jammers relocated to Milwaukee at the conclusion of the 2018 season.“We sympathize with the college athletes who were looking forward to suiting up for the Tarp Skunks in 2020. Even more, I sympathize with baseball fans in Jamestown – who need to wait at least one more summer before seeing baseball played at Diethrick Park. Rest assured; the Tarp Skunks will return to the field as soon as it is deemed safe to do so by our country’s medical experts. In the meantime, we’ve got a mascot, alternate looks, and so many other pieces of the Tarp Skunks universe waiting to be introduced. There might not be baseball in 2020, but the Tarp Skunks’ presence in Jamestown will be felt,” says General Manager, Frank Fanning. “There are fun moments ahead. Nothing can stop Jamestown from having fun. COVID-19 has changed a few things, but it can never funk with the skunk. Jamestown is too strong.”Image via Tarp Skunks says they will continue with certain scheduled releases throughout the remainder of 2020, and hope to attend public appearances whenever it is safe to do so later in the year.The Tarp Skunks are among 13 teams in the league impacted by the cancelation.Baseball was not the only sport season that was put on hold due to COVID-19, both the Jamestown Jackals basketball team and Jamestown Rebels hockey team seasons were canceled earlier this year.Jamestown Community College also cancelled their spring sports season in March, with the baseball team playing just a single game and the softball team not playing any games prior to the virus outbreak. 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),I thought Jamestown jammers moved to morganstown WVlast_img read more

Chautauqua County District Attorney Says Caseload Growth Continues Despite 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) WNYNewsNow File Image.MAYVILLE – Society is slowly reopening as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and the Chautauqua County Court system, just like everything else here in the United States, is dealing with an unprecedented set of circumstances. “Everything is moving at a snails pace,” Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson said when discussing the status of the court during an interview Tuesday afternoon with WNYNewsNow. “One, we still have the restrictions that surround the ongoing pandemic, which means we have restrictions on numbers and with social distancing and making sure that people and the environment we are asking these people to come to are safe.”Swanson says that crime didn’t “cease to exist” during the pandemic despite seeing crime numbers “slow somewhat.”“People were still allegedly committing offenses, and our caseload piles continue to grow with nowhere to take those cases,” Swanson said. He says local courts will begin to operate in “some form or fashion” next week, with County Court “moving a little bit” and he expects grand jury hearings to begin in July in an effort to do “something” with alleged felony offenses that have occurred since March 15. “The problem is going to be you can’t just send summons out for 100 people to show up at their local court, or village court, right now,” Swanson said. “I don’t see that happening anytime in the near future. We’re only going to be able to handle a certain number of cases. Unfortunately, it’s frustrating, but that’s just going to have to be how we handle our business for the near future.”Swanson says that various deadlines involving the right to a speedy trial have been suspended during the pandemic. However, the prosecutor says he has instructed his staff to prioritize their caseload based on “severity and time needs” for grand jury presentation.Swanson adds that his staff will be limited in the number of cases they can present to the Grand Jury each day because witnesses will need to be screened for symptoms of sickness. He says he’ll be utilizing the Chautauqua County Legislative Chambers so that he can space out all 23 members of a Grand Jury.“Our priority, first, has got to be the safety of our grand jury, our witnesses, our police officers that are coming in,” Swanson said. “It’s gonna slow everything down, but we have what we feel is a protocol in place to properly manage these cases.”Swanson credits the work of his staff, saying that “it’s times like these (COVID-19 pandemic)” that shows him the strength of his team.Swanson says Chautauqua County was one of the first counties in New York State to conduct a virtual preliminary hearing during the pandemic. He says he believes there will be live, in-person hearings in court starting today, but the matters will only involve defendants outside of custody. Those in custody will appear in court virtually.“Some things are starting to move. We are talking about the difference between a drip and a fire hose,” Swanson said. “We are dripping right now and that’s about it. Hopefully the faucets open a little further and we can start to move things.”WNYNewsNow will continue to cover the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, putting facts over fear. last_img read more

More Than 7,000 Toys, Coats And School Supplies Distributed This Holiday

first_imgJennifer Shirar / DVIDS ALBANY – A statewide holiday toy, coat and school supply drive has collected and distributed more than 7,000 items to help New Yorkers in need this holiday season.New York State officials say collections took place across the state over the past several weeks.Members of the Governor’s administration organized collections across the state and are distributing 7,348 toys, coats and school supplies to communities in need.For the first time, donations were also collected by mail to provide another option to participate amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “During this trying year, New Yorkers have shown up for each other like never before, and I am proud that our annual toy drive tradition continues to bring hope to those who need it the most,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “I am grateful to those who volunteered and donated this year, many of whom face hardships of their own due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the spirit of the holiday season, and this is the spirit of New York.”A number of state agencies and organizations collected new unwrapped toys, coats and school supplies that were provided by businesses and individuals and either mailed in or brought to drop-off locations across the state.Walmart provided a donation of $15,000, which purchased 1,211 toys which are being distributed across the state.Volunteers from the China General Chamber of Commerce also participated in collecting 420 toys for New Yorkers – the third year in a row that the group has participated. 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

New COVID-19 Death, 62 New Cases In Chautauqua County Thursday

first_img140 No790 Total Active Cases 164.0 578 12.31% 14048- Dunkirk20 14767- Panama0 2.2% 645 924.0 104 62 2 14136- Silver Creek0 2.7% 455.6 7 592.3 21 14736- Findley Lake0 131 17 34 52 17 13.89% 2.6% 246.4 1147 Symptoms 14138- South Dayton0 0.46% 13 12 0.3% 90.6 181 45 166 12.95% 40-49607 14740- Gerry0 642.6 14720- Celoron0 14722- Chautauqua0 14712- Bemus Point4 3.6% 373.5 29 3 1.0% 19 691.9 18.14% 2.4% 40-493 646.6 80-89153 14063- Fredonia8 12.31% 50-593 3.50% 3.8% 6.54% 1 1.8% 148 0.0 74 NYS Fatality Rate: 4.06%US Fatality Rate: 1.7%Source: John Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker 12/29/2020 0-390 0.5% 90+3 117 50-59653 14724- Clymer2 3.85% 0.0% 36 44 159 14781- Sherman0 21 13 14081- Irving0 Number 1 96.8 139.8 Fatality Rate by Age Group 14733- Falconer0 100.6 175 3 497.5 0.3% 13 14710- Ashville4 0.49% 0.3% 13.2% 90+74 0.4% 36 Age Group Number 2 185.4 0-19555 30-39566 254.1 14784- Stockton0 14 0 0.8% 14750- Lakewood1 15 21 MAYVILLE – A new COVID-19 related death and 62 new cases of the virus were reported in Chautauqua County on Thursday.The county Health Department’s COVID-19 Dashboard reports the death involved an 80-year-old.Currently, there are 645 active cases with 43 people hospitalized.To date, there have been 4,371 cases of the virus in Chautauqua County, with 3,686 recovering and 40 related deaths. More on the county’s update is posted below:COVID-19 Cases by ZIP Code of Residence 454.8 70-79286 31 502.5 3 60-69538 246.4 1.2% Percent 14728- Dewittville0 Percent of Total Cases 14769- Portland1 6 3 70-7911 0.7% Active Case Rate (per 100,000 residents) 0.00% 0.0 Fatality Rate 825.3 0 0 143.6 19 0.92% Percent 6 6 94 60-693 100.0% 14738- Frewsburg1 3.4% 0.8% COVID-19 Cases by Known Age 3 276.7 0.7% 0.56% 13 32 762 590.6 80-8917 4371 14062- Forestville2 548.6 Age 77 0.8% 1.0% 504.2 14747- Kennedy0 115 1.69% 364.2 26.2% 14701- Jamestown6 1.6% COVID-19 Cases by Presence of Symptoms at Time of Interview 0.7% 3.2% 14757- Mayville2 0 14775- Ripley1 597.9 3 0.3% 14718- Cassadaga0 17.4% 26 92 Yes2468 75.75% Zip Code 2.1% Symptoms Known3258 20-29793 14787- Westfield4 Total Deaths 69 All Ages40 0.0 14723- Cherry Creek0 24.25% 14782- Sinclairville0 New Cases 14716- Brocton6 95.8 14726- Conewango Valley0 37 288.5 4.0% Total Cases 11.11% 12.70% 4.05% 8 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

Tom Conti to Become One of Twelve Angry Men in the West End

first_imgTony and Olivier winner Tom Conti is to join the cast of  Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men in the West End. Directed by Christopher Haydon, the production is currently running at the Garrick Theatre. Conti will replace Martin Shaw as juror number 8 and will begin performances March 31, joining original cast members Robert Vaughn and Jeff Fahey in the show. View Comments Conti received the Tony and Olivier awards for his performance in Whose Life is it Anyway? His screen credits include Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence , Shirley Valentine The Dark Knight Rises and Street Dance. He received a Best Actor Oscar nod for his role in Reuben Reuben. In Twelve Angry Men, 12 jurors have murder on their minds and a life in their hands as they decide the fate of a young delinquent accused of killing his father. But what appears to be an open-and-shut case soon becomes a dilemma for the 12, as their prejudices and preconceived ideas about the accused, the trial and each other turn the tables every which way, until the nail-biting climax.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Jeremy Jordan, Annaleigh Ashford & Lily Tomlin!

first_img Ryan Silverman Broadway Alums Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin to Reunite for New Netflix Series  They worked 9 to 5 together and now Oscar winner and Broadway alum Jane Fonda and Tony and Emmy winner Lily Tomlin are to star with each other once more in the new Netflix series Grace and Frankie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the comedy, written by Friends creator Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris, will follow nemeses Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin), who suddenly have to deal with the fact that their husbands have fallen in love with each other. Star Files Four-time Tony Nominee ​Victor Garber Boards Starz Series Power Victor Garber will play a recurring role in Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s upcoming Starz drama Power. According to The, Garber will appear as Simon Stern, a well-known club owner and events expert. Masters of Sex, Starring Annaleigh Ashford, to Come Early Suffering Annaleigh Ashford withdrawal after she departed Kinky Boots to become a series regular on Masters of Sex? Well ,you won’t have to wait too much longer to see the Audience Choice Award winner again on the small screen. According to, Showtime has moved the Masters of Sex season two premiere date up from fall to this summer. The series’ first episode will air July 13. First Date’s Sara Chase Joins New Tina Fey Series First Date’s Sara Chase has boarded Tina Fey’s new NBC comedy series Tooken. Deadline reports that she will play doomsday cult member Cyndee, whose best friend Kimmy escapes. Annaleigh Ashford Santino Fontana Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Rebecca Luker Jeremy Jordan Jeremy Jordan, Santino Fontana and More to Team Up for CSC Broadway favorites Jeremy Jordan, Santino Fontana, Judy Kuhn, Rebecca Luker, Alexandra Silber, Ryan Silverman, Howard McGillin and Brooke Shields are joining forces for Classic Stage Company’s 2014 Annual Gala, Musical Masterworks. They will perform the works of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Jerome Kern, Stephen Sondheim and Lorenz Hart on May 12 at the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel. View Comments View All (5)last_img read more