36 New COVID-19 Cases Reported Monday, 105 Now Active

first_imgAll businesses are being asked to increase the implementation of disease mitigation efforts. Residents are being asked to take greater measures to protect themselves and others.Officials say large public and private gatherings and parties are not permitted; this will be actively enforced by law enforcement and public health officials.“We’ve been cautious to share case information only by fire battalion because we were dealing with small numbers.  Using aggregated data such as this is appropriate to minimize the need for data suppression,” said Christine Schuyler, County Public Health Director.  “We are now dealing with a surge of cases and these higher numbers allow us to share more specific data and not breach confidentiality.”“We are working with everyone we think of – local elected officials, college and school officials, community organizations, health care providers, emergency responders, law enforcement, churches, and community leaders – in an effort to help everyone stay abreast of the situation, deploy education and information, and get the entire community to stop this outbreak,” added Schuyler.Officials say these steps must be followed:Stay home if you feel ill;Wear a mask or covering over your nose and mouth when you can’t maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet;Wash your hands frequently with soap and water; use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol;Avoid large gatherings;Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects;Avoid international travel and travel to states listed in the NYS Travel Advisory; if travel is unavoidable, quarantine for 14 days upon returning to Chautauqua County.August 31 Chautauqua County Statistics:105 active cases, continue to recover under orders of the Local Health Official per NYS Public Health Law including:36 new cases were reported from August 29-31 including:5 persons under the age of 18,6 males in their 20’s,5 females in their 20’s,2 females in their 30’s,1 male in his 30’s,4 females in their 40’s,1 male in his 40’s,2 females in their 50’s,1 male in his 50’s,4 females in their 60’s,1 male in his 60’s,1 male in his 70’s,1 female in her 70’s,1 male in his 80’s,1 female in his 80’s. The state’s free rapid testing at the Dunkirk Fire Murphy Training Grounds at 665 Brigham Road in Dunkirk remains open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Wednesday by appointment only.All residents are eligible for tests and appointments can be made by calling 833-697-8764. All tests at these sites are free of charge and results will be available within 15 minutes to help support contact tracing efforts and control the spread of the virus. 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),After speaking with Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendell’s office, the rules of NYS that banquet venues may have up to 50% of capacity are in effect. and are not superceeded by this large gathering mandate. *number of persons in Chautauqua County hospitals diagnosed with COVID-19, regardless of residencyTo date:282 recovered cases;9 deaths;396 total confirmed cases;34,268 negative test results to date.center_img 384 cases under quarantine/isolation orders by the Public Health Director and being monitored.  Not all of those being monitored are confirmed to have COVID-19 but have either shown symptoms, are awaiting results, or have risk factors;544 persons under domestic traveler quarantine for having arrived to Chautauqua County from a state listed on the New York State travel advisory;2 person hospitalized* in Chautauqua County as of 8/27/2020 WNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County’s Heath Department continues to be concerned about the increase in COVID-19 infections in the northern part of the county after 36 new cases were reported over the weekend, with 105 now active.Officials say those who tested positive are placed under mandatory isolation orders and their identified close contacts are placed in mandatory quarantine by order of the Public Health Director.Twelve of the new cases were tied to the current outbreak at Fieldbrook Foods, Inc., six were workers and six were identified close contacts of the workers.To date, 75 positive cases have been associated with Fieldbrook Foods. Three workers tested positive out of the 248 tested, 1.2%, from the rapid testing site in Dunkirk.“Today, we have 105 active cases of COVID-19 in the community.  For the first half of August we experienced, on average, 13.6 active cases per day, with an active case rate of 1.07 per 10,000 in Chautauqua County,” reported Breeanne Agett, Epidemiologist with the health department. “We are currently experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases that is nearly 8 times greater than we see on average.”Agett provided the following data on the current COVID-19 situation in the County:last_img read more

How David can beat Goliath in capturing Millennials

first_imgSocial media goodwill cannot be easily matched by our competitors: In the decades leading to this one, advertisers controlled the conversation about their brands with advertising. In this era, an investment in customer service was not as appealing as money in media. Meanwhile, smaller competitors made member service investments, relying as they always have on positive word of mouth as their primary tactic in gaining new business. The amplification of word of mouth advertising through the bullhorn of social media could not have been predicted by big banks or smaller organizations, but it benefits the latter immediately while causing the former to change course.Now, all we need is evidence of success, right? As a “David” I hope not. David had no evidence that his strategy would work, but only evidence that traditional methods would not. Using a weapon customized to his strengths was his only shot at being the victor. Butler had little evidence that recruiting “no-stat all-stars” would result in success, but there was empirical evidence to show that they could not compete with traditional recruiting. Changing their recruiting strategy was the only option that resulted in a chance to win. Likewise, there is little evidence to support the idea that there is ROI in social media, but there is strong evidence to support the idea that credit unions cannot compete with big banks by using traditional media. A dollar spent here is the equivalent of a rifle volley in an open field, and credit unions cannot compete in a battle of attrition using traditional media. Conversely, a dollar spent on social media is an investment in a customized tool which gives us a clear advantage and a chance to win.If “advertising is what you pay for and PR is what you pray for” then credit union marketers got exactly what we’ve been praying for. Now, if we could just convince industry CEOs it’s what they’ve been praying for, too. Social media mitigates our competitors’ strengths or makes them counterproductive: If consumers aren’t relying upon advertisements to make their buying decisions, then the biggest advertising budget in the world is ineffective. Worse yet for big spenders is that traditional ads are generally the first step in a sales attribution chain which increasingly leads to reviews on social media. How unfortunate to spend millions of dollars to send consumers to your long list of poor reviews and a head to head competition with a more favorable competitor! Everybody loves a David and Goliath story, especially when we are in a small but virtuous “David” industry facing Goliaths. It may be part of who we are as a nation, having won our independence against all odds as a small group of virtuous colonies fighting against an empire. Even in sports, we celebrate when a clever underdog finds a way to beat an imposing opponent. It was hard not to root for the feisty Butler Bulldogs in 2010 and 2011 as they faced much larger opponents in the NCAA tournament.In each case, the smaller competitor abandoned traditional tools and tactics in favor of those which would highlight their strengths while mitigating the strengths of their opponents, or even using those strengths against them. More importantly, the tactics used could not be matched by their opponents.For David, it was the sling. Had he brought a heavy sword to fight Goliath, the Bible would be a bit shorter. Goliath’s big body made him strong, but his big head made for an easy target. His strength was now his weakness. Had Goliath brought a sling, he’d have had difficulty hitting a small and agile opponent. Goliath could not match David’s tactics – even if he wanted to.For the revolutionaries, guerilla warfare gave advantage to small groups with lifelong knowledge of the land. At a time when shooting back and forth in an open field was conventional, and the larger army with better rifles was sure to win a battle of attrition, guerilla warfare used the Red Coats’ strengths of organization, rigid structure and size against them. The patriots’ knowledge of the land could not be replicated by these foreigners.The Butler Bulldogs use a unique recruiting tactic which deemphasizes stats in favor of intangible qualities. Legacy powerhouse schools would never give up a blue chip athlete to award scholarships to “no-stats all-stars,” as MoneyBall author Michael Lewis calls them, if only for fear of boosters rioting. They could never match this tactic.In banking, the conventional tool for acquiring new business is paid advertising. The tools and tactics credit unions can use to level the playing field are already available, but many in our industry insist that we can win with conventional advertising tactics. We can’t.Consider our weakness, which is clearly size. Each of the “big four” banks in the United States holds more assets, individually, than all U.S. credit union assets combined. It stands to reason that their advertising spends, individually, dwarf the aggregate credit union spend as well. What credit unions lack in budget, they make up in the oft-recited virtues of better rates, fewer fees, and better service. Additionally, we’re an industry built upon transparency and corporate responsibility, which are important factors in millennials’ buying decisions. That’s great, except few of them have any idea that we exist. Considering the fact that only 1/3 of millennials trust TV ads, and most of them don’t own TVs anyway, our little credit union ad touting better rates and fewer fees is virtually worthless, especially considering it is probably sandwiched between two bank ads with celebrities saying the same thing.As a strategist seeking a way to capitalize upon our strengths, you’d look for a tool which places our rates, fees and service in apples to apples competition with big banks, and rewards transparency and corporate responsibility. You’d also hope to diminish the strength of banks by establishing a tool which does not rely on an advertising budget, and penalizes businesses with traditions of misinformation and customer abuse. In fact, you’d hope that a big bank’s strength in having a larger advertising budget would become a weakness, perhaps by leading interested parties to a head to head comparison. Lastly, you’d look for a tool or tactic which cannot be immediately replicated by banks. In social media, you have all of these.Social media highlights our own strengths: Consumer reviews on Facebook, Yelp etc. are not written by marketers. There is no puffery, clever wording, or asterisk chasing. No expensive compliance or PR department is approving anything, and the result is raw, unbiased, transparent and free. The smallest credit union and the largest bank appear right next to each other, with only their average review to separate them. Furthermore, consumer reviews are far more influential than polished TV ads, in both trustworthiness and usage. Millennials are about 30% more likely to trust consumer reviews than TV or radio ads, and according to a 2014 Mintel study quoted in the Chicago Tribune, “nearly 70 percent of consumers, and 82 percent of millennials, seek opinions before buying.”center_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bradley Blue No matter what Brad were to say about himself in this bio, it would be easy to find the truth about him with a simple google search. This applies to … Detailslast_img read more

Tenancy minefield

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Martinez remaining upbeat

first_imgRoberto Martinez believes last weekend’s defeat against Crystal Palace is a good omen for Everton’s chances in the Merseyside derby at Anfield on Saturday. Martinez said: “This period has been really important for us. In two games we’ve seen 18 players in the squad and we’ve got another three players who are very close to full fitness. “It’s very important at this stage of the season to get the moments of form to the players, to make sure we become as strong as we can be. “The game at the weekend will test us to the maximum. It’s going to be a really good occasion and one of the most exciting games of this campaign. “It’s still only three points but three points are becoming very important for both sides after we dropped points. It’s really important to start getting a consistent run of results.” Martinez, meanwhile, shrugged off reports linking Manchester City with a move for England midfielder Ross Barkley. City were said this week to be lining up a move for the 20-year-old next summer. Martinez is well used to being asked about potential bids for Barkley and insisted there had been no contact from City in connection with the player. The Toffees boss said: “It’s a rumour and we’ll leave it there. We’ve spoken enough in the past about potential interest and I always mention the same – we take it as a footballing compliment and we’ll move on. “All we want from Ross now is to be able to get him fully fit and get him ready to enjoy his football and help the team. We are looking forward to that day.” Barkley suffered a knee ligament injury in training just before Everton’s first game of the season against Leicester and had been expected to be ruled out until November at the earliest. Martinez revealed his recovery is ahead of schedule but is reluctant to put a date on Barkley’s possible return to action. “He’s doing really well,” said the Spaniard. “He’s starting to run, which is something we didn’t expect until next week. Now the next bit will be introducing the ball. “I do expect that he’s going to be a few weeks still but he’s well ahead of what we expected and it’s all positive.” Everton have not won an away fixture against Liverpool for 15 years, drawing eight and losing eight of their 16 games since, including a 4-0 hammering last season. The Toffees go into the match on the back of a 3-2 loss to Palace – an exact repeat of the victory the Eagles managed at Goodison Park in April. Press Association Martinez said: “The game is going to be really exciting. I think it’s going to be one of the best derbies – the last two were very good from a technical point of view and very good football games, but I think this one is building up towards being a very good game. “The defeat against Crystal Palace, there was something spooky about it. The last time we beat Liverpool at Anfield was September 27 so I hope the spookiness carries on at the weekend.” It is four years since Everton won a derby match home or away and the one-sided nature of the rivalry was one of David Moyes’ biggest frustrations during his tenure. His successor has not yet managed to reverse the tide but Martinez is not about to let that intrude on his relentlessly positive attitude. “It affects (the game) in a positive way in my eyes because the stats are there to be broken and that’s something we need to make sure we embrace and we look forward to,” he said. “We know that it’s a difficult place to visit but there are many other difficult places in this league that we’ve gone to and changed the history. That’s an extra bit of motivation.” Both teams have so far failed to find their form of last season, with Liverpool managing six points from their first five games, one more than Everton. The Toffees also lost their Capital One Cup third-round tie 3-0 to Swansea in midweek while Liverpool survived an epic penalty shoot-out against Middlesbrough. last_img read more

ISU expert says stress lingers for dairy producers

first_imgAMES — An Iowa State University Extension dairy specialist says stress continues to be an issue for milk producers trying to deal with low prices.Larry Tranel is also a psychologist. “We’ve seen a lot of cycles in dairy over time — but we really haven’t seen one that had this big a tail on it where it lasted two, three, four years with the low prices,” Tranel says. “We actually take a look at the stress… even though the dairy prices have come back somewhat — we still find that the stress itself is going to have a pretty long tail on it as families try to recover from it.”Doctor Tranel says the extended issues with low prices have taken a toll. “I’m seeing a level of stress that I probably haven’t seen in my 30-year career,” according to Tranel. “When we take a look at the magnitude of the stress — I would say it’s at a very a high level for the most part. Some have weathered the storm quite well — but there’s a lot of people that just really have a hard time.”He says dairy farmers are caught between a rock and hard place. “They can’t afford to get out for the asset values, he says, “but they really can’t afford to stay in either because of some cash flow issues that have lingered on for quite some time,” Tranel says.He says the long-term nature of the dairy industry issues can take a toll. “When people have things we call acute stress — like you have a barn fire or a tragic accident or something just happens real quickly — you don’t have time to prepare for it,” according to Tranel. “But when you have this chronic stress — just day-in day-out for four or five years in a row dealing with that — that’s the kind of stress that eats at peoples nerve endings and gets them more irritable.”Tranel says one of the techniques he recommends for people dealing with these situations is to write things down. He says it allows them to address the issues and move ahead.. As we do farm couple getaways where we bring in these farm couples to try to deal with communication issues, set goals on the farm, trying to transition themselves out of so much stress — the biggest thing they come back with is the fact that you made us write this down is what got us going to the next step. And if you wouldn’t have made us write this down — we’d be talking about this for the next 20 years,” Tranel says.Tranel made his comments at the recent Iowa Farm Bureau annual meeting.last_img read more

Overtime

first_imgBILL NEAL by Bill NealFor New Pittsburgh Courier :10 Hi my name is Michael Vick. This is a message to all the haters out there. I am about to sign a new contract for $20 million big ones…NUFF said!:09 Tiger Wood’s ex-caddie who Wood fired last month won the WGC Bridgestone with Adam Scott. Tiger finished tied for 37th. That’s Karma baby! :08 I know most of you don’t want to listen to what I am telling you most of the time because…well because I know more than you. (Just kidding City League people) but here are five things you can take to the Bank!! And remember I told ya so.1. Tiger won’t win again until he brings the women back. The past was no accident mmmaaannn!2. Pirates don’t start losing when the Steelers start playing…well!!3. J-Lo is so fine she scares me, and I only see her on TV help me Lord!4. Cam New­ton will be a superstar this year and Terrell Pryor next year.:07 You will know the country is in financial bankruptcy when auto racing is done. I mean just going around in a circle 500 times. There can’t be a bigger waste of money. I am just saying.:06 College football is back. Now let’s see if Pitt’s going to be it! I say yes.:05 Shout out’s to: Terrence Taylor, former great player, military guy, Connie Hawkins League player and ref. and John Brewer, the keeper of the historic castle in Pittsburgh and the rest of the crew over at the Wilkinsburg Penn Avenue McDonalds. And to my new main man Chef James Hurt the food guru over at Mercy Hospital and his fiancé Claudia Yates who works at the Urban League East Hills Family Support Center. One of my young stars Bryant Mungin is project director. That means it’s being done right. He’s a “Champion graduate.” Keep reading James, I couldn’t do it without you. James is a South Hills grad. Came out with Kirk and Jennifer Bruce back in the day. (Yeah I know, more city leaguer’s…what ya gonna do, they’re everywhere?):04 Why not bring Randy Moss to Pittsburgh…why not, why not, why not???:03 Hey thank you once again, Monroeville First Friday Par-Tay people, another great night. Thanks to the Gibson’s, Ms. Renée and Ms. Roxy, all of your donations helped 50 plus kids have a great time at the Armon Gilliam Memorial “Hard Work” Basketball Camp.:02 Now…time to get ready for the greatest “White Party” in Pittsburgh coming up on Sept. 8, at the magnificent Fox Chapel Yacht Club. Here’s the deal: 6-8 p.m. Reception-Happy Hour…Relax and get a seat; 8 p.m. Old School D.J., Cash Bar/Cash Kitchen (no free food man)!!; Meet the Fabulous Diamond Models; SoulPitt gift bags to the first 100 people; 50/50-prizes and surprises. Go to the SoulPitt website for all the details.:01 Pittsburgh, when you have the opportunity, say thanks to Charles “Chuck” Powell. He’s a special man doing special things for Pittsburgh and you!“DOUBLE OVERTIME”:00 Shame on everyone of you…especially Black folk’s if you haven’t been to the Savoy Restaurant and Social Hot Spot. Chuck Saunders has done a fantastic job with the operation and we all must support it. That means everybody…even you Woodland Hills grads.Game Overlast_img read more