Pep rallies undergo revisions

first_imgThis fall has seen the implementation of a multitude of changes to the format of pep rallies at Notre Dame, and while student participation fluctuated from week to week, student government is overall pleased with the results. “I think that we definitely saw a positive response to the changes for the Michigan pep rally,” student body vice president Andrew Bell said. “The walkover seemed to be very successful, and we think it solved the issue of dorms standing amongst a bunch of alumni an hour before the rally.” Bell said the changes helped with logistics and the overall atmosphere of the rallies. “We thought the atmosphere of the Michigan rally was great. Attendance was high, we thought the fact the walkover included the band made it more exciting,” he said. “We recognize there were some issues especially as students were entering the section, and we’ve addressed those for the coming rally, so students won’t get clogged in.” Student body president Catherine Soler believes the positive student feedback is evidence of the success of the changes. “We’ve heard positive feedback because of the various different locations we used for the rallies, and we’re really pleased with how athletics has worked with us and how students have responded,” she said. Bell believes the guest speakers have been central to the improved response from students. “I think the guest speaker mixes things up, so it’s not the same week to week,” he said. “So we are still working with athletics to continue to get prominent speakers.” Mike Oliver, Hall Presidents Council co-chair, thinks dorms have improved their display of school spirit in response to an incentive offered by head football coach Brian Kelly. “We’ve also provided the dorms with the incentive of whoever comes with the most spirit has the opportunity to have Brian Kelly come to the dorms, and it’s worked really well,” Oliver said. While the overall student response has been positive, Soler said she felt the student turnout at the student-only Boston College rally was lacking. “We were disappointed with participation in the Stepan rally, and we think it can be indicative of many things,” she said. “From a planning perspective, we really did all we could. It could have been the timing, maybe it wasn’t a good time for students,” she said. With the losing season, Soler recognizes that student government must work especially hard to encourage disheartened students to attend the rallies. “I think one of the things that has made a big difference this year, and hopefully will continue to … is our emphasis on keeping them short and sweet and encourage dorm participation,” Soler said. “We want to brand the rallies as a time for students to get excited, have fun and socialize. We want it to be something they can do for themselves as well as in support of the team.” Both Soler and Bell emphasized the pep rally format as being a work-in-progress. “I think thus far we’ve been to all the locations possible and now we’re in the evaluation period, where we want to determine the best location and format in the eyes of the students,” Bell said. “We’re honing in on what students really want.” Soler said student government has already taken steps to soliciting student advice on improving the rallies for the remainder of the season. “Right now we’re just working to improve them, we’ll be sending out a student survey to get concrete data about what they liked about rallies and where we can improve them,” Soler said. Bell said the key to improving the pep rallies will be to concentrate on the basics. “We’ve tried to make the emphasis from the beginning that pep rallies are best when focused on the student body and the football team.”last_img read more

Talk explores facts of Christmas Star

first_imgRather than exploring what the Church says the Christmas Star was, astrophysicist Grant J. Matthews took a look at what science believes it to be in his presentation, “What and When was the Christmas Star: An Astrophysics Prospective.” The presentation took place in the digital visualization theatre (DVT) in the Jordan Hall of Science Sunday. Matthews described the Christmas star as a question pondered by theologians, priests and even physicists for centuries. “The question is which star was the one that heralded the arrival of the Christ child?” Matthews said. Scientists can now attempt to answer this question with the help of the DVT, Matthews said. This computer and theatre has access to all of NASA’s satellites and databases. This access allows scientists at Notre Dame to view every star that has ever existed. “This is not your grandma’s planetarium,” Matthews said. When an event happens in the sky, physicists ask three questions to figure out what that event was, Matthew said. They ask when and where it occurred, what the characteristics were and if anyone else saw it. Using these questions, along with modern technology, has helped narrow down what astrological event the three kings may have seen. Matthews explained how historians and theologians think the Christmas star may have appeared in the spring. The gospel of Matthew says shepherds watching their sheep also saw the star, Matthews said, and shepherds traditionally only watched their flocks at night in the spring when lambs are born. The Christmas Star is also called the morning star, which means it was in the east. “This meant that the star moved, and then reappeared, because the Magi saw the star twice,” Matthews said. “The star could be one of three things: a comet, a nova or a super nova.” Most people agree the star was not a nova or a comet because these were seen as a bad omen in ancient times. Matthews said he believes the star was a planetary alignment. “The Magi were Zoroastrian priests and astrology was extremely important to them,” Matthews said. “They would pay close attention to the location of the planets and what it means.” Through his research, Matthews said he thinks the planets aligned sometime during 4 to 8 B.C.. He said he thinks the specific date of this alignment was April 17, 6 B.C., because the sun, Jupiter, the moon and Saturn all aligned in the constellation Aries, while Venus and Mars aligned nearby. “The Magi would have recognized the alignment in Aries as a sign that a powerful leader would be born,” Matthews said. “Jupiter and the moon represent a powerful leader that will die at a certain time.” Matthews finished up the presentation with a showing of the film “Season of Light,” which explains different Christmas traditions and where they began, along with what the Christmas Star may have been.last_img read more

Senate reviews OrgSync

first_imgSaint Mary’s student senate met Tuesday night and discussed all the possibilities available on OrgSync, the website used to facilitate club registration at Saint Mary’s.  The student involvement and multicultural services office (SIMS) conducted the presentation on OrgSync. Stephanie Bridges, director of SIMS, said the purpose of the SIMS office is to help and support Saint Mary’s students. “We provide support for 70 plus student organizations on campus, which is a huge, huge job,” Bridges said.  The SIMS office is in charge of OrgSync, which was created at Saint Mary’s last year to give electronic support for student organizations. Bridges said SIMS wanted to make things as paperless as possible and make it easier to manage all the different things for which the SIMS office is responsible. “It has been tremendously helpful for our offices to navigate the processes that we have,” she said.  Assistant director of SIMS, Bianca Tirado, explained what OrgSync is and how to operate it.  “OrgSync is a way to help students connect with your organization. It’s also a way to create online communication so that it hits a broader audience,” she said. “The belle tower is the home page of OrgSync which is accessible to everyone in the SMC community.  “It’s a great way for you to access your organization portals. If you’re a part of more than one club you can access those additional portals as well.” Not only is there an internal website, but there is also an external website of OrgSync, which allows students to control what the external world can see. Student organizations can create their own external websites by creating a portal, and every new club can have a new portal on Belle tower.  Students can also register events for their organization on OrgSync, Tirado said. In order to create an event, a student would need to fill out the event request form under the SIMS portal. This event registration spurs the merchandise request process as well. “It’s best you make sure you do have a table [for your merchandise] and do it in a timely fashion,” she said. “If you want to sell something next week, it’s better you get it in as soon as possible.”  Tirado said, when selling merchandise, anything with a French cross symbol has to be approved by the SIMS office as well. The French cross is a religious symbol, so it cannot be obstructed by anything.  SIMS assistant director Graci Martsching said OrgSync is new but has already had a lot of success. She said SIMS hopes to raise awareness about the opportunities OrgSync and their office offer for students.  “The most important thing to remember is we are your advocates, we are here for you guys,” Martsching said. “You can always come and knock on our doors.” Contact Alaina Anderson at [email protected]last_img read more

Actress addresses effects of sexual assault in lecture

first_imgWhen actress, producer and philanthropist AnnaLynne McCord spoke to Notre Dame students Thursday evening in the LaFortune Ballroom, she had one very clear message: the importance of acceptance and forgiveness.At age 18, McCord, who has starred in “90210,” “Nip/Tuck” and “Dallas,” was sexually assaulted in her own home by a male friend, and she said the fact that she knew her attacker that made it harder to grasp.“[Knowing the attacker] is the part that makes it very shameful, very uncomfortable, and this is what keeps silence,” McCord said.As the assault took place, she said she was unsure of how to fight for herself. But it was when she thought of her boyfriend that she suddenly found a voice and stood up to her attacker.“For [my boyfriend] I had a voice … but I couldn’t do it for myself because I felt pushed down as a woman,” McCord said of the weakness she felt in the moment of the attack.She said instinctually repressed the memory following the attack and did not speak about it to anyone for many months.“[It was] denial, denial, denial,” she said, until she told a male friend 10 months later.“That was the first time I ever said it,” McCord said. “That was the first time I ever acknowledged that that’s actually what it was. That was the first time I even gave any kind of thought towards it.”That moment led her to a revelation: she was not reacting to her assault in the same vengeful and angered way that her friend was reacting.She couldn’t quite understand this difference, she said.“Why didn’t I feel that for myself? Why did I feel like I didn’t have a voice?” McCord said.After her many trips to Cambodia as part of her work against sex trafficking, McCord said she began to find her voice and heal.“These girls [in Cambodia] have been raped everyday. … And they were not suffering, and they were not angry,” she said, which was completely antithetical to the anger, frustration and depression that she felt after for years after her assault.However, it was not until McCord went back to the exact place where her attacker had confronted her not long after her assault that she was able to feel at peace with what happened.“I cried for myself,” she said. It was then that she felt she had moved on.As she stood in that spot, McCord said that she thought, “I’m done. I’m done with the cycle of abuse. I’m done with the suffering. … [He does not] have power over me. I’m no longer shackled.”Another big moment in her healing process came when McCord finally admitted her assault publically, she said.“I felt relieved,” McCord said. “Everyone knew I’m damaged, I’m tainted, bad stuff has happened to me … but I’m still kicking.“It was a weight off my shoulders.”Now, McCord said she forgives her attacker because her story of healing is not about him, it is about her. She said overcoming her sexual assault has led her to better forgive and accept others in her life today.“I can’t go back. I can’t undo it.” McCord said. “Now, when something happens to me, I own it, and I practice letting it go.”The event, entitled, “It Starts with Me: Healing and Forgiveness,” was sponsored by Sponsored by the Department of Film, Television and Theatre, the GeNDer Studies Program, Lyons Hall and Duncan Hall.Tags: 90210, annalynne mccord, Dallas, It Starts With Me, Nip/Tuck, sexual assaultlast_img read more

Conference explores diversity issues and community

In response to Saint Mary’s College’s selection of “community” as their core value this year, the Saint Mary’s Student Diversity Board has chosen the theme for their 11th annual Diverse Students’ Leadership Conference (DSLC) accordingly, molding the conference around the idea of “unity in community.” The conference will take place today and tomorrow, April 4 and April 5.Senior Angela Bukur, vice president and conference chair of the Student Diversity Board, said she hopes this year’s attendees will leave the conference with a new perspective on diversity.“I hope students take away something that they didn’t know from before,” Bukur said. “That they take a perspective in a different way, meet a lot of people and become leaders in their own communities, as well as realize that diversity is important.”Bukur said the fact that the conference is entirely student-run makes it more rewarding for students.“It helps start dialogue,” she said. “It helps students to attend events and talk about things they normally wouldn’t.”Bukur said DSLC’s mission is to provide awareness of diversity by educating and uniting the Saint Mary’s community.“It’s such a broad topic — you can’t get it all,” she said. “We have tried to bring together different aspects of diversity — different parts of religion, sexuality, race and social class.”The conference will tackle these aspects through seven different sessions in which faculty will lead discussions about diversity issues in their professions, Bukur said.Senior Cinthya Benitez, a Student Diversity Board member, invited not only students to attend the conference, but faculty and staff, as well.“Faculty and staff are also invited to learn about topics students are interested in,” Benitez said. “It brings the Saint Mary’s community together and builds unity, as our logo says.”There will also be three keynote speakers at the event: Mary Burke, Kristi Pellegrini and Bree Newsome.Burke ‘85, member of the Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees, is an experienced investment banker in the food industry and a founding partner of Lakeshore Food Advisors, LLC, a boutique investment banking firm in Chicago, according to the Saint Mary’s College website.Pellegrini ‘09 is a postdoctoral research assistant at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Bukur said. According to Bukur, her current research focuses on the chemistry of nuclear materials.The final keynote speaker to conclude the conference is activist and filmmaker Bree Newsome, Bukur said. Newsome is known for removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House grounds. According to Bukur, she was arrested for her act of civil disobedience, but the publicity her act generated spurred state officials to permanently remove the flag in July 2015.As a member of the Board, Benitez said the conference is a worthwhile experience.“It’s always a great experience,” Benitez said. “I learn a lot and I come out of it more culturally aware and inspired as a multicultural student. I hope students gain awareness, learn new things and get inspired to make changes on campus and outside of Saint Mary’s.” Tags: Diverse Students’ Leadership Conference, Diversity, DSLC, leadership, Saint Mary’s Diversity Board read more

NDSP implements new K-9 program

first_imgNotre Dame Security Police (NDSP) implemented a K-9 program this semester to add another layer of security to its operations.The two black Labrador retrievers who were recently added to the police department — 3-year-old Skeet and 18-month-old Toxi — are NDSP’s first security dogs, Clark said. Clark is Skeet’s handler, while security officer Jarret Gilpin is Toxi’s handler.“I believe it’s pretty much an innovative thing,” Clark said. “We made the choice so we’d have another layer of security. The way the world is changing, people are exploding things — today’s suicide bombers, the Boston marathon run [and] what happened there. And you know, it’s easier for the dogs to detect explosives than it is for us with their sense of smell.”NDSP’s efforts to ensure safety during home football games was one of the driving factors that lead the department to implement a K-9 program, deputy chief Stephan Smith said.“We did our research and found that this is some of the best technology that’s out there, and it’s definitely a direction we wanted to go,” he said. “It’s important to say there is no imminent threat to Notre Dame or our community at this time. However, we just felt that this is something worth investing in because, you know, everybody’s safety — not only on game day but every single day here on campus — is our priority.”Clark said Toxi and Skeet are “vapor wake dogs,” which means they have been trained to detect explosives. The dogs underwent intensive training for about three months, Gilpin said.“ … Probably out of 100, two dogs had the qualities and stuff like that of a vapor wake canine that they were looking for,” Gilpin said. “They have high independence and a high drive and stuff like that, so [Toxi’s] been training since she was like 3 months [old] or so, I believe.”Though he has worked for NDSP for 27 years and seen three proposals for a K-9 program, Clark said Toxi and Skeet are the department’s first security dogs. Clark said the new K-9 program has been “a dream come true” for him.“My dad actually trained dogs in Compton, California, in the ’70s,” Clark said. “He was a carpenter, so he started training dogs to watch the property out after he had repaired it. He’s always had a love for dogs, so I guess that I got the fever, too.“So I’ve been involved in training them for a very long time — in obedience, in protection. To me, it’s like I’m not even working anymore. I’m just enjoying myself.”Clark said the dogs have contributed to a new routine within the police department.“If there’s any special events going on, they like for us to work the special events,” he said. “When dignitaries come, we will probably sweep the building they’re in before they return. We kind of do our lock-up differently now.”Gilpin added that since they have only been working with the dogs for about seven weeks, he and Clark are still adjusting to the changes.“We’re still learning and they’re still learning,” he said. “They’re from Alabama and now they’re in Indiana, and it’s just kind of a different atmosphere for them. I’m looking forward to seeing [Toxi] in snow because she probably hasn’t seen snow yet.”One of the biggest challenges to integrating the dogs into the police department is getting to know their personalities, Gilpin said.“Each dog is different. My issues are different than [Clark’s],” he said. “They’re similar but different. Each dog is a different personality. It’s getting used to where we work together better. We’ve only worked together for seven weeks.”Clark described Skeet as “an eager beaver” who enjoys work, while Gilpin said Toxi was “very playful and loving.”“When it comes time to work, she works, but it’s just one of those things where her personality is, ‘Hey, let’s play,’” Gilpin said of Toxi. “She wants to play tug-of-war, loves playing fetch like any other dog. She’s just very affectionate.”Students should not be afraid of the dogs, Clark said, as they are not aggressive.“Their basic job is to protect the University,” he said. “If you see us, you’ll notice they’ll smell garbage cans. Because they’re vapor wake dogs, they’ll hit on the backpacks and if they hit on it, they’re smelling it — their job is to make sure there isn’t explosives there.”The dogs have served as great outreach tools in the community, Smith said, and NDSP would like to continue to use the dogs to connect with people across campus.“You know, if somebody says, ‘Hey, I’m having this event, and it’d be nice to have one of the NDSP canines and the handler there,’ we’d love to do that,” he said. “We’d love to find new ways to connect with our community.”last_img read more

Office of Sustainability announces new recycling policies

first_imgBowling balls. Christmas lights. Headphones.These are just a few examples of items that occasionally pass through local recycling, even though they are not recyclable, members of the Office of Sustainability said.And with new recycling requirements rolling out, the Office of Sustainability is aiming to educate students about what can and cannot be recycled.Whereas previous rules allowed for 10 percent contamination of recycled materials, the University’s recycling procedures now require that recycling be no more than 0.5 percent contaminated. This means all food and liquid must be removed from items, and greasy or dirty items cannot be recycled.Sustainability senior program director Allison Mihalich said the University used to encourage students to recycle in cases where they weren’t sure whether an item could be recycled. Now, she said, the Office of Sustainability is emphasizing the motto “When in doubt, throw it out.”“Our tagline is really ‘Recycle clean. Recycle right,’” she said. “So it’s cleaning if you have access to a sink. Rinse before [recycling] and definitely dump before recycling.”In addition to new contamination regulations, sticky notes can no longer be recycled. However, many other items remain recyclable, Caitlin Hodges, an associate program manager in the Office of Sustainability, said.Plastics labeled with the numbers one through six can be recycled, as well as clean glass, cardboard, paper, aluminum and newspapers.“Recycling is a complicated process and there are people involved at different stages of it to try and make it something clean and recoverable — but there’s no substitute for knowing how to put the right things in the bin,” Hodges said.However, other items such as plastic bags, cutlery and straws cannot be recycled — even though they often end up in recycling bins, Hodges said.“They cause a big challenge, especially bags,” she said. “With the volume of recycling that we generate, just the way that has to be processed is a huge challenge if bags wind up in the load.”The new policies are the result of a changing global market for recycled materials, Mihlich said. According to the New York Times, China previously accepted approximately half of the world’s recycled papers and plastics, before changing its policies at the beginning of this year.“Essentially, they discontinued accepting 24 types of items,” Mihlich said. “So we’re not able to send it overseas. Much of our recycled content in the United States and countries like the United States was going overseas. So when that changed it made the waste management, the recycling facilities tighten their belts.”In response to these changes, Notre Dame’s trash and recycling vendor, Waste Management, rolled out changes to the materials it would accept from the University, Hodges said.“Some of those changes are going to be rolling out — you see them already in certain municipal programs. … Because we generate so much waste in a small area, we’re the first ones that are seeing the changes in this region,” she said.Both Hodges and Mihlich said they were optimistic about the changes, despite some initial challenges.“I have heard some people say in response to this, they’ve asked me if it still matters that we recycle and I would say absolutely, it still matters,” Hodges said. “This is more of an opportunity to be engaged in the reality of what generating waste is, and what that looks like from the time you buy it to the time it leaves you and goes somewhere to potentially be turned into something else.”Tags: Office of Sustainability, recycling, trash, Waste Managementlast_img read more

Klau Center hosts speaker on Islamophobia

first_imgThe Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights hosted Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) in Washington D.C., to speak about Islamophobia on Friday as a part of their Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary lecture series.The weekly series, held on Zoom, features different guest speakers every week who speak on issues such as the Black Lives Matter syllabus, allyship and health inequity.Islamophobia, Mogahed said, is “anti-Muslim bigotry and discrimination based on an irrational hatred and fear of Islam, and it is both individual and institutional.”Many people assume that terrorist attacks by Muslims are to blame for spikes in Islamophobia, she said. However, the data contradicts this assumption. Mogahed shared figures that show spikes in anti-Muslim sentiment are more heavily concentrated around elections, rather than terrorist attacks.“Islamophobia is a manufactured phenomenon, not an organic response to terrorist attacks,” Mogahed said. “The idea that Islam encourages violence more than other religions is refuted with evidence.”However, the media often spins terrorist attacks, focusing heavily on their association with Islam, she said. Mogahed cited one headline that said the majority of fatal attacks on US soil were carried out by white supremacists, not terrorists. This sort of language, she said, can further Islamophobia and intensify the public’s belief in a direct link between Islam and terrorism.Islamophobia does not only affect Muslims, Mogahed said. Efforts to restrict the rights of Muslims, via anti-Sharia or anti-foreign law bills, overlap 80% with efforts to restrict rights of other minorities via voter ID laws, breaking unions or anti-immigration laws, she said.“Even if you’re not a member of a minority group, even if you’re the victim of a hate crime, even if you think all of these things don’t affect you, they affect you because fear erodes freedom,” she said. “Fear makes us more accepting of authoritarianism.”The effects of Islamophobia, Mogahed said, make everyone less free and less safe. Her research with the ISPU proves that there are ways to combat Islamophobia.Any kind of bigotry, she said, tries to make the victim feel isolated. In order to address victim’s isolation, allies should build coalitions with people who want to fight Islamophobia, she said. People should also try to have meaningful conversations across the political divide. And another key factor, she said, is to demystify Islam as a faith.“According to our research, knowing about Islam is one of the strongest protective factors against Islamophobia,” Mogahed said.Mogahed’s lecture fell on the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Three days after the attack, Mogahed said she was afraid to go to the mosque, assuming that there would be protests or backlash. Instead, she said, people of other religions and non-religious people showed up in solidarity to support the Muslim community.“I really mark that moment as a turning point in my life where it inspired me to dedicate my life, to dedicate my career, to building bridges, rather than building bunkers and isolating ourselves,” Mogahed said. “It’s really in this spirit that I do my research, that I do the work that I do. And this topic specifically, Islamophobia, is one that I think is absolutely critical to young people, especially during the time we live in now, especially during an election season.”For those who want to continue educating themselves on Islam and Islamophobia, Mogahed recommends taking a class on Islam, checking out the resources on the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding website or reading the book she co-authored with John Esposito, “Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think.” And, she said, get to know a person who is Muslim and accept the real Muslim in the room as the norm and the fanatic on TV as the exception.“The main message that I hope you will walk away with today is that Islamophobia is a threat to every American,” Mogahed said. “We can all think about it, of course, as something that impacts Muslims. But Islamophobia is a threat to every single American who cares about freedom and democracy.”Tags: Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary, Islam, Klau Center for Civil and Human Rightslast_img read more

Falconer High School Seniors Petition For Traditional Graduation

first_imgFALCONER – Seniors at Falconer High School have launched a petition calling for a traditional graduation after the Board of Education decided to host a virtual ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Falconer High School Senior Alyssa Wright’s “Let Them Walk” change.org petition so far has gained the support of over 400 in the community.Wright tells WNYNewsNow she, along with her fellow classmates, are asking the school board to reconsider their decision.“I want people to know that we are not okay with what they decided, and it would have been nice if they would have talked to us and talked to our parents to come up with something,” explained Wright. “So now, we are using our voice to come up with a better solution to better fit everyone.” Wright says students were first notified of the decision via a letter posted on their school locker, the day they returned from working remotely to pick up belongings.High School Principal Jeffery Jordan says that he has talked with Wright about coming up with a plan that is “as close to normal” as possible, yet, keeping students and families safe.“Our plans are that we would have a ceremony that would be virtual, trying to keep it as normal as possible with all of our speakers and awards, and everything like that,” explained Jordan. “Then have a diploma drive through where families with our 2020 Seniors could come to our athletic facility, walk on to the field, walk across the state on the field, and use our scoreboard and screen we have to announce their name, and show their picture, and have families be able to take pictures that way while keeping social distancing of course.”Jordan says this is not his first choice to hold a graduation, although due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is the “best case scenario” now.Wright, after speaking with Jordan, tells us she is grateful they are now working with students to find a better solution that follows safety guidelines, but, continues the traditions of graduation.“I would like to come up with a solution that is safe and works for everyone, it still follows the guidelines of social distancing, but, it still gives us that chance to walk across the stage,” furthered Wright. “I feel that all seniors deserve to have that moment.”Jordan says he wants to give the senior class the best possible graduation. Furthermore, he is proud that Wright spoke out and advocated her position.The administrator furthered that next year, he will invite the 2020 graduating class back to graduation to be honored during their tradition ceremony.Going forward he plans to continue communication with the Seniors as they work to plan this year’s graduation event.To view the petition, click here. 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

80-Year-Old Dies From COVID-19, 27th Death From Virus

first_img139.8 0.5% 14 Active Cases 100.0% 16 0 3 0.8% Percent 289.2 Yes 15.6% Percent 3 137 50-59 83 2.7% 96.8 314.7 5 2 14728- Dewittville 11.34% NYS Fatality Rate: 4.86%US Fatality Rate: 1.9%Source: John Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker 12/9/2020Share: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) 197.4 4.2% 0 0 823 1 0 1 0 4 3 13 1630 1 CDC Image.MAYVILLE – An 80-year-old has died due to COVID-19 complications, the 27th related death from the virus in Chautauqua County.The county health department additionally reported 66 new cases of the virus on Thursday.Of the new cases, 24 are in Jamestown.There are now 415 active cases with 127 in the greater Jamestown area. The county’s seven-day average percent positivity rate is now 6.6 percent with 31 people hospitalized.Since the pandemic began there have been 3,123 cases recorded with 2,681 people recovered.A full breakdown of Thursday’s update is posted below:COVID-19 Cases by ZIP Code of Residence 12 0 49.9 11.40% 14081- Irving 0 1.28% 50-59 24 14716- Brocton 9 275.4 12.30% 254.9 Total Deaths 0.9% 11 2 30 3.6% 90+ 1 0-19 34 741.4 0-39 335.0 3.11% 3 150.9 14710- Ashville 0.2% 79.01% 2 1 0.7% Symptoms Age Group 14138- South Dayton 2 90+ 13.03% 307.6 0.0% 0 9 203 3.0% 10 132 14782- Sinclairville 127 319.6 3123 77 394 0 1 14063- Fredonia 218.7 14738- Frewsburg 0.3% 14712- Bemus Point 486 0 14701- Jamestown 276.7 41 67 14 74 80-89 14733- Falconer Fatality Rate by Age Group 14769- Portland 2063 356 433 422 7 3 0 450 2.5% 14048- Dunkirk 1 14740- Gerry 3 Number 20.99% 95.8 364.2 45 1 3 0.00% 90.6 15 14750- Lakewood 0 23 0.5% 14781- Sherman 113 26.4% 14718- Cassadaga 29 0.7% 11 19.05% 14767- Panama 12.62% 5.00% 2.0% 23 7 90.9 4.4% 17 0.0 1 879.3 14736- Findley Lake Fatality Rate 7 465.9 47 14723- Cherry Creek 20-29 0 63 Symptoms Known 42 1.3% 14724- Clymer 1 3 0.7% 35 14.4% 3.5% 14775- Ripley 274.3 11.40% 24 492.6 14787- Westfield COVID-19 Cases by Known Age 97 3 143.6 2.1% 60-69 1 415 288.5 14784- Stockton Active Case Rate (per 100,000 residents) 30 0 14136- Silver Creek 0.4% 8 1.0% Number 2 595 0.4% 30-39 384 1.1% 0 Zip Code Percent of Total Cases  70-79 0.7% New Cases Total 23 923.9 14747- Kennedy 231.7 6.50% 14062- Forestville 7 3.45% 7 40 320.1 COVID-19 Cases by Presence of Symptoms at Time of Interview 22 4 3 2 28 1.5% 108 13 14726- Conewango Valley 27 14722- Chautauqua 2 1 14757- Mayville 2.4% All Ages 407 0.86% 123.2 290.0 0.47% 80-89 370.4 0.51% 1.4% 40-49 66 1 95 0.84% 13 Total Cases 70-79 2 14720- Celoron 40-49 No Age 4 60-69last_img read more