County Won’t Change Public Information Policy On COVID-19 Amid Local Outbreak

first_imgCourtesy: WIVB News4MAYVILLE — During a COVID-19 update late Friday morning, Chautauqua County Health officials said there are no plans to change what information is released to the public regarding COVID-19 positive tests, but they will continue to be considered on a case-by-case basis.Public Health Director Christine Schuyler told WNYNewsNow that the release of the identity of businesses with positive COVID-19 tests are considered based on the health threat to the community with the right to patient privacy kept in mind.“I say that because our priority is to protect patient confidentiality,” Schuyler said.”That is not under our purview to do that.”“I think some people out there just want to know, you’re going to get information that is appropriate and legal for us to release that information.” She said identities are not released for HIV, sexually transmitted diseases or other illnesses.“If there’s no public risk related to a cluster, then there is no reason for the public to know that,” she explained.Officials said they have tested 65 percent of the workforce at Fieldbrook Foods in Dunkirk, and expect more tests to be completed soon.County Executive P. J. Wendel said Tuesday’s mass testing showed 24 positive test results, moving the total to about 6 percent of the company’s workforce, with more testing to come.The mass testing was one of the largest and most successful in the state, outside of New York City, Wendel said.Schuyler said the investigation at Fieldbrook Foods is continuing, but as of now there is no reason for the plant to close operations.“There is no reason to close down the Fieldbrook Foods plant. We came to consensus on this decision,” she said, explaining that the company’s third shift is mainly for sanitation.“It did not make any sense to close them down to clean when they clean every 24 hours,” she said. State officials were leaning toward recommending the plant be shut down, but were satisfied with mitigation efforts by the company and the county, officials said.“Every person in this community must take personal responsibility. What you do in your off hours is up to you, but remember what you do spills over to the people in the county,” Schuyler said, adding people’s actions also impact health workers dealing with the virus.Schuyler took time to thank and recognize local health care workers for going above and beyond and making ceaseless efforts to help in any way they can.“It gets to be very emotional, there are some people out there who do not recognize health care workers,” she said. “I’m so grateful to all of the partners we have who work with us.”“We are responsible for the health of all residents of Chautauqua County,” Wendel said. “It took time to get this coordinated, we wanted to make sure we did it right.”Wendel said the county was not surprised by the cluster.“We knew this was going to happen, this is something that my team has been preparing for since March 15.”Schuyler said she was relieved that the positive test results in the cluster weren’t higher.“I was relieved because I was afraid it was going to be higher,” she said. “We prepared as much as we could and it was all hands on deck. So far, we’re managing, I’m not going to tell you it’s easy.” 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

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Cast Your Vote! Which Disney Movie Should Become a New Broadway Musical?

first_img View Comments Aladdin had a shining, shimmering, splendid opening night on March 20, making it the fifth animated Disney classic to be adapted into a Broadway musical (the others, if you’re counting, are Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Tarzan and The Little Mermaid). The mouse currently has three more adaptations that are hopefully en route to the Great White Way: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which will make its U.S. debut at the Paper Mill Playhouse in 2015; The Jungle Book, which played Chicago’s Goodman Theatre last summer; and of course, a forthcoming adaptation of our new favorite movie ever, Frozen. But there are still a ton of awesome Disney films that would make great stage musicals, and we want to know: Which of these animated classics should come to Broadway? Cast your vote below!last_img read more

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The City of Conversation Opens Off-Broadway

first_imgThe City of Conversation opens at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater on May 5. The play, which is written by Anthony Giardina and directed by Tony winner Doug Hughes, stars five-time Tony nominee Jan Maxwell. The City of Conversation Jan Maxwell Show Closed This production ended its run on July 26, 2014 Related Shows Star Files The City of Conversation, tells the story of political hostess Hester Ferris (Maxwell), a behind-the-scenes mover and shaker in the nation’s capital, and of the political gains and personal losses that her choices inflict on her family over a period of 30 years, from the waning days of the Carter administration to the beginning of the Obama presidency. View Comments In addition to Maxwell, the cast includes John Aylward, Kristen Bush, Beth Dixon, Barbara Garrick, Luke Niehaus, Kevin O’Rourke, Michael Simpson and Phillip James Brannon.last_img read more

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Prove You’re a Big Madison County Fan and Win Tickets to the Final Performance!

first_img View Comments The Bridges of Madison County Wipe away your tears and put on your thinking caps! Broadway.com is offering you a chance to say goodbye to Kelli O’Hara, Steven Pasquale and the stars of The Bridges of Madison County in person, before the show fades away. Fans to guess the correct answer to all five questions correctly will be entered for a chance to win one of four pairs of tickets to the final Broadway performance on May 18 at 3PM. So turn up that luscious score, get into an Iowa state of mind and get cracking. Good luck! ENTER HERE! *NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. ODDS DEPEND ON TOTAL NUMBER OF ENTRIES RECEIVED. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Sweepstakes only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states and D.C. who are 18 years or older. Entry forms accepted from 2 p.m. ET on May 8, 2014 until 6 p.m. ET on May 12, 2014 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/broadwaycomsweeps. Limit one (1) entry per person and per account for entire sweepstakes. See Official Rules and full terms and conditions at http://www.broadway.com/sweepstakes/bridgestickets/. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 18, 2014 Related Showslast_img read more

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Matilda Celebrates 500 Performances on Broadway!

first_img Jill Paice View Comments Lesli Margherita Related Shows Star Files Matilda Broadway’s Matilda is all grown up! The hit musical celebrated 500 performances at the Shubert Theatre on June 19, and in honor of the milestone, the cast assembled after the show to take photos and, of course, celebrate. Based on the whimsical book by Roald Dahl, Matilda features music and lyrics by Tim Minchin and a book by Dennis Kelly. Check out this Hot Shot featuring stars Paige Brady, Gabriella Pizzolo, Ripley Sobo, Ava Ulloa, Christopher Sieber, Jill Paice, Matt Harrington, Lesli Margherita and more, then see them all in Matilda on Broadway!  Christopher Sieber Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017last_img read more

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Incoming Love Letters Star Carol Burnett Reveals Her Secret to Stifling a Laugh

first_img View Comments Related Shows Love Letters Beginning October 11, Carol Burnett will have a chance to show off her impeccable comedic timing once again in Love Letters. But A.R. Gurney’s play isn’t all laughs. And as we all know, in the past she’s had a habit of breaking character. On The Tonight Show on October 6, the comedy icon shared with Jimmy Fallon the secret she’s picked up to keep from laughing: just bite your finger…hard. So look out for that at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Later, Fallon gushed about the many outfits Burnett wore on her TV series, including the infamous Gone With The Wind sendup. “There was nobody like Bob [Mackie],” Burnett says of the costumer who designed up to 70 costumes a week for her show. Take a look at the interview clips below! Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 14, 2014last_img read more

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Smash-ing News! Bombshell to Play New York

first_imgIt’s time for a Bombshell revival…already?! The fictional Marilyn Monroe musical from the NBC drama Smash will come to life again in a one-night-only concert in the Big Apple next year to benefit The Actors Fund. Cast and venue information for the June 15 event will be announced at a later date. The series starred American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee and Broadway favorite Megan Hilty as the Marilyn hopefuls, as well as Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Jeremy Jordan, Anjelica Huston, Andy Mientus and Jack Davenport. Here’s hoping at least some of those faces will make an appearance! Throughout the course of its run, we heard 22 original songs written for Bombshell, penned by Tony and Grammy-winning team Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The numbers included “Let Me Be Your Star,” “Dig Deep,” “They Just Keep Moving the Line” and “Don’t Forget Me.” View Comments Smash premiered in February 2012 and followed the conception, development and Broadway life of the Marilyn Monroe bio-musical. Among the ladies to have donned the platinum blonde wig during Bombshell’s course were Ivy Lynn, a Broadway alum looking for her big break (Hilty), Karen Cartwright, a wide-eyed newcomer from Iowa (McPhee) and film star Rebecca Duvall (Uma Thurman, because of course). The show’s second season introduced Kyle and Jimmy (Mientus and Jordan), a singer-songwriter duo who write Hit List, a new Broadway-bound musical that ultimately competes with Bombshell at the (fake/super campy) Tony Awards. The series concluded after two seasons in May 2013. This isn’t the first concert presentation of a fake musical to follow the series’ cancellation. In December 2013, 54 Below presented Hit List, featuring Smash alums Jordan, Mientus and Krysta Rodriguez, as well as Carrie Manolakos.last_img read more

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The Visit, Starring Chita Rivera, Opens on the Great White Way

first_imgAbout the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2015 The Visit Related Showscenter_img The Visit, by John Kander, Fred Ebb and Terrence McNally, opens officially at the Lyceum Theatre on April 23. The John Doyle production stars Tony winners Chita Rivera and Roger Rees. To celebrate the musical’s big night, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this portrait of the entire cast.In addition to Rivera and Rees as Claire Zachannassian and Anton Schell, the sketch features Jason Danieley as Frederich, Mary Beth Peil as Matilde, John Riddle and Michelle Veintimilla as Young Anton and Claire, George Abud as Karl, Matthew Deming as Louis, Diana DiMarzio as Annie, David Garrison as Peter, Rick Holmes as Father Josef, Tom Nells as Rudi, Chris Newcomer as Jacob, Aaron Ramey as Otto, Elena Shaddow as Ottilie and Timothy Shew as Hans.Congratulations to the cast of The Visit. We tip our yellow hats to you! View Commentslast_img read more

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Exclusive! Go Behind the Scenes at Jersey Boys Commercial Shoot

first_img Jersey Boys Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are as swanky as ever! The long-running Broadway hit Jersey Boys has a fresh look in their latest TV spot. Check out this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the new commercial, shot on location at the legendary Loew’s Jersey Theatre. It’s the Jersey Boys you love (red suits, falsetto, you know the drill) with a completely new feel that can’t be confined to the stage. You can catch the show at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre, on tour and in Las Vegas. from $59.00 View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

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We Celebrate Nathan Lane’s Return to Broadway in The Front Page

first_img© Justin “Squigs” Robertson About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Stop the presses! The Broadway revival of Ben Hect and Charles MacArthur’s The Front Page is currently playing to standing room only audiences at the Broadhurst Theatre. Jack O’Brien directs.To celebrate the classic tale of tabloid newspaper reporters on the police beat, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this sketch. There’s Nathan Lane, John Slattery, John Goodman, Robert Morse, Jefferson Mays, Sherie Rene Scott, Holland Taylor, Halley Feiffer, Dylan Baker, Christopher McDonald, Lewis J. Stadlen, David Pittu, Joey Slotnick, Clarke Thorell, Danny Mastrogiorgio, Dann Florek and Micah Stock.Broadway.com wishes the The Front Page team a headline-grabbing, scoop-filled run! View Comments Related Shows The Front Page Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 29, 2017last_img read more

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