****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE****
April 2, 2020
Cattaraugus County Health Department was notified of its eighth confirmed case of COVID-19. The reporting laboratory was Quest Diagnostics Inc., Pittsburgh, PA.
A male resident who lives in the southeastern part of the county with no significant travel history was tested for COVID-19 on March 30th in the emergency room of Olean General Hospital after complaining of fever, shortness of breath, body aches and fatigue. The patient was admitted to the hospital for care and his COVID-19 test result on April 2nd indicated that he was COVID-19 positive.
Upon discharge, he and his family will be quarantined and assessed for any medical support that we can provide and we will monitor their symptoms closely.
The department will conduct a thorough contact tracing investigation, for those individuals that he has been in contact with and the places that he visited.
We continue to ask our residents to bunker down, and avoid any non-essential travel, especially to areas where there is community wide spread of COVID-19 otherwise, you place your family and other Cattaraugus County residents at risk.
We would like to reiterate that if any resident experience fever, cough, shortness of breath or whole body aches they should contact their health care provider (avoid going directly to an Urgent Care facility, or the Emergency Room before calling).
Finally, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after using the bathroom, coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains a minimum of 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
Disinfect commonly touched surfaces with a cleaner that is approved by the EPA against COVID-19.
Please stay home if you are sick (at least 24 hours after fever ends.)
For questions or concerns, please contact the Cattaraugus County Health Department at 716-373-8050.
For continued updates visit us at CattCo.org/Coronavirus.