Cattaraugus County Health Department was notified of its second confirmed case of COVID-19. The reporting laboratory was Wadsworth Laboratory in Albany, NY.
A male resident who lives in the southwest part of the county with an extensive travel history to Buffalo developed joint pain on March 18th, was seen at a Chiropractor on March 20th in Buffalo. He developed cough, congestion, shortness of breath, and whole body aches. He contacted the Cattaraugus County Health Department where he tested for COVID-19 on March 26th and on March 27th, the test result indicated that he was positive for COVID-19.
The patient is resting at home, and now under quarantine. He will be assessed for any medical support that we can provide and we will monitor his symptoms closely
Through an extensive investigation, the department has developed a list of contacts and places he visited. This list and a "POTENTIAL COVID-19 exposure" letter is attached to this press notice (please see PDF).
We continue to ask our resident 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 experiences fever, cough, shortness of breath or whole body aches should contact their health care provider (avoid going directly to the Urgent Care 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.
Cover your cough and sneeze (away from others, into your elbow or into a tissue and not in your hands - immediately throw the tissue in the trash)
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.