****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE****
July 5, 2020
Cattaraugus County Health Department was notified of its ninety-seventh confirmed case of COVID-19. The reporting laboratory was Bioreference Laboratory Inc., Elmwood Park, NJ. The department's active positive COVID-19 caseload is now four, as there are now eighty-nine residents who have recovered from COVID-19.
The latest case is a female resident who resides in the southwest quadrant of the county, who is a health care worker at a nursing home in Gowanda. She denies any significant travel history and reports being asymptomatic (no fever, no cough, no body aches, etc.). She was tested for COVID-19 on July 1st as part of a recent requirement of all nursing home employees to be tested weekly and her test results on July 5th indicated that she was positive for the virus.
The department has begun a thorough contact tracing investigation for those individuals that they have been in contact with and the places that they have visited.
We continue to ask our residents to hunker 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. If travel is necessary, please wear a homemade cloth face mask while in public and maintain social distancing, at least 6 feet away from other people.
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, in an effort to determine the prevalence of the virus in our community, any resident interested in getting a swab test can register for a test or call 716-938-9119 or 716-938-2265
For continued updates visit us at CattCo.org/Coronavirus.