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August 18, 2020

Cattaraugus County Health Department was notified of its one hundred and fortieth confirmed case of COVID-19. The reporting laboratory was UR Medicine Labs-Central Laboratory, Rochester, NY. The department's active positive COVID-19 caseload is now four, as there are now one hundred and thirty-two residents who have recovered from COVID-19. 

The latest case is a female resident who resides in the northeast corner of the county who recently traveled to South Dakota. She is a healthcare worker who reports being asymptomatic (no fever, no cough, no bodyaches, etc.). She denies being in direct contact with a positive COVID-19 person and was tested for COVID-19 on August 17th, as a requirement of all healthcare workers returning from a state where there is increased rates of community wide COVID-19 transmission, and her test results on August 19th 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).

In addition, 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 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.

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

Press release for confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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