****For Immediate Release****
September 8, 2020
Cattaraugus County Health Department was notified of its one hundred and ninety sixth confirmed case of COVID-19. The reporting laboratory was Bio-reference Laboratories Inc., Elmwood Park, NJ. The department’s active positive COVID-19 caseload is now twenty eight as there are one-hundred and sixty four residents who have recovered from COVID-19.
The latest case is a female resident who resides in the southeast quadrant of the county, who has no significant travel history. She reports being in direct contact with a positive COVID-19 person and recently developed fever and a cough. She was tested for COVID-19 on September 3rd and her test results on September 7th indicated that she was positive for the virus.
The department has begun a thorough contact tracing investigation for those individuals that she has been in contact with and the places that she have visited.
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 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.
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.