****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE****
July 8, 2020
Cattaraugus County Health Department was notified of two additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 residents within Cattaraugus County. The department's active positive COVID-19 caseload is now five, as there are now ninety-one residents who have recovered from COVID-19.
The ninety-ninth confirmed case is a male resident who resides in the southeast quadrant of the county, who has no significant travel history. He developed fever, cough, body aches and eventually loss of taste and loss of smell. He consulted his medical provider, who tested him for COVID-19 on July 6th and his test results on July 7th indicated that he was positive for the virus.
The one hundredth confirmed case is a male resident who resides in the southeast quadrant of the county, who has significant travel history. He is a direct contact of a positive COVID-19 person and reports being asymptomatic (no fever, no cough, no body aches, etc.). He was tested for COVID-19 on July 6th and his test results on July 8th indicated that he 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.