****For Immediate Release****
October 12, 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 sixty four as there are two hundred and thirty three residents who have recovered from COVID-19.
The three hundred and seventh confirmed case is a female resident who resides in the southeast quadrant of the county, who has no significant travel history or being in direct contact with a positive COVID-19 person. She recently developed congestion loss of smell, loss of taste, body aches, and fatigue. She was tested for COVID-19 on October 9thand her test results on October 11thindicated that she was positive for the virus.
The three hundred and eighth confirmed case is a female resident who resides in the northwest quadrant of the county, who has no significant travel history or being in direct contact with a positive COVID-19 person. She reports being asymptomatic (no fever, no cough, no body aches etc.). She was given a rapid test for COVID-19 on October 11thas part of the healthcare facility’s screening protocol and her test results 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 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.