The Cattaraugus County Health Department announced seven additional confirmed positive COVID-19 cases on Monday. The addition of these cases brings the county’s total to 407 cases since the start of the pandemic. 

The county’s active caseload now stands at 63; 326 residents have recovered, and 19 have died. 

Monday, Oct. 26:

Our newsletter delivers the local news that you can trust.

  • Of the seven cases, two have been confirmed in the northeast quadrant of the county; one has been confirmed in the northwest; one has been confirmed in the southwest, and three have been confirmed in the southeast county..

  • Four of the confirmed positives are females, and three are males.

  • One of the confirmed positives is a health care worker.

  • All seven people who tested positive deny any significant travel history.

  • Two of the seven who tested positive reported being in contact with someone positive for the virus.
  • The county confirmed three of the seven positives by using rapid tests.

  • Three of the seven people who tested positive reported being asymptomatic.

  • One woman from the southeast quadrant was hospitalized.

TAPinto Greater Olean is tracking Cattaraugus County COVID-19 data and updates this page daily with new developments as they happen. Since Sept. 25, the county has reported at least one new case daily. 

The health department undertakes thorough contact tracings for those individuals with whom persons who tested positive have been in contact and the places that they have visited. County health personnel urge any resident experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath or whole body aches contact their health care provider and avoid going directly to an urgent care facility or an emergency room.

Individuals interested in receiving COVID-19 tests can register online or call 716-938-9119 or 716-938-2265.

Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020:

  • Two additional deaths caused by complications of COVID-19 were confirmed by the Cattaraugus County Health Department on Sunday.
  • The 17th county resident who died was an 82-year-old woman; the 18th was a 62-year-old man. Both died of respiratory failure, despite aggressive medical treatment, according to a health department news release. 
  • The health department did not report any new cases of the virus on Sunday.

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020:

  • The health department confirmed four additional cases of residents testing positive for COVID-19, which brought the total of cases in the county to 400. As of Saturday, the active positive COVID-19 caseload was 73; 311 residents have recovered.
  • All four of the positive cases were confirmed by rapid tests on Saturday.
  • All four denied significant travel history.
  • All four experienced various symptoms of COVID-19, including body aches, congestion, diarrhea, fatigue, fever and sore throat.
  • Three of the four were in direct contact with COVID-19 positive persons.
  • Two of the four residents who tested positive live in the southwest quadrant of the county, and two live in the northeast quadrant.

Friday, Oct. 23, 2020:

  • Nine more Cattaraugus County residents tested positive for COVID-19, which brought the total of county residents who have contracted the virus since March to 396.
  • The department’s active positive COVID-19 caseload is 72; 308 residents have recovered, and 16 have died. Ten of the 16 deaths were reported in October.
  • Five of the individuals who tested positive reside in the southeast quadrant of the county, while two reside in the northeast quadrant of the county. One lives in the northwest quadrant; one lives in the southwest quadrant.
  • Five individuals came into direct contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.
  • Three of the individuals are health care workers.
  • The county identified one of the individuals as a young male. Among the other eight, four are men, and four are women.
  • One person is from Florida; the others all denied any significant travel history.
  • Four of the individuals received a rapid test.

Cuba-Rushford School District:

After a positive case was confirmed in the district Friday, Superintendent Carlos Gildemeister posted on the district website that the district would be "fully virtual" Monday through Wednesday. Elm Street Academy will remain open. Athletic practices will resume Wednesday.

Hinsdale Central School:

  • Hinsdale Central School will reopen on Monday, according to a notice posted on the district’s website. All students were taught remotely on Thursday and Friday after an elementary student tested positive for the coronavirus. Eight students and three staff members began 14-day quarantines on Tuesday.

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020:

  • The Cattaraugus County Health Department reported the death of a 52-year-old county man who developed respiratory failure and was unable to overcome the illness despite aggressive medical treatment.
  • According to a press release issued by the department, the man is the 16th county resident to succumb to COVID-19-related complications since the pandemic began in March. 
  • Five more residents have contracted the virus, according to a separate news release. The active caseload in the county is 71; 300 individuals have recovered from the virus.
  • Three of the individuals who tested positive reside in the southeast quadrant of the county, while two reside in the northeast quadrant of the county. 

  • All five individuals came into direct contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.

  • One of individuals has been identified as a young male. Among the other four, one is a man; three are women, and of those women are healthcare workers.

  • One healthcare worker developed fever, cough, headaches and body aches; the other four individuals have been asymptomatic.

  • Each individual received a rapid test.

Wednesday, Oct. 21:

  • The Cattaraugus County Health Department reported seven more COVID-19 cases, bringing the county’s case total to 382.

  • The active caseload was 76; 291 residents have recovered from the disease. A total of 15 county residents have died from COVID-19 complications.
  • Four of the new COVID-19 cases were in the southeast quadrant of the county; two cases were in the northeast quadrant, and one case was in the northwest quadrant.
  • Four of the new cases were women; three were men.
  • One of the cases is a health care worker.
  • Two of the new cases are asymptomatic. The remaining five all reported varying degrees of symptoms; two were hospitalized.
  • The county confirmed five of the seven cases through rapid testing.
  • Four of the individuals deny contact with any COVID-19 positive persons.Two, including the health care worker, reported direct contact with COVID-19 positive persons. The county did not provide information about contact with a COVID-19 person for one of the new cases.
  • Five of the seven individuals reported no significant travel history. One resident recently traveled to Ohio and North Carolina. Another resident traveled to Florida in July. Both cases that reported travel denied contact with COVID-19 positive individuals.

Tuesday, Oct. 20:

  • Ten of the 17 new confirmed cases of the virus have been reported in the southeast quadrant of the county; six of the cases were in the southwest quadrant and one was in the northeast quadrant.
  • Ten females and seven males tested positive for the virus.
  • One family tested positive, accounting for five of the 17 cases. In that household, the father and mother developed fever, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea and loss of taste and smell. Their daughters, however, reported being asymptomatic.
  • An additional eight county residents have been asymptomatic, and an additional four have experienced varying degrees of symptoms.
  • The county confirmed seven of the 17 new cases by rapid test.
  • All 17 residents denied significant travel history. Nine of the 17 residents report being in direct contact with someone positive for the virus.

Monday, Oct. 19:

  • Cattaraugus County confirmed 11 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total number of county residents who have been infected by the virus to 358 since testing began in March. 
  • The county had an active caseload of 64; 288 residents have recovered from the virus, and 14 have died. Eight of those 14 deaths occurred in the month of October, four times the number of deaths in that occurred in September. 
  • Ten of the 11 new confirmed cases of the virus have been reported in the southeast quadrant of the county. The 11th case is in the northwest quadrant. 
  • Two families tested positive, accounting for five of the 11 cases. Both families reside in the southeast quadrant. In one household, a father and his two daughters tested positive. In another, a mother and daughter tested positive. 
  • Eight females and three males tested positive for the virus.
  • The county confirmed 10 of the 11 new cases by rapid test. 
  • Ten of 11 residents denied significant travel history. One recently traveled to Montana, but she denies any contact with a person positive for COVID-19.
  • Eight of the 11 residents report being in direct contact with someone positive for the virus.
  • Two of the residents are health care workers.
  • Three of the residents have not experienced symptoms of the virus. Eight have experienced varying degrees of symptoms.
  • The woman who traveled to Montana was hospitalized for shortness of breath.

Sunday, Oct. 18:

  • A 65-year-old Cattaraugus County woman died from COVID-19 related complications. According to a county health department news release issued Sunday, she developed respiratory failure and was unable to overcome her illness despite aggressive medical treatment. She is the 14th county resident to die from COVID-19 related complications since the pandemic began in March.
  • One more resident has contracted COVID-19, according to a separate news release from the county. He is a man who lives in the southeast quadrant of the county. He has no significant travel history and denies being in direct contact with a positive COVID-19 person. He is a health care worker and reports being asymptomatic. He was tested for COVID-19 on Oct. 12 as a requirement by the facility, which tests all employees weekly. His test results on Oct. 17 were positive.
  • A total of 347 residents have tested positive since the start of pandemic; 60 of those cases are active; 273 residents have recovered.

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020

  • Three additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 brought the total number of cases within Cattaraugus County to 346. According to a county health department news release, the number of active COVID-19 cases was listed as 69; 264 residents have recovered. 
  • All three cases were residents who live in the southeast quadrant and who report no significant travel histories.
  • The one man among the three recent cases had not been in direct contact with a positive COVID-19 person. He was recently hospitalized with shortness of breath and was tested for COVID-19 on Oct. 15; he received his positive test results on Oct. 16.  
  • The two women were health care workers who report being in direct contact with COVID-19 persons. Both were tested Oct. 12 as part of weekly screening requirements of their workplaces; each received the results on Oct. 17.
  • One woman developed fever and fatigue; the other is asymptomatic.

Friday, Oct. 16, 2020: 

  • An 86-year-old Cattaraugus County man died from COVID-19 related complications, according to a county health department news release. He had developed respiratory failure and was unable to overcome his illness despite aggressive medical treatment. 
  • Six more residents received positive COVID-19 rest results, and that brought the total cases since March to 343.
  • On Oct. 16, 79 of those cases were active; 251 residents were reported to have recovered.
  • Of the six new COVID-19 cases, four were in the southeast quadrant of the county.
  • Two individuals who tested positive are health care workers.
  • Two of the individuals who tested positive had direct contact with a COVID-19 positive person.
  • Two individuals were asymptomatic; the others reported COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Two individuals received rapid tests.
  • None of the individuals who tested positive have significant travel histories.

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020: 

The Cattaraugus County Health Department confirmed nine new coronavirus cases, bringing its total since March to 337. A news release posted shortly after 7 p.m.Thursday, listed 84 active COVID-19 cases in the county; 241 residents have recovered, and 12 have died. 

  • Of the nine cases, four individuals reside in the southeast quadrant of the county, where Olean is located. Three individuals, including a mother and a son who recently traveled to Maryland and a female who recently traveled to Virginia and North Carolina, reside in the southwest quadrant of the county. One individual resides in the northeast quadrant of the county, and one individual is a resident of a nursing home facility in Cattaraugus County. 
  • Four individuals are asymptomatic, while five have developed symptoms. 
  • Four residents had direct contact with COVID-19 positive individuals.

St. Bonaventure University Update: 

  • The university tested 92 individuals on Oct. 14, and one tested positive, according to SBU's New York State COVID-19 report card. Of SBU’s 52 on-campus quarantine spaces, 12 are occupied while one other student is quarantined off campus. Two students are isolated on campus; two are isolated off campus. Since Aug. 1, the university has reported 14 COVID-19 cases; 10 individuals have recovered, four cases are active. 

Local school districts

  • Olean Schools: According to the Olean School District webpage, the Oct. 17 ACT at Olean High School has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. 

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020: 

The Cattaraugus County Health Department on Wednesday reported 16 new COVID-19 cases, including eight residents of a nursing home.

The new cases bring the county’s case total since March, when the pandemic began, to 328. The active caseload in the county is 78; 238 residents have recovered from the coronavirus and 12 have died.

  • Of the 16 new COVID-19 cases, five were in the southeast quadrant of the county, where Olean is located. Three cases were in the southwest quadrant. The other eight were the residents of the nursing home, but the county did not name the home nor did it provide its location.
  • Two individuals who tested positive are health care workers.
  • Four individuals who tested positive had direct contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.
  • Five individuals were asymptomatic; three were reported to have developed symptoms.
  • Two individuals received rapid tests.
  • None of the individuals who tested positive have significant travel histories.

“There appears to be an uptick of COVID-19 cases in our region, and we should all work together to make it subside,” Olean Mayor William J. Aiello said in a press release issued Wednesday, reminding residents to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control.

“These simple steps as outlined on the CDC website will not only protect our residents, especially the vulnerable, from the virus, but will help our region avoid any future shutdowns due to increased cases,” he continued.

St. Bonaventure University Update: 

  • Two more individuals at SBU have recovered from COVID-19, according to the university's tracker. The university has reported 13 total cases since Aug. 1; nine have recovered, and four cases are active. SBU's New York State report card was updated Oct. 14.

Tuesday, Oct. 13:

  • All four new cases are women residing in the southeast quadrant of the county.
  • None of the women have significant travel histories, nor do they report being in contact with persons positive for the virus. 
  • Three of the women experienced symptoms including cough and congestion. The fourth woman was asymptomatic.
  • Two of the women are health care workers who got rapid tests Tuesday as part of weekly requirement for employees at their facilities. One tested positive during a rapid test pre-op clearance. And the fourth was tested on Oct. 9 and received the results Oct. 13.

St. Bonaventure University Update: 

  • One more individual at SBU has recovered from COVID-19, according to the university's tracker. The university has reported 13 total cases since Aug. 1; eight have recovered, and five cases are active. SBU's New York State report card has not been updated this week.

Monday, Oct. 12:

  • The county reported the 12th death of a resident from complications related to COVID-19. The deceased was a 96-year-old woman who developed respiratory failure and was unable to overcome her illness despite aggressive medical treatment.
  • The county also reported two new cases, both women; the total number of cases reached 308.
  • One woman resides in the southeast quadrant, and the other resides in the northwest quadrant.
  • Neither woman has significant travel history, nor do they report being in contact with a person positive for the virus. 
  • The woman residing in the southeast quadrant developed congestion, loss of smell and taste, body aches and fatigue. She was tested on Friday, and her Monday result confirmed her positivity for the virus.
  • The woman from the northwest quadrant showed no symptoms and tested positive after receiving a rapid test as part of a health care screening Monday.

Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020: 

  • All three of the new cases are women who live in the southeast quadrant of the county.
  • None of the three report significant travel history.
  • Two are health care workers who had direct contact with COVID-19-positive persons.
  • All three experienced COVOD-19 symptoms; the woman who was not a health care worker was hospitalized.

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020: 

  • Cattaraugus County reported three new COVID-19 cases Saturday, bringing to 303 the total number of county residents who have tested positive since the pandemic began.
  • All three of the new cases are women who live in the southeast quadrant of the county.
  • None of the three report significant travel history or being in direct contact with a positive COVID-19 person.
  • One is a health care worker who was asymptomatic.
  • The other two were recently hospitalized with COVOD-19 symptoms.

St. Bonaventure University Update: 

  • St. Bonaventure University reported one additional case of the coronavirus on Oct. 9, bringing its total since Aug. 1 to 13, according to data on the New York Department of Health’s COVID-19 tracker. The individual was one of 18 campus community members who received a COVID-19 test from university on Friday. 
  • According to the case count tracker on the university’s website, six cases are active and seven individuals who previously tested positive for the virus have recovered. 
  • Additionally, 21 students are quarantined; 15 of SBU’s 52 on-campus quarantine spaces are in use. One student is isolated off campus while three are isolated on campus. 
  • The state tracker explains that an individual in quarantine is a “ person without symptoms currently under quarantine (on or off campus) due to 1) being designated as a close or proximate contact to someone known to have COVID-19; OR 2) has traveled internationally from a CDC level 2 or 3 COVID-19 related travel health notice country; OR 3) has traveled from a state impacted by the NYS Travel Advisory. ” 
  • Isolation is defined as “a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, a person who is suspected of having COVID-19 and awaiting test results, or a person who is ill with signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19 disease with no alternative diagnosis.” 

Friday, Oct. 9, 2020: 

  • The county announced the 11th COVID-19-related death of a county resident — a 71-year-old woman who developed respiratory failure and was unable to overcome her illness despite aggressive medical treatment.
  • The county also announced 11 new COVID-19 cases.
  • Of the 11 new cases reported, eight are from the southeast quadrant, where Olean is located. Two of the cases are a husband and wife who live in the northwest quadrant, and one is a woman from the northeast quadrant. 
  • Three individuals who tested positive are health care workers
  • Three individuals who tested positive had direct contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.
  • Six individuals are asymptomatic, while five developed symptoms. 

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020: 

  • Of the 19 new COVID-19 cases reported, 15 are from the southeast quadrant, where Olean is located. Three cases are individuals from the northeast quadrant, and one is an individual from the southwest quadrant. No cases were reported from the northwest quadrant. 
  • Three siblings who live in the southeast quadrant of the county contracted the virus.
  • A mother and daughter from the northeast quadrant contracted the virus.
  • Three individuals who tested positive are healthcare workers
  • Twelve individuals who tested positive had direct contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.
  • Seven individuals are asymptomatic, while 12 developed symptoms. Among the 12 is a woman from the southwest quadrant of the county who was hospitalized with shortness of breath. 
  • Seven individuals received rapid tests.

Any individual who has an interest in receiving a COVID-19 test can register online or call 716-938-9119 or 716-938-2265.

St. Bonaventure University Update: 

  • The university reported three new COVID-19 cases last week. There are four active cases; seven individuals have recovered, according to the university’s New York State report card, which has not been updated since Wednesday. 
  • Twenty-three students are quarantined and three are isolated (two on campus, one off campus). 
  • Fourteen of the university’s 52 on-campus quarantine spaces are in use. 

Local school districts

Olean: Schools were closed Oct. 5 and 6 after a student and an employee tested positive for the coronavirus. The City School District resumed in-person school days on Oct. 8, according to a message posted on the district website Wednesday. After-school activities also resumed.

Portville: Portville Central School was closed again Oct. 9 because a school district staff member tested positive for COVID-19, according to a notice posted Oct. 7 on the district website by Coralie McMahon, administrative assistant to the superintendent.

Sign Up for E-News to get top stories delivered daily to your inbox. 

Download the FREE TAPinto App!  Click here for Android - Click here for iOS to get news as it is happening.