Cattaraugus County Health Department confirmed four additional cases of COVID-19 among residents within the county on Friday. The department’s active positive COVID-19 caseload is 14; 192 residents have recovered, and five have died.
According to a news release issued by the health department, the 208th, 209th and 210th confirmed cases are a mother and her two sons who reside in the southwest quadrant of the county. The mother denies any significant travel history but said they had direct contact with a positive COVID-19 person. They were tested Friday after developing fever, congestion, headaches, body aches, loss of taste and smell, and their results indicated they are positive for the virus.
The 211th confirmed case is a woman who resides in the southeast quadrant of the county. She denies any significant travel history or being in direct contact with a positive COVID-19 person. She also reports being asymptomatic. Because she is a healthcare worker, she was tested on Monday as part of a requirement that facility employees be tested weekly; her results on Friday indicated that she is positive for the virus.
The health 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.
The health department emphasizes that any resident experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath or whole body aches should call their health care provider and avoid going directly to an urgent care facility or the emergency room.
Other precautions are frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the toilets, coughing, sneezing or blowing noses. When soap and water are not available, people should use alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contains a minimum of 60% alcohol. Also people should avoid touching their eyes, noses and mouths, especially with unwashed hands, and they should disinfect commonly touched surfaces with cleaners approved by the EPA against COVID-19.
Any resident interested in getting a swab test can register for a test or call 716-938-9119 or 716-938-2265.
For more information on the Coronavirus in the Greater Olean area, visit TAPinto Greater Olean's Coronavirus Updates page, which is updated continuously.
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