The Cattaraugus County Health Department confirmed an additional case of COVID-19 among residents within the county Saturday. The department’s active positive COVID-19 caseload is six; 205 have recovered, and six have died.

According to a news release issued by the health department, the 217th case is a woman who resides in the southeast quadrant of the county. She has no significant travel history and denies being in direct contact with a positive COVID-19 person. She was recently admitted into a rehabilitation facility and developed a sore throat. She was tested for COVID-19 on Thursday, and her test results on Saturday indicated that she is positive for the virus.

The health department has begun a thorough contact tracing investigation for individuals that she has been in contact with and the places that she has visited.

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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 toilets, and after coughing, sneezing or blowing noses. When soap and water are not available, people should use alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain 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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