The Cattaraugus County Health Department confirmed two additional  cases of residents with COVID-19 Monday, bringing the county’s total of confirmed cases to 169. The county’s active positive COVID-19 caseload is 21; 144 residents have recovered, and four have died.

According to a news release from the county, the 168th case is a woman who lives in the southeast quadrant of the county. The woman denies any significant travel history or being in direct contact with a COVID-19 positive person. She is a health care worker who reports being asymptomatic. The woman was tested for COVID-19 on Aug. 25 and her test results on Sunday were positive.

The 169th ninth case is a man who lives in the southeast quadrant of the county. He denies any significant travel history, but has been in direct contact with a COVID-19 positive person. He was tested Thursday, and his test results on Sunday were positive for the virus.

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The department has begun a thorough contact tracing investigation for individuals those two people were in contact with and the places that they have visited.

Health department officials stress that any residents experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath or whole body aches should contact their health care providers and avoid going directly to an urgent care facility or an emergency room before calling. 

Officials also stress the importance of washing hands with soap regularly for at least 20 seconds, especially after using toilets or after coughing, sneezing or blowing their noses. If soap and water is not available, they should use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains a minimum of 60% alcohol.

Persons should avoid touching their eyes, noses and mouths, especially with unwashed hands. They should disinfect commonly touched surfaces with cleaners approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19.

To determine the prevalence of COVID-19 in the county, department officials note that any residents interested in getting tested can register at www.cattco.org/covid-19-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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