The Cattaraugus County Department of Health confirmed seven new cases of coronavirus Sunday, bringing the county’s total to 26 and doubling Thursday's count of 13. 

All but the 25th case were tested on Friday and were told their results were positive on Saturday.

  • The 20th case is a man who lives in the southeastern part of the county, according to a department of health press release issued Sunday night. He has no significant travel history but developed a fever days after he came into contact with a known COVID-19 positive individual. 
  • The 21st case is a woman who lives in the northeastern part of the county and is a healthcare worker who frequently travels to Buffalo, according to the press release. She developed a sore throat, headaches, body aches, a cough and shortness of breath. 
  • The 22nd case is a man who lives in the southeastern part of the county and came into close contact with a known COVID-19 positive individual, according to the press release. He developed a dry cough, sneezing and a loss of smell.
  • The 23rd case is a woman who lives in the northeastern part of the county and is a healthcare worker who came into close contact with a known COVID-19 positive individual, according to the press release. She developed a fever, a cough, shortness of breath, fatigue and diarrhea. 
  • The 24th case is a woman who lives in the northeastern part of the county and is a healthcare worker who came into close contact with a known COVID-19 positive person, according to the press release. She developed a cough, chills and body aches and tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. 
  • The 25th case is a man who lives in the northeastern part of the county and tested positive for COVID-19 Sunday after being admitted to the intensive care unit at St. Mercy Hospital in Buffalo, according to the press release.
  • The 26th case is a woman who lives in the southeastern part of the county, has no significant travel history and came into close contact with a known COVID-19 positive person, according to the press release. She developed sneezing, a dry cough, headaches, body aches and loss of taste and smell. 

The patients, except for the 25th, are recovering at home. The health department will monitor their conditions closely and has begun thorough contact tracings on the individuals, according to the press release. 

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And the department reiterated this warning:

“We continue to ask our residents to bunker down, and avoid any non-essential travel, especially to areas where there is community wide spread of COVID-19 otherwise, you place your family and other Cattaraugus County residents at risk. If travel is necessary, please wear a homemade cloth face mask while in public and maintain social distancing, at least six feet away from other people.”

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