The Cattaraugus County Department of Health has confirmed the 14th and 15th cases of the coronavirus in the county, according to a press release issued Friday afternoon. Both are women who were tested on April 8 and received results on April 9, and both are under quarantine with their families.

The woman who is the 14th case lives in the northeastern part of the county and is a health care worker who was in close contact with a known positive COVID-19 person, according to the press release. After developing shortness of breath, cough, fatigue and muscle aches, she went to the emergency room at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville on April 8.

The 15th individual lives in the southwestern part of the county and has no significant travel history, .according to the press release. She reported weakness, body aches and light headedness, and tested positive. 

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The department of health will monitor their conditions closely and has begun thorough contact tracing on the women, according to the press release. 

The department also asks that county residents keep the following in mind:

  • 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 6 feet away from other people.
  • If experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath or whole body aches, contact your health care provider and avoid going directly to an urgent care facility or an emergency room before calling.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after using the bathroom, coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains a minimum of 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
  • Disinfect commonly touched surfaces with a cleaner that is approved by the EPA against COVID-19.
  • For questions or concerns, please contact the health department at 716-373-8050 and for continued updates, visit CattCo.org/Coronavirus.

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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