The Cattaraugus County Health Department confirmed five new cases of COVID-19 on Friday; three persons who tested positive occupy the same household, and one just returned from South Dakota, a state on the New York State quarantine list.

According to a press release issued by the health department, the 141st confirmed case is a female healthcare worker, who resides in the southeast quadrant of the county and denies any significant travel history or being in contact with a known positive COVID-19 person. She reports being asymptomatic. She was tested for COVID-19 on Monday as a requirement before a preoperative procedure, and her test results on Thursday indicated that she was positive for the virus.

The 142nd, 143rd and 144th confirmed cases are a mother, a father and their son, who reside in the southwest quadrant of the county. All deny any significant travel history. They developed coughs, chills, body aches, shortness of breath, loss of taste and smell, and were tested for COVID-19 on Wednesday and received their results Friday.

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The 145th case is a male resident of the northeast corner of the county, who recently traveled to South Dakota. He reports being asymptomatic but in direct contact of a positive COVID-19 person. He was tested for COVID-19 on Thursday, and his test results indicated that he was positive for the virus.

The department has begun a thorough contact tracing investigations for all individuals with whom the recently diagnosed cases have been in contact with and the places that they have visited.

The health department's active positive COVID-19 caseload is eight; 133 residents have recovered from the virus, and four have died.

County officials would like to reiterate that any resident experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath or whole body aches should contact their health care provider and that they should avoid going directly to an urgent care facility or an emergency room before calling.

In an effort to determine the prevalence of COVID-19 in the county, county officials note that any resident interested in getting tested can register for a test at 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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