The Cattaraugus County Health Department on Wednesday reported 16 new COVID-19 cases, including eight residents of a nursing home.

The new cases bring the county’s case total since March, when the pandemic began, to 328. The active caseload in the county is 78; 238 residents have recovered from the coronavirus and 12 have died.

“There appears to be an uptick of COVID-19 cases in our region, and we should all work together to make it subside,” Olean Mayor William J. Aiello said in a press release issued Wednesday, reminding residents to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control.

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“These simple steps as outlined on the CDC website will not only protect our residents, especially the vulnerable, from the virus, but will help our region avoid any future shutdowns due to increased cases,” he continued.

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020: 

  • Of the 16 new COVID-19 cases, five were in the southeast quadrant of the county, where Olean is located. Three cases were in the southwest quadrant. The other eight were the residents of the nursing home, but the county did not name the home nor did it provide its location.
  • Two individuals who tested positive are health care workers.
  • Four individuals who tested positive had direct contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.
  • Five individuals were asymptomatic; three were reported to have developed symptoms.
  • Two individuals received rapid tests.
  • None of the individuals who tested positive have significant travel histories.

St. Bonaventure University Update: 

  • Two more individuals at SBU have recovered from COVID-19, according to the university's tracker. The university has reported 13 total cases since Aug. 1; nine have recovered, and four cases are active. SBU's New York State report card was updated Oct. 14.

Tuesday, Oct. 13:

  • All four new cases are women residing in the southeast quadrant of the county.
  • None of the women have significant travel histories, nor do they report being in contact with persons positive for the virus. 
  • Three of the women experienced symptoms including cough and congestion. The fourth woman was asymptomatic.
  • Two of the women are health care workers who got rapid tests Tuesday as part of weekly requirement for employees at their facilities. One tested positive during a rapid test pre-op clearance. And the fourth was tested on Oct. 9 and received the results Oct. 13.

St. Bonaventure University Update: 

  • One more individual at SBU has recovered from COVID-19, according to the university's tracker. The university has reported 13 total cases since Aug. 1; eight have recovered, and five cases are active. SBU's New York State report card has not been updated this week.

Monday, Oct. 12:

  • The county reported the 12th death of a resident from complications related to COVID-19. The deceased was a 96-year-old woman who developed respiratory failure and was unable to overcome her illness despite aggressive medical treatment.
  • The county also reported two new cases, both women; the total number of cases reached 308.
  • One woman resides in the southeast quadrant, and the other resides in the northwest quadrant.
  • Neither woman has significant travel history, nor do they report being in contact with a person positive for the virus. 
  • The woman residing in the southeast quadrant developed congestion, loss of smell and taste, body aches and fatigue. She was tested on Friday, and her Monday result confirmed her positivity for the virus.
  • The woman from the northwest quadrant showed no symptoms and tested positive after receiving a rapid test as part of a health care screening Monday.

Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020: 

  • All three of the new cases are women who live in the southeast quadrant of the county.
  • None of the three report significant travel history.
  • Two are health care workers who had direct contact with COVID-19-positive persons.
  • All three experienced COVOD-19 symptoms; the woman who was not a health care worker was hospitalized.

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020: 
 

  • Cattaraugus County reported three new COVID-19 cases Saturday, bringing to 303 the total number of county residents who have tested positive since the pandemic began.
  • All three of the new cases are women who live in the southeast quadrant of the county.
  • None of the three report significant travel history or being in direct contact with a positive COVID-19 person.
  • One is a health care worker who was asymptomatic.
  • The other two were recently hospitalized with COVOD-19 symptoms.

St. Bonaventure University Update: 

  • St. Bonaventure University reported one additional case of the coronavirus on Oct. 9, bringing its total since Aug. 1 to 13, according to data on the New York Department of Health’s COVID-19 tracker. The individual was one of 18 campus community members who received a COVID-19 test from university on Friday. 
  • According to the case count tracker on the university’s website, six cases are active and seven individuals who previously tested positive for the virus have recovered. 
  • Additionally, 21 students are quarantined; 15 of SBU’s 52 on-campus quarantine spaces are in use. One student is isolated off campus while three are isolated on campus. 
  • The state tracker explains that an individual in quarantine is a “ person without symptoms currently under quarantine (on or off campus) due to 1) being designated as a close or proximate contact to someone known to have COVID-19; OR 2) has traveled internationally from a CDC level 2 or 3 COVID-19 related travel health notice country; OR 3) has traveled from a state impacted by the NYS Travel Advisory. ” 
  • Isolation is defined as “a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, a person who is suspected of having COVID-19 and awaiting test results, or a person who is ill with signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19 disease with no alternative diagnosis.” 

Friday, Oct. 9, 2020: 

  • The county announced the 11th COVID-19-related death of a county resident — a 71-year-old woman who developed respiratory failure and was unable to overcome her illness despite aggressive medical treatment.
  • The county also announced 11 new COVID-19 cases.
  • Of the 11 new cases reported, eight are from the southeast quadrant, where Olean is located. Two of the cases are a husband and wife who live in the northwest quadrant, and one is a woman from the northeast quadrant. 
  • Three individuals who tested positive are health care workers
  • Three individuals who tested positive had direct contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.
  • Six individuals are asymptomatic, while five developed symptoms. 

The county has begun contact tracing for all 11 individuals recently infected to determine where they have been and with whom they have been in contact.

Any individual who has an interest in receiving a COVID-19 test can register online or call 716-938-9119 or 716-938-2265.

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020: 

  • Of the 19 new COVID-19 cases reported, 15 are from the southeast quadrant, where Olean is located. Three cases are individuals from the northeast quadrant, and one is an individual from the southwest quadrant. No cases were reported from the northwest quadrant. 
  • Three siblings who live in the southeast quadrant of the county contracted the virus.
  • A mother and daughter from the northeast quadrant contracted the virus.
  • Three individuals who tested positive are healthcare workers
  • Twelve individuals who tested positive had direct contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.
  • Seven individuals are asymptomatic, while 12 developed symptoms. Among the 12 is a woman from the southwest quadrant of the county who was hospitalized with shortness of breath. 
  • Seven individuals received rapid tests 

The county has begun contact tracing for all 19 individuals recently infected to determine where they have been and with whom they have been in contact.

Any individual who has an interest in receiving a COVID-19 test can register online or call 716-938-9119 or 716-938-2265.

St. Bonaventure University Update: 

  • The university reported three new COVID-19 cases last week. There are four active cases; seven individuals have recovered, according to the university’s New York State report card, which has not been updated since Wednesday. 
  • Twenty-three students are quarantined and three are isolated (two on campus, one off campus). 
  • Fourteen of the university’s 52 on-campus quarantine spaces are in use. 

Local school districts

Olean: Schools were closed Oct. 5 and 6 after a student and an employee tested positive for the coronavirus. The City School District resumed in-person school days on Oct. 8, according to a message posted on the district website Wednesday. After-school activities also resumed.

Portville: Portville Central School was closed again Oct. 9 because a school district staff member tested positive for COVID-19, according to a notice posted Oct. 7 on the district website by Coralie McMahon, administrative assistant to the superintendent.

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