Cattaraugus County has confirmed its second case of the coronavirus, according to Dr. Kevin Watkins, county health director.
A man who lives in the southwestern part of the county reported symptoms of COVID-19 on March 18.
“The man reported joint pain on March 18 and then developed a cough and shortness of breath,” Watkins told TAPinto Greater Olean. "He was offered a test on March 26, which came back positive on March 27.”
According to Watkins, the man no longer has a fever.
The man works as a contractor and frequently traveled back-and-forth to Buffalo and also made major stops in Olean, according to Watkins. His full contact history will be released shortly, Watkins said.
For now, the man will remain in quarantine at his home until two negative tests come back within 24 hours of each other, Watkins said. The Cattaraugus County Department of Health will continue to monitor the man’s condition.
“He is self-medicating at home with over-the-counter medications,” Watkins said. “We are comfortable with that at this time. The health department has checked in on the man every morning.”
Earlier on Saturday, Olean General Hospital announced that a patient who was admitted to the hospital Wednesday tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.
On Friday, the county health department announced the first confirmed COVID-19 case in the county — a woman in her 30s.
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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