The Cattaraugus County Health Department announced, in a press release issued Sunday, three more confirmed cases of the coronavirus, bringing the county's total to five.

Two of the most recent cases were a man and a woman, each living in the northwestern part of the county, each asymptomatic, each having come into close contact with known COVID-19 patients. Both underwent the tests on Friday and received the positive results on Saturday. The man had a travel history to Buffalo and New York City, while the woman had a travel history to Buffalo.

Both patients are resting at home and are under quarantine, according to the health department.

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A male resident who lives in the southeastern part of the county went to the Olean General Hospital emergency room with complaints of fever, cough and diarrhea. The man, who had no travel history, was admitted for pneumonia and tested positive for COVID-19.

He was discharged on Sunday, and he and his family will remain in quarantine, according to the health department.

In a release, the health department said that residents should now assume that there is community-wide spread of COVID-19 in the county and to follow the following:

  • Bunker down and avoid any non-essential travel, especially to areas where there is community spread of COVID-19, otherwise, you place your family and other Cattaraugus County residents at risk;
  • If experiencing any fever, cough, shortness of breath or whole body aches contact health care providers first (avoid going directly to an urgent care facility or emergency room before calling;
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, which 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 your eyes, nose and mouth, especially with unwashed hands;
  • Disinfect commonly touched surfaces with a cleaner that is approved by the EPA against COVID-19;
  • Please stay home if you are sick (at least 24 hours after fever ends);
  • For questions or concerns, please contact the Cattaraugus County Health Department at 716-373-8050, and
  • For continued updates visit us at

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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