The Cattaraugus County Health Department confirmed five additional cases of the coronavirus Saturday, bringing the county’s total to 60.
Three of those confirmed cases — the 57th, 58th and 59th — are female health care workers at the Machias Campus of the Pines Healthcare & Rehabilitation Facilities, according to a press release issued Friday by Kelly Reed, deputy county administrator/acting director of nursing homes for Cattaraugus County.
All three Pines Machias workers live in the southeast quadrant of the county, according to the press release, and they have been asymptomatic and were tested for COVID-19 on Monday as part of a New York State requirement for testing all nursing home employees. Their positive results came back Friday.
According to Reed, all residents of the nursing home will be tested for COVID-19. Plans have been put into place to isolate residents who test positive.
“None of the residents tested show positive results to date, and we are hopeful, based on our diligent use of PPE and infection control practices, that this will continue,” Reed stated.
The nursing home will continue to test all of its employees for COVID-19 weekly, according to Reed.
“Plans are in place to accommodate staffing needs and challenges that may occur as a result of employees being taken out of work due to this testing mandate,” Reed stated.
The Pines cases, as well as the 56th confirmed case of COVID-19 among county residents, were listed in a health department press release dated Friday. The 56th case is a woman who works at an Erie County nursing home, which has residents who are COVID-19 patients. She lives in the northeast quadrant of the county and developed a fever, chills, body aches and a loss of taste and smell. The woman was tested for COVID-19 Wednesday, and a COVID-19 positive result came back Thursday.
The 60th confirmed case is a man who lives in the southeast quadrant of the county, according to a health department press release dated Saturday. The man went to WellNow Urgent Care on May 11 for an antibody test, and his results indicated that he was an active carrier of the virus. The man returned to WellNow Urgent Care on Monday for a COVID-19 test, and his COVID-19 positive result came back on Friday.
The health department has begun a thorough contact tracing on the individuals.
According to the Saturday press release, the county has 18 active cases of COVID-19, and 40 people have recovered from COVID-19.
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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