Two female health care workers from Cattaraugus County have tested positive for the coronavirus, the county health department announced Sunday. Both report being in direct contact with a positive COVID-19 person and not having significant travel history.
The two news cases bring the total number of county residents who have tested positive since March to 219.
According to a news release from the county, the woman who is 218th case is a woman lives in the northeast quadrant of the county. She developed a fever, sore throat, body aches and loss of taste and smell. She was tested for COVID-19 on Wednesday, and her test results on Saturday were positive.
The woman who is the 219th case lives in the southeast quadrant of the county. She developed a cough, congestion, running nose and fatigue. She was tested for COVID-19 on Friday, and her test results on Sunday were positive.
The county's active positive COVID-19 caseload is now six; 207 residents who have recovered, and six have died.
The health department has begun a thorough contact tracing investigation for individuals that the two women have been in contact with and the places that they have visited.
The health department emphasizes that any resident experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath or whole body aches should call their health care provider and avoid going directly to an urgent care facility or the emergency room.
Other precautions are frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using toilets, and after coughing, sneezing or blowing noses. When soap and water are not available, people should use alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain a minimum of 60% alcohol. Also people should avoid touching their eyes, noses and mouths, especially with unwashed hands, and they should disinfect commonly touched surfaces with cleaners approved by the EPA against COVID-19.
Any resident interested in getting a swab test can register for a test 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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