Coronavirus Claims First Life Of County Resident

A Chautauqua County man in his 80s who had tested positive for the coronavirus and was receiving treatment at an Erie, Pa., hospital became the first casualty due to complications of COVID-19.

The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the death Monday in its daily update. The man’s confirmed case was the eighth in the county; the other seven individuals are recovering at home.

“This is a sad time,” County Executive PJ Wendel told The Post-Journal. “We had hoped that we could have gotten through this. For me and my team, our hearts go out to the family.”

As of Monday afternoon, 21 county residents were in mandatory quarantine; 32 people were in precautionary quarantine; and 18 people were in mandatory isolation. To date, 98 tests for COVID-19 have come back negative.


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