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10 New Cases Of Virus Reported; 70 Now In Total

Chautauqua County officials announced on Friday a one-day record high of 10 new cases of COVID-19.

The total number of cases of the virus is 70 in the county, which is an increase of 20 new cases since last Saturday, County Executive PJ Wendel said during his weekly press briefing. There are now 28 active cases.

The 10 new cases include two young adults; a female in her 20s; a male and female in their 30s; a male in his 40s; two males in their 50s; and a female in her 60s.

Despite the new one-day record of 10 cases, no county resident is currently hospitalized because of the virus.

Wendel said there is no link between the increase in new cases and the reopening of Western New York during Phase One on Tuesday. He said the incubation period for the virus is seven to 14 days, so those that tested positive recently were infected before the reopening earlier this week. He added that as Western New York reopens, there will be more cases.

“We also said as things begin to open and testing supplies increase, there will be more cases. If we all do our best to practice social distancing, we can minimize the impact,” Wendel said. “I’m confident we can work together to rise to the challenge to protect our families and our neighbors.”

Christine Schuyler, county public health director, said, even though the state and country is starting to reopen, the pandemic is far from over.

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