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County Reports No New COVID Cases, First Time Since August

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Health Department reported no new cases of COVID-19 yesterday through the New York Electronic Clinical Laboratory Reporting System.

“The last day that zero new cases were reported was Aug. 14, 2020,” said Christine Schuyler, county Public Health Director. “This is an encouraging indicator that vaccination is working to stop the spread of this virus in our community.”

Five cases of COVID-19 are currently active with a total of 24 people being monitored under isolation and quarantine orders. Three persons are hospitalized in Chautauqua County hospitals and no new deaths were reported. The seven-day positivity rate in the county is now at 0.4%, decreasing the County’s level of transmission according to the CDC to low. To date, 9,291 cases of COVID-19 have been reported of which 9,129 have recovered and 157 have died.

“The decline in cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations is something to celebrate and a testament to all who have gotten vaccinated and stayed strong and smart during this pandemic,” Schuyler said. “The Delta variant of the coronavirus is concerning though as it is quickly becoming the dominant strain in the U.S. and is the most contagious one seen so far. This may trigger serious illness in more people than other variants of the virus have.”

All of the vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. appear to provide protection against all of the variants, including Delta. The COVID-19 Scenario Modeling Hub helps the CDC predict the future course of the pandemic and indicates that a moderate surge of infections is possible in many parts of the nation amongst those not vaccinated.

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