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COVID Hospitalizations Now Top 30 In County

The number of people admitted in local hospitals who have tested positive for COVID-19 continues to rise.

The Chautauqua County Department of Health on Tuesday reported 31 hospitalizations, a bump of four from the weekend and 19 in the last seven days.

The number represents those in Chautauqua County hospitals diagnosed with COVID-19, regardless of residency. Not since the beginning of the year has the COVID hospitalization rate been over 30 people.

The health department also recorded 49 new virus cases, from information collected Monday. Of those, 22 came from the Jamestown zip code along with five in Fredonia and three each in Dunkirk and Lakewood.

There are currently 374 active cases of the virus in the county, 868 people in quarantine and a seven-day positivity rate of 10%. There have been 10,806 total cases to date and 10,265 recoveries and 167 virus-related deaths.

Since Aug. 1 there have been 1,462 new cases, with 54% of them involving people not vaccinated, 16% fully vaccinated, 7% partially vaccinated and 23% whose vaccination status was not known.

More than 62% of the county’s population over the age of 12 has received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine while 56.6% have been fully vaccinated.

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