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County Averaging Almost 250 New COVID Cases A Day

Active COVID-19 cases dropped dramatically in Chautauqua County last week. However, the number of new cases being confirmed locally still remains high.

The county Health Department on Wednesday reported 1,743 new cases for the week ending Jan. 15; for the week ending Jan. 8, the county recorded 1,855 new cases.

Active cases, though, fell from 1,384 to 339 week over week.

There were four new virus-related deaths reported last week. In addition, there were 31 people with the virus in local hospitals and 668 in quarantine.

To date there have been 22,878 total cases in the county, 22,249 recoveries and 290 deaths.

Since Aug. 1, 61% of the 9,567 cases with known vaccination status have not been vaccinated; 26% were fully vaccinated; and 13% were partially vaccinated. There have been 4,055 cases recorded without a known vaccination status.

In Cattaraugus County, there have been 14,727 confirmed cases, 14,003 recoveries and 225 virus-related deaths as of Tuesday.

LAWMAKERS CALL FOR MORE KITS

Amid a surge of COVID hospitalizations and deaths in New York, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined 12 of her colleagues in writing a letter to President Joe Biden urging the administration to provide more COVID rapid testing kits for New York state.

“We are writing to respectfully ask that your administration provide the necessary COVID-19 rapid test kits to help our state battle this latest surge in COVID-19 cases and provide guidance that ensures school communities are safe,” the lawmakers wrote. “The need for COVID-19 rapid test kits in New York is palpable. Rapid COVID-19 tests provide New Yorkers not only with the ability to test in the comfort of their own home, but also help alleviate the hours-long lines seen at brick and mortar and mobile testing sites since late December.

“Without an adequate supply of COVID-19 rapid test kits, our efforts to limit the spread of the virus are compromised and all but ensure continued surges and loss. We further emphasize the need to ensure at-home tests are made available free of charge to remove barriers that may otherwise prevent people from receiving the care they need and keeping our communities healthy and safe.”

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