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Another Recovery Reported; No New Cases

One more person has fully recovered from the coronavirus, and no new cases were reported Tuesday in Chautauqua County.

The county Department of Health and Human Services said eight people have now recovered from the COVID-19 virus, up from seven Monday. The total number of cases to date remains at 19, with nine current active cases.

Two county residents have died due to virus-related complications, a man in his 70s and a man in his 80s, both of whom resided in the north part of the county.

Christine Schuyler, public health director, said 84 county residents remain in quarantine or isolation and are being monitored. She said not all those being monitored have COVID-19, but have either shown symptoms, are awaiting test results or have risk factors.

Of all tests administered, 204 have now come back negative.

In honor of National Public Health Week, Schuyler said it would provide a daily COVID-19 tip. For Tuesday, the tip was “Stay Home.”

“If you go out, please start to journal the details about where you go,” said. “Coronavirus is out there, and you will encounter it. Every time you come within 6 feet of someone, you are increasing your chances of contracting the virus.”

Following state guidelines, contact tracing will now begin 48 hours before the day the person with the positive test started having symptoms. “NYSDOH deems this the beginning of the infections period. Once identified, our department notifies the close contacts of their potential exposure to COVID-19 and they are placed under mandatory or precautionary quarantine to monitor for symptoms. If you do not personally hear from a public health nurse, you are not a close contact of an individual who has been confirmed to have COVID-19.”

In Cattaraugus County, the number of confirmed cases remained at 10.

Meanwhile, New York state reported 731 new COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, its biggest jump since the start of the outbreak, dampening some of the cautious optimism officials have expressed about efforts to stop the spread of the virus. The state’s death toll grew to 5,489.

The alarming surge in deaths comes as new hospital admissions have dropped on average over several days, a possible harbinger of the outbreak finally leveling off. Cuomo said the death tally is a “lagging indicator” that reflects the loss of critically ill people hospitalized earlier.

“That’s 731 people who we lost. Behind every one of those numbers is an individual. There’s a family, there’s a mother, there’s a father, there’s a sister, there’s a brother. So a lot of pain again today for many New Yorkers,” Cuomo said at a briefing at the state Capitol.

The state has been recording more than 500 deaths a day since late last week. The number of confirmed cases — which does not include infected people who have not been tested — is close to 139,000 statewide.

While Cuomo said New York could be reaching a “plateau” in hospitalizations, he warned that gains are dependent on people continuing to practice social distancing.

“This is a projection,” he said. “It still depends on what we do, and what we do will affect those numbers.”

Here are other coronavirus developments in New York:

SEPT. 11 ATTACKS

More people have died from the coronavirus in New York City than perished in the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center.

At least 4,000 people have been killed in the city by the virus, according to a new count released by state health officials.

The deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil killed 2,753 people in the city. Another 224 died when hijacked planes slammed into the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 11, 2001.

The coronavirus death toll has mounted over the course of just a few weeks. The city recorded its first fatality on March 13, less than two weeks after confirming its first infection.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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