2 New Deaths Related To COVID Are Reported

Two people in their 70s died due to complications associated with COVID-19, the Chautauqua County Department of Health reported Tuesday. The deaths were the 18th recorded to date and come as 29 new cases were announced, far surpassing October’s numbers.

“Our sincere condolences go out to their loved ones,” the county Health Department said in a news release.

Of the new cases noted, four were in the Dunkirk zip code, six in Silver Creek, five in Jamestown, two in Bemus Point, two in Cassadaga, two in Falconer, three in Frewsburg, two in Lakewood and one each in Fredonia, Cherry Creek and Mayville.

The latest data confirms what Christine Schuyler, county public health director, noted last week in that the county was assuredly in the midst of a second wave of the coronavirus. There were 404 confirmed cases reported in the county in October; as of Tuesday, there were 464 cases in November — with 1,539 cases to date.

Also of note Tuesday were the number of active cases, jumping from 149 county residents to 168 in one day.

Meanwhile, the positivity rate — the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 as compared to the number of tests administered — was at 2.5% Monday. The seven-day average, according to state statistics, is at 2.4%.

Cases also are surging in neighboring Cattaraugus County. Thirty-three county residents tested positive Monday, with 276 active cases and 18 hospitalizations.

The seven-day positivity rate in Cattaraugus County is 6.8%, the health department said.


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