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County Nears 1,500 Total COVID Cases; Adds 47 Over Weekend

Chautauqua County is closing in on 1,500 total cases of COVID-19 since March, the county Health Department announced over the weekend.

The county announced 26 new cases on Saturday and another 21 on Sunday, bringing the one-week total to 168 cases — or an average of 24 per day. Because the county does not release additional information on the weekends, more information about the cases are expected to be released with Monday’s numbers. There have been 1,492 cases since March.

In neighboring Cattaraugus County, health officials logged 102 COVID-19 cases and one death over three days, announcing 34 new infections on Saturday and a 24th death since the pandemic began in March late on Friday.

“She was a 93 year old female who developed respiratory failure and was unable to overcome her illness despite aggressive medical treatment,” the department said. “We extend our deepest condolences to her family and the entire Cattaraugus County community.”

As of Saturday, there were 283 cases with 18 hospitalized in the county. There have been 522 recoveries and 829 total cases.

Meanwhile, school districts across Chautauqua County continue to monitor the numbers closely. Several — Southwestern and Gowanda central schools — announced that they would transition to remote learning last week.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a press briefing on Sunday from Manhattan, re-affirmed that school districts will have jurisdiction over their ability to continue learning in-person or remotely up until a district’s surrounding region registers a 3% infection rate on a seven-day rolling average.

CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES (through Nov. 22 )

¯ Bemus Point: one teacher on-site at and one teacher off-site at Maple Grove Junior-Senior High School; two teachers on-site at Bemus Point Elementary School; one student off-site and three students on-site at Maple Grove Junior-Senior High School

¯ Brocton: two students off-site at Brocton Middle-High School; one teacher on-site at Brocton Middle-High School

¯ Cassadaga Valley: one teacher on-site at Cassadaga Valley Middle-High School; one student on-site and one student off-site at Sinclairville Elementary School;

¯ Chautauqua Lake: one student on-site and one student off-site at Chautauqua Lake Secondary School;

¯ Clymer: one student and one teacher on-site at Clymer Central School;

¯ Dunkirk: one teacher on-site and one off-site student at Dunkirk Middle School; two students, one off-site and one on-site, at Dunkirk Senior High School; one student off-site at Elementary School No. 3; one student off-site at School No. 4; two teachers on-site at School No. 5; six students, two on-site and and four off-site, at School No. 7;

¯ Falconer: three students at Falconer Middle-High School, one on-site and two off-site; two students on-site at Fenner Elementary School; one student off-site at Paul B.D. Temple Elementary School;

¯ Forestville: one teacher off-site at Forestville Elementary School

¯ Fredonia: one student and one teacher on-site at Fredonia Elementary School; one teacher on-site at Fredonia Middle School

¯ Frewsburg: none

¯ Gowanda: one student on-site at Gowanda Elementary School; one student on-site, one student off-site and one teacher on-site at Gowanda High School;

¯ Jamestown: one student on-site at Bush Elementary School; one teacher on-site at Ring Elementary School; one student on-site at Washington Middle School; three students off-site and one teacher on-site at Jamestown High School; two students on-site and one student off-site at Fletcher Elementary School; one student on-site and one teacher on-site at Persell Middle School;

¯ Panama: none;

¯ Pine Valley: one student on-site at Pine Valley Elementary School;

¯ Randolph: one student on-site at G.N. Chapman Elementary School;

¯ Ripley: none;

¯ Salamanca: one student off-site at Salamanca High School2;

¯ Sherman: none;

¯ Silver Creek: four students at Silver Creek Elementary School, three students on-site and one student off-site; one student and two teachers on-site at Silver Creek High School; four students on-site at Silver Creek Middle School

¯ Southwestern: four students on-site at Southwestern Senior High School; two teachers on-site at Southwestern Elementary School;

¯ Westfield: one student off-site and one teacher off-site at Westfield Elementary School; two students off-site and one-teacher on-site at Westfield Middle School.

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