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Four More Deaths, 185 New COVID Cases Reported In County

Things continue to get worse with COVID-19 and the Delta Variant.

Since Thursday, there have been an additional 185 COVID-19 cases and four more deaths attributed to the virus in Chautauqua County, according to information released Monday by the Health Department.

Hospitalizations held steady from Friday to Sunday at 34 with total number of cases as 11,262 with 466 active. There are 1,170 currently in quarantine with 10, 623 recoveries and 173 total deaths. The positivity rate is 9.1% and the CDC Level of Community Transmission remains high.

Of the latest cases reported, 80 were in Jamestown, 29 in Fredonia, 11 in Dunkirk, seven in Silver Creek and six in Forestville.

Due to the increase of positive cases in Western New York, the University at Buffalo announced Monday it will require proof that spectators are vaccinated against COVID-19 to be allowed into football games at UB Stadium and men’s and women’s basketball games at Alumni Arena.

The new rule takes effect in October and also applies to those planning on attending public cultural events at Slee Hall, the Center for the Arts and Alumni Arena, including the Distinguished Speakers Series and the commencement celebration honoring the Class of 2020 on Oct. 1.

The next home UB football game is Oct. 2 against Western Michigan at UB Stadium.

“We feel this is in the community’s best interest,” said Michael E. Cain, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “COVID-19 cases in the region have continued to climb. We want to be proactive and make sure we are doing our part to prevent further spread of the virus.”

The UB policy takes effect on Oct. 1, when attendees must provide proof that they have had at least one dose of the vaccine to be allowed into events at UB Stadium, Alumni Arena, the Center for the Arts and Slee Hall.

A vaccination card, a photo of a vaccination card, an Excelsior Pass or a digital vaccine card are all acceptable. Attendees should be prepared to show photo ID as well.

Meanwhile in nearby Pennsylvania, Warren County’s new cases aren’t piling up as quickly.

There were only 14 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Warren County over the weekend.

The total number of the cases is up to 3,118, just short of 8 percent of the population.

Of those 2,423 are confirmed and 695 are probables.

The death toll in Warren County remains at 112.

Warren County, like every other county in Pennsylvania, has a high rate of transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There have been over 500 tests performed over the past seven days in the county and a large number of those are positive.

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