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New Death, 53 More COVID Cases In County

One new death and 53 COVID-19 cases were reported on Wednesday by the Chautauqua County Health Department.

Twenty-seven of the cases were in Jamestown with three reported in Forestville, Fredonia, Silver Creek, Frewsburg and Westfield. Overall, there have been 11,476 cases with 10,827 recoveries. There are 462 cases active and the hospitalization number decreased by one to 35.

The county’s seven-day positivity rate is at 8.9% with 177 total deaths and 1,127 in quarantine.

Since the start of the school year on Sept. 8, the number of COVID cases for those 19 and under continues to increase. Since earlier this month, 314 youth and teenagers have been diagnosed with the virus — an 18.3% increase.

In the meantime, state Gov. Kathy Hochul announced breakthrough data shows that as of Monday, the Department of Health is aware of 78,416 laboratory-confirmed breakthrough cases of COVID-19 among fully vaccinated people in the state, which corresponds to 0.7% of fully-vaccinated people 12-years or older. Also, 5,555 hospitalizations with COVID-19 among fully vaccinated people in New York State, which corresponds to 0.05% of the population of fully-vaccinated people 12-years or older.

“The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over and it’s critical that we continue to make progress getting shots in arms throughout the state to keep New Yorkers healthy and safe,” Hochul said. “We’re implementing mask requirements in schools and facilities to keep children and their parents safe, but those measures alone won’t defeat this pandemic–we need to get everyone who’s eligible vaccinated immediately. If you haven’t received your shot and are eligible, it’s vitally important that you get it as soon as possible at one of the many sites located around the state.”

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