Chautauqua County Declares State Of Emergency Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County officials have declared a State of Emergency for “at least” 30 days effective at 5 p.m. Sunday amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

County Executive PJ Wendel said during a press conference there remains no confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus in Chautauqua County but the State of Emergency declaration will allow county government to use available resources to combat the COVID-19 virus.

There are currently two people in precautionary quarantine while four people have been tested for COVID-19. Three of those tests have returned negative with the other test results still pending.

Wendel announced he has created the Coronavirus Response Team for Chautauqua County to help fight the spread virus.

Officials are also recommending all schools within the county to close on Wednesday, March 18 until further notice. The final decision to close will be given to local district themselves.

Commissioner of Health and Human Services Christine Schuyler is reminding people to wash your hands frequently and to stay home if you feel sick. While the overall threat to the public remains low, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems remain at the greatest risk for attracting the virus.

Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone has announced the suspension of personal visits for all inmates within the County Jail.

This is a developing story and we will update as more information becomes available.


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