MAYVILLE – Another person in Chautauqua County has tested positive for COVID-19, the novel Coronavirus.
Public Health Director Christine Schuyler says the person resides in the Ashville area and had recent travel to New York City.
“At this point, it’s not about the actual travel by car or where people are coming from. What really matters is what people do when they arrive and how we interact,” said Schuyler. “The guidance for social distancing and hygiene are the same for Chautauqua County residents whether they live here year-round or seasonally. When everyone adheres to these commonsense pandemic rules, we slow and limit community spread of illness.”
Officials say it is very likely that the county we will have more confirmed cases in the coming days. It is their goal is to identify new cases quickly and prevent or limit secondary exposures to ensure public health and safety.
There are 14 people in a mandatory quarantine, who have a confirmed case or are in a household with a confirmed case, there are 9 people in a precautionary quarantine, who have travel history to a CDC watch country or a proximal contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19; and 40 people are under mandatory isolation, because they exhibit symptoms of the virus and are awaiting lab testing.
Public health nurses are continuing their epidemiological investigations to identify the close contacts of those with confirmed cases of COVID-19. Once identified, they notify the close household and proximal contacts of their potential exposure to COVID-19 and they are placed under the appropriate level of quarantine to monitor for symptoms.
“We are aware that many full-time Chautauqua County residents are concerned about seasonal residents, most of who own homes/property and pay property and school taxes in Chautauqua County, returning from areas outside of the County during this pandemic,” officials said. “As of today, there is no travel ban on in-state or interstate travel. Although Governor Cuomo requested New Yorkers limit non-essential travel, at this time there is no shelter-in-place or lock-down order. This means that residents who winter in warmer areas and residents who summer here are free to travel to their homes in our community. The County’s COVID-19 Response Team is working collaboratively with seasonal communities such as the Chautauqua Institution, Lily Dale, and campgrounds to ensure precautionary messages are shared with residents. “
All New York counties, states, and the nation as a whole are dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 virus.
In Chautauqua County, health experts expect everyone, full-time or part-time residents, to be aware of and practice the basic precautions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash can. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Put distance between yourself and others: abide by social distancing measures and maintain 6 feet of separation from those you must be in close contact with.
- Get a flu shot for yourself and your family members at a local pharmacy. This will not prevent COVID-19 but it will prevent you from getting flu, keeping you healthy and out of the hospital.
Individuals with questions or concerns regarding Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) or travel related questions are encouraged to call the New York State Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline 24/7 at 1-888-364-3065. For locally-specific information, County residents may also contact the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services at 1-866-604-6789 during normal business hours.