MAYVILLE – In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Chautauqua County officials have confirmed one new positive case of the novel Coronavirus, bringing the total up to 22 cases.
The new case is a male in his 20’s. There are currently 117 individuals under a quarantine order, 11 individuals have fully recovered from COVID-19 while two individuals have died. There have been 256 negative test results to date.
Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services Director Christine Schuyler urged the need for people to refrain from gatherings this holiday weekend.
“Unfortunately, now is not the time to go out and celebrate the holiday with extended family and friends as you may have done in the past. We all need to adhere to the social distancing measures in place to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and others in our community.”
Officials are currently in the process of conducting research to find answers why the North County has seen the most amount of positive cases compared to the South County.
To assist local authorities with the enforcement of the “New York On PAUSE” orders, Governor Andrew Cuomo recently established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force where individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings.
Complaints can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 1-833-789-0470 or by completing the online complaint intake form available at https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask. Once a complaint is made, the task force will review it for completeness, accuracy, and applicability under the Governor’s Executive Orders.
“It is important that if residents have a complaint about the operation of non-essential businesses or social gatherings that they do not call local police departments or our Sheriff’s Office to respond” said Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel.
“The complaint needs to go through the Governor’s Task Force and if they believe a complaint is warranted, it will be referred to our local police departments or Sheriff’s Office for further investigation and enforcement.”
County officials remind residents to wear homemade masks, bandannas or scarves when they are out doing essential tasks such as shopping for food or going to medical appointments. This action is something that Federal and state officials are now recommending to the general public.
Christine Schuyler said the influx of more information on a community-based spread of COVID-19 required the CDC to add masks to the recommendation list as a way to prevent the spread.
“It is important to remember that wearing a cloth mask provides little or no personal protection for the individual wearing it, but it will help protect others from your respiratory droplets.”
County Executive Wendel said due to the limited amount of data the county has, they are unable to predict a timeframe on when COVID-19 will “peak” in Chautauqua County.