MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County officials Thursday explained why there is a cluster of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the northeastern part of the county.
Officials say 14 of the 22 confirmed cases in Chautauqua County are in the northeastern part of the county.
Zero cases, however, have been reported in Battalion 2 (western portion of Chautauqua County). Chautauqua County Public Health Director Christine Schuyler says there’s no definitive answer as to why there’s a disproportionate amount of cases between each region.
“We are doing some epidemiological tracing on those, trying to see how much there connection there is,” Schuyler said. “Some of those cases have been connected to someone else who’s been positive. Some of those cases have had known travel to Erie County and areas (where there were already a large number of identified cases). I do think that’s part of the factor in the north county more than the south county.”
“I think it’s just a matter of time before we see something spike up in the second battalion, where there haven’t been any cases showing up yet. I don’t think there’s any scientific reason for that, I just don’t think we’ve happened to test anybody who’s been systematic that’s been living in that area.”
Schuyler also noted that the Second Battalion area isn’t as populated as it’s more rural.
Officials say, meanwhile, that there are five confirmed cases in Battalion Three, which is in the southern most portion of the county. Three cases have been identified in Battalion Four, which is in the eastern portion of the county.
Nine cases remain active, according to officials. Eleven people have recovered, while two people have died from the COVID-19.
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