OLEAN – The Cattaraugus County Health Department reported its first COVID-19 related death Tuesday.
Health officials say a 77-year-old man with extensive underlying health conditions developed respiratory failure and died due to COVID-19 related complications.
“We extend our deepest condolences to his family and the entire Cattaraugus County community,” said Cattaraugus County Public Health Director Dr. Kevin Watkins. “(He) was unable to overcome the extensive complications despite aggressive medical treatment.”
Dr. Watkins says the man died while receiving care in a medical facility.
So far there remain a total of 30 confirmed cases of the virus, with 10 active, 19 recovered and one deceased in Cattaraugus County.
Officials report a total of 577 tests were administered since the outbreak began, 508 of those tests have coming back negative.
Meanwhile, Chautauqua County officials reported no new confirmed cases of the virus on Tuesday.
However, there remains two active cases with 22 patients recovered. Three people have died from COVID-19 in Chautauqua County.