LITTLE VALLEY – The 49th case of COVID-19 was reported in Cattaragus County on Monday afternoon.
The Cattaraugus County Health Department says the latest case is a male resident who resides in the southeast corner of the county, with recent travel history to Ohio.
Officials say the man developed a headache but has been asymptomatic for the most part. He was tested for COVID-19 on May 8 as part of a pre-op exam for an upcoming elective surgical procedure and his test results on May 10 indicated that he was positive for the virus.
The department says they have now begun a thorough contact tracing investigation for those individuals that he has been in contact with and the places that he has visited.
“We would like to reiterate that if any resident experience fever, cough, shortness of breath or whole body aches they should contact their health care provider (and) avoid going directly to an Urgent Care facility, or the Emergency Room before calling,” said officials. “I an effort to determine the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community, any resident interested in getting tested, can register for a test at cattco.org/covid-19-test, call 716-938-9119 or 716-938-2265.”
They continue to ask residents to hunker down, and avoid any non-essential travel, especially to areas where there is community wide spread of COVID-19.
As of Monday afternoon, there are currently 16 active cases in Cattaraugus County, with 31 recovered and two deaths related to the outbreak.