OLEAN – The Cattaraugus County Health Department reported its 50th confirmed case of COVID-19 on Friday.
Officials say the latest case is a female resident who resides in the southwest corner of the county who was in recent contact of another positive COVID-19 case.
The resident was given a rapid COVID-19 test on May 6 which was negative. She later developed fever, dry cough, sore throat, and diarrhea, and was tested by the department on May 13. Her test results on May 15 indicated that she was positive for COVID-19.
“The department has begun a thorough contact tracing investigation for those individuals that she has been in contact with and the places that she has visited,” explained officials. “We continue to ask our residents to hunker down, and avoid any non-essential travel, especially to areas where there is community wide spread of COVID-19 otherwise, you place your family and other Cattaraugus County residents at risk.”
They reiterate that if any resident experiences fever, cough, shortness of breath or whole body aches they should contact their health care provider.