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MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County officials announced 10 new positive cases of the Novel Coronavirus at a weekly press conference Friday afternoon.
Out of the ten new cases, one is a minor under the age of 18 while the other are adults; 2 young adults both male and female, a female in her 20s, a male and female in their 30s, two males in their 50s, and a female in her 60s. The total number of active cases now stands at 27 with 39 recoveries and 4 deaths. There are 118 in quarantine while 2,143 people have tested negative.
Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel said none of the new cases are hospitalized and the spike is related to contact before reopening.
Chautauqua County Public Health Director Christine Schuyler said 9 out of the 10 new positive cases are close contacts of an already positive case.
“COVID-19 has been identified in every part of Chautauqua County. Persons, with or without symptoms, and of any age, gender, race or religion, could be infected and spread the virus. Please wash your hands, cover your face, and respect six feet of space” said Schuyler.
Schuyler also said as the county continues to reopen, the number of positive cases will go up. Officials are reminding residents to continue following social distancing guidelines including wearing masks in public where social distancing is not possible.
“As we move forward with reopening in a safe and responsible manner, I urge everyone to please remain diligent and continue our preventive and social distancing measures so we don’t backtrack by having a spike of COVID-19 cases in our region,” said Executive Wendel.
In Phase II of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s reopening plan, professional services such as in-store retail shops, administrative support and real estate will be allowed to operate under strict guidelines.
Mark Geise, Deputy County Executive for Economic Development and CEO of the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, said businesses must comply with the state’s guidance requirements in order for the region to successfully reopen.
“Business must go to the NY Forward website and electronically sign the detailed guidance documents…they also need to complete the business guidance template, print it out, communicate it with their employees, and keep it close at hand at their business location in case of an inspection by the New York State Department of Health, or local health or safety authorities.”
Geise also shared information regarding Petri Baking Products intent to restart its soft cookie production in Silver Creek after closing in 2013.
“Our CCIDA and Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corporation (CREDC) staff have been actively initiating and coordinating extensive technical support to Petri Baking Products for many months, along with the identification and processing of economic programs to incentivize the company to locate here,” said Geise.”
“This is great news for the Village of Silver Creek and Chautauqua County, and it couldn’t come at a better time.”