MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County officials reported one new case of COVID-19 in a weekly press conference Friday afternoon, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 82.
The new confirmed case is a male in his 50’s. There remains 19 active cases and one hospitalization.
Chautauqua County Public Heath Director Christine Schuyler urged residents to not delay seeking treatment if they have any heath issues, noting that public heath facilities are safe.
Schuyler also said that most of the testing facilities get COVID-19 results back within five days. UPMC Chautauqua has a limited number of tests that can generate results within 45 minutes however according to Schuyler, those tests are reserved mainly for cases who are hospitalized.
Officials said take-home tests are not an approved method for testing for COVID-19. The nasopharyngeal swab administered by trained heath officials is the only approved and most-accurate way to test for the virus.
Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone addressed public concerns on the local Amish community, stating that the community is very well educated on COVID-19 and they try to adhere to guidance as much as possible.