Chautauqua County Officials Report COVID-19 Spike With 16 New Cases Friday

Pictured above from left: PJ Wendel, Chautauqua County Executive; and Dr. Robert Berke, County Physician. WNY News Now Image.

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MAYVILLE – Officials in Chautauqua County held a COVID-19 press conference update Friday afternoon, announcing a spike in cases with 16 new cases reported.

The new cases involve one pediatric case, two male teens, a teen female, two men and four woman in their 20’s, one man and two woman in their 40’s, a woman in her 50’s, a woman in her 60’s, and a woman in her 70’s. This brings the county’s total number of cases to 170 with 34 active and 364 are under quarantine. There are no hospitalizations.

County Executive PJ Wendel said the community must stay vigilant to keep the spread of COVID-19 at a minimum.

“If you are tested for COVID-19, you must stay quarantined until you receive your test results… even if you don’t feel symptomatic,” said Wendel.

County Physician Dr. Robert Berke stressed the need for residents to be fully cooperative with contract tracers should they become positive-tested for COVID-19.

“If we do not case-find and track everybody that has been in contact with (those positive cases), we will never put an end to this pandemic. This is serious,” Dr. Berke said.

Dr. Berke also said the 14-day incubation period between individuals is key to limiting the spread of the virus.

“At any time during those 14 days someone could become infected and pass the virus on to others,” said Dr. Berke. “This is why it is so crucial for individuals who may be feeling well to still complete their quarantine through day 14 even if their test results come back negative.”

On Friday, Wendel told WNYNewsNow‘s Justin Gould that he is pushing for additional COVID-19 reopening phases and more guidance from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.

This week the county saw a significant increase in the number of those placed in quarantine or isolation orders by the Public Health Director.

The number went from 166 Tuesday to 259 Wednesday. Officials say not all of those being monitored are confirmed to have COVID-19 but have either shown symptoms, are awaiting results, or have risk factors.

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