MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County officials have announced 15 new cases of COVID-19 in Chautauqua County, with more than half related to a local business.
The number of cases were reported throughout the weekend. They include a male and female young adult, a male and female in their 20s, two males and three females in their 30s, a male and two females in their 40s, a male and female in their 50s, and a male in his 70s.
Officials said during a press conference Monday that there are 31 active cases, with 21 of the active cases are related to Fieldbrook Farms in Dunkirk.
Fieldbrook says four percent of employees at the Dunkirk plant have tested positive, a total of 30. Twenty-four of those cases were workers and six were identified close contacts of the workers.
Schuyler says that they performed a comprehensive contract tracing investigation at Fieldbrook.
Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel says the contract tracers here locally have been “phenomenal” during the pandemic.
Chautauqua County Public Health Director Christine Schuyler says she has the ability to file cease and desist orders for businesses and citizens who are violating the various executive orders issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Schuyler says, on August 16, her department became aware of the first positive case at Fieldbrook Farms. Her department continued to “increase its response” throughout the process, but Schuyler says the origin of the infection at the business isn’t known.
She says “it’s safe to say” they’ll see more cases, she’s just not sure how many.
Schuyler adds that the department will be hosting a clinic to provide testing for employees.