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WEST ELLICOTT – Chautauqua County officials are working with a local elder care facility to control a COVID-19 outbreak.
Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel and Public Health Director Christine Schuyler announced on Monday afternoon 53 new cases of COVID-19 with more than half of them connected to an outbreak at Tanglewood Manor in West Ellicott.
Leaders says 45 cases are linked to the elder care facility, 43 are residents and two are staff members.
Of those residents, eight at Tanglewood Manor and two within Memory Gardens are hospitalized. Health Director Schuyler says the patients are not in critical condition or in the ICU unit.
“We are very thankful that the residents of the facilities have not been severely ill because of this,” said Schyler. “However, I think it is really important to stop for a minute and think about the condition of many resident that live in Memory Gardens and Tanglewood, many of the residents that live there struggle with memory issues and it is hard for them.”
She says once the residents no longer need hospital care, they will be released to a special COVID-19 unit at Tanglewood.
“Measures are now being taken that anyone who has tested positive is separated from other residents during their infectious period,” furthered Schyler.
Last week the state health department ordered all residents to be tested in the facility after staff members tested positive.
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