MAVYILLE – The Chautauqua County Health Department says that seven cases of COVID-19 reported over the weekend are linked to a social outing at the Fredonia Beaver Club.
County Public Health Director Christine Schuyler says Fredonia Beaver Club closed on Saturday for two weeks for deep cleaning and to ensure appropriate COVID-19 precautionary measures are in place.
She says anyone who frequented the club in the last two weeks is advised to be extra vigilant with social distancing, masking and hand washing and should contact their health care provider if they develop symptoms of COVID-19.
“Sporadic cases at various social clubs, especially in the north county, have been an issue but this is the first time we’ve seen cases from a single club reach cluster designation so rapidly,” said Schuyler in a statement. “Clubs are not exempt from following the rules; members must work harder to protect one another.”
Those who test positive are ordered into mandatory isolation and anyone named as a close contact of someone who tests positive is ordered into mandatory quarantine, explains Schuyler.
In an effort to control the spread of COVID-19 related to identified clusters in the north county, a free, rapid testing clinic will be held on Thursday, November 12 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Murphy Training Center on the Dunkirk Training Grounds at 665 Brigham Road in Dunkirk.
The quickest way to get an appointment is to schedule on the New York State Department Health’s website. Those without internet access may call 1-866-604-6789 for scheduling assistance.
This outbreak response clinic is possible because of limited rapid testing supplies provided to Chautauqua County by New York State. Testing is free and appointments are required.
Four new cases of COVID-19 were reported by the Chautauqua County Health Department on Monday, that in addition to 18 from over the past weekend.
Health officials say there are now 93 active cases, with 21 people hospitalized.
Of the new cases, six are in Fredonia, three in Dunkirk, two in Jamestown, two in Cherry Creek, two in Westfield and one in Bemus Point, Silver Creek, Lakewood, Portland, Forestville, Cassadaga and Stockton.
Since the outbreak started there have been 1,189 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 15 related deaths and 1,081 people have recovered from the virus.