County Avoids Yellow Zone Status, Leaders Don’t Expect Another Shutdown

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MAYVILLE – Leaders in Chautauqua County do not expect to see another COVID-19 related shutdown in the near feature, as long as residents continue to follow health guidelines.

During a virtual COVID-19 town hall on Tuesday afternoon, Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel announced there are no local zip codes in the county that qualify for a yellow zone status, a warning flag implemented by the state.

Public Health Director Christine Schuyler says it is important to stay vigilant and follow safety guidelines in order to avoid qualifying for an enhanced status.

“I think it is important for people to understand that the clusters we see are family members in the same household,” said Schuyler. “This comes back again to the personal responsibility, and accountability of taking care of yourself and loved ones.”

Schuyler goes back to recommendations like mask wearing, social distancing and cleaning surfaces regularly.

She says residents shouldn’t become lax with the recommendations, because if they do that could jeopardize the area’s continued reopening.

Ultimately officials say future shutdowns are in the hand of state leaders, who set metrics for the current green, yellow and red zoning.

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