JAMESTOWN – The number of Chautauqua County residents vaccinated against COVID-19 topped 50,000 this week.
New York State’s Vaccine Tracker reported Friday 50,344 resident have received at least one dose of the shot, making up 39 percent of the county’s total population.
Over 38,000 people are considered fully vaccinated according to the state Health Department.
In Cattaraugus County, more than 33 percent of people, 25,000 residents, are vaccinated with nearly 20,000 fully immunized.
There are several ways for those 18 and up to now get COVID-19 vaccine, with residents using the ‘Am I Eligible’ screening tool, visiting ChqGov.com or their local pharmacy to sign up for an appointment.
According to the Chautauqua County Health Department, the level of community transmission of COVID-19 remains high countywide.
As of Friday afternoon, there were 154 active cases of the virus with 14 new cases reported. Of the cases, 14 people were hospitalized.
Since the start of the pandemic over one year ago, 8,822 cases of the virus have been confirmed with 8,521 people recovering and 147 related deaths.