MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Public Health Department is doubling down on their vaccination push, this as COVID-19 delta variant cases surge locally with 90 new cases reported just Friday.
County Public Health Director Christine Schuyler, in a video posted on the county’s website, reiterated the importance of getting the shot now that the county is listed under high level of community transmission.
“Without it (the vaccine) the virus will continue to mutate to survive,” said Schuyler. “They are built to keep people from getting severely ill and needing to go to the hospital or dying.”
Schuyler says over the past months the vaccines have proven to work.
“Instead of debilitating or fatal pneumonia, someone fully vaccinated to contracts COVID will generally have no symptoms, or those like a cold,” furthered Schuyler. “The vaccine protects you from getting sick, but you may still have enough viral load to test positive and spread the virus to the unvaccinated.”
She says until more people get vaccinated, that cycle will continue. The county announced 90 new Coronavirus cases on Friday, with 251 cases now active, 13 people hospitalized.
Health officials also confirmed an additional death connected to the virus. The county’s seven-day average percent positivity rate is 8.1 percent, with 376 people quarantined.
To date, there have been 9,889 confirmed cases of the virus with 9,476 people recovering and 162 deaths.