JAMESTOWN – Concerns over Coronavirus spread continue in Chautauqua County, this after county health officials announced a significant increase in viral activity following the Labor Day holiday.
From Friday to Monday, 153 new cases of COVID-19 were reported countywide, with 66 new cases on just Tuesday alone. This continues to put the county at a high level of community transmission, according to the CDC.
County Executive PJ Wendel, in a public service announcement, continued to reiterate the importance of getting vaccinated.
“Again this is tremendous protection for our elderly and most vulnerable population,” explained Wendel. “We are inching closer to 70 percent vaccination rate or herd immunity. We need you to keep up your efforts by keeping our community members safe and getting vaccinated.”
The latest numbers from New York State’s Health Department reports that right now only 67,900 county residents, 53 percent of the population, have received at least one dose of the shot.
Wendel says that he wants in-person learning to continue throughout the school year for school.
He says it is a balance to keep businesses open and the community safe.
“I encourage those who have not been vaccinated to please talk to your healthcare provider and seek their advice,” said Wendel. “Thank you for caring for your family, your neighbors, and our students. Thank you for protecting those in your community who are not eligible for the vaccine. With your help we can get through this pandemic and we can continue to be CHQ strong”
Right now, 336 cases are active, with 12 people in the hospital in Chautauqua County.