JAMESTOWN – Coronavirus cases continue to increase in Chautauqua County, with 350 new cases reported over the past week.
The County Health Department announced during their weekly COVID-19 update that infections increased nearly 12 percent from October 31 to November 6.
Two additional deaths connected to the virus were reported as well. The first patient to pass away was in their 60s with the second in their 70s.
There are now 400 active cases countywide with the seven-day average positivity rate at seven percent.
Of the new cases officials said 126 are in Jamestown and mostly involve people who are unvaccinated, a concerning stat for Chautauqua County Health Director Christine Schuyler who says misinformation is slowing the vaccine rollout.
“We have a long way to go still to get enough people vaccinated, to get us into a good place in our county,” said Schuyler during an interview last week. “Misinformation is easy to put out, it’s just a click of our keyboard here, and you’ve got whatever information you want to put out there.”
As for vaccination numbers, New York State reports 57 percent of residents have received at least one dose of the shot making up more than 72,800 people.