JAMESTOWN – Over 800 new cases of COVID-19 and five related deaths were reported in Chautauqua County over the past week.
The County Health Department announced the news in their weekly update on Wednesday.
Officials say of the 873 new cases of the virus, 741 remain active with 285 in Jamestown.
Since August first, officials report over 55 percent of the new cases infected those who were not vaccinated against COVID-19.
No cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant have been detected in Western New York, however six additional infections were announced by state leaders on Wednesday; all located in New York City.
This brings the total number of Omicron variant infections to 20 in New York.
On Wednesday, the county health director warned that the rising infections are impacting local hospitals with extreme patient wait times. Officials continue to double down on the importance of vaccinations, saying it is the best way to prevent infection, serious illness and death.
So far, nearly 55 percent of county residents are considered to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.