Chautauqua County’s executive PJ Wendel said Tuesday he was glad only two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported locally. “I can’t remember when we only had two” he said.
A day later, the numbers were even better.
On Wednesday, the county health department announced just one new case – part of an ongoing pattern of fewer new cases, active cases, those in hospital and in quarantine.
To date, there have been 9,285 confirmed cases, 9,120 recoveries and 157 virus-related deaths. There are currently eight active cases, two people hospitalized with the virus and 36 in quarantine.
COUNTY IS LOOKING FOR RESULTS FROM HOME TESTS
Testing options for COVID-19 have expanded over the past few months, including increased availability of multiple kits for the home.
The Chautauqua County Health Department is asking residents to report any positive test results from home tests to the ministry by phone (1-866-604-6789) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If a person tests positive for COVID-19 in a clinical setting, the result is automatically reported to the local health department. The positive result prompts the local health department to conduct an illness examination (interview) and to conduct a contact tracing. Isolation orders are issued that can be presented to an employer or other government agency as evidence of a previous positive result.
Some home COVID-19 tests are monitored by a laboratory or health professional, usually via video chat, and the results are either sent to a laboratory for processing or processed at home. If the test is synchronized with an app or sent to a laboratory, these results are reported automatically (e.g. Ellume, Lucira, Cue, Binax Now with NAVICA app).
Other home antigen tests, such as the Binax NOW self-test, are simple and affordable, but do not include a mechanism to report the results into the state’s electronic database.
Evidence of previous COVID-19 infection and recovery within the last 90 days is acceptable evidence for admission to some public events and other facilities (e.g. overnight camps) instead of providing evidence of full vaccination status or a negative test within a corresponding one Timeframe. Additionally, previous positive results can avoid quarantine within 90 days if exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case. However, the positive test showing previous infection must be recorded in the New York State clinical laboratory electronic reporting system in order to count for these purposes.
The number of COVID-19 cases is falling rapidly, but it is very important to keep up surveillance for this disease so our community can act quickly to prevent the disease from spreading further.
COVID-19 vaccines are widely used in Chautauqua County. These vaccines are safe and highly effective in preventing serious illness and death from COVID-19. The Chautauqua County Health Department requires everyone 12 and older to get vaccinated. If you have any concerns about the vaccine, check with your GP with your individual needs. Visit chqgov.com/public-health/covid-19-vaccination-clinics to find local vaccination options.