Chautauqua County records 53 new cases of COVID-19, including 45 at assisted living facility in Jamestown

Eight residents from Tanglewood Manor were hospitalized for COVID-19 related illnesses

MAYVILLE, N.Y. — The Chautauqua County Department of Health is reporting 53 new cases of COVID-19 in the county, the majority of them at an assisted living facility in Jamestown.

Forty-five cases were reported at the Tanglewood Manor from this weekend. Forty-three are residents and two are staff members.

Chautauqua County Public Health Director Christine Schuyler says most patients have either no symptoms or mild symptoms. However, a few did have moderate symptoms.

"Those patients that are hospitalized, I have confidence they will be released quickly as many of them, their symptoms are very minor," said Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel.

Eight of those residents from Tanglewood Manor were hospitalized for COVID-19 related illnesses. Once they are treated and able to be discharged from the hospital, they will return to the facility with a specialized unit for COVID cases.

Two residents from Memory Garden, also managed by the Tanglewood Group, are also hospitalized.

"it's concerning like anything, COVID-19 is real and we've said that all along and we will continue to say that," Wendel said. "This is a stark reminder that we need to follow our protocols."

Visitation at the facilities is suspended until further notice.

As of Monday, there have been 791 total confirmed cases, of which 120 remain active. There have also been 658 recoveries and 13 death related to COVID-19.

The County Health Department, in conjunction with the Chautauqua County Office of Emergency Services and the New York State Department of Health, is continuing its COVID-19 drive-through testing clinics. The testing clinics will be held in the east parking lot off of Peacock Street behind the Hall R. Clothier Building at the County’s Mayville campus from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 13-15; Oct. 20-22; and Oct. 27-29.

COVID-19 testing is available to anybody who wants to be tested. Testing is free. Appointments are required; walk-in testing is not available. You can make an appointment by calling 1-866-604-6789 during business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

At the clinic, people who are signed up to get the test will have their information verified, be swabbed, and then may leave. Health Department staff will run the tests, and contact patients with their results and appropriate education within two hours. Symptomatic individuals should plan to isolate until results are received.

“Pandemic fatigue is real and we must stay alert,” Schuyler said. “Please take care of yourself, your loved ones, and everyone around you by continuing to practice social distancing, wearing face coverings, washing hands and frequently touched surfaces often, and staying home if you’re sick. Influenza season is now also upon us and these same precautions will help prevent the spread of influenza viruses. While a COVID-19 vaccine isn’t available yet, the flu vaccine is readily available for everyone 6 months age or older and the best way to prevent influenza.”

 

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