The Cattaraugus County Health Department reported Wednesday that eight residents of an unnamed nursing facility and two healthcare workers are among 16 new COVID-19 cases in the county as infections continue to mount.
In Cattaraugus County, where there have been 12 deaths, the total number of COVID-19 cases jumped to 328. The health department’s active caseload was 78 on Wednesday, as there are 238 residents who have recovered.
In addition to the eight residents of the nursing facility, two healthcare workers — a man and woman who both live in the southeast quadrant of the county — were reported to be positive for the virus.
Three other female residents of the southeast quadrant were among the new positive cases, while three residents of the southwest quadrant — two males and one female — rounded out the reported cases.
The health department has begun contact tracing investigations involving each case.
Olean Mayor Bill Aiello on Wednesday called on all residents to recommit to observing the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) suggestions to protect themselves from COVID-19.
Citing the increase in area COVID-19 cases, the mayor said “we should all work together” to make them subside.
“These simple steps as outlined on the CDC website will not only protect our residents, especially the vulnerable, from the virus,” he said, “but will help our region avoid any future shutdowns due to increased cases.”
The CDC suggests the following:
• Wash hands frequently with soap and hot water, if they are not readily available use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
• Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact and stay at least 6 feet away from other people.
• Wear a mask over your mouth and nose when you are around others and unable to social distance.
• Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, throw used tissues into the trash and immediately wash your hands with soap and water.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. If surfaces are dirty, clean with soap and water then use a household disinfectant on the surface.
• Be alert for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.