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County monitoring COVID outbreak at Tanglewood facilities

Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel on Monday said 45 new COVID-19 cases have been tied to Tanglewood Manor in Jamestown. P-J photo by Cameron Hurst

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County officials are monitoring a COVID-19 outbreak at a Jamestown adult care facility

According to County Executive PJ Wendel, who spoke Monday at a press conference in Mayville, four residents at Tanglewood Manor tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. Another six tested positive on Sunday, prompting the testing of all residents in Tanglewood facilities.

By Monday, Wendel said, 47 positive tests — two staff and 45 residents at Tanglewood and Memory Garden — have come back positive for the cornavirus.

“We have been working with Tanglewood, New York State Department of Health, UMPC Chautauqua, and other community partners to contain this spread,” Wendel said. “This situation is still evolving, but as we have with other clusters, we wanted to get the information out to the community quickly and effectively.”

“Tanglewood is in the process of notifying the families of all of those who have tested positive for COVID-19,” said Christine Schuyler, Chautauqua County Public Health Director. “While most individuals have no or very mild symptoms, eight residents from Tanglewood and two from Memory Gardens have been hospitalized for mild to moderate symptoms.”

The New York state Department of Health licenses and monitors all long-term care facilities in the state and has been leading the disease investigation at Tanglewood and Memory Gardens. In conjunction with the state and facility administration, the county health department is conducting contact tracing.

“Facility administration is working collaboratively with state and local health officials to ensure that infection control measures are in place,” said Schuyler. “The facilities have designated COVID-19 areas of their buildings and are taking additional precautions to further protect their residents and staff.”

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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