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County reports 19th COVID-related death

The Chautauqua County Health Department announced on Monday that a resident in their 70s passed away due to complications from COVID-19.

Health officials announced that 111 cases were reported from Nov. 26 to 29. Of them, 23 are in Jamestown, 16 are in Dunkirk, 15 are in Fredonia; eight are in Bemus Point; five are in Silver Creek; four each are in Frewsburg, Falconer and Westfield; three each are in Brocton, Sherman, Kennedy, Lakewood, South Dayton and Mayville; while Sinclairville, Irving, Panama, Cassadaga, Gerry, Cherry Creek and Ashville each have one new case.

The county also reported 13 hospitalizations. In total there have been 1,675 total cases and 1,494 have recovered.

The county also reported changes to its public reporting database.

Beginning tomorrow Dec. 1, a new COVID-19 Data Dashboard will be available on the Chautauqua County Health Department website, and the timeline for case reporting will be modified.

A new dashboard will be available on the Chautauqua County Health Department webpage. The dashboard will include a summary of recent COVID-19 data including: total cases, new cases, new deaths, active cases, total recoveries, current local hospitalizations, total deaths, quarantined contacts, quarantined travelers, active cases by ZIP code, and the most recent 7-day rolling average percent positivity rate from the NY Forward website. A demographic breakdown of total cases will be available including age group, sex, presence/absence of symptoms, and fatality rates by age group.

There will be no changes to the Chautauqua County COVID-19 map reporting process at this time. A link to the map will be available on the dashboard webpage.

The dashboard will be updated to include the prior day’s numbers by 1 p.m. Monday through Friday with the exception of holidays.

There is also a change in the timing of the reports. Up until this point, daily reports have included the number of cases confirmed that day.

Moving forward, the county will report the number of cases confirmed on the prior day. This change in process will improve staff efficiencies, and its numbers will more closely align with those reported on the NY Forward webpage, though there will still be discrepancies due to ” our more thorough investigation of reported positive cases,” a release said.

With this new change, the full report provided on Mondays will include numbers for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Previously, Monday reports included numbers for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Standard daily press releases/Facebook notifications of data will no longer be issued. Anyone looking for the most recent COVID-19 numbers can visit the Chautauqua County COVID-19 webpage: https://chqgov.com/public-health/covid-19-dashboard.

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