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County reports lowest COVID count since Sept.

Just over 300 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Chautauqua County during the month of May — the lowest monthly total since September of last year, the county Health Department noted Monday.

“The decline in cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations is something to celebrate and a testament to all who have gotten vaccinated and stayed strong and smart over the last 15 months,” said Christine Schuyler, county public health director. “This is an encouraging trend which should continue with more and more people getting vaccinated.”

As of Friday, there were 88 people being monitored under isolation and quarantine orders, the lowest since Aug. 21. In addition, there were 18 active cases; 70 people were in quarantine; four people confirmed to have the virus were in the hospital; while no new deaths were recorded.

To date there have been 9,261 total confirmed cases, 9,088 recoveries and 155 virus-related deaths.

For the month of May, 308 cases of COVID-19 were reported, the lowest since September 2020. The highest number of cases reported per month was 3,029 in January 2021.

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