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County reports 71 new COVID cases; hospitalizations drop

The county Health Department noted 71 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, though the number of people with the virus in local hospitals did come down.

Thirty-four cases were reported in Jamestown, along with eight in Dunkirk, five in Ashville, four in Sherman and three each in Fredonia and Westfield.

There are currently 424 active cases of COVID-19 in Chautauqua County, 31 people with the virus in the hospital and 1,001 in quarantine. There have been 10,989 cases recorded to date, 10,396 recoveries and 169 virus-related deaths.

Just over 50% of the 1,644 cases of the virus noted since Aug. 1 have involved people not vaccinated; 14% have involved people fully vaccinated, 7% partially vaccinated and 27% whose vaccination status was not known.

The county reported that 62.4% of the population over the age of 12 has received at least one dose of the vaccine while 56.8% have been fully vaccinated.

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