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County sees fewer COVID cases being reported

Fewer cases of COVID-19 are being documented in Chautauqua County.

The county Health Department on Wednesday said there were 253 new cases for the week ending Feb. 19. It’s the sixth straight week cases have been trending downward, with average daily cases currently around 36.

Health officials have noted that because positive test results through use of at-home kits are not always reported, the county’s information represents the minimum number of cases.

To date there have been at least 26,801 confirmed cases in the county as well as 26,289 recoveries and 320 virus-related deaths. As of Saturday there were 11 people admitted to local hospitals suffering from COVID or virus-related complications, a drop of four from the previous week.

At present, 61.5% of the county’s population over the age of 5 is considered fully vaccinated while 68.9% has received at least one dose.

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