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Rate of new virus cases continues downward trend

The rate of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Chautauqua County continues to drop, according to information provided Wednesday by the health department.

The county did note that the information, including new cases and virus-related deaths, reflects the minimum locally as positive cases determined through the use of at-home tests are not always reported.

For the week ending Feb. 12, the county reported 339 new cases, or about 48 a day. That represents the fifth week in a row that cases have trended downward and the first time the daily average has dropped below 50 since the health department went to a weekly report.

There were also 10 new virus-related deaths for the week.

To date there have been 26,548 recorded cases of COVID-19 in Chautauqua County along with 26,041 recoveries and 315 virus-related deaths.

The county Health Department also has updated the way it documents hospitalizations, going from reporting those with the virus in the hospital to noting people admitted to the hospital due to COVID-19 or complications because of the virus.

“HERDS survey now includes the number of people admitted to the hospital due to COVID or COVID complications,” the county Health Department said. “This figure more accurately represents the burden placed on hospitals because of COVID-19.”

Regarding vaccination status, 61.5% of the population over the age of 5 has been fully vaccinated while 68.9% have so far received at least one dose.

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