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County nears 9K confirmed cases of COVID

Chautauqua County is closing in on 9,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 24 new cases reported Friday. To date there have been 8,938 confirmed cases of the virus locally.

Of the new cases, 13 were recorded in the Jamestown zip code, two each in Ashville and Sherman and one each in Dunkirk, Fredonia, Brocton, Falconer, Gerry, Lakewood and Westfield.

There are currently 121 active cases along with 12 people with the virus in the hospital, 482 in quarantine and a seven-day positivity rate of 1.5%.

The level of transmission of the virus, according to the Centers of Disease Control, remains at “substantial.” To date there have been 8,668 recoveries and 149 virus-related deaths.

Meanwhile, the Cattaraugus County Health Department reported its 99th virus-related death, the third in the last week. The latest involves a 73-year-old woman who developed respiratory failure.

“We extend our deepest condolences to her family and the entire Cattaraugus County community,” the health department said.

There have been 5,369 total cases in Cattaraugus as well as 5,058 recoveries. There are currently 211 active cases, 686 in quarantine, 22 hospitalized and a seven-day positivity rate of 2.8%.

Regarding vaccinations, 51,672 Chautauqua County residents have received at least one dose, while 42,739 have completed their series. The county announced two new vaccination clinics taking place next week: the first Tuesday at Jamestown Community College and the other Thursday at Love Elementary School, 50 E. Eighth St., Jamestown.

Many pharmacies also have vaccines available.

In Cattaraugus County, 26,141 have received at least one shot while 21,544 have completed their series.

“We’re making great progress in our efforts to get every New Yorker vaccinated, but the rate of people getting vaccines is slowing,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in his daily update. “The vaccine side is available — it’s been tested, it’s safe and it won’t cost anything to get.”

All state-run mass vaccination sites are open to eligible New York residents. The walk-in appointments are reserved for first doses only, with second doses to be scheduled automatically after administration of the initial shot. In addition, all vaccine providers are encouraged to allow walk-in appointments for eligible New Yorkers.

People who would prefer to schedule an appointment at a state-run mass vaccination site can do so on the Am I Eligible App or by calling 1-833-NYS-4-VAX. People may also contact their local health department, pharmacy, doctor or hospital to schedule appointments where vaccines are available, or visit vaccinefinder.org to find information on vaccine appointments near them.

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